Portugal - March 16, 1999
This performance was recorded for the Portuguese TV. The show is called "Miguel Angelo Ao Vivo". As you'll see, dEUS keep on having problems with that media :)
The following information was posted to the dML by Stéphane Cavaco Thirion
Anyway, we were only 50 people and the staff to see the rehearsal (private show!). They played Magdalena, Instant Street, Suds And Soda, and 1 or 2 songs that I can't remember at the time. There was a sixth member, playing guitar, synths and singing. Very young (like 18 or something).
So when they had to record (all the public was back on their sits), Barman said "This is a very dark song. Could somebody lower the light?" No changes. "Oh yeah, this is TV..." So they started playing Magdalena, but they were asked to stop cause one beer can was on stage (can't show any free advertising on TV). When they could start again, Barman said "This show is sponsored by McDonald's. This show is sponsored by Prozak" (guess he was refering to his headache). So they played Magdalena.
At the end of the song, and after they could find Barman who had runned away (chicken! :) ), Ward and he were interviewed. I remember Barman saying that internet was great but dangerous. Someone could say something on the street and little time later the word has spread everywere (why did he say that?? ;) ). And somehow the magic is lost: everybody knows the album before it's out.
After the interview they were back on stage. They played Instant Street. It was stopped by the show staff I don't remember why and restarted. After that they played Suds And Soda. Near the end they made one of those classic-dEUS-stops. I guess the show staff thought it was an error, so they asked to stop. Now that made Barman REALLY pissed up. He got off the stage and disappeared!
3 minutes later he was back, with a pissed up look. They started singing the beginning of Let's See Who Goes Down First, just for fun. Then they started again Suds And Soda, Barman played the beginning with the guitar on his back, totally untuned, and he always kept improvising with hip hop stuff and shit like that. Then they made another one of those beautiful stops they love to do. Then (in that stop) Barman untuned the guitar and tuned it back (what a stop. It was like 3 minutes long. On TV!!!!!).
Then they came back to the song. I saw a guy from the public running through the stage and running away. I didn't even think and runned on the stage, jumping around. 10 seconds later, there was like 60 people on stage!!!!!!!!!!! Jumping and singing and laughing! And the band liked it, Barman was like having some guitar orgasm. The staff COULDN'T believe it (it's a really comercial show), but they just had to get used to the idea. The announcer said "The first stage invasion ever on the show". Sorry can't resist to say that I'm proud to having been the second invader. To the first one, whoever you are, I LOVE YOU!
They finnished the song, leaved, but the public was so fucking impresed (80% of the people there, including staff, had never heard or seen dEUS) we all called 'em again. Never ever ever seen on TV. (And I'm not sure it will ever be seen, I'm waiting to see the TV edit...). They did come back, and played For the Roses. They didn't extend the song, maybe 'cause they didn't want to see the public degenerate.
They ended the song, thanked us, and left. It was over, but after what I had seen, heard and lived I could have died happy three times. So please don't come to me and say that they are fuckin' traitors, and that they won't be the same anymore and all that shit. Maybe if I had not seen what I saw yesterday I would be disapointed with the album. That's why I want to share this with you. So that you know that they are still our beloved dEUS and that they are still a live band. And for those selfish fans (I understand them) who are scared of a dEUS succes boom, don't be scared, they are and will always be so close to their fans that we can share them with the world.