Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Anti-royal rockers snub Welsh concert
Manic Street Preachers: They feel the monarchy is outdated
The Manics had been asked to perform at Wednesday evening's concert in Cardiff, which will feature established performers Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Sir Harry Secombe performing in front of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
But the band, who come from the Gwent town of Blackwood, say they regard the monarchy as an outdated institution.
Manics spokeswoman Terri Hall said: "They would not play in front of the monarchy. It is probably a political thing as well as a personal thing, but they just did not want to play in front of the Royal Family."
Play by bassist's brother
Other performers at the show include Shakin' Stevens, Bonnie Tyler, 1980s band The Alarm, and teenage singer Charlotte Church.
The Velvet Underground's John Cale will also be there as will the actor Jonathan Pryce. The Manics' rock contemporaries, the Stereophonics, and Sir Anthony Hopkins have recorded special messages.
The finale will include Sir Harry Secombe, Max Boyce and Michael Ball joining the whole company to sing the Catatonia song International Velvet, with its chorus: "Every day when I wake up, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh."
Earlier this year the Manic Street Preachers won the award for best British band at the Brit awards. Despite hitting mainstream success in recent years, the group have never been afraid to create controversy.
The B-side to their recent single You Stole The Sun From My Heart, Socialist Serenade, castigated the Labour government's education policies. The group also attacked Prime Minister Tony Blair in a television documentary.
Mr Blair will join the Queen at the Cardiff Bay show, along with heads of state from around the world.
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