Take That’s Gary Barlow has tacitly praised the musical ‘Never Forget’, which is based on his band and made its London West End debut on May 22. Having previously distanced themselves from the production, Take That’s Barlow stated on BBC News: "At first I thought it sounded horrible…but the reports I’ve seen have been really good…I’m just worried that they’re better than us."
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Yoko Ono has sued makers of a film about intelligent design to keep them from using John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ in it. Ono contends that the makers of ‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ did not ask for her permission to use the track.
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Switchflicker Records, the record company that last year released 1,000 vinyl copies of The Ting Tings’ single, ‘That’s Not My Name’ (the current UK chart-topper), have responded to claims by the band that they are now cashing in on their success by selling the remaining stock at inflated prices. The label hit back by stating they are well within their rights to sell the stock at ‘today’s market prices…’
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Veteran singer-songwriter Tom Waits has announced he will perform at the Edinburgh Playhouse on July 27 and 28 as part of his 15-date European ‘Glitter And Doom’ jaunt. Waits fan and Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson recently released an album’s worth of the singer’s covers, ‘Wherever I Lay My Head’, to huge critical acclaim. Time for an onstage cameo perhaps?
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Aerosmith’s lead man, Steven Tyler, has checked into rehab in California at the age of 60. The singer was thought to have been clean for over 20 years, but is now suffering from an unspecified substance abuse problem.
Richard Hawley is among eight new acts to be added to the bill for the forthcoming End Of The Road festival. Hawley will join the likes of Mercury Rev, Calexico and British Sea Power at the event, which takes place in Dorset in September.
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Editors, Enter Shikari and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly have announced that they will perform at a Burma cyclone victims’ gig. The show, curated by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s Sam Duckworth, will raise much-needed funds for the south-east Asian state, where it is believed around 78,000 people have died so far.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ singer Anthony Kiedis has revealed that the band plan to disband for at least a year. Keidis went on to explain that he will spend more time with his family – "I’m just home, hanging out with this really cool little kid, learning how to surf". Meanwhile, bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante are set to work on individual musical projects.
Radiohead are amongst some of the artists who have revealed their favourite Sonic Youth songs on a new compilation of tracks by the New York noise-rock band. The band selected 1990’s ‘Kool Thing’ for use on the album, which will be sold in Starbucks shops.
Millwall FC have said that they would welcome Pete Doherty back at the ground, despite tabloid reports that the Babyshambles singer had urinated in a trophy during the Soccer Six tournament he took part in last Sunday (May 18) at the New Den ground.
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Black Lips are amongst names added to the line-up of the forthcoming Hydro Connect festival. They will join Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and Bloc Party at the Scottish event, which claims to be a committed carbon neutral festival, from August 29-31.
‘The Mighty Boosh’ lads have announced more bands set to appear at their upcoming festival, including The Kills (pictured), Peaches and The Charlatans. The event takes place on July 5 at The Hop Farm, near Tonbridge in Kent.
Amy Winehouse won an Ivor Novello Award earlier this week, but despite attending the ceremony she was too late to pick up her prize. ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ was named Best Song Musically And Lyrically at the Awards but her father, Mitch Winehouse, had to go up and collect it, citing: "I don’t know what I’m doing up here. Amy couldn’t make it, but she is getting better and sends you all her love."
Smashing Pumpkins are to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a set of special shows. The rock icons, who reunited in 2006, will tour the US to mark the milestone.
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Brian Wilson has announced a handful of UK dates for the summer, at which he will preview material from his new concept album. The former Beach Boys mastermind will preview ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ at the gigs in Ipswich and London before its release on September 1.
Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and The Flaming Lips will pay tribute to The Who at a Los Angeles benefit this summer. The bands are set to perform at the VH1 Rock Honors charity event, which will take place at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 12 and airs on the cable television network on July 17. Proceeds from the event will benefit charities including The Teenage Cancer Trust.
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Damon Albarn guests on the new, self-titled, Black Ghosts album, due out on July 8 in the US via the Iamsound label. The album’s first single ‘Repetition’ features Albarn on guest vocals.
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Kanye West and his record label have been sued by the daughter of late jazz musician, Joe Farrell, for allegedly using samples of his music without proper approval. Kathleen Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of no less than $1 million, and is asking that sales and performances of the songs be halted.
Madonna auctioned off the promise of a private gig yesterday (May 22) for 350,000 Euros (Â£280,000) after having joked: "People have offered me millions to play at their Bar Mitzvahs." The auction was held as part of the annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes.
Kaiser Chiefs played a 35,000 capacity homecoming show at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium this weekend (May 24). Taking the stage to loud, football-style chants from the audience, the band ironically kicked off their biggest ever gig with ‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’.
Kaiser Chiefs spoke to NME.COM after coming offstage at their enormous Elland Road gig on Saturday (May 24). "It couldn’t have been better," declared drummer Nick Hodgson. "We’ve planned it for a year and when you’ve planned it that long you want it to work and get really into all the details, but it couldn’t have gone off any better."