Having rescheduled their March and April UK tour due to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, elbow have decided to make their forthcoming live album available early on streaming sites for fans to enjoy. Lead singer, Guy Garvey, said: ‘Given we should be seeing 100,000 of you fans on this tour we thought we’d bring forward the release of a record we made at the end of last year, ‘Live at The Ritz’. We have a long history with The Ritz, hanging around there as teenagers. Monday night was indie night and where we found our people but never got a snog. It was a really warm atmosphere in a room we’ve got a ton of history with, one of the best venues in Manchester, one of the best venues in the world. We hope it goes someway to fixing your disappointment at not being able to see us for the moment’.The Ritz set reminded fans of that history with versions of both ‘Newborn’ and ‘Scattered Black and Whites’ from that debut album alongside versions of ‘Grounds for Divorce’ from ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ from ‘Little Fictions’ and ‘Great Expectations’ from ‘Leaders of the Free World’. As befits an album from a band so intrinsically intertwined with their hometown, the show also saw Guy Garvey quote John Cooper Clarke and pay tribute to various Manchester luminaries lost along the way.
Track Listing: 1. Puttin’ on the Ritz 2. Empires 3. Magnificent (She Says) 4. Salome Maloney 5. Newborn 6. Great Expectations (Intro) 7. Great Expectations 8. A Choice of Three Drinks 9. Seven Veils 10. Scattered Black and Whites 11. Weightless (Intro) 12. Weightless 13. Grounds for Divorce (Intro) 14. Grounds for Divorce