Filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 16th October 2004 with the Millennia Ensemble. Released on Demon Vision on July 25 2005 this DVD captures Siouxsie on her first ever tour as a solo artist. Backed with the orchestral Millenia Ensemble and with a group including Budgie on drums, guitarist Knox Chandler, Kodo drummer Leonard Eto and cellist Martin McCarrick, Siouxsie played two sold out shows at the Royal Festival Hall to rapturous reviews.
With a set comprising Banshees and Creatures classics, b sides and rare live tracks, “Dreamshow”captures the brilliance of Sioux’s live performance in a brand new context. The addition of strings, brass and backing vocals, combined with the mighty power of drumming legends Eto and Budgie, enhances both older material and new. Drawing on songs from across her career, “Dreamshow” reminds us why Siouxsie is by far the most important and influential artist to have come out of punk. A staggering 28 years after she first took the stage with the Banshees, Siouxsie’s newest incarnation last year saw her firmly move her music into a new arena. Billed as “an evening with Siouxsie” the Festival Hall shows saw her delve into her classic catalogue, reinterpreting such Banshee treasures as “Peek-A-Boo”, “Spellbound”, “Christine” and “Happy House” and mixing them with Creatures gems like “Standing There”, “Weathercade” and “Miss the Girl”. Rare live outings for the Banshees’ “Obsession”, “The Rapture” and “Shooting Sun” were further unexpected treats in a show which was as iconoclastic as Siouxsie herself.
Almost 30 years after Siouxsie and the Banshees played their first ever show at the 100 Club, Siouxsie Sioux remains pop’s most enduring and fascinating enigma. Her group debuted in the top 10 singles chart in August 1978 with the seminal “Hong Kong Garden”; they would go on to have countless hit singles and albums over the next 17 years. In that time they toured consistently and Siouxsie became the most compelling performer of her generation. In a 1978 live review, NME journalist Nick Kent wrote; “Forget all those facile performance comparisons with any other female rock star extant, and start thinking of a woman with the potential of a female David Bowie”
In addition to the Festival Hall show, Dreamshow also includes five tracks filmed last year at London’s 100 Club, where the Siouxsie story began. On Sep 20th, 1976 at the Punk Rock festival, Siouxsie Sioux stepped onto a stage for the first time, little knowing that an impromptu 20 minutes of spirited improvisation would lead to a career spanning almost 30 years.
Talking about her first performance she recently said; “I walked out on stage and the place was pretty full. I was screaming inside. The performance must have come across as quite shocking and bizarre because there weren’t any female performers around at the time”
Last year, 28 years after her debut, Siouxsie returned to the 100 Club for three riotous sold-out shows at the venue; a selection of 5 songs from these shows is included in “Dreamshow”.
In addition to the 100 Club footage, the DVD also features film of the rehearsals with the orchestra, soundcheck, and exclusive interviews with Siouxsie and Budgie.
“Her voice was incredible – seductive and sexy one minute, haunting the next” - The Times
“This performance was truly other-worldly. If punk’s spirit was about rearranging rock’s furniture and finding your own individual way to dress, play and live, here it was, in full effect. And, almost three decades on, it sounded tons better" - Daily Telegraph
- Live at the 100 Club, London - 7th October 2004; Hong Kong Garden. Christine. 2nd Floor. Happy House. Not Forgotten.
- Soundcheck at the Royal Festival Hall
- Rehearsal at the Depot
- Siouxsie and Budgie Interview