I went in thinking this might be my last ever Manics gig. I was very, very wrong.
The rejuvenation of my Manics fandom continued in 2014 – and then hit a slight hurdle.
All the gigs of my life: Gig 121 – Manic Street Preachers, Saturday, April 12, 2014, Brixton Academy
The place where my all-consuming love for the Manics began creeping back.
Is that the bounciest, jauntiest flute solo you’ve ever heard in a Manics song? I think it is!
That greatest of things – a Manic Street Preachers gig in December – and even better, one in which they were going to play, for the first time ever, their complete back catalogue of singles.
A unique and exciting era for the Manics. Unfortunately, I was far too ill and depleted to fully enjoy it..
All the gigs of my life: Gig 112 – Manic Street Preachers, Wednesday, December 12, 2007, Brixton Academy
My second Manics gig of 2007, and a much more thrilling affair than the previous one.
The Manics’ triumphant return in 2007 saw me a very different fan to the one I’d been before.
All the gigs of my life: Gigs 96 and 97 – Manic Street Preachers, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th April 2005, Hammersmith Apollo
My first gigs of my 30s saw me carrying on where I’d left off in my twenties, with another duo of shows from the Manics.
All the gigs of my life: Gigs 94 and 95 – Manic Street Preachers, Thursday 9th and Friday 17th December 2004, Wembley Arena and MEN Arena
Seeing out my gigging 2004 in the best way possible: a Manic Street Preachers winter tour.