This week’s news in pictures (23 May 2009)

Morrissey marks 50th birthday with home city gig

Morrissey has rescheduled the two dates he was forced to cancel due to illness last week (beginning May 11) and announced details of four further UK live dates.The former Smiths frontman had to cancel shows in London and Birmingham after being struck down by a throat illness, but the dates have now been put back on as part of a UK tour in October. Pic: PA Photos

Fashion Rocks 2008 – Arrivals – New York

Justin Timberlake narrated a NBA documentary which aired on ESPN this week (May 21). The singer, who is a massive fan of basketball, lent his voice to the TV special, which focuses on NBA heroes Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Pic: PA Photos

51st Annual Grammy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has declared that being sued for alleged plagiarism has inspired him to become a better songwriter. The band have been sued by guitarist Joe Satriani, who is claiming that their song ‘Viva La Vida’ rips off his 2004 song ‘If I Could Fly’. However, Martin has said he has harnessed the experience to better himself. Pic: PA Photos


Music Coachella

Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem and Hercules And Love Affair joined forces to play a DJ set at a prom-themed benefit in New York last night (May 21). The event, entitled ‘The Prom You Were Promised’, took place at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg and will benefit 826NYC, a nonprofit organisation “dedicated to supporting students ages six to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write”. Pic: PA Photos

The 54th Ivor Novello Awards – London

Elbow were double winners at this week’s (May 20) Ivor Novello Awards, with The Ting Tings also picking up a major prize.The ceremony, which celebrates British songwriting, took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Adding to their already impressive cache of awards, Elbow won the Best Contemporary Song for their track ‘Grounds For Divorce’. Their song ‘One Day Like This’ beat off competition from The Last Shadow Puppets to be named Best Song Musically And Lyrically. Pic: PA Photos

FOTL 2.0.indd

Future Of The Left are offering their album to fans as an official download following it leaking online.’Travels With Myself And Another’, the Welsh trio’s second album, was due for release on June 22, but leaked at the end of April.To counter illegal downloaders, the trio are offering those who pre-order the album a unique code allowing them to download an mp3 version of the album immediately, then a physical copy a week prior to release. Pic: Tim Cochrane


Oasis have announced that they will play live at the London Roundhouse in July. The Manchester legends played at the venue last October as part of the BBC Electric Proms gig series. This time they will be playing, on July 21, as part of the iTunes Live gig series, which sees a show a night take place at the venue throughout the month. Pic: Dean Chalkley


CORRECTION Music Green Day

Green Day have explained their decision not to censor their album at the request of US chain store Wal-Mart, which resulted in the store refusing to stock ’21st Century Breakdown’. “They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there,” singer Bille Joe Armstrong said. “We just said no. We’ve never done it before. You feel like you’re in 1953 or something.” Pic: PA Photos


Franz Ferdinand will release a new single to coincide with their summer festival appearances in the UK. ‘Can’t Stop Feeling’, the third single lifted from the band’s current album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, will come backed with the band’s cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ as a B-side.

ABACA.47845-5 Blur Play Washington

Blur are set to release a new compilation to coincide with their summer comeback shows. The double CD, ‘Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur’, is released on June 15, and features 25 tracks. Apparently it has been aimed at those who missed the band first time around, before their recent reformation, with a statement explaining that “the collection has been designed as an introduction for those who might have missed out on Blur’s prolific recording career”.  Pic: PA Photos


Three members of The Libertines reunited last weekend (May 16) to play live together for the first time since they split in 2004. Singer/guitarists Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were joined by drummer Gary Powell onstage at the London Rhythm Factory for a tribute gig to the late Johnny Sedassy, who used to put on gigs by the band, plus those by Doherty’s current band Babyshambles and his solo shows. You can watch footage from the gig at NME.COM/gigs now. Pic: James Quinton


Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have premiered snippets from two new songs set for inclusion on their forthcoming third album in a new online video on YouTube. The snippets of the tracks arrive in the latest of drummer Matt Helders’ video diaries, coming in the form of footage of the Sheffield band during recording sessions for the album. Pic: Tom Oxley

Juliette Lewis and The New Romantiques gig – London

Juliette Lewis has announced details of a series of live UK dates for October. The actress-turned-rocker will play shows in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Portsmouth – plus an appearance at the Bristol Lazarette Festival on October 24. Pic: PA Photos

The Strokes studio shoot – Washington

The Strokes’ Fab Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture are set to reunite on stage in New York on Thursday (May 21) for a tribute concert to Bob Dylan.The pair are part of a host of musicians set to play live at the Mercury Lounge venue for the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash event, which will also feature Jesse Malin, Adam Green and members of Fountains Of Wayne.Pic: PA Photos