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Resistance is Futile – Manic Street Preachers Gig Review

Written by on 01/10/2018

Manic Street Preachers At The Arena

Newcastle Metro Arena

The Manic Street Preachers on tour come to Newcastle’s Metro Arena showcasing their new album ”Resistance is Futile’. They started out being an angry band from Blackwood, Caerphilly and consisting of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics) and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes).
Known to their fans as the Manics they have been playing their music since 1986.

Album – Resistance is Futile

Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is futile

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Having just released their new album “Resistance is Futile”, which incidentally is their 13th studio album, expectation was high at the sell out Newcastle Metro Arena gig.

So confident are the Manics about their new songs that they opened the night with ‘International Blue’ from the new album. This was a stroke of genius as the band blew away any doubts about them being nearly 50 and demonstrated that the fire is still there and raging.

Standout song from the album on the night was “Hold Me Like A Heaven”. Don’t get me wrong it is not the best song on the new album but it was the Arena’s favourite on the night with it’s infectious sweeping singalong chorus to which the crowd rose to the occasion singing along loudly.

Older Songs?

The band also played the now described as ‘Older Songs ‘. Using a video backdrop of the bands earlier performances we saw rare footage of Richey Edwards, who as all Manic fans know was integral to the bands initial sound before his now legendary disappearance in 1995.
These songs included the sweeping “Everything Must Go”, a fierce “Masses Against the Classes” to name but a few. The crowd reaction was amazing showing no loss of appetite for the Manic’s ‘older’ tunes.

The encore did not disappoint with A Design For Life ending the show complete with glitter cannons, of course. A great song with a complex chord structure. Try playing the guitar track to this one. Very challenging.

What did I think

Loved this gig. The Manics are probably my favourite band in this genre of music.
The atmosphere in the large Arena was, dare I say it, Manic and Electric. People from all over the North East of England and beyond were there, including many from Darlo, Newton Aycliffe and Durham.

If you get the opportunity catch them on tour. You owe it to yourself to see and hear these guys. The Manic Legends roll on with their tour.

Darlo Radio recommends their new album “Resistance Is Futile” as a must have for your collection if you enjoy this type of music.

Of course see the Official Manic’s website here.

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