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Manic Street Preachers Thrill Glasgow Crowd On First Night Of 'Holy Bible' Anniversary Tour - Photos

  • Manic Street Preachers kicked off their 'Holy Bible' anniversary tour in Glasgow on Monday (December 8). Celebrating 20 years since that ground-breaking album, some 2000 people packed into the Barrowlands venue to see the record played in full for the first time without Richey Edwards. Here's how it all went down...

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  • The band opened with 'Yes' before tearing through the rest of 'The Holy Bible' in order. Before last night, 'Mausoleum' and 'The Intense Humming Of Evil' hadn't been heard live since 1994.

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  • "I want people to think, fuck, these guys can still do this," James Dean Bradfield told NME when Emily Mackay went to see how rehearsals for the much-anticipated tour were shaping up. The rapturous reception inside Barrowlands as they powered through 'The Holy Bible' suggests they nailed it.

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  • After playing 'The Holy Bible' in full, closing with the spine-tingling 'PCP' as on record, the band remained onstage to play a collection of hits, back catalogue curios and songs from new album 'Futurology'.

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  • Among the extra tracks was 'Futurology' instrumental 'Dreaming A City (Hugheskova)', which had never been played live before last night. Elsewhere, there were outings for 'If You Tolerate This...', 'Motorcycle Emptiness' and '1985'.

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  • "My worst fear's gonna be that people arrive and go, 'Oh God, it's like a bunch of geriatrics onstage pretending they're in their early-to-mid twenties again,'" Sean Moore had told NME in the run-up to the reunion tour. He needn't have worried by the sounds of it - according to NME's Barry Nicholson, reviewing the show for next week's mag, the band were in formidable form.

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  • Besides a droll "Happy fucking Christmas" from Nicky Wire and a tribute to Richey by Bradfield as the set neared an explosive end, the band said almost nothing to the crowd while on stage, opting instead to let their songs do the talking.

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  • "'Ifwhiteamerica...'s electrifying refrain ("There ain't no black in the Union Jack/ There's not enough white in the stars and stripes") sounds scarily prescient two decades later, when African-American males are gunned down with impunity by white police officers," noted Barry Nicholson. Pick up next week's NME for his full review.

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  • 1993 B-side 'Donkey' got a surprise run-out as their set began to climax, before 'A Design For Life' ended the night on a magnificent high.

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  • The tour continues tomorrow at Manchester's Albert Hall, where they're to play two nights, before heading to Dublin. It then concludes with three nights in London at Camden Roundhouse.

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