Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis’ 2004 autobiography, ‘Scar Tissue’, is set to be adapted for a new TV show on US network HBO.
The show, produced by Marc Abrams and Michael Benson, will be an offbeat comedy, reports the Guardian. It will focus on the singer’s early life in Los Angeles, where he lived with his father, a drug dealer to musicians in the area, as well as the LA rock scene.
Kaiser Chiefs are set to release a DVD of their Leeds Elland Road gig from May 24 this year. The DVD of their hometown gig, ‘Live At Elland Road’, will be released on November 24 and will also feature footage of the band’s BBC Electric Proms show which took place at the London Roundhouse on October 27 last year. The Elland Road show was the band’s biggest headline show so far, with 40,000 fans attending.
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The Enemy are make a rare step outside the studio to help launch the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards. The Coventry trio have been working on their second album, but will pause from recording sessions to play a one-off set at the awards launch on November 26. The party will take place in Brixton, south London at the Prince pub, and will mark the start of voting ahead of next year’s ceremony, which will be held on February 25 at Brixton Academy.
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Rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West over an incident that occurred at an MTV VMA pre-party West hosted in 2005. The former Death Row Records boss alleges that West was responsible for allowing "an unknown person" to smuggle a gun past security at the The Shore Club in Miami and shoot Knight in the leg.
Mitch Mitchell, best known as Jimi Hendrix’s drummer in The Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in Portland, Oregon this week (November 12). According to early reports, the star, who was still touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour, passed away in his hotel room. He was 61. view our photo gallery devoted to Mitch Mitchell and The Jimi Hendrix Experience by visiting NME.COM/photos.
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Biffy Clyro premiered a new song at their Mencap Little Noise Session in London this week (November 12). The Scottish rockers were the latest band to play the week of acoustic charity shows Islingon’s Union Chapel in the north of the city, with support from Friendly Fires and Frank Turner.
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Gallows have announced a pair of shows in London pubs next month. The band are being sponsored by Atticus Clothing for the gigs at the Macbeth on December 1 and the Old Blue Last (2), both in the Hoxton area in the east of the city. It is expected that the band will preview new tracks from their unreleased second album, which is due for release in April 2009.
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has made $13.5 million (Â£9.1 million) by selling a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting he owned. The painting attracted a lot of interest at auction held by Christie’s in New York this week (November 12). The lot was one of 75 art pieces that went under the hammer – however, around a third of the items up for sale failed to attract buyers.
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Six songs from Britney Spears’ forthcoming album ‘Circus’ have been posted online, several weeks before the album is due to hit shelves. The tracks, which include the album’s lead single ‘Womanizer’, were uploaded to 103.5’s website, appearing in the form of a six-song mix featuring partial versions of each track. ‘Circus’ is Spears’ sixth album and is set to be released on December 2, which also happens to be her 27th birthday.
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Lou Reed, The Police and Jenny Lewis are among the guests who have been lined up to appear on a new talk show hosted by Elvis Costello. The programme, entitled ‘Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…’, will air on the Sundance channel in the US, and will feature musical performances by, and interviews with, She And Him, Smokey Robinson, Rufus Wainwright, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, RenÃ©e Fleming, James Taylor and former US President Bill Clinton.
Bosses at The Cliffs Pavilion venue in Southend have been issued with a warning after Paul Weller flouted the smoking ban during a gig there last Saturday (November 8). Southend Borough Council issued the official warning to the Southend Theatres Limited company, reports BBC News, warning that if any other artists try to spark up there it could mean more serious trouble for the venue.
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A new Guns N’ Roses air guitar competition has been launched – and the winner will get to hear the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Chinese Democracy’, before its release later this month. To enter the competition fans need to upload video footage of their "craziest, most inappropriate" air guitar attempts to the band’s YouTube channel. One winner will win entry to a pre-release album playback party. ‘Chinese Democracy’ will be released on November 24 in the UK, and will feature 14 songs.
Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke has spoken about the fight he had with Sex Pistols’ John Lydon in July, describing the punk veteran as "the devil".
Okereke alleged that a member of Lydon’s entourage racially abused him at the Summercase Festival in Spain. The alleged abuse was followed by a fight between Lydon and his entourage and Okereke, who was backed up by members of Foals and Kaiser Chiefs.
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Todd Rundgren, who produced New York Dolls’ 1973 self-titled debut album, is set to reunite with the band and produce their next. Rundgren will hit the studio with founding New York Dolls members David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain in January to record the album, which is as-yet untitled. The band will follow the release of the LP with a world tour.
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Elton John has announced that he will play a gig on New Year’s Eve (December 31) at the London O2 Arena. The show will be produced by photographer David LaChapelle. "I can’t wait to spend New Year’s Eve with 17,000 of my biggest fans," the singer said. Earlier this week John announced that he would tour with Billy Joel next year.
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OutKast are set to release three new albums next year. The duo plan on putting out each of their solo efforts first before regrouping to release an OutKast record later in 2009. Speaking to MTV News, Big Boi said he’s planning on getting his second solo record, ‘Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty’, out either in January or February, with Andre 3000 releasing his solo effort soon after.
Damon Albarn was reunited with his Blur bandmates as he and Jamie Hewlett’s opera ‘Monkey: A Journey To The West’ received its official premiere this week (November 12) for its new London residency. The show, created with Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, is being staged in a specially-erected tent at the Meridian Gardens in Greenwich until December 5.
A poster exhibition featuring The Libertines and Babyshambles is being staged at the Filthy McNasty’s pub in north London, having kicked off on November 13. The exhibition, which will feature gig posters from both Pete Doherty’s bands, was compiled by collector Gary Loveridge.
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Lily Allen has spoken out in support of ‘X Factor’ contestant Laura White, who was controversially voted off the ITV show last Saturday (November 8). The decision prompted outrage from fans, with 12,000 signing a petition to get her reinstated. The saga even got mentioned in Parliament, with Culture Secretary Andy Burnham describing the move as "very harsh".
Tickets for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2009 have gone on sale this week (November 12) exclusively through NME.COM. Glasvegas are set to headline the tour, with Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence And The Machine completing the bill.
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