Manic Street Preachers fans are up in arms after another tasteless attack on missing guitarist, Richey James. 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' star, funny man Jeff Green took a swipe at the guitarist-still missing four and a half years after disappearing-during the TV show's 'connections' round.
Asked what the connection between the Manics and Godfather of soul James Brown was, Green smirked: "Oh is it that Richey took it to the bridge, parked it and then jumped off?"
The show's host, Mark Lamarr, then added insult to injury by stoking up the anti-Welsh debate currently raging in music circles. "Oh dear we'll get loads of irate phone calls from Wales now," he laughed. "As soon as they've walked the 150 yards to the phone box that is."
Meanwhile the Manics have cancelled gigs at the start of their much-delayed US tour. This time it appears James Dean Bradfield's voice is the culprit. The band cancelled their second show at New York's Bowery Ballroom just fifteen minutes before they were due onstage and then called off the following night's gig in Boston before seeking a doctor to treat the singer's laryngitis.
[Originally published: dotmusic.com, 22 September 1999]