The 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Manic Street Preachers member Richey Edwards is being marked in private by his bandmates.
Edwards (second left) addressed taboo subjects in his lyrics
Edwards has not been seen since his car was discovered near the River Severn in Wales in 1995, when he was 27.
"We'll talk to each other and remember something funny or sad," bassist Nicky Wire told music magazine NME.
He added that the anniversary was "a personal thing between us and his mum, dad and sister".
The band has continued to pay Edwards' royalties into an account in his name since his disappearance from a London hotel on 1 February 1995.
The Manic Street Preachers had three hit albums before Edwards vanished - Generation Terrorists, Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible.
By that time Edwards had developed a cult following through energetic live performances and outspoken interviews.
He had public battles with alcoholism, anorexia, depression and self-mutilation, and the band addressed such previously taboo subjects in their lyrics.
The band have become stadium stars since his disappearance
Edwards has never been found, yet his family has refused to have him declared dead.
The band continued after he vanished, going on to greater success with UK hits such as A Design For Life, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next and The Masses Against the Classes.
Last month Manic Street Preachers played alongside stars such as Charlotte Church and Goldie Lookin' Chain in the giant tsunami benefit concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
What are your memories of Richey Edwards and his music? Share them below.
I only started to listen to the Manics after Richey left, but the Holy Bible is definately the band's crowning achievment. There are more reference to art, literature, history, politics, and philosophy in just one of his lyrics than you will find in a week of TV programmes. He was the last musician who sought to stimulate and challenge people intellectually, rather than churn out shrieking nonsense. Given the state of music today, I doubt we'll see such a person - or such a music philosophy - ever again.
Steffan, Cardiff, Wales
I wasn't even aware of the Manics' existence at the time of Richey's disappearance - I was far too young. Yet, 10 years later, I've discovered the band, and I've been both inspired and moved by his lyrics and his story. I sincerely hope that he's happy, wherever he is.
Hannah, Leicester, UK
Richey was a great poet, an inspired and intelligent lyricist, and will always live on through his amazing music.
Thanks Richey. Wherever you've got to, I hope you're happy. :)
Matt, Macclesfield, UK
He was a brilliant lyricist, capable of breaking hearts and lifting them up at the same time. It's been ten years, but the hole he left behind is as huge as ever. He will never be forgotten and we'll never stop hoping he'll come home.
Stephanie, Denver, CO USA
It's strange to think that he might still be out there. In terms of his music and image, he's suspended in time at age 27, still lost in his world of horror and illness.
Wherever he is, however he did it, I hope he's happy.
Nicola, Enfield, Middlesex
I saw the Manics 4 times with Richey, the 3rd being at the QMU in Glasgow. I remember Richey smiling when 2 girls at the front threw a feather boa on stage and he picked it up and wraped it round his neck. I played Gold Against The Soul constantly when it came out as I was going through a bad patch, not sleeping well... "I'm feel like I'm missing pieces of sleep". Peace and love Richey, wherever you are.
Colin, St Andrews, Scotland
Today I celebrated by listening to The Holy Bible in its entirety, taking in the music and the wonderful lyrics while remembering this enigmatic yet talented man. If you're alive, I hope you're living life the way you want. Otherwise, rest in peace; you'll never be forgotten by the people you've touched with your words.
I remember Richey for his lyrics and his rock god poses and scissor kicks on the stage. His contribution to the lyrics brought a wordy but lyrical eloquence to the songs, and now, with just Nicky writing, the Manics' songs have lost a little of that fierce, questing intelligence. But Richey also looked good on stage. He was really living the rock n' roll dream (rock n' roll is our epiphany), and I think that was one of his best achievements - realising his dream of being a rock god, despite some of the pain and sorrow that came afterwards.
Leon, Tokyo, Japan
I was lucky enogh to have been at one of the last gigs Richey performed at (Glasgow Barrowlands). He was the perfect star to me. He was glamorous, troubled, searingly clever and gave such amazing interviews. Their lyrics, and the music of the Manics, helped me through some dark days. They tackled issues which were ignored by others, and always came from a place of great integrity, honesty and intelligence.
Whatever Richey has done, I have nothing but respect and love for him, and his bandmates. Watching them all playing "You Love Us" was one of the most thrilling things I have ever seen, and it's a memory I will always treasure. Richey and Nicky made me proud of my love of learning, and sent me off on new paths. The re-issue of The Holy Bible showed just how magnificent this band could be, I can't think of anything recently which has been so full of feeling, emotion and amazing lyricism. I often wonder at the strength of his family and friends, and can still feel that emptiness I felt when he dissapeared. Whichever side of the divide he's on, I hope he is happy and has a satisfied mind.
Gail O'Hara, Ayrshire
Richey for me was one of a kind, a great lyricist who wrote about very personal issues such as depression and anorexia. This helped those who suffered with these conditions greatly and gave them someone to identify with. Richey for me is still an iconic legend.
Richey and his lyrics helped me through some of the darkest times of my life and made me realise, for the first time, that I wasn't alone. I feel so sorry for the other Manics and Richey's family because the pain of losing such an amazing person must be awful. I hope he is happy now wherever he is.
I was lucky enough to see the Manics a few times early in their career and the power of Richey and Nicky's lyrics was what made them so different. On stage, he was a mesmerising character, full of energy. Off stage, he always came across as a highly intelligent but troubled man. I still believe he's alive, out there somewhere, enjoying a less public life.
Martin Sharp, Stockton-on-Tees
Richey Edwards gave thousands of people (mainly teenagers) around the country the courage to speak up about mental health problems they might have been suffering from. He also looked fabulous, wrote some very interesting lyrics, and contributed to three Manics Street Preachers albums which have given me hours of entertainment and enjoyment. For that, i'll remember him.
Peter, Darlington, County Durham
A brilliant lyricist who was a huge source of empathy for many other distressed people who realised they weren't alone. As a teenager I found him inspirational, and I still do now. The Manics' back catalogue is his legacy. I hope that he has found peace, wherever he is.
It is still so sad, the loss of someone who to his fans, was a friend. But let's not dwell on how it could of been, or how it has effected the Manics as a band, but remember that we have lost someone special and hope he's happy where ever he is. We might not see him again, but with all our memories of him we can keep his effect on this world alive.
The sheer devotion that Richey gained from the fans was testament to his talent as a song writer. He showed that it was okay to actually care about art and literature at a time when Britpop dominated with its very superficial stance. The Manics, in the Richey era, were a rare thing indeed, passionate and intelligent and not afraid to show it. Richey lives on in the songs he helped write.
Edd Almond, London
I was not a Manics fan at the time, but I am a huge fan now. Richey always came across in interviews as a highly intelligent and very charistmatic person. If he's still out there, I hope he's happy in whatever he's doing.
Is it really 10 years since Richey went away? It seems such a short while ago. The hole left by the disappearance of a brilliant, uniquely talented lyricist is nothing compared to that left by a missing son, friend, or brother. My thoughts are with his family and friends, who must still miss him so very much.
He was a tremendous poet, but a tortured soul and although people remember Kurt Cobain from the same time region, it'd be a travesty to forget Edwards.
Mike McCarthy, Harlow
It is sad that Richey isn't still playing with his friends in such a wonderful band. His work still lives on, and I'll always admire and respect him for The Holy Bible - as dark, macabre and downright disturbing an album as it is. I hope the love and adoration he receives from all over the world is some source of comfort to his parents and family who must have gone through hell in the last decade. Peace be with you Richey. Wherever you are, I hope you're happy.
Eamon , Dublin
I was a big fan of the Manics at the time. I remember being greatly affected by the disappearance at the time, and still believe Richey is alive. Every year, on the anniversary, I still get emotional thinking about it all.
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