Band plan to quit in 2002...

Manic Street Preachers have strongly hinted that they will split after their next album, due for release in 2001.

Speaking after a press conference in Cardiff last week (October 5) to promote their Manic Millennium gig at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park on December 31, lead singer James Dean Bradfield told a reporter that he didn’t still want to be in the band when he was 40.

Nicky Wire told NME: “When my passport’s up in the year 2002 I don’t intend to renew it.”

The band plan to spend all next year preparing the album, their sixth, for a 2001 release. They then plan to release a greatest hits package, rumoured to be a double album titled ‘Forever Delayed’, and call it a day.

You can read the full story in NME, out now in London and across the UK from tomorrow. Streamed audio of the interview will be available on later this week.