This week’s music news in photos (07/12/12)


Coldplay’s Chris Martin plans to pimp out bassist Guy Berryman to make £1 million for charity. This week the group auctioned three original pieces of artwork from latest album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ in aid of Kids Company – a charity who help vulnerable inner-city children. Martin said the band could raise more money by auctioning off a romantic evening with Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman


Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson has revealed that he has quit the band. The drummer, who also co-wrote all of the band’s songs, revealed the news via Twitter. He wrote: “I can confirm I have left Kaiser Chiefs after 15 spectacular years. I’m moving on. I wish the rest of the band the very best!”


Green Day are streaming their new album ‘¡Tre!’ exclusively on NME.COM. The iconic pop punkers don’t release the album formally until Monday December 10 in the UK, but you can hear the record in full now.



The Rolling Stones played the second of two shows at London’s O2 Arena in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary. As per their show the previous Sunday, this was to be a hit-packed, guest-filled evening, with the return of Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor plus first-time guests Eric Clapton and Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine.


Noel Gallagher revealed that he wanted Lily Allen and Metallica on the bill for next year’s Concerts For Teenage Cancer Trust. Gallagher is curating next year’s charity concert series, standing in for the usual organiser, Roger Daltrey of The Who. At a press conference in London, Gallagher announced that Kasabian, Primal Scream and Ryan Adams have all signed up to perform.


Fleetwood Mac have revealed that they are hoping to release two new songs ahead of their comeback live shows in 2013. The band, who revealed a string of US tour dates for April and May next year, said in a new interview with Billboard that the band will release a pair of songs.


He may be one of the most famous rappers on the planet, but Jay-Z still had to explain who he was to an older lady while catching the subway to one of his New York gigs – in a moment captured in his new documentary.



Led Zeppelin were honoured at the White House by Barack Obama for their contribution to America culture and the arts. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were among a group of artists who received Kennedy Centre Honours. “When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming,” Obama said.


Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has put his Californian beach home on the market for a cool $1.9million (£1.06million). The singer, who was admitted to rehab in October after smashing his guitar in a furious onstage rant prompted by organisers of a US festival trying to cut short the band’s set, bought the property in 2006 for $1.7 million, reports The Real Estalker.


Thom Yorke has confirmed details of Atoms For Peace’s debut album ‘Amok’, which is set for release on February 25. Atoms For Peace are the Radiohead frontman’s side project with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, super-producer Nigel Godrich and percussionist Mauro Refosco.


The Killers have unveiled their seventh annual Christmas song. The song, titled ‘I Feel It In My Bones’, is available exclusively via iTunes from Tuesday, December 4 and all proceeds from sales will be donated to Global Aids charity (RED).



Paul McCartney has called upon those involved in the current climate change conference to consider introducing a ‘Meat Free Monday’ initiative. The Beatles legend has written two letters to figures involved in the Conference of the Parties’ discussions, which are taking place in Doha, Quatar, asking them to take account of livestock production and the impact it can have on climate change.


Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have spoken about their working relationship, revealing that they are somewhere between brothers and a married couple. In a new interview with Esquire, Richards says that he often “despises” his Rolling Stones bandmate but that ultimately he loves him like family.


Tickets for all of the one-off NME Awards shows in London next year are now onsale. The Cribs, Everything Everything and Hurts are amongst the acts confirmed to play one-off London gigs as part of the 2013 NME Awards Shows with The Cribs headlining O2 Academy Brixton on February 22, 2013.


Lady Gaga has revealed that she’s written 50 songs for her forthcoming new album ‘ARTPOP’. The ‘Born This Way’ singer will release her fourth album next year and, in a conversation with fans on Twitter, said she had a wealth of new material that could end up on the LP – although she hadn’t decided yet which songs would make the final tracklisting.


Pete Doherty’s film ‘Confession Of A Child Of The Century’ premiered in London’s Leicester Square – although he didn’t show up to the screening. The Libertines man had been scheduled to do the press run for the film then watch the screening, but pulled out of attending in the afternoon.


The Specials have announced plans for a 10-date tour of the UK next year. The ska legends will play throughout May 2013, kicking off the run of dates at Glasgow Barrowland on May 10. They will visit Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and more, finishing up at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on May 28.


Noel Gallagher has revealed that he hopes to perform with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon when the Blur pair support him at a Teenage Cancer Trust concert next year.


Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has apparently teamed up with his old band to help out with their forthcoming new album. Oliveri was fired from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004 after allegations of domestic violence.


Palma Violets’ Chili Jesson spoke to NME about his band’s single ‘Best Of Friends’ being named number one in NME’s Best Tracks of 2012. He said: “That’s amazing, that’s fucking cool. It’s such a rough, raw song. We wrote it one day and recorded it the next, so it was all pretty quick. That song is at its freshest point. Every note we’re hitting, like, no one really knows what they’re playing.”