Posted in music | pictures on October 8, 2009

photos by Alexis Maindrault

Manic Street Preachers

Near the end of their first New York show in 10 years, at Webster Hall on October 7th, singer-guitarist James Dean Bradfield of the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers hit the plaintive opening lick of the Small Faces' 1966 British hit "All or Nothing," leading the rest of his group into a verse and chorus of that mod-soul classic -- a song about giving without quitting -- before veering into the Manics' own 1990 Molotov cocktail "Motown Junk." You can count the number of times the Manics have played New York on one hand; this was the biggest room I've seen them in here. But Bradfield, drummer Sean Moore and bassist Nicky Wire, traveling with a second guitarist and a keyboard player, ran through the whole of their history in 90 minutes -- a greatest-hits set anywhere across the Atlantic, a long list of shots in the dark in the U.S. -- like still-hungry animals with conquerors' pride. There was no encore but, as Bradfield told the ecstatic faithful on the Webster floor, "That doesn't mean we don't love you from the bottom of our filthy Welsh hearts." [David Fricke]
They play Boston tonight (10/8). More pictures from Webster Hall below...

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Comments (28)

should have seen the studio show downstairs.
it was packed

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:02 PM

great show

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:18 PM

You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:36 PM

MEHnic street preachers

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:41 PM

Bear Hands are the tits.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:45 PM

frickes pickes i saw fricke singing along in balcony
awesome

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 1:15 PM

Bear Hands represent the absolute worst of generic indie rock.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 1:32 PM

Manic Street Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 1:35 PM

Before Manic Street Preachers came on the singer from Bear Hands walked by me and he reeked of garbage, true story.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 1:40 PM

Wowww, what excellent pics - cheers! Nicky looks gorgeous as ever <3

Posted by MarilynRoxie | October 8, 2009 1:58 PM

ugh bear hands. sick of seeing them open for everyone. oh well, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID eh guys?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 2:05 PM

Manics destroyed last night. Hungry for it as ever, and amazing to see them in a room this size when they pack arenas overseas.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 2:27 PM

What a joke of a review 2:39.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 6:58 PM

Thanks so much for this - wonderful pics!

Come back soon, Manics!

Posted by Liz | October 8, 2009 7:03 PM

One of the year's best rock shows: Manics rule!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 7:05 PM

Just in from Boston show and it was very good! Right on 6:58. James Bradfield who is nursing a cold sounded spot on (he is a genius vocalist...f*** off to anyone who thinks not) Did you hear his solo cd last year? Great stuff. Simon LeBon he is not and thank Christ! Nicky Wire was brilliant...all smiles and glitter. Wire is the epitome of rock and roll and he is sincere as f***! Sean nailed it too! See you in 2 years.....

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 12:45 AM

bear hands bassist DANCE DANCE DANCE!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 1:11 AM

dylan from bear hands is one of the best lyricists around. shit is real.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 1:19 AM

bear hands represent what is best about indie rock and what is bullshit about the music industry- how are they not signed!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 7:26 AM

239 is getting killed in the comments section.. lol

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 7:41 AM

yeah i gotta say i dont find bear hands generic at all. in fact my friend and i were talking about how hard it is to put them in a genre. go bear hands!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 1:29 PM

saw bear hands in boston last night and i thought at first...meh, but not really the case. their songs got increasingly better as the set progressed. they finished strong and were really well received.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2009 2:15 PM

Awesome coverage! Thanks!

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 10:19 AM

Thanks for covering the show that i sadly couldn't attend. Although i knew the Manics would be great having just seen them in Budapest, i'm still very jealous of anyone who attended the concert in NYC.

Posted by xiaohouzi | October 22, 2009 7:52 AM

Setlist???

Posted by Anonymous | October 22, 2009 9:01 AM

saw bear hands in boston last night and i thought at first...meh, but not really the case. their songs got increasingly better as the set progressed. they finished strong and were really well received.

Posted by دردشة مكتوب | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM

I had got a dream to start my firm, but I didn't have enough of money to do that. Thank God my close dude told to take the loans. Hence I used the collateral loan and made real my old dream.

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