The Fall played London‘s KOKO last night (April 1), with Mark E Smith performing most of the gig from a wheelchair – before he abandoned the stage altogether and sung from his dressing room.
Currently recovering from a broken hip, the frontman, dressed in a black leather jacket, wheeled himself around the stage to alter settings on the band members’ equipment before moving to sit behind a guitar amp for most of the concert.
The last three songs were performed with Smith singing from the dressing room, and changing the lyrics to ‘Blindness’ to say: “I refused to go onto the stage at one point / You’ll get over it in the morning“.
Smith was joined onstage by his wife Elena Poulou on synthesiser, Dave ‘The Eagle’ Spurr on bass, Pete Greenway playing guitar, and Keiron Melling on the drums.
The Fall played played tracks from recent albums ‘Imperial Wax Solvent’, ‘Reformation Post TLC’ and ‘Fall Heads Roll’, with only ‘Carry Bag Man’ (from 1988 album ‘The Frenz Experiment’) dating from before this decade.
The band also played a cover of ‘White Lightning’, which they released as a single in 1990 – it was originally sung by country star George Jones in the ’50s.
‘Chino Splashback’ boasted lyrics about “inconvenient folk” and “Mr Spock“.
The Fall played:
‘Wolf Kidult Man’
’50-Year Old Man’
‘Funnel Of Love’
‘Latch Key Kid’
‘I’ve Been Duped’
‘Carry Bag Man’