Manic Street Preachers return with Journal For Plague Lovers, out 18th May. All 13 songs on the new record feature lyrics left by Richey Edwards, the Manics lyricist and sometime guitarist, who has been missing since Feb 1st, 1995.
"The brilliance and intelligence of the lyrics dictated that we had to finally use them. The use of language is stunning and topics include The Grande Odalisque by Ingres, Marlon Brando, Giant Haystacks, celebrity, consumerism and dysmorphia, all reiterating the genius and intellect of Richard James Edwards."
The record is scheduled for release on 18th May and will be available on CD, deluxe 2CD, download and LP.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
Me and Stephen Hawking
This Joke Sport Severed
Journal For Plague Lovers
She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Bleach
Facing Page: Top Left
Doors Closing Slowly
All Is Vanity
Virginia State Epileptic Colony
William’s Last Words
An original piece of Jenny Saville’s art (Stare) is the cover for Journal for Plague Lovers , one of her paintings also graced the cover of 1994’s The Holy Bible.
There is also a small tour of the UK in May/June, full details of which are below. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 27th March and the full list of dates is as follows:
Glasgow Barrowlands (May 25)
Llandudno Cymru Arena (26)
London Roundhouse (28-30)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (June 1)
Brighton Dome (2)
See you down the front, folks.