Sean Moore (musician)

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Sean Anthony Moore
Moore performing with Manic Street Preachers in 2014
Moore performing with Manic Street Preachers in 2014
Background information
Birth nameSean Anthony Moore
Born (1968-07-30) 30 July 1968 (age 54)
OriginPontypool, Wales
GenresAlternative rock, hard rock, post-punk, punk rock, glam punk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion, trumpet, programming
Years active1986–present

Sean Anthony Moore (born 30 July 1968) is a Welsh musician, who is the drummer and percussionist and occasional trumpet player of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.[1] He is cousin to bandmate James Dean Bradfield.[2]

Early years[edit]

Born on 30 July 1968 in Pontypool, Torfaen, Moore attended Oakdale Comprehensive in Oakdale, Caerphilly, with his cousin James Dean Bradfield, and other future band members Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards.[2]

Roles in the band[edit]

Simon Price wrote in Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers) that "Sean Moore is quite possibly the only person in rock who doesn't take the Manics seriously". According to his bandmates, he is the band's "musical driving force".[citation needed] In their early days, he was often mistaken for a woman due to his long hair, naturally effeminate features and small stature.[2] He is the only current member of the Manic Street Preachers who has not released a solo album.[3]

Driving and football[edit]

Moore also has a strong interest in motoring, and set the 22nd fastest lap time around the Nürburgring, Germany, in an Audi RS 4 in 8 minutes 25 seconds.[citation needed] Manics singer James Dean Bradfield mentioned this before playing "Motown Junk" as part of the annual Rock am Ring festival at the track. Moore is a fan of Michael Schumacher.[4]

Sean supports Liverpool Football Club and was present when Liverpool won the first FA Cup Final to be held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in May 2001.[4]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Manic Street Preachers". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Power, Martin (2012). Nailed to History: The Story of Manic Street Preachers. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9781780381480.
  3. ^ Price, Simon (30 March 2008). "R.E.M. Royal Albert Hall, London". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Price 1999.


  • Price, Simon (1999). Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers). London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0139-2.