Nicky Wire attacks 'morons' for not writing 'tunes' and Annie Lennox isn't safe from onstage missives either...

Nicky Wire attacked bands last night who complain after being dropped describing them as ‘rubbish’ and ‘fucking morons’ at their Wembley Arena gig.(15th).

The bass player of the Manic Street Preachers appeared at first to be showing his loyalty: “This next song (‘Tsunami’) is dedicated to all the bands that have been dropped this year”

However he exploded with contempt: “It’s because you’re rubbish – you’re all fucking rubbish. And those bands who moan about not being able to get into the charts because the rules have changed – write a fucking tune you morons.” related news


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Playing the first of two nights at Wembley Arena off the back of their most successful album, ‘This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours’, the band performed a powerful rock show which combined emotion with sheer aural assault. It’s a show which will almost surely be lapped up by American audiences when the album receives a release on 23 March 1999 after long delays.

As well as recent material, the set included ‘Motown Junk’, ‘You Love Us’ and ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ from their first punk/rock period and ‘She Is Suffering’ a rare outing from their harrowing third album, ‘The Holy Bible’.

They also covered ‘Train In Vain’ originally by their inspirations, The Clash, but more recently covered by – of all people – Annie Lennox. Introducing it, singer, James Dean Bradfield, said: “Annie Lennox murdered this, we’re taking it back.”

Watch out for our full review shortly and for our Manic Street Preachers Christmas special.

Dropped bands deserved it? Or is Wire wrong and are music companies cutting back and stopping talent from developing? And if the spirit of cutbacks existed when the Manics started, would they be around today? Have your say on Angst…

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