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IQ 

Cookie's Last Stand
Christmas at the Mean Fiddler, London, 
11 December, 2004
Taper Unknown
Artwork by RH Productions
Total Time: 150 mins.

CD ONE:

Intro/The Darkest Hour (12:51)
It All Stops Here (8:23)
Sacred Sound (11:36)
Outer Limits (8:44)
Born Brilliant (6:00)
Failsafe (8:48)
End Of Tour Speech (1:20)
Awake and Nervous/Carline (Status Quo) (11:02)

CD TWO:

Widow's Peak (11:03)
Harvest of Souls (26:40)
The Seventh House (17:04)
Promises (Martin on vox) (7:25)
Jet (Wings)/Drive On/Zero Hour (6:55)
For Christ's Sake (6:19)
The Wake (4:12)

NOTES ON THE SHOW

This is a good audience recording graciously supplied to Collected
Underground by Peter Nicholls himself.

Here are his notes on the recording:

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The Final Drum Roll

We had no way of knowing at the time that this Christmas show at the
Mean Fiddler (by now an annual event in the IQ calendar) would be
Cookie's final appearance with the band. It came as a total surprise to
us all when he let us know the following month that he had decided to
leave IQ after 23 years. He had reached a point in his life where he
needed a complete change.

I've always maintained that a band is only as good as its drummer and
Cookie certainly proved that point. His solid and reliable drumming
always provided the rest of us with a confident platform to work on.
As a closet drummer myself (as are most singers, I think), I'm a big fan
of Cookie's playing and when we played live I took so many of my cues
from my drum rolls and fills. He was a very watchable player, too, and
during the instrumental sections, I'd stand in the wings and marvel at
the way he made it all seem so effortless - always the mark of a great
drummer.

The idea of a farewell show was suggested, but Cookie didn't want it,
he said it wasn't his style so sadly everyone, band and audience alike,
were denied the chance to say goodbye to him. This recording, then, is
his swan song with IQ. It was by no means our best performance in living
memory (I was cursed with the obligatory Christmas cold) but this is
how it was on the night.

To call Cookie's departure the end of an era for IQ would be a massive
understatement. It also marks the end of a significant part of our
personal lives. IQ has occupied half our lives and Cookie has always
been there, integral to the music and the humour of the band. (Despite
our best efforts not to keep quoting Monty Python after all these years,
we could never help ourselves.) We all miss him very much but we wish
him every happiness in the future.

Peter Nicholls, September 2005 

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