"It's wonderful to meet you in such intimate circumstances," Wire's Graham Lewis greeted the crowd at Baby's All Right on Thursday (9/28), the iconic UK band's first of three nights at the Brooklyn venue (and capper to their tour). Never ones for rampant nostalgia, and having consistently put out great records since reforming in the early-'00s (including this year's Silver/Lead), the band do throw in a few oldies. On this tour they've been playing "Ahead" and "Over Theirs," both of which are from 1987's great, severely underrated The Ideal Copy, neither of which have been played eons till this year. (27 years according to Setlist.fm). Those songs bookended Wire's main set Thursday night, and they also played one song each from Pink Flag ("Three Girl Rhumba" which Elastica filched on "Connection") and Chairs Missing ("Used To"), plus "Small Black Reptile" from 1990's Manscape, and rarity "Underwater Experiences." You can check out the setlist, plus video of "Ahead," "Used To," "Three Girl Rhumba" and "An Alibi" below, and pictures from the night are in the gallery above.

Swans guitarist Norman Westberg opened the show with a solo set. You can catch Norman again when he opens for former Swan Thor Harris's project Thor & Friends at Le Poisson Rouge on November 5. Tickets are on sale.

Wire play Baby's again tonight (9/29) with War Bubble, and Saturday (9/30) with an opening DJ set from WFMU's Brian Turner. Both are sold out.


Diamonds In Cups
An Alibi
This Time
Three Girl Rhumba
Art Of Persistence
Underwater Experiences
Red Barked Trees
Small Black Reptile
Keep Exhaling
Split Your Ends
Playing Harp for the Fishes
Short Elevated Period
Over Theirs

Used To
Stealth of a Stork


photos by P Squared

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