Gig Review + Photography by Jason Broadhurst

It’s hard to believe that Hollywood Undead released their debut album ‘Swan Songs’ a whole 10 years ago, yes 10 years ago that doesn’t half make me feel old. Anyway, since then the band have only gone on to increase their reputation as the queues building up outside of the Academy show. The venue itself is also sold out and with a second queue forming on the other side of the building where the hardcore fans who have just received their meet and greet are waiting shows they have also built up a solid core fanbase among the casual watchers.

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First up, The One Hundred and their mix of metal and rap is a perfect combination to open up tonights proceedings. A couple of sound issues hinder the opening couple of numbers but by the time they reach the middle of the set the fans have truly warmed to them as they sing their songs back to them like they were the main act.

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The anticipation for tonight’s headliners Hollywood Undead is reaching peak levels with the fans singing ‘Everywhere I Go’ to pass time. The sound of opening track ‘Whatever It Takes’ hits the speaker and the banner hiding the stage drops to reveal the band. Taking turns to walk on stage to sing their parts they are greeted to cheers from the crowd. Screams of Undead! fill the venue as the intensity the band are playing with is incredible. For a group that has so many members singing so many different parts they are not missing a beat they work the stage to its max, covering every inch of it.

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The catchy ‘Comin’ In Hot’ is sandwiched in-between two cover songs, first up the Guns n’ Roses classic ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ shortly followed by the folk legend Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.

The fans chant and cheers for the band to return and finally their persistence pay of as they return for a short encore of the song ‘Everywhere I Go’ and it was most certainly worth the wait. Many will view the band as a bit of a gimmick with the masks and alter egos but the performance they have put in shows that they are anything but that and prove that if anything it even adds to the stage presence.

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Setlist: Whatever It Takes, Undead, Been to Hell, California Dreaming, Dead Bite, Gravity, Renegade, Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover), Comin’ in Hot, Another Way Out, Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover), Bullet, War Child, Riot, Party By Myself, Bad Moon, Day of the Dead

Encore: Everywhere I Go

See the complete photoset from tonight’s gig here.

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One Response to “Hollywood Undead + The One Hundred at Manchester Academy, UK – 25th January 2018”

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