Howard Jones, the singer of Killswitch Engage has left the band. The band have issued the following statement announcing his departure:
“To our family, friends and fans: We have decided to continue on without Howard Jones as the singer of Killswitch Engage. We love Howard and are thankful for the nine years that we’ve had him in the band. Out of respect for everyone involved we will not be discussing the specific reasons behind this decision. Howard is a part of our family and always will be, and we wish him well. He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward. Most importantly, thanks to all of you for all the support throughout the years and for sticking by us for all this time. We really do appreciate it and we very much look forward to having a new record for all of you in the not too distant future that we can all be proud of. Sincerely, Adam, Joel, Mike & Justin.”
Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel and husband Deathcab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard have filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the permanent separation.
2011 saw a dramatic depletion in physical copies of albums bought in the UK. The same can be said for downloaded albums however, overall sales still managed to reach a total of 113.2 million over all. On a positive note, sales of vinyl records has rose by nearly 50% (43.7% actual total) in 2011 keeping the grand tradition of pressed vinyl going.
A recently discovered song by The Doors will be premiered on the bands Facebook page on January 9th. Check out She Smells So Nice at the following link www.facebook.com/thedoors. This comes ahead of the DVD about the band Mr Mojo’s Risin’: The Story Of L.A. Woman January 23rd.
Jason Derulo has had to cancel his upcoming tour due to a neck injury. See below for the dates that have been cancelled. Jason Derulo issued this statement:
“To all my fans who planned to come to the Future History World tour, the pain of letting you down cuts me way deeper than this injury I’ve sustained. My fans mean everything to me, so I’m praying for a speedy recovery in order to perform for you in the near future.”
23rd February – SECC, Glasgow
24th February – LG Arena, Birmingham
25th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
27th February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
28th February – International Centre, Bournemouth
1st March – Wembley Arena, London
2nd March – MEN Arena, Manchester
3rd March – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
It has been announced that Kylie Minogue’s 2001 track Can’t Get You Out Of My Head has been named the song of the decade. The track penned by Cathy Dennis was offered to other pop stars who were on trend during this period, however the pint sized pop princess took a chance on the song and made it one of her 30+ year long careers most infamous hit. Surprisingly the song won an Ivor Novello award.
Coldplay have scored the first number one of 2012. Their single Paradise took the spot from The Military Wives Choir who held the number one spot previously having scored the coveted Christmas number one for 2011.
Many a musician has announced their engagement this week. Soul singer Aretha Franklin is engaged to her partner William “Willie” Wilkerson. Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler and his 38 year old girlfriend Erin Brady are set to wed. It has been rumoured that Ricky Martin will marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella. Finally, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have announced their engagement. We wish them all good luck in their upcoming nuptials.
Underworld are due to release a collection of their hits. Twenty years in the making, the double disc release is set to include rare tracks from the band.
Punk legend Patti Smith has written a song in tribute to the late singer Amy Winehouse who died July 2011. The song is rumoured to feature on Smith’s next release.
Last week it was announced that Sinead O’Connors 16 day marriage was over. In a more recent revelation it seems the Irish singer and husband number four, Barry Herridge have decided to give the marriage a chance.
Make sure you get down to a Clement Marfo & The Frontline performances this February.
3rd February – University, Loughborough
9th February – Essex University, Colchester
11th February – The Garage, London (HMV Next Big Thing show)
17th February – University, Leeds
22nd February – HMV Library, Birmingham (MOBO tour)
23rd February – Academy, Manchester (MOBO tour)
24th February – o2 Academy, Liverpool (MOBO tour)
25th February – Garage, Glasgow (MOBO tour)
27th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle (MOBO tour)
28th February – o2 Academy, Bristol (MOBO tour)
Check out Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr on their upcoming February dates.
12th February – The Barfly, London (HMV Next Big Thing show, supported by WE//ARE//Animal)
14th February – Madame JoJo’s, London (White Heat Club)
15th February – XOYO, London (NME Club Night headlined by Band of Skulls)
16th February – The Castle, Manchester (BETA Club Night)
18th February – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Stealth vs. Rescued club night)
Check out Deer Tick on their one UK date on their European tour.
4th April – Garage, London
Canadian singer Lindi Ortega will be touring the UK later this month. Check her out.
20th January – Voodoo Room, Edinburgh
21st January – Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
22nd January – Cluny 2, Newcastle
24th January – St Bonaventures, Bristol
25th January – 12 Bar, London
26th January – Bowery, Sheffield
27th January – Cockpit 3, Leeds
28th January – Jericho Tavern, Oxford
30th January – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
31st January – Academy 3, Birmingham
1st February – Leaf, Liverpool
2nd February – Castle, Manchester
2nd March – The Borderline, London
The MOBO Tour 2012 will start in February. Make sure you get down to the gigs. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
22nd February – HMV Institute MAC, Birmingham
23rd February – Academy 3, Manchester
24th February – Academy 2, Liverpool
25th February – The Garage, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow
27th February – Academy 2, The Sage, Newcastle
28th February – Academy 2, Watershed, Bristol
29th February – Academy 2, Red Bull Studios, Islington
1st March – Waterfront, Norwich
Make sure you check out Roots Manuva on their tour. Details are below.
26th January – The Arches, Glasgow
27th January – The Ritz, Manchester
28th January – Met Uni, Leeds
30th January – HMV Institute, Birmingham
31st January – Concorde, Brighton
1st February – Waterfront, Norwich
3rd February – Anson Rooms, Bristol
4th February – The Roundhouse, London
Shinedown will be touring the UK in February. Check them out on the following dates.
8th February – Roundhouse, London
9th February – Rock City, Nottingham
10th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle
12th February – o2 Academy, Bristol
13th February – o2 Academy, Leeds
14th February – Academy 1, Manchester
16th February – o2 Academy, Glasgow
17th February – HMV Institute, Birmingham
Soap & Skin will be playing one UK date on the current tour. New mini album Narrow is due for release March 19th.
11th April – Scala, London
Theme Park are playing Madam Jojo’s on January 10th.
10th January – Madam Jojo’s, London
Check out Toddla T on his slot as main support for Major Lazer in April.
18th April – HMV The Ritz, Manchester
19th April – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
20th April – HMV Institute, Birmingham
21st April – Motion, Bristol
22nd April – ABC, Glasgow
Given To The Wild – The Maccabees
For The Good Times – The Little Willies