Following the release of the highly acclaimed Quadrophenia box set, BBC 4 will be airing Quadrophenia… Can You See The Real Me? This is an in depth documentary about the making of the iconic album which will broadcast on 29th June at 9pm.
In 1969, Pete Townshend wrote Tommy, a rock opera that made The Who the biggest live band in the world. In 1971 he had a nervous breakdown trying to follow it up. By 1973 the band were broke, Keith Moon was struggling with alcohol and drug problems and Pete and Roger Daltrey were barely speaking. In a last throw of the dice Pete came up with a new concept for a rock opera and named it Quadrophenia. The story depicted a schizophrenic mod called Jimmy who was hell bent on a journey to insanity and back from London to Brighton throughout the Mod heyday of 1964.
Now, in his home studio and revisiting old haunts in Shepherds Bush and the Who’s old Ramport studio in Battersea, Pete Townshend opens his heart and his personal archive in this new film to revisit, in his words, ‘the last great album The Who ever made’. But in 1973 it was an album that almost never was. Beset by money problems, a studio in construction, heroin-taking managers, a lunatic drummer and a culture of extremely heavy drinking, Pete took on an album that nearly broke him. It was also an album that the band had turned their backs on within twelve months of producing.
This fascinating, new BBC documentary directed by Matt O’Casey will feature unheard studio recordings, unseen correspondence and photos, plus archive footage of their 1973 concert at Belle Vue, Manchester that has never previously been seen. There are also in depth interviews with Pete, Roger, photographer Ethan Russell, engineer Ron Nevison, Ramport Studio secretary Georgiana Waller, The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley and tour manager John Wolff.
‘Can You See The Real Me’ will be followed later that evening by ‘Quadrophenia The Movie’ and ‘The Who Live at the Electric Proms’.
Visit www.thewho.com and www.quadropheniaofficial.com for all info.
Kylie Minogue will be picking up the 25th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Award next Friday at the annual event at the Hilton, Park Lane that raises money for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.
Kylie said: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to be receiving the 25th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins. The work that Nordoff Robbins does, using music therapy to transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults is amazing. This will be a special event and I am delighted to be able to attend and reunite with many friends too.’
Do you think that we can get something up online this morning about her picking up the award?
Attendees to the O2 Silver Clef now include Kylie Minogue, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sande, Conor Maynard, Tom Jones, Fatboy Slim, Manic Street Preachers, Michael Buble, Laura Wright. For more details and quotes from individuals please let me know and I will get them over to you as soon as possible.
Britney Spears reportedly constantly looks at her fiancé for ‘reassurance’ while shooting The X Factor.
The singer is a new panellist on the American TV programme and it’s been claimed she is struggling to settle into the role. Although Britney enjoys being a part of the show, she is thought to be worried about her comments to contestants.
Her fiancé Jason Trawick ‘ one of the co-conservators who look after Britney’s personal and professional affairs ‘ is always nearby when the cameras are rolling, which comforts the star.
‘Jason is never more than striking distance away from her and Britney constantly looks at him for reassurance after everything she says,’ a source told UK magazine Heat. ‘But despite Jason doing everything they can to keep her on track, insiders say Britney is finding the experience nerve-wracking ordeal and keeps threatening to quit. She’s even been heard sounding upset in her dressing room.’
Britney has impressed audiences at the auditions and reportedly reacted well when someone she worked with on her first record tried out recently.
‘The crowd go crazy every time she walks in,’ the source said. ‘But she’s like a deer in the headlights.
Ed Sheeran ‘+’ has finally made the American chart.
After already riding the Australian chart for most for the year and topping the UK chart in 2011, Ed Sheeran ‘+’ entered the Billboard chart this week at no. 5 after selling around 44,000 units.
Sheeran’s American debut is the highest for a UK solo artist since 2009.
Ed has been touring the USA after starting his showcasing at SXSW in March. He then toured America as special guest of Snow Patrol and is about to start his first North American headline tour through cities like Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Vancouver, New York, and Washington, DC
Upcoming dates are:
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012
All Dates w/The ‘VH1 YOU OUGHTA KNOW TOUR WITH ED SHEERAN’ Except *
17 Toronto, ON Kool Haus * ‘ SOLD OUT!
18 Montreal, QC Olympia de Montreal *
19 Boston, MA House of Blues ‘ SOLD OUT!
21 New York, NY Terminal 5 ‘ SOLD OUT!
22 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ‘ SOLD OUT!
23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts ‘ SOLD OUT!
25 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
26 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre ‘ SOLD OUT!
1 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
2 San Diego, CA House of Blues
4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom * ‘ SOLD OUT!
5 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SoDo
Dolly Parton worries talent show stars ‘blow out’ too soon.
The country music star has nothing against artists who get their big break by appearing on shows such as The X Factor or American Idol. However, she is concerned that their careers might not have the longevity of others musicians.
‘The way it used to be you started at the bottom and go up the ladder but I’m not sure that’s better than anything else. I always hope the best for them, I always worry about that. once they’ve done that big glow it kinda just dims and they might not get another chance, it’s almost like blowing out too soon. I think real talent and good people who keep their heads straight will do well,’ Dolly said.
The singer is happy for people grasping opportunities to achieve their dreams, which is why she won’t dismiss televised singing contests.
Dolly is astounded when she thinks about how the industry has changed since she started out in the ’60s.
‘It’s so totally different now, with all the high-tech stuff and everything’s online now… It’s completely different, it’s got its good sides and bad sides,’ she told a UK TV show.
Guillemots have never been ones to let the grass grow and sound their return this year with a leviathan task.
They’ve been in lockdown, squirreling away in the name of art for a labour of love which will last six months and which will produce a quartet of sparkling new albums, baked and served straight from the oven, no messing around.
Immersed in the solitary splendour of the Norwegian wilderness,
Fyfe Dangerfield, Magrao, Aristazabal Hawkes and Greig Stewart have taken up this self-imposed challenge with their trademark élan.
The proof is in the pudding ‘ first LP ‘Hello Land!’ ‘ an easy breezy, earthern ode to springtime featuring the Norwegian Flute Ensemble and produced by Jonas Raabe.
Experimental, orchestral, psych-tinged, balladeering tendrils wrap themselves around falsetto and sixties’ girl group melodies for a lush record which adds the first brushstroke to this forthcoming masterpiece.
As the band themselves say; ‘We hope it makes friends with your ears.’
Chris Brown just went with the flow on his hit song Look At Me Now.
The R&B singer showed off his rap skills on the track that features Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.
Chris spontaneously started to rap when he was recording.
‘I didn’t sing on the record at all. It just was a rap song,’ Chris told MTV News.
‘So I was like, ‘Cool, if they going with it, I’m gonna keep going.’ ‘
Chris has since collaborated with other hip hop musicians Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa on a track called Till I Die.
‘With the hip-hop and the rapping, it’s more of – I wouldn’t say [a] hobby – it’s just me expressing myself,’ he explained.
‘I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the best rapper or I’m a rapper. I’m just saying I could do it, I guess, if y’all like it.’
Till I Die was released this April as single from the Chris’ fifth studio album Fortune.
Cult blues musician Seasick Steve is set to join the already outstanding line-up for this year’s Strummer of Love festival taking place in Somerset on the weekend of 17-19 August. The one-off event will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of iconic Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
Having sold out scores of venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo and Brixton O2 Academy, Seasick Steve will be joining an already impressive line-up including the Pogues, Frank Turner and Emmy the Great.
Renowned for his growling vocals and use of customised instruments – including a battered three-string guitar, diddley bow, stomp box and various handmade contraptions – Steve is the natural choice and a perfect addition to the bill. His firewood instruments will be bringing some honest, foot-stomping, get-down and go-for-it attitude to the weekend’s festivities.
In addition, dance music pioneers Basement Jaxx will be performing an unseen and exclusive DJ set which promises to be one of the highlights of the festival. Classic dancehall and reggae DJ David Rodigan will make sure the whole site gets up and moving whilst DJ Scratchy, who rode on tour with the Clash, will be bringing an element of ’76 energy to the proceedings.
Faithful to the spirit of Strummer’s diverse life and career – as hippy era festivalgoer, folk troubadour, family man, globally feted punk icon and world music explorer – it will be an occasion to savour, leaving behind a plan of action after the partying is over.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.strummeroflove.com
Rihanna is reportedly still ‘obsessed’ with the idea that she’s meant to be with Chris Brown.
The two stars ended their relationship after Chris assaulted Rihanna in 2009. They were seen in the same nightclubs twice over the last few weeks and it is thought that they have grown close again.
It’s been claimed Rihanna engineered both meetings as she is still hung up on her ex.
‘Rihanna has always been obsessed with Chris,’ an insider told the British edition of Grazia. ‘She’s yet to have a proper relationship with anyone since they broke up. She just can’t let go of the idea that they’re meant to be together. It’s like he has some sort of hold over her.’
Chris is still thought to be dating Karrueche Tran, although he is also said to be considering reuniting with Rihanna. Getting over Rihanna fully is struggle for Chris.
‘Chris is in two minds over what to do,’ a source said. ‘He does have feelings for Karrueche but it’s almost like there is some sort of massive pull between him and Rihanna. They have a toxic bond that neither of them seems to be about to let go. He’s absolutely mesmerised every time he sees her.’
The latest new music from Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom is a beautiful cover of Johnny Cash’s classic “Hurt” that she posted as part of her weekly cover series.
Sandi is gearing up for the release of her brand new album, Flesh and Blood, which was recorded in Nashville with the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson.
The album is due August 14th on Sandi’s own Guardian Angel Records, and the lead single, “The Sun Comes Crashing Down,” is streaming on SoundCloud and available as a free download at sandithom.com.
Katy Perry was ‘trying to keep her marriage alive.’
The singer is currently promoting her fly-on-the-wall documentary Part of Me 3D. It was produced from over 300 hours of film footage shot during her 2011 California Dreams world tour.
Katy’s 14-month marriage with Russell Brand broke down towards the end of her performances. Before the pair split Katy was unwilling to go more than two weeks without seeing Russell.
Striking a balance was important to the singer.
‘Being in love is a dream, but the reality is not like the movies,’ she revealed in the movie. ‘There”s a lot more compromise and sacrifice. I”m trying to keep my marriage alive.’
Later in December when Russell filed for a divorce a make-up free and upset Katy divulged to the camera her thoughts on the life-altering event.
‘The truth is I”m a romantic and I believed in the fairy tale. I did everything I could but it still failed,’ she shared. ‘The dream of being in love is a lot different than the reality of making it work. I”ve got a second chance at a brilliant life.’
Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have bought a ‘spectacular’ new property in Los Angeles, it has been reported.
The couple are believed to have splashed out close to the $10,450,000 asking price for the six-bedroom mansion, which is situated on the west side of the city.
The beautiful house has been designed by famed architect Windsor Smith and is set in spacious grounds surrounded by Sycamore trees, boasting a guesthouse and stables.
‘Gwyneth Paltrow is in escrow on one of the most spectacular estates on the west side of L.A. and it”s costing her and hubby Chris Martin a pretty penny,’ TMZ reports. ‘The house – courtesy of famed architect Windsor Smith – was listed for $10,450,000. We”re told Gwyneth and Chris paid close to the asking price. The house has six bedrooms and eight baths, which means their two kids will probably each get their own rooms.’
The luxury white abode features a pale grey slate roof and a grand gated entrance. The inside is light and airy thanks to the many floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful wooden floors.
Built in 2011, the property was originally listed at close to $12million but has recently been reduced.