Wonderful to meet up with Manics
IT'S been a hectic week at Wave towers as we met The Manic Street Preachers.
The Welsh legends stopped by to give us a taster of their new single Show Me The Wonder. I spoke with Nicky Wire who chatted about the band's recent tour in Australia, and the fact they picked up a few extra members along the way.
"James (Dean Bradfield) is good friends with Jamie Roberts," says Nicky. "So when the British and Irish Lions were in Australia, it was just a case of picking up the phone and Jamie was here like shot. He got up during the gig, and played the guitar to You Love Us to a massive applause from the crowd — some of which were his fellow Lions team mates."
Nicky also revealed they met another superstar during their Australian stint.
"You won't believe this," he says. "But when we were watching the last test we noticed Daniel Craig sitting down having a coffee before the match. He'd flown in specially to watch the final test. So we joined him; we had coffee with James Bond!"
We havn't heard from The Manics since 2010, so where have they been?
"Well apart from gigging with rugby stars and bumping into Daniel Craig, we've been slogging away in studios writing the new album Rewind The Film," says Nicky.
"We've been working on a new direction, but we like to think we've kept that classic Manics 'sound'. We've taken some influence from people like Elvis, who's responsible for the amount of brass in our new tracks.
"This new album feels a lot more mature, well, we have to start growing up, we're in our 40s!"
The lads then got their acoustic guitars, and performed their brand new single Show Me The Wonder – set for release September 9. They also performed a few classics to a very small, privileged audience too. You can hear their acoustic performances this Sunday on The Wave with Badger and Claire at breakfast from 8am.