Wedding bells are ringing! According to the tabloids, Arctic Monkeys’ guitarist Jamie Cook will marry his long-term girlfriend Katie Downes. The glamour model, who regularly appears on The Sun’s notorious Page Three as well as Nuts, Loaded, Zoo and a series of other men’s magazines, said she was “made up” about the engagement. The pair have been dating since 2006.
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Pete’s in trouble again: the Libertines man’s been thrown out of rehab in Thailand for reportedly being a “disruptive influence” on other patients. The singer, who told NME that he was planning on heading to rehab in April, is now reportedly back in the UK – in the last two years, less than a dozen patients have been asked to leave The Cabin in Chiang Mai, which costs £7,200 a month to attend.
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Some eyebrow-raising words from The Who’s Pete Townshend this week, who told startled hacks his memories of Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger’s penis. “I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty,” said the legendary rocker – contradicting Keith Richards’ less complimentary words about his bandmate’s member, which he notoriously made in his autobiography, Life.
Deadmau5 admitted that he once “sold out” by releasing a dubstep track. “It’s a conduit now for previously mainstream pop acts to use,” he said. “I’ve only ever made one dubstep track and I will admit I only did it because it was cool at the time.” He also had some harsh words for Madonna, too, who he berated earlier this year for allegedly endorsing the use of club drugs.
An indecency complaint filed against Katy Perry will go to court in India following complaints that her performance at a cricket event was “obscene”. She and Australian cricketer, Doug Bollinger, enraged people with their saucy dancing at the opening of the Indian Premier League, leading to claims that they had offended members of the public and distracted students who were trying to sit an exam.
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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards admits that he has trouble remembering how to play some of the legendary band’s best-loved songs. However, the indestructible rocker admitted that he was putting in more practice and “getting the chops together” ahead of reports that the band will play live together this autumn to celebrate their half-centenary.
Good news for Noel Gallagher fans this week, as the High Flying Birds man insisted that he doesn’t think there will ever be a “time when he retires” and he intends to make music for as long as he can.” The former Oasis chief added: “What else am I going to do? There’s only so much TV you can watch.” The guitarist is set to embark on a UK tour in September.
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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker says he decided to stop smoking marijuana after he discovered he had six stomach ulcers in May of this year. He also admitted that he will be forced to sit out the band’s planned tour of Australia next year as the prospect of 24-hour long flight is too much for him at the moment. He was badly injured in a 2008 plane crash that claimed the lives of four people.
Bruce Springsteen hit back at organisers of Hard Rock Calling after the plug was pulled on his set on Saturday (July 14). The Boss arrived onstage at a gig in Dublin with a huge power generator prop and telling the crowd: “Before we we so rudely interrupted…” before launching into the last minute of ‘Twist And Shout’, the song he was playing with Macca when the power was cut in Hyde Park.
The Vaccines’ have unveiled their new single ‘Teenage Icon’, the second track to be taken from their forthcoming new album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’, which is set for release on September 3. You can listen to the track, and read NME’s review of it, by clicking here.
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Sales of “old albums” have overtaken sales of “new albums” for the first time in the US. “Old albums” – classified as LPs that have been on sale for longer than 18 months – numbered at 76.6 million sales, with sales of “new albums” numbering at 73.9 million. The biggest old sellers have been Whitney Houston and Guns N’ Roses, while Adele’s ’21’ is the biggest seller amongst the newer releases.
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Bryan Ferry has said that the run of Hyde Park concerts are an “embarrassment” to music. Speaking after the controversial ending to Bruce Springsteen’s gig, the former Roxy Music singer said: “They shouldn’t have these events in Hyde Park any more if it’s going to cause embarrassing problems.” He also claimed that the volume was too quiet and said he was “sorry” for both The Boss and Macca.
Brandon Flowers and co are back – and The Killers have announced a one-off UK headline show for next month. The gig, which takes place at Leeds’ O2 Academy on August 17, will act as a warm-up for the band’s headline sets at V Festival on August 18 and 19, and will see the band preview new material from their forthcoming album ‘Battle Born’. The LP is set for release on September 17.
Kasabian have admitted they took all the drugs they could get their hands on during the early days of the band. Guitarist Serge Pizzorno admitted he and his bandmates had enjoyed “pills, coke, weed, booze” but did insist they had their limits, adding: “We never got into smack. I’ve always thought that was not a good idea.”
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Tragically, missing Stone Roses fan Christopher Brahney, who went missing after the band’s first show at Heaton Park last month (June 29), was found dead after police recovered his body from Manchester Ship Canal. An extensive search had taken place throughout last to find Brahney, with The Stone Roses themselves even appealing for people to come forward with information.
Marilyn Manson has given his opinion of Lady Gaga and has said that though he admires her, he “has a hard time liking her music”. Manson – no stranger to controversy himself – admitted he wasn’t a fan of her particular pop shtick, and also said he thought she tried too hard to keep people’s attention with her constantly changing look.
With the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy now upon us, the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises was broadcast live on the internet – including on NME.COM – as fans tuned in to catch a glimpse of stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman and Michael Caine on the red carpet.
Pete Doherty tried his chances at covering a Motown classic this week, as he and a female friend performed a rendition of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, as made famous by Marvin Gaye. Click here to watch the Babyshambles man’s cover of the track.
Iron Maiden bassist and chief songwriter Steve Harris has announced that he will release his debut solo album on September 24. The record, which is titled ‘British Lion’, contains 10 tracks in all. It has been mixed by Kevin Shirley and features contributions from Richard Taylor and guitarist David Hawkins.