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Manics Must Go...For Time Out - News Of The World, 20th June 1999

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Title: Manics Must Go...For Time Out
Publication: News Of The World
Date: Sunday 20th June 1999

Worshippers of the Manic Street Preachers had better make the most of their current tour.

When it ends fans won't be seeing much of frontman James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore...until late 2000 when they release their sixth album.

After five years of recording, touring and publicising, the lads are taking time off to-in the words of James-"deconstruct and just see what happens".

This week it's all happening for Irish fans when the award-winning group play two gigs-at The Kings Hall, Belfast, on Tuesday and at The Point, Dublin, on Wednesday.

"We always enjoy gigging here and have been looking forward to it since our tour started," said James.

"It's great to play here because once the gig is over we can all really chill out and relax and know that we will not be pestered by photographers.

"It's no surprise that all the stars have houses here now."

After trying to make the breakthrough from cult band to mega-group, the Manics hit the big time in 1996 with their sensational fourth album, Everything Must Go. Their follow-up album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, was another huge seller and featured If You Tolerate This.

The single was the band's first No1 and hit the top of the charts in the same week they played Slane last August. "It was brilliant to get to No1 at last and it was good to get it with that song because it was so unplanned," said James.

For the next album they are already bouncing ideas around and have the bones of seven tracks which James has co-written with Nicky Wire.

In spite of their success the pair are as artistically enthusiastic as they were from day one. "The fact that me and Nick still have raging arguments about what we should do next shows we still have ambition-in a childish way," said James.

Although artistically similar the pair are like chalk and cheese when it comes to socialising-Nicky opting to be in bed early while James likes a drink and "a good old-fashioned laugh".