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Old 23-05-2019, 06:45
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Thanks hummingbird! Yeah, the crowd were a bit scary on Saturday. Itís only in the past few years that Iíve started to feel a bit unsafe at gigs at Shepherds Bush Empire. I canít help wondering if theyíve started selling more downstairs tickets than they used to, because it always feels scarily rammed now, which I donít remember from past gigs. I think Iíll go for balcony next time if I go there again!

Re Lifeblood, on Friday James said something to the effect of only hardcore fans liking the album, and on Saturday after some people cheered when he mentioned Lifeblood, he said something like Ďtwenty one people like this oneí. On reflection he may have meant it in a self-deprecating way rather than sneering, but thatís how it seemed to me at the time. (Iím a bit tired of anniversary gigs but Iíd still kill to hear Lifeblood in full!)
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Old 23-05-2019, 19:18
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Yeah that's just James taking the piss rather than sneering. I'd love an album tour for lifeblood. Won't happen though
If you go for seats stick to level 1 or 2. Level 3 has a metal bar over the balcony that restricts the view a bit, and the seats aren't the most comfortable. Gig sounded great though. I still enjoyed it
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Old 23-05-2019, 21:17
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He said something about how it barely sold first night in Manchester.

Can't remember the last time I heard them perform something off Lifeblood without an introduction with something negative to say.
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Old 24-05-2019, 10:52
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I live for the day when James will introduce a song from LB saying it was one of their greatest and most cruelly overlooked albums (because it is!)
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Old 01-08-2019, 15:41
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Hellooooo FD! Here's my latest Manics post. We're up to the March 2001 weekend where they played two gigs at Brixton. This was the Friday night, which was amazing, of course.

This weekend is particularly memorable for me because on the Saturday I became doubled over with intense pain, which started me on the path of many months of tests and appointments and surgery and treatment for what turned out to be endometriosis. I still made it to the gig though, through the power of youth and the strength of my love of the band! But all that will be in my next blog post
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Old 01-08-2019, 15:55
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Hellooooo FD! Here's my latest Manics post. We're up to the March 2001 weekend where they played two gigs at Brixton. This was the Friday night, which was amazing, of course.

This weekend is particularly memorable for me because on the Saturday I became doubled over with intense pain, which started me on the path of many months of tests and appointments and surgery and treatment for what turned out to be endometriosis. I still made it to the gig though, through the power of youth and the strength of my love of the band! But all that will be in my next blog post
Thanks for that! Because the Know Your Enemy tour was the last (UK) tour I didn't go to, and the fact that they've barely touched the album tracks since that era has got a somewhat special place in my heart. Really wish they'd revisit some of the rarely played songs.
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Old 01-08-2019, 16:08
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Thanks for that! Because the Know Your Enemy tour was the last (UK) tour I didn't go to, and the fact that they've barely touched the album tracks since that era has got a somewhat special place in my heart. Really wish they'd revisit some of the rarely played songs.
Oh, I do too. I have really fond memories of this era and the next few tours as well - early 00s was a golden time to be a Manics fan!
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:12
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The second night at Brixton in March 2001 is now up on my blog here
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Old 19-10-2019, 13:29
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I'm back! I've re-renamed my blog back to Scruffy Storms and have just posted the Manics at the Scala in September 2001 here.


This post took me a while to write, with the gig coming as it did hard upon the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, it was difficult to figure out how to approach it as I couldn't ignore the attacks completely, but also had to make space for all my hyperventilating exclamation marks! Anyway, hope you enjoy
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Old 19-10-2019, 20:22
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Bloody fantastic, blackflower- I really enjoyed reading that. I was at Reading 2001. People around me were in tears after / during Little Baby Nothing and it was the the first time I'd seen them play that and Of Walking Abortion. Great set. Seeing a similar set in a more intimate setting must have been incredible.
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Old 19-10-2019, 23:50
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That was a fantastic read, blackflower!
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Thanks so much both of you
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