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By: gunter habets 17 days ago permalink

This recording showcases the first out of only two times Fugazi performed on the island of Sicily, Italy, the other occasion having taken place a couple of years down the line, in October 1999, of which no public recording is available at this point, unfortunately. Both times, the band played an outdoor show, at the Catania harbour.

According to a certain Agostino Tilotta and some other sources, the gig was broadcast all over Italy on national radio (Rai) through the program Stereonotte.

As to the set list, it is interesting to note that opener Joe #1 flows directly into And The Same, a song dubbed Joe #2 early on, before shaping up to become the swaying, bass-driven staple which appears on the 1989 Margin Walker EP.

In total, this live recording includes 21 songs. Red Medicine (which had been released about a week prior to the gig) delivers 6 of these, with 4 tracks taken from In On The Kill Taker, another 4 from the Repeater album, 3 each from the 7 Songs EP and Margin Walker EP, and just 1 song from the 3 Songs 7 inch. Rather remarkably, not a single song from the Steady Diet of Nothing album is featured here.

I once read that Guy’s father holds the Italian nationality yet was born and raised in the French-speaking part of Lebanon. I do not know if there is any truth to this, but I can say that Guy discloses some family history here in Catania, “this is our first time here in Sicily, and it’s uh, from my family, I come from a family called Picciotto, and they haven’t been here, the D.C. chapter hasn’t been represented here in a hundred and fifty years, so it’s very nice to be back, a marker of sorts”, after which Ian quips, “it’s been even longer for the MacKayes.”

By: gunter habets 17 days ago permalink

Notwithstanding some minor sonic glitches causing the occasional volume drop or monaural cuts (notably during Suggestion) and the drums sounding a bit muffled or flat, this recording sounds really engaging and captures a true gem. An overall strong, honest and virtually flawless performance (do note that Sieve-Fisted Find is interrupted because of what appear to be some safety issues).

Pressed for a highlight, and I will just stick to one highlight this time around (although the opening guitar hooks of Merchandise are finger licking delicious), I’d definitely go with another stand-out rendering of Promises, since the alternating, at times interweaving paired guitar play once again works its magic.

You will do what you do
I will do what I do
We will do what we do
Rearrange and see it through
Go where you think you want to go
Do everything you were sent here for
Fire at will if you hear that call
Touch your hand to the wall at night
Promises. Words.

And so it goes.

By: agostino tilotta over 2 years ago permalink

i was there as well :
-Date: june 18th 1995
-Venue:Porto di Catania-Molo Attracco Traghetti
Catania port - Car-Ferries dock-pier
-Outdoor show
-Ticket price: free show
-Opening band:UZEDA(Touch and Go)from Catania
-Sound Engineers : Joey "P"Picuri (x Fugazi)
Jerry Busher (x Fugazi)
Rob Isherwood (x UZEDA )
-Attendance : abt 8000
-Documents:The show was direct broadcasted
all over Italy by RAI-National Radio
through a programme called Stereonotte
conducted by MAX PRESTIA .
Parked next to the stage,there it was
a RAI white van fully equipped for live broadcastings.
I have some nice photos that I'll email to Dischord related live photo-section.
The lava stones of this city..still talk about that magic night,preciously saving the memory of such unforgettable moments..
I waas there too...on the 3rd October 1999 ,
same location Porto di Catania... different area called Area Parcheggio TIR-Trucks ,same bands FUGAZI-UZEDA , same magic,but...that's another unforgettable story...:-)

By: Christian Colee over 2 years ago permalink

I was there as well. It was a great show and it was really nice to meet the band afterwards. I wish I had some pics of the show to share. I also caught the Lungfish show at the port of Catania.

By: gunter habets over 3 years ago permalink

Notwithstanding some minor sonic glitches and the drums sounding a bit muffled, this recording captures a true gem. Highly recommended.

By: Fugazi Live Series almost 4 years ago permalink

francesco- thanks for venue name clarification. the fix is in. -FLS

By: ian mackaye almost 4 years ago permalink

Hope this will be available soon.

By: Francesco almost 4 years ago permalink

well, and the right venue, as the 1999 show, was Porto Catania

By: Francesco almost 4 years ago permalink

Hey, i was there, a the porto. I shot some songs with my cam. I was there, too, in 1999, same place.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0692 Fugazi Catania, Sicily, Italy 6/18/95

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Show Date:
 Porto Catania Outdoor Show
Played with:
Recorded by
 Joey Picuri
Mastered by
 Jerry Busher
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Play Sample Track
1. Intro
2. Joe #1
3. And The Same
4. Sieve-Fisted Find
5. Facet Squared
6. Do You Like Me
7. Interlude 1
8. Birthday Pony
9. Turnover
10. Merchandise
11. Interlude 2
12. Latest Disgrace
13. By You
14. Interlude 3
15. Suggestion
16. Give Me The Cure
17. Waiting Room
18. Margin Walker
19. Interlude 4
20. Long Distance Runner
21. Two Beats Off
22. Instrument
23. Encore 1
24. Smallpox Champion
25. Promises
26. Forensic Scene
27. Sweet and Low
28. Outro

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