The Manic Street Preachers headlined their first UK show in nearly two years on Tuesday, September 10. After an appearance over the weekend at the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park event, they took to the stage at London’s 100 Club for an hour and half long set in honor of Absolute Radio’s fifth birthday. While their eleventh studio album will be released next week, their career-spanning setlist consisted mostly of classics. The Welsh trio, who perform as a five-piece in concert, opened with ‘Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier’ from their 1996 album, Everything Must Go. They also slipped in a rare performance of ‘Revol’ from their 1994 masterpiece, The Holy Bible. Four new songs were introduced to the enthusiastic crowd, including ‘Anthem For A Lost Cause’ and ‘This Sullen Welsh Heart,’ which got the acoustic treatment from singer James Dean Bradfield. The set concluded with a rousing rendition of ‘A Design For Life’ that ended with guitarist Nicky Wire abruptly leaving the stage.
Not only was the evening part of the festivities for Absolute Radio’s birthday, but Bradfield took the opportunity of performing at the club to pay homage to the 100 Club’s punk legacy, and in particular Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. ‘It’s a fucking honour to stand where Stephen Jones did,’ Bradfield told the crowd. Highlights from the Manics’ show will be broadcast on Absolute Radio at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 19.
The Manic Street Preachers will release their new album, Rewind The Film, on September 16. It’s been described as having more of an acoustic feel. The lead single of the album, ‘Show Me the Wonder’ was released on Monday. The song features a guest performance by Richard Hawley, guitarist for both Longpigs and Pulp. The BBC has shared an acoustic set from the BBC 2 tent on their website. You can watch James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire perform ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ and a new song ‘Show Me The Wonder’ here. Sounding good, boys. The whole band will kick off a nine-date UK promotional tour in Newport on September 13, and it will conclude at the Glasgow Barrowlands on September 29. Tickets are available on the band’s website.
Watch the video for ‘Show Me The Wonder’ below.