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Afterlife Tribute To Missing Richey - The Western Mail, 23rd August 2004

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Title: Afterlife Tribute To Missing Richey
Publication: The Western Mail
Date: Monday 23rd August 2004


The Manic Street Preachers have written an emotional tribute to missing guitarist Richey Edwards on their new album.

The song, called Cardiff Afterlife is a 'delayed reaction' to the nine-year mystery disappearance of Richey.

He vanished after leaving his Vauxhall Cavalier car parked at Aust service station near a well-known suicide spot by the first Severn Bridge in 1995.

Richey's body has never been found, and the band have never put their feelings about his disappearance in song until now.

Cardiff Afterlife reveals their concern about tormented Richey's well-being after he battled alcoholism, anorexia and self-harm.

Bassist Nicky Wire, 33, said, 'It's a delayed reaction. It just gushed out.

"It's tender but truthful and I'm proud of that."

Richey, 27, vanished just as the band were due to set off on a tour of America.

The mystery of his disappearance has never been solved but his family, who live in Blackwood, have never given up hope that he is still alive.

They have flown off to Goa in India and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to check out reported sightings. But no trace was ever found.

His parents Sherry and Graham have refused to release the pounds 3m in royalties from Manic Street Preacher record sales.

The band carried on as a trio without Richey, scoring hits such as Design For Life, Masses Against the Classes and If You Tolerate This.

Wire, singer James Dean Bradfield, 34, and drummer Sean Moore, 36, worked with legendary Bowie producer Tony Visconti to produce the new record Life Blood.

It is their seventh studio album and will be released on October 4.