Posted in music | tour dates on July 28, 2009

by Bill Pearis

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This fall Manic Street Preachers will tour the US for the first time in 10 years -- including an October 7 stop at Webster Hall. Their last NYC show was Bowery Ballroom in September 1999 in support of This is My Truth Tell Me Yours, one of the few dates of that tour that didn't get cancelled. The Manics are one of these bands who were massive in the UK, but never got more than a shrug from Americans who tend to like their bombast via Michael Bay movies, not sloganeering rock bands from Wales. I think Pitchfork's Joe Tangari sums up the band pretty well here in his review of their bsides collection Lipstick Traces...


In all of rock's varied and storied history, I can't think of another band that yearned harder and more desperately to be Important than the Manic Street Preachers. You can tell from every album they ever released, every photo they ever posed for, every line of lyrics they ever penned, that these guys wanted to change the lives and minds of millions and enter into rock's history books as nothing short of legends. From day one, they wore their politics (indeterminate though they sometimes were) on their sleeves and spoke only in Statements-- they're the kind of band who almost certainly come up with the titles for their songs before the songs are written ("If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next", anyone?), driven by ideas and philosophical concepts more than raw inspiration or restless creativity.

The band has managed to squeeze six albums out of that approach, which in itself tells you something. Back when they were just four unknowns in heavy eye shadow and feather boas with slogans scrawled on their clothes, they famously had the audacity (or was it marketing savvy?) to proclaim that they would make the greatest rock album ever and then split-- neither of which panned out, of course. Their debut, Generation Terrorists, walked a weird line between agit-punk, cock rock, romantic melodicism and glam, and was so obviously patterned after The Clash's London Calling that it was actually kind of cute. They did add a chapter to rock folklore, however, after releasing their best record (1994's tormented The Holy Bible), when lyricist Richey Edwards-- suffering from anorexia, alcoholism and a pattern of self-abuse that culminated in him carving "4REAL" in his arm with a razor blade during an interview with Steve Lamacq as a manner of addressing critics who doubted the band's conviction-- disappeared, never to be seen again. [Pitchfork]

The Manics are nothing if not earnest, but I think their need to be important was just a little much for most Americans, myself included, and the band eventually stopped trying to court us after that aborted '99 tour. (Their label never really pushed them here either.) Though remaining popular, the spectre of Richey Edwards has hung over the band since his disappearance. The band face it -- or embrace it -- on their new album, the Steve Albini recorded Journal for Plague Lovers, which features previously unused lyrics that Edwards penned shortly before he vanished and has received some of the highest praise the band have seen since This is My Truth Tell Me Yours. It's not likely to change anyone's minds about the band either way, but if you're a fan... you probably already have it and love it.

All tour dates under some music videos...

Manic Street Preachers - Jackie Collins Existential Question Time

Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Manic Street Preachers - Roses in a Hospital

Manic Street Preachers - 2009 U.S. Tour Dates
Sept 21 Seattle, WA Neumo's
Sept 22 Vancouver, Canada The Commodore Ballroom
Sept 24 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sept 25 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon
Sept 28 Denver, CO The Bluebird Theatre
Sept 29 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theatre
Oct 1 Chicago, IL The Metro
Oct 2 Detroit, MI The Majestic Theatre
Oct 4 Toronto, Canada The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 6 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Oct 7 New York City, NY Webster Hall
Oct 8 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club



Comments (18)

Love that "Motorcycle Emptiness" song. Played that CD to hell when it came out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 6:54 PM

You guys really like to put me on the spot

Um ok, so Fiona Apple's 1997 MTV awards speech.

The reason that I like this speech so much, uh, aside from the fact that it's amazing is, um, I feel like it was kind of overlooked when it actually came out and now it's like this absolute classic speech. But, uh, when it was actually reviewed, when it came out, it really didn't do very...I mean it did well, but it didn't do extremely well. Rolling Stone at the time gave it like..I think 2 out of 5 stars or something like that. And then when they re-released it they said it was 5 out of 5 stars, when they did the next review. But it was just a very important speech in my formidable years and, um, it's a classic pop awards speech.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 6:54 PM

Lest we forget, their first (?) US single was titled... "You Love Us"!

Am I the only one who loved the arena rock of Gold Against the Soul? L-ov-e-d singing 'Drug, Drug Druggy' for a spell...

Posted by Dfactor | July 28, 2009 8:10 PM

I love that "holy bible" record. If this ain't too expensive, I will go.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 8:10 PM

Good to see them back

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 9:29 PM

This is a good time for them to come back to the US. Their early decade slump is over and they have released 2 quality albums in a row. Already bought Philly tix as well. (Btw, In before MEHnic Street Preachers.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 11:43 PM

HOLY SHIT!!! i flew to ireland and england to see them. i can't wait!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2009 12:29 AM

your music is shite is keeps me up all night

Posted by MSP still suck | July 29, 2009 1:29 AM

This band is amazing. They keep drying up then releasing more amazing albums.

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2009 10:01 AM

EVERYTHING MUST GO is pretty darn great

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2009 11:30 AM

so ready for this album! manic street preachers is awesome, can't wait to hear the remixes

Posted by chissy nkemere | September 14, 2009 1:42 AM

pre-sale/remix album offer - this joint is REALLY good

Posted by JoFresh | September 14, 2009 4:37 AM

Gee, if some dink in Pitchfork doesn't like them, I guess that's it then. The Manics fucking rule and they played a great and enthusiastically recieved show tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 11:57 PM

"Their need to be important was a little much for us Americans..." LOL! Yes, heaven forbid anyone try to foist off anything intelligent, challenging and passionate on "us Americans." We're too busy listening to crap. What a sad fucking statement that is.

From the NME:

"In years to come, this decade will be characterised as one of cheap and cowardly irony and obfuscation. In the realm of alternative rock Manic Street Preachers will be regarded as notable for successfully balancing sincerity and intelligence, regardless of what value those particular commodities hold at present."

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 12:13 AM

They were amazing this evening. The empty mic stand for Richey was a nice getsure.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 1:32 AM

James Dean Bradfield is one of the most amazing vocalists of the last 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2009 10:19 AM

not to mention an amazing guitarist

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2010 10:09 AM

JDB-your voice is like butta.

Posted by Anonymous | January 29, 2015 2:08 PM

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