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James Dean Bradfield: ‘On tour I caught Shane Williams rifling my fridge for beer’

Rugby nut James Dean Bradfield has lifted the lid on the  Manic Street Preachers’ jaunt  down under to follow the British and Irish Lions test series against Australia.

Their tour saw them:

Busking in the street for fans;

Appearing with a Welsh rugby  star on stage; and

Catching one of their heroes  rifling for beer in their fridge.

“I’d got to 44 and never been on a  Lions tour,” said Cardiff Blues fan  Bradfield.

“I always swore I would do a  Wales Argentina tour or a Lions  tour. All three of us were of the same  mindset.  We were a bit nervous  because we’re not the biggest band  in Australia, even though we’ve got  a song called Australia, but it  couldn’t have gone any better.

“They were amazing gigs. We did  a Friday night in Sydney and a  Friday night in Melbourne before  the tests, but we also did a gig in the  street and one in the fans’ zone in  Melbourne and Sydney.

“And then we played New Zealand in between them.

“It was an incredible feeling.  People might have a vision of the  Manics during the Holy Bible era  quoting Guy Debord, and then suddenly I’m on stage going ‘How many  in English in the crowd? Yay! How  many Scots? Yay! How many Irish.  Yay! How many Welsh? Yay!

“I even caught myself going ‘oggy,  oggy, oggy’,” he laughs.

“This was way outside the sphere  of what we usually do. This was just  pure joy. There was no motive behind it – it was just playing gigs and  going to see some rugby. The usual  Manics’ subtext was gone.”

The band, who release their album Rewind The Film on September 16, were joined on stage in  Melbourne by Wales and Lions  centre Jamie Roberts.


“What a Spinal Tap moment that  was as well,” jokes the singer.

“I’ve got a 6ft 2ins bass player  over there and a 6ft 4ins rugby  player over there and it looked like  Clifton Suspension Bridge with the  dip in the middle being me singing!

“A lot of people had a laugh at my  expense on that tour,” he added.  “Somebody took a picture of me,  Lewis Moody and Jamie Roberts in  the dressing room and I looked like  a Hobbit between two Orcs. We  laughed every moment we were on  that tour.

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“When we came off stage in Melbourne, Shane Williams was  already in our dressing room looking for a beer in our fridge and I’d  never met him before.

“He said: ‘Sorry boys, I was  thirsty’. I told him to go ahead. The  guy’s a legend. He can have all the  beer he wants. I told him ‘take it all  son’.

“At one point, I was in a radio  booth with David Campese, Shane  Williams and Brian Moore. I caught  myself thinking I’m in a room full of  rugby legends, it doesn’t get much  better than this.”

Manic Street Preachers on MUZU.TV.  

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