“Oh the Manics, my Manics, how easy it is for them to become Everything again.” The Manics were back, and in universe-conquering form. As usual.
“All I can say is, “All we love are lonely RECORDS!!!!” Oh yes.” My last gig of 1998. An overwhelmingly emotional and perfect way to draw the first chapter of my life in London to a close.
“Oh my screaming sainted leopardskin soul, what an almighty gig that was!” 1998 was ending with two gigs from my favourite band in the world. It’s safe to say, the year went out on a high.
I had an amazing year of gigs in 2018, which is pretty impressive considering how many I missed due to ill health (never going to get over missing the Manics’ Resistance Is Futile tour, quite honestly). Here are my top 5 of the year. The top 2 sit comfortably amongst the best gigs I’ve ever… Read More Scruffy’s Top 5 Gigs of 2018
The last Manics gig of 2018, and a night of highs and lows.
A triumphant end of an era for the Manic Street Preachers.
A very very late report on a very very wonderful gig.
Exactly 21 years ago today, I went to my very first gig at the Manchester Arena. It was a truly monumental night, with my two favourite bands in the world on the same bill: Manic Street Preachers and Mansun.
“So here I sit in the middle of The Day. The reason I’m still here and not swirling aimlessly around Perth again.”
The triumphant, emotional finale to my trilogy of Manics gigs in London in December 1996.