Leaving the 20th Century

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Cover of Leaving the 20th Century

Leaving the 20th Century is a recording of the Manic Millennium concert by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers, released in 2000. The concert was announced on October 5th 1998 and which also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the band, was performed on the New Year's Eve night 1999-2000 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, in front of more than 57,000 fans. The event became international as the final song of the event was broadcast live all over the world through satellites, the entire concert was broadcast Live on London's 104.9 XFM, support came from Patrick Jones, Shack, Feeder and Super Furry Animals though amongst fan sites at the time Mansun had been strongly rumoured to play but did not.

The year changes between 'Motorcycle Emptiness' and the cover of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', the latter song (and the one after it) performed solo by James Dean Bradfield with an acoustic guitar. In-between some of the tracks there are interview clips where the band discusses their history and the songs. During the concert and radio broadcast just before The Masses Against the Classes was played Nicky Wire ranted and told the crowd to go out and buy the single when it was released so it would be No.1 in the charts so we would not have to have another shit No.1 and further said "So Knock The F*ckers Off The Top Eh" this was omitted from the VHS or DVD release.

The subtitled English lyrics, available as an extra, contain errors when compared to the official lyrics in the band's album booklets.

The concert is available on VHS and DVD.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. "You Stole the Sun from My Heart"
  3. "Faster"
  4. "Everything Must Go"
  5. "Tsunami"
  6. "The Masses Against the Classes"
  7. "The Everlasting"
  8. "Kevin Carter"
  9. "La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)"
  10. "Rock and Roll Music"
  11. "Ready for Drowning"
  12. "Of Walking Abortion"
  13. "No Surface All Feeling"
  14. "Motown Junk"
  15. "Motorcycle Emptiness"
  16. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
  17. "Small Black Flowers that Grow in the Sky"
  18. "Australia"
  19. "Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier"
  20. "You Love Us"
  21. "Stay Beautiful"
  22. "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next"
  23. "A Design for Life"
  24. Closing credits

DVD Extras[edit]

  • Exclusive interview footage (placed between the music tracks)
  • Photo gallery
  • Performances of 'Ready for Drowning' and 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next', recorded at Chateau de la Rouge Motte, France in 1998
  • Discography
  • Lyrics in English and French


  1. ^ Martin Power (17 September 2010). Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. pp. 451–. ISBN 978-0-85712-462-3.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Kollington - Morphine. MUZE. pp. 475–. ISBN 978-0-19-531373-4.