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Manic Meeting - Dagbladet, 23rd March 2001

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Title: Manic Meeting
Publication: Dagbladet
Date: Friday 23rd March 2001
Writer: Sissel Fantoft

The Marxist Socialists in Manic Street Preachers took the time for an ultra-commercial Norwegian vision yesterday: for one hour they signed the albums for fans in a record store in Oslo.


Then it went straight to Gardermoen again. The band is current with its sixth CD, "Know Your Enemy".

"This may not be the fun we can imagine, but we'll hit the fans in a different way than at the concerts. And then we'll be back to Quart this summer, "says singer James Dean Bradfield.

The Wales band was recently the first western rock band to hold a concert in Cuba. With Fidel himself in the hall.

"Cuba was a highlight, it's the funniest concert we've had. Cuba is the only place I've been where people actually inherit their own culture without being infected by McDonalds and MTV, "Bradfield said.

Among the hundreds of fans who patiently waited in line to get autographs yesterday was Jan Thomas Holmlund, 18, from Lunner at Hadeland.

"This was great. I have 64 CDs and forty-one vinyl records with Manic Street Preachers and spend about an hour every day on the Internet, where I chat with other fans and so on. They are the world's best band. The lyrics, melodies and voice of Bradfield make them special. They have attitudes that I have the opportunity for," he says.

"I was like myself, at that age. The Clash was my thing," says Bradfield.

Next week, the band will launch its tour in the UK before the rest of the summer will host festivals across Europe.

"Now we're tired of miming in the tv show and desperate to play live."