A rare photograph showing The Beatles walking ‘backwards’ across Abbey Road is set to fetch up to £9,000 at auction at Bloomsbury Auctions. The snap, taken by late photographer Iain Macmillan, shows the band walking right to left across the zebra crossing outside the London studio where they made their 1969 album – the opposite direction to the picture which made it onto the sleeve.
Noel Gallagher has opened up about his reaction to his beloved Manchester City winning the Premier League title earlier in the week (May 13), revealing he “cried like a baby”. The club won the title with two last-gasp goals in a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers and pipped their great rivals Manchester United to the prize. Gallagher revealed he saw it all happen from a bar in Santiago, Chile.
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner has admitted that he and drummer Matt Helders dressed up and pretended to be Oasis. Turner said: “When we left primary school, all the kids would form groups and do a performance. So me and Matt and some of our friends put on ‘Morning Glory’ – we ‘played’ some tennis racquets and pretended to be Oasis. Matt was Liam Gallagher, he had the bucket hat on.”
The Black Keys’ documentary will be a “buddy movie” rather than a conventional tour film. Noah Abrams, the director behind the yet-untitled film said: “A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people cool. I’m fortunate enough to know these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny.”
Disco singer Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63, according to reports. The singer, who is famous for hit singles including ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love To Love You Baby’ and ‘Hot Stuff’, died this morning in Florida after a lengthy battle with cancer.
A painting by the late Amy Winehouse, which she made with Pete Doherty and is smeared with her blood, is to go on sale at auction earlier in the week (May 11). The painting, titled ‘Ladylike’, is not owned by Doherty but will be sold alongside several other of the former Libertines singer’s paintings, as well as guitars, private diaries other possessions.
The xx played six songs from their forthcoming second album at an intimate gig at London’s Chats Palace earlier in the week (May 15). Showcasing newly-reworked tracks from their 2009 Mercury Prize-winning debut ‘xx’ alongside the new songs, the band unveiled a slower version ‘Crystallised’ alongside more dance orientated new material.
A US judge has given a video game company permission to sue Beyonce for $100 million (£62.2 million), according to reports. The New York Post reports that Manhattan judge Charles Ramos has given software developer Gate Five the go-ahead to proceed with their lawsuit against the ‘4’ superstar, after she allegedly pulled out of a deal to create a motion sensing computer game.
Blur have announced an intimate UK tour for this August. The Britpop icons will play four shows on the tour, beginning at Margate’s Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth’s Pavilions on August 7.
An Australian doctor has spoken out to condemn ’emo’ haircuts with heavy fringes, saying that they could lead to lazy eye syndrome. Andrew Hogan, education director of the Optometrists Association of Tasmania, said: “If a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won’t see a lot of detail. And if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic.”
The Rolling Stones are set to tour later this year after Ronnie Wood revealed he is “keeping October/November free”. The legendary rockers have long been rumoured to be playing live again this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. He said: “It looks like we are going to be doing more stuff. I am keeping October/November free, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m just awaiting more information.”
Gossip’s Beth Ditto has said Adele is “beautiful” and that the ‘Something Like You’ singer gives her “chills”. Ditto told The Stylist: “I love Adele so much and it’s honestly not because we’re both big. I love that she’s a fucking singer and that she just so happens to be beautiful. It gives me chills to think about it.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has responded to being roundly criticised for his red card in his team’s defeat in the only way he knows how – tweeting lyrics from The Smiths. Barton tweeted the following from The Smiths’ ‘Still Ill’: “For there are brighter sides to life and I should know because I seen them, but not very often…”
Animal Collective have revealed that their new studio album will be titled ‘Centipede Hz’. The Baltimore electro-psychedelic band will release the album, which is the 10th LP of their career, in September via Domino Records.
Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in Indonesian capital Jakarta next month after Islamic groups in the country expressed opposition to her “vulgar” style, Reuters reports. “She’s a vulgar singer who wears only panties and a bra when she sings,” said Salim Alatas, the Jakarta head of hardline Islamic Defender Front (FPI).
Mark Ronson has said that the death of Amy Winehouse made him end his sessions with Gossip for their latest album, ‘A Joyful Noise’. Looking back to last year, Ronson said: “It was really strange. It was almost like a turning point. When I found out that Amy passed I was in disbelief. I walked out of the session and I never fully came back…”
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor joined the cast of We Will Rock You onstage last night (May 14), marking the 10th anniversary of the hit musical based on the band’s music. Actor Robert De Niro also made a brief curtain call. The finale of the show saw May emerge from a trapdoor in the stage, shrouded in smoke, to play the guitar solo to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Gary Glitter could be set to earn thousands of pounds in royalties after the BBC aired a repeat of him performing on Top Of The Pops in 1977 over the weekend. He could now stand to earn thousands of pounds in royalties after the BBC aired an episode of Top Of The Pops last Saturday (May 12) which featured the singer performing ‘It Takes All Night Long’.
My Chemical Romance have revealed that they will be recording their new studio album next month. The band have been working on the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous’, guitarist Frank Iero said sessions “were going really well” and he and his bandmates “couldn’t wait to start tracking”
Jack White has delivered a bizarre rant against the compilers of the Guinness Book Of World Records. White told Interview Magazine that he believes he holds the record for he shortest concert in history, but was denied his place in the record books by the company.