Andy Black 1© Melanie Smith

Andy Black 1© Melanie Smith Andy Black | Adore Delano
Manchester Academy 2
July 9th 2019

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Black returned to the UK with his solo project on his Ghost of the United Kingdom Tour, bringing along special guest American drag musician Adore Delano.  They both performed to a sold-out Manchester Academy 2. Melanie Smith was there to capture the action.

It all kicked off with Adore Delano and a great cover version of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. Delano is renowned for her performances on American Idol and Ru Pauls Drag Race and appears to have a large following judging by the audience’s reactions. A super lively set with flamboyance galore and within the first 3 songs she was crowd surfing with legs akimbo in a thong. (more photos below)

Adore Delano © Melanie Smith Adore Delano crowd surf © Melanie Smith It’s Andy’s fourth UK date so far, he’s promoting his new solo album ‘The Ghost of Ohio’, which is very different to his metal rock band Black Veil Brides. However he still has a large fan base here and the crowd were more than ready, fresh from their VIP meet and greet session. So with fans screaming loudly down the front row, their handsome idol appeared in his trademark black clothes, tattoed and bare-chested, dark eye makeup and bandana. Opening to the gothic, electro-rock sounds of ‘Ribcage’ taken from his 2016 debut solo album ‘The Shadow Side’ with matching atmospheric lighting and strobes. It was a super dramatic show, with tracks mainly from his Shadow Side album, just three tracks performed tonight from Ghost of Ohio.

Andy Black 4 © Melanie Smith Andy Black 3© Melanie Smith Andy Black 9 © Melanie Smith Andy Black 4 © Melanie Smith


They Don’t Need to Understand
Westwood Road
Broken Pieces
Know One
Beautiful Pain
Louder Than Your Love
Paint It Black
Sadie [Alkaline Trio cover]
Put the Gun Down
Homecoming King

Ghost Of Ohio
We Don’t Have to Dance

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(Last time Black appeared in Manchester at O2 Ritz, it was filmed for his official video channel. See if you can spot me in the pit.)

More information about Adore Delano can be found at website

Andy Black is on Facebook and Twitter . Keep up to date on his website.

Words and photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook andTwitter. Photography portfolio can be found here and Flickr

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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