New Meetup: Manic Street Preachers @ Webster Hall

From: Rachel
Sent on: Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:43 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: Manic Street Preachers @ Webster Hall

When: October 7,[masked]:00 PM

Webster Hall
125 E 11th St
New York, NY 10003

Manic Street Preachers

Venue: Webster Hall
Wed 10/7
Doors 7:00 PM
$25.00 advance / $30.00 day of show

Manic Street Preachers are an alternative rock band from Blackwood, Wales, formed in 1986. They are James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitars), Nicky Wire (bass, occasional vocals) and Sean Moore (drums, backing vocals, occasional trumpet). The band were originally a quartet: lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards mysteriously vanished on 1 February 1995.[1] He was declared presumed deceased in November 2008.[2]

The Manics released their debut album Generation Terrorists in 1992.[3] Their combination of androgynous glam punk imagery, outspoken invective and songs about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" soon gained them a loyal following and cult status.[4][5][6] The band's later albums retained a politicized and intellectual lyrical style, while adopting a broader alternative rock sound.[7] Enigmatic lyricist Richey Edwards gained early notoriety by carving the words "4 REAL" into his arm with a razor blade (narrowly missing an artery and requiring seventeen stitches) in response to the suggestion that the band were less than authentic.[8] The dark nature of 1994's The Holy Bible reflected the culmination of Edwards' instability.[9]

Following Edwards' disappearance, Bradfield, Moore, and Wire persisted with the Manic Street Preachers and went on to gain critical and commercial success, becoming one of Britain's premier rock bands.[10] They have had eight top ten albums and fifteen top ten singles. They have reached number one three times, with their 1998 album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours[11] and the singles "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" (1998)[12] and "The Masses Against The Classes" (2000).[13] They have also won the Best British Album and Best British Group accolades at the BRIT Awards in 1997 and 1999, and were lauded by the NME for their lifetime achievements in 2008.[14] Their ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers, was released on 18th May 2009 and features lyrics Edwards had left behind to the band weeks before his disappearance.[15]

The ninth Manics album, Journal for Plague Lovers, was released on 18 May 2009[17] and features lyrics left behind by Edwards. Wire commented in interview that "there was a sense of responsibility to do his words justice."[18] It was recorded live to analogue tape, October 2008 to February 2009 at Rockfield Studios, and produced by Steve Albini.[19][20]

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