Archive for March, 2007

Ghost to tour UK

March 31, 2007

Ghost, legends in the new psych rock scene are to make some rare appearances in the UK in May, their first in three years.

Following on from the release of their acclaimed ninth album, "In Stormy Nights," the Drag City recording artists are proud to confirm three UK dates around their All Tomorrow’s Parties shows in Minehead.

Ghost, will bring guitars, flutes, vibraphones, theremins, analog synths, and will create a unique mind frying array of folk, improvisations and avant-garde constructions to the stage.

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Arise ‘Sir’ Bono

March 31, 2007

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Slippery U2 front man (and general goodwill campaigner) Bono has been awarded an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin.

Accompanied by band members The Edge and Adam Clayton, as well as his wife and children, the singer received the honour from British Ambassador David Reddaway.

Because the singer, 46, is Irish, technically he will not be able to call himself a ‘Sir’ – a source of jokes at the small gathering. Bono quipped "You have permission to call me anything you want except Sir." Alternatives he suggested were "Lord of lords, your demi-godness."

Bono’s official new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) and he said that accepting it would make it easier to campaign about Third World Debt with politicians around the world.

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Arise ‘Sir’ Bono

March 31, 2007

Bono
Slippery U2 front man (and general goodwill campaigner) Bono has been awarded an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin.

Accompanied by band members The Edge and Adam Clayton, as well as his wife and children, the singer received the honour from British Ambassador David Reddaway.

Because the singer, 46, is Irish, technically he will not be able to call himself a ‘Sir’ – a source of jokes at the small gathering. Bono quipped "You have permission to call me anything you want except Sir." Alternatives he suggested were "Lord of lords, your demi-godness."

Bono’s official new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) and he said that accepting it would make it easier to campaign about Third World Debt with politicians around the world.

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Echo and the Bunnymen to play at free festival

March 29, 2007

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Echo & The Bunnymen are one of the acts lined to play the
Freevolution free music event this May, as part of Newcastle’s
Evolution music season. The all dayer at Newcastle Gateshead Quayside on May 28 will be
headlined by homecoming heroes Maximo Park. The Bank Holiday event will
host 15 acts playing across two stages and will also see performances
by Larrikin Love, Joe Jackson and Hot Club De Paris on the Spillers
Stage.

Radio Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco and Calvin Harris all play the second, Baltic stage. The Evolution festival, now in it’s sixth year runs from May 20-28,
with gigs and music seminars across Newcastle Gateshead, with many of
the events running for free.

The nine-day urban festival features over 20 indoor gigs in six venues
across the city and culminates with the ever popular massive free
outdoor event Freevolution.

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13th Floor Elevators ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’

March 28, 2007

With news that Roky Erikson has just completed a rousing comeback at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, it’s worth looking back at his most famous moment with the stunning 13th Floor Elevators. Here he is with the jaw breaking ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’.

13th Floor Elevators ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’

March 28, 2007

With news that Roky Erikson has just completed a rousing comeback at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, it’s worth looking back at his most famous moment with the stunning 13th Floor Elevators. Here he is with the jaw breaking ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’.

Tate to hold Brian Wilson exhibition

March 28, 2007

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An exhibition exploring the life and music of Brian Wilson in the 60s is to open at the Tate Gallery in St Ives in May.

The exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, installations and photo films that explores the brilliant mind which drove The Beach Boys into weird and often wonderful places from 1962 and 1967.

The loosely chronological exhibits also helps to explore recent art development through the works of the thirty-one Southern Californian artists who help unravel a new perspective of Wilson’s cultural achievements.

Tate St Ives is the perfect setting for the Beach Boys’ exhibition – it’s placed by Porthmeor Beach, ‘a glorious stretch of sand where surf is usually up.’

"If Everybody had an Ocean: Brian Wilson: An Art Exhibition" takes place from May 26 to September 23.

Mushroom by Can

March 26, 2007

Can, along with Kraftwerk, pioneered the wonderful and weird abstract sounds of Krautrock. Fusing psychedelia with wiry electronics, Krautrock paved the way for thousands of people drawn to the pulsebeat of bips and bops. One of Can’s finest moments was the wonderful Mushroom from Tago Mago. Enjoy.

Smokey Robinson to tour UK

March 25, 2007

SmokeyIf Bob Dylan says that you’re the world’s greatest living poet, then you know you’re doing something right. Well, Smokey Robinson, who has been doing it right since time began is about to embark on a tour of the UK which will see Motown’s leading man bringing his funk and soul to our shores for the first time in years.

The tour starts June 27th at London Royal Albert Hall
with tickets on sale  now. This is Smokey’s first time in the UK for over 10 years and this tour will see Smokey
showcase a treasure trove of his own classics, from Shop Around, through to his most popular and enduring tracks,
The Tears Of A Clown and The Tracks Of My Tears. Last year Smokey was honoured at the Q Awards with an Outstanding
Contribution To Music Award, so it will be worth catching this rare opportunity to see a living legend. Read over for tour dates and info on how to get tickets.

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Stones to headline Isle of Wight

March 25, 2007

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The greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world are back and are all set to return to the stadiums and arenas of Europe this summer. Kicking off on June 5 in Werchter, Belgium, The Rolling Stones ‘A Bigger Bang’ 2007 Tour will play over 20 shows across Europe.

The Rolling Stones today confirmed shows in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Norway, Portugal & Ukraine. Go to http://www.rollingstones.com for a list of tour dates and ticket sale dates. The band will be making history on this tour by headlining their very first UK festival, the legendary Isle of Wight Festival, on Sunday June 10 as well as playing St. Petersburg, Russia and shows in Serbia & Ukraine for the first time ever.

The Rolling Stones ‘A Bigger Bang’ 2006 World Tour has seen the old gits getting decent reviews so well worth checking out. For more info on the festival date, go to www.isleofwightfestival.com.