“We plan on spending the rest of the day jumping up and down with our hands in the air.”
That was Ian Brown’s response to news that 220,000 tickets for The Stone Roses’ comeback gigs sold out in just over an hour. Demand for tickets were so strong this morning that a third date was hastily added after the first two sold out in just 14 minutes. The gigs will take place on June 29th, 30th and July 1st, 2012.
According to the band’s Twitter account, the three shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park are the “fastest selling rock gigs in UK history.” However, Brown also reiterated this morning. via press release, that he would not be deserting his solo career.
“I hope everybody is happy to hear of the reunification of the Roses. This doesn’t mean there won’t be more solo stuff in the future. Thanks – 1 love”
The Stone Roses are expected to announce details of further gigs around Europe, including dates in Ireland and Scotland.
Can’t See Me
Former Britpop star and bum wiggler Jarvis Cocker recently admitted that he once felt crippled by his jealousy of Manchester legend Morrissey. Cocker, who formed his band Pulp in 1978 at the age of just 15, feared that the world had “no room for two northern misfits.”
Speaking to a gathering of fans at Manchester Hall recently, the much-loved singer and writer revealed his regrets over those envious feelings. “It took me a long time to get over that, and it was just petty jealousy really. Can I apologise for that?”
Despite making a successful live comeback with his old group this summer, Jarvis also insisted that he would not be recording with Pulp again. “It felt like we did ourselves justice,” he said. “For all of us, it was something we wanted to prove we could do.”
Jarvis Cocker’s first book Mother, Brother, Lover has just been published this week by Faber & Faber. He has also accepted a new commissioning role at the publishing house, which begins in January 2012.
Dr. Steven Shafer made the dramatic claim today at the ongoing trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. “A simple chin lift or the use of an instrument to move the tongue may well have been all that was needed to save his life.”
The late superstar’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was said to be distraught as she listened to the testimony of leading propofol expert Dr. Schafer at Los Angeles Superior Court.
“Michael Jackson died because he stopped breathing; that is expected when you administer intravenous sedatives. You just have to open the airways so oxygen can get through” he told the jury. Dr. Schafer also criticised Murray for not having appropriate equipment on standby that “would have saved his life.”
“Every day I am asked, ‘Are you going to give me the drug that killed Michael Jackson?'”, he later added. “I want people to know that when people are given this drug by people who know what they are doing, it is safe.”
Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial continues.
Another Part of Me (Live)
This has been a week for unlikely outcomes. Just as The Stone Roses announce a shock reunion, it would seem that former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher has been having beers with Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
As Gallagher reveals in the latest issue of Shortlist, the pair bumped into each other in London recently and decided to bury the hatchet over a few pints.
“So we’re sitting there, having a beer, just going ‘What the f*** was all that about 15 years ago? That was mental.'”
The legendary bust-up, which happened back in 1995, was largely fuelled by a record company chart war that saw both bands release singles on the same day. As a result, Oasis’ Roll With It and Blur’s Country House went head-to-head for the then-relevant Number One spot, with the latter eventually polling on top. What followed was a war of words between the two biggest bands in UK, one which was widely and regularly reported by tabloid and music media.
“Look, like I said to him..” Noel continues. “You can say that you respect someone as an artist a thousand times an it will never get reported. Buy you call someone a c*** once… y’know?”
Noel’s first post-Oasis album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds looks set to top the UK charts this week. Meanwhile, Damon Albarn also has an eventful schedule ahead thanks to the release of a new Gorillaz compilation The Singles Collection 2001-2011 in November 2008. He will also play with his other band project The Good, The Bad and The Queen at London’s Coronet on November 10th. The special one-off gig will be held in celebration of 40 years of Greenpeace.
While CD sales continue to plummet and digital download stores desperately attempt to compete with the illegal variety, the steady increase of vinyl sales in the UK has been given a slight jolt upwards this year.
To date, arty rockers Radiohead have sold 20,000 LP copies of their latest offering The King of Limbs, twice as much as it’s nearest competitor Adele. Liam Gallagher will be happy (for once) to know that Beady Eye’s debut Different Gear, Still Speeding has also been one of the most popular vinyl titles purchased this year. Likewise, Alex Turner has ample reason to celebrate with Arctic Monkeys’ Suck It and See and his solo soundtrack project, Submarine, both selling considerably well in the long-player market. So far in 2011, sales of the black stuff have come close to a quarter million, the highest since the mid-noughties and already surpassing total units shifted in 2010.
According to The Official Charts Company, the most successful year for vinyl sales was 1975, when over 90 million LPs were sold. Indeed, the vinyl revival may be veering in the right direction, but it’s still a long way off from the good ol’ days.
As is so often the case, a worldwide megastar is often misunderstood by inquisitive observers. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of Adele. The 23-year-old singer from North London reckons that her American fans mistake her as being posh.
“They think I have a very British accent, as in: “Do you know the Queen?” she recently claimed. “I just laugh at them. In England I am thought of as common as muck.”
Adele is currently the world’s biggest-selling recording act, thanks to her latest album 21 totalling ten million sales worldwide to date (and counting). Her first album 19 has also been given a significant boost since the start of the year. Despite these staggering figures, Adele recently revealed to TV chat show host Jonathan Ross that’d she’d rather hang out with her girlfriends back home than do the rounds at award shows in America. “I am pretty oblivious to everything,” she told him. “I’m not very in touch with the fame side of things. It doesn’t interest me at all.”
In other news, Adele has expressed an interest in working with Mumford & Sons. Regrettably, she has also expressed her fascination with Justin Bieber.
Well, you can take the girl out of Croydon…
Make You Feel My Love (Live on Letterman)