There was an audible excitement buzzing throughout the sold-out Academy 2 in Manchester on Tuesday 9th July, as the audience waited for Adore Delano to open up for Andy Black.
American Idol and Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant Adore Delano is always hugely popular in Manchester, she even told the audience that she is planning to move there soon. There were a large number of audience members that had come specifically to see Adore, armed with bunches of roses and sunflowers for the beloved queen who opened the show with a gorgeous cover of Amy Winehouse hit ‘Back to Black’.
Despite being on stage entirely alone, no band, singing to backing tracks, Adore’s presence filled the room, she was captivating. In between songs she would laugh with the audience and tell jokes and stories and everyone was loving it. When Adore sings, you can’t help but stare in amazement. That voice…so, so good.
Of course, when Andy Black walked onto the stage the sold-out room erupted, people always go crazy whenever he’s around. And with good reason, Andy (Biersack) is one of the most genuine, kindest rockstars you could ever meet, and teamed with his Adonis looks and musical talent, there is no way he wouldn’t be a hit. I was surrounded by both boys and girls all screaming “Andy, I love you” at various times throughout the show.
Opening with fan-favourite ‘Ribcage’ sent the crowd wild. The lighting was a photographers nightmare, practically pitch-black with lasers, but for audience it was magical. Videos of the singer as a child, pretending (or shall we say preparing) to be a rockstar were projected onto the backdrop. It is clear that even from a young age Andy was made to be on stage and from his confident performances you would never guess that he often suffers with anxiety.
The set was a great mix of songs from his debut solo record The Shadow Side, and the new album The Ghost of Ohio, with a great cover of ‘Sadie’ by Alkaline Trio thrown in. Andy closed the show with an encore of ‘Ghost of Ohio’ and ‘We Don’t Have to Dance’ and as the room emptied, that buzz of excitement continued down the stairs and out the front door. This was a show that people will talk about for a long time.
See our interview with the man himself right here.