MANICS REMEMBER RICHEY

The band mark the tenth anniversary of bandmate’s disappearance…

Manic Street Preachers will be marking the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of bandmate RICHEY EDWARDS today in private (February 1).

The guitarist went missing, aged 27, on February 1, 1995. His car was recovered in a service station by the Severn Bridge on February 17 and there have been no confirmed sightings since.

Talking about the band’s plans to commemorate the day, bassist Nicky Wire told NME.COM: “We’ll talk to each other on the day and we’ll remember something funny or stupid or sad. That’s the impossibility of the situation anyway, there’s no centred thing to fix yourself on.”

He added: “It’s a personal thing between the three of us, and his mum, dad and sister.”

His family have refused to ever have Edwards declared dead, and the band still pay his royalties into an account in his name.

Edwards recorded three albums with the Manic Street Preachers, though his time with the band saw him battle with alcoholism, anorexia, depression and self-mutilation.

For a collection of archive NME news stories reporting on Edwards’ disappearance, click here.