Manics singer makes solo debut

James Dean Bradfield goes it alone

James Dean Bradfield made his solo live debut in Manchester last night (May 22).

The Manic Street Preachers frontman debuted songs from his solo album ‘The Great Western’ at the intimate Roadhouse venue in front of just a handful of fans.

Though the set was made up mainly of new songs including debut single ‘That’s No Way To Tell A Lie’, fans heckling for Manics hits were not left disappointed.

Bradfield performed ‘Ocean Spray’, the song on which he wrote lyrics from 2001’s ‘Know Your Enemy’, along with an acoustic rendition of ‘This Is Yesterday’ from ‘The Holy Bible’.

Then, after one fan repeatedly shouted for early album track ‘Sleepflower’, Bradfield gave an impromptu verse, to which the crowd sang along.

The setlist was:

‘Run Romeo Run’

‘An English Gentleman’

‘Bad Boys and Painkillers’

‘On Saturday Morning We Will Rule The World’


‘Ocean Spray’

‘The Wrong Beginning’

‘This Is Yesterday’

‘Say Hello To The Pope’

‘Still A Long Way To Go’

‘That’s No Way To Tell A Lie’

‘Which Way To Kyffin’

James Dean Bradfield plays Glasgow King Tuts tonight and then London Barfly on Wednesday.