How much is being on the road like starring in Spinal Tap?
Nothing like Spinal Tap. I cannot recognise anything in that atrocity.
Describe the contents of your tour bus
Independent/Times/Sun/Mirror dailies, various books — Mao, Lowry, Francis Bacon — some computer magazines, Enigma and Shade on DC Vertigo, videos - The Living End, The Godfather I, II and Ill - some pictures — usual icons, lots of clothes. There is no mess. We keep clean.
Describe your pre-gig rituals
On our own, in our rooms.
Which member of Manic Street Preachers is the best suited to road life and why?
None of us.
Which member is the least suited to road life and why?
All of us. Stupid f"king ritual. To enjoy touring, you must like being dictated to. Wake up at 7 am, travel. soundcheck, hotel, gig, bed. Worse than prison.
Which band would you least like to tour with and why?
Any Death Metal band ‘cos they’re paranoid, lame old f**ks, ugly, stupid and banal and don't deserve to live in the 20th Century. I mean, who cares?
Where abouts are you at the moment?
Liverpool, laughing at D:Ream on Top Of The Pops.
What’s the vibe like?
Shit. Feeling ill and lonely.
Which member of Manic Street Preachers is most likely to succumb to the traditional Rock ’n’ Roll excesses and why?
I hope none of us.
What’s the best story about a roadie that you know?
We don’t have roadies, we have employees.