The Breeders ended their UK tour in style with a career-spanning set on Thursday night (April 17) playing highlights from their previous three albums ‘Pod’, ‘Last Splash’ and ‘Title TK’ as well as from new LP ‘Mountain Battles’. These included the big hits ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Divine Hammer’ and their cover of The Beatles’ ‘Happiness Is A Warm Gun’. Pic: Andy Willsher
Les Savy Fav announced this week that their first-ever live album will include covers of Nirvana’s ‘Sliver’ and the Pixies’ ‘Debaser’. It’s due to be released digitally on April 29. The record also features a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Hey Tonight’.Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Pete Doherty was moved to a segregated area of Wormwood Scubs prison this week after inmates had plotted to attack him. A prison source explained that Doherty was in the unit for his own safety, and had been strip-searched before being placed in there. Pic: PA Photos
Kasabian annouced that they are set to join Muse as special guests in Dublin’s Marlay Park on August 13. The show is Kasabian’s second confirmed date of 2008 so far, with the band set to make their sole UK festival appearance of the summer at Creamfields near Liverpool on August 24.
The Raconteurs were added to the line-up for the forthcoming Benicassim festival this week, set to take place between July 17 and 20. The bill also features Babyshambles, Death Cab For Cutie, Gnarls Barkley and Hot Chip. Pic: Stephen Berkman
It was revealed this week Madonna is set to play a gig in Dubai in November as part of her world tour. The singer looks set to receive Â£7.5million for the show. She is also in negotiations to play at a private gig while she is in Dubai, for which she will receive a Â£5 million fee. Pic: PA Photos
The Good, The Bad & The Queen haver been added to the bill of the forthcoming Love Music Hate Racism Carnival gig, on the 30th anniversary of the first one, April 27, at London’s Victoria Park. Original 1978 headliner Jerry Dammers of The Specials is also set to perform at the free event, along with The View, Patrick Wolf and Hard-Fi, among others.
It was announced that The Smashing Pumpkins will be inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk later this month. During the event, their handprints will be placed in cement alongside other honourees including Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and Brian Wilson. Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will be present at a ceremony in their honour at the Hollywood Guitar Center on April 23. Pic: PA Photos
Queen guitarist Brian May revealed that ‘We Will Rock You’, the hit musical inspired by the band, will receive a sequel. May told BBC News that the sequel was currently in the planning stage, with no dates as yet scheduled for the musical. Pic: PA Photos
Motley Crue announced the launch of the inaugural Crue Fest, which will hit 41 North American cities this summer. The veteran rockers announced that Buckcherry and Papa Roach will join them on tour across the US and Canada, kicking off on July 1 in West Palm Beach, Florida and concluding in Pittsburgh on August 31. Pic: PA Photos
Paul Weller’s collaboration with Noel Gallagher for his new record ’22 Dreams’ does not include vocal contributions from the Oasis man, Weller has revealed. "He’s playing a lot of keyboards and some bass, which is not necessarily the first thing you’d think of," explained the Modfather. Graham Coxon will also be featuring on the album. Pic: Phil Wallis
Nirvana’s record label Sub Pop will celebrate it’s 20th birthday bash with performances from Foals, Mudhoney, Iron and Wine and Flight Of The Conchords. The label will host a Seattle music festival on July 12 & 13 at King County’s Marymoor Park. Also on the bill are Beachwood Sparks, Green River, Pissed Jeans and Helio Sequence.
The Lemonheads will headline the forthcoming Truck Festival, set to take place in Steventon on July 19 and 20, performing their classic 1992 album, ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’, in its entirety during the show. The band have joined the line-up which already includes Noah and The Whale, Maps, These New Puritans and Camera Obscura.
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Iggy and the Stooges were announced to be headlining Get Loaded In The Park this week. The Clapham Common event in London takes place on August 24. The band will be following previous headliners such as Babyshambles and Happy Mondays. Pic: Andrew Kendall
Sir Paul McCartney’s forthcoming gig at Liverpool FC’s stadium Anfield was recently under threat of cancellation, it emerged this week. Liverpool City Council had to give McCartney Productions Limited Â£1.7 million to prevent the cancellation. The gig is being staged as part of Liverpool’s year of being European Capital Of Culture. Pic: PA Photos
Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones is set to be presented with the Inspiration Award at the first ever NME Awards USA in Los Angeles on April 23. Jones will perform at the event with his band, Carbon/Silicon. Pic: Andy Willsher
Elbow played a sold-out show at the Brixton Academy in London on Tuesday night (April 15), with Richard Hawley joining the band to play two songs, ‘Grace Under Pressure’ and ‘The Fix’. Frontman Garvey led his band through a set comprising of songs from Elbow’s recent album, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, as well as older classics. Hawley told NME.COM: "I love playing with Elbow – I’ve been into them for ages. They’re like the blokes you can go down the pub with, aren’t they? Except I do get to go down the pub with them!"
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Jay-Z is to headline the Danish Roskilde festival on the beside Neil Young and Radiohead. Event organiser Rikke Axner has spoken out about about the fest, saying it’s "probably easier for UK fans to get to" than Glastonbury. This is on top of Jay-Z’s plans for a UK tour in July which sees him in performing five cities including Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow.
Glasvegas were added to the Liverpool Sound City line-up this week, alongside the likes of Mystery Jets, The Metros and Twisted Wheel. The Club NME events take place on the 27th and the 29th of May at the Barfly and the Korova. Pic: James Quinton
Kate Nash kicked off the first-ever US NME Awards tour in Atlanta, Georgia this week, with a set full of new tracks including ‘Model Behaviour’, ‘Paris’, ‘Pickpocket’ and ‘I Hate Seagulls’. Pic: Retna