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1 of 1 Nicky Wire recalls the Manics' first Irish gigs
Nicky Wire recalls the Manics' first Irish gigs

Nicky Wire of Welsh firebrands The Manic Street Preachers has said that the band have always enjoyed a special relationship with their Irish fans, both artistically and commercially.

Speaking to RTÉ Ten, the beanpole bassist said: "I remember we did a gig in Cork Opera House in 1998 and halfway through the show I saw this huge banner unfurl like at an Italian football match that said `Manic Street Preachers will always matter.’ I was blown away. I remember forgetting what song I was playing . . . “

Wire also recalled the Manics' very first gigs in Ireland when they played Dublin's Charlie's Bar and a thinly-attended show at Sir Henry's in Cork in 1991.

“I have very vivid memories of those gigs," he said. "I ended up in hospital because I totally wrecked my ankle and it blew up like a balloon."

The Manics have just released their 11th album, Rewind The Film, and Wire also spoke about his feelings about Christy Moore's recent anti-Arthur's Day song, their new material, and the death of Margaret Thatcher in the interivew with RTÉ Ten.

Read the full interview here.

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