Acoustic gig right up James's Street; MUSIC: Manics singer Bradfield wows Kerrang! fans with intimate city show.Byline: Christina Savvas
MANIC Street Preachers fans in Birmingham were among the first to experience the 'lost' lyrics of the band's former guitarist Richey Edwards.
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James Byron Dean, Dean Bradfield gave a live acoustic Live Acoustic (Nettwerk) is an EP by Sarah McLachlan. It was released on May 31, 2004 in Canada only. The tracks were recorded live at the debut of iTunes for the PC on October 21, 2003 and were previously only available on iTunes. performance for less than 100 lucky competition winners at radio station Kerrang! in Lionel Street.
Bradfield performed material from the new album Journal for Plague Lovers, released on May 18, with all lyrics written by Edwards before his mysterious disappearance 14 years ago.
Bradfield said the band felt they were honouring the wishes of the missing Manic, who was officially declared dead in November 2008.
He said: "It's the lyrics that Richey left with us before he disappeared and over the years myself, Nicky and Sean had copies.
"It took us a long time to think we could actually do something with them. We obviously had a sense of responsibility that we needed to do something because he left them with us and they were in the form of lyrics.
"It was only a couple of years ago when I got them out of the drawer and started reading them that I started to gets to get ideas and I realised that enough time had elapsed e·lapse
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n. and we could record and fulfil his wishes." Bradfield performed the intimate gig for invited guests and competition winners. He then spent time talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
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He said: "I feel a sense of optimism in Birmingham. It is really good to be back in the city.
"I had a good experience the last time I performed an acoustic gig and this was better. I was only going to sing six songs and I did eight, I threw in a couple of bonus ones because the crowd smelled so sweet. It was really enjoyable."
James Dean Bradfield at Kerrang!; and (left) his watching fans. Pictures: Iain Findlay