They went from Blackwood to being the bad boys of rock but Brendon Williams discovers the Manics are all grown up.
Ten years is a long time in rock music. Most bands only dream of lasting a decade - which is hardly surprising in a notoriously wild world where scandal, in-band bust-ups and even occasional tragedies have presided over the downfall of many a successful group. But one band has survived the worst Of everything the rock world could throw at them - and still came out on top.
And this year. the Manic Street Preachers celebrate 10 years of being together.
A decade ago, four boys from Blackwood, set out to make a name for themselves.
Now - despite the loss of one member of the band four years ago - the remaining three original members - James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore - are one of British music's biggest success stories. (more...)