Sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word at all lately; not at the rate that popstars have been flinging it around so lightly. The latest culprit is Gary Barlow, who has apologised for investing in an alleged tax avoidance scheme. “With a new team of accountants we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories this year.” Ah, yes. ‘I’m sorry for any offence taken.’ Truly, never has a more maddening phrase been uttered.
When Dave Grohl first stepped into Shoreline's Robert Lang Studios in October 1994, still reeling from the suicide of Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain some six months earlier, what happened next he couldn't have anticipated. 20 years later, he's probably still trying to figure it out - how, after causing a pop culture cyclone with the grunge heroes, somehow outstripped Nirvana's success with his next band, commercially speaking at least. Foo Fighters' latest album 'Sonic Highways' will be their eighth released across two decades of scorched, emotion-packed radio rock. What it sounds like, we don't know yet. Here's how the other seven stack up though, in order of greatness...
Pride hit cinemas from last week (September 12). It chronicles the true story of how London-based activists LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) joined forced with picket line protesters in 1984. They were united against a trio of common enemies: the Margaret Thatcher Government, the police and the tabloid press. Speaking after a special Flare screening of the film at the British Film Institute (attended by many people who took part in the demonstrations and events Pride depicts) the film’s producer David Livingstone was joined on stage by three members of the cast.
‘Shut up and play the hits’ might be a no-nonsense, guaranteed approach to getting a crowd onside, but sometimes as a fan you want something that cuts a little deeper. Wakefield’s finest, The Cribs – advocators of nerding out over your favourite bands if ever there were some – understand this, so tonight, at a special show at London’s Relentless Garage for Zig Zig Unbleached Sessions, the trio are playing a set entirely chosen by the fans.
Did you know Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were briefly known as Nick Cave - Man or Myth when they formed in 1983 out of the detritus of The Birthday Party? And since that time Cave - the focus of the new movie 20,000 Days On Earth (where he stars as himself) - has done nothing but increase the mystery surrounding himself even when he tries to convince us that he’s actually quite normal. For instance, the Australian songwriter toils from nine to five in an office like many of us, but he composes tunes or piano parts or writes scripts or novels (or whatever else the polymath gets up to).