Cradle of Filth signing by Bev Davies, not to be reused without permission
Went to see Cradle of Filth today - at the signing at Scrape, earlier, and then for their show at the Commodore. A wee bit of constructive criticism, to whom it may concern: while I understand that circumstances weren't optimum, as soon as anyone had the idea that the band weren't coming back to do an encore, to fill out what was supposed to be another half hour of performance, some bad vibes could have been averted if someone had announced that Dani wasn't feeling well, rather than keeping the house lights down and allowing suspense to build... because, in lieu of such announcement, the way things went down - people waited eagerly, and cheered and cheered and cheered, and chanted "Cradle," and built themselves into a state of heightened expectation, fully expecting that their long wait would be rewarded with at least a "Lord Abortion"... The dawning realization that the band wasn't coming back made the more, um, aggressive fans turn a bit ugly, with testosterone-loaded chants from the pit of "What the fuck" and then, ultimately "bullshit!" lasting a few minutes each. When someone finally DID make the announcement (from the margins of the stage, lest he get pelted with something; no idiot, he) - telling us that Dani was sick, and had "tried really hard," but that the show was over - one fan I spoke to suggested this was a lie: "It's a rip off, they just didn't feel like playing anymore," or words to that effect.
While I understand his disappointment, personally, for what it's worth, I think that Dani actually was sick, because - about ten minutes prior to the announcement from the stage, someone at the merch table assured me that Dani had been up puking all night, the night before. From a great remove from the stage, she could guess what was going on long before anybody had the guts to tell the crowd. Also, the band were quite generous earlier in the day with fans at Scrape, signing multiple copies of a vast array of items (CDs, LPs, a Cradle of Fear DVD, no doubt a few shirts, and even a guitar!) - which they did for nearly an hour, until all fans got what they came for. A band that does that for their fans doesn't call a show short for nothing; Occam's Razor cuts in the Cradle's favour, in this case, and I think the "Christian" thing to do would be to applaud Dani for delivering for as long as he did.
Does Cradle of Filth WANT us to do the Christian thing, though?
Anyhow, the band did do excellent verions of "Lilith Immaculate" - the catchiest tune on their new release, Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversea - as well as a "fast song - for the boys out there," "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh," which no doubt was a high point for true devotees. My signed Midian LP goes a ways towards making up for things, too.
Observation: might be wrong, but punks in mosh pits don't push each other around quite the same way moshers in metal shows do (or at least metal shows of this somewhat "less underground" variety; I know from experience that Theocide fans, say, know how to mosh). Tonight, a lot of these guys' idea of moshing was standing on the margins of the pit and shoving people who came close to them - not self-protectively, it seemed, but for the sheer Joy of Shoving. It was a bit of a meathead pit...