Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Look, I’ll be honest – I’m one of those Manics fans: their Richey work is infinitely superior to the stuff they did after he disappeared. I lost touch with them after “This Is My Truth…” However, for my money, The Holy Bible is one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded, by anyone, anywhere, in any decade, and this 20th Anniversary Tour was always going to be a must-see. I’ve seen the Manics a few times, and only ever heard Archives Of Pain and PCP from THB played live before, so this was an immense thrill: that perfect, harrowing record from start to finish. As I type this, I’m still hoarse from howling along to it with 2000 or so others. James Dean Bradfield still seems surprised that we want to hear these songs – glowing, he thanked the Usher Hall for “enduring” them, but it wasn’t a question of that: every syllable of those impossible lyrics was barked to the rafters in unison with him.
No support necessary: they played The Holy Bible, took a break and came back for a high-energy set of greatest hits and rarities. Quite a bit there » Continue Reading.