February 10, 2004 12:27
FEEL MY PAIN!
Singer Ian Watkins defies the pain to delight the sold-out London Astoria crowd...
The sold-out Astoria show saw singer Ian Watkins battle cracked ribs to please the army of hungry fans, following an injury in New York last month.
Earlier that day he discovered the full extent of his injuries, telling NME.COM before the show: "I hurt my ribs a week or two ago. I had an X-ray today and it turns out I might have cracked ribs. It just means I can’t breathe in fully and I can’t jump around as much. But I’ll just take loads of painkillers and then go for it."
The Pontrypridd metal outfit were also celebrating the number four chart entry of their second album ‘Start Something’, as well as the increased rotation on MTV and radio stations of their single ‘Last Train Home’ in the US.
Watkins told NME.COM: "We’re just blown away. We’re surprised because we never knew, but we hoped. We hadn’t had an album out for three years, and the first one was done so quickly, and we shot our mouths off so much about this one, we were hoping that people would be into it. To us this is our first real album, this just the start of it. The first three years were finding our feet, having a laugh."
The bill, which saw Jarcrew step in after family illness forced The Bronx to pull out, and Avenged Sevenfold win over countless new fans, was by far the heaviest line-up of the NME Awards Shows, something which pleased Watkins: "We’re always outnumbered by the indie shoegazers, all the retro fucking revival! It’s all good, I appreciate it all, but there is a hell of a lot of it. It just makes us more proud that we’ve all stuck doing our own thing regardless, no matter how uncool we may be. We’re the most uncool band ever, but whatever? We fucking grew up listening to Megadeth and fucking Duran Duran and Faith No More, and we still love those bands and we’ve always fucking played them and we still do."
Lostprophets also demonstrated their pop credentials by covering Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’, which appears on the B-side to ‘Last Train Home’.
The setlist ran:
’We Still Kill The Old Way’
’To Hell We Ride’
’Make A Move’
’And She Told Me’
’Cry Me A River’
’Last Train Home’
’Shinobi Vs Dragon Ninja’