Rock fans the nation over should be getting very excited indeed, because the Foo Fighters return to these shores to kick off a scattered run of UK dates this weekend. Starting with a casual headline slot at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich before their own stadium shows in Sunderland, Manchester and Slane next week, Dave Grohl and the boys are then off to prance around mainland Europe, returning for two Wembley Stadium shows as well as a gig in Edinburgh and… oh yeah, a Glastonbury headline slot that promises to be one of the most ferocious gigs they’ve ever played.
Fearne Cotton's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed presenting style was never to everyone's taste on Radio 1, but as the departing DJ waves goodbye to London's New Broadcasting House there are surely two things we can all agree on: 1) Nobody reads a gushing tweet with quite as much enthusiasm, and 2) She's overseen some stellar Live Lounge performances during her tenure. Having taken over the station's flagship live sessions from Jo Whiley, she's coaxed covers out of pretty much anyone who's anyone in pop music.
As you might have noticed from our fairly constant and excited yabbering on about it, Florence + The Machine release their new album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ on June 1. The Machine are a deeply important part of Florence Welch’s process and live show – from musical collaborator Isabella Summers’ co-writes and keyboards to guitarist Rob Ackroyd, who’s been carrying the injured singer on and off stage over the past month or so.
The first song I remember hearing: Michael Jackson – something from ‘Bad’ “I used to wear denim jackets. I had this weird brown hat that was more John Wayne than Michael Jackson but I thought I was MJ even though I had really bad dance moves with knobbly knees.
For years, Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers – had been a jobbing Detroit MC, scrubbing dishes by day and honing his skills in rap battles at local hangout The Hip-Hop Shop by night. Then Mathers found his voice: a new, unhinged alter ego, Slim Shady. Eminem’s major label debut ‘The Slim Shady LP’, released 15 years ago today pricked liberal consciences with its rhymes about violence, murder and drug-taking.