Slipknot Bassist Dead
The body of Slipknot’s Paul Gray was found near a hypodermic needle and a bottle of pills, according to the hotel employee who found him. The bassist, who died in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday (May 24), was staying at the TownePlace Suites when maintenance worker Mike Kellow discovered him.
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Salt n’ Pepa are set to play a London festival this summer. The duo will play the South West Four Weekender on August 29. The band will play ahead of headliner Fatboy Slim on the main stage on the second day of the Clapham Common event. Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold will play the bash’s opening day on August 28.
U2 @ Hampden Park
U2’s The Edge has said that frontman Bono’s recent back injury could have resulted in permanent damage if it had not been treated when it was. On May 21 the singer underwent back surgery in Munich, canceling 16 US shows and their Glastonbury headline slot – with Gorillaz now stepping in to take their place on June 25.
Registration to become an Oxfam campaigner or volunteer and get free entry to festivals including the Leeds Festival, the Isle Of Wight Festival (June 10-14), RockNess (June 10-14) and Womad (July 23-25) has opened. Those interested in helping out the charity at one of the events this summer can register at Oxfam.org.uk/festivals.
Liam Gallagher has announced that he has named his post-Oasis band Beady Eye. As well as the frontman, the band features his ex-Oasis bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. They are recording their debut album with producer Steve Lillywhite (Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, U2).
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A Paul McCartney tribute gig is set to take place at the White House in Washington DC on June 2 – hosted by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The White Stripes’ Jack White, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will be among the performers at the show, reports Associated Press.
Britney Spears is considering having herself cryogenically frozen after she’s died so she can be brought back to life at some point in the future. The star has reportedly become obsessed with the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, who preserve people’s bodies in liquid nitrogen. She’s apparently set to donate $350,000 into the company (The Sun).
Muse have announced that they are set to release extra tickets for their upcoming stadium shows. Playing Manchester’s Lancashire County Cricket Ground on September 4 and London’s Wembley Stadium on September 10 and 11, the group have revealed that additional tickets for all three gigs will be available.
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Plan B’s ‘She Said’ was still top of the NME Chart this week. Muse’s new single ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)’ went in at Number Two – head to NME.COM/muse for more on the track, plus special galleries and more. ‘She Said’ has now been at the top spot for the past seven weeks. There were no other new entries in the Top Ten.
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Florence And The Machine headlined Radio 1’s Big Weekend backed by a 30-piece Welsh choir tonight (May 22). Topping the bill on the first of the radio station’s two nights at the Vaynol Estate in Bangor, Wales, Florence Welch led her band, and backing singers, through their first festival headline slot.
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APTOPIX ROLLING STONES
The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart for the first time tonight (May 23) since 1994 with the re-release of ‘Exile On Main Street’. The album, which originally topped the charts in 1972, has been remastered and released with a host of bonus tracks, and outsold Faithless’ new album ‘The Dance’, which is at Number Two.
MIA has published the phone number of a journalist on Twitter, after apparently taking offence at an article she had written about the singer. Writing on the social networking site on Thursday (May 27), the singer insinuated that the phone number was her own rather than that of the journalist Lynn Hirschberg, who conducted the interview for New York Times.
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Russell Brand and Carl Barat have formed a band together for his new film ‘Get Him To The Greek’. Called Infant Sorrow, the outfit previously just featured Brand, but Barat – who has written songs for the film’s soundtrack – has now been drafted in to back up the comic, alongside actor Jonah Hill, who also stars in the movie (The Sun).