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The Bolshoi Live at Medusa's (Chicago, USA) - 11/26/1986

In late 1986 The Bolshoi took off to America to promote "Friends." One of the stops was in Chicago at Medusa's -- a goth/alternative club that has since closed and then been reborn. It appears that the Bolshoi headlined this gig, while most of the time in the US was spent supporting a Love and Rockets tour.

Because the band was playing in the area for the first time, Trevor is more talkative in this show than any other I have heard. He explains and introduces almost every song and makes jokes about America vs. the UK whenever he can.

The setlist is similar to others from the time, though "Billie Jean" isn't often found elsewhere (in the Town & Country show Trevor said they hated the song and were playing it for the last time). It's also nice to get another version of "Fly" and "Happy Boy" to listen to live.

There are a couple of problems, unfortunately. One is the recording starts into the first song slightly, so it's not complete. Also, it's very unfortunate but "A Way" is cut off midway through. Trevor stops the song before singing "Innocence and lies don't make a perfect match..." and tries to explain what's coming up to the audience. Whoever was recording the show decided this was the time to change sides on the tape. When it resumes, it appears to be to the crown chanting for an encore (and the final three songs come after). The overall sound quality of this show is pretty good. There are some cracks and pops in some songs, and I am not sure what generation recording this is or what the original source was. I received it on tape. Probably not a soundboard recording but the quality is still good (probaby because of the venue).

The full set list follows. Click on the file size next to a song title to download that individual song. To download the show in its entirety, click on the link below the set list. All files are MP3 format.

Set List

1. Romeo in Clover - 4:43 (6.5 MB, 192 kbps)
2. Fly - 3:45 (5.2 MB, 192 kbps)
3. Someone's Daughter - 4:34 (6.3 MB, 192 kbps)
4. Books on the Bonfire - 5:07 (7.0 MB, 192 kbps)
5. Fat and Jealous - 4:54 (6.7 MB, 192 kbps)
6. T.V. Man - 5:18 (7.3 MB, 192 kbps)
7. Sunday Morning - 6:26 (8.8 MB, 192 kbps)
8. Looking for a Life to Lose - 4:20 (6.0 MB, 192 kbps)
9. A Way - 5:36 (7.7 MB, 192 kbps)


10. Happy Boy - 6:18 (8.7 MB, 192 kbps)
11. Billie Jean - 6:18 (8.7 MB, 192 kbps)
12. Pardon Me - 4:42 (6.5 MB, 192 kbps)

Full Show with no edits - 1:05:41 (60.1 MB, 192 kbps)


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