The Last Shadow Puppets & Johnny Marr, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

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How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work?

Well if you take into consideration that most of the audience here are well clued up on Manchester’s musical heritage it shouldn’t be too hard. However I wasn’t quite expecting this.

It seems like the Turner/Kane super group has just gained another member. Johnny Marr has just plugged his guitar in as the band launch into ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ by The Smiths. It’s a stunning performance that instantly wins over the young Manchester crowd. Alex Turner is no Morrissey, however it’s an emotional performance to a band that once ruled Manchester.

‘Aviation’ Follows from the second album offering, ‘Everything You’ve come to expect’. Miles’ vocals on this are spot on. And so are the audience, as they sing along. However it’s ‘The Age of The Understatement’ that’s sets the pace for the night. It’s another blistering version with great vocals.

In fact from here on in it’s a mass sing-along. We are treated to fan favourites, ‘Separate and ever Deadly, ‘Miracle Aligner’, ’Dracula’s Teeth’. In fact the 15 song main set keeps the young audience thoroughly entertained throughout.

The encore proves that the Puppets know their stuff. The cover of Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ at Glastonbury was simply stunning and shows that they had done their homework. If you’re familiar with the live performances of this track from the Ziggy years you will know exactly what I mean.

Tonight it’s a cover of The Falls “Totally Wired”. Marr has returned to the stage to accompany this important music lesson. Yet another great cover version.

The final two songs seal the deal, ‘Sweet Dreams, TN’ and ‘Meeting Place’ end a fantastic run of gigs at Castlefield. Let’s see what 2017 brings.

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