By Desh Kapur, Rock At Night Manchester
Venue: Manchester Academy March 10th 2018
I last saw Feeder nearly 12 months ago to the day in the O2 Liverpool, on the All Bright Electric tour in support of the album of the same name, and even though they were great and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I remember walking away thinking, “Wouldn’t it be just amazing if they did a greatest hits tour”– and low and behold, here I was walking in to a sold out Manchester Academy to watch them play on their Greatest Hits Tour, yes ma’am.
I’m sorry I didn’t really catch the first band, but the crowd seemed to like them –and so did my mate
Manchester Academy was packed, the crowd was buzzing and on walked Feeder to raptures applause, whistles and the clapping of hands, the stage went dark and the band exploded into “Feeling a Moment”, “Shatter”, and “Renegades”.
As front man Grant Nicholas said the band is now 25 years old and I tell you that the songs still sounded as fresh, vibrant and current today as the day they were written, which is a true testament to the song writing ability of the band. But I think what struck me most and had a tear in my eye was the sheer joy and appreciation the band seemed to show, so truly grateful to still be playing to full rooms and still have the fan base they do. At times Grant seemed genuinely overwhelmed by the love that was coming back to him from the crowd.
It was Feeder hit after hit, “Pushing the Senses”, “Lost and Found”, “High”, “Universe Of Life”, “Insomnia”, “Figure You Out”, “Piece by Piece”, “Tender”, “Eskimo”, “Come Back Around”, “Stereo World”, “The Perfect Day”, “Borders”, “Just the Way I’m Feeling”, “Buck Rodgers” and for Encore “Silent City”, “Children Of The Sun”, “Yesterday Went To Soon”, “Seven days In The Sun” and “Just A Day”. At times it felt like the best Feeder Karaoke in the world as the crowd sang back to the band song after song.
Feeder is a great band, a great live band with a back catalogue of songs that any band would be proud of. If you haven’t seen Feeder live, shame on you! If you don’t own a Feeder record shame on you! And if you don’t get out to see them live, well…. You can live with the regret! thanks guys you truly are a national treasure.