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Lyrical Journal Of Lost Legend - Birmingham Mail, 7th May 2009

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Title: Lyrical Journal Of Lost Legend
Publication: Birmingham Mail
Date: Thursday 7th May 2009
Writer: Christina Savvas

Manic Street Preachers fans in Birmingham were among the first to experience the 'lost' lyrics of the band's former guitarist, Richey Edwards.

The Welsh group's lead singer and guitarist James Dean Brad- field gave a live acoustic performance for less than 100 lucky competition winners at radio station Kerrang! in Lionel Street.

Bradfield performed material from the band's new album Journal for Plague Lovers, released on May 18, with all the lyrics written by Edwards before his mysterious disappearance 14 years ago. Brad-field said the band felt they were honouring the wishes of the missing Manic, who was officially declared dead in November 2008.

He said: "It's the lyrics that Richey left with us before he disappeared and over the years, we all had copies. It took us a long time to think we could actually do something with them. We obviously had a sense of responsibility that we needed to do something because he left them with us and they were in the form of lyrics.

"It was only a couple of years ago when I got them out of the drawer and started reading them that I started to get ideas and I realised that enough time had elapsed and we could record and fulfil his wishes." Bradfield performed the intimate concert for invited guests and competition winners. He then spent some time talking to the crowd and signing autographs.

He said: "I feel a sense of optimism in Birmingham. It is really good to be back in the city.

"I had a good experience the last time I performed an acoustic gig and this was better. I was only going to sing six songs and I did eight, I threw in a couple of bonus ones because the crowd smelled so sweet. It was really enjoyable."