Bono announced at a press conference in Toronto that a covers version of the U2 album Achtung Baby is on its way. Commissioned by the British magazine Q, the album will include Patti Smith (Until the End of the World), Depeche Mode (So Cruel), Jack White (Love is Blindness) and Damian Rice (One).
Even more trouble for the Michael Jackson tribute scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales. Global Events Live, who is putting on the show with part of the Jackson family, recently offered tickets “buy 1 get 1 free” which outraged those who have already purchased tickets and gave the over thirty Jackson fan clubs who were calling for a boycott of the show more fodder.
Reba McEntire may be returning to TV. ABC has announced that they have picked up the pilot for a series called Malibu Country. Reba will play a mother of three who divorces her cheating husband and moves from Nashville to Mailbu where she’ll try to restart her music career and not let her family be influenced by the materialistic world around them. Dave Stewart is one of the producers.
McEntire previously spent six years on the series Reba.
An exhibit of the art of Bob Dylan is coming to New York’s Gagosian Gallery. 18 drawings and paintings will be on-display from September 20 to October 22.
Dates are starting to leak out for an October tour by Guns N’ Roses. At this point, only Orlando, Miami and Kansas City have been mentioned but further dates are sure to be announced in the coming days.
Peter Hook has told Rolling Stone how disappointed he is that New Order will reunite without him.
“Ultimately it’s my music they’re playing so it’s not the end of the world. I was instrumental, excuse the pun, in New Order for 34 years and they won’t take that from you unless they started releasing new records that eclipsed all the New Order stuff. And maybe they’ll do that, I don’t know. But I do know at this point in time there have been some really underhand, dirty business dealings that have enabled them to do this that I don’t agree with and I’m very saddened and upset by it. But it’ll come out in the wash.”
After a multi-year battle, it looks like artists will be granted a longer copyright period in Europe. Currently, the limit is set at 50 years which means some of the earliest records of the rock era, including those of artists like Cliff Richard, are coming into the public domain. According to an unnamed source within the European Union, that is likely to be extended to 70 years on Monday.
The move will be good for artists and labels alike as catalog sales have been growing over the last few years with the addition of digital downloading of older songs.
Thin Lizzy can officially announce Richard Fortus from Guns ‘n Roses will replace Vivian Campbell on guitar for all Thin Lizzy live shows whilst Vivian is back touring and recording with Def Leppard. Vivian’s last show will be at Slane Castle in Ireland on May 28th. Richard (formerly with The Psychedelic Furs), pictured second from right, joined the band on stage at their recent Chicago show for two songs and will appear with the band at all performances after Slane until further notice Scott Gorham: ‘Richard is a true pro who blew me away the first time I heard him play’, talking of the recent appearance in Chicago – ‘We literally ran through the songs once in sound check and Richard was spot on, he will make a great addition to the band and look forward to having him on the road with us’ Ricky Warwick: ‘Richard, like myself is a life long Lizzy fan, a fantastic guitar player and great guy and I am sure will be welcomed by Thin Lizzy fans everywhere. We all can’t wait to get back on the road, so see you all this summer!’
Thin Lizzy’s European Summer Tour Dates are as follows:
Sat/May-28 Dublin, Ireland – Slane Castle
Sun/May-29 Horsens, Denmark – Jelling Festival
Mon/May-30 Hillerod, Denmark – Frederiksborg Culture House
Wed/Jun-01 Ipswich, England – Regent Theatre
Thu/Jun-02 Swindon, England – MEC Arena
Sat/Jun-04 Kilarney, Ireland – INEC
Sun/Jun-05 Castlebar, Ireland – Royal Theater
Tue/Jun-07 Belfast, N. Ireland – Odyssey Arena
Wed/Jun-08 Dublin, Ireland – The O2 Arena
Fri/Jun-10 Castle Donington, England – Download Festival
Sat/Jun-11 Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun/Jun-12 Uppsala, Sweden – Katalin and All That Jazz
Tue/Jun-14 Enschede, Holland – Atak
Wed/Jun-15 Ulm, Germany – Ulmer Zelt
Sat/Jun-18 Clisson, France – Hellfest
Sun/Jun-19 London, England – Finsbury Park Feis
Fri/Jun-24 St. Goarshausen, Germany – Lorely Festival
Sat/Jun-25 Dessau, Germany – Ferropolis Rock The Nation
Sun/Jul-10 Weert, Holland Bospop Festival
Sat/Jul-23 London, England – Victoria Park High Voltage Festival
Sat/Jul-30 Stuttgart, Germany – Rock of Ages
Sun/Jul-31 Lokerse, Belgium – Locust Festival
The ‘Dog Days Are Over’ group have been writing their second album since autumn last year, and guitarist Rob Ackroyd said the group are now poised to enter the famous Abbey Road studio in London where The Beatles recorded much of their material. He said: “Work on the second album has begun with producer Paul Epworth and there is talk of booking out Abbey Road for a month in April or May to record. Which is nice.”
The musician also revealed that while he and group leader Florence Welch see eye to eye on most musical genres, but finds himself at odds when it comes to her taste in mainstream songs.
He added to Gibson.com: “Florence’s and my taste in music often overlap in harmonious fashion; we’re both big fans of hip-hop and American indie.
“But she’s also a big fan of unadulterated pop music, which cuts through me like a knife.”
The guitarist – who has also recently been working with Pixie Geldof, daughter of former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof on her new band Violet – also told how he had managed to meet his rock guitar hero through playing with the machine.
He added: “I think people like Guns n’ Roses guitarists Izzy Stradlin and Slash really glamorised the guitar for me when I was a kid. In the early ’90s it seemed like every weekend was Guns N’ Roses weekend on MTV and I was galvanized by Slash.
“I kind of fulfilled my dream of meeting Slash last summer when Florence And The Machine shared a festival bill with him.”
Adam Ant returns to the London stage. The man that bought you such classics as ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ and ‘Prince Charming’ returns to the London stage for the second half of his ‘The Good, the Mad and The Lovely World Tour of London 2010-11′. After a string of successful shows in his Punk Rock Winter Campaign, Adam returns to the stage this January to showcase his new material, along with classics from his back catalogue. The shows lead up to the launch of his new Album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunners Daughter.’ Which is due for release this Spring on his own label ‘Blueblack Hussar Records’. The self penned, self produced album, written and produced by Adam Ant along with his long time friends Boz Borer and Chris Macarmack, will be his first record release since his ‘Wonderful’ album in 1995, which achieved great critical acclaim. Adams recent shows have gained much positive press attention, most notably a 4 star review in The Telegraph (‘Adam Ant, one of the most dashing and imaginative creations of the pop age..it was impossible to take your eyes off him’ – Daily Telegraph, 25/11), and also a highly complimentary review from Duff MacKagan (Guns N’ Roses) who quite simply put ‘It was great.’Adam will be appearing on the 26th and 27th January at the legendary 100 club, and may also be appearing in 2 very exclusive shows at the renowned Ronnie Scotts club on the 18th and 19th January, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Guns N’ Roses play to school gig. Band members of Axl’s new Guns N’ Roses line-up have played a special surprise gig for lucky students in Oxford. Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thai and drummer Frank Ferrer wowed the young fans at the Witchwood School Of Rock to offer advice to budding rock stars and played several numbers. “I’m actually more nervous going and talking to the kids than I am playing in front of 20,000 people,” Ferrer told the BBC, “because you don’t see them. Here you’re going to see every little kid’s face.” The visit was organised by the centre’s Mike Dove, who claimed: “They had coffee in my house this morning so it’s a bit crazy. I’ve realised a bit of a boyhood dream.”
Sebastian Bach will tour Canada with Guns N Roses this month. The long-time association between Bach and Axl Rose will continue with shows starting in Winnipeg on January 13. Bach and Rose have been mates for a long time. Rose sang on three songs of Bach’s 2007 album ‘Angel Down’. Bach sang on the track ‘Sorry’ on Guns N Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ album. Canadian tour dates for Guns N Roses with Sebastian Bach are:
January 13 Winnipeg Manitoba Mts Centre
January 15 Lloydminster Alberta Kooler
January 16 Calgary Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
January 17 Edmonton Alberta Rexall Place
January 19 Saskatoon Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
January 20 Regina Saskatchewan Brandt Centre
January 22 Thunder Bay Ontario The Roxy (Headline Show)
January 24 Hamilton Ontario Copps Coliseum
January 25 London Ontario John Labatt Centre
January 27 Montreal Quebec Bell Centre
January 28 Toronto Ontario Air Canada Centre
January 29 Windsor Ontario Blind Dog
January 30 Kingston Ontario Stages
January 31 Ottawa Ontario Scotiabank Place
February 1 Quebec City Quebec Colisee Pepsi
February 3 Moncton New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum
February 4 Halifax Nova Scotia Metro Centre
February 5 Worcester Ma Usa The Palladium
February 6 Sayreville New Jersey Usa Starland Ballroom
Guns `N Roses show in Taipei, Taiwan did go ahead last night despite the Axl Rose fisticuffs at Los Angeles International airport that had some whiny paparazzi crying to TMZ. b A statement issued at the Guns N` Roses MySpace site read, “Axl Rose, lead singer for the legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses, was unhurt last Continue reading →
Columbia Records announces the release of A Cherry Cherry Christmas, the new Neil Diamond holiday collection, available in stores and online Tuesday, October 13. The title song, “Cherry Cherry Christmas,” is filled with references to many of Diamond’s greatest hits. Newly written and recorded by Neil Diamond for Christmas 2009, it is destined to become a new Christmas standard. Newly Continue reading →
A MAN who leaked the new Guns N’ Roses album online has been sentenced to two months home confinement. Kevin Cogill, from Los Angeles, was also sentenced to a year’s probation and was ordered to appear in an anti-piracy commercial. Cogill admitted copyright infringement last year after posting nine songs from the Chinese Democracy album online. Cogill had faced a maximum of one year in federal prison, a $100,000 (£61,000) fine and five years’ probation. In court yesterday, he apologised for his actions and said he had not meant any harm by posting the tracks on the Antiquiet website. He told Judge Paul L Abrams: “I never intended to hurt the artist. I intended to promote the artist because I’m a fan.” Chinese Democracy, Guns N’ Roses’ first new album in 17 years, was released last November, costing more than $13m to record.
With just a few weeks to go in the eighth season of “American Idol,” this season’s new judge, Kara DioGuardi , told TV Guide that she may not be back next year. “I’m only here for one season,” she told the mag. “That’s what we’ve discussed. So we’ll see what happens. Hopefully they keep me on.” A hit songwriter who was largely unknown to the public before joining Simon Cowell , Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson at the “Idol” judges’ table, Kara added that she’s “grateful to America” for letting her ease into the role. “My life has become extremely exciting and I am so excited for this opportunity,” she said. “I feel grateful to America that they let me grow and they let me find my groove on the show and that they were patient. And hopefully I haven’t disappointed them. It’s been a scary experience at times.” But as to whether she’ll be sticking around, Simon Cowell told the mag recently that he felt it was likely. “I would imagine so,” he said, adding that it was out of his hands. “The only say I have is about Ryan, Randy and Paula. I’ve always made it clear that I wouldn’t like to do the show without them. So that’s all I’m really concerned about.” “American Idol” continues this week with “Rock Week” for its top four, Adam Lambert , Danny Gokey , Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen . Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will be the week’s mentor.
FAITH NO MORE have announced that they will play at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. The newly-reformed Mike Patton-fronted outfit revealed on their website that they will play Reading Festival on August 28 and Leeds Festival on August 30. Faith No More split in 1998 but have returned to play a number of festival shows in Europe this summer. The group will headline the Download festival at Donington on June 12.
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In 1981, Bay Area California musicians Mike “Puffy” Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike “The Man” Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band’s first real album, “We Care A Lot,” released on Mordam Records in 1985. Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, “Introduce Yourself,” was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely due to his constant drinking, limited vocal capabilities, and squabbles with bandmates. Mike Patton, frontman of Eureka, California band Mr. Bungle, was a replacement suggested by Jim Martin, who had heard a demo tape that exhibited the long-gone death metal side of Mr. Bungle. Patton was hired in January of 1989. In two weeks he had written lyrics for the songs Faith No More was working on for their next album, and “The Real Thing” was released six months later. The album was a critical success, and the band toured with Metallica shortly, playing in front of huge audiences. Even so, it wasn’t until the song “Epic” was released as a single in January of 1990 that Faith No More’s popularity took off in the U.S., thanks in large part to heavy rotation of the video (which even received some negative attention for a brief scene of a fish flopping around out of water) on MTV. Another successful video for “Falling To Pieces” followed. Members of mega-rockers Metallica and Guns N Roses named Faith No More among their favorite rock groups. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, “The Real Thing” had gone platinum in the U.S. In 1991, following the impressive success of “The Real Thing,” Faith No More released in Britain a recording of a live show they played there, along with two previously unreleased tracks, entitled “Live At Brixton.” A video of the same performance called “You Fat B**tards” was released elsewhere. The San Francisco band was now playing large venues worldwide as the main act, their unique sound & Patton’s manic stage antics a draw for fans of all kinds of music. With Faith No More’s fourth studio album, “Angel Dust,” Patton had more time to compose as a full-fledged member of the band, and Gould, Bottum, & Bordin, thanks to the success of “The Real Thing,” had more confidence in their ability to create the album they wanted to. At the same time, Martin began to become dissatisfied with the direction that their music was going, and often did not show up at scheduled rehearsals. Gould was sometimes forced to fill-in guitar parts, and ultimately Martin did not have much input on “Angel Dust,” with the exception of the guitar-heavy “Jizzlobber.” In the summer of 1992, after the release of the album, its first single, “Midlife Crisis,” played regularly on MTV and radio. It was followed by videos for the b-side “Easy,” which was very popular in Europe, and “A Small Victory.” The latter, though an excellent video, was almost entirely overlooked by MTV, perhaps because neither song supported the hard rock image of the band prevalent since “The Real Thing,” and MTV U.S.A. favors music that is easily categorized. Meanwhile, Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of the year, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds. In the end, there was no single on “Angel Dust that measured up to the success of “Epic,” and the album did not sell as well as “The Real Thing” had in the U.S., but it did sell enough copies to go gold. It was even more popular in Europe and Australia, outselling “The Real Thing” in Britain. By the time the touring for “Angel Dust” was complete, the rest of the band agreed that Jim Martin was holding them back with his lack of enthusiasm for the direction their music was taking. In November of 1993 he was fired. For 1995′s “King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime,” Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited. However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. The reasons given for his departure varied depending upon whom you asked; Faith No More maintained that Spruance was unwilling to commit to a long, worldwide tour. Trey claimed that he was ready to tour, but the others decided he wasn’t right for the band, and never really made him a permanent member in the first place. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance’s replacement. Though “King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime” reached number one on the charts in Australia, and spawned such overseas hits as “Evidence,” the album was hardly noticed in the U.S. Videos were made for “Digging The Grave,” “Evidence,” and “Ricochet,” all songs with commercial potential, but which were virtually ignored by American MTV. A less than enthusiastic response to shows in the UK prompted the band to cancel the second portion of the European “King For A Day” tour, although band members insisted that this would provide an excellent opportunity for them to get back in the studio & start working on their next album while they were happy with their current line-up. Over the next two years, rumors of a breakup were rampant as several members of Faith No More spent time with various other projects. Drummer Mike Bordin toured with Ozzy Osbourne, Mike Patton toured with Mr. Bungle in support of their new album & released two solo works, and Roddy Bottum found success with his Imperial Teen. Once again they had to find a new guitarist. “Dean had been our guitar player and worked great for the tour, but when it came to writing, we found that we worked differently,” said Bill Gould. They settled upon Jon Hudson, a friend of Gould’s and former member of Systems Collapse. The band’s sixth studio album, “Album of the Year” was released (June 1997), along with singles and videos for “Ashes To Ashes,” “Last Cup of Sorrow,” and the electronica-tinged “Stripsearch.” Successful tours of America, Europe, and Australia ensued. In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members’ many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould began spreading the following by e-mail and fax:
“After 15 long and fruitful years, Faith No More have decided to put an end to speculation regarding their imminent break up… by breaking up. The decision among the members is mutual, and there will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that “Puffy started it”. Furthermore, the split will now enable each member to pursue his individual project(s) unhindered. Lastly, and most importantly, the band would like to thank all of those fans and associates that have stuck with and supported the band throughout it’s history. “
Now they are back!
Bringing together the classic songwriting of Stevie Wonder with the 80s pop sensibilities of Cyndi Lauper, North London based singer songwriter Zarif creates her own brand of quirky retro-tinged soul. After featuring on hip hop production duo The Nextmen’s critically acclaimed album “This Was Supposed To Be The Future” including the single “Something Got You”, Zarif had a busy 2008 touring with the Nextmen, playing countless festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival, and supporting Taio Cruz on his UK tour. She even caught the attention of the Grammy award winning John Legend, who asked her to duet with him at this year’s Tommy Hilfiger Sessions.
Her debut album is due this spring, produced by Tommy D (Corinne Bailey Rae, Kanye West), Blair Makichan (Lily Allen) and Fraser T Smith (Kano) and includes the infectious “Box Of Secrets”, recently featured on the Sky TV advert.
THE COCKPIT, LEEDS LEEDS
SNEAKY PETES, EDINBURGH EDINBURGH
KOROVA, LIVERPOOL LIVERPOOL
BRISTOL, START THE BUS BRISTOL
BIRMINGHAM, 444CLUB @ THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM
YOYO, Notting Hill Arts Club LONDON
Pritchattsbury Festival, Birmingham Birmingham
BEACHBREAK LIVE FESTIVAL, CORNWALL – NEW MUSIC STAGE Cornwall
BEACHBREAK LIVE FESTIVAL, CORNWALL – MAIN STAGE Cornwall