Manic Street Preachers played a homecoming show at Cardiff Castle on Friday night (June 5), ending the gig with an attempt to smash their bass guitar.
The Welsh band finished their set with 1996 single ‘A Design For Life’, with bassist Nicky Wire proceeding to bash his instrument against the stage floor before giving up and throwing the object up in the air. Singer James Dean Bradfield then took over the task, struggling to break the guitar before telling the crowd: “It’s the toughest guitar of the world”. Bradfield finally managed to smash the guitar in half before exiting the stage.
Watch the incident in the fan-shot video below. The guitar smashing starts at the 0.37 mark.
Meanwhile, the band recently revealed that they are contemplating the possibility of touring for the 20th anniversary of their ‘Everything Must Go’ album. ‘Everything Must Go’ was released in 1996, their first LP following the disappearance of lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards. It reached Number Two in the UK Albums Chart, selling over 900,000 copies since.
Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards in London last month (May 21), where they were presented with the Inspiration Award by Kasabian, the band’s bassist Nicky Wire told reporters that they might “do a couple of gigs” to mark the milestone.
“Maybe we’ll never do another one,” Wire told Gigwise of plans for a new album. “‘Futurology’ was such a brilliant summation of who we are, who knows? ‘Everything Must Go’ is 20 years old next year as well, so we might even just do a couple of gigs doing that. I think we need to replenish our inspiration, you know?”