Manic Street Preachers: ‘It’d be impossible to be as brave as ‘The Holy Bible’ ever again

The band are due to play their 1994 album in full next week

Manic Street Preachers have spoken about the forthcoming shows for ‘The Holy Bible’, saying that it would be “impossible” to write something as brave and with as much conviction again.

Speaking in an exclusive new interview in this week’s issue of NME, which is available on newsstands and digitally now, the band revealed their views on the forthcoming shows, where they will play the album in full for the first time, and the difficulties surrounding them.

“I haven’t played the ‘…Bible’ through for a long time,” said bassist Nicky Wire. “And then sitting down… I guess the power of it, did actually really resonate with me and actually did make me think, with a slight tinge of sadness, just as a band, it’d be impossible really to be that brave with that much conviction, ever again.”


Wire then went on to describe the “physical” state mind involved in playing the record. “There’s a state of mind with ‘The Holy Bible’ that you have to be really physical,” admitted Wire. “You have to go out there with deep conviction, because you just can’t coast it.”

The band are due to play the record in full at a series of shows beginning in Glasgow on Monday (December 8) and concluding with three nights at London’s Roundhouse to mark its 20th anniversary.

Previously, the band had also spoken about their hesitancy in performing the record – their last before the disappearance of guitarist Richey Edwards in 1995 – and their decision to agree to the shows. “That album was always about something more, so we’ve got to get that in our psyche,” revealed Wire. “This is the first year that we’ve played those songs and felt comfortable, we’ve been doing six or seven. If there’s ever a time to do it, then it’s now.”

Manic Street Preachers will play:

Glasgow Barrowland (December 8)
Manchester Albert Hall (10, 11)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (13)
London Roundhouse (15, 16, 17)

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