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My Time On The Streets - Wales On Sunday, 30th July 2006

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Title: My Time On The Streets
Publication: Wales On Sunday
Date: Sunday 30th July 2006


Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield has revealed his pretty dodgy past as a busker.

The millionaire singer, who has just released his debut album The Great Western, kick-started his music career by busking on the streets of Cardiff. He told us: 'The worse reception I ever had was busking outside the park where there was a convention of 10,000 Mormons.

"I thought it would be a good opportunity but, out of 10,000 Mormons, all I got was £1."

However, he did have a bit more luck when he went on to form the Manics, along with schoolmates Nicky Wire, his cousin Sean Moore and Richey Edwards.

After hitting the road playing various small venues around the country, they were signed by managers Phillip and Martin Hall.

And, the rest, as they say, is history!

The band's fans are now eagerly awaiting his bandmate Nicky Wire's solo effort.

But what of Sean Moore?

Rather than head into the studio himself, the Manics drummer has instead tried a completely different career.

"He's become a Kendo master," revealed James. "He looks pretty scary in that stuff. It's a drummer thing isn't it? All that aggression."

"He's into Kendo and shooting. So there you go, there goes our left-wing credentials right down the swanny."

"But I actually like the fact he's not doing some- thing to be cool. He's just going, I don't care, I'm doing it. Good on him."