New Model Army play two nights at Whelan’s as part of this year’s thirtieth anniversary world tour. Writing on their website, the band previewed the gigs on October 29th and 30th:
“We have always been a band concerned with looking forwards rather than back. However, to mark the 30 years, this autumn we will indulge in a moment of nostalgia and pride in what we have created. Each weekend we’ll be in a city for a two-night stand. The format of the shows will be very similar to what we did in 2000: two sets on each night – the first starting acoustically and building up over 50 minutes or so. Then a short 20 minute break before another full-on set of up to 100 minutes including encores. The following evening we will do the same but with 100% different material.
Our promise is to play at least 4 songs from each of the 13 studio albums (including the two B Sides/Lost Songs compilations). These will not be played in chronological order, or album-by-album, but a random choice. It’s possible that we may also feature guest appearances from one or two friends and former members on some nights but nothing is fixed at this point. We hope also to include a display of at least a small part of the New Model Army ‘One Tribe’ Exhibition of original artwork and memorabilia – depending on the nature and geography of the venue and other -logistics’. We will make further announcements as the shows get nearer.”