RIDE Albert Hall, Manchester

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I went to see Ride last night at The Albert Hall in Manchester. I’ve met, the lovely, Mark Gardner a few times on my travels abroad and was lucky enough to be invited to a fantastic sold out show. It’s always a buzz going to Manchester. The sound was incredible, no way do I remember Ride being that good in the early ninetees. Second song, Like A Daydream, actually brought a tear to my eye, nostalgia is a sad thing, for me anyway! The atmosphere was incredible, a bit like what I would imagine a 60’s hippy festival would be like. All this talk of Britains Greatest Generation, yeah hats off to them but just ’cause we didn’t fly Spitfires doesn’t mean we didn’t count. Watching RIDE made me feel proud to be British in a strange way, so much great music, popular and on the fringes, and the fringes are always way more interesting.

I also met Bonehead from Oasis who just happened to come and stand right next to me in the VIP area (or in my case VIN – Very Important Nobody). I chatted to him afterward, what a nice man. We talked about how it feels to play Aquiesce full blast in front of 40.000 people, tattered hearing and how Noel Gallagher wrote Supersonic, from beginning to end, in just half an hour. He also confirmed to me that RIDE were never this good in the early ninetees. 🙂

Leave Them All Behind
Like a Daydream
Polar Bear
Seagull
Sennen
Cool Your Boots
Black Nite Crash
Natural Grace
Twisterella
OX4
Dreams Burn Down
Time of Her Time
Chrome Waves
Paralysed
Taste
Vapour Trail
Drive Blind

Mouse Trap
Chelsea Girl
I Wanna Be Your Dog

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4 comments

  1. …and the awkward shuffling fan apologises again for interrupting your evening Chris. Really enjoyed the gig, I saw them 23 years ago playing many of the same songs and don’t remember it being as powerful as it was last night.

  2. Great words Chris, disappointed not to have seen them at one of these 3 shows but just got Field Day tickets so hopefully that will be almost/equally as good!

  3. Was there, an ace night. Loved the buzz of Manchester. A friendly city. Albert hall, what a venu, the elevated drum kit with the organ pipes as a backdrop. Amazing.

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