Be Pure – Be Vigilant – Behave screened at Nottingham Broadway cinema

By Emily Rooney

The Manic Street Preachers’ new film Be Pure – Be Vigilant – Behave was screened at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema last night and was followed by a Q&A with Kieran Evans.

The film is a concept recording of the Holy Bible tour from 2014-2015, which the Manic Street Preachers embarked on as it was the 20th anniversary of the album’s original release.

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The film comes as a result of it being the album’s 25th anniversary this year, and Evans deciding it was the right time to release the footage from the tour, once it had been edited properly and mixed.

As well as this, Colin Ross, the lighting designer for the tour who has worked with the Manic Street Preachers for 14 or 15 years had passed away recently, and Evans felt this was a good way to honour him.

“How it started was the fact that the shows sold out, and I kept on saying to [Nicky] Wire, somebody should film this.

“I said I’ll just document it because this is a piece of musical history and it’s not going to happen again, we all know it’s not going to happen again and you’ll kick yourself in ten years because you’ll go ah I wish we’d got something of that.”

Evans has now built up a solid working relationship with the Manic Street Preachers, and has recently been sent a bag of VHS tapes from the Gold Against the Soul tour, which was the first tour they embarked on.

He has also been going over footage from the This Is My Truth tour, celebrating 20 years of This is My Truth Tell Me Yours, which went to the Leicester O2 Academy earlier this year.

“What was amazing was, and again we picked it up from day one, was this record is so important to the Manics fans.”

 

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