To quote the generous spring of wisdom that is Wayne’s World 2, "if you book them they will come." Andrew Goldin had never organised a gig before prior to this week (September 17) when, in a coup that concert industry experts are speculating may change the future of how live shows are booked, he raised over $70,000 (£43,000) to stage a fan-funded Foo Fighters gig in Richmond, Virginia – the group’s first show there in 16 years.
'Frozen By Sight' is a new full-album collaboration by Field Music's Peter Brewis and Maximo Park's Paul Smith, featuring the former on musical duties while the latter recites vignettes from his travels. 'Exiting Hyde Park' features the heavy-thudding piano that'll be familiar to any Field Music fan, soundtracking Smith's tale of feeling like an interloper at a businessman's hotel.
It was twenty years ago this month that the world first heard that twangy chromatic riff - ding diyiyiyng ding ding ding ding ding! - and the whiny vocals, 'So no one told you life was gonna be this wayyeeeeeee." A sitcom about six young NYC-based friends finding their way in the world among monkeys, babies, ugly naked guys and a lot of coffee had arrived. Culture would never be the same again. Nay, the aspirations of so many generations - particularly the impressionable young - would never be the same. Hair styles would change. Loft apartments became a thing.
The future-sounds of Hendrix inspired Muse’s Matt Bellamy to pick up a guitar and create his own warped soundscapes. Here's what the frontman had to say about the 'Electric Ladyland' innovator in a 2010 Jimi Hendrix special issue of NME, republished to mark 44 years today (September 18) since the Seattle maverick's death... "The first time I really got excited by guitars was when I was about 12. At the time, I wasn't really into heavy music at all. I was into the sort of stuff my dad plays – Dick Dale type stuff, Simon & Garfunkel. But then I saw a video of Jimi Hendrix performing his famous set at the Monterey Pop Festival. More than the songs, what changed my life was the freedom, the expression that he brought to the performance. There was a sense of wild, reckless danger, capped when he famously smashed his guitar at the end, then set it on fire.
Each week, NME chooses the best books, clothes, boxsets, DVDs and more that you need to get your hands on. It could be pretty much anything. This week, it's a George Harrison boxset to Bernard Sumner's debut book. Boxset: George Harrison: The Apple Years A companion to 2004’s 'The Dark Horse Years' boxset, this new collection collates the late Beatles guitarist’s first six solo records, including ‘All Things Must Pass’ and ‘Wonderwall Music’.