Manic Street Preachers perform intimate gig

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James Dean Bradfield

James Dean Bradfield

Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers performed an intimate gig at the Hammersmith Working Men's Club in west London last night (05.08.10).

Manic Street Preachers performed to just 300 people last night (05.08.10).

The Welsh trio launched their forthcoming album 'Postcards from a Young Man' with the intimate show at Hammersmith Working Men's Club in west London, previewing new material and playing fan favourites in a mistake-riddled set that saw a number of false starts and mistimed notes.

Introducing 'Everything Must Go', frontman James Dean Bradfield said: "Welcome to the f**k-up Preachers. Welcome to our pork scratching evening tonight."

Later, after another error, bassist Nicky Wire quipped: "Remember when they said we could be the Welsh U2? This is why we never were."

The 15-track set saw new songs '(It's Not War) Just The End Of Love', 'The Descent (Pages 1 & 2)', 'Postcards From A Young Man' and 'Some Kind Of Nothingness' interspersed with classics including 'Motorcycle Emptiness', 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next', 'Faster' and 'You Love Us'.

The group - who were backed by a string quartet - also began their rendition of 'Motown Junk' with a chorus and verse from The Jam song 'Town Called Malice'.

Finishing their set with a rousing version of 'A Design For Life', James again apologised for the mistakes in the set.

He said: "This is a personal apology from me for all the f**k-ups."

Manic Street Preachers

The anthemic Welsh rockers return to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everything Must Go.

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