29th May - Power Lunches Arts Cafe, Dalston
Cafe? More like a sweatlodge! Exactly how live music ought to be enjoyed (festivals aside perhaps) - Two or three dozen bodies shoehorned into a venue the size of someone's garage, utter darkness and broiling temperatures. Absolutely wonderful - no wonder the bar ran dry.
ZZ Top are set to release a four track EP that will be a taster of their forthcoming brand new album.
The Texicali EP will be released digitally on the 5th of June and it follows the appearance of the band's new song, I Gotsta Get Paid which features on an online advert for Jeremiah Weed.
The EP will include four tracks off their upcoming album, which is produced by Rick Rubin.
The track listing is as follows:
- I Gotsta Get Paid
- Over You
In recent interviews, Rick Rubin talked about the record, saying:
"Based on the visibility of the Gotsta Get Paid song, we decided to make available more of a taste of the album than just the one song. That's the beauty of the new digital landscape; we can put out what we want when we want, in the best service of the artist."
Guitarist, Billy Gibbons said:
"We were itching to get some new music out before the full album release. Making available these four tracks seems like a good way to accomplish that most expeditiously. Dusty, Frank and I are happy with what's been accomplished in the studio, so we figured we'd provide some hot and tasty 'hors d'oeuvres' before the main course is served this fall."
Watch the video for their new single, I Got To Get Paid, below. Man, ZZ Top are so cool!
A new festival has been named in honour of the late DJ and new music champion, John Peel.
The first ever John Peel Festival of New Music is set to take place from October 11th-13th in Norwich and will be hosted by the Norwich Sound and Vision convention. The three day event will feature performances from around 50 bands at ten venues across the city.
Norwich Arts Centre director, Stuart Hobday has commented on the festival, saying:
"The festival is making a statement for new music. Nostalgia in music, particularly in live music, is all over the place with bands reforming. Each of these acts that we all liked from the past were a new band at some point trying to elbow their way in and that is what John Peel represented – getting that new music through to people."
John Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, has also expressed her pleasure at the Norwich Arts Centre keeping "the spirit and legacy of John's passion alive".
Meanwhile, John Peel's record collection is currently in the process of being released online. The names of 2,600 albums of the broadcaster's cherished record collection are being released as part of a project called 'The Space', run by The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, which aims to recreate Peel's home studio and library online.
Peel, who died in 2004, had a collection of about 25,000 vinyl albums. Every week, the museum is expanding its virtual museum by adding the names of another 100 albums in alphabetical order. Although copyright prevents the website streaming the albums online, there will be links to listen elsewhere. There will also be detailed information about each record, taken from Peel's personal notes.
Mogwai have been confirmed as the final headliner of this year's Green Man Festival.
The Scottish rockers, who released their seventh studio album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will in 2011, are set to join Feist and Van Morrison in headlining the event, which takes place in Wales' Brecon Beacons from August 17-19.
Also appearing on the line-up are Dexys, Cate Le Bon, Lower Dens, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Crybaby, Paul Thomas Saunders, Stuff, Withered Hand King Charles, The Walkmen, Jonathan Richman, The Felice Brothers, Tune-Yards, Of Montreal, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Michael Kiwanuka and over 30 other acts.
For more information, visit www.greenman.net.
Guns N' Roses arrived on stage so late in Manchester last night that many fans were forced to leave before they even saw the band perform.
Axl Rose and his band are famed for their late stage arrivals but pushed expectations to the extreme when they finally appeared on stage in Manchester on Tuesday night (May 29), hitting the stage at 11:15pm - a whole hour and fifteen minutes after their scheduled stage time.
When they did finally arrive on stage, they put in a mammoth three hour show resulting in fans not leaving the arena until gone 2am. It is estimated that around 40% of the audience at the Manchester MEN Arena left to catch transport home.
The band tweeted about the show, saying:
"A tip of the hat to the good folk at the M.E.N Arena Manchester To you say Manchester, United Kingdom rocks is an understatement! London calling!"
However, the fans who did stick around did not begrudge their heroes, with one fan posting on Twitter saying:
"Show ending at 2am, getting home at 7am. All worth it for @gunsnroses and bumping into @axlrose in Manchester."
David Bowie is streaming the reissued version of his seminal 1972 album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars online in full.
The record is set to celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer and will be re-released on Monday (June 4th) on both CD and vinyl. It will feature remastered audio of all album tracks, as well some previously unreleased mixes.
A concept album, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, is based around a character named Ziggy Stardust, an alien who arrives on Planet Earth and attempts to convey a message of hope via a career as a rock 'n' roll star. The album is often featured on lists that name the best albums of all time.
You can listen to the full stream, below:
The Beach Boys have announced a one-off UK show for later this year.
Last December, The Beach Boys recently announced that they were going to reform in order to celebrate their 50th anniversary and are set to play London's Wembley Arena on September the 28th. The one-off date will feature as part of their European tour.
The album is the first to feature all of the band's surviving original members since 1963 and has been produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love. Wilson last performed with The Beach Boys during the making of their 1996 album Stars And Stripes Vol 1, and has toured as a solo artist since.
Tickets go onsale on Friday (June 1st) at 9am (GMT).
Mumford And Sons are set to release the follow-up to 2009's Sigh No More on September 24.
The band announced their plans whilst on stage at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands yesterday (May 28th). Frontman Marcus Mumford apparently told the crowd that the band had finished recording the album, before keyboard player Ben Lovett revealed their plan for an autumn release.
Mumford and Sons are set to play two festivals this summer, including Huddersfield's Greenhead Park on June the 2nd, (with Michael Kiwanuka, Willy Mason, The Correspondents and Nathaniel Rateliff), and on June the 9th at Galway's Salthill Park, where they'll be performing alongside The Vaccines, Zulu Winter, Nathaniel Rateliff, Willy Mason and The Correspondents (again).
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons have written a new track titled Learn Me Right as part of the soundtrack to the new Pixar film Brave. The track was written, arranged and produced by the band, but features singer, Birdy, providing vocals.
Yet another track from Neil Young & Crazy Horse band's forthcoming album, Americana, has been revealed.
The latest track is a version of national anthem, God Save The Queen. The album is a collection of updated versions of classic folk standards.
Americana will be released on the 4th June. The track-listing is as follows:
- Oh Susannah
- Tom Dooley
- Gallows Pole
- Get A Job
- Travel On
- High Flyin Bird
- She'll Be Comin Round The Mountain
- This Land Is Your Land
- Wayfarin Stranger
- God Save The Queen
The metal classic came out on top, taking almost ten per cent of the public vote which was conducted by HMV to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Speaking about the achievement, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said:
"We're astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named Number One. Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running so it’s a testament to our incredibly loyal and ever-supportive fans who voted for us."
"Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubilee year, is very special. Thank you to all our wonderful fans!“
Outside the Top 10, The Clash placed at Number 13 with London Calling, with David Bowie's The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars at Number 14 and The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead at Number 15.
Radiohead's OK Computer was 17th, with Black Sabbath self-titled effort at Number 16. The Who, Sex Pistols, Blur, Stone Roses, The Cure, Joy Division, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Rolling Stones all failed to make the Top 20.
The 10 Best British Albums of the last 60 years as voted in HMV poll were as follows:
- 1. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
- 2. Depeche Mode – Violator
- 3. The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- 4. The Beatles – Abbey Road
- 5. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
- 6. The Beatles – Revolver
- 7. Queen - A Night At The Opera
- 8. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory
- 9. Adele - 21
- 10. The Beatles – White Album
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of David Bowie truly groundbreaking and hugely influential album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, Genero.tv is giving fans the chance to make the music video for the iconic title track, Ziggy Stardust.
Filmmakers have until June 8th to upload their full-length music video to the site. The winner will receive a $4,000 prize and will have their video published upom completion of the contest. Details at http://genero.tv/DavidBowie/.
The 40th anniversary edition itself, which has been remastered by original studio engineer Ray Staff, will be available June 5th on CD and a special limited edition vinyl with a 5.1 surround sound mix and high resolution DVD audio. The DVD audio also features previously unreleased 2003 mixes of Moonage Daydream (instrumental), The Supermen, Velvet Goldmine, and Sweet Head.
A box-set of live performances from The Old Great Whistle Test will be is to be released.
Released on the 11th of June, you can preview the track-listing of the three CD's below:
- American Girl
- Tiny Dancer
- She'S Gone
- Into The Mystic
- This Little Girl
- Help Me Make It Through The Night (Feat. Rita Coolidge)
- Another Sleep Song
- Baby I'M A Want You (Feat. Bread)
- Meet Me On The Corner
- Burma Shave
- Just For Me And You
- Black Coffee
- Hooked On Love
- Ain'T No Sunshine
- Sweet Home Alabama
- God Gave Rock And Roll To You
- Rockin' Down The Highway
- Bullfrog Blues
- Upon The My-O-My
- This Is The Sea
- Medley (Don'T Come Close/She'S The One/Go Mental)
- Love Removal Machine
- Jimmy Jimmy
- Walk Out To Winter
- Are 'Friends' Electric?
- Heart Of Glass
- Stone Fox Chase
- English Rose
- Mother Goose
- Swimming Song
- I Can'T Be Satisfied
- Long May You Run
- Stand By Me
- Empty Highway
- Stay With Me 'Till Dawn
- Running Up That Hill
- Sensitive Man
- A Friend For Life
- Zimmerman Blues
- I Scare Myself
- Summertime Thing
- Not Great Men
- Cor Baby That'S Really Free
As Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers prepare for their live shows at the Royal Albert Hall on June 18th 20th, Universal Music will be marking the occasion with the first UK DVD and Blu-ray release of the classic Live in Concert show.
Recorded for a two-part PBS Soundstage, this is a fascinating and exciting show, where the extensive covers are just as interesting as the hits. Kicking off with Big Joe Williams' Baby Please Don't Go, the stage is set for the rest of the show. Petty pays tribute to both Elvis and Ray Charles with a King-like romp through I Got A Woman. He also satisfies his J.J. Cale fixation with reworkings of Thirteen Days. The band settles in and plays rarities and personal favourites that have never before been officially recorded as 11 high-definition cameras catch all the action from every angle.
- Baby Please Don't Go
- Crawling Back to You
- Handle With Care
- I Won't Back Down
- I'm Cryin‘
- Angel Dream
- Melinda, Born in Chicago
- Little Red Rooster
- Carol, Refugee
- Love is a Long Road
- You Don't Know How it Feels
- Black Leather Woman
- I Done Somebody Wrong
- I Got a Woman
- Thirteen Days
- Wake Up Time
- Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms
- Lost Children
- Two Men Talkin'
- You Wreck Me
- Box sets
There will also be two box set reissues: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live Anthology deluxe box set is the first ever career-spanning multiple-disc set of live recordings. The collection brings together the best material from thirty years, culled from hundreds of hours of incredible live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.
Spanning 20 years of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' career, from 1973 to 1993 this is a must have for Petty fans.
16th May - Brighton Centre
I’ve always sat on the fence with Elvis Costello. I love some of his songs, he’s a brilliant interviewer (his Spectacle TV show is a must see with some amazing guests), he’s an amazing musician and songwriter, he’s great live…but I just can’t bring myself to admit in public that I am a fan. However at 38, it’s finally time I came out!
Roger Waters has announced his final show, which is set to take place in Quebec, and will be the biggest one to date.
The final show of The Wall Tour will take place in Quebec City on 21st of July; Twenty two years to the day after Waters played in Berlin, shortly after the Berlin Wall came down.
Waters has revealed in a new video (watch below) that the final show on the tour will be different to all of the previous shows, he said:
"This one will be different. It’s going to be 800 feet wide, to make it the widest wall ever. When we did it in Berlin the end of the wall tapered off. Here it’s going to look like it disappears, so we get a Great Wall of China effect. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do outdoors theatrically. If you don’t come there’s something f***ing wrong with you.”
The show is set to feature more lighting, more pyrotechnics and a better surround sound system. The bigger the better! In previous interviews, Waters has revealed that he would retire after The Wall Tour finishes. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Reed will be performing as part of this year's Meltdown Festival, which will be taking place at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
The show will be happening on the 10th of August with tickets going on sale on the 31st May at 10am.
Eric recorded the album in New Orleans across 2010 with further work done at Playback studios in Santa Barbara, California in 2011.
Burdon commented on recording the album in a recent statement:
"I started feeling that I needed to use this album as a catharsis, to express my own truth. It took longer than any other album, not because of time spent in the studio, but because of the subject matter of the songs I wanted to put out there."
The result is a deeply intimate, honest self-portrait as well as unsparing look at religion, politics and the environment.
"During the making of this record, we lost Bo Diddley, one of my greatest influences. There were many things I would have said to him, if I'd realized that his time was limited."
Written by Eric Burdon and Terry Wilson, Til Your River Runs Dry will be available from September 18th but a single has already been released: Memorial Day.
Eric's accolades include being listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 'Greatest Voices of All Time'. More recently, Bruce Springsteen paid a homage to Eric at SXSW this year where Eric joined Bruce and the E Street Band on stage in Austin to perform We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
Bruce Springsteen has released the new video for his single, Rocky Ground.
Rocky Ground is the latest single to be taken from Bruce's highly acclaimed new album, Wrecking Ball.
The record is the 17th studio album from Springsteen, released through Columbia Records. The first single, We Take Care Of Our Own, was received with high praise and has resulted in Wrecking Ball becoming Springsteen's tenth number one album.
Watch it here:
Driving Towards The Daylight, the new album by Joe Bonamassa has reached the number one spot in this week's midweek charts.
The release is Joe's eleventh studio album and features guest appearances from the likes of Jimmy Barnes and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford.
If you haven't got your copy yet then get yourself down to your local record store. Below is the official music video for Driving Towards The Daylight.