I went to a gig last night at the Manchester Academy, a pretty standard Manchester November night brings with it rain. lots of rain. Being an idiot who wears a coat without a hood and to prevent a Diana Ross 80s hair incident I often cover my hair with a scarf.
She rocks the big hair – I don’t.
I was asked to remove it before entering the Academy, while people in hats were not. I did of course, but I must’ve looked at the security guy in an odd way as he said to me ‘don’t blame me, blame the ISIS cunts’.
Taking it off was not a problem for me, but some people wear them for religious reasons. Although I understand the need for heightened security measures after recent events surely if heads are not to be covered this should be in any form. Hat, Hood, Scarf, whatever.
I’d just like to point out that nobody checked my bag, not even a glance in it. Obviously if I was to sneak something in it would be on my head right?
Have we gone back to the times of judging people by their race? We should not discriminate against people because of their clothing.
We should all have to abide by the same rules.
One of the best things about music is that it is inclusive. It has the ability to bring together a variety of people who’s paths may never have crossed without it. Music doesn’t discriminate.
If you’ve read about my Foos curse before here then you only know the half of it. Since then there have been family events stopping me going to Foo gigs (how fucking rude) so when I was finally going to see them at Wembley I pretty fucking giddy! Until Dave broke his leg. *shakes head* Rescheduled for Milton Keynes it was back on. I mean who wants to go to Wembley (me actually).
I’ve been to the Milton Keynes Bowl only once before and the sound was pretty shocking, plus I was nursing one of the worst hang overs of my life so it wasn’t one of my better gig memories. Hence being keen to go to Wembley instead. Alas it was not to be.
We went hoping that the years which had passed would improve the sound quality and with the aim of being early enough to get into the inner pit.
While it was nice and sunny we left the pit to buy some crap overpriced lagers and sit on the hill while moaning about said crap lagers. I don’t mind paying £5 for a drink…I do it often but why such shitty choice? Anyway…
Royal Blood were up first they came out to Jay Zs 99 problems which was blasting out louder than any of their set – sigh.
Royal Blood – Barely Seen, Barely Heard.
Setlist Come on Over
You Can Be So Cruel
Figure It Out
One Trick Pony
Ten Tonne Skeleton
Out of the Black
They were fine…I mean it was quiet so they seemed fine. They chatted a bit. Sang a bit. It was all a bit uneventful. I was now really worried pissed that the sound issues hadn’t been resolved.
Onto Iggy Pop….I bloody love Iggy Pop. I remember fondly my Iggy tshirt that I wore to Oasis at Heaton Park – several people commented on how ace it was. I no longer have it and I miss it Sorry. Back to the point. Now Iggy is still rocking the perma tan topless skinny jeans look even though he’s around 112, and in my opinion he still pulls it off.
I guess the sound engineers share my love of Iggy as they turned the volume up. (Still not enough though)
Setlist No Fun
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Lust for Life
Five Foot One
Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Some Weird Sin
We headed down to the pit for the Foos, the first thing that struck me was that the pity was empty…well not empty but very roomy. Could have easily fit another 1000 in there!
Sound was cranked up and they were good, really good, I mean how could they not be. They’ve been doing this for 20 years.
You don’t need to to write a review as there’s probably about a million out there so i’ll just say: they have sorted out the sound issues, the throne is a bit lame but Dave still rocked, Taylors leggings were T I G H T and odd, Chris looked very French, Nate was well… Nate, Pat smokes a lot, and it was worth the wait.
Setlist All My Life
Times Like These
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
Up in Arms
War cover – during band introduction)
Eruption (Van Halen cover – during band introduction)
I’m the One (Van Halen cover – during band introduction)
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover – during band introduction)
No Fun (The Stooges cover – during band introduction)
Cold Day in the Sun
Hey, Johnny Park!
This Is a Call
Best of You
Kind of wishing I’d got one of the broken leg x-ray tshirts now 😉
The Twang Setlist
We’re A Crowd
Ice Cream Sundae
Took The Fun
The Enemy Setlist
No Time for Tears
Happy Birthday Jane
We’ll Live and Die in These Towns
Away From Here
Sit Down (James cover)
You’re Not Alone
The Drugs Don’t Work (Verve cover)
Surprise albums and secrets gigs aren’t always kept under wraps. Even so Muse managed to keep a series of dates off radar for their ‘Psycho Tour’, which were announced barely a week beforehand and would take place in just 6 intimate venues around the UK, including the Manchester Academy. Last time I saw Muse was at Wembley Stadium – I say saw but I’m a midgit it could have been anybody up there. Their stage was bigger than the whole of Manchester Academy and was completed with all kinds of fancy pants lasers, dancers and other weird things, it was pretty obvious they were going to be toning down the ‘showy’ side – a flying UFO just wouldn’t fit (literally). Leaving their bag of tricks at home – they’d have nothing to hide behind.
Tickets were always going to be hard to come by and the lucky few who would get them would not be getting the from touts. Limited to 2 per person and the paying credit card with ID being your ticket they weren’t going to be touted.
The setlist saw them delve into their extensive back catalogue, favourites of old and new fans, a couple of tracks from new album Drones and even a few rarities such as The Groove – not played since 2004.
I’m sure next time they’re back in Manchester it will be with all bells and whistles and more lights, lasers and fireworks than at Disney, but I’m also sure it won’t be as good….
Time Is Running Out
Supermassive Black Hole
Plug In Baby
Knights of Cydonia