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Manics Write Hillsborough Epic - NME, 14th February 1998

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Title: Manics Write Hillsborough Epic
Publication: NME
Date: Saturday 14th February 1998



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Manic Street Preachers have recorded a song about the Hillsborough disaster for their forthcoming album, due for release in September.

Sources describe the track as the most "epic" the band have recorded.

The Manics played at the Hillsborough Justice Concert at Anfield last May with all proceeds going to the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

Drummer Sean Moore said at the time: "As a lifelong Liverpool fan, I've always wanted to play at Anfield. But football aside, I'm sure it's going to be a rewarding day for everyone involved."

They also appeared on the live album of the concert, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', With the tracks 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head' and 'You Love Us'.

Speaking for the first time about the forthcoming album, Manics singer James Dean Bradfield described it as the sound Of their "past, present and future".

He told NME: "We've just passed the middle mark. We've still got one or two songs left to write, but we've got about 18 written."

The band have recorded most of the album in France With producer Mike Hedges, Who also worked on 1996's 'Everything Must Go'.

Some mixing was completed at former Beatles producer George Martin's Air Studios in London, and further tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales.

A final choice is still to be made about which songs will be included on the album, but the process is well on its way, Bradfield said.

The album is scheduled for release in early September with a single due in the summer.

Bradfield said that, contrary to previous reports, the album sounded nothing like 'The Holy Bible'.

"That's completely wrong, it's nothing like it at all. That would seem really sad...no, it's like something from our past, something from our present and something from our future. It's the same songwriting setup as it ever was, minus one member, obviously."

Meanwhile, the Missing Persons Helpline has confirmed that the family of Richey Edwards were behind an appeal placed in the Welsh edition Of The Big Issue on January 19.

A photograph and description of Richey appeared in the papers regular 'Missing' column, with an appeal for information about his whereabouts.

It came just before the third anniversary of Richey's disappearance.

He went missing on February 1, 1995, when he checked out of the Embassy Hotel in Bayswater, London, on the eve Of an American tour. He has not been seen since and no body has been found.

A spokeswoman for the Missing persons Helpline told NME: "From time to time, we put those in for all families that contact us, and we will keep on doing things for Richey's family if they want to."

"We're here to follow up any leads that come through, but there's been nothing positive since he went missing and nothing since the latest appeal."

She added that the appeal may be printed in other regional editions of The Big Issue in the near future. Anyone with information about Richey or any other missing person can ring the Missing Persons Helpline on 0500 700700