Nicky Wire takes aim at the Royal Family during Manic Street Preachers’ iTunes gig

Bassist complains of media “saturation”

Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire took a swipe at the Royal Family during the band’s show last night (July 3) at London’s Roundhouse as part of the month-long iTunes Festival.

“We were gonna take a year off from touring altogether next year,” he told the crowd, “but we are gonna do one gig just to avoid the Diamond Jubilee. I mean, how fucking saturated have we been with the Royal Family this year? So there’ll be one gig, just to avoid having to listen to Prince Philip for an hour.”

The band’s set saw a rare outing for ‘Gold Against The Soul’ track ‘Life Becoming A Landslide’, before which Wire paid tribute to missing guitarist Richey Edwards.

Manic Street Preachers played:
‘You Love Us’ 

‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’ 

‘(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love’ 

‘Everything Must Go’ 

‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ 

‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ 

‘Life Becoming a Landslide’ 


‘Some Kind Of Nothingness’ 


‘Suicide is Painless (Theme from MASH)’ 

‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ 

‘The Everlasting’
‘The Masses Against the Classes’ 

‘Ocean Spray’ 

‘Postcards From A Young Man’ 

‘Motown Junk’ 

‘A Design For Life’