It’s been a decade since Britain’s Manic Street Preachers last staged a full-scale tour of the U.S., and drummer Sean Moore says the trio has “been looking forward to it for a long, long time. Hopefully, nobody will disappear this time.”
He’s referring to former MSP guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards, who disappeared the night before the group was to come over to the U.S. for another tour in February 1995. Edwards’ abandoned car was found near a bridge in London, and he’s never been found. He was declared to be presumed dead in November.
That, in turn, provided the impetus for Moore and the other Manics to move forward with their new album, “Journal For Plague Lovers,” the first since 1994’s “The Holy Bible” comprised of Edwards’ lyrics. They were drawn from journals he presented the other three band members the night of his disappearance, and they’ve been sitting on them since then, both out of respect to his memory and also a desire to establish the band without Edwards.
“For a number of years we had no intention of ever doing anything with” the lyrics, Moore, 41, explains. “It was sort of talked about over the years ... and people actually questioned whether there was anything left at all. We wanted to find the right time to lay it all out and say, ‘This is it. This is all that was left,’ to finally put a full stop to the discussion.
“So we felt it was time. Enough time had passed and we’d had enough success that people couldn’t point the finger at us for exploiting his memory.”
Manic Street Preachers and Bear Hands perform Friday (Oct. 2) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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