Manic Street Preachers premiered their Euro 2016 Wales anthem ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ at their homecoming show in Swansea last night (May 28).
The band, who were wrapping up the final night of their UK tour, performed the track for the first time live at the Liberty Stadium.
Introducing the anthem, which was backed by an eight-piece string section, bassist Nicky Wire said: “This a world premiere for this next track. Let’s just enjoy this.” You can watch footage of the performance below.
The show was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album ‘Everything Must Go’, which the band played in its entirety.
The Manics kicked off their set with ‘Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier’, against a backdrop of images of the northern town before the crowd welcomed their 1996 Number 2 hit ‘A Design For Life’.
Later ahead of ‘Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky’, which frontman James Dean Bradfield played alone on an acoustic guitar, he said: “It means so much to us you coming out tonight, over 20,000 people out in Swansea on a Saturday night. We’ll get to the messy stuff later.”
Wire also paid tribute to the city and former bandmate Richey Edwards ahead of ‘The Girl Who Wanted To Be God’, informing the crowd: “As you may know me and Richey (Edwards) went to Swansea City University. I can’t say we got fucking much done. This is for the glamour of Richey Edwards.” The guitarist disappeared in 1995 and has never been found.
During ‘Australia’, Bradfield also paid his respects to Swansea City Association Football Club and local Rugby Union Club The Ospreys, even changing the lyrics to Ospreylia.
The Manics ended the first part of their show, which was watched by actor Michael Sheen and comedian Rhod Gilbert, firing ticker tape over the crowd in the colours of the Welsh flag.
The second part of their set featured a series of hits from their back catalogue including ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, ‘You Love Us’ plus covers of Frankie Valli’s ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Fiction Factory’ single ‘(Feels Like) Heaven’. Announcing the latter, Bradfield joked: “This is a song we all bought from Woolworths when we lived in (our hometown) Blackwood. How fucking old does that make me sound?”
Wrapping up their set with ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, Bradfield signed off by saying: “Swansea let me tell you, you’ve given us one of the fucking greatest nights of our lives. We can all have a wish tonight. Let’s hope we can fucking do it at the Euros.” The band left the stage to a huge firework display.
‘Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier’
‘A Design For Life’
‘Everything Must Go’
‘Small Black Flowers That Grow In The Sky’
‘The Girl Who Wanted To Be God’
‘No Surface All Feeling’
‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’
‘Walk Me To The Bridge’
‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’
‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’
‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’
‘Roses In The Hospital’
‘Show Me The Wonder’
‘(Feels Like) Heaven’
‘You Love Us’
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’
Earlier, Super Furry Animals also performed their own unofficial Euro 2016 Welsh anthem ‘Bing Bong’ during their hour support set at their first ever show in Swansea. You can watch footage below.
In between lifting cue cards with the slogans ‘Applause’ and ‘Prolonged Applause’, the band also played songs from their back catalogue stretching right back to their 1996 debut ‘Fuzzy Logic’, including ‘God Show Me Magic’ and ‘If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You’.
They ended their set with ‘The Man Don’t Give A Fuck’ which saw the five-piece don their famous Yeti costumes.