Last week, Okereke revealed to NME that he had spotted guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong outside a rehearsal studio in New York and not only was he not invited to take part in the sessions, he said that he was unaware they were happening at all.
Dave Grohl left Nirvana in 1993 after hearing Kurt Cobain badmouth his musicianship. The upcoming biography This Is A Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl reveals the drummer, already fed up of tensions within the band, decided he’d had enough after overhearing Cobain talking about him on a plane.
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has spoken out over the recent London riots. The singer, who was in the US when the summer riots broke out, said more needs to be done to find out why they happened. “They certainly didn’t seem to have a focus in the way I am told the riots of the early 1980s did,” he told NME’s sister paper Uncut.
Arctic Monkeys, TV On The Radio, Warpaint, Panda Bear and Smith Westerns made up a star-studded bill last night (September 25) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Opened up by Chicago’s Smith Westerns, before performances from Warpaint and Panda Bear (Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox), Arctic Monkeys arrived onto the iconic outdoor stage to the strains of Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’.
Bloc Party and Kele Okereke confirm their plans to continue separately, in phone conversations NME.com have posted on their site. NME has been accused of sensationalising, or even fabricating, details of the band’s apparent split after Kele revealed he had discovered the band’s plans to continue without him.
Radiohead paid tribute to REM during their live comeback at New York’s Roseland Ballroom earlier in the week (September 28). The band, who were known to be fans of the Georgia trio, covered their hit single ‘The One I Love’ during the intro to their track ‘Everything In Its Right Place’.
Liam Gallager has admitted to never having heard Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’. The former Oasis frontman was taking a dig at the band when he claimed to be unfamiliar with their 1997 masterpiece. “I’ve never even heard ‘OK Computer’, but anything by Radiohead doesn’t make much sense to me,” he told Q.
Korn have announced that they will release their new studio album ‘The Path Of Totality’. The band will release the album on December 5 and have confirmed that the album will be comprised entirely of songs made with dubstep producers.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has said he feels the release of their new album ‘Oceania’ will be a make or break moment for the band. The band, will put out ‘Oceania’, their ninth studio record, later this year, and Corgan has said how it is received will define the future of the band.
Kasabian have said they want to headline Glastonbury and are keen to get back on the bill when the festival returns in 2013.
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno admitted topping the three-day Somerset bash is something the band are determined to do before their career comes to a close. “One thing I really want to do before all this ends is to headline Glastonbury,” he told the Daily Star.
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has dubbed U2 fans “cardboard cut-outs”. The singer said supporting Bono and co on their 360 Tour was one of the worst live experiences the band have ever endured. “I didn’t take in anything supporting them, them gigs were horrible, worst ever,” he told News.com.au. “U2 fans are cardboard cut-outs. (They) are probably into one band and one album – ‘The Joshua Tree’.”
Metallica and Lou Reed have unveiled the first full track from their new joint album ‘Lulu’. The metal titans and former Velvet Underground man had previously made 30-second and 90-second previews of new track ‘The View’ available, but have now debuted the full version of the track, which you can hear on NME.com.
Dave Grohl has spoken out about his insecurities during his time with Nirvana – claiming he became worried that Kurt Cobain wanted him out of the band. Grohl said: “I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this, but there were times when Kurt was really unhappy with the way I played drums.
Pete Doherty has said he has played his last gig for a “long time” after a recent performance at London’s O2 Brixton Academy. The former Libertines man revealed to the crowd last weekend (September 23) that he was going to disappear for a while before revealing a new song dedicated to Amy Winehouse.
Bob Dylan has been accused of plagiarism by the art world, following his Asia Series exhibition, which opened at the Gagosian Gallery in New York last week. The series of 18 works created during his tour of the continent in 2009 and 2010 apparently features spot on copies of photographic images taken by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dmitri Kessel and Léon Busy.
Kasabian’s fourth album ‘Velociraptor!’ has gone straight in at Number One on the Official UK Albums Chart. The Leicester band knocked Suffolk singer songwriter Ed Sheeran and his debut ‘+’ off the top spot after just one week.
Noel Gallagher has told NME his forthcoming solo album is “the best collection of songs I’ve written for a long fucking time”. The former Oasis man, said: “I know that this is the most concise, literal and lyrical album I’ve written for a long time and that says more about me as a songwriter because it’s all me, apart from the drums and some of the keyboards,” he said
The Joy Formidable, Iron & Wine and Noisettes are set to feature on the new Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack. Theophilus London and Aqualung have also been announced to score songs on the fourth film in the vampire saga.
Metallica have paid tribute to their late bassist Cliff Burton on the 25th anniversary of his death. Drummer Lars Ulrich has said that Burton had a major influence on which direction both he and singer James Hetfield took later in their career. Burton died 25 years ago yesterday (September 27) when the band’s tourbus overturned in Sweden.