Where does the time go, eh? Proving the last seven days were as educational as they were entertaining, here’s 15 things we learned this week in music, starting with Liam Gallagher’s fury at the upcoming ‘Definitely Maybe’ boxset. “DONT BUY INTO IT.LET IT BE,” he tweeted. ‘Let It Be’? Man, even in their tweets Oasis can’t help but rip off the Beatles! Just kidding, LG.
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A news story circulating this week that claimed Kurt Cobain’s old roommate was selling the former Nirvana frontman’s belongings on Craigslist, including a telephone and set of skis, was confirmed to be a hoax. We should have known really – can you really picture Kurt popping over the Alps on a weekend break to tear up the slopes? Us neither. Never mind.
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Bruce Springsteen covered Lorde’s ‘Royals’ at a show in the teenager’s native New Zealand. “I got a little teary. It was very cool,” she said. I guess if the Boss wanted to impress his Kiwi fans with a song by one of their own, it was a toss up between Lorde and a Flight of the Conchords skit, so fair dos.
Ricky Gervais has announced more shows under his guise as The Office character David Brent. The funnyman will play in Oxford and London in May. No Slough date? Talk about forgetting where you come from, Brent. If you see me at any of the gigs by the way, mine’s a lager. Me, lager, Finchy lager, Gareth lager, sometimes cider. Different drinks for different… needs.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jared Leto – the only person in history to celebrate winning an Oscar by announcing a mammoth US tour with Linkin Park. The 30 Second To Mars man, who won Best Supporting Actor for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club, hits the road for 25 dates with the nu-metallers in August. Presumably not in his dapper Oscars suit, but who knows.
Finally, we need to talk about Kevin McCallister: Macaulay Culkin is to bring his pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band the Pizza Underground to the UK in May, kicking off their tour at Shoreditch’s Concrete – located, fittingly, underground, beneath a pizzaria. See you down the front for a slice of the action, y’all.