A campaign to save London’s 100 Club has been launched. Long-time fans of the central London venue Tony Morrison and Jim Piddington have set up Savethe100club.co.uk, asking people to donate money, following last week’s (September 23) news that it could close for good this Christmas because of spiralling debts.
Mark Ronson and his band The Business Intl played an all-star show at London’s Hackney Empire on Wednesday night. Performing tracks from his recently released album, ‘Record Collection’, along with older songs from previous record ‘Version’, the songwriter-producer was joined by guests on stage including members of Duran Duran, Boy George, The View’s Kyle Falconer and rapper Spank Rock.
The Emerge NME Radar Tour got up to full strength on Wednesday night as Wilder joined The Joy Formidable, Chapel Club and Flats on the road at the Norwich Waterfront. The band had been missing due to prior committments. Headliners The Joy Formidable also revealed they are to team up with former Mansun singer Paul Draper on the final date of the tour on October 14.
Labour leader Ed Miliband seemed to stress his indie credentials as he addressed his party Tuesday in Manchester. Miliband took to the stage to Vampire Weekend’s ‘A-Punk’, before delivering a speech outlining his plans for the party. The Labour leader left the stage at the end of his address to Kings Of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’.
Kanye West, Santigold, Pharrell Williams and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig have all made cameos in a video celebrating Barbra Streisand. The musicians appear in the clip for the track by Duck Sauce, a collaboration between Armand Van Helden and West’s DJ A-Trak.
Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch has been backed to make an appearance in Doctor Who by the series’ lead actor Matt Smith. The TV star recently admitted that he would love to see the flame-haired frontwoman make a cameo in the sci-fi series one day, reports the Press Association.
Pete Doherty has been charged with possession of cocaine following an inquiry into the death of a documentary filmmaker in London. Robin Whitehead was found dead in a Hackney flat in January after a suspected overdose, and Doherty was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs.
The XX’s Jamie Smith is set to release a solo single. ‘Far Nearer’, hit the radio on Tuesday night.
Joaquin Phoenix has admitted he had doubts while making his much talked about fake documentary I’m Still Here. There were concerns about the actor’s health following his shock announcement to quit acting to focus on his music career instead, and his subsequent interview with David Letterman in 2008 – which saw a bearded Phoenix mumble his way through the awkward interview.
Mariah Carey had to be helped up by her backing dancers after falling over onstage in Singapore on Sunday (September 26). The singer took a tumble during ‘Make It Happen’. She is said to have tripped over her $10,000 shoes.
Kings Of Leon’s Caleb Followill has admitted that all the lyrics on the band’s new album were ad-libbed. Speaking in the latest issue of Uncut magazine, the frontman said that sessions for ‘Come Around Sundown’ saw him record the ad-libbed lyrics then try to change them later – only to be vetoed by his bandmates.
Comic Jack Dee apparently almost made Jedward cry during filming for the latest series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks, because he taunted them so much. BBC bosses are now considering how much editing is needed before they can air the footage without causing offence. The new series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks starts on October 21.
US president Barack Obama has said Bob Dylan was “sceptical” about meeting and playing for him at the White House recently. Dylan performed for the president in February, at a show honouring the leaders of Civil Rights movement. Speaking to Rollingstone.com, Obama said that, while most musicians who perform for him usually ask for a meet and greet session, Dylan was nonplussed.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is set to join the cast of the Broadway musical based on their album ‘American Idiot’. The singer is to take up the role of persuasive drug dealer St Jimmy for eight performances, from Tuesday (September 28) through to October 3.
The XX are auctioning off the two ‘X’ light boxes they use on stage. Proceeds from the sale will go to the charity Amnesty International.
Daft Punk’s soundtrack to the TRON: Legacy film will be released on November 22. The French duo’s album will come ahead of the cinema release of the film, which is set to come out in the UK on December 17.
Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle’s debut solo video ‘Insatiable’ has had to be re-shot after it failed “acceptability standards” set by TV authorities. It was apparently deemed “too sexy” for TV, due to the skimpy clothing Coyle was wearing.
Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack was taken to hospital after being bitten by a lion while on tour with Ash in South Africa recently. Lissack, who is currently playing with Ash as a touring guitarist, was bitten by the lion cub when he and Ash frontman Tim Wheeler visited an animal sanctuary in Cape Town. He was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital where he had a tetanus booster.