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Manics pay tribute to Richey at gig

Published 03/02/2011 | 13:12

The Manic Street Preachers dedicated a song to Richey Edwards
The Manic Street Preachers dedicated a song to Richey Edwards

The Manic Street Preachers dedicated a song to their lost bandmate Richey Edwards as they noted the 16th anniversary of his disappearance.

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The Welsh band performed an intimate gig in association with London's Hard Rock Cafe on Wednesday night, a day after the tragic milestone.

Rhythm guitarist Richey vanished on February 1, 1995, and was declared presumed dead in November 2008.

Introducing their track Faster at the Absolute Radio gig, the group paid tribute to their pal's "beautiful eyes" and "fierce intelligence" and said: "This would be for him."

The band rocked the crowd with a host of favourites, including Design For Life and Motorcycle Emptiness.

In an interview with the radio station's Ben Jones, bassist Nicky Wire admitted he was "distraught" that recent single Some Kind of Nothingness did not make the top 40.

"I was gutted, you know, just because I think only Pet Shop Boys maybe have got more consecutive Top 40 hits than us, or some dreadful pop band or something."

He added: "I'm still very petty about stuff like that."

:: Manic Street Preachers played Hard Rock Cafe presents Absolute Radio sessions at the Hard Rock Cafe, Park Lane, London. Tune into Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show on Absolute Radio on Tuesday February 8 from 7pm to hear the show or watch the entire gig at www.absoluteradio.co.uk.

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