Archive for February, 2007

John Martyn to perform Solid Air

February 27, 2007

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Folk singer and general one legged trouble maker John Martyn has announced that he will be adding a further and final set of special concerts performing his brilliant 1973 album “Solid Air", following on from a sold-out tour of the UK last month.

Speaking about "Solid Air" in an album by album feature last year, Martyn told Uncut that “looking back, I knew at the time it was a good album. People would come down to visit and I’d play them ‘May You Never’.” This will be the last time Martyn will be playing the psych/folk masterpiece in it’s entirety. The new dates kick off at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall next month. Read over for tour dates.

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Joy Division – Transmission

February 26, 2007

One of the greatest live performances ever… by one of the finest bands to ever grace our ears. Joy Division ripsnort through a stunning rendition of Transmission. Eat that.

The Who announce extra date for European tour

February 23, 2007

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The Who have added an extra London date to their European tour.

The band have added a second night at Wembley Arena on June 27, having already announced they would play there the previous night.

The Who will play 14 countries and 28 cities including a headlining slot at Glastonbury Festival, now confirmed for Sunday June 24.

In a statement, guitarist Pete Townshend said: "If you want to catch The Who at their most effective for 20 years, come and join us."

Singer Roger Daltrey said: "It’s great to have been around this length of time and still be playing new material, having it so well received and people liking the music."

The band’s show at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium will be the first time a band have played the £25 million stadium. Read over for full tour dates…

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Tortoise to Tour North America

February 23, 2007

The genius that is Chicago’s Tortoise have announced the dates of a North American tour this summer.

The avant garde outfit will start out in Columbus, Ohio on June 14 and head to Tennessee for a stop at the Bonnaroo Festival the following day.

Hot Chip will join the Chicago band for a show at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, Kansas on June 16. They plan to wrap things up at New York’s Webster Hall on July 8. Watch this video of the incredible Salt The Skies, and then read over for tour dates.

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Tony Wilson works through Cancer

February 20, 2007

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Factory Records founder Tony Wilson may be battling kidney cancer, but that isn’t stopping him busying himself with his plans for the future, most notably, his 2007 editions of the long-running In the City music seminars in London and Manchester.

Wilson told Billboard.com that he is about to start "two weeks of evil chemotherapy" and that he’s staying positive about his prognosis. His illness has forced the postponement of a planned Perth edition of In the City later this year, which he hopes to stage in 2008.

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CSN&Y blast through Down By The River

February 20, 2007

David Crosby has cancelled a US tour with CSN counterpart Graham Nash due to ill health, although no word has been given as to what is wrong yet. To keep those of you with tickets for the soon to be rearranged shows, enjoy this clip of Down By The River in the meantime.

CSN&Y blast through Down By The River

February 20, 2007

David Crosby has cancelled a US tour with CSN counterpart Graham Nash due to ill health, although no word has been given as to what is wrong yet. To keep those of you with tickets for the soon to be rearranged shows, enjoy this clip of Down By The River in the meantime.

Two Thirds of The Jam to tour

February 19, 2007

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The Jam… well, two thirds of them… have announced that they will tour for the first time in 25 years.

Can you guess who isn’t taking part? Bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler have reformed the band for a 20-date UK tour, which starts on May 2 in the intimate Oxford Zodiac venue.

“Fans have been demanding that we play live for years,” said Buckler. “The songs mean so much to so many people.”

Foxton and Buckler have been writing new Jam material and plan to release a new studio album in the autumn. And even though original frontman Paul Weller will take no part in the shows, Foxton and Buckler are offering an olive branch. "Paul is always welcome to join us for the reunion, but until then, we’ve got a tour and a new album to do!" Foxton said.

The 20 live shows will be a mix of old and new. “We’ve decided to perform The Jam’s greatest hits – ‘Going Underground’, ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’, ‘The Eton Rifles’, ‘Town Called Malice’ plus some of my own songs,” confirmed Foxton.

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Donovan cancels UK Tour

February 19, 2007

Donovan Psychedelic folk wizard, Donovan, has had to cancel his forthcoming UK concert tour, due to take place in April.

No reason has been given for the cancellations, and ticket refunds are available from the venues or ticket providers.

A spokesperson for Donovan released this message: "We are sad to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Donovan has unfortunately had to cancel his 2007 tour – there are no plans at this time to reschedule."

Last month, in conjunction with surreal filmmaker David Lynch, Donovan performed a short series of gigs in Washington D.C, New York and Los Angeles – supporting the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

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Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime

February 19, 2007

It’s time for some choreography David Byrne style. Your task for the day is to watch the brilliant Once in a Lifetime video over and over again until you know Byrne’s bonkers dance routine. Enjoy.