Well, that was a whirlwind seven days, wasn’t it? As another week (and indeed February) draws to a close, here’s what we’ve learned – starting with Slipknot, who are dusting off their boiler suits to begin work on a new album. ‘It’s going to be everything you want in a Slipknot album,’ said Corey Taylor, very politely for a man commonly seen screaming “PEOPLE EQUAL SHIT.”
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Bookies are now no longer taking bets on Kasabian headlining Glastonbury, such is the near-certainty of the ‘Velociraptor’ band appearing at Worthy Farm this June. Here’s some other bets you can place instead, courtesy of NME’s finest betting minds: Bowie performs (60-1), Pharrell becomes the first man in history to make wellies look good (5-1) and Dolly Parton wows everyone (9-5).
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When told of Prince’s exceptional ping-pong skills in a Billboard interview this week and asked what his secret exceptional skill is, Morrissey replied that he is also an exceptional ping-pong player. Cancel everything else at the next Olympics and just have these two face off on a table tennis table, we say.
Johnny Marr hasn’t read his former bandmate Morrissey’s autobiography, he told NME this week. “There are a lot of books to read,” the Smiths man explained. There you have it – great guitarist, slow reader. Smiths producer Stephen Street mentioned reading it this week however, and it won Best Book at the NME Awards, so not all bad, Moz.
Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news you say? Well, Damon Albarn’s confirmed to NME Blur have recorded 15 new songs. The bad news, sadly, is it might be “years” before they see the light of day. What is it this week and Britpop icons teasing us like this? Bastards, the lot of them.
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Yeezus H. Christ! Kanye West has announced a film documentary of his current tour, directed by Hype Williams, is set to hit theatres soon. Our bet is it’ll be the Citizen Kane of concert movies that feature a white Jesus Christ impersonator discussing religion with a black Jesus Christ impersonator.
Finally, Lady Gaga has been denied permission to play in a giant Doritos vending machine at SXSW, amid safety concerns. Presumably organisers are worried she’ll get covered in cheese dust and attacked by a swarm of bees or something. Who knows. Gaga, our thoughts are with you at this trying time.