Watch Manic Street Preachers cover The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ at Wembley


The Manic Street Preachers performed their last show of 2021 at Wembley Arena last night (Friday, December 3), where they performed a cover of The Cult classic ‘She Sells Sanctuary’.

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With a loaded setlist on their 14th studio album of 2021 ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ – which marked the band’s debut album in 23 years in September – Welsh rock icons also took the time to release a rendition of the iconic single by The Cult. from 1985.

Introducing the track after a brief acoustic interlude in the set, frontman James Dean Bradfield dedicated his cover to the late great record producer Steve Brown, who died in January at the age of 65. Among his praised work, he produced the group’s debut album in 1992 ‘Génération Terroristes’.

“This next song is dedicated to a man who produced Wham !, he produced The Boomtown Rats, he produced [1992 single] “Motorcycle Vide-fucking-ness,” Bradfield said. “He passed away this year – a dear friend of ours and an amazing producer, Mr. Steve Brown. He also produced this fucking song.

Come back to NME soon for our full Manics review at Wembley.

Manics fans are now eagerly awaiting news of the band’s long-running 20th anniversary re-release of their 2001 album ‘Know Your Enemy’, as well as the bassist and lyricist’s solo album “jazz-meets-C86”. Nicky Wire.

Asked about the progress of the reissue in a recent conversation with NME, Wire replied, “He’s looking at me right now!” There are two boxes of stuff. I’m sitting in the studio with our engineer and he’s there, confronting me.

He continued, “It was pretty exciting because I actually discovered two songs that never came out. Unless I screwed up some shit somewhere, there’s a song called ‘Rosebud’ that no one has ever heard, and another called ‘Studies In Paralysis’ that never has. been heard, plus a completely different version of ‘Let Robeson Sing this James [Dean Bradfield, frontman] did in his London apartment on a keyboard, and looks nothing like what it has become.

“In fact, there are a lot of goodies. Even I am quite dizzy with excitement. James and Sean [Moore, drummer] weren’t in the ass though… ”

In terms of other activities in the Manic Street Preachers camp, Wire also revealed more on his new solo album “Modern, Electronic, Soothsayer.”

“It’s done”, he said NME. “Regardless, I could bury it in a fucking pond somewhere, I could burn it down, I could do it by mail order, I could do it on Bandcamp. It’s really very fragile. There is modern jazz. very quirky and indie vibes C-86. “

This would follow Wire’s first solo album in 2006, “I Killed The Zeitgeist”. Asked about the comparison, Wire replied, “It’s much better than that. There are Miles Davis from the “Bitches Brew” days, dark trumpets and songs that sound like The Shop Assistants.

“It has Gav [Fitzjohn] on the trumpet. Sean [Moore, drums and trumpet] refuses to play. He says his lip is gone.

Manic Street Preachers, 2021. CREDIT: Alex Lake

Earlier this week, they shared the digital album “I Live Through These Moments Again And Again”, bringing together their long series of duets throughout their careers.

The Manics will return to the road in 2022 with a series of festival performances, as well as supporting The Killers as selected dates in UK stadiums.


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