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The Stone Roses end speculation as 2012 reunion gigs are announced

October 18, 2011

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(L-R) Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani, Reni

The Stone Roses will indeed reunite next year – as rumoured for many days now – for two special gigs in their home city. The four original members, Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary ‘Mani’ Mountfield and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren made the announcement at today’s much-hyped press conference at The Soho Hotel in Richmond Mews, London. The gigs will take place at Heaton Park, Manchester on June 29th and 30th, 2012.

Reasons offered amongst fans for such an unlikely reformation have been wide and varied, with some believing that Ian Brown’s pending and potentially costly divorce has been a major incentive behind the comeback. Regardless of motive, the much coveted tickets are expected to sell out fast when they go on sale this Friday at 9.30am from Ticketmaster.

The gigs will also be followed by a world tour and a new album.

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Standing Here


UB40 group members left bankrupt following closure of record label

October 18, 2011

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Half of the original line-up of British reggae band UB40 have been declared bankrupt by a judge at Birmingham County Court.

Despite sales that reached 70 million worldwide, the failure of the group’s self-managed record label DEP International, as well as internal arguments over finances, led to legal proceedings last week. As a result, Brian Travers (saxophone), Terence Oswald (trumpet), Jimmy Brown (drums) and Norman Hassan (percussion) have now been listed by the Insolvency Service in the UK.

The eight-piece band formed in Birmingham back in 1978, taking their name from a document used to apply for unemployment benefit at the time. They went on to rack up three UK #1 singles, as well as two chart-toppers in the US, making them one of the most commercially successful reggae acts of all time. The rather large outfit were most famous for credible reggae covers of pop and rock standards, such as Red Red Wine and Cant’s Help Falling in Love. However, UB40 also received much critical acclaim throughout their career for their self-penned output, much of which was political in tone.

Lead singer Ali Campbell bitterly split from UB40 in 2008. Since then, Campbell has continued to record and perform as a solo artist. His fourth album Great British Love Songs was released in 2010.

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Lady Gaga reveals cover artwork for new single ‘Marry the Night’

October 18, 2011

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Lady Gaga

Only a star as big as Lady Gaga could generate such a buzz for the fifth single to be taken from an album. Following much teasing and hinting via Twitter, the fashion icon finally revealed new artwork for Marry the Night late last night.

Lady Gaga - Marry The Night

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It follows on from her latest video shoot for the track, which wrapped up in New York last week. Gaga also revealed that she was eager to “unfold all its secrets and share with you moments from my past I have yet to reveal.”

Meanwhile, the multi-layered, multi-coloured and multi-national pop star has been confirmed for an appearance in Belfast, Northern Ireland, next month for the MTV European Music Awards. Leading with six nominations, she will battle with R&B sensation Bruno Mars for the top gongs.

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Ian Brown confirms to pal The Stone Roses reunion is “happening”

October 17, 2011

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Ian Brown, lead singer of The Stone Roses

Some said that this day would never come. However, it would seem that tomorrow’s mysterious press conference is going to be all about that day.

According to Dynamo – professional magician and close ally of Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown – the much-hyped reformation is no longer speculation, but fact. Dynamo received a text from his friend – whilst partying at a London club over the weekend – in which Brown apparently professed that “we are going to rule the world again.” Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately for the Roses camp) a reporter from tabloid paper The Sun was on standby to share in the jubilation.

Meanwhile, the news of an imminent Stone Roses reunion has been met with mixed feelings by die-hard fans. Some have questioned the truth of the rumour, whilst others fear that the 2012 gigs will destroy the amazing legacy of The Stone Roses. The rest merely fear that it will be virtually impossible to get tickets for such high-profile shows, which are thought to be happening in the band’s home city of Manchester.

For many years now, The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album has been consistently cited by many – both critics and fans – to be one of the greatest of all time. The indie legends released one more album, The Second Coming, in 1994. Following many legal blows and in-band disputes, The Stone Roses split two years later.

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Ten Storey Love Song

Noel Gallagher flings another high flying dig at brother Liam

October 17, 2011

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Noel Gallagher

It would seem that when it comes to the issue of brother Liam, former Oasis songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher simply can’t stay quiet. Even a recent legal wrangle between the famously turbulent brothers has failed to keep him silent.

Speaking about his new album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the 44-year-old singer claims that one track in particular, (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine, was initially meant to be performed by his sibling for an earlier Oasis album. Speaking to the NME, he revealed that his brother and band mate “either refused to sing it or couldn’t sing it. I can’t remember which one it was.”

“I think Liam had f***ed off home to get married or something,” he later continued.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsIn past interviews, Beady Eye frontman Liam has also claimed that many tracks on Noel’s solo effort are “throwaways” from the Oasis years. Nevertheless, critics have generally reacted positively to the new album, with Q Magazine stating that “there’s ample proof that he’s remains one of the best.”

Noel Gallagher’s debut album was released worldwide today on CD/DVD, vinyl and digital download. It features two singles, The Death of You and Me and Aka… What a Life, the latter originally written by Noel for Madonna, no less.

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Aka… What a Life

The Stone Roses drummer Reni reacts to 2012 reunion gig rumours

October 16, 2011

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Conjecture was already rapidly spreading through broadband wires like wild-fire when Alan ‘Reni’ Wren finally spoke out. In a recent text disclosure to NME, the legendary drummer has responded to reports that The Stone Roses are about to reunite for two special gigs in Manchester next year.

“Not before 9T will I wear the hat 4 the Roses again,” was his rather quipped retort. Nevertheless, it has done little to stop the rumour mill from spilling into frenzied speculation. British fans are already awaiting a mystery-laden press conference this Tuesday, October 18th, which is thought to mark the official announcement of The Stone Roses reunion.

Over the past year, the remaining band members, Ian Brown, John Squire and Gary ‘Mani’ Mountfield, have also quashed any hopes of a reformation, with Squire referring to the idea as “tragic”. However, a new book about the The Stone Roses – written by Rolling Stones biographer Simon Spence – has been authorised by all four musicians and is set to be published in autumn 2012.

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Mersey Paradise (Live in Blackpool)

Elbow launch “rocket fuel” beer in hometown Manchester

October 16, 2011

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Elbow launch beer

It’s an inevitable pun, perhaps; one that music journos across the UK have had on standby ever since Bury-based band Elbow announced the release of their own beer in early summer. Hot on the heels of their warmly received and Mercury Prize nominated album build a rocket boys!, the mellow Mancunian rockers have seemingly decided that their loyal fans would much rather stink of premium ale than a premium priced perfume line.

Guy Garvey and co launched their new beverage this week, with a little help from Robinson’s Brewery, at a makeshift ‘pop-up’ pub in their hometown. Judging by their smiling faces, it would seem that their new brew certainly serves it’s purpose. A “significant percentage” of proceeds from the beer will be donated to Oxfam Famine Appeal.

In other news, Elbow have already begun work on their sixth studio album, due for release next year.

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