This organisers of Sonisphere Festival have confirmed that this summer’s event has been cancelled. The event was due to take at Knebworth Park event on July 6-8 with headline sets from Queen and Adam Lambert, Kiss and Faith No More. The bill also included Refused, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, The Darkness, The Blackout and Skindred.
The Libertines’ Gary Powell has insisted that his former band weren’t just “drug-taking idiots”. According to the Press Association, the drummer hopes that Libertines flick There Are No Innocent Bystanders will help people see the band in a different light. He said: “The biggest misconception is that we’re all a bunch of scally drug-taking idiots who are talentless and have no real love of music.”
Patrick Carney of The Black Keys has labelled Spotify board member and Napster founder Sean Parker an “asshole” who he claims “steals” royalties from artists. Carney said in response: “He’s an asshole. That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that’s the bottom line. You can’t really trust anybody like that.”
Blur frontman Damon Albarn has revealed that he almost recorded an album with David Bowie and The Kinks’ mainman Ray Davies. Albarn said: “I do genuinely like working with people but at the same time I don’t expect it to work, and there have been a lot of people who a lot of things don’t happen. I mean, for about 24 hours, many years ago, I was making a record with David Bowie and Ray Davies.”
Mumford and Sons have laughed off suggestions that their new album will be “doom-folk”. Singer Marcus Mumford said the comments had been a “joke”. He said: “That was a joke to an American journalist who didn’t understand the concept of sarcasm. I called Ted [Dwane, double bassist] and was like, ‘Ted, what have you done? We spent our whole first album trying to avoid being pigeonholed!”
The Flaming Lips have unveiled their collaboration with Bon Iver, which is titled ‘Ashes In The Air’. The track, which sees the Oklahoman troupe team up with Justin Vernon, will feature on the band’s forthcoming Record Store Day release ‘The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends’.
Regina Spektor has unveiled a second song from her new album ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’, which is titled ‘Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)’. The track is the second to be revealed from ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’, with the album’s lead-off single ‘All The Rowboats’ previously made available online. The album will be released on May 12.
Glasvegas frontman, James Allan has revealed that the band’s new song ‘If’ is based on a text conversation with Alan McGee. Allan told NME: “We spoke on the phone because he was really down about something. Later McGee sent me a message back saying, ‘Life is good and life is dark, I embrace them both’.”
Plan B has said that he blames David Cameron for last year’s riots. In an exclusive interview in this week’s issue of NME, the rap and soul star said: “When the riots happened, I was so upset. The only people I cared about was the kids. I thought, ‘Ah, for fuck’s sake, you’ve just made things 10 times harder for yourselves. Society? David Cameron? You’ve just played right into their hands.’.”
Kiss’s Gene Simmons has said the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is “a joke”. Asked whether Kiss would accept an invitation to join the Hall Of Fame, he replied: “It’s become a joke… We’ve been thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody'”.
Madonna became embroiled in a Twitter spat with Deadmau5 after he called her a “fucking idiot” for supposedly glamorising drug use. This (March 26), the electronic musician hit out at the Queen of Pop in a lengthy rant after she made comments seemingly related to drug taking while onstage at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
Justin Bieber is being threatened with legal action by two victims of an online phone prank, according to reports. The pint-sized popstar attempted to show off his sense of humour on Twitter by posting a phone number missing a final digit and instructing his fans to give him a call. The prank backfired.
The Stone Roses have revealed full details of their Heaton Park reunion shows later this summer, with Primal Scream, Beady Eye and Plan B heading up the support bills on each of the three nights. Bob Marley’s backing group The Wailers will play third on the bill on each of the three nights, as part of a bill The Stone Roses have described as a “mix of the legendary and the new”.
Slash has claimed that music has lost its “magic”. The guitarist, who is set to release his second solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ on May 21, told Absolute Radio that the growth of downloading and the fall in popularity of CDs had ruined the excitement of listening to new music for the first time.
Lady Gaga has claimed that she constantly wears veils because she is mourning the world’s problems. The ‘Bad Romance’ star – who recently launched her Born This Way Foundation to help young people empower themselves and deal with their problems – took to Twitter to explain why her unusual headgear is linked to the planet’s suffering.
Paul Weller has notched up his fourth solo Number One album, after knocking Military Wives’ ‘In My Dreams’ off the top spot of the Official UK Albums Chart. The Modfather entered straight in at the peak of the charts with his eleventh studio album, ‘Sonik Kicks’ – one better than 2010’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’, which could only manage Number Two.
Bob Dylan will headline this summer’s Benicassim festival. The folk legend joins The Stone Roses, Florence And The Machine and At The Drive-In in headlining the event and a bill that includes New Order, Crystal Castles, The Vaccines and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The festival runs from July 12-15 this summer.
Dubstep DJ Skrillex has said that he doesn’t care if people hate him. The electronic artist – real name Sonny Moore – has spoken to Pitchfork to say that he ‘gets it’ when it comes to people slagging him off.
Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch has been voted the greatest woman in rock of all time. In a poll conducted by radio station XFM, the ‘Ceremonials’ singer came out on top ahead of The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, who had to settle for second place.
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has spoken about his latest solo album ‘A+E’ and has described it as a “cold, hard and gritty” record. The album, which is the eighth solo release of Coxon’s career, will be released on April 2 and contains 10 tracks in all. The album is the follow-up to his 2009 album ‘The Spinning Top’.