James Dean Bradfield said The Manic Street Preachers' first US tour in a decade felt like "sweet revenge".
The singer-guitarist said playing dates in support of the Richey Edwards-penned Journal For Plague Lovers album was appropriate given the tour the band were forced to cancel following the lyricist's disappearance in 1994.
James, from Blackwood, said: "You know, it is a tiny bit of sweet revenge in finally coming out here again with Journal.
"There was that moment when Richey went missing and we'd just had a really good reaction from college radio and the American record company on Holy Bible, kinda like, 'Oh, maybe we do get this band!'.
"Then Richey vanished and down the years it's been, 'Could we actually have something in America with The Holy Bible?'