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IQ 

1989 was a kind of critical year for IQ. It started in the best way
for the band who played around Europe as supporting act of Mike & The
Mechanics and ended in the worst way being reduced as a three members
only (And Then There Were Three...) with little future ahead.
But it was also a year when the band reached a certain peak in the
live performances. And I guess that the peak was reached during the
short UK tour in June 1989. Just a few dates but with an interesting
setlist. Bristol was probably the best date.

Here it is the full show with some 25 minutes soundcheck.

IQ
Bristol, Bierkeller
7 June 1989

CD ONE:
War Heroes
Drive On
Nomzamo
Wurensh
Sold On You
Through My Fingers /
Still Life
Oldies' Medley:
- The Last Human Getaway
- Outer Limits
- It All Stops Here
- The Enemy Smacks
Passing Strangers /
The 1,000 Days

CD TWO
Human Nature
Nothing At All
Wiggle
Common Ground
Promises
No Love Lost
Soundcheck (25 minutes)

Sound quality: 8+ out of 10

The gig was special because it included a version of Wiggle that Paul
Menel accepted to sing, although that it has always been a track
belonging to the early days. Plus, the oldies' medley was interesting
but this is really what caused the beginning of the end. Menel did
not want to sing The Enemy Smacks because he did not feel comfortable
with it (quite understandable, though) but the band forced him to do
so. Tim Esau was reluctant to play the old material and wanted the
band to move definetly to a new direction. But the rest of the band
thought that all the material should have equal visibility during
live shows, even the oldest tracks. It was clear that the two parties
could not reach an agreement, that's why in July Paul and Tim
resigned from the band.

I've listened to some of the demos IQ did around that time (still
unreleased), and also some of the paul & tim material after leaving
IQ and all I can tell is that it was even a more commercial direction
which at some point the other guys could not accept anymore.

Enjoy!

LDB
 
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