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LAST NIGHT'S REVIEW: Suede, 02 Guildhall Southampton
IT IS 20 years since Suede released their debut album and scooped the Mercury Music Prize.
And although band and crowd alike are greying and the musical landscape is now a vastly different place, last night at Southampton’s O2 Guildhall they displayed the same verve and panache as they did when they swaggered into the public consciousness.
Last night’s gig was the first date on a UK tour marking the release of Bloodsports, their first album since reforming in 2010.
First though, comes able support from London four-piece Teleman.
The delivery of their Kraftwerktinged drone with inflections of New Order and the Velvet Underground and aided by some soaring vocals from singer Thomas Sanders, goes down well early doors.
But there is only one act the crowd are here to see, and from the opening flourishes of dramatic intro piano it is clear the Guildhall is a fitting venue for this most elegant of Britpop acts.
From the opening strains of opener Barriers, singer Brett Anderson is a commanding stage presence, a mixture of raw power and Bowie-esque showmanship ably backed up by his four cohorts.
It is a deftly handled performance heavily stocked with new material, but it’s only when returning after a brief interval with a selection of mid-’90s favourites like Metal Mickey and So Young that they truly catch fire.
But watching them perform a bona fide anthem like Animal Nitrate with such gusto makes it easy to surmise that music is far better with Suede back among the fold.
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