The Beatles’ John Lennon and George Harrison have received a Blue Plaque in London. The commemoration was at 94 Baker Street – the site of the Apple Boutique clothing shop, which was owned in the 60s by the band’s company Apple Corps Ltd, the BBC reports. A plaque to Lennon was already on the site, but has now been replaced with one that also remembers Harrison, who died in 2001.
Dave Grohl has revealed that he asked PJ Harvey to join the remaining Nirvana members on stage to replace Kurt Cobain. Speaking in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the Foo Fighters frontman said that he approached Harvey to play with his Sound City players – the band featured in his documentary about the California studio where Nirvana recorded ‘Nevermind’.
Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner has said he moved to LA because it’s “built on rock ‘n’ roll”. The frontman, who is currently in the desert working on the band’s fifth album, told Another magazine he moved stateside because “It’s built on rock ‘n’ roll so the best studios and equipment are here. Well, that and the fact that the sun always shines and you can ride your motorcycle in December.”
Yannis Philippakis of Foals has said that he is “bored” with seeing the same bands and artists headline festivals every year, saying they aren’t in touch with what is going on today. Speaking to The Daily Star on the day it was revealed that Foals will headline Latitude this year, Philippakis described the small group of bands who repeatedly headline festivals in the UK as a “big problem”.
Gossip singer Beth Ditto was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Friday, March 15. The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk. A source told Willamette Week that Ditto then “walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed ‘Obama! Obama!'” Police subsequently arrested her.
Vampire Weekend revealed new songs ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’. The New York band premiered the tracks on Radio 1, having teased fans with the news on Twitter: “We’re dropping a double a-side single today – Diane Young/ Step. Get Ready”. Both songs are taken from Vampire Weekend’s forthcoming third studio album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, due for release via XL Recordings on May 6.
A new early rehearsal recording from The Smiths has emerged online. The 39-minute recording – titled ‘The Pablo Cuckoo Tape’, was made in some time in 1983 while the band were getting ready to record their debut LP, 1984’s ‘The Smiths’. Tweeting to the demo, drummer Mike Joyce wrote: “A fan of The Smiths? An early recording you’ve probably never heard before.”
The family of Michael Jackson are seeking £26 billion in compensation from concert promoters after his death in 2009. TMZ report Katherine Jackson, mother of the ‘King Of Pop’, and his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, want £6.6 billion to make up for his lost future earnings after the series of concerts he’d scheduled before his death were cancelled.
Napalm Death’s forthcoming appearance at the V&A Museum in London has been cancelled after fears the building may be damaged by the metal band’s performance. The band were due to play at the museum on Friday (March 22) to showcase their work with ceramic artist Keith Harrison, who has designed a custom built ceramic sound system which would disintegrate throughout the performance.
Robbie Williams has criticised Suede, saying that any “quarter-decent” band of the Britpop era could get signed. He wrote: “Any quarter-decent three-chord knobheads could and did get a deal in the ’90s. I won’t name names because it would be unfair on…” before listing a host of bands.
The Stone Roses documentary Made Of Stone is to open nationwide on June 5, it has been confirmed. The film was made by This Is England director Shane Meadows and goes behind the scenes on the Manchester band’s 2012 reunion, from the early stages to their celebratory hometown gigs at Heaton Park.
Morrissey has said that he has been ‘cautioned’ to retire from music, because of his recent health troubles. Speaking to Mexican radio station Reactor 105.7 – via MSN – the singer said: “I have been cautioned to, but it’s difficult for me because it’s very ingrained in me.”
Emma Watson has used Twitter to end the persistent rumours linking her to the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. She tweeted: “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.”
Prince performed at the SXSW closing party in Austin, Texas. Backed by a 21-piece band, he rolled through hits including ‘Purple Rain’, from the 1984 album of the same name, 1982’s ‘1999’ and ‘Housequake’, as well as a number of covers including Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, Janet Jackson’s ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately?’ and Curtis Mayfield’s ‘We’re A Winner’.
Green Day played their first major live show since Billy Joe Armstrong’s onstage breakdown and subsequent stint in rehab on March 15. It was not to be a low-key return. The band appeared at Austin’s Moody Theater, one of the biggest venues being used for this year’s South By Southwest festival, where they entered to the strains of the theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has given the strongest hint yet that the band will release their new studio album later this year. It is two years since Arctic Monkeys released their last effort, 2011s ‘Suck It and See’.
The Horrors have confirmed that their new album will be released in September. Speaking to NME about the recording process, Tom Cowan said: “It’s going really well, we’re most of the way there in terms of getting the songs together. And we’ve got a month more or so of writing and then we’re gonna go on tour, we’re aiming to be finished in September. The album’s going to be out in September.”
Foals will headline the third and final day of Latitude Festival, which runs between July 19-21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk. Bloc Party will headline the Obelisk Main Stage on the Friday, supporting the release of their fourth album ‘4’. In a coup for the festival, Kraftwerk will headline Saturday.
Yoko Ono posted a picture on Twitter of John Lennon’s blood-stained glasses, alongside statistics detailing the number of firearm related deaths. Ono tweeted the picture of the glasses her late husband was wearing when he was shot dead by Mark Chapman 33 years ago with the words: “Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980.”