A lot went down this week in the world of music. For some, it was one to remember: tall-hatted Catholic big-wig Pope Francis, for instance. He's talked Patti Smith into playing the Vatican’s Christmas office party, seemingly unfazed by her history of church-bashing lyrics. Does that blast open the door for a Sinead O’Connor slot at next year’s nativity blow-out?
Kasabian won't look back on the last seven days quite so fondly, though. Kicking off their UK tour in Glasgow, a "production error" led to the 40ft words "London is full of cunts" being blazed across the screen behind them. The Scottish crowd naturally erupted into applause but a statement from Serge to NME insisted the whole shebang was none of their doing. Awesome gig though.
It was a good week also for long-suffering Ride fans who, after decades of wondering if the ‘90s cult heroes would ever resurrect their eardrum-puncturing brand of searing shoegaze, finally got the news they were waiting for. A 2015 tour's been announced, with new material potentially on the horizon. Get ordering those new earplugs...
A mixed week for those involved with Band Aid. Debuted on the X Factor, the following 5 days saw some criticism for the Bob Geldof-fronted charity single, which Damon Albarn speculated was patronising towards Africans. Ghanian-British emcee Fuse ODG - originally meant to be on the song - claimed it depicted the continent all wrong. Still, it's going to be the fastest selling track of 2014.
Radiohead fans also found reason to be cheerful though - or as close to cheerful as those of us who regularly jam 'Exit Music For A Film' on repeat can get. Johnny Greenwood confirmed the Oxford crew's new album sessions had begun, describing LP9 as at the "fumbling stage".
Bono has had better weeks. Not only did Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins recently liken their latest effort to the sound of a "fart" Sinead O'Connor has also waded in. She slammed the Irish foursome's Apple album giveway as having an "almost terrorist" edge.
It was a happy week for Muse though, though they might not look too bursting-with-joy here. Matt Bellamy and co, it was announced on Tueday, will headline Saturday at Download Festival 2015, by then no doubt armed with an arsenal of new songs. Apparently they're pretty heavy. BRING IT ON, BOYS.
Bono again! It was a double-bad week for the U2 man, after he was knocked off his bike in New York, causing him to require five hours of surgery and intensive physiotherapy. This, of course, follows the door of his private jet falling off mid-flight last week. Is it just us or all this starting to sound like a Final Destination sequel?
A definite winner from the week that was: Dave Grohl and his merry band of Foo Fightin' chums. Having weighed into the Taylor Swift streaming debate with expert subtlety and nous ("I don't give a shit") he announced a new 2015 UK tour including two dates at Wembley. Support comes from Royal Blood. Is it too early to start camping outside now?
Finally, it was the story that had it all: suspense, laughter, humans in a dramatic struggle against mother nature, sharp-suited indie gloomsters... in a tale we're kicking ourselves for not dubbing "Winterpol", Interpol were caught in a snowstorm in NY state city Buffalo for over 50 hours, tweeting their despair from their marooned tour bus. Heads up fellas, only six months till summer...