The newly-reunited Suede played a headline show last night (March 24) at London‘s Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust‘s series of gigs at the London venue.
Dressed in a black shirt and tight fitting jeans, the band’s frontman Brett Anderson said little throughout the hit-packed set, but took the time to dedicate ‘He’s Gone’ to a friend called Jessie, who he told the crowd had died three weeks ago.
Singing parts of ‘Heroine’ and ‘The Next Life’ on his knees in the prayer position, Anderson went down towards the front row for ‘So Young’, leaning back on the sold-out audience.
Following a massive standing ovation for 1992 single ‘Metal Mickey’, a grinning, visibly moved Anderson surveyed the crowd, telling them: “We haven’t finished yet!”
The band finished their set with 1996 hit ‘Beautiful Ones’ but returned for a three more songs, including an acoustic ‘The Living Dead’.
“I don’t have anything to say about this, except that it’s been fun,” said Anderson after playing ‘The 2 of Us’ during the rapturously received encore.
Referring to how long it had been since the band last performed, he added: “I feel very happy to be here tonight. Let’s do it again in another seven years time.”
‘Killing Of A Flashboy’
‘Can’t Get Enough’
‘Everything Will Flow’
‘The Next Life’
‘The Asphalt World’
‘The Wild Ones’
‘The Living Dead’
‘The 2 Of Us’
Meanwhile this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig will take place as part of the run, with this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music recipents The Specials playing on March 29.
Arctic Monkeys and The Who are among the other bands playing Teenage Cancer Trust shows this year. NME.COM will be bringing you full reports from the shows, while Absolute Radio will have live recordings and interviews from the gigs.