James Dean Bradfield does 'Top Of The Pops' on his own...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS vocalist JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD is to make a rare solo appearance on this week’s ‘TOP OF THE POPS’.

Bradfield will perform an acoustic version of ‘Ocean Spray’, taken from the band’s new album ‘Know Your Enemy’ on the BBC music show from 7.30pm this Friday (March 30).

The track features Bradfield’s first ever lyric for the band, and deals with his mother’s death from cancer.

The band played the first date of their current UK tour last night at the Manchester Apollo (March 27). The show, the first of two for the group at the venue, was described by eyewitnesses as “incendiary”, with the band taking the opportunity to demolish their equipment in a similar fashion to their recent hometown date at the Cardiff Coal Exchange.

The Manics placed less emphasis on new material in Manchester, performing both ‘Faster’ and ‘This Is Yesterday’ from their ‘The Holy Bible’ album.

Prior to new song ‘Freedom Of Speech Won’t Feed My Children’, bassist Nicky Wire took the opportunity to launch a stinging attack on broadsheet journalists who he believes have been criticising his lyrics on ‘Know Your Enemy’.

He said: “This one’s for all the journalists who say I’m trying too hard with my lyrics. It’s just that I’m more fucking intelligent than you…you just want to fuck me, well you can’t!”