This Is Today: Manic Street Preachers bring ‘The Holy Bible’ to North America


The Manic Street Preachers are returning to North America.

The acclaimed veteran Welsh alt-rock band, who triumphantly carried on after the disappearance of guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards 20 years ago this February 1, is coming to the states later this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of landmark album The Holy Bible.

For the first time ever in Boston, the Manics will perform that record in its entirety at the Sinclair in Cambridge on Friday, April 24. General ticket on-sale is Friday, but Vanyaland has the pre-sale hookup: Enter pre-sale code “vanyaland” today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to get tickets before anyone else.


The show is co-presented by Bowery Boston and Vanyaland, and it’s the band’s first appearance in town since October 2009’s Journal For Plague Lovers tour.

The Holy Bible was released in August 1994, and to commemorate the occasion, our resident Manics expert ranked the classic album’s songs from best to slightly less-than-best. Last spring, the band released a 20th anniversary box set, complete with heavyweight vinyl, four CDs of live material, rarities, and b-sides, and a 40-page book.

More dates for the Manics’ Holy Bible tour are expected to be announced shortly.


UPDATE 1:30 p.m. EST: Here’s the full list of show.

The Holy Bible 20th anniversary tour
Mon April 20 – Washington DC, 9.30 Club
Thurs April 23 – New York, Webster Hall
Fri April 24 – Boston, The Sinclair
Mon April 27 – Toronto, Danforth
Weds April 29 – Chicago, Metro