Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow debut new single at Heroes concert. The concert in aid of the Help for Heroes charity already has some of the biggest names in music and comedy performing for 60,000 fans at Twickenham. And now Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have confirmed that they will sing together at the event. The pair today revealed their new song, ‘Shame’, that will appear on Robbie’s double disc ‘In & Out of Consciousness’ Greatest Hits album and is due for release on October 4th. Robbie and Gary said, ‘t’s great that people love ‘Shame’ so much and we can’t wait to perform it live for the first time at the Heroes Concert at Twickenham on September 12th. We hope everyone supports Help for Heroes as much as possible ‘ it’s a great bill and we are thrilled to be part of it.’ The cream of the nation’s entertainment industry have signed up for the gig, names as diverse as Jason Manford, Plan B, Jack Dee, The Saturdays, Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Alesha Dixon, Enrique Iglesias and the UK’s latest Number 1 boy band The Wanted. Due to phenomenal demand, organisers have acquired special permission for Twickenham Stadium to hold an extra 5,000 fans and troops, taking the concert capacity up to 60,000 for the very first time. The show will be hosted by the best of the UK’s comedy talent – John Bishop, Kevin Bridges, Jack Dee, Rhod Gilbert, Peter Kay, Jason Manford and Michael McIntyre have all pledged their support. All proceeds go straight to Help for Heroes to raise money to help fund further rehabilitation centres around the country. The spectacular event will be broadcast on BBC One and around the world to military bases through British Forces Broadcasting (BFBS).
Lady Gaga sang Speechless yesterday night at the Royal Variety Performance. She performed at a black piano suspended in midair wearing a red Elizabeth-inspired dress with a 20ft long train and an oversized ruffle at the neck. Peter Kay hosted the show which will be screened on ITV1 on December 16. Gaga met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II after performing. Lady Gaga speaks to Queen Elizabeth II as they meet after the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England. The 23-year-old “Bad Romance” singer geared up for the big performance by having a traditional meal before the show: “Nothin like a whiskey, fish + chips in the UK to prepare for the Queen,” Gaga tweeted before going on stage and performing Speechless. Also performing at the show were Miley Cyrus, who sang Party In The USA, and Michael Buble.
Take That, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini, Mika, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis, Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Cheryl Cole, and Lily Allen have been announced for a massive concert for Children In Need, the BBC have confirmed. The line-up for Children In Need Rocks at London’s Royal Albert Hall was revealed this morning on Radio 1. Take That singer/songwriter Gary Barlow was expected to make the announcement but was forced to cancel due to a family bereavement. Barlow said in a statement: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children In Need 2009 in such a special way. I’ve always wanted Continue reading →
Paolo Nutini releases his exuberant new single ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ on October 26 – the third to be taken from his critically-acclaimed No.1 album ‘Sunny Side Up’, which has sold over 400,000 copies so far and has been a permanent fixture in the Top Ten since its June 1 release. Written by Paolo Nutini and produced by Paolo and Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’, one of the album’s many highlights, sees Paolo’s vocals bounce along to the tune’s ragtime pop at their show-stopping best. Paolo reckons s the songs of ‘Sunny Side Up’ are already changing the way he performs. ‘I have to stand with my chest out,’ he says. ‘Different things are coming out. This record’s called ‘Sunny Side Up’ for a reason. I want to keep it positive.’ To coincide with Paolo’s 15-date UK Tour, Continue reading →
TONY CHRISTIE has been added to this year’s Glastonbury line-up. The crooner will play the main Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon of the three-day festival. Christie, who said he was “in awe” of the event, follows in the footsteps of Neil Diamond, Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian Wilson and James Brown, who have all played Sunday slots over the past few years. Fans can expect to hear him perform his number one hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which spent seven weeks at the top 2005 after it was re-released for Comic Relief. Christie said he was “excited” about performing at the event and told BBC News: “I’m going to do some of the new album tracks and I’ve got to do my old stuff as well. “I did the V Festival three years ago but I think Glastonbury is the big one, so it’s a great honour.” Neil Young, Blur and Bruce Springsteen have already been confirmed as headliners at the festival, with Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen and Fleet Foxes among the other acts performing. The full line-up will be announced nearer the event, which takes place in Somerset from 27-29 June.
British balladeer Tony Christie proved the continued commercial viability of traditional pop in a post-psychedelic world, scoring a series of easy listening hits that spanned the 1970s. Born Anthony Fitzgerald in South Yorkshire, England, on April 25, 1943, at 18 he joined the popular local group the Counterbeats, later fronting his own combo, Tony Christie & the Trackers. After mounting a solo career, he cut his debut single, “Life’s Too Good to Waste,” in 1966, followed a year later by “Turn Around.” Upon signing to MCA in 1969, Christie teamed with the songwriting and production tandem of Mitch Murray and Peter Callender. Although their first collaboration, “God Is on My Side,” went nowhere, the 1971 LP Las Vegas proved the singer’s breakthrough, generating the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield-penned smash “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” (a number one hit in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain), “I Did What I Did for Maria,” and “Don’t Go Down to Reno.” Christie remained a constant of the European charts for much of the decade via subsequent hits including “Avenues and Alleyways” (the theme to the television series The Protectors) and “The Queen of Mardi Gras,” selling more than ten million records during the Me Decade. He also hosted his own BBC variety series, and in 1976 played the role of Magaldi during recording sessions for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical +Evita.
In 1979 Christie paired with producer Graham Sacher for the blockbuster “Sweet September,” but his stardom waned during the decade to follow. He nevertheless maintained a demanding international tour schedule, and remained a regular presence on television as well. Upon teaming with producer Jack White, who previously masterminded hits for Engelbert Humperdinck and Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff, Christie scored a massive comeback hit with 1990′s “Kiss in the Night.” However, he again spent a number of years on the cabaret circuit before enjoying a new wave of popularity and credibility via the 1999 single “Walk Like a Panther,” written for him by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The single earned Christie his first appearance on Top of the Pops in a quarter century, and his newfound hipster cachet was further solidified when the smash comedy series Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights employed “Is This the Way to Amarillo?” as its theme song. In the spring of 2005, the single was re-released to raise funds for the charity Comic Relief, and spent seven weeks atop the U.K. pop charts. After cutting the theme for Kay’s spinoff series Max and Paddy, Christie closed out the year with a tongue-in-cheek big-band cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody,” which fell shy of the British Top 40