Manic Street Preachers: 'Richey Edwards would have been disgusted by today's branded bands'

The band's late guitarist would have "absolutely slayed people", frontman James Dean Bradfield claims

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Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has claimed that the band's late guitarist Richey Edwards would have been "disgusted" by certain aspects of today's music scene.

Edwards, who was also the band's main lyricist, disappeared on February 1, 1995 and was officially presumed dead on November 23, 2008.

"If Richey was around now he would have absolutely slayed people," Bradfield said in a new interview with Wales Online. "In terms of how branded everything is, how branded bands are, he would have been disgusted by it. He would have been so completely angry about some things it would be like having an assassin in the band."

Continuing, Bradfield said that he wishes Edwards were still around to expose today's "branded bands", saying: "It would have been the perfect time for him to have been a musician, a lyricist and a quote machine. You wish he was still around so we could just set Richey loose on them."

Manic Street Preachers are preparing to release to their largely acoustic 11th studio album, 'Rewind The Film', on September 16. Recorded in the band's own studio in Cardiff, Rockfield in Monmouthshire and Hansa in Berlin, the album features guest appearances from Lucy Rose (on 'This Sullen Welsh Heart') Cate Le Bon (on '4 Lonely Roads') and Richard Hawley on the title track.

Shortly after the album's release, the band will tour the UK and Ireland – playing Newport, Dublin, Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow. Manic Street Preachers will play:

Newport Centre (September 13)
Dublin Olympia (20)
Bristol Colston Hall (22)
London Shepherds Bush Empire (24)
Manchester Ritz (27)
Glasgow Barrowland (29)


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