Live at O2 Academy Leeds on Saturday, 21st November 2015
The Happy Mondays leave Leeds wanting more
Last night inside a packed to the rafters O2 in Leeds, Madchester veterans The Happy Mondays, touring to celebrate the quarter century anniversary of 1990 masterpiece "Pills, Thrills, 'n' Belly Aches," put on a show that left fans - both old and new - wanting more. Sean Ryder and his bandmates played the splendidly decadent L.P in its entirety, the highlights being "Kinky Afro," "Loose Fit" and of course, "Step On."
Ryder, wearing shades throughout, let the hard working Rowetta do her thing as he took what could be described as a supporting role. Showing effortless cool (or Lazyitis!), Ryder looked on as the tireless antics of Bez also thrilled the full house. It was a party atmosphere, the kind The Mondays have been giving us since the 1980s, and it was a party no-one wanted to leave. On stage for around 90 minutes, The Mondays gave a short encore, with brilliant track "Wrote For Luck" showing no signs of age, but the night was then over, seemingly short and sweet.
Ryder might have appeared bored at times, "I wrote this 25 years ago, f*****g hell," he said as an intro to one song, but the fans were anything but bored. With the Manchester scene buzzing right now - with The Charlatans as great as ever and The Stone Roses about to tour again - The Mondays reminded up last night just what a unique bunch of talent that city spawned 30 or so years ago.
The Happy Mondays played:
Kinky Afro, God's Cop, Donovan, Grandbag's Funeral, Loose Fit, Dennis and Lois, Bob's Yer Uncle, Step On, Holiday, Harmony, Wrote For Luck.