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JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

The Jesus and Mary Chain returned to Manchester’s Albert Hall for two nights, both of which sold out very quickly as you would expect with one of the UK’s finest alt rock bands. The venue was ideal for the moody, atmospheric track of The Reid Brothers, who are currently promoting their brand new album, ‘Glasgow Eyes’.

The Glaswegian trailblazers who set their own genre of alt rock/dreamy psych fuzz are always a sought after ticket and in all honesty, this gig is most likely going to be the highlight of my 2024 calendar and I am already 40 gigs in since January.

The anticipation built as the start time crept nearer, and bang on time the band entered the stage to rapturous applause and cheers, a proper Mancunian welcome back to this favoured venue of many.

The band started strong, launching into ‘Jamcod’ and then one of the fan favourites (and mine) ‘April Skies’, which was hauntingly beautiful and added a whole ethereal element when perfomed live in this beautiful setting, with subdued stage light and plenty of smoke.

It was a true delight to witness at close proximity (in the pit taking photos) my second favourite JAMC track ‘Head On’. This jaunted the crowd back into full on party mode with this catchy track getting the hall bouncing. I will forgive them for not playing ‘Happy When it Rains’ as this whole evening was unbelievable. Listening to the band live is like being enclosed in a big warm hug, a huge contrast to the fucking awful weather we stepped out to post gig.

The band completed the evening with a surprise appearance from Jane Weaver who added her beautiful vocals to tracks ‘Just like Honey’ and ‘Sometimes Always’ both suited her perfectly and made the evening that little bit more special.

The evening ended with a three track encore, ‘Darklands’, I Hate Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘Reverence’. Sometimes when you book into see one of your favourite bands, it can be a huge anti-climax, but this was anything but, so much so that the crowd left elated, maybe not overly happy about the rain that pounded the pavement on Peter Street, but that night of music certainly softened the blow.

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