After The Strokes kicked off their return last week at London’s small Dingwalls venue, they played headline sets at Isle of Wight (June 12) and Rockness (June 13) festivals. Their first festival appearances in four years, Casblancas told the crowd at Isle of Wight: “So yeah, we’re fucking playing again, doing this shit for you. We fucking love you.”
A video has surfaced online of Slash getting tackled onstage during his ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ guitar solo. The incident, which took place in Milan, Italy last Thursday (June 10), left him uninjured – however, his guitar was damaged. Slash said: “Rowdy crowd for sure, but amazing. The guy who nailed me didn’t take me down but he busted my poor guitar. Ah well, it was a kick ass rock show.”
The Klaxons have announce new album details for ‘Surfing The Void’, set for release on August 23. The follow-up to their 2007 debut ‘Myths Of The Near Future’, the album will feature 10 new songs and will be preceded by a single, ‘Echoes’, released on August 16.
Brandon Flowers streamed his first solo single ‘Crossfire’ Monday night (Jun 14) on his official website. Taken from his debut solo album ‘Flamingo’, the single will be available in September. Flowers told NME that some of the songs on the record were originally intended for the next Killers album, but when the other members wanted to take a break from the band, Flowers decided to go solo.
Delorean, Diamond Rings and The Cabin Fever have been announced to play the July 1 NME Radar Live gig, at London’s Upstairs At The Garage venue. To check the availability of NME Radar Live tickets, go to NME.COM/TICKETS.
Dizzee Rascal and James Corden’s World Cup song ‘Shout For England’ has topped the UK singles chart. The duo’s Tears For Fears cover is one of eight footie songs currently in the Top 40. All royalties from the record go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in London.
Ozzy Osbourne is set to undergo scientific tests to determine how his body is still alive after years of drug and alcohol abuse. Using a blood sample, US company Knome will research his genome (mapped at the cost of £27,000) for three months. Osbourne will be one of the only of a few people in the world to undergo this procedure.
The company that owns the name of the legendary NYC club CBGB has filed for bankruptcy, with debts in the range of $1 million to $10 million. The former punk venue, which hosted acts such as The Ramones and Blondie, had closed in 2006, but has since lived on in the form ‘CBGB’ memorabilia.
P. Diddy has said: “It’s definitely one of my dreams to buy a football team.” He came close to buying Crystal Palace FC, and is still interested in owning a UK football club.
This week’s daily gossip: Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is dating actress Kate Hudson. The Sun reported that the two were seen on a romantic mean in Paris over the weekend. Sources say the couple were “very, very into each other”.
Another hot gossip story of the week: Amy Winehouse and Enrique Iglesias got into an onstage argument. Winehouse was reportedly talking over a special performance of his song ‘Hero’, so he stopped singing and said “Guys, come on! There’s too much noise. It’s like playing at a fucking Russian wedding, but we don’t get paid.”
Production company Ubisoft has confirmed plans for a rhythm dance video game, where players earn points by emulating Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves. The game, which will also feature his music, is expected to be released later this year.
Ryan Adams is set to release a series of previously unreleased albums. Adams said he has “a double LP with The Cardinals and a solo album” in the works, but the release dates have not yet been set.
The Horrors have joined a campaign to protest against the proposed lifting of anti-whaling laws and will provide the soundtrack for a new charity video from the Whale And Dolphin Society.
Eminem has spoken out in favour of same-sex marriage, declaring that “everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable”. This is following his long history of provoking gay rights groups with homophobic lyrics, which he later claimed were satirical.
The Republic Stage line-ups have been announced for Reading and Leeds festivals, and Ash, Marina and the Diamonds and British Sea Power will be headlining. Click here for the full line-up so far.
Snoop Dogg has been axed from Holland’s Parkpop Festival by government representatives, who said they wanted “to guarantee the open and friendly character of the event”. The city’s mayorhas asked the festival organisers to find a replacement act.
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie has recruited members of The Who, The Sex Pistols and Oasis for a unique one-off collaboration, entitled ‘Silver Machine’. They will perform a special covers show at London’s 1234 festival in Shoreditch on July 24.
Linkin Park have announced a trio of UK dates for later this year, which will be their first British headline shows in three years. They will be plating in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Tickets are on sale now: NME.COM/TICKETS
The epic franchise of ‘Harry Potter’ has finished filming. The final scenes of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows’ have been shot. The Harry Potter films, which began with 2001’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, are the highest grossing film series of all time, making an average of £600 million per film.