The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather leader Jack White has donated $170,000 (£102,000) to help restore a Detroit baseball park he used to play in. The guitarist recently made the donation to aid the restoration of Clark Park in south west Detroit, reports The Detroit News. The guitarist’s former coach, Morris ‘Mo’ Blackwell Jr., told the newspaper that he had shown promise as a baseball player. Pic: PA Photos
The band behind ‘The Final Countdown’, Europe, have announced a UK tour. The Swedish band, fronted by Joey Tempest, will play nine shows early in 2010. To check the availability of Europe tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: PA Photos
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has emailed Lily Allen after the singer posted a MySpace blog urging her fellow musicians to take a stand against illegal file-sharing. In a new blog on her MySpace page, Allen published the email from Bellamy, in which the Muse man explained his vision for the future of music distribution. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Smashing Pumpkins have announced that they are set to release an album for free. Titled ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’, the 44-track album will be released one track at a time, with the first due out at the end of October. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Calvin Harris and La Roux are set for a ‘best of 2009’ gig this winter. The pair will play T4’s Stars Of 2009 show on November 29 at London’s Earls Court. JLS, Sugababes and ‘X Factor’ winner Alexandra Burke are also on the bill for the event, which will be screened on T4 and 4Music. Pic: Danny North
Kanye West has issued a second apology after invading the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards this week (September 13). The rapper-producer objected after the singer won the Best Female Video award for ‘You Belong To Me’ ahead of Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’.
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Jay-Z played a relatively intimate gig in London on Thursday night (September 17). The rapper, who is currently in the UK playing stadium dates with Coldplay, took to the stage at the Roundhouse in Camden following a ten-minute countdown on a digital clock projected onto the stage ahead of his arrival. Pic: Madeleine Macrae
Green Day have spoken following the official opening of the musical ‘American Idiot’, based on their 2004 album of the same name. The production is being staged at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and, following several preview nights, it had its opening night on Wednesday (September 16). “I had no concerns,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained. “I was interested and flattered to meet [director] Michael Mayer. We were floored by [Mayer’s 2006 musical] ‘Spring Awakening’ so there were no worries.” Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has posted a new solo song, ’11th Dimension’, on his official MySpace page, Myspace.com/juliancasablancas. The track will be released as a single on November 2 following the release of the frontman’s debut solo album, ‘Phrazes For The Young’, released on October 19. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Glastonbury Festival 2010 tickets will go on sale on at 9am (BST) on October 4, organisers have confirmed. As with previous years, those aged over 13 who wish to buy tickets must register on Glastonburyregistration.co.uk before applying for tickets. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Jon Bon Jovi has joined ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic in condemning the makers of ‘Guitar Hero’ over their use of Kurt Cobain. In new game ‘Guitar Hero 5′ the late Nirvana frontman Cobain is able to appear singing other acts’ songs, including those by Bon Jovi. Grohl and Novoselic had slammed Activision, the makers of the game, for allowing Cobain’s character to be used in such a way.
Ozzy Osbourne will release his autobiography on October 1. Talking via his website Ozzy.com, the Black Sabbath frontman said the book would be a frank account of his life. “They’ve said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, ok: ‘He bit the head off a bat.’ Yes. ‘He bit the head off a dove.’ Yes,” he said of his experiences. Pic: PA Photos
New York-based rockers Les Savy Fav will play four live dates to celebrate the release of an All Tomorrow’s Parties film. Gravenhurst and Team Brick will also play live at selected screenings. To check the availability of All Tomorrow’s Parties tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now. Pic: james Quinton
Pavement are set to reform for gigs in New York in 2010, according to reports. According to the Brooklyn Vegan, the Stephen Malkmus-led band, who split in 1999, will play multiple shows on the US city’s Central Park SummerStage next September. The former members of the revered California band have often hinted that they may reform for live shows at various times.
A magazine signed by The Beatles’ John Lennon has been sold at auction for £7,711 ($12,713). Signed ‘John C Lennon’ – even though his middle initial was ‘W’ for Winston – the September 1966 issue of Datebook magazine was won by a New York surgeon, The Associated Press reports. Pic: PA Photos