The performance will be broadcast on Absolute Radio next Thursday (September 19)
Manic Street Preachers performed an intimate show last night (September 10) at London’s 100 Club, playing a career-spanning set that included four new tracks from forthcoming eleventh album ‘Rewind The Film’.
The legendary Welsh trio (augmented by guitarist Wayne Murray and a brass player) opened with ‘Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier’ from ‘Everything Must Go’ before launching into early single ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’. Singer James Dean Bradfield then addressed the crowd, apologising for the band’s minor delay. “Sorry we were slightly late on stage,” Bradfield said. “I was having a massage like Axl Rose.”
The group then continued with ‘Ocean Spray’ and current single ‘Show Me The Wonder’ before Bradfield joked with the crowd again, telling them that, “I can’t do my signature move on this stage. If I turn around on one leg I’ll destroy the drum kit. Let’s be grown up about it.” Going into ‘Rewind The Film’ album track ‘Anthem For A Lost Cause’, Manic Street Preachers then launched into fan favourites ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ and ‘No Surface All Feeling’.
With the band apologising for Richard Hawley’s absence, they then played ‘Rewind The Film”s title track (on which Hawley guests) before going back to a selection of older hits including ‘Tsunami’ and ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’. James Dean Bradfield then performed a solo, acoustic rendition of new track ‘This Sullen Welsh Heart’, first declaring that it was “the first time we’ve played this so we might mess it up”. He endearingly described the song’s collaborator, Lucy Rose, as “the littlest hobo in town.”
Bassist Nicky Wire and drummer Sean Moore then re-emerged for the set’s hit-packed conclusion, beginning with ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ and a riotous ‘Revol’, referencing the Sex Pistols’ famous performance at the venue (“It’s a fucking honour to stand where Stephen Jones did,” noted Bradfield) and continuing onto ‘You Love Us’. Manic Street Preachers ended the set with a rousing, singalong rendition of ‘A Design For Life’ before exiting.
The set will be broadcast on Absolute Radio at 9pm next Thursday (September 19)
Manic Street Preachers played:
Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier
Show Me The Wonder
Anthem For A Lost Cause
You Stole The Sun From My Heart
No Surface All Feeling
Rewind The Film
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
This Sullen Welsh Heart
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
It’s Not War (Just The End of Love)
You Love Us
A Design For Life