This week’s news in pictures (18 April 2009)


Bob Dylan has said he thinks The Rolling Stones aren’t “real” enough without original bassist Bill Wyman in the band. In an interview with MTV producer Bill Flanagan to promote his new album ‘Together Through Life’, Dylan said he regards The Rolling Stones as a mere “funk band” without Wyman on board. Pic: PA Photos

Chile Festival

Carlos Santana and Pussycat Dolls are set to play live at the Silverstone motor racing venue as part of the Silverstone Classic event taking place in July. The girl group will play live at the home of British motor racing on July 24, with Santana playing a day later (July 25). Pic: PA Photos

ABACA.47845-5 Blur Play Washington

Blur have exclusively revealed to NME.COM the band who will be joining them at their reformation shows in Hyde Park this summer. The band play two giant gigs in London (July 2 and 3) and have hand-picked the bands who will play ahead of them, ensuring that each night will be unique. Foals, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires, Vampire Weekend and Florence And The Machine are among the lucky few. Pic: PA Photos


Rod Smallwood quits troubled music group Sanctuary

Iron Maiden are set to release their tour documentary, ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666’, on Blu-Ray and DVD on May 25. The film documents the band during last year’s ‘Somewhere Back In Time’ world tour, and was directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. The second disc in the set features live concert footage taken at 16 different gigs on the tour. Pic: PA Photos

Michael Jackson Press Conference – The 02 Arena

Michael Jackson has successfully halted an auction in which around 1,400 of his personal items had been set to go under the hammer. The items had been housed in the singer’s Neverland ranch in California, which he had sold part-ownership of last year due to financial difficulties. Pic: PA Photos

BRIT Awards 2009 – Show – London

The Killers have added new dates to their tour of the US, with gigs tacked on in Elizabeth, IN, Sacramento, CA and Boise, ID. The band are currently on the road in America. Pic: PA Photos


Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode and Placebo will play headline slots at the Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain this July. Babyshambles, The Ting Tings, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Editors and Supergrass have also been signed up to play at the
bash, which takes place on July 9-11. Pic: Jo McCaughey


Keep a Child Alive Black Ball

Justin Timberlake is set to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis. Rappers Lupe Fiasco and Kenna will also climb the mountain. The mission has a special meaning for Kenna as he told Elle that his
father almost died after contracting a waterborne disease as a child. Pic: PA Photos

Camp Bestival – Dorset

The Flaming Lips are set to headline a show to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday (April 19) in Washington DC. The band will perform with Los Lobos and more on The National Mall in partnership with Green Apple Festival Day, and the entire event is free. Pic: PA Photos

Kasabian – Royal Albert Hall – London

Kasabian, The Enemy and Madness have joined the line-up for next week’s (April 24-25) Camden Crawl in London. The additions complete the line-up for this year’s bash, which takes place across various venues in the Camden borough on April 24-26. Pic: PA Photos

Tom Waits

Tom Waits will release a live seven-inch single on Saturday (April 18) to mark Record Store Day. The release will feature live versions of the songs ‘Lucinda’ and ‘Ain’t Going Down The Well’ recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in July last
year. The B-side will be a live version of ‘Bottom Of The World’, recorded live at the Edinburgh Playhouse, a gig which also took place in July 2008. Pic: PA Photos


Beyonce performs at General Motors Place, Vancouver, Canada

Beyonce will play a free concert at the London O2 Arena on November 15, giving away 13,000 tickets to fans via chewing gum company Trident. To win tickets to the gig, fans simply have to buy packets of Trident gum and enter the last four digits of
the barcode into a weekly draw at Exactly 1,000 tickets for the gig will be given away every week. Pic: PA Photos

Dubai Desert Rock Festival

Slash has completed the recording of four songs for his forthcoming solo album, he has revealed. The former Guns N’ Roses man has been recording the album with former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney and former Nine Inch Nails drummer Josh Freese.


Pennsylvania rapper Asher Roth has announced details of his first UK gig. He’ll play The Tabernacle club in London on May 7, four days before releasing debut single ‘I Love College’. Tickets for the gig, which will feature Roth backed by his live band, are now on sale. Head to NME.COM/gigs to check availability. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem


The Horrors, The Twang, VV Brown and The Temper Trap have been added to the line-up of the T In The Park festival for 2009. Tommy Reilly and Will + The People have also joined the bill for the event, which is set to take place on July 10-12
near Kinross in Scotland and will be headlined by Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Blur and Snow Patrol. Pic: Dean Chalkley

Jarvis in concert – London

Jarvis Cocker played his first ever acoustic headline slot in Manchester this week (April 16) to help raise money for a local children’s hospital. Playing city’s Royal Northern College Of Music the ex-Pulp man played a mix of covers, old songs and three new tracks from his upcoming second solo album, ‘Further Complications’. Pic: PA Photos