Finally, I’ve experienced the ‘REAL’ Manics!!!
Date: 29th May 2007
Venue: Forum (Kentish Town)
Support: The Enemy
I’ve seen them three times in Tokyo, but this was surely the best performance I’ve ever seen! I could somehow predict how they will play this time after listening to their new album ‘Send Away the Tigers’, but it was actually more than I expected. They played in their original style – more aggressively, more like punk!
If I had been to the concert in Tokyo in 1994, it could have been the best one. I did have a ticked. However, it had been cancelled… It was literally the time when the iconic guitarist Richey had suddenly disappeared. I needed to wait until 1999 for the next chance. I was so happy about finally seeing Manics but I remember I wasn’t totally convinced as their style had already changed.
I also remember that last time I saw them in early 2005 I was a bit disappointed as I realised they were too old to play like they used to do. That made me so sad. They were trying to do something different with some taste of electronic sound and stuffs like that. At that time I have remembered that I had already had the same kind of feeling in the previous concert in 2003 as well. So I thought it would not be a good idea to go to their gig again.
However, when I found the news of this live schedule I didn’t remember that memory and had no hesitation in getting the tickets. As a result, it was alright. I didn’t have to be worried at all. Now after 13 years, finally I have seen the ‘real’ Manics!!
It was the most aggressive indoor concert I’ve ever been to. We had showers of beer and there were crowd surfing people almost all the time. Also, the male rate was the highest ever!
They are supposed to play in Summer Sonic this summer in Japan, so you Japanese folks don’t miss it!
I was actually having a very busy month with four concerts! Most of the times I go to concerts on my own but this time I was glad to go with my Greek ex-flatmate Katerina!