Manic Street Preachers say they ‘blanked out’ Richey Edwards’ troubles before his disappearance

Nicky Wire thought the missing musician was writing lyrics in a 'journalistic kind of way'

Manic Street Preachers have opened up about the troubles that led to the disappearance of guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards in 1995.

Edwards (pictured right) disappeared in February 1995, with his car abandoned at the Severn Bridge on the England-Wales border. He was declared to be presumed dead in November 2008.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes programme, Nicky Wire said that the band tried to ignore the signs of Edwards’ problems, with his lyrics increasingly making reference to depression, anorexia and self-harm.

“I probably blanked it out,” Wire said. “We told ourselves he was writing about these dark things in a journalistic kind of way, writing from the point of view of an anorexic, and so much of our stuff was loaded in that way.”

Edwards was the band’s primary lyricist for their third album ‘The Holy Bible’, which the band will perform in full on tour next month. The Manics will also release a 20th anniversary edition of the album during December.

Manic Steet Preachers released their new album ‘Futurology’, the follow up to last year’s album ‘Rewind The Film’, in July. German actress Nina Hoss features on the record along with Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, Georgia Ruth, Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciarán, Cate Le Bon and H Hawkline.

Manic Street Preachers will play ‘The Holy Bible’ at the following dates:

Glasgow Barrowland (December 8)
Manchester Albert Hall (10, 11)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (13)
London Roundhouse (15, 16, 17)