Manic Street Preachers Guitarist Richey Edwards’ Story Who Disappeared Almost 30 Years Ago
Richey Edwards was a Welsh musician who rose to prominence as the songwriter and rhythm guitarist of Manic Street Preachers. Throughout his music career, Edwards was known for his dark and intellectual lyrics, which made him become a cult musician in the scene and a leading lyricist of his era.
After being a driver and roadie for Manic Street Preachers, Edwards became the band’s fourth member in 1989. However, he had little or no musical talent, so he contributed to them with his lyrics and design. Edwards appeared in the band’s songs as a lyricist and the leading figure who decided the band’s musical path.
Although Manic Street Preachers enjoyed commercial success with their albums, such as ‘Generation Terrorists,’ ‘Gold Against The Soul,’ and ‘The Holy Bible,’ something highly controversial happened. In February 1995, Richey Edwards disappeared without notice, and none of the band members had an idea where he went.
The Details Of Richey Edwards’ Mysterious Disappearance
On the day when he and James Dean Bradfield were supposed to fly to the US on a promotional tour for their ‘The Holy Bible’ album, Richey Edwards went missing. Before he disappeared, Edwards withdrew £200 a day from his bank account, totaling £2,800 by his disappearance. However, it remains unknown what the musician used that money for or why he withdrew a small amount.
Apart from withdrawing money, Edwards also gave his friend the book ‘Novel With Cocaine,’ whose introduction detailed the author’s stay in the asylum before vanishing. While staying at the Embassy Hotel in Bayswater Road, London, he removed some books and videos from his bag and took a copy of the play ‘Equus.’ He then put these and a note that read ‘I love you’ in a box and sent it to his girlfriend, Jo.
Edwards checked out of the hotel at 7:00 a.m and left many of his belongings behind. On February 7, he drove around the valleys and his hometown of Blackwood in a taxi. The musician then asked to be taken to Pontypool railway station and arrived at the Severn View service station. In the following two weeks, he was seen in the Newport passport office and at Newport bus station by a fan.
On February 14, Edwards’ car was found abandoned at the Severn View service station with a dead battery. As the Severn Bridge was famous for being a suicide site, many believed that Edwards committed suicide by jumping off the bridge. However, the ones who were close to him didn’t think that. Since then, Edwards has been allegedly spotted in various places. Although there were many supposed sightings of him, none of them proved to be accurate.
From 2002 onwards, Edwards’ family had an opportunity to declare him dead, but they chose not to. So, as of now, Richey Edwards’ status is open as a missing person. However, on November 24, 2008, the musician was declared ‘presumed dead.’ A year later, Manic Street Preachers released their ninth album, ‘Journal For Plague Lovers,’ which was composed with the lyrics Edwards left behind. Moreover, they still pay 25% royalties into an account in Edwards’ name.