IT'S Halloween, but the only thing scaring the Academy crowd is how old Suede have got since they last saw them.
It was at the Academy, in its former Dale End home, that Suede played on their farewell tour in 2003. It was a cracking show, but by the end a sad one.
Many fans may be here again out of a sense of nostalgia, but the reformed band aren't.
They've got off their backsides and released a fine new album, Bloodsports.
And, after starting with an early B-side, they're confident enough to kick off with a trio of songs from it, including the rousing Barriers.
While across town, the poorly Arctic Monkeys were disappointing a younger, skinnier generation of indie kids, frontman Brett Anderson looked fit as a fiddle.
The singer worked up a fearsome sweat on stage - diving into the crowd, swinging his mic like a lasso, and pulling off the handclaps and mildly ridiculous gyrations of old.
Big hit Trash ignited the crowd, but the the band threw in rare, never before played and Bloodsports tracks.
A frenetic The Drowners and Killing Of A Flashboy contrasted with the intimate beauty of The Living Dead and Wild Ones.
The show finishes with a burst of classic material.
Ferocious 20-year-old singles So Young and Metal Mickey clattered into a singalong Beautiful Ones.
A fitting encore of New Generation, and a great show was over, too soon.
Maybe don't leave it another 10 years next time, eh lads? RICHARD JACKSON
A service of YellowBrix, Inc.
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