The Manics paid tribute to the influence of Dylan Thomas at their gig at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on May 28th.
— John Goodby (@johnnygoodeb) May 28, 2016
This quote comes from Dylan’s screenplay The Doctor and the Devils
— Daniel Bamsey (@LlamauDan) May 28, 2016
and it was also printed on the bottom of the set list.
— ЯICHAЯD MILLS ✊ (@CymruBoyo) May 28, 2016
The Manics have recognised the influence of Dylan Thomas on their work previously. Dylan was one of the influences thanked by Nicky Wire when accepting the Inspiration Award on behalf of the band at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, and back in 2010 Wire revealed in a blog on the band’s website that he was writing a script for a Doctor Who story that revolved around Dylan’s final days in New York. In the same interview, recorded around the time of the release of their album Postcards from a Young Man, Wire said
I’ve been going back to Dylan Thomas. I know it sounds like a cliché but that line, ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’, it feels so applicable to the music industry at the moment, where we’re stood at the moment. It’s not a negative thing to say, it’s just true.
Only last week Nicky Wire revealed in an interview that their next album would include a song, ‘Dylan and Caitlin’, about the Dylan and Caitlin’s relationship.
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(Thanks for tweets to @johnnygoodeb, @LlamauDan, & @CymruBoyo)