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Luke Haines premieres wrestling concept album at London show

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Luke Haines premiered his new wrestling concept album at a London show last night.

The ex-Auteurs frontman played Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early '80s in its entirety at the solo acoustic gig at The Old Queen's Head in Islington.

During the set, a man dressed as 1970s wrestler Kendo Nagasaki, complete with cape and mask, sat stage-right watching wrestling clips on TV.

Before playing album track 'Saturday Afternoon', a plate of liver sausage sandwiches were passed to the audience members.

"Sandwiches, made by my own fair hands," Haines announced. "They're not suitable for vegetarians. They're not suitable for people who eat food. Liver sausage sandwiches for all. It's the feeding of the 100!"

The singer-songwriter closed the set with three older tracks, starting with a frequently-interrupted version of '21st Century Man', which decries David Bowie's "slap bass phase".

"I thought I was being pretty smart writing that line, but Bowie didn't actually have a slap bass phase at all," Haines admitted mid-verse. "I've done a forensic study to prove myself wrong. There's no slap bass on a single Bowie album."

Haines returned to the stage to read his 'Rabbit stew with apparition of Dave Brock' recipe from his food blog as a final encore.

The full Luke Haines setlist was as follows:

'What The Plumber Saw'
'Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco'
'Gorgeous George'
'Rock Opera: In The Key Of Existential Misery'
'Linda's Head'
'Saturday Afternoon'
'Big Daddy Got A Casio VL Tone'
'I Am Catweazle'
'We Are Unusual Men'
'Haystacks In Heaven'
'21st Century Man'
'Leeds United'
'English Southern Man'
'Rabbit stew with apparition of Dave Brock'

> Read Digital Spy's recent interview with Luke Haines

Listen to Luke Haines's 'Inside The Restless Mind Of Rollerball Rocco' below:

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