Manic Street Preachers kick off ‘Holy Bible’ tour in Glasgow

Band performed 1994 album in full

Manic Street Preacherslong-awaited ‘Holy Bible’ tour got underway in Glasgow last night, with the Welsh legends performing their seminal 1994 album in front of a sold-out Barrowlands crowd.

Tickets for the seven-date tour, which was announced in September, sold out in just 20 minutes, and further shows have just been announced for next summer. The band took to the stage at 8:45pm, played on by a Prodigy-esque remix of ‘Faster’. Efforts had clearly been made to recreate the vibe of the band’s original ‘Holy Bible’ shows, with camouflage netting draped above the stage and James Dean Bradfield sporting a sailor suit similar to the ones worn on the original tour.

Beginning with ‘Yes’, the album was played in full and in sequence, with the band choosing to perform as a three-piece instead of bringing in extra musicians. There was little in the way of chat, with bassist Nicky Wire’s sarcastic “Happy fucking Christmas, eh?” and James Dean Bradfield’s dedication of closing track ‘PCP’ to former bandmate Richey Edwards the limit of the band’s interaction. Nevertheless, the crowd remained enthusiastic throughout, booing the mention of Margaret Thatcher during the intro to ‘Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart’ and singing along to the tongue-twisting chorus of ‘Faster’.


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After ‘PCP’ there was a brief interval before the band returned to the stage – this time with an additional guitarist and keyboard player – to play a second, 10-song set of greatest hits, rarities and offerings from their most recent album, ‘Futurology’. In addition to evergreen anthems like ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, the band also played ‘1985’, a track from ‘Lifeblood’ which hasn’t been performed live since 2008, 1993 B-side ‘Donkeys’ (introduced by Wire as having, “two of the greatest lines ever written in rock ‘n’ roll: ‘Put your lipstick on/At least your lies will be pretty'”) and ‘Dreaming a City (Hughesovka)’, a ‘Futurology’ instrumental which was given its live debut.

“It’s groundhog day all over again,” remarked Bradfield before closing the set with 1996 single ‘A Design For Life’. “Here I find myself standing on this stage and loving you from top to bottom. May all your gods be with you.”

Manic Street Preachers played:

‘Of Walking Abortion’
‘She Is Suffering’
‘Archives Of Pain’
‘4st 7lb’
‘This Is Yesterday’
‘Die In The Summertime’
‘The Intense Humming Of Evil’
‘Motorcycle Emptiness’
‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’
‘Dreaming a City (Hughesovka)’
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’
‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’
‘You Love Us’
‘A Design For Life’