Last week (November 20), Primal Scream continued their current European tour when they played at Milan’s Alcatraz venue. Here’s the band before they took to the stage.
Drawing heavily from the band’s recently-released 10th studio album ‘More Light’, the Alcatraz set also made room for a whole host of their signature tracks from ‘Screamadelica’ onwards.
The set opened with a stripped back version of ‘2013’, seeming to eschew the bells and whistles of the David Holmes-produced studio version. It proved to be something of a recurring theme that the newer songs – like ‘Culturecide’ and ‘Tenement Kid’ – sounding rougher and rawer than they do on record.
The show soon ramped up in intensity, as Gillespie and co treated them to a slew of live favourites, including ‘Autobahn 66’ and ‘Swastika Eyes’.
After ‘Country Girl’ had segued seamlessly into ‘Rocks’, Gillespie returned for the encore wearing a gold lamé shirt and told the crowd that “we’re going to play quite a few songs from the ‘Screamadelica’ album.”
They played three tracks from their seminal 1991 album: first up was ‘Higher Than The Sun’, which Gillespie dedicated to Kurt Cobain after singing a verse of Nirvana’s 1993 single ‘Heart-Shaped Box’.
After rapturously-received versions of ‘I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have’ and ‘Loaded’, the set ended on a euphoric ‘Movin’ On Up’.
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