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Music News: Monday 30th April 2012

Lisa Bentley



Chart History for Jessie J

Jessie J has made chart history this week. She is the first UK female artist to have six top ten hits from one album. All songs come from her debut album Who You Are. This achievement has been previously met by Take That, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.

Celebrate The Zombies

This week saw a plaque unveiled to celebrate where members of the band The Zombies originally met. The band met at The Blacksmith Arms in St Albans in 1961 and Friday saw the original band members came together to celebrate the event. The band will be heading out on tour this year and their current album Breathe Out, Breathe In is currently available to purchase.

Kylie Set For BBC Proms

It has been announced this week that Kylie Minogue will headline the BBC Proms in the Park. The arrangement of Minogue’s songs will be altered to fit in with the Proms orchestral style.

Liverpool Music Scene Honoured

The Liverpool music scene was honoured this week by the GIT 2012 awards. Sadly the same week that the city was awarded the honour one of its oldest and most revered venues closed down. This is the second music venues that the city has lost in the past year to closure, a further venue has had its license to host live music events revoked.

Bruce Springsteen Crowd Surfs

Bruce Springsteen wowed his audience at a recent gig by crowd surfing. The 63 year old headed out to the centre of the crowd during his LA show before being carried back to the stage whilst performing a medley of his songs.

Bob Dylan Honoured by the President

Bob Dylan is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom award. President Obama said the following of the honour – “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation. They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognising them with this award.”

Grimes Jewellery Range

American musician Grimes has released a new range of jewellery entitled Grimes Pussy Rings. The rings are shaped like vaginas and were made in collaboration with Montreal based designer Morgan Black.

Posthumous-Post Hologram Increase in Sales

Since Tupac’s holographic revival at this year’s Coachella festival, sales of his back catalogue have increased by 571%. This has led to an increase of alleged deceased artists performing posthumous gigs. Notably, Jackson 5 are rumoured to tour with their brother Michael Jackson who died in 2009. TLC are considering another tour with a holographic Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes who died in 2002.

Madness on Madonna Tour

Madonna’s tour has had to be pushed back by two days due to production problems. This however, will not affect her UK live dates.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? News

Does It Offend You, Yeah? have posted details of a sabbatical on their Facebook page revealing plans to focus on side projects. The band issued the following statement – “We’d just like to announce that DIOYY is now on hiatus for the foreseeable future. After five years touring the world, playing alongside some of our favourite bands and visiting some awesome countries we’ve decided to concentrate on other projects. James and Dan are working on a new EP for a purely electronic project which we’ll bring you news on soon, we’ll also keep you informed of what Chloe, Rob and Mattie are up to. We might do the odd very special gig if our schedules permit it.”

Thomas “Tommy” Marth: 23rd November 1928 – 23rd April 2012

Thomas Marth, the saxophonist who most notably played with The Killers died this week. It is believed that his death was caused by injuries sustained from a gunshot wound to the head. It is also believed that these wounds were self-inflicted. He was 33 years old.

No Return For The Smiths

Both Johnny Marr and Mike Joyce have denied rumours of a Smiths reunion. These rumours have been bandied around since Marr’s comments at this year’s NME awards saying that The Smiths would reform if the current government stepped down. However, both musicians are adamant that a reunion is not on the cards. Main vocalist of The Smiths, Morrissey has yet to deny or confirm a reunion.

Chris Etheridge: 10th February 1947 – 23rd April 2012

Chris Etheridge, guitarist with The Flying Burrito Brothers has passed away. As yet the cause of death has not been revealed. He was 65 years old.

Neil Diamond Married

Neil Diamond announced his marriage last week. The 71 year old singer tied the knot for the third time, this time to his manager Katie McNeil on Saturday 21st April. This is McNeil’s first trip up the aisle.

Barry Gibb Awakes From Coma

Barry Gibb has awakened from his coma and is said to be making a fast recovery in hospital.

Cohen and Geldof Welcome a Baby Boy

Peaches Geldoff and S.C.U.M. frontman Thomas Cohen welcome baby boy Astala this week. This is the first child for the musical couple.

Nelson and Dogg Collaborate

Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have revealed their pro-cannabis track Roll Me Up. Both Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson have been charged by the authorities for drug possession in the past. This latest collaboration is set to be a controversial number.

Live Announcements

Flux Pavilion

Tickets for Flux Pavilion’s upcoming tour are available. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

24th June – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, London

4th October – Solus, Cardiff

5th October – o2 Academy, Oxford

6th October – Pyramids, Portsmouth

8th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham

10th October – KOKO, London

12th October – Ritz, Manchester

13th October – Met Uni, Leeds

14th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

16th October – Engine Shed, Lincoln

17th October – UEA, Norwich

18th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle

20th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

John Cale

John Cale has announced details of an October tour.

3rd October – The Button Factory, Dublin

5th October – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

6th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester

7th October – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

10th October – The Junction, Cambridge

11th October – HMV Institute Library, Birmingham

13th October – Royal Festival Hall, London

Maximo Park

Maximo Park have announced three live dates in June.

6th June – Glee Club, Birmingham

7th June – Sound Control, Manchester

8th June – Heaven, London

Midnight Beast

Midnight Beast will be touring in October. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

2nd October – o2 Academy, Glasgow

3rd October – Manchester Academy, Manchester

4th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

6th October – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

7th October – Cardiff Uni Great Hall, Cardiff

8th October – Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge

10th October – Nottingham Rock City, Nottingham

11th October – Southampton Guildhall, Southampton

12th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

14th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham

15th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Morrissey will be performing a one off show in Manchester. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

28th July – Manchester Arena, Manchester


Motorhead are planning to tour in November with special guest Anthrax supporting them. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

5th November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

6th November – Apollo, Manchester

8th November – City Hall, Newcastle

9th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

11th November – Demontford Hall, Leicester

12th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

14th November – Guildhall, Portsmouth

15th November – Solent, Bournemouth

17th November – o2 Academy Brixton, London

18th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

Perfume Genius

Get down to the UK dates of Perfume Genius’s May tour.

8th May – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

9th May – The Deaf Institute, Manchester

10th May – St Pancras Old Church, London

12th May – Unitarian Church, The Great Escape, Brighton

13th May – Chapel Arts, Bath

14th May – St Pancras Old Church, London

The Proclaimers

The legendary Proclaimers are heading out on tour. Get yourself down to their shows.

16th October – Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn

17th October – Alban Arena, St Albans

18th October – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

20th October – Charter Theatre, Preston

21st October – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

22nd October – Grand Opera House, York

24th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

25th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

26th October – City Hall, Salisbury

28th October – G Live, Guildford

29th October – The Lowry, Salford

30th October – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

1st November – o2 Academy, Oxford

2nd November – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

3rd November – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

5th November – Corn Exchange, Ipswich

6th November – Town Hall, Birmingham

7th November – Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

9th November – City Hall, Newcastle

10th November – St Georges Hall, Bradford

11th November – The Sands Centre, Carlisle

14th November – Academy, Glasgow

15th November – Academy, Glasgow

17th November – Exhibition Centre, Aberdeen

19th November – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

20th November – Concert Hall, Perth

22nd November – Playhouse, Edinburgh

23rd November – Playhouse, Edinburgh


Check out S.C.U.M on their upcoming May tour.

2nd May – Caird Hall, Dundee (with The Vaccines)

3rd May – Bridlington Spa, Bridlington (with The Vaccines)

4th May – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool (with The Vaccines)

5th May – Live at Leeds Festival

7th May – The Brighton Centre, Brighton (with The Vaccines)

10th May- Great Escape Festival

26th May – The Bishopsgate Institute, London


A third ‘Spectour’ has been announced. Details below.

4th May – Sound Contol, Manchester (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

5th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds

11th May – The Great Escape, Brighton

12th May – Boiler Room, Guildford (with Gabriel Bruce + Braves)

13th May – Union Society, Cambridge (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

15th May – The Fleece, Bristol (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

16th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (with Eugene McGuinness + Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

17th May – Electric Ballroom, London (with Eugene McGuinness + Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

23rd May – Bodega, Nottingham (with Gabriel Bruce + Violet)

24th May – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (with Gabriel Bruce + Father Sculptor)

25th May – Independent, Sunderland (with Gabriel Bruce)

26th May – HMV Temple Bar, Birmingham (with Gabriel Bruce + Swim Deep)

29th May – Whelans, Dublin

30th May – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast

31st May – ABC 2, Galsgow (with Gabriel Bruce + Father Sculptor)


Spiritualized will be touring. Tour details below.

1st November – The Sage, Gateshead

2nd November – Junction, Cambridge

3rd November – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

4th November – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

5th November – Roundhouse, London

6th November – Corn Exchange, Brighton

Sweet Lights

Sweet Lights will be touring throughout May.

19th May – Union Chapel, London (Daytime Show)

19th May – Sound City Festival, Liverpool

22nd May – The Lexington, London

24th May – Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge (Free Show)

27th May – Old Queens Head, Islington, London

31st August – 2nd September – End of the Road Festival

Released This Week

Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones

Electra Heart – Marina & the Diamonds

Born Villain – Marilyn Manson

Bag of Bones – Europe

Early Takes Volume 1 – George Harrison

Radlands – Mystery Jets

Aufheben – Brian Jonestown Massacre

One Man Army – Kassidy

Adventures In Your Own Backyard – Patrick Watson

Various Cruelties – Various Cruelties

Echoes and Rhymes – The Primitives

Modern Love – Matt Nathanson