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Typical Setlist Of 2006 Tour
Both False Flags and Black Melt were fixtures on nearly all non-festival dates, but were usually dropped at festivals. Man Next Door was played on the first three dates of the tour beginning in North America, but were dropped for the entirety of the European leg of the tour and were then put back on when Massive Attack once again returned to North America in September and October. It was also on this second leg of North America that Karmacoma was dropped from the setlist as Daddy G was on paternity leave but returned when he rejoined with the band at beginning of October to finish up the tour for the last remaining shows. Finally, one last hiccup came in the middle of the tour when Horace Andy got injured in May which forced his absence for a handful of shows at the beginning of June in Greece and Eastern Europe. For these shows all the usual Horace led songs, such as Angel and Hymn Of The Big Wheel were dropped and a bit of improv led to a more atypical inclusion on the setlist of an instrumental version of Everywhen (never played before) and Heat Miser (not played since the Mezzanine tour).
Click on the song titles in the setlist below to go straight to the Live Appearances paragraph regarding these songs in the Song Info section. The songs denoted with a * are the songs that changed the most frequently on the setlists during the 2006 shows.
Typical Setlist Of 2007 Tour
There was very little difference between the setlists the following year in 2007. The first three shows held in February in Birmingham and London for the HOPING Foundation, had the same setlist as the final North American dates last October. The surprise but brief Iberian (with one lone UK date) tour in September held one notable change on the setlist. Off went Man Next Door and in came a brand new previously unheard of song called “16 Seeter” sung by Horace Andy, that was eventually renamed to Girl I Love You. Finally, on the only two festival dates in 2007, at the Weekenddance Festival held in Madrid and Barcelona, Black Melt, Butterfly Caught and Mezzanine were dropped off the setlist with no substitutions.
Click on the song titles in the setlist below to go straight to the Live Appearances paragraph regarding these songs in the Song Info section. The songs denoted with a * are the songs that changed the most frequently on the setlists during the 2007 shows.
The first obvious fact about the Collected tour was it’s starting point – Seattle, USA – the first North American Massive Attack live show in nearly eight years. There would be only two other North American dates in April 2006, one being in Denver and the other at the Coachella Festival playing just before alt rock group Tool. They would later return to North America in September after touring Europe over the Summer. There was however a slight complication at the beginning of September just before the North American tour was due to start. Owing to difficulties acquiring visas for everyone in the band, the first two Canadian dates in Montreal and Toronto and one in Detroit, USA had to be cancelled permanently with the Chicago date being rescheduled. 3D spoke of this unfortunate turn of events Quote – “That was unfortunately Horace Andy’s particular difficulties, being Jamaican, and we had some visa application forms which he filled out wrong, which basically set a whole chain of events in motion causing us to miss the first week, which was quite annoying”.
The next most obvious difference again in the tour from the last two 100th Window tours was the new lighting and LED setup which UVA, the same visual art designers of the 100th Window tour said of Quote – “For our third Massive Attack tour, we created a more organic, audio-responsive show presented on a hemispherical screen made of ultra-bright beamer LEDs”. Some of the visuals displayed on the new LED screen were designed and programmed by Samuel Christopher, visual and music installation designer (website here) and Vince Foster who had designed the lighting and stage productions for other artists shows ranging from Roger Waters to Kylie Minogue (website here).
The lighting setup was augmented somewhat when the tour returned to North America in September with the arrival of three long rectangular LED ticker displays arranged along the stage. These tickers conveyed data related to whatever city they happened to be in at the time along with statistics about daily living and the American occupation of Iraq much like the giant LED screen of the 2003 tour but on a smaller scale. It was this scaling down of some of the production elements of the 2003 tour, which made it economically possible for Massive Attack to tour the American continent for the Collected tour.
It was not long after the end of the 2006 Collected tour, that word of a few special 2007 dates arrived in the form of three charity shows in Birmingham and London, UK to raise money and awareness of the HOPING Foundation which seeks to help the children of Palestine. these shows had the augmented stage setup from the North American tour the preceding year, but were of themselves nothing special in terms of what the setlist was, with no surprises there. After these three dates, it was assumed that the Collected tour had finished until word broke during the Summer that a quick and surprise mini-tour of the two Iberian countries Spain and Portugal would take place in September. There was also one final UK date added to the end of these shows which was the Pilton Fayre in the town of Glastonbury, which was the very final date of the Collected tour. At these September shows a brand new, previously unheard of song was debuted, sung by Horace Andy going under the unusual name of “16 Seeter” which was first reported by the Spanish and Portuguese media. “16 Seeter” would eventually become Girl I Love You, that was released more than 2 years later upon the release of Heligoland, and was therefore the first track from that album to be previewed live or otherwise.
3D: Provided vocals on the songs False Flags, Future Proof, Risingson, Karmacoma, Butterfly Caught, Mezzanine, Safe From Harm, Inertia Creeps and Group Four. Apart from vocals, 3D also used a small sampling machine attached to a small pedestal beside his microphone to sample his own vocals live and trigger some song samples. He was also a bit more animated on this tour on certain songs giving an impromptu ‘kung-fu’ inspired dance rather than turning his back to the audience on the 100th Window tour.
Daddy G: Provided vocals on Risingson, Karmacoma and Mezzanine. Not only this, but Daddy G’s role in the live band was expanded upon as he undertook some DJ-ing (scratching) on certain songs like Risingson and Unfinished Sympathy. During the whole of September 2006, for the happy reason of a new birth in his family, Daddy G was absent from the North American leg of the tour. To accommodate this Man Next Door was brought back permanently onto the setlist in exchange for Karmacoma, while 3D took on both his and Daddy G’s dual vocals on Risingson and Mezzanine.
Horace Andy: Provided vocals on Man Next Door, Angel and Hymn Of The Big Wheel. For a handful of dates at the beginning of May 2006, due to an injury Horace was’nt available for those dates, which forced Massive Attack to improvise their setlist a little with the atypical inclusions of Heat Miser and a instrumental version of Everywhen.
Deborah Miller: After being noticeably absent on the 2004 tour Deborah returned to provide vocals on Hymn Of The Big Big Wheel, Safe From Harm and Unfinished Sympathy. Apart from vocals, Deborah also played the tambourine on Unfinished Sympathy during it’s climax.
Elizabeth Fraser: Returning to the Massive Attack touring schedule after a brief stint on the 1998 Mezzanine tour, Elizabeth took up vocal duties on Black Melt, Teardrop and Group Four, which had all been sung by Dot Allison on the previous 100th Window tour. Not only was Elizabeth Fraser on tour with Massive Attack, but so was her husband, Damon Reece, the new second drummer for the band.
Terry Callier: Terry Callier only played four dates on the Collected tour, which were both Wireless Festivals in the UK, the Montreax Festival in Switzerland and the Riveria Theater in Chicago, USA in which he performed Live With Me.
Angelo Bruschini: Angelo typically uses a Boss GT5 guitar as his main effects, plus a Ground Control Plus midi footswitch. Unfinished Sympathy is the only song were Angelo is absent from the stage as electric guitar is not required for this song.
Winston Blisset: Winston is the bass guitarist and used a footswitch controller, which is used for bringing in effects when needed or routing to a tuner. The amp his bass is attached to is a 600 watt head and the spare is a 350 head, both of which are made by Boogie.
Andrew Smalls: Andrew provides the drums and percussive elements to the live tracks. He used Yamaha electric pads along with a number of Emu samplers triggering specific loops which had been cut up into elements. Andrew’s setup was like the other drummers Damon’s setup with the added Sennheiser mic in the kick.
Arden Hart: Arden uses an array of keyboards and synthesizers including a Korg Trinity, Yamaha Electric Piano, Access Virus 3, Yamaha 01v desk, Akai Z8 sampler and an S5000. One of his main roles during a show, is to trigger album sounds and samples which are too complex to re-produce live on stage. Arden also sings a couple of backing vocal parts on Risingson and a few other songs as well.
Damon Reece: Former drummer of Bristol based alt rock outfit Lupine Howl and husband of Elizabeth Fraser, Damon Reece joined Andrew Small on the Collected tour as the band’s second drummer to provide a tighter rhythm section behind the music. His drum vintage kit is miked with Shure SM91/Beta 52 (kick), SM57 (snare) and SM98s (toms); and Audio-Technica 4050 (hi-hat/overheads).
Proshot Footage Links
UVA Compilation Showcasing The LED Visuals Of The Tour
Three Song Set Recorded At Wireless Festival Including Future Proof, Angel And Safe From Harm
Three Song Set Recorded At Abbey Road Studios Including Teardrop, Angel And Mezzanine
Live Performance Of Angel At SummerSonic Festival
Live Performance Of Teardrop At SummerSonic Festival
Live Performance Of Mezzanine At SummerSonic Festival