I’ve been a Manics fan since their heyday in the 90’s and have seen them quite a few times, including a headlining slot at Reading in 1997, but this was the first time I’d ever seen them in D.C. They were opening the North American leg of their Holy Bible 20 tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal album, the last with Richey James Edwards. They sounded as vitriolic and potent as ever tearing through songs like “Of Walking Abortion” and “P.C.P” like a band half their age, following up with a second set of greatest hits like “Motorcycle Emptiness” and “Everything Must Go.” If you’re on the fence about seeing them on this tour, you don’t want to miss them. Trust me.
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