5th March 1980: Trinity Hall, Bristol
Supported by The Passage
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Paul Thompson was there: "It wasn't a very big crowd really, maybe a hundred. Joy Division were
very loud and not really what I was expecting. The only songs I recognised at the time were 24 Hours, Colony
and Love Will Tear Us Apart, though I have since come to know the names of the others they played.
They definitely opened with the instrumental one Incubation, and I think A Means To An End was
next. I remember being astounded at the intensity of the performance from Ian Curtis, he put everything into the
"I put my trust in you" line, which is what stood out for me. Then they did 24 Hours and Colony,
and followed it with a slow one that I think might have been Passover. It wasn't very good, and was riddled
with squalls of feedback towards the end when Ian Curtis picked up his coffin guitar. Bernard played keyboards
on what I guess was Heart and Soul (though I don't really remember anything of note in this song, it may
have been something else).
I recognised Love Will Tear Us Apart as the next song, and they followed this straight away by a very
brisk synth wash that was probably Isolation. After this they did one more, a fast punky one that Ian got
very animated in. I think it may have been Ice Age, the chorus was familiar when I first heard Still.
Then they were gone, there was no encore and no real call for one to be fair. I didn't really know what to expect,
this was quite disappointing though as I'd heard the first album and they didn't play anything from it, nor the
singles. If it hadn't been for the John Peel session I wouldn't have known any of the material at the time, which
always leaves you feeling a bit negative about a band".