‘I am nothing and should be everything’

March 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Music)

New Manic Street Preachers album and tour details revealed.

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Since revealing that their new album would feature lyrics bequeathed to them by the late (?) Richey Edwards, interest in the Manic Street Preachers 9th studio album has skyrocketed. While the band had already been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance following the release of ‘Send Away the Tigers‘ and a subsequent ‘God-like Genius‘ award from the NME, the prospect of some form of involvement from Richey has lead fans to believe they could be in for something truly special.

Now the Manics have released tour dates to accompany the album and revealed that they will be performing the new album, ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’, in its entirety in one half of the show before a selection from their now massive back catalogue in the second half.

The Manics, back in the day

The Manics, back in the day

Speaking about the decision to finally use Richey’s lyrics, Nicky Wire said ”The brilliance and intelligence of the lyrics dictated that we had to finally use them. The use of language is stunning and ‘La Grande Odalisque‘ by Ingre, Marlon Brando, Giant Haystacks, celebrity, consumerism and dysmorphia, all reiterating the genius and intellect of Richard James Edwards”

The album will be produced by Steve Albini, is due for release on May 18th and is described as having a ”classic Holy Bible sound, with elements of Nirvana’s ‘In Utero‘ as well as a delicate, beautiful acoustic side”.

In anticipation, here’s the band at its finest.

Tour Dates:

25 May            GLASGOW, Barrowlands 08444 999 990

26 May            LLANDUDNO, Venue Cymru Arena    0871 2200 260 / 01492 872 000

28/29/30 May  LONDON, Roundhouse                    0871 2200 260 / 0844 482 8008

1 June             WOLVERHAMPTION, Civic Hall         0871 2200 260 / 0870 320 7000

2 June             BRIGHTON, Dome                          0871 2200 260 / 01273 709 709

4 June             DUBLIN, Olympia 00353 818 719 300

6 June             BELFAST, Ulster Hall 0870 243 4455

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