The Manic Street Preachers @ Barrowlands 25-05-09

May 31, 2009

Barrowlands, Glasgow, May 25

A week on from the release of latest album Journal For Plague Lovers, The Manic Street Preachers kicked off their UK tour in Glasgow tonight in considerable style.
Playing the album in its entirety could have lessened the atmosphere but with tracks like Peeled Apples and Jackie Collins Existential Question Time showing a return to their big riffing Everything Must Go ways, the trio stamped their authority on proceedings early on.
Using lyrics penned by former guitarist Richey Edwards before his disappearance fourteen-years ago added a real sense of poignancy to most of tonight’s set but no more so than on William’s Final Words. Sung by bassist Nicky Wire with trembling tones it proved a moving four minutes.
After a quick break spirits were lifted in euphoric style with a mini Manics greatest hits set that had the crowd bouncing in unison particularly on the uplifting A Design For Life and Everything Must Go.


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