Manic Street Preachers have announced two Irish dates this summer at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Thursday 4 June and the Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 6 June. The boys return this year with their ninth studio album, -Journal For Plague Lovers’ released on May 18th on Columbia Records.
Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, the album features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks. An original piece of Jenny Saville’s art is the cover of -Journal for Plague Lovers’, whose painting graced the cover of 1994’s -The Holy Bible’.
Nicky Wire said of the decision to use Richey’s words after all this time, “The brilliance and intelligence of the lyrics dictated that we had to finally use them. The use of language is stunning and topics include Le Grande Odalisque by Ingres, Marlon Brando, Giant Haystacks, celebrity, consumerism and dysmorphia all reiterating the genius and intellect of Richard James Edwards’.
Tickets for both shows are on sale from 9:30am this Friday, 27 March.
Olympia Theatre, Dublin:
€44.20 (Standing & Upper Circle Seated) / €49.20 (Circle Seated)
Ulster Hall, Belfast:
(Both ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee)