12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

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12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Postby sunshine » 13 Feb 2016, 10:11

They played an amazing gig:
Night Thoughts: When You Are Young, Outsiders, No Tomorrow, Pale Snow, I Don’t Know How To Reach You, What I’m Trying To Tell You, Tightrope, Learning To Be, Like Kids, I Can’t Give Her What She Wants, When You Were Young, The Fur & The Feathers
Hits & Treats: Hollywood, Flashboy, Trash, Animal Nitrate, Heroine, Filmstar, Pantomime Horse, High Rising (acoustic), Strangers, So Young, Metal Mickey, Beautiful Ones
Encores: Flow (acoustic), To The Birds, New Generation

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Re: 12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Postby sunshine » 13 Feb 2016, 19:41

12 February 2016
Suede
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rita Vicinanza
Attendees to Suede’s gig at the O2 Forum last night witnessed one of the best shows the band has provided so far. Given the energy with which Brett Anderson moved on stage, the singer’s nearly infallible vocals and the fact that songs dating back to 1993 such as Metal Mickey sounded still as fresh as when they were released and first performed, it is hard to believe Suede have been around for so long. Listed among the acts featured in the NME Awards tour, Suede treated long-standing fans as well as new adepts to an epic two-hour show which consisted of both old hits and new material.
It all began with a spectacle which simultaneously delighted the audience’s visual and hearing senses as the band played their latest record Night Thoughts in its entirety, ‘hidden’ behind a see-through screen on which a short film directed by Roger Sargent was projected.
Initial perplexities regarding this entertainment choice soon gave in to the certainty that the show couldn’t have been devised otherwise as this full-on cinematic experience proved to make perfect sense. Such moving images adroitly matched to each of the tracks that constitute Suede’s ‘rock opera’ added more intensity to the songs’ poignant lyrics and infused their touching melodies with stronger emotions.
The concert could have easily ended there, but it would have been unfair to dismiss twenty-plus years worth of tunes altogether in favour of the recently published record that needs promotion. Last night was also the celebration of a long-lasting career and, once all the frills were disposed of, Suede metaphorically and literally revealed themselves for what they truly are – a band capable of reinvention without forgetting their origins and that still have what it takes to please an adoring crowd all the while having fun themselves.
Anderson seemed So Young, jumping around the stage, getting closer to his fans during favourites like Trash until he physically joined them as he sang For the Strangers. Encouraging the audience to listen and “talk about fuckin’ Eastenders later”, Anderson dedicated an acoustic version of High Rising to those who had been following him and the band throughout Europe over the past two weeks.
During the encore, an acoustic rendition of Everything Will Flow, “a good song from a bad album”, sent shivers down the spine.
Closing up with the whole venue accompanying the band to New Generation, Suede confirmed they still have game.
5/5
http://www.music-news.com/review/UK/11671/Live/Suede

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Re: 12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Postby sunshine » 13 Feb 2016, 19:41

13th February 2016
Suede's Brett Anderson chides talkers as band deliver new album alongside past hits in London
Mark Beaumont
The veteran band headlined London's Forum venue for one of an NME Awards show with Austin, Texas
Suede delivered a stunning multi-media performance at their NME Awards with Austin, Texas show at London's Forum venue last night (February 12), featuring a full run through their recent Top Ten album 'Night Thoughts' and a second set of classics and rarities.
As at their smattering of shows to preview the album last year, the NME Godlike Geniuses of 2015 performed the entirety of 'Night Thoughts' from behind a screen showing the accompanying film by director Roger Sargent. The moving and disturbing film treats each song as a memory of a drowning man, including scenes of attempted suicide, kidnap and sniper attacks. Climaxing with the stately 'The Fur And The Feathers', the film section of the show received a standing ovation.
For the second half the screen was removed and an impassioned Suede opened their electrifying 'Hits And Treats' set with 'This Hollywood Life' and popular b-side 'Killing Of A Flashboy'. A flurry of major hits including 'Trash' and 'Animal Nitrate' gave way to more obscure fan favourites – singer Brett Anderson declared "We first played this place in 1992 and we probably played this song" as introduction to 'Pantomime Horse' from their self-titled debut album, and dedicated a stark acoustic 'High Rising', the b-side to 'So Young', to the fans that had followed them around Europe on their current tour.
Having chastised anyone talking during the song, saying "you can listen or you can sing along but I don't want you talking", Anderson then told the crowd "Now you can make some fucking noise" as the song finished and 'For The Strangers' struck up, Anderson's cue to roam out into the crowd. After energetic stampedes through 'So Young' and 'Metal Mickey', Brett reminisced about playing the nearby Bull & Gate venue in 1990, claiming "a guy called Chris was the only person in London who'd put us on" before closing the main set with 'The Beautiful Ones'.
Returning for an encore, Anderson praised the crowd for their singing, "although some people don't know the difference between singing and talking", and then introduced 'Everything Will Flow', from 1999's 'Head Music', as "a good song from a bad album". A rare performance of rousing early b-side 'To The Birds' and a final 'New Generation' rounded out the show.
http://www.nme.com/news/suede/91475

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Re: 12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Postby sunshine » 13 Feb 2016, 20:59

13 Feb 2016
REVIEW: Suede's triumphant homecoming a riotous romp down memory lane
5 / 5 stars
Review: Suede, Kentish Town Forum, Friday, February 12
IT could have all been so very different.
By Giles Sheldrick
By the time Suede released A New Morning in 2002 it looked as if Brett Anderson's creative reservoir had dried up. No longer relevant and less popular than Status Quo (if it were even possible) the band that gave a generation of misfits and outsiders a voice looked as if they would exit with barely a whimper rather than a bang.
Tired, bereft of ideas and refusing to become a band touring past glories like dozens of other nineties nonentities, Anderson promised to do whatever it took to 'get his demon back', but not many people cared, so he embarked on an inglorious solo career. After an eight year hiatus Suede reformed, seemingly as a one-off, to headline the annual Teenage Cancer Trust fundraising gig at the Royal Albert Hall 2010. That rip-roaring show sowed a seed and what blossomed was Bloodsports in 2013, a blistering 40 minute reboot, a no-nonsense reintroduction that silenced the naysayers.
Despite its critical success not many were convinced Night Thoughts, released last month, could become a body work to compare with their unrivalled earlier albums, especially since it was based on themes family, which has never been Suede territory. Anderson said he wanted it to be about the moments in life then you wake at 4am with the walls of your life caving in. The concept album, set to a film by Libertines photographer Roger Sargent, chronicles the curve of a relationship from the carefree abandon of first love to the toxic web of familiarity and contempt. Risky? Definitely. But Anderson managed to get his demon back and, thank goodness, has something to say.
The band have toured the album across Europe playing a marathon set of two halves. Night Thoughts is played from behind a screen on which Sargent’s distressing film is played out. Intermittently, each member of the band is illuminated and the music syncs as the drama unfolds.
His father's depression, Anderson’s intense paranoia at becoming a father himself and the fear of age and responsibility elevate this intensely haunting record to the magnum opus of Dog Man Star. Playing new material, let alone touring it, is a risky move for most bands given the inevitable clamour of attention deficit audiences who just want to hear a succession of greatest hits.
But at the Forum - better known as the Town and Country Club to disciples who first saw the band play there in 1992 - there was no sign of fans retreating to the bar, just respectful silence.
From the wailing cries of torment on I Don’t Know How to Reach You to the beautifully arranged and intensely moving Pale Snow and Tightrope, Anderson’s cup of creative juices overfloweth once more.
So what of the fans? There’s still a definite whiff of kookiness knocking about but while the dye in their hair has faded and 16-hole boots have given way to sensible footwear, the sentiment remains the same. Their music was - is - an agenda for the outsider, a dossier for the disaffected and a reminder of Anderson’s genius in finding glory and romance in the drudgery of the everyday. Part II of Friday night’s triumphant homecoming was part indulgence, part riotous romp down memory lane with a hit-laden 15-song set sprinkled with rarities and treats.
Anderson’s acoustic versions of early B-side High Rising and Everything Will Flow from 1999s Head Music a ‘good song from a bad album’ was worth the admission alone. Trash, the unofficial Suede anthem, was belted out typical gusto with the you-and-me, them-and-us lyrics epitomising the triumph of the outsider, although one can’t quite help but think the once romantic notion of ‘litter on the breeze’ is now considered a mild inconvenience now Anderson is 48 and a father-of-two. That said, he still manages to strut around stage like a pansexual peacock, shirt unbuttoned to the navel and microphone swung above his head like an electric lasso. These days Suede do not require the endorsement of sales, chart placings or radio airtime. Night Thoughts is brave and a daring departure from how people will have us think we should consume our music. We no longer listen to albums in their entirety, so Anderson wrote one.
It’s a classic two fingered salute because it’s all very different now.

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Re: 12 Feb 16 - NME Magazine Show @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

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