Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno had never held a rabbit before he took part in NME’s cover shoot. The rabbit’s handler had the following advice: “Hold it firm. If it wriggles, that’s the worst of all possible scenarios.” Pic: Andy Whitton
The forthcoming Gorillaz DVD is a warts-and-all affair. Bassist Murdoc says the highlight is “Damon Albarn barking orders from the toilet with his pants around his ankles. That image is seared onto my retinas”.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O is threatening to wear a binliner onstage at Glastonbury. Conscious of the likelihood of mud, she has instructed her tailor to make something she “could roll around in”. Pic: Andy Whitton
It’s one of the stranger lawsuits in rock history: John Fogerty was once sued for plagiarising himself. The Creedence Clearwater Revival mainman had sold the rights to his songs to an unscrupulous label boss, who then tried to sue the songwriter for copyright infringement. The case went to the US Supreme Court, who saw sense and ruled in Fogerty’s favour. Pic: PA Photos
Reverend And The Makers’ new single ‘Silence Is Talking’ was inspired by MDMA and The Beatles. “We got mashed in the studio one night,” explains Jon McClure, “and recorded me singing ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. We turned it backwards and I understood John Lennon was singing ‘Feeling love is paramount’, so that became the lyric.”
Scouse art-disco types Wave Machines suffer from crippling shyness. They get over this by wearing cardboard masks of their own faces at live shows. “It’s a theatrical device,” muses frontman Tim Bruzon.
Daniel Johnston says taking LSD is the scariest thing he’s ever done. Kurt Cobain’s favourite songwriter tells NME: “One time I was at a Butthole Surfers concert and I’d taken some acid with a picture of Mickey Mouse on it. I went backstage to say ‘hi’ to the band but things were getting weirder and weirder. That was the night I really went out of my mind and my whole world came crashing down.”
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan likes to sketch people. At V2007 he found himself wired in a dressing room at 6am with actor Danny Dyer – so he started drawing him. “Danny started shitting himself,” recalls Sergio. “[Tom was saying] ‘He’s alright, Danny Dyer… he’s fucking mega, he’s lovely’.” Pic: Andy Whitton
A recent AC/DC show at Munich’s 70,000-capacity stadium drew over 100 complaints from local residents. Police were inundated with complaints that the gig was too loud. Some of the aggrieved residents lived as far as 12 miles from the stadium. Pic: Phil Wallis
After Pete, Carl and Gary’s partial Libertines reunion show in east London, Carl refused to rule out a full reunion. “Next year is a new year,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” Pic: James Quinton
Tom Petty decided not to sue The Strokes when he realised they’d nicked the riff to his 1977 track ‘American Girl’ for the intro to their 2001 single ‘Last Nite’. “I saw an interview where they admitted it,” he told Rolling Stone. “That made me laugh out loud. There are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over pop songs.”
Grizzly Bear have a celebrity fan in Paul Simon. The singer-songwriter visited them backstage on ‘Saturday Night Live’. “He was sitting next to us telling us stories about him and John Lennon,” recalls singer Ed Droste. “We were like, ‘John Lennon? Woah!'” Pic: Tom Oxley
Amazing Baby frontman Will Roan is convinced his band’s forthcoming debut album is better that The Strokes’ 2001 album ‘Is This It’. “It definitely has the richness that The Strokes album doesn’t have,” he claims.
Ghetto funk supremos Major Lazer take their inspiration from the Jamaican club/street party scene. DJ/producer Diplo explains: “Out there the party starts at 4am. By 7am, the traffic is starting and as the cars go through the streets, the kids would jump on the cars’ hoods and dance.” Pic: Pamela Littky
Brody Dalle is a fan of sausage rolls and says her new album is the musical equivalent of “a custard apple”. You can follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brodydalle. Pic: Jo McCaughey
Neu!’s Michael Rother was surprised when he heard Noel Gallagher say that his band’s motorik rhythms were an influence on Oasis – until he heard their 2008 single ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’. “I immediately understood what they had picked up,” he tells NME. “This feeling of lying forward, or rushing to the horizon.”
There’s a song on the new Kasabian album called ‘West Ryder Silver Bullet’ which features a guest vocal from ‘Sim City’ actress Rosaorio Dawson. However, it’s not her first musical cameo – she also contributed a spoken word intro to Prince’s ‘1999’, and starred in the video for The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Out Of Control’.