Wednesday, 25 July 2007
MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 'Self Destruction Bruise' (Live @ Astoria 1994)
The Manics returned to Britain after a European tour with Suede and Therapy, to play 3 nights at London's Astoria. The tour had been tense and fraught, Richey was slipping back into his heart of darkness, banging his head against a wall, cutting himself and buying a butchers cleaver in order to chop off his fingers, so he wouldn't have to go on stage and play. The shows they played at the Astoria have been described as the most exciting the band have done. This recording is blistering, if you wanna know what made the Manics such an important band, check this out. It captures the band at their incendiary best, a live greatest hits set and a fitting testimonial to Richey, one more gig, and he was gone. The rest is his-story.