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Manic Street Preachers lives in London: trinkets and powerful missives

“Good evening, Wembley,” says Nicky Wire, the glamorous bassist and lyricist of the Manic Street Preachers. “Thanks for giving me a reason to take my fucking tracksuit off and put on my makeup and white jeans.” This is stuff I’m banned from at home!

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Wire was clearly lacking: You could imagine the famous ancient misanthrope with a penchant for solitude well suited to lockdown – but that’s not what the Manics were built for. They’re a connection-oriented band – albeit in their own way, punk and no cliché. Tonight is exactly that. “You look good, you smell good – do you move well?” Asks leader James Dean Bradfield. “Thanks for going through all the shit you’ve been through and coming out again.” In gratitude, tonight’s set is largely filled with bangers and fueled by their unmistakable arena energy.

Opens with the 1992 epic epic “Motorcycle Emptiness,” the first quarter of the series which also sees them release the 2007 resurrection bittersweet single “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough” and the poptastic “You Stole The Sun”. From My Heart “. The Manics are playing tonight with their strengths that people like. “Damn,” Bradfield smiles, “let’s stay in the ’90s,” before bursting into the fall grace of the best single they’ve ever had from the track of the “Everything Must Go” album “Enola / Alone “.

Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers performs at SSE Arena on December 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson / Redferns)

That said, the Manics are still a long way from their Christmas panto circuit. The big numbers are used to compliment and highlight nearby melodic-infused tracks from the famous 2021 “The Ultra Vivid Lament”, their number one debut album in 23 years. Debut single “Orwellian” feels like a classic out of the box like anything else, ABBA’s painful scandi-pop pomp from “The Secret He Had Missed” lands well in a room of this stature and smiles up. ‘to Wire’s ears proves contagious during the melancholy Bowie-era Berlin-era space-age of “Still Snowing In Sapporo.”

Throughout the latter, he is supported by magnificent images of the late presumed missing guitarist and manifesto maker Richey Edwards at his most divine and youngest. Underrated ’90s rocker “Tsunami”, meanwhile, tears off the bloody roof, before majestic newbie “Complicated Illusions” is a warm and welcome hug for the descent. With a few oddities added (including the rarely played glam-punk-metal single “Love’s Sweet Exile” and a cover of The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” dedicated to late record producer Steve Brown), it looks like the Manics have yet to. a lot of stress to avoid stagnation for a while yet.

When Wire makes John Lydon bark “WRATH IS ENERGY”Until the last bars of ‘You Love Us’, and when the tape recorder rains with the screens bearing the lyrics’LIBRARIES HAVE GIVEN US POWER‘for the standard closing of’ A Design For Life ‘- an ode to the pride and resilience of the working class – you feel their dynamism. There is one more reason for the Manic Street Preachers.

Manic Street Preachers performed:

“Motorcycle vacuum”
‘Orwellian’
“Your love alone is not enough”
“The Secret He Missed”
“You stole the sun from my heart”
‘Enola / Alone’
“It’s still snowing in Sapporo”
‘Everything must disappear’
‘Happy to be bored alone’
“The sweet exile of love”
“If you tolerate this, your children will be next”
“Sadness will last (Scream to a Sigh)”
“She’s selling a shrine”
‘Motown Junk’
‘After the end’
‘Slash’ n ‘Burn’
‘Tsunami’
“Complicated illusions”
‘You love us’
“A design for life”