Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers have played with a new guitarist for the first time since RICHEY EDWARDS went missing almost a decade ago.

The A DESIGN FOR LIFE group will perform with GUY MASSEY on their current tour, despite once claiming Edwards would never be replaced.

Edwards was last seen in London in February 1995, and his abandoned car was discovered near the Severn Bridge, a notorious suicide spot which links Wales to England, two weeks later. No definite evidence about his whereabouts, or demise, has ever come to light.

Bassist NICKY WIRE says, "It was a difficult decision but we just needed another guitarist desperately. We always have done."

07/12/2004 14:22