This week’s news in pictures (25 October 2008)


Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and The Smiths’ Johnny Marr were among those who helped Africa Exprez kick off the 2008 BBC Electric Proms with seven hours of live music this week (October 22).
Following on from March’s concert in Liverpool, the show at London’s KOKO saw Western and African musicians collaborating together, despite only having been introduced to each other early in the evening.
Pic: PA Photos

the last shadow puppets

The Last Shadow Puppets are set to play two shows in New York and Los Angeles next week, supporting the release of an exclusive EP release.
The US-only version of ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’, an eight-song EP, came out this week (October 21) and will be released on CD on November 4. Tracks on the EP include a live version of ‘Paris Summer’ (made famous by Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra) featuring Alison Mosshart of The Kills. Pic: Dean Chalkley


My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s comic strip could be made into a film, he has revealed. The success of the first run of the singer’s superhero series ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has led to the title being optioned as part of a deal between publishers Dark Horse and Universal. Director Alfonso Cuaron has first refusal on the project, but Way told SFX that he is not getting ahead of himself.
Pic: Danny North


The CRibs

Johnny Marr is to make his debut as a university lecturer next month.
The legendary guitarist from The Smiths and now The Cribs will address students at Salford University on November 4 in a lecture entitled ‘Always On The Outside: Mavericks, Innovators and Building Your Own Ark’. Pic: Tom Oxley


Jay-Z has announced that he will host a rally in support of US presidential candidate Barack Obama in Cleveland next week. The rap star is set to perform at the free event on Wednesday (October 29), which will be hosted by NBA superstar LeBron James. Pic: PA Photos


50 Cent is set to return to acting, having landed a role in a remake of the French-language film ’13 Tzameti’. The rapper will appear alongside Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham in the movie, which is to be remaned ’13’, and will be directed by Gela Babluani.
Pic: PA Photos


Fall Out Boy played their smallest ever UK show at the London Dungeon this week (October 23).The show came just a day after the emo heroes played a triumphant set at Wembley Arena in the same city.
The first ever concert to take place at the ghoulish tourist attraction was watched by just 80 people, made up of competition winners, fan club members and selected media.



Glasvegas have announced the release plans for their Christmas Album. The record, called ‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)’, will be released as a download on December 1. The album will also be available physically in a special two-disc limited edition of their self-titled debut album on the same day.
Pic: Andrew Whitton


Pendulum have announced the location of the Halloween party they are playing a DJ set at next week. The drum’n’bass outfit will play their final DJ set of the year next Friday (October 31) at The Crossfire Halloween Massacre, but until now the venue had been kept secret.
Pic: Danny North