Terrorvision at O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK – 5th May 2019

Posted by Bianca on Sunday May 5, 2019 Under Rock

Review + Photos by Frank Ralph

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening than in front of the TV, and by that I mean the giant totally Vegas style letters that adorn the stage whenever Terrorvision are in town.

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The show tonight at the O2 Ritz in Manchester was part of a small 25-year anniversary of one of THE best albums ever made, one of my all-time favourites and one of Brit Rock’s most defining moments. How to Make Friends and Influence People.

I remember being at the 15-year anniversary show and thinking I felt old but 25 years is a whole other feeling. I also remember being 18 and falling in love with this album, and its been a constant in my ears ever since.

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The silver outfits are back – although not the originals – and we are treated to the full album in order – which means they open with Alice and Oblivion two of the bangiest bangers there ever was. The energy was incredible both on stage and in the audience. None of us are 18 any more but goddamn it if we don’t all feel it when these songs are being played.

Stop the Bus and Discotheque Wreck follow and the slight respite of Middleman is a welcome one.

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The band sound fantastic with Cam on drums supplying a terrifyingly heavy backbone to proceedings and augmented with Milly on keys and a horn section whilst Tony tear arses his way across the stage and Leigh and Mark stalk it.

The rest of the first set flies by, as does the album with the likes of Pretend Best Friend, What the Doctor Ordered and Some People Say before What Makes You Tick ends things with a bang. The secret tape recording that ends the album also features while the guys leave to get changed into something more comfortable for the second set – and everyone else catches their breath.

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The second set would have made for a great show in itself to be honest. Some of the best tracks from the rest of their catalogue are aired and it shows how great a band they are. Tequila, American TV and If I Was You all get everyone going before Celebrity Hitlist and the maximum bounce bringing My House raise the temperature in the already sweltering room and the trio of Josephine, D’ya Wanna Go Faster and Perseverance wind things up.

I’ve honestly lost count of the times I’ve left a Terrorvision gig wetter than I have left a shower. If they released a workout DVD I’d be thin as a rake. Thank God we all had a bank holiday Monday to recover.

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As the merch stated How Is It Twenty Five Years Ago? We’ve no idea. It feels like yesterday I first discovered this album. Let’s hope it’s not another 25 eh, in fact I’d be happy to celebrate this album and this band every night for the rest of my life… but we’ll settle for seeing you all again at a 30th bash so long as there’s some other gigs in between.

They’re Terrorvision from Bradford. They made lifelong friends and influenced many people. Shit ‘ot!

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See the full photoset from tonight’s gig here.

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