The band delight the hardcore fans at London Carling Hammersmith Apollo...

Manic Street Preachers returned to LONDON last night (April 18) for what will be their last live shows for two years.

The band wrap up their tour of the UK’s smaller cities and venues tonight with the second of two shows at Hammersmith Carling Apollo.

And after a year of intense activity which has seen a new album, ‘Lifeblood’ and a reissue of their seminal 1994 work ‘The Holy Bible’, the band are unlikely to play for another two years.

The band took the opportunity to mix up the set, breaking with tradition by playing ‘A Design For Life’ early on and finishing instead with a medley of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ and the band’s first single ‘Motown Junk’.

The set also played the new song ‘Firefight’, which features on the limited edition ‘God Save The Manics’ tour EP, which is now available as a free download from the band’s official website.

When crowds called for 1993 track ‘Sleepflower’, James Dean Bradfield baited the crowd, saying “Tell you what, in two years time come back we’ll play that soft metal piece of shit for you.”

But last time the Manic Street Preachers played London, at Wembley Arena last year, James poured similar scorn on playing ‘The Holy Bible’ track ‘Archives Of Pain’, which was present in last night’s setlist, which ran:

’Found That Soul’

’A Design For Life’

’Roses In The Hospital’



’Everything Must Go’

’My Little Empire’

’Elvis Impersonator / Blackpool Pier’

’Of Walking Abortion’

’Let Robeson Sing’

’You Love Us’

’If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’

’The Masses Against The Classes’

’The Everlasting’

’Archives Of Pain’

’You Stole The Sun From My Heart’

’Stay Beautiful’

’Cardiff Afterlife’



Motorcycle Emptiness’

Paradise City’ – ‘Motown Junk’

Support came from Delays.