How Green Is My Valley - Select, November 1998
Before Richey disappeared, Nicky Wire tried to quit the Manic Street Preachers, intending a quieter life. Ironically, he now has that life and the band. He also has an album-worth of unheard lyrics about Richey, revels in new depths to his Welsh identity and is never happier than when he's cleaning up dog hairs. This is the story of the new Manics album...
Three years ago, someone decided to leave the Manic Street Preachers. Tired of the corrosive grind of touring and a particularly spartan chain of European hotels, he surmised that his role within the group could only continue at the rather extortionate cost of his own sanity - and so that was that.
"We were touring ‘The Holy Bible’ in Europe with Suede," recalls Nicky Wire, "and it was probably the worst time I’ve ever experienced in my life. In some respects it was worse than when Richey actually disappeared, because he was on the verge of madness. (more...)