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SHOW REVIEW – BODY COUNT MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – JULY 1, 2024

SHOW REVIEW – BODY COUNT MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – JULY 1, 2024

O O2 Ritz in Manchester was ecstatic with the electrifying performance of Body count last night. The venue was home 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 material before going to this show, I had heard the “bigger” tracks they’ve released so I didn’t really know what to expect, but I left feeling like I’d really discovered a new band that I love.

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 need to include a joke about not being able to see anyone there, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

The opening act, Slopeset the stage with their dynamic presence, warming up the audience for the main event. SlopeThe set was energetic and infectious and set a solid tone for the rest of the night.

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Then, the moment everyone was waiting for arrived. Body count took the stage and the atmosphere was transformed. Iced teathe legendary vocalist, commanded the room with his powerful vocals and commanding stage presence. You wouldn’t think this man was 66 years old with the energy he exerted. The setlist was a perfect mix of old and new, with classics such as “Cops Killer” It is “Stillborn” resonating with fans as much as their new anthems.

The band’s performance of “Raining blood”, a cover that pays homage AssassinIt was a defining moment for me, “Raining blood” is a song from my childhood and an absolutely incredible song. The raw intensity of the guitar riffs and the precision of the drums left the audience in pure euphoric bliss. It was a testament to Body countability to pay homage to the giants of metal while also adding their own unique touch.

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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.

During the night, Body countThe energy of the band never wavered and the energy of the crowd reflected this as well. They played with a ferocity that matched the spirit of their lyrics, addressing themes of social injustice and personal struggle. It was a performance that not only entertained but also provoked thought and reflection. Many issues were brought to the fore and highlighted throughout the night, from racism, to wars abroad and the loss of loved ones.

As the final notes sounded and the band took their bows, the crowd erupted in applause, knowing they had witnessed more than just a show. 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 show 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 something new to the table, breaking social norms with their music and pushing boundaries to spread deep and meaningful messages. I, for one, had a great time and I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t seen Body Count live to check them out when they can. They did not disappoint.

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Playlist:

(Introduction) Civil War
Body count in the house

Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
Devil’s Guts
There goes the neighborhood
Clearance
Point the finger
Manslaughter
Necessary evil
Psycho
No life matters
Disorder (The Cover Explored)
Drive by
Voodoo
Talk Shit and Get Shot (with audience member Dexter and Ice T’s daughter on stage)
Cop Killer
Bis
Stillborn
That’s why we cycle
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)