On Friday night (November 13) at The Roundhouse in London, Suede premiered their new album 'Night Thoughts' in full, playing behind a screen showing an accompanying 50-minute film directed by NME photographer and film-maker Roger Sargent.
At various points throughout the film, they band were lit so as to be visible through the translucent screen – a haunting presence.
After the film and interval, Suede returned for a second set titled 'Hits And Treats' which opened with an exuberant 'Moving' from their 1993 debut album, and their most should've-been-an-A-side B-side 'Killing Of A Flashboy'.
The band then rattled through a flurry of huge hits including 'Trash' and 'Animal Nitrate', which saw Brett Anderson swaggering along the top of the monitors and guitarist Richard Oakes unspooling his most stratospheric riffs.
The 'Treats' came in the form of rarely-played album tracks and b-sides. Following a euphoric 'Heroine', featuring one of the 90's greatest hooks in the line "my Marilyn come to my slum for an hour", the moody 'Pantomime Horse' got at outing...
… then the band performed the spectral 'Stay Together' b-side 'The Living Dead', the story of a relationship torn apart by drug abuse, which Anderson sang the verses of unamplified.
Rarest of all, though, was 'Darkest Days' the more recent b-side to 'For The Strangers'. "That was a surprise," Brett said at the end of the song, "who knew that one?"
The main set then wound up with another blast of hits, as 'New Generation', 'So Young' and 'Metal Mickey' sent the crowd into paroxysms.
Finishing the main set with a tremendous 'Beautiful Ones', the band then returned for the encore with Brett claiming "we started the night by playing the newest thing we've given you, now we're going to play the oldest" and jumping into the crowd for 'The Drowners'.
As their debut single finished, they struck into the opening notes of its first b-side 'My Insatiable One', and it dawned on the audience that they were going to play all of their debut EP in its entirety.
Sure enough, they finished the show with momentous 'To The Birds', the hardcore fan's dream encore.
The following night at the same venue, Suede encored with the last three songs from 'Dog Man Star', dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.