Manic Street Preachers appeared on James Corden‘s US talk show on Thursday night (May 30), making their first ever appearance on American live TV.
In the middle of a North American tour, the band stopped off to perform their 1996 single ‘A Design For Life’ on ‘The Late Late Show’. Watch footage beneath. Scroll below to watch an interview with the band discussing how writing the song “saved” the group.
In December last year, the Manic Street Preachers played a series of gigs in which they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ by performing it in full. They released their 12th studio album, ‘Futurology’, in July last year.
Talking about playing ‘The Holy Bible’ in full, Bradfield recently told NME: “It’s very fast and I’m 45 years old, so to approach these shows when we did it, I looked at the technical aspect, and I just really fucking enjoyed it. It was like a fight, it was just really good. Not that I can fight anymore, because I’m too old!” They will play more shows in May and June of this year, with those dates below.
Speaking further about the LP, which was their last to feature guitarist Richey Edwards, Bradfield commented: “It is an album that represents a quite fraught, but also a quite happy time in our lives. We knew that we were making something special and you don’t get that feeling much. And sometimes, subsequently you do end up doing something special, but you don’t feel it at that moment in time. With ‘The… Bible’ we actually felt that it was important, we felt that everything was at stake and that we had nothing to lose, because we felt like we were a band that had failed somewhat at that point, by not selling 27 million records and splitting up and all of that kind of bollocks. It was a moment in time… Richey wasn’t in such bad shape when we were making that record – it was the calm before the storm.”
Manic Street Preachers play:
Edinburgh Usher Hall (May 30)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (June 1)
Southampton Guildhall (2)
Cardiff Castle (5)