James Dean Bradfield
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|James Dean Bradfield|
James Dean Bradfield live in London in 2005
|Birth name||James Dean Bradfield|
|Born||21 February 1969|
|Genres||Alternative rock, hard rock, glam punk|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards, piano, sitar, omnichord|
|Years active||1986–present (Manic Street Preachers)
|Gibson Les Paul Custom|
Early life 
Born in Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Bradfield attended the local Oakdale Comprehensive School near Blackwood where he suffered years of cruelty and bullying (he claims he was "a Woody Allen-esque little nerd") for his name (nicknamed Crossfire), lazy eye, musical bent and small size. James formed a close relationship with three friends: his cousin Sean Moore, who lived with James and his family throughout their childhood after his own parents' divorce, and future bandmates Nicky Wire (real name Nicholas Jones) and Richey Edwards.
Bradfield loved to run and was a steeple-chaser, and soon grew fond of famous punk rock band The Clash. He gave up his dream of "being like Napoleon" and decided that he wanted to be a rock star. He learnt to play guitar by learning how to play Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction with the curtains drawn in his parents' front room.
Manic Street Preachers 
Solo career 
Late April 2006, a track from Bradfield's debut solo single entitled "That's No Way to Tell a Lie" premiered on Janice Long's show on Radio 2. It became the first single from the album and was released on 10 July while the album, entitled "The Great Western", was released on 24 July. The single debuted at #18 in the UK single charts while the album debuted at #22 on the album charts. The positions were considered relatively successful considering the lack of promotion.
In support of the album, Bradfield played a series of solo gigs in May 2006 in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London. The setlists consisted of tracks from the "The Great Western" as well as several Manics tracks including "This Is Yesterday" and "Ocean Spray". He has also played one further date in London ULU in June 2006, featuring a similar setlist to the other gigs. Bradfield also performed at the 2006 V Festival in late August. He embarked on his first full UK tour – consisting of 15 dates – in October. A second single, 'An English Gentleman' was lifted from "The Great Western" prior to the tour and entered the UK chart at #31 on 1 October 2006.
Personal life 
He currently lives in Chiswick, London, but also has a house in the dock area of Cardiff. Despite having said “I always get bored of the company of women really quickly,” he married Mylène Halsall in a secret ceremony in Florence, Italy on 11 July 2004. He is a supporter of Cardiff Blues and Nottingham Forest.
Musical equipment 
Solo discography 
- The Great Western (24 July 2006) – #22
- "Lopez" (1996) with 808 State on album Don Solaris
- "Inertia Creeps" (1998) with Massive Attack, remix for Inertia Creeps single
- "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (1999) with Tom Jones on album Reload
- "Commemoration And Amnesia" (1999) with Patrick Jones, 2 tracks
- "Tongues For A Stammering Time" (2009) with Patrick Jones, 4 tracks
- 1996: Northern Uproar – Northern Uproar (Album)
- 1997: Kylie Minogue – Impossible Princess (Album, co-producer on 2 tracks)
- 1999: Tom Jones – Reload (Album, co-producer on 1 track)
- 2004: Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve (Single)
- Price, Simon (1999). Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers) (first edition ed.). Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-7535-0139-2.
- Clarke, Martin (1997). Manic Street Preachers: Sweet Venom (first edition ed.). Plexus Publishing. ISBN 0-85965-259-9.
- "BBC Wales - Music - Manic Street Preachers - James Dean Bradfield". Bbc.co.uk. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- http://www.cardiffblues.com/707_400.php[dead link]
- The Manic Street Preachers Gear Guide dolphinmusic.com Retrieved: 2009-12-23
- Official James Dean Bradfield Site
- Official Manic Street Preachers Site
- James Dean Bradfield biography from BBC Wales