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On The Road - Q Magazine, August 2011

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Title: On The Road
Publication: Q Magazine
Date: August 2011



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Nicky Wire talks Q through the Manic Street Preachers' setlist from Cardiff Arena 21/5/2011

STAY BEAUTIFUL: "We reintroduced this after a lengthy hiatus. I don't think any of us realised just how much we missed the utter joy of having 7000 fans shouting, Why don't you just fuck off."

LIFE BECOMING A LANDSLIDE: "We hadn't played this for probably 10 years. Every night, it reminds us what a great lyricist Richey [Edwards]was, even at such a young age."

MOTOWN JUNK: "It was prefaced by James [Dean Bradfield] playing an amazing Hendrix-esque version of the national anthem (Welsh, obviously). Twenty years on it feels as energised as ever."

CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU: "Totally off the cuff, the rest of us had no idea James would play it. !think he just felt the urge to entertain a hometown crowd, it seemed so right on the night."

THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES: "I remember dedicating it to Cameron and Clegg in the year of the establishment coup; a naive attempt to express the hatred we feel for the coalition."

A DESIGN FOR LIFE: "If there is a sound of South Wales then this is it. The politics,the choir, the energy, the violence."

"I'm not a gigantic fan of E M Forster or anything but I think it truly sums up life in general. Being in a band and being creative is the easy bit, it's the normal life that fucking kills you."