GIG REVIEW – BODY COUNT MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – 1st JULY 2024

GIG REVIEW – BODY COUNT MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – 1st JULY 2024

2nd July 2024 0 By Quinccy

The O2 Ritz in Manchester was ecstatic with the electrifying performance of Body Count last night. The venue played host to a night of raw energy and unapologetic sound that only Body Count can deliver. Let me be honest with you – I hadn’t really heard much of their stuff before attending this concert, I’d heard the odd ‘bigger’ tracks they’d release so didn’t really know what to expect but I left feeling like I’d truly discovered a new band that I adore.

Fans from all walks of life gathered, united by their love for the band’s unique blend of heavy metal hardcore punk, and a mix of everything in between. There was a lot of camouflage visible in the crowd and I almost feel like I needed to include a joke about not being able to see anyone there but I just can’t bring myself to do that.

The opening act, Slope, set the stage with their dynamic presence, warming up the crowd for the main event. Slope‘s set was energetic, and infectious and set a solid tone for the rest of the evening.

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Then, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived. Body Count took the stage, and the atmosphere transformed. Ice-T, the legendary frontman, commanded the room with his powerful vocals and dominating stage presence. You would not think this man is 66 years old with much energy he exerted. The set list was a perfect blend of old and new, with classics like “Cop Killer” and “Born Dead” resonating with the fans as much as their newer anthems.

The band’s performance of “Raining Blood,” a cover that pays homage to Slayer, was a standout moment for me, “Raining Blood” is a song from my childhood and an absolute cracker of a song. The raw intensity of the guitar riffs and the precision of the drumming left the audience in sheer euphoric bliss. It was a testament to Body Count‘s ability to honor the giants of metal while adding their unique flair.

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The cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” was another highlight, showcasing the band’s versatility and willingness to push boundaries. As Ice T stated he wanted to do something to shock the crowd, something different – and they delivered. It was a rendition that breathed new life into the classic.

Throughout the night, Body Count‘s energy never waned and the crowds’ energy mirrored this too. They played with a ferocity that matched the spirit of their lyrics, touching on themes of social injustice and personal struggle. It was a performance that not only entertained but also provoked thought and reflection. There were many issues brought to light and highlighted throughout the evening from racism, wars overseas and the loss of loved ones.

As the final notes rang out and the band took their bows, the crowd erupted in applause, knowing they had witnessed more than just a concert. They had experienced a cultural phenomenon, a band that has stood the test of time and continues to flourish and inspire artists in the music industry.

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The gig at the O2 Ritz will be remembered as a night of passion, power, and rebellion. Body Count proved once again why they are icons of their genre, and are always bringing new things to the table forever breaking social norms with their music and pushing boundaries to spread deep and meaningful messages. I for one, had a fucking amazing time and would highly recommend anyone that has not witnessed Body Count live to check them out when you can. They did not dissapoint.

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Set List: 

(Intro) Civil War
Body Count’s in the House

Raining Blood (Slayer Cover)
Bowels of the Devil
There Goes The Neighbourhood
The Purge
Point The Finger
Manslaughter
Necessary Evil
Psychopath
No Lives Matter
Disorder (The Exploited Cover)
Drive By
Voodoo
Talk Shit, Get Shot (With Audience Member Dexter and Ice T’s Daughter on stage)
Cop Killer
Encore
Born Dead
This Is Why We Ride
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)

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