Manic Street Preachers - Return from exile
From feather boa-swinging, vitriolic misfits in eyeliner to masses-pleasing masters of the soaring rock anthem, it's been a long and rocky road for the Manic Street Preachers during their staggering 22-year career.
The band are currently on a well-deserved high after 2007's Send Away the Tigers was widely hailed as a return to form, and in February this year the Welsh trio triumphantly received a Godlike Genius Award from NME, throwing in a cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella' by way of celebration.
Since then they've been holed up in a studio with long-time producer Dave Eringa (the man who first brought strings to the MSP sound), working on their ninth album, which will be their last under contract with Sony. This Hydro Connect show may provide the perfect opportunity to air these new tracks, which James Dean Bradfield has described as Holy Bible-esque, complete with heavy, angular riffs, but you can be sure they'll pack a fair few old classics into their setlist too. All we need now is for Nicky Wire to trot out gleefully in one of his trademark skirts and the performance will be complete. (CP)
n Oyster Stage, Fri.