Welsh heroes draw hardcore fans to NME/Radio 1 Stage
The band, headlining the NME/Radio 1 Stage, dedicated their 1998 Number One single to the fellow Welsh band, who played on the stage earlier this evening.
Before performing the song, James Dean Bradfield dedicated the song to “a fucking great metal band from Bridgend, Bullet For My Valentine“.
Manic Street Preachers brought out their greatest hits and obscure classics for the hardcore fans, who sang along riotously from the start of the gig.
Before performing ‘Little Baby Nothing’, taken from the band’s 1992 debut album ‘Generation Terrorists’, bassist Nicky Wire paid tribute to Richey Edwards, the band’s lyricist who disappeared in 1995, saying: “It’s really difficult to pack twenty years of hits into an hour. This is something old, something written by the genius hand of Mr Richey Edwards.”
As well as performing the Nirvana cover ‘Pennyroyal Tea’, the band gave a rare outing to ‘The Holy Bible’ track ‘Of Walking Abortion’.
The trio, augmented by a keyboardist and guitarist, closed their set with 1991 single ‘Motown Junk’ and ‘Everything Must Go’‘s ‘A Design For Life’, which saw Bradfield leaving the enthusiastic crowd to take over vocals.
Manic Street Preachers played:
‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’
‘La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)’
‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’
‘Send Away The Tigers’
‘Little Baby Nothing’
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’
‘You Love Us’
‘Of Walking Abortion’
‘A Design For Life’
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