MANIC Street Preachers rock star James Dean Bradfield had a tasty helping of culture in Sheffield – a secret gig at Graves Art Gallery after a fish supper at his favourite chippy.
The Welsh band’s lead guitarist and vocalist performed an intimate concert for Real Radio, supported by Sheffield Council, in front of just 65 fans, to promote the forthcoming release of a greatest hits album, National Treasures – The Complete Singles.
And the art lover was overwhelmed to play at the gallery.
But he quipped: “I was walking around Sheffield earlier. I started at the bottom of culture so I went to my favourite chip shop in Sheffield, which is the Trawler’s Catch. A great chippy.”
The testimonial came as a pleasant surprise to fryer Debbie Parr at the chip shop in Castle Street.
She told The Star: “To be honest, I wouldn’t know him if I saw him. But one of the other girls thought she recognised somebody who looked like him.”
Sheffield is the latest in-place for superstars sampling local delights.
Pop diva Katy Perry tucked into Yorkshire puddings and meat pies a week ago at Silversmith’s.
Bradfield’s city visit was certainly more refined than the band’s first trip to Sheffield, back in 1991 – when they celebrated by smashing up £10,000 worth of guitars at the Leadmill, he told The Star.
He promised no smashing of guitars or anything else in the art gallery, where he was playing without bandmates Nicky Wire and Sean Moore.
Bradfield dismissed suggestions of going solo but revealed the band, formed in 1986, plan a two-year break from live shows in the UK after a one-off concert to celebrate the singles album at London’s O2 Arena on December 17.
Bradfield, who thrilled lucky competition winners and invited guests with tracks including You Stole The Sun From My Heart and A Design For Life, described his solo act as the Bargain Bin Preachers. He said: “It’s always scary doing a gig like this, because you don’t have your band mates.
“Now and again I forget a couple of lyrics. It’s perhaps the tipping point in my head because we’ve got 10-albums of material.”
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