Posted in music | pictures on May 31, 2008

photos by Jason Bergman

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

"It was a great show! They did NOTHING from Pink Flag until the encore, but they did do some early stuff. For the encore they did LOWDOWN, IT'S SO OBVIOUS and REUTERS -- awesome! Actually the whole show was pretty awesome, even their new stuff! Good crowd too!" [Jason]

"They were wonderful, what a way to kick off the Seaport shows!" [Anonymous #1]

"Actually I saw them in 1979 at CB's and they were great then, but honestly they were every bit as good tonight!!" [Jason again]

"Hmmm i hate to rain on the parade going on here. The show was very good and the band were good also but i have to take Jason's statement and dump on it...." [Anonymous #2]

More pictures from last night's show (May 30, 2008) below....

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

Wire @ South STreet Seaport

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Comments (35)

what time does Seaport go on?

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2008 8:47 PM

good job cropping his macbook teleprompter out of nearly each shot!

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2008 8:49 PM

Wire was great and crowd larger than I expected. Did the seaport install a new lighting system? I don't recall ever seeing such fancy lights there before.

Posted by Anonymous | May 31, 2008 8:49 PM

they didn't do "it's so obvious" as the setist shows. they were really good i thought, though i wish they'd peppered the oldies throughout their set instead of saving them all for the end. i mainly watched robert gotobed from the side... he's still a machine!

colin newman looks a lot like benjamin linus these days.

Posted by bill p | May 31, 2008 8:58 PM

Hello, pardon the intrusion and corrections, but they did the Pink Flag track "106 Beats That" during their regular set. Also, the encores were: "Lowdown," "1 2 X U," and "Pink Flag."

I've written about the show on my blog and I (tee hee) recorded it as well.

You've taken some wonderful pictures!

Cheers,
-Ed

Posted by Ed Lin | May 31, 2008 9:03 PM

Yo, that bass dude is sportin' that Iverson gear on his shooting elbow.

Biter.

Posted by Pop Cesspool | May 31, 2008 11:11 PM

doesn't graham look fantastic? i think margaret looks like samantha bee!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 12:19 AM

show was sorta boring. i got the feeling the majority of the crowd was coming to a realization they didn't really know any wire songs after all. seaport also gets a chatty crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 3:23 AM

Disregard that last person. The show was too solid.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 5:38 AM


01. [0:27] Intro
02. [4:34] Our Time
03. [6:17] Mr. Marx's Table
04. [2:55] Comet
05. [3:14] Being Sucked In Again
06. [3:04] Mekon Headman
07. [3:22] Perspex Icon
08. [2:21] An Advantage In Height
09. [3:55] The Agfers Of Kodack
10. [3:28] All Fours
11. [4:38] One Of Us
12. [6:51] Boiling Boy
13. [4:00] The 15th
14. [1:22] 106 Beats That
15. [4:14] I Don't Understand
16. [2:58] Encore
17. [2:42] Lowdown
18. [1:47] 12 XU
19. [1:58] Encore
20. [5:29] Pink Flag

Posted by Ari | June 1, 2008 8:26 AM

so the mac he had up there was being used for lyrics?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 10:12 AM

Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5K8L--NMSo

What's this song called?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 10:45 AM


Something was very off about the Seaport show.

I think I would have enjoyed the Pink Flag shows far more then this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 1:27 PM

A show at the South Street Seaport is not the place where you try out new material.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 3:43 PM

^Tell that to Animal Collective last year.

Can anyone up the Wire bootleg in mp3 format? It seems I have lost my dimeadozen acct :(

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 5:11 PM

I hope the Seaport sound system was better than the chicken wire and transistor radios they had last year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 5:27 PM

After this and the atrocious Polvo reunion in early May, I'm done with reunions.

Posted by Chris | June 1, 2008 6:10 PM

Damn. I missed it.

Posted by Christopher | June 1, 2008 9:23 PM

readers, please ignore the negative idiots who are talking out of their respective asses. not that the show was exceptionally great or anything like that -- but it was a good, solid show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 9:56 PM

what was your problem with Polvo? I'm going to see them at Bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 10:28 PM

yeah, i actually thought the sound was pretty spectacular. can't figure out what was up with the powerbook in front of the stage though. lyrics?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2008 10:42 PM

Quality of the sound was very good. I could have used about two more oldies -- it was fine that they played newer stuff too. I was up front and there was zero chattiness up there.

Posted by Martin | June 1, 2008 10:50 PM

" it was a good, solid show."

We get it. You liked the show and you get a dime every time you use the word "solid".

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2008 3:29 AM

The seemed slow to take the old stuff. "The 15th" really needed work - I'd imagine it'd be hard to do that without additional synths (perhaps this is what the MacBook was for?). Since "15th" didn't go so well, I was happy they didn't do "Outdoor Miner" or "Map Ref".

The new stuff sounded great though. They didn't play "Reuters" despite what the article above says and to the chagrin of the girl who yelled it in my ear 18-hundred times. "Dot Dash" still would have been nice...

Posted by Count Raffulon | June 2, 2008 10:24 AM

I was assuming the macbook was for guitar sounds... I wasn't close enough to the stage to see if he had pedals too but I can see wanting one bank for your sounds, and having the "pedal" presets ready to go. maybe someone closer to the stage can confirm.

I was also shocked at how good the sound and mix were. it was a great show all around.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2008 2:05 PM

I think I saw him checking his email.

Posted by Clitoris Rex | June 2, 2008 2:16 PM

seducedbyacougar.com

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2008 2:22 PM

yeah, I don't think the laptop was there for lyrics, but for effects routed through it. He didn't appear to be referring to it during the songs.

"Boiling Boy" was one more mid-set oldie. It comes from a late-80s album.

dubious assertions in previous comments: that people came to hear songs they already knew, and that the gig was not one to do new stuff at. Everyone around me seemed as rapt and excited by the new stuff as I was. And Wire has always emphasized their new stuff. I was surprised they played as many oldies as they did.

Posted by cc | June 2, 2008 10:55 PM

rapt and excited!? bwahahahh i wouldn't even use those descriptives for the audience reaction to the old material let alone the new material. show was a dead fish.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2008 4:25 AM

ha ha Colin Newman IS Benjamin Linus!

Posted by john | June 3, 2008 9:50 AM

The show was too solid.

Posted by Health Symptoms | October 13, 2009 1:35 PM

It took you 16 months to tell us that?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009 1:59 PM

that, and the opportunity to check your health symptoms!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009 2:09 PM

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