Nicky Wire biography
Wire played an intimate solo gig at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2006. The set list consisted of material from his forthcoming album. Also included was a short acoustic rendition of "Condemned to Rock 'N' Roll" from the Manic Street Preachers' début album Generation Terrorists. Speaking to NME.COM before the gig, Wire revealed that he was currently working on a solo album and he'd already gotten 25 songs. On the following day, Wire released the free track "Daydreamer Eyes" on his new web site. His début solo album, entitled I Killed the Zeitgeist was released on 25 September, with a single - "Break My Heart Slowly" - released on 18 September. He released his first single "The Shining Path" as an exclusive iTunes only download on 17 July.
Personal lifeHe married his childhood sweetheart, Rachel, on 25 September 1993. He missed the band's appearance on Top of the Pops to promote Roses in the Hospital because of the honeymoon and was replaced on the day by a Manics roadie wearing a Minnie Mouse mask. The couple live in the Newport suburb of Allt-yr-yn with daughter, Clara Enola (born 2002), and son Stanley McCarthey (2007).
The family previously lived in a terrace house in the village of Wattsville, near Blackwood. Although he was annoyed when a British tabloid revealed that he lived there, printing a picture of his house with the number clearly visible, he later paid public tribute to his home in the title of the track "Wattsville Blues," on the Manics' Know Your Enemy album.
Wire follows the Welsh rugby union team and Newport Gwent Dragons. who are nicknamed Wire, as well as being a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur in football, for whom he turned down an offer for a trial with as a teenager.
- Fender Jazz Bass
- Rickenbacker 4003
- Gibson Thunderbird
- Italia Maranello
- Ampeg SV-2
- Ampeg SV-32
- Ampeg 8x10 cabinets
- I Killed the Zeitgeist (25 September 2006) - No. 130 UK
- "I Killed the Zeitgeist" (Free download from the official Manics website, 25 December 2005)
- "Daydreamer Eyes" (Limited free download from official solo site, June 2006)
- "The Shining Path" (Exclusive iTunes only download, 17 July 2006)
- "Break My Heart Slowly" (18 September 2006) - #74
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