Manic Street Preachers say they’re not becoming a ‘museum piece’ with ‘Holy Bible’ tour

The gigs will just "bookend all the new stuff we're doing" the band tell NME

Manic Street Preachers have said that they are in no danger of becoming a nostalgia act despite announcing that they are soon to tour their 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’.

Earlier this week (September 23), the band announced that they will play the album in full at a series of special gigs this December in Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin and London. ‘The Holy Bible’ – the Manics’ third album – turned 20 in August. They released their 12th studio album ‘Futurology’ the previous month.

When asked if they were worried they may be in danger of becoming a nostalgia act by playing the shows, frontman James Dean Bradfield told NME, “If it was the only thing we were doing this year then it might be a museum piece, but we’ve just released ‘Futurology’ and toured it heavily, so these ‘Holy Bible’ gigs will just bookend all the new stuff we’re doing.”

The gigs will come 20 years after lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards’ last appearance with the band. He disappeared in 1995 and was officially presumed dead in 2008.

“We’ve taken a long time over the decision, but we realised that we’ll never have another chance to celebrate ‘The Holy Bible’ and what we did with Richey again,” Bradfield says.

“Richey wrote 70 per cent of the lyrics on this record… And when I’m singing things like ‘Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayitwouldfallapart’ I think, ‘Fuck me! What an amazing privilege it was to work with you.'”

Read the full interview in this week’s issue.

Manic Street Preachers will play:

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

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (September 26).