Manic Street Preachers Bassist Admits Regretting His Offensive Remarks On Michael Stipe

Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers’ bassist confessed in an interview with MOJO that he regrets having told R.E.M’s Michael Stipe to ‘go the same way as Freddie Mercury’ who died from AIDS in 1991.

Wire was originally Manic Street Preachers’ rhythm guitarist but replaced bassist Flicker in 1988 when he quit the band. The band has released 13 albums and their last album was ‘Resistance Is Futile’ in 2018 which peaked at No. 2 in UK Albums Chart.

Being in a successful rock and roll band, especially during the ’80s and the ’90s, Nicky heavily abused alcohol which and he admitted that it turned him into a different person. In his recent interview with MOJO, the bassist owned up to the offensive comment he made considering R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe and a lot of other things he deeply regrets in his past. 

Here is how he expressed his regrets in the interview:

“It is strange because I’m not lying when I talk about my shyness when I was young. I’m always dubious about people who say they have no regrets. I have millions. I deeply regret some mad things, just awful things I said. Spiteful things. I haven’t got any excuse. Sometimes I was absolutely hammered on Babycham and vodka. You do forget how much drink can alter you.”

He continued by stating that alcohol is not a part of his life anymore and how his family used to be affected by it. Apparently, his daughter remembers all of his actions from years before, when he was still battling addiction, so he needs to be extra careful with what he says and does.

He commented about alcohol affecting his family as follows:

“I haven’t had a drink for 11 years. Not a big crisis or anything, just, I’ve got kids and I can’t get up in the morning anymore. My daughter really loves to pick these things up. At the dinner table, she’ll say, ‘You can’t talk Dad. Look at what you said in ’92. Look what you said in ’94…'”

Although his comment about Stipe was very offensive and ]it has been almost 30 years, Wire wanted to apologize one more time as he got another chance to express his regret. Even though he stated that there are no excuses for what he had said, he still mainly blames it on alcohol and how personality-altering it can be.