Manic Street Preachers: ‘If we play ‘The Holy Bible’ and it’s shit, that could be the end of us’

The band discuss the 20th anniversary of their seminal record in this week's NME magazine

Manic Street Preachers have discussed the legacy of their classic third album ‘The Holy Bible’, stating that if they were to play 20th anniversary shows of the record “and [they’re] shit, that could be the end of us”.

The record gets a full and comprehensive retrospective dissection in this week’s NME magazine, with singer James Dean Bradfield and bassist Nicky Wire talking about the album’s writing, recording and lasting legacy.

Within this, Wire also discussed the possibility of bringing the record out in full for a series of live shows – an idea that has previously been suggested by the band on a number of occasions. As well as stating his apprehensions about the proposed shows, Wire also suggested how they could possibly be staged. “If we were to do it – and it is a big if – there would be a kind of symmetry,” he begins. “I’d like to look at doing something like the three Astorias [referring to the band’s previous 1994 gigs at the London venue]. I’d like to do an American tour of it because we never took it to America and Japan. Obviously Richey disappeared so it would be drawing a line under that as well.”

The band also went into depth about former guitarist Richey Edwards, who went missing shortly after the release of ‘The Holy Bible’ and was never found. Detailing Edwards’ mental state during the time of recording, the band praised his lyrical prowess and commitment to the intense and confrontational themes of the record. “I think they speak their own language, Richey’s lyrics,” said Wire. “On ‘The Holy Bible’, in terms of rock music, I think he invented a new lyrical language, which wasn’t easy for James to put fucking music to!”

This week’s issue of NME magazine is available digitally and on shelves now.