“It sounds like Lindsey Buckingham meets The Clash!” That time Duff McKagan played bass for the Manic Street Preachers

Duff McKagan of Hollywood Vampires perform onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards & Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers performs on Day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, England
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Smashing bass guitars on stage, declaring war on the shadowy elite and insisting that Guns N’ Roses were the best band ever, Nicky Wire was a mighty force when his band Manic Street Preachers emerged some 30 years ago.

Inspired by the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of punk, and a year later by the release of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, the Manics realised what the music scene at the time was lacking. Armed with heavy make-up, political sloganeering and a diatribe against everyone and everything, the punk-inspired band from the Welsh valleys quickly gained a devoted fanbase.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.