Bristolian trip-hop legends take a trip down memory lane with cover of a track by a band that sparked the birth of Massive Attack
Cai Trefor
18:35 12th February 2019

Footage of Massive Attack performing a cover of goth rock legends Bauhaus' 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' in Paris last night (11 February) has emerged online. 

The footage, streaming below, is filmed by Massive Attack biographer, Melissa Chemam, and the writer offers some insight into the band's history with the track. Writing on YouTube Chemam states that Massive Attack first introduced this cut to their set in 2013; for their first show with Adam Curtis doing visuals. She is referring to the gig at The Park Avenue Armory in New York on 30 September that year.

Chemam describes the cut as one of Robert (3D) Del Naja's favourites and explains that Bauhuaus are a big influence on Massive Attack. 

This sentiment is echoed by Bauhaus bassist David J Haskins, who took to social media to share footage of them covering it in Munich earlier in the tour. Expressing his delight at the decision to bring it back to the set, the bassist says:

“Robert (3D) Del Naja AKA, singer with Massive Attack once told me that he went with a 12 year old Tricky to see Bauhaus play in Bristol in the the early 80’s and that was the start of Massive Attack.

"They are one of my all time favorite bands so this tribute makes my soul smile.”

Massive Attack are currently touring to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Mezzanine. Of the set 3D says in a press release: "The show tells the story of the strange journey we have all been on over the past twenty yearssince Mezzanine was released.”

The band have been enjoying rave reviews of their new tour and have earned signifiant attention for beining Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser back to the stage. They hadn't performed with the 'Teardrop' singer since 2012 before the Glasgow show on 28 January - the first gig of this huge tour. 

Footage of said gig and Liz Fraser commanding the spotlight whilst singing 'Teardrop' is below. Try not to weap as you watch:

The setlist for their show last night in Paris, which was held at Le Zenith venue, is below:

'I Found a Reason' (The Velvet Underground cover)
'10:15 Saturday Night' (The Cure cover)
'Man Next Door'
'Black Milk' (with Elizabeth Fraser)
'Bela Lugosi's Dead' (Bauhaus cover)
'See a Man's Face' (Horace Andy cover) (with Horace Andy)
'Dissolved Girl'
'Where Have All the Flowers Gone?' (Pete Seeger cover) (with Elizabeth Fraser)
'Inertia Creeps'
'Rockwrok' (Ultravox cover)
'Angel' (with Horace Andy)
'Teardrop' (with Elizabeth Fraser)
'Group Four'

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