Kevin Shields: lost and found

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My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields disappeared from the music scene after his band’s early 90’s successes. Re-emerging after a decade of fiddling with never released MBV material and stints with Primal Scream, his comeback on the Lost In Translation soundtrack has earned him a Bafta nomination.

Shields talks to Peter Murphy in the latest issue of Hot Press magazine. It is his first full length interview in 12 years. He talks about the early days, sings the praises of The Virgin Prunes, admits to ‘losing it’ after MBV’s stunning album ‘Loveless‘ and he comments on his band’s apparent influence on U2.

Peter Murphy: When U2 were on tour in Australia at the end of the Rattle & Hum campaign, The Edge, then going through the disintegration of his first marriage, was apparently heard playing MBV at deafening volume in his hotel room most nights. Was Shields aware of that?

Kevin Shields: “Only when U2 did interviews and stuff, and they talked about My Bloody Valentine having an influence on Achtung Baby. That was kinda nice,