Rock band from Blackwood, South Wales. They originally released records as a four-piece, although it was understood that Richey James Edwards, the band's chief lyricist and stylist, did not actually play guitar in the studio and had his amp turned down for live shows.
Richey's poor mental health led to several stays in hospital, and prior to a 1995 tour of the US, he disappeared, leaving his car at a notorious suicide spot. His body has never been found. The band vowed to continue without him and released their biggest-selling and critically lauded album "Everything Must Go" the following year. The band has continued as a trio, with further collaborators joining up for concerts. Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield also engaged in solo projects.
Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh alternative rock band, formed in 1986 in Blackwood and consisting of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics) and Sean Moore (drums). They are often colloquially known as "The Manics", or simply, "Manics". Originally a quartet, the band became a trio when primary lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared on 1 February 1995. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and critical social lyrics about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" gained them a loyal following and cult status.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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