Attention thirsty Manic Street Preachers fans in North America — the drought is over on September 15th as Columbia Records will finally release the band’s most recent critically acclaimed album, Journal For Plague Lovers, on these shores. Produced by Steve Albini, the album is notable for featuring lyrics written by the Manics’ former guitarist (and lyricist) Richey Edwards, who went missing on February 1st 1995, merely hours before the band was to begin a stateside promotional tour. Edwards, as fans well know, has never been found, and was declared “presumed dead” on November 23rd 2008.

James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, however, are well and good, and in Seattle on September 21st, will launch the Manics’ first North American tour in 10 years that will run through October 8th. “It’s been a decade since the Manics last set foot on American shores,” the band said in a press statement. “With the release of Journal For Plague Lovers, we felt the time was right to head back and play a series of gigs for our American fans both old and new.” Confirmed dates below.

Check out the video for “Jackie Collins Existential Question Time” right here.

Mon -21 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
Tue- 22 Vancouver, Canada @ The Commodore Ballroom
Thu-24 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Fri- 25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
Mon-Sep-28 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre
Wed-Sep-30 Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theatre

Thu-01 Chicago, IL @ The Metro
Fri- 02 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
Sun- 04 Toronto, Canada @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tue- 06 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
Wed- 07 New York City, NY @ Webster Hall
Thu- 08 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

–Carrie Alison

  1. Once again, the Manics’ agency completely miscalls it and thus the Manics blow off what is beyond doubt their best and strongest past market, and still best potential market, the South. (Check the old Sony sales figs – I’ve seen them – have you?) ONE magnet gig in Atlanta or Austin would have done it.

    No thanks.