Don’t Expect Any Further New Music From David Bowie, Says Biographer
David Bowie: StarmanIt’s now been eight years since David Bowie has issued a new album (2003′s Reality) and that may be the singer’s swan song, at least according to Paul Trynka, writer of the biography Starman.
Trynka recently told Spinner “My heart says he’ll come back, [but] my head says he’s likely not to. I think he would only come back if he thinks he could deliver something that will be seismic. If you pop back into the stage, it’s got to be something that has a big explosion and lots of flashes. It would be a bit of a miracle if he comes back, but miracles do happen.”
There’s also doubt about Bowie ever touring again as he hasn’t performed live in five years and on tour since 2004 when he cancelled the balance of his then current trek after having to undergo heart surgery.
In all, Bowie has released 23 studio albums over a period of 36 years.
As the lead singer of the Smiths, arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the ’80s, Morrissey’s theatrical crooning and literate, poetic lyrics — filled with romantic angst, social alienation, and cutting wit — connected powerfully with a legion of similarly sensitive, disaffected youth. These fans turned The Smiths into stars in Britain, exerting tremendous pull over much of the country’s guitar-based music for many years after their breakup, and even if the group remained underground cult artists in the States, they had a fanbase that slowly, steadily grew larger over the years. Indeed, a few years after The Smiths’s breakup in 1987, Morrissey’s American cult had grown to the point where he became more popular in the U.S. than in his homeland, where he neverthless was never far from the music press headlines. After a quiet period around the turn of the millennium, Morrissey launched a comeback in 2004 with You Are the Quarry, an album whose success proved that he remained one of the most beloved figures in alternative rock.
Stephen Patrick Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, in Manchester, England; not surprisingly a shy, awkward youth, he became obsessed with music and film as a teenager and devoted his writing talents to penning a New York Dolls fanzine (he was the president of their U.K. fan club), as well as a tribute to James Dean and numerous opinionated letters to the weekly music paper Melody Maker. During the explosion of punk in the late ’70s, Morrissey unsuccessfully auditioned for Slaughter & the Dogs and sang for a brief period with a band called the Nosebleeds. He met guitarist Johnny Marr in 1982 and the two began writing songs together, forging one of the most productive partnerships British pop had seen in quite some time. The Smiths’ 1983 debut single, “Hand in Glove,” a love song filled with oblique references to homosexuality, made them an underground sensation in the U.K. and as Morrissey attracted more attention, he demonstrated a flair for manipulating the media. His interviews were filled with blunt, unpredictable opinions and intentionally outrageous statements and his notoriety wasn’t hurt by his stage presence (he performed wearing a hearing aid with flowers sticking out of his back pockets) or his self-proclaimed celibacy in the wake of much speculation about his sexuality.
Possessed of a darkly cynical bent as a lyricist, he was often misinterpreted as advocating some of the more disturbing things he sang about, which only added to the furor surrounding the band. The Smiths’ eponymous 1984 debut was a smash in the U.K. and in its wake, Morrissey began promoting his political views, heavily criticizing Margaret Thatcher, and advocating vegetarianism (hence the title of the follow-up LP, Meat Is Murder). The Queen Is Dead (1986) was acclaimed as a masterpiece, but friction between Morrissey and Marr was growing. Marr departed after 1987′s Strangeways, Here We Come and Morrissey broke up the rest of the band to begin a solo career.
Feeling betrayed by Marr’s defection, Morrissey channeled his frustration into creating new material with producer Stephen Street. His first two solo singles, “Suedehead” and the gorgeous “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” were significant British hits in 1988 and his first album, Viva Hate (its title a reference to the Smiths’ breakup), was commercially and critically well received. He released several more high-quality singles, including “The Last of the International Playboys” and “Interesting Drug,” but spent an inordinate amount of time laboring on the follow-up album, issuing the stopgap compilation Bona Drag in 1990. In the meantime, the Madchester fad was sweeping British indie music and when the lackluster Kill Uncle was finally released in 1991, it only magnified the disappointment. U.K. reviewers took Morrissey to task, suggesting that the record marked the end of his glory days and that he would never be able to match the songs he’d written in tandem with Marr.
A misperceived flirtation with British nationalism (not helped by a couple of seemingly racial caricatures in recent songs) tarnished his image even more in the U.K. press during 1992, this coming amid even more frequent reports of feuds with his managers, business associates, and ex-bandmates. All the controversy overshadowed the fact that 1992′s Mick Ronson-produced Your Arsenal was a smashing return to form; Morrissey used his new guitar tandem of Alain Whyte (who co-wrote much of the material) and Boz Boorer (formerly of rockabilly revivalists the Polecats) to full advantage in crafting a crunchy, glammed-up record. It easily ranked as the hardest-rocking of his career. Meanwhile, over in the U.S., tickets for his upcoming tour were selling like hotcakes and he managed to sell out L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl even faster than the Beatles had.
His confidence renewed by his American success (to the point where he permanently moved to Los Angeles), Morrissey delivered an equally strong follow-up in 1994′s calmer Vauxhall and I, which even got him his first Top 50 singles chart entry in the U.S. with the MTV-supported “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get.” A hit-and-miss compilation, The World of Morrissey, followed in 1995, after which he switched labels (from Sire to RCA) for the first time since the Smiths’ debut album. Also issued in 1995 was the prog rock-informed Southpaw Grammar, which confounded many and perhaps prevented him from expanding his American audience past a now-sizable group of longtime listeners. In 1996, he moved to another new label, this time Island, and released Maladjusted the following year. It failed to sell well outside of his most fanatical followers and his relationship with Island ended in 1998.
In the years that followed, Morrissey remained a massively popular touring attraction on the strength of his singular identity, despite the fact that he had yet to land another record deal. Finally, he signed his Attack label to Sanctuary, and released his first studio album in seven years, 2004′s You Are the Quarry featuring production by Jerry Finn (blink-182, Sum 41, and Green Day). The album’s lead-off single “Irish Blood, English Heart” garnered considerable press attention, radio and music television attention and helped establish a comeback-of-sorts for Morrissey. The concert recording Live at Earls Court followed one year later as did the DVD concert Who Put the “M” in Manchester? which even saw a brief theatrical release. His second full-length for Sanctuary, Ringleader of the Tormentors was produced by Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie) and released in spring 2006. Recorded in Rome, the album also featured some orchestration by famed composer Ennio Morricone. Around this time, Morrissey’s longtime guitarist and writing partner Alain Whyte left the band. Although Whyte continued to contribute songs for Morrissey he was largely replaced on album and in live shows by guitarist Jesse Tobias. In 2009, Morrissey released Years of Refusal his third album with the Attack imprint and his first under Decca after label changes found Sanctuary being absorbed into the Universal Music Group (which owned Decca). Produced by Quarry’s Finn and once again showcasing guitarist Tobias, Years of Refusal found Morrissey going for a more stripped down, back-to-basics rock approach. Sadly, Finn suffered a cerebral hemorrhage just after wrapping production on Years of Refusal. He fell into a coma and died just over a month later on August 21, 2008. Although a tragic way to prepare for an album launch, Years of Refusal was largely hailed as Morrissey’s best album in years. Morrissey UK dates announced for June 2011. Morrissey has announced a new UK Tour for 2011 and will be coming to the following venues:
Wed 15 Jun – Perth City Hall
Fri 17 Jun ‘ Inverness Ironworks
Sat 18 Jun ‘ Dunoon Queens Hall
Mon 20 Jun ‘ Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre
Tue 21 Jun ‘ Hawick Town Hall
Fri 24 Jun – Grimsby Auditorium
Sat 25 Jun – York Barbican Centre
Mon 27 Jun – Bradford St Georges Hall
Thu 30 Jun ‘ Plymouth Pavilions
Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance tells Absolute Radio’s Ben Jones why he’d like to collaborate with david Bowie. BJ: If you could collaborate with any musician from history who would it be and why? We’re giving you the whole of history. GW: I know, it’s hard, dude. David Bowie. He’s awesome. BJ: Why David Bowie? I think I probably know why David Bowie.
GW: Right. I think because he’s a true artist, he’s completely always done what he wanted, he’s changed so much record to record, and I completely look up to him. I definitely think he’s a genius, I think nothing really ever seemed to get in the way of him making his art and that’s admirable.
BJ: He had this amazing way of having the image, but the image not detracting from what the music was doing. And actually he could have just been wearing brown trousers with a side parting and it would have been just as entertaining as what he was doing.
GW: I definitely think a lot about it, I do a lot of drawings. We talk about it though, everybody comes up with their own variations.
Pop superstar Katy Perry announced today via a live appearance on Facebook that her California Dreams 2011 world tour is coming to North America this summer. The North American leg of the tour sponsored by Schick Quattro for Women will start on June 7th in Atlanta, GA and will run through August 14th with two hometown shows in Katy’s hometown Santa Barbara, CA. (full schedule below). To support her platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream (EMI’s Capitol Records), Katy will kick off the California Dreams tour on February 20th in Lisbon, Portugal, traveling throughout Europe, the UK, Australia and Japan before hitting stateside in June. Katy is planning on interacting with fans through social media networks throughout the California Dreams tour. Using Facebook Places/Deals, fans will be able to check into the venues each night to receive special treats. Fans will also be able to submit their own photos of the show via Twitter which will be incorporated into the live show and also live on www.katyperry.com. In addition, Katy has also partnered with I Love All Access to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages, including premium seats, meet and greets, photo ops, pre-show parties and more. More information can be found at www.katyperry.com. As announced last week, Katy will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13th. Six-time nominee, Katy is up for four awards this year including the coveted Album of the Year, along with Best Pop Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for ‘California Gurls’ featuring Snoop Dogg. Katy has also been nominated for two BRIT awards for International Album and International Female Solo Artist. The BRIT awards will be handed out live on February 15th at the O2 Arena in London. Katy is gearing up to launch the album’s 4th single ‘E.T.’ which will impact radio next month. She will soon shoot the video with director Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson, Bjork, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Muse, The White Stripes). Earlier this month, Katy won two People’s Choice Awards for ‘Favorite Female Artist’ and ‘Favorite Online Sensation’ – awards voted on by fans. Katy won a People’s Choice Award in 2009 for ‘Best Pop Song’ with her debut anthem ‘ Kissed A Girl.’ Over the course of her career, she has also won a BRIT Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, an NRJ Music Award, and two Teen Choice Awards, among other international honors. Over the past year, Katy has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harpers’ Bazaar, Seventeen, Nylon and Lucky and currently appears on the cover of Maxim’s January issue. California Dreams tour dates.
June 7 Atlanta, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
June 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
June 10 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
June 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
June 14 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
June 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 18 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 19 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
June 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 23 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
June 24 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 28 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
June 30 Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
July 2 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
July 3 Ottawa, ONT ScotiaBank Place
July 5 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 7 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater ‘ Milwaukee Summerfest
July 8 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
July 9 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
July 13 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
July 14 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
July 16 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome ‘ Calgary Stampede
July 17 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
July 19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 20 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
July 22 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
July 23 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
July 25 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
July 26 Denver, CO 1stBank Center
July 28 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 29 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 30 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
August 3 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
August 5 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre LA Live
August 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
August 13 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
August 14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
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Glastonbury 2011- Who’s playing. The last year before Glasto takes a break for the Olympics, Music News takes a look at what’s being lined up for next year’s premier UK festival. Already self confirmed for the bash are The Coral, who confirmed in November through their Twitter account. Fatboy Slim also confirmed an appearance immediately after his 2010 performance too. Other strong rumours include Kylie Minogue on the Pyramid Stage, as she was infamously booked in 2005 to close the Sunday before pulling out. The reformed Pulp seem certainties to make a headline appearance across the weekend. The band played a vintage set in 1995 and their reform is likely to be due to a set booked at Glastonbury. U2 have been rumoured to make a headline appearance this year after missing their 2010 slot due to Bono’s back injury, however a secret slot appears more likely. Whether they do appear as headliners or with a secret appearance, I’d bet my entire treasured back catalogue of Nirvana on U2 making some sort of appearance at Glastonbury next year. Other names that have been thrown into the mix include Prince,Coldplay and The Foo Fighters, however none are likely to appear as headliners across the weekend. The Rolling Stones seem a promising prospect, with Ronnie Wood stating earlier this month that ‘He’d love to do it’. Glastonbury is always welcoming to bands from the yesteryear, so seeing The Stones headlining wouldn’t surprise any fans of the festival. Take That are one band who have confirmed they will not be appearing, with Gary Barlow stating ‘I don’t think it’s possible’ due to the size of the production of their show. Here are some of other names rumoured to be appearing: Beyonce, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Paolo Nutini, The Strokes, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, The Libertines, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin (again) and The White Stripes.
R.E.M. offer free download from forthcoming ‘Collapse Into Now’ album. R.E.M. are set to release their eagerly anticipated new album, ‘Collapse Into Now’, on March 7th 2011. To celebrate their 30th anniversary and the release of their 15th album, R.E.M. are currently giving away the epic ‘Discoverer’, the first song from ‘Collapse Into Now’, as a free download on their website www.remhq.com. Recorded in Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode) as well as Nashville and New Orleans, ‘Collapse Into Now’ was produced by Jacknife Lee, who also produced their acclaimed ‘Accelerate’ album, alongside the band themselves.
The ‘Collapse Into Now’ tracklisting is:
2. ‘All the Best’
4. ‘Oh My Heart’
5. ‘It Happened Today’ (featuring Eddie Vedder)
6. ‘Every Day Is Yours to Win’
7. ‘Mine Smell Like Honey’
8. ‘Walk It Back’
9. ‘Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter’ (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
10. ‘That Someone Is You’
11. ‘Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I’
12. ‘Blue’ (featuring Patti Smith)
R.E.M. reveal new album name. Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference. R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2′s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008′s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles ‘Supernatural Superserious,’ ‘Hollow Man,’ and ‘Man-Sized Wreath.’ The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October. On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX – a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Man On The Moon,’ have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.
Johnny Marr, Bad Lieutenant and Ian Brown cover 60s classics on charity album. Bad Lieutenant and Johnny Marr are amongst the artists commiting themselves to record to support Centrepoint. The album is called ’1969: Key To Change’ and features a whole bunch of artists recording their favourite songs from the year that brought the sixties to a close. Not only did the year end an era, but it was also the year Centrepoint was founded to help the homeless youth of the UK.
The full track listing is:
The Feeling – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – ‘Space Oddity’ (originally by David Bowie)
Speech Debelle – ‘Give Peace A Chance’ (originally by John Lennon)
Mick Hucknall – ‘Chains Of Love’ (originally by J.J. Barnes)
Jools Holland and Ruby Turner – ‘You Are So Beautiful’ (originally by Billy Preston)
Frank Turner – ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ (originally by The Four Tops)
Chris Difford – ‘What Goes On’ (originally by The Velvet Underground)
Johnny Marr – ‘Tendency To Be Free’ (originally by Rabbit Mackay & Somic Rhythm Boyze)
Kevin and Galen Ayers – ‘Girl On A Swing’ (originally by Kevin Ayers)
Hard-Fi – ’1969′ (originally by The Stooges)
Pleasure Mob – ‘Gimme Shelter’ (originally by The Rolling Stones)
Bad Lieutenant – ‘In The Ghetto’ (originally by Elvis Presley)
Ian Brown – ‘In The Year 2525′ (originally by Zager & Evans)
100 Club threatened with closure. The legendry venue has witnessed the West End debuts of Oasis, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, while Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul Weller still tread the sacred boards. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry described the Oxford Street downstairs night spot as “the finest rock’n'roll club in the world” but in these testing times it seems that it could close within a few months because of soaring overheads unless a buyer can be found. Its rates bill has hit £4,000 per month and landlord Lazari Investments now demands a rent of £166,000 a year reports the London Evening Standard. The cellar club’s owner, Jeff Horton, said: “It makes me so angry. The Government, Westminster council and even some of the commercial landlords say they want to help small businesses, they say they want to preserve London’s uniqueness, they want to help multi-cultural venues. “Yet we’re all that and all these organisations have all Jeff Horton,umped on us from a great height.” His father started running the venue in 1964, but it opened in 1942 as a jazz club. Mr Horton sees few alternatives to closure after Lazari raised the rent by 45 per cent. “In 1985, when I took over, the rent was barely £11,000 In the US the rents are frozen at certain venues that have a bit of heritage. Here it’s a total free-for-all.” He added: “What the 100 Club needs is a buyer or major sponsor to step forward. Barring that, we’re closing at Christmas despite being as popular as ever. It really is insane.”
The Roundhouse and EMI dedicate September to emerging talent with 30/30. The Roundhouse has joined forces with EMI for the second year for 30/30, a groundbreaking youth project designed to cultivate and develop new and emerging talent. Every day this September, 30/30 will offer unsigned artists – between the ages of 16-25 – free recording time in the Roundhouse’s PRS/EMI Live Music Studio, along with top guest producers to professionally record and mix their track for free. Across the summer, the Roundhouse invited unsigned artists to submit their tracks for a chance to be included in 30/30 ‘ the result was an eclectic mix of music from hopefuls across the UK which has been whittled down to a selection of winners, ranging from Brighton’s young indie hopeful Max Pope to acoustic folk outfit Ajimal from North Shields. Confirmed producers include Joe Fields (Amy MacDonald, Mystery Jets), Kevin Paul (Mute Records artists including Nick Cave and Depeche Mode, David Bowie), and Abbey Road Studio’s Pete Hutchings and Mirek Stiles. On 13 October, the lucky acts chosen by the Roundhouse team will have the opportunity to put their questions to a panel of EMI experts from all areas of the music industry – from artist management and marketing, through to publishing and A&R. Last year’s project was a huge success, attracting submissions from hundreds of aspiring artists, which culminated in the 30/30 Compilation Album 2009, a collection of 30 tracks featuring artists such as Ghosts You Echo, Hella Better Dancer and Ken Kobayashi, all of which have since signed recording deals with the Roundhouse’s in-house label, Roundhouse Records. Albums cost just £8 and all proceeds go directly back into providing more opportunities to aspiring musicians.