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Manics Forgiven For Stipe AIDS Jibe - Q Magazine, January 1999

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Title: Manics Forgiven For Stipe AIDS Jibe
Publication: Q Magazine
Date: January 1999



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Organisers awoke with a cold sweat. Press officers cross themselves and riffled with their rosaries. Almost simultaneously everyone remembered what they'd forgotten until the morning of Friday 13: that Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers, on stage at the Kilburn National in 1991, had said "I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury". Would it all kick off?

Of course not. "I just feel really embarrassed," admitted a contrite Wire. "We met Peter Buck in San Francisco on the last American tour and he was very nice. And the biggest irony of all is that I still consider R.E.M. one of my favourite bands."

Entitled to remain miffed by the ancient and what he termed "dumb-headed" swipe, Stipe shrugged it off. "C'mon, I don't hold a grudge. Against something like that, no. That's just stupidness." The jolly Q cover shoot was saved.