Manic Street Preachers – ‘The age of the classic rock single is over’

Band reveal next album will be an 'opus'

Manic Street Preachers have announced the single is dead.

The band, who release new a compilation of all 38 of their singles titled ‘National Treasures’ on October 31, will also play their singles in order at a one-off gig at London’s O2 Arena on December 17.

In the video interview which can be seen above, singer James Dean Bradfield said: “The golden age of the rock pop single is gone.”

His bandmate Nicky Wire added: “Which is a shame, because that’s something we’re in love with. We’ve just got to listen to music and play music. The 02 gig will be our last one for a while.”

Bradfield added that their future plans would involve a re-tweaking of their sound.

He said:

I think as a band we will be very active in the studio. We will re-investigate ourselves in the studio.

“Which we’ve done before with ‘Life Blood’ so we don’t want to make that mistake again. We are going to indulge something in the band musically. Our next album will be an opus.”

Wire recently revealed that he’d like to join a reformed incarnation of The Libertines.

In an interview with XFM the bassist suggested that he’d like to help out Pete Doherty and Carl Barat by being “a peacemaker” and also expressed his desire to bring Guns N’ Roses back together.

He said: “[I’d like to be in] a reformed Libertines, just to hang around them and be a voyeur and a peacemaker. Maybe try to reform Guns N’ Roses. Duff [McKagan] played on our album so maybe I could return the favour.”