Tuesday, May 28, 2002 @ 8:34 AM
The Wildhearts Rock Out At Man
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REVIEW BY: Steven Blackmore
Tonight, I am attending The Wildhearts last show on their tenth Anniversary 12-date UK tour.
I have been a big fan of this band ever since seeing them support The Almighty, at The Manchester Academy, in late 1993. I later saw them at The Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park in June 1994, headlining The Metal Hammer stage. More recently, I saw them on their come back tour last summer. This was overshadowed by bassist Danny’s drug problem, which I am pleased to report seems to been sorted.
Tonight, the place is packed to the rafters, with 900 crazy rockers. The band come on stage just after 9.30 PM and went straight into “Love U Till I Don’t.” The crowd at the front goes mental, jumping up and down and the usual crowd surfing metal heads.
The show is made up of songs from their seminal first album, Earth Vs the Wildhearts. Off that CD we get “TV Tan,” “Everlone,” the (Motorhead sounding) “Suckerpunch” and “Caffeine Bomb.”
Also, the guys played two new tracks from their forthcoming 7 track mini album. Ginger asked the audience for their opinion on album title, he said that “they had asked the audience at every show and it seems that the popular choice was” “Riff After Riff After Mother Fuckin’ Riff!” Off this they played “Stormy in the North Karma in the South,” and “Vanilla Radio.” I personally think “Vanilla Radio” just shades it, as the better of the two new tracks.
We were also treated to what Ginger introduced as obscure track called, “Zomboid,” (b-side old single.) Urge released in ‘97.
The band didn’t forget their biggest UK hit single, “I Wanna Go Where The People Go,” from the band’s 1995 second album, PHUQ. We also got “Caprice,” from said album.
As the show draws to an end, Ginger tells the audience that this tour has been they’re best yet, and that he wasn’t just saying it! For the encore we get “Nita Nitro,” and one of my all time favourites, “My Baby is a Head Fuck,” finishing with “29X the Pain.”
The band did promise to be back later this year, and they asked everyone to bring an extra person, so that they can rock out at The Manchester Academy. So if you missed tonight’s gig and you like you’re rock with no rapping or fake image, then check them out at The Academy show -- you won’t be disappointed.