Sunday, February 25, 2007

Nine Inch Nails and Ladytron at the Manchester Apollo

Greetings from Manchester, England. I decided to take a vacation from Los Angeles concerts and go on holiday in the U.K. Ironically enough, Nine Inch Nails are in town with Ladytron opening. Sounded like a good vacation to me. The Manchester Apollo is a cool theatre about the size of the Wiltern theatre back in Los Angeles. The venue has a no camera policy so I figured I would take good notes instead. Ladytron opened up first with "High Rise" and continued to raise the energy level with "International Dateline" and "Destroy Everything You Touch". Ladytron had a movie screen behind them showing old footage from various flicks. The crowd cheered them on but one could sense the building anticipation for Nine Inch Nails. Chirping noises soon rang out through the P.A. system and the marching anthem of "Pilgrimage" stirred the crowd into a frenzy. "Mr. Self Destruct" got the crowd going early with the triple guitar assault of Alessandro Cortini, Jeordie White, and Aaron North. Trent was circling the stage like a predator anticipating the destruction of his prey. "Last" was astounding as it has not been played on recent tours. All of the band members were sceaming the chorus to make the song as visceral as it is on the cd. "Sin", "Burn", "Terrible Lie", "Something I Can Never Have", "March of the Pigs", "Wish" kept the momentum running high. "Ruiner" was another surprise with Aaron nailing(no pun intended) the guitar solo. Alessandro added some flavor with octave chords on guitar during the song. At prior shows in the United States, people would always scream during "Hurt" and ruining the song. The rendition that I heard tonight was the quietest version yet. Aaron North was jumping, stomping, kicking, and slipping all over stage with a great performance. This was a great opening night for the U.K. tour and I have a feeling it will only get better.

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