THE FUTURE’S UNCERTAIN

Band plan to quit in 2002...

Manic Street Preachers have strongly hinted that they will split after their next album, due for release in 2001.

Speaking after a press conference in Cardiff last week (October 5) to promote their Manic Millennium gig at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park on December 31, lead singer James Dean Bradfield told a reporter that he didn’t still want to be in the band when he was 40.

Nicky Wire told NME: “When my passport’s up in the year 2002 I don’t intend to renew it.”

The band plan to spend all next year preparing the album, their sixth, for a 2001 release. They then plan to release a greatest hits package, rumoured to be a double album titled ‘Forever Delayed’, and call it a day.

You can read the full story in NME, out now in London and across the UK from tomorrow. Streamed audio of the interview will be available on nme.com later this week.