This week’s news in pictures (25 April 2009)


Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the opening night of their UK tour this week (April 22) at the Manchester Academy – only their third gig supporting new album ‘It’s Blitz!’. Wearing a pink scarf over her head which shone up fluorescently to show a spiral pattern over her face, singer Karen O stalked the stage during opener ‘Heads Will Roll, setting the tone for a raucous set, which included a cover of The Cramps’ ‘Human Fly’. Pic: Danny North


The Horrors have made their forthcoming new album, ‘Primary Colours’, available to listen to for free exclusively on NME.COM.To hear the album, set for release on May 4, head to NME.COM/artists/the-horrors. Plus, you can watch video footage from the band’s recent NME cover shoot at NME.COM/video.

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A judge has refused a bid by Lil’ Wayne to control the content of a documentary about him. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael S. Mink denied Wayne’s request for a preliminary injunction against QD3 Enertainment’s documentary ‘The Carter’. The film was an official selection at Sundance, reports Variety, and now QD3 can go ahead and look for distribution of the movie. Pic: PA Photos



Dizzee Rascal has announced details of an autumn UK tour. The rapper will hit the road in October, after releasing new album ‘Tongue N Cheek’, which is scheduled to come out in September.The star has also confirmed to NME.COM that he will be playing the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.To check the availability of Dizzee Rascal tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now. Pic: Andy Fallon


Gallows have spoken about how they recorded the sound of a pig being slaughtered while making new album ‘Grey Britain’. In an exclusive video interview with NME.COM, which you can watch at NME.COM/video now, the band explained that they didn’t want to use any fake samples on the album – so set about recording everything properly. Pic: Tim Cochrane

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Juliette Lewis has described her new album as “heaven in a vat of lava that’s about to explode” and says the album is an attempt to “pour her sonic soul out”on record. “I feel like this record came out of contrast of emotions,” the actress/musician told NME.COM. “Disillusionment, joy and pain, the contrast of sound… heaven and earth, really groovy big-bottom bass and drums and then very atmospheric mercurial guitars.I was trying to get my sonic soul poured out on record. It’s like heaven in a vat of lava that’s about to explode.” Pic: Tom Oxley

Grammy Awards Show

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn welcomed their second child into the world this weekend. Daughter Harper Willow Grohl was born April 17, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces. In a statement released yesterday, Grohl said that his new daughter, who is reportedly named after his late uncle, is “loud as hell.” Pic: PA Photos



The Kills’ Alison Mosshart was rushed to hospital this week (April 22) during a performance in Boulder, Colorado.The singer, who has also been collaborating with Jack White on their new project The Dead Weather, was reportedly suffering
from a combination of a cold and altitude sickness, which left her short of breath and caused her to cut short the band’s performance at the Fox Theatre, according to a statement released by her publicist. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Elton John played his final show on the Las Vegas Strip this week (April 22) after a five-year run at the famed Caesars Palace hotel and casino. The veteran singer performed an emotional finale laden with hits including ‘Candle In The Wind,’
‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’. Pic: PA Photos

Pete Doherty live – London

Pete Doherty Proud Galleries London

Pete Doherty was joined by Blur’s Graham Coxon this week (April 22) for an intimate acoustic show in London’s Proud Gallery.The star played a set including songs from his Libertines, Babyshambles and solo back catalogue. Starting the gig
solo, Doherty was later joined by Coxon for renditions of ‘Arcadie’, ‘Salome’ and then later for set-closer ‘Time For Heroes’. Pic: PA Photos


Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was less than impressed with his brother’s debut as a radio DJ. Noel Gallagher made his first appearance as a co-host on TalkSPORT with comedian Russell Brand at the weekend. Previously the star had been an occasional guest on Brand’s Radio 2 show. However posting on Twitter this week (April 20) the singer joked about the pair’s new show.”Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand, fucking hell…what a pair of old housewives,” Liam Gallagher wrote. Pic: Dean Chalkley


Music – Reading Festival

An official DVD release of Nirvana’s seminal performance at the 1992 Reading Festival is set to follow the release of a bootleg version. Record label Universal Music will release ‘Live At Reading’ in November, which has been officially sanctioned by the remaining members of the band.

Isle of Wight Festival 2007

Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale has revealed details of his band’s forthcoming album to NME.COM. After parting ways with his original bandmates last year (citing “longstanding frictions” as the cause), Stockdale has recruited three new members who have been laying down tracks at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles.


Motley Crue are slated to make a special guest appearance on US television programme ‘Bones’ on May 14.The veteran rockers will perform their hit song ‘Dr Feelgood’ on the season finale of the popular Fox TV forensic police show, which airs at 8pm EST/PST. Pic: PA Photos


The Specials began their reunion tour this week (April 22) at the Newcastle Academy, playing hits from throughout their career. Terry Hall and the band kicked off their sold-out show with ‘Do The Dog’ from 1979’s debut album ‘Specials’, then
went on to play classics including ‘A Message To You Rudy’, ‘Hey Little Rich Girl’, ‘Rat Race’ and 1981 UK Number One single ‘Ghost Town’. Pic: PA Photos