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The Wedding Present – Bizzaro 30th Anniversary Tour, plus Special Guests Young Romance
Fri 13th Dec 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ era. You may dispute this but I’m right and you’re wrong!” – John Peel
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of their classic album ‘Bizarro’, THE WEDDING PRESENT, will perform the piece in its entirety at Manchester Academy 2 this Winter (13 December).
Their first LP release for major label RCA, Bizarro remains both a totemic indie record in the genre and a fan favourite these three decades later. Featuring some of the band’s most recognised tracks to this day in the barn-storming Top 40 singles ‘Kennedy’ and the Steve Albini produced ‘Brassneck’, expect to wrap your ears around these plus the many immense riches of its album track highlights such as ‘Crushed’, ‘What Have I Said Now?’, ‘Bewitched’, ‘Be Honest’ and beyond….
Marking a true turning point for the band and carrying many fond memories, their ever ebullient frontman David Gedge reminisces on the making of Bizarro and its proud place in The Wedding Present’s eventful history:
A record with Manchester written into its very DNA too it seems, The Wedding Present main man also speaks of his excitement for this upcoming fixture with the city:
“‘Bizarro’ was our second album and you can hear on it how much we had learned from the experience of recording our debut, ‘George Best’. You only have to listen to something like ‘Bewitched’ to notice that there’s much more in the way of texture and depth on ‘Bizarro’. We’d just improved as songwriters and arrangers, basically. It’s no less than frenetic a record, though! When we last played ‘Bizarro’ live, in Summer 2010, the tour began in California and our drummer, Charlie, made us rehearse in a sweltering Los Angeles studio with the air conditioning switched off just so that he’d could see whether he could play it under concert conditions!”
“I’m really looking forward to playing ‘Bizarro’ live in Manchester in December, not least because there are various Manchester references on that record, including the actual title of the song ‘Granadaland’.”
A band who refuse to sit still for long, The Manchester Academy 2 date will follow a hectic summer schedule that will see them playing festivals across the nation, as well as continuing to help to promote screenings of their recent George Best album feature film documentary Something Left Behind and their George Best 30 album; a record that offered up a new version of their seminal outing George Best re-recorded by Steve Albini (as released by Scopitones). The band are also already planning to release Tommy 30, a re-recording of early singles and will also be touring in Asia and Continental Europe later this year before returning to the UK for the Bizarro 30 celebrations.
Finally, David Gedge is hoping to find time to continue writing and publishing issues of Tales From The Wedding Present – his auto-biography in comic book form – as well as DJ-ing around the country and curating his annual festival in Brighton, At The Edge Of The Sea.
Don’t miss The Wedding Present perform their game-changing album Bizarro live and in-full at Manchester Academy 2 on 13th December 2019. Support comes from Young Romance.
Bizarro Track-listing : Brassneck / Crushed / No / Thanks / Kennedy / What Have I Said Now? / Granadaland / Bewitched / Take Me! / Be Honest