Manic Street Preachers have revealed that they are contemplating the possibility of touring for the 20th anniversary of their ‘Everything Must Go’ album.
‘Everything Must Go’ was released in 1996, their first LP following the disappearance of lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards. It reached Number Two in the UK Albums Chart, selling over 900,000 copies since.
Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (May 21), where they were presented with the Inspiration Award by Kasabian, the band’s bassist Nicky Wire told reporters that they might “do a couple of gigs” to mark the milestone.
“Maybe we’ll never do another one,” Wire told Gigwise of plans for a new album. “‘Futurology’ was such a brilliant summation of who we are, who knows? ‘Everything Must Go’ is 20 years old next year as well, so we might even just do a couple of gigs doing that. I think we need to replenish our inspiration, you know?” Watch the full video interview below.
In December last year, Manic Street Preachers played a series of gigs in which they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’ by performing it in full. The band play further UK dates this summer, scroll below for more details.
Honouring Manic Street Preachers at the Ivor Novello Awards, Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno said, “First and foremost, the Manics are the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet and that’s a rarity. For me their message was always clear: melody, integrity, honesty, to open our eyes and never be a bystander.”
Collecting the award, Nicky Wire joked: “I wish I was hammered so instead I’m just going to read the Communist Manifesto.” Continuing to the real speech, he thanked Richey Edwards for his “beautiful and brilliant mind” and thanked Dylan Thomas, Abba, Karl Marx and others for inspiring them.
READ: Manic Street Preachers On ‘The Holy Bible’ – The Truth About The Album Which Almost Ripped Them Apart
Manic Street Preachers play the following UK dates:
Edinburgh Usher Hall (May 30)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (June 1)
Southampton Guildhall (2)
Cardiff Castle (5)
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