Kings Of Leon’s Caleb Followill has apologised for his band’s much-criticised headline performance at Reading Festival in 2009. The singer/guitarist told BBC 6Music that the band were to blame for not performing as they should have – despite admitting to “taking it out” on the crowd at the time.
Eminem has spoken out in favour of gay marriage, declaring that “everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable”. The rapper has a long history of provoking gay rights groups with homophobic lyrics, which he later claimed were satirical.
The Kills’ Jamie Hince and Kate Moss have reportedly married in a low-key ceremony in Sicily. The Daily Mail reports that the couple, who have been dating since 2007, tied the knot on August 7, with around 40 friends in attendance.
Simon Cowell has drafted in his own lawyers to help Gamu Nhengu, controversially rejected by X Factor, from being sent back to Zimbabwe nfrom the UK. The 18 year-old, who lives in Clackmannanshire in Scotland, has been threatened with deportation while auditioning for the talent show.
Gorillaz have revealed that they wouldn’t let the TV show Glee use their songs. Frontman Damon Albarn said that, although the group have not been asked, they are not interested in having their music appear on the show.
Lady GaGa has been challenged to a singing contest by US newcomer Alisa Apps. Apps, who is yet to release an album but has proved a hit online, questioned the singer’s abilities in the US media, laying down a sing-off which would see the winner would take home a $1 million (£630,000) prize.
Elbow’s Guy Garvey has stood up for musicians that are getting swindled by promoters who operate pay-to-play schemes. “There needs to be something really strong in place if a promoter is found to be ripping off young bands,” Garvey said. “It’s really really unfair.”
Warpaint have said they made their debut album ‘The Fool’ with the intention that fans would listen to it stoned. The four-piece group from Los Angeles even explained that the order of the tracks was designed with stoners in mind.
Magnetic Man are currently on course to break into the UK albums chart Top Five this Sunday (October 17). The dubstep band’s self-titled debut is at Number Four in the official midweek charts, one place below Cliff Richard’s ‘Bold As Brass’.
The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood has said he does not believe the band will ever stop playing live. The guitarist, who has been battling alcohol addiction, told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row that the mood in the band is good at present.
Pixies played a special gig on October 13th to celebrate the rescue of the 33 trapped miners in Chile. The group performed their longest ever set at the Teatro La Cúpula in Santiago, playing a song for each of the miners who have spent 69 days trapped underground, plus a two song encore.
Justin Timberlake has said that he probably would have illegally downloaded music if he had attended university when Napster first appeared online as a file-sharing network. The singer/actor stars in new film The Social Network as Sean Parker, who as well as having a role in establishing Facebook, was also a co-founder of Napster.
Egyptian hip hop, Pulled Apart By Horses and HEALTH were among the acts who played the second day at this year’s In The City festival. Taking place across various venues in Manchester on October 14th, the event is designed to showcase the best unsigned bands.
The Libertines’ drummer Gary Powell told NME how he came up with the name for the opening track on new band The Invasion Of…’s debut album ‘373’ while sitting on the toilet. “I sat down on the toilet, picked up a magazine and there was a thing that just said Venice, and I just went ‘Yeah!’,” he said.
A ballet inspired by the music of Sufjan Stevens is set to open in New York in November. The performances will see choreographer Justin Peck use the music from ‘Run Rabbit Run’, a reworked version of Stevens’ 2001 album ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’, which was performed by the Osso string quartet.
Guns N’ Roses were an hour late for the first of two evenings at London’s O2 Arena on October 13th, but were able to finish their set without incident. The band took to the stage nearly an hour after support act Sebastian Bach’s slot ended.