1999 Tour Diary
31st Dec - Cream Liverpool, England
16th Oct - Brazil
15th Oct - Brazil
25th Sep - Homelands Ireland
28th Aug - Pukkelpop
27th Aug - Lowlands
22nd Aug - V99
Chelmsford, England
21st Aug - V99
13th Aug - Flux Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
10th Aug - Total Eclipse
Festival - Plymouth, England
24th Jul - Long Beach Con
Center - California , USA
23rd Jul - Bill Graham Civic Aud - San Francisco , USA
22nd Jul - House of Blues, Las Vegas, USA
21st Jul - Del Mar Fairgrounds - Del Mar , San Diego, USA
20th Jul - Club Rio, Tempe, Phoenix , USA
18th Jul - Brady Theatre, Tulsa, USA
17th Jul - Bronco Bowl, Dallas, USA
16th Jul - Austin Music Hall, Austin , USA
15th Jul - State Palace Theatre , New Orleans , USA
14th Jul - Tabernacle Atlanta , USA
13th Jul - Fairgrounds Jacksonville , USA
11th Jul - Electric Factory, Philadelphia , USA
10th Jul - Palladium Worcester , USA
09th Jul - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York , USA
08th Jul - Crane, Pittsburgh , USA
07th Jul - Nautica Stage Cleveland , USA
06th Jul - State Theatre, Detroit , USA
04th Jul - Congress Theatre , Chicago , USA
02th Jul - Roskilde Denmark
26th Jun - Glastonbury, England
19th Jun - Madrid Stadium, Spain
17th Jun - Sonar 99, Barcelona, Spain
11th Jun - Prague Castle, Prague
29th May - Drum Rhythm Festival , Amsterdam
24th Apr - Peel Session - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
15th Apr - Amsterdam
14th Apr - Paris , France
03rd Apr - Espárrago, Spain
31st Mar - Dublin, Ireland
30th Mar - Dublin, Ireland
28th Mar - Brixton Academy , London, UK
27th Mar - Brixton Academy, London, UK
26th Mar - Brighton , UK
24th Mar - Southampton, UK
23rd Mar - Cambridge , UK
22nd Mar - Wolverhampton , UK
21st Mar - Glasgow , UK
20th Mar - Manchester , UK
18th Mar - Sheffield , UK
17th Mar - Newcastle , UK
16th Mar - Leeds , UK
15th Mar - Bristol , UK
14th Mar - Exeter , UK
8th Mar - Mass , London (Cancelled)
TOURS - 06th July - State Theatre - Detroit - USA

Review Contribution #1 - Paul D. Duneske
Review Contribution #2 - Geoffrey Cloutier
Review Contribution #3 - Wiggy
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Review #1 - Paul D. Duneske
The Community Service tour stopped by The State theater on Tues. night. Our local crowd greeted "Orbital" enthusiastically even after a long Independence holiday weekend and an extended humid heat wave. The brothers Hartnoll set began after a taped Wendy (Walter) Carlos soundtrack from A Clockwork Orange announced their arrival to the stage.

The group launched into the first two tracks from the latest disc "Middle of Nowhere," while video clips projected on three screens behind them accompanied the music. A kaleidoscope of images ranging from mutated seagulls, clocks, and household items played in time to the songs.

Orbital wore their traditional lighted head sets and close cropped hair, but the major difference in this tour was that both Paul and Phil raised fists, waved to the crowd, and even danced. Tuesday's show found them interacting with the fans, making conductor like gestures to emphasize key points of the jams.

Melodies were stretched out and improvs at certain points in the songs added a live feel to the set. Everyone in the house was dancing by the time Halcyon was played, and a new twist spliced "You Give Love a Bad Name" mixed with last year's "Heaven on Earth" into the arrangement. After a few more selections from the new CD, the fellas left the stage.

The encore featured "Satan" and of course "Chime." Before I could look at my watch the over 90 minute show was over. The brothers thanked the crowd at the end, as well as after every song, then the polite crowd of "twenty something" aged fans including one gentleman well over sixty marched out of the hall.

Review #2 - Geoffrey Cloutier
The Orbital set was amazing. My favourite part of the show was the 20 minutes or so prior to their taking the stage. The anticipation was too much actually, and when I finally heard the beginnings of Way Out I broke into a frenzy. I found a very fond memory of when I first heard that track, a few days after the album's release, sitting on the beach of the North Sea outside Noordwijk NL. A good set - everything off of Middle of Nowhere except Otonto and Nothing Left Part 1 (some tech difficulty that I think was fixed later). Of course the gems of Chime, Halcyon and Impact were played and completed the night. The souped up Satan was cool and the visuals were outstanding. What more can I say ?

My only wish is that next time the brothers are on this side of the Atlantic they play some venues in Canada (i.e. Toronto or Montreal). I can pretty well gaurantee a hot response.

In general, Orbital were great but the crowd sucked and were to much into their home-grown Crystal Method (hmmm....)

To P+P Hartnoll: Thanks for the great show. I will, again, be first in line to purchase tickets for your next tour - this time with a stop in Toronto, I hope.

Review #3 - Wiggy
Although i went to this concert almost two years ago, it still sticks in my mind as the best that i have ever been to. Billed as the community service tour, it truly was a service to the american public to show them the power of live dance. I must admit that the set performed by the crystal method, being close to the best i had heard to date, made me apprehensive. Orbital had been my favorite band for 3 years, and i did not want to see them upstaged in the first (and so far only time) i saw them live. the fears proved unfounded, as orbital put on the most incredible show that i have ever seen. opening with a track off the then just released "Middle of Nowhere," the set moved through what, as i have come to understand, are their classics, with stunning renditions of "The Box" and "Satan" to highlight. the video moniters were an incredible touch, and i will never forget the time that i had that night. To P+P, and to everyone else who made all this possible, thank you for everything, you have moved me deeply with your music, and touched my very soul with your show
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