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Manics Return To Cardiff With Tribute To Richey - The Western Mail, 8th September

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Title: Manics Return To Cardiff With Tribute To Richey
Publication: The Western Mail
Date: Wednesday 8th September
Writer: Hannah Jones

Wales' most famous rockers have announced a major UK tour.

The Manic Street Preachers, who formed in Blackwood, kick off the Life Blood Tour in Brighton on December 4.

They bring the show, named after their soon-to-be-released seventh studio album, to the CIA in Cardiff on December 14.

The three-piece band last played live in Wales two years ago, when they did a stripped- down semi-acoustic set at St David's Hall in Cardiff.

The new album, due out on November 1, has been described as their 'poppiest' yet.

Bassist Nicky Wire said, "It's modern, shiny, pure pop, elegiac pop. It really is the poppiest album we've ever done. The mixer of Goldfrapp (Tom Elmhirst) has been working with us, and he's really given it a lovely sheen and a modern edge. We've been listening to The Associates, early New Order, Joy Division. It's The Holy Bible for 35-year-olds."

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

The band will release their first single from it, The Love Of Richard Nixon, on October 18.

The album will also include an emotional tribute to missing guitarist Richey Edwards.

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 near Chepstow, Monmouthshire, in 1995.