throughthemagicdoor said: Hi there :) I have just been watching the This Is The Day video, and I noticed towards the end there is a very brief clip of James smashing a guitar, wearing military clothing and wearing a christmas hat. To me it looks like footage from the very last astoria gig (having compared to the existing photos) but I thought none existed? I didn't even know of any rumours that this was filmed but not released? Or am I just confusing this with another smashy James incident?
I have to agree it does look like the last Astoria gig. No footage of this gig has ever been released, to my knowledge, but you can find footage of the gig on the 20th December (the day before) on YouTube.
The interesting thing about this is that it’s shot from the side of the stage. If this is from the last ever Astoria gig and the carnage on stage seems to support that, the video was most probably shot by one of the management team. Comparing the shot of James doing his smashing of the guitar and the one of the day before, which is shot from in front of the stage, almost definitely by an audience member.
As I said, as far as I know, no full gig footage exists of the final Astoria gig on the 21st, this clip could well have been one of the management going ‘oh shit, what are they doing?’ and filming the smashy smashy, rather than the entire gig.
I got freebies to this very gig through an ex girlfriend who was working as a camerawoman for a company filming it so there’s definitely footage in someone’s cupboard. Astonishing destruction at the end.