To mark his 50th birthday, the sister of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards has appealed for information as to his whereabouts.
Today (December 22) marks Richey’s 50th birthday. He disappeared on February 1 in 1995, and was officially ‘presumed dead‘ in 2008. He had suffered a lengthy battle with depression.
Yesterday, his sister Rachel appeared on ‘Lorraine’ on ITV to appeal for information and discuss her work with The Missing People’s Choir – who recently entered Britain’s Got Talent.
“On the 22nd December my brother would have been 50 years old, so another milestone birthday gone,” she said. “We don’t know where he is.”
Speaking of her work with the choir, she continued: “The power of music has been beneficial. We never thought we would generate so much interest and awareness.
“The Missing People charity offer a provision where someone can ring in and just let them know. Even if they don’t want us to know, but let us know that they’re OK.”
Rachel Edwards, sister of missing Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richard Edwards, joins us with @missingpeople choir this morning: 'Christmas is a really emotive time of year.' pic.twitter.com/cirIPxgLST
— Lorraine (@lorraine) December 21, 2017
Edwards went missing from a hotel in central London on February 1, 1995 aged 27. His car was found near the Severn Bridge, and it is believed Edwards took his own life, although there have been a series of alleged sightings of the guitarist around the globe since his disappearance.
To donate to the Missing People charity, text HOPE plus your donation amount (i.e. HOPE £10) to 70707, and for more information visit here.
“Going through his bereavement, I recognised the difference between that and someone who is missing,” said Rachel back in 2015. “When someone dies you have that acute loss. It sounds like a cliche, that bereavement is a process – but it really is. But when someone goes missing you are left with this ongoing uncertainty. Not knowing makes it worse.”
Manic Street Preachers meanwhile, recently unveiled new single ‘International Blue’ from their upcoming album ‘Resistance Is Futile‘.
“On the single and the whole album, there are a lot of mini tributes to things that make your life feel a little bit better,” bassist Nicky Wire told NME. “Rather than my internalised misery, I tried to put a sense of optimism into the lyrics by writing about things that we find really inspiring.”
He continued: “I wouldn’t go as far as to call it ‘escapist’, but it does feel like we’re building our own world. It goes back to the idea of when we started the band with us four insulating ourselves and germinating ideas. It’s not about purposefully switching yourself off from the world around you, but just trying to find inspiration. Otherwise you just get swamped in a sea of total negativity – which is fine. It’s not like we haven’t done that before.”
‘Resistance Is Futile’ will be released via Columbia/Sony on April 6, 2018 – and can be pre-ordered here.
Manic Street Preachers tour dates and tickets
The band’s upcoming UK arena tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
23 April NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
25 April GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro Arena
27 April BIRMINGHAM, Arena
28 April MANCHESTER, Arena
1 May LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena
2 May LEEDS, First Direct Arena
4 May LONDON, The SSE Arena Wembley
5 May CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena