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Manics Bring Release Dates Forward
4 February 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

The Manic Street Preachers have bought the release dates for their album - Know Your Enemy - and two singles - So Why So Sad and Found That Soul - forward. The album will now be released on 19 March 2001 while the two singles will be released on 26 February 2001, all through Epic Records.

This may be because on 5 March, the previous release date of the two singles, Westlife release their cover of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl.

They will be playing at the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana, Cuba on 17 February 2001. They have announced a UK tour which begins on 27 March in Manchester:

  • 27 March MANCHESTER Apollo
  • 28 March MANCHESTER Apollo
  • 30 March LONDON Brixton Academy
  • 31 March LONDON Brixton Academy
  • 2 April GLASGOW Barrowlands
  • 3 April GLASGOW Barrowlands

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