Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cure Southampton Gaumont 'Join Hands' tour September 28 reviewed by Tom.
We didn't know quite what to expect at this gig. A few weeks before we saw the Banshees in Bournemouth and it was brilliant, but since then the band had split in Aberdeen. Siouxsie and Steve had gone back to London, and within a week they had replaced the two defectors with Robert Smith from the support band the Cure, and Budgie who had done the same thing for the Slits. This was only the third gig since the split and the only surviving southern one of the tour. Anyway, there was a good crowd at the Gaumont and some of our mates said Siouxsie had put them on the guest list. After a couple of jars your faithful reporter went into see the Cure and wasn't that impressed. A couple of numbers stood out, 'Three Imaginary Boys', '10.15 Saturday Night', and of course 'Killing An Arab'. So I went back to the bar to discuss editing with colleagues and get pissed, however the Banshees came on so I didn't succeed. I thought the lighting was particularly good, I could see the Southampton punks getting a bit excited down the front, but I was content to pose on the balcony.