REVIEW: Magazine, Plug

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FORMER Buzzcocks co-founder Howard Devoto brings his current issue of Magazine to Sheffield as part a nine-date tour following on from their sold out reformation tour of 2009.

The reason is Magazine’s first new work for 30 years, namely new album No Thyself, and tonight this near sold out venue gets a few tasters, including the wonderful Holy Dotage.

Scunthorpe-born Howard led his team out to deafening cheers, many having waited decades to see Mr Devoto again, announcing “this is Magazine version 6.0, thanks for upgrading”.

Opening with Definitive Gaze, first track from classic début album Real Life, right from the off the crowd are in tune with Howard. Give Me Everything follows, then Motorcade, and we’re back in 1978 for 15 minutes before updating with new song Happening In English, a great vehicle for his talking / singing style.

Noko, a recent recruit whose guitar is on fire, is the only one capable of drawing attention from the charismatic front man, seemingly happy to share the limelight.

A poignant Hello Mr Curtis (with apologies), referencing the tragic genius of Ian Curtis, hits the spot and bodes well for their sixth album. Two encores bring biggest hit Shot By Both Sides and excellent closer I Love You You Big Dummy.

With fans including Morrissey, Radiohead and Jarvis Cocker, it’ll be interesting to see how reception of the new material compares to their trail blazing releases of the late ‘70s early ‘80s and if it too inspires the current brigade of musos.