Thirty Seconds To Mars massive tour. Fast on their way to becoming one of the world’s biggest bands, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ status in the UK has already been proven with shows this year that include a sold-out arena tour as well as a headline slot on the second stage at Download Festival. Their undeniable popularity continues to grow with the confirmation of their biggest UK tour to date which commences at the end of November. The tour, including a show at London’s 02 Arena on November 30th, will see the band play to a combined audience of over 50,000 people (support provided by Enter Shikari).
29th – The Brighton Centre
30th – London, The O2 Arena
1st – Birmingham, NIA
3rd – Aberdeen, AECC
4th – Manchester, Central
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th June at a price of £23.50 for London and £22 for all other dates. www.gigsandtours.com & www.ticketmaster.co.uk Aside from the arena shows and Download, Thirty Seconds To Mars are also set to play further festival dates at Oxegen and T in the Park. Thirty Seconds To Mars will follow their triumphant Download set with the July 19th release of the new single ‘Closer To The Edge’. Co-produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails), Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the uplifting ‘Close To The Edge’ is led by Jared Leto’s soaring vocals and backed with an undercurrent of electronic flourishes. Taken from the global hit album ‘This is War’, ‘Close to The Edge’ features backing vocals courtesy of the band’s fan community The Echelon, who contributed to the album’s recording during sessions in nine different countries stretching from America to Australia. Formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto and completed by Tomo Milicevic, Thirty Seconds To Mars have won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV EMAs, an MTV Latin and Asia Award, a Fuse Award, and three Kerrang! Awards.
Stream Noush Skaugen Twitter’s most followed unsigned act. With a massive and ever-increasing 1.2 million followers on Twitter (comedy legend Stephen Fry has 1.3m) classically trained London rocker Noush Skaugen has the sort of viral clout that most artists can only dream about. Noush’s instinctive use of social media – crowd-sourcing poster designs from fans, and tweeting pictures of last-minute changes to hand-written set lists seconds before going on stage – has made her the number one most followed unsigned artist on the explosively popular social network, and a real force to be reckoned with. This fact has not escaped the attention of Twitter bosses, who invited her to play a live-streamed showcase from their San Francisco HQ on Friday, March 12th– the performance was watched live by thousands of her online fans on http://noushskaugen.com/live Noush’s Twitter gig kicked off a series of dates prior to the May release of her new single Run Baby Run, including a performance at the showcase of influential London promoter Tony Moore (The Kashmir Klub, The Bedford, The Regal Room) at last week’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The single can be previewed at http://myspace.com/noushskaugen With two albums under her belt and a third due for release in the spring – cut by Robbie Williams’ legendary producer Steve Power and pulling in writing talent from 80s icons Nik Kershaw, Jeff Trott and Paul Brady - The hard-working and charismatic performer has also notched up a string of impressive live dates during two years touring in the USA, appearing alongside a multitude of impressive acts including Nine Inch Nails, TV On The Radio, Paramore, R.E.M., Joss Stone and The Mars Volta at gigs in LA, Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. This culminated in her winning Alternative Pop Artist of the Year at the 17th Annual LA Music Awards, and National Independent Rock EP of the Year at The Hollywood Music Awards.
March 31st – The Elgin, Ladbroke Grove – London, UK
April 16th – Indie Week Ireland – Dublin, Ireland
The unstoppable rise of Thirty Seconds To Mars continues with the confirmation that they will play their biggest UK tour to date in February 2010. The tour heralds the band’s ascension into British arenas and includes a major show at London’s Wembley Arena. Thirty Seconds To Mars previewed the December 7th release of their highly anticipated new album ‘THIS IS WAR’ with an intimate low-key show at London’s Koko on November Continue reading →
Coroner says Jackson died from lethal dose of propofol. Pop star Michael Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, leading authorities to suspect his doctor of manslaughter, court documents showed on Monday. The “Thriller” singer suffered cardiac arrest and died on June 25 at age 50. Since then, an investigation by state and federal agencies have focused on Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal doctor who was at his bedside the day he died. Crypt above Continue reading →
Nine Inch Nails support act gear up for new album release. Mew have announced that they will present a six-day art, music and video installation in Los Angeles beginning August 29. The Danish band are gearing up for the release of their new album, ‘No More Stories…’, which is due out in the US on August 25. The installation will be held at the Zune L.A. Space at 8275 Beverly Boulevard from August 29-September 3. It will include several of the band’s videos Continue reading →
My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has become a dad for the first time with the birth of his baby daughter. Way and wife Lindsey Ballato welcomed Bandit Lee on Wednesday (May 27). The couple married in September 2007. According to People.com , “Bandit Lee Way was born in Los Angeles at 2.57pm and weighs 6 pounds, 5.6 ounces. Everyone is healthy and happy.” As previously reported, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Beyonce are set to headline Japanese festival Summer Sonic. Nine Inch Nails, Kasabian, Elvis Costello, The Specials, The Enemy and The Flaming Lips are also among the bands on the 2009 bill. The festival takes place in Tokyo and Osaka between August 7 and 9.
With a line up already boasting METALLICA, LINKIN PARK, THIN LIZZY, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, NINE INCH NAILS and ALICE IN CHAINS amongst others, SONISPHERE FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH has managed to impress once again, with four new additions to the already stellar line up, perfectly showcasing the diversity of the most exciting Rock event the UK has seen in years.
Platinum selling Welsh rockers FEEDER are joining the all-star SONISPHERE cast. FEEDER boast 24 top 75 singles (20 of which hit the top 40) and 8 top 75 albums in the UK, a remarkable achievement for any band and one recognised by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, which names FEEDER one of the most successful UK chart acts of the last 50 years. Hit singles such as ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Come Back Around’ are perfectly suited for a hot summer’s day at Knebworth.
LINE UP SO FAR:
ALICE IN CHAINS
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
LAMB OF GOD
NINE INCH NAILS
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
With a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet. Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.
Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison. Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show. Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday. It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday. The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night. Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday. Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday. Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up. BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.
OXEGEN artists announced so far:
FRI 10TH JULY
Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose
SAT 11TH JULY
Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux
SUN 12TH JULY
The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6
Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.
SONISPHERE FESTIVAL are running a competition this weekend with 3 pairs of weekend camping tickets to give away. Sonisphere’s underground network will be planting USB sticks at three gigs this weekend, they are going to hide Stickets (USB Sticks) with access to two free weekend camping tickets on it at each gig. Clues to where these Stickets are will be posted on Twitter (http://twitter.com/sonisphere) by the Sonisphere moles 24 hours before the drops and through out the night! So make sure your phone is Twitter enabled, and you are rock lovin’ sonofabitch out on the town and you might just get to go to the hardest face-to-the-gravel guitar shredding lineup this summer has to offer for free. (www.sonispherefestivals.com)
Line Up: Metallica >> Linkin Park >> Nine Inch Nails >> Bullet For My Valentine >> Avenged Sevenfold >> Machine Head >> Anthrax >> Alice in Chains >> Lamb Of God >> Airbourne >> Killing Joke >> Thin Lizzy >> Mastodon >> The Sword >>
GUNS N’ ROSES have announced the appointment of a a new guitarist and songwriter. DJ Ashba has replaced Robin Finck, who has returned to play with Nine Inch Nails on their upcoming tour. Singer Axl Rose said: “DJ’s a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N’ Roses is proud to have on board! We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work together. “Guns’ radar has silently been aware of DJ’s presence for quite some time. He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem expanding the tapestry of Guns N’ Roses live. “Once DJ’s name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!” Ashba said: “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a band that I have always loved and respected. “I’m looking forward to working with Axl, who is not only one of the few great front men of our generation, but a true artist.”
With a thirteen year history that takes in five studio albums, ten million album sales, breakdowns, clean ups and the dizzy swell of global success, Placebo are set to return with their first new album since the release of ‘Meds’ in 2006. Released on June 8th, the new album, titled ‘Battle For The Sun’, is preceded by its first WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE PLAY of the title track from the new album by BBC Radio One DJ, Zane Lowe, from 7pm on March 17th.
Recorded over three months by producer Dave Bottrill (chosen by the band largely because of his work with Tool) in his Toronto studio and mixed in London by My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails supremo Alan Moulder, Placebo’s sixth album is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change.
Upon completion of the ‘Meds’ tour that took in stadium appearances in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, personal relationships within the band had become strained leading to an emotional split with Steve Hewitt, their drummer since 1996. Having made four albums that have sold over a million copies each (1998’s ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, 2000’s ‘Black Market Music’, 2003’s ‘Sleeping With Ghosts’ and ‘Meds’ in 2006) and circled the globe together countless times, it was understandably an emotional split. Hewitt was replaced by 22-year old Californian Steve Forrest, who the band first spotted playing with one of their US support bands Evaline in 2006. ‘We were looking for somebody whose enthusiasm could rub off on us,’ explains Brian. ‘Someone who would experience all of these things that we’d already experienced for the first time and for their excitement to raise us up out of our jadedness and make us into kids again.’
Musically refreshed by their new line-up, the band also set about changing their business surroundings. When their contract with Virgin Records expired, Placebo were reluctant to throw themselves back into the major label machine. They grasped the opportunity of complete artistic freedom by self-funding the recording of ‘Battle for The Sun’. They then took the brave and uncompromising step to secure licensing and distribution agreements for the record with a number of smaller labels in each territory – beginning with a distribution deal with PIAS for Europe – so as to own the record themselves.
‘We’ve made a record about choosing life, about choosing to live, about stepping out of the darkness and into the light,’ explains Brian. ‘Not necessarily turning your back on the darkness because it’s there, it’s essential; it’s a part of who you are, but more about the choice of standing in the sunlight instead.’
‘I’m very optimistic about the future,’ concludes Brian. ‘I’m in a positive frame of mind and a good head space. It’s very exciting. There’s a lot of life in the old dog just yet.’
The single, STFUppercut which is a hard-hitting rock n roll anthem, will be available to download on 25th and 26th March on the website. STFUppercut will then go on general digital release the following Monday, 30th March for those that missed it!
The single has already debuted on XFM and getting plays on Radio 1, Radio 6 and at specialist!
The Blackout will also be playing a very special gig that week for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside Bullet for My Valentine & Fightstar on Saturday 28 March.
More live dates below:
17 April London Brixton Academy GIAN London
19 April Manchester Academy GIAN Manchester
12-14 June Download. Alongside Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, koßn and more!
Playing a hot-wired mixture of metal, punk and indie rock with melodies that only increase the music’s impact velocity, The Blackout are six young men hailing from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. Featuring Gavin Butler and Sean Smith on vocals, James Davies and Matthew Davies on guitars, Rhys Lewis on bass and Gareth Lawrence on drums, the Blackout came together in 2003; they cut a three-song demo EP, Pull No Punches, in 2004 and within two years they became a name to be reckoned with on the UK club circuit. In 2006, the Blackout were signed to Fierce Panda Records, one of London’s leading independent labels, and quickly released the single “Hard Slammin’”. A six-song EP, The Blackout! Blackout! Blackout, followed later that year, which featured the single “I’m A Riot? You’re A F—-ing Riot”. In the fall of 2007, the Blackout released their first full-length album, We Are The Dynamite, and the band was soon sharing stages with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice as well as playing the 2008 Give It A Name festival in London and Sheffield alongside Paramore, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Alkaline Trio.