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In this month’s [b]UNCUT[/b], our writers, friends and favourite musicians reminisce about their favourite gigs.

The October issue, onsale now, features our best 50 – including [b]Jimi[/b], [b]U2[/b], [b]The Band[/b] and [b]Oasis[/b] – with rare photos from the shows too.

Now here’s some more – we’ll publish one everyday this month – including online exclusives on gigs by [b]The Stone Roses[/b], [b]Pixies[/b] and the [b]Beach Boys[/b], and [b]Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones[/b] and [b]Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek[/b]’s favourite live memories too.

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[b]THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS[/b]
The Bull & Gate, London
April 1991

[b]PAUL MOODY[/b]:

Manic Street Preachers 1991: they loved [b]Warhol[/b], laughed at [b]Shaun Ryder[/b] and thought name-dropping Guy DeBord, [b]Hanoi Rocks[/b]and Public Enemy made them special. Who could doubt them? Quite a few, if a half-empty [b]Bull & Gate[/b] populated by music biz scensters, cynical punks and the curious was anything to go by, as they trooped on in spray-painted t-shirts and smudged lipstick to promote latest single “You Love Us”. “You’re shit!” shouted one of Heavenly labelmates [b]Flowered Up[/b] good naturedly, the second they plugged in.

“Fuck off!” bawled James Dean Bradfield in a flash, already a veteran of PA warfare. If a blistering “You Love Us”, and a terse “Starlover” were electrifying bursts of small town hope and disgust, such white-knuckle intensity had its drawbacks. With Nicky Wire’s bass already down to two strings, the band meekly trooped off-stage after barely twenty minutes to derisive cheers.

Their answer? An encore of anti-royalist rant “Repeat” (“Repeat after me fuck Queen and country!”) delivered with such paint-stripping intensity even the loudest dissenters were finally won over.
The battle lines were drawn. Within a month, [b]Richey Edwards[/b] would carve ‘4 REAL’ into his arm with a razorblade after a gig in Norwich, and no one would ever doubt their integrity again.

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plus [b]WERE YOU THERE?[/b]

Not even [b]UNCUT[/b]s war-weary gig-hounds have been to every great show in history – but you lot probably have.

Email Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com, or [b]share your memories[/b] in the comments box below, of the ones we might have missed, and we’ll publish the best in a future issue!

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