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Paramore announce UK arena tour

Paramore2Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore announced from stage at their sold out O2 Islington Academy London show on Monday Sept 7th that they will be back in the UK as part of a European tour before the end of the year. Having recently completed a support stint on the No Doubt US summer tour, and about to start their own headline US tour, the band are looking forward to coming back to Europe in November. They will be hitting the UK on December 10th for 7 Continue reading →

Aiden frontman William Francis goes solo

William FrancisFollowing the success of his sold out US tour, lead singer William Francis of the alternative rock outfit “Aiden” comes to British shores next month for a series of solo gigs. Francis, who is well-known for the intensity of his live performance, will play eight acoustic dates in total, showcasing new material, songs from his solo album “William Control” and some old classics from the “Aiden” back catalogue.  The Continue reading →

Warped Tour Arrives in San Diego

Enjoying-Warped-TourThe 2009 Warped Tour lineup promises to be as explosive as ever with some big names in rock and alternative scheduled to hit the stage. Just a few of the 77 bands expected in San Diego this weekend are 3OH!3, All Time Low, Senses Fail and We The Kings.  Held at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, the Vans Warped Tour is more than just your average concert or show, it is a massive event.  Aside from the great Continue reading →

187 New magazines continued to launch in 2009,

magazinesNew magazines continued to launch in 2009, with 187 new titles in the first half of the year, but a greater number — 279 titles — folded, according to MediaFinder.com, the largest online database of U.S. and Canadian periodicals.  Regional Interest magazines took a dive in the first half of 2009, with 27 titles folding, including Divine® Delights, and Florida Inside Out. Other magazine categories that declined in the first of 2009 include Construction with 18 ceased titles; Lifestyle with 14 ceased Continue reading →

Echo & The Bunnymen return with new album

echo___the_bunnymenEcho & The Bunnymen’s forthcoming album ‘The Fountain’ is a massive return to form. It’s a superbly feisty album of pulsating, uplifting rock anthems such as the joyous first single ‘Think I Need It Too’, ‘Do You Know Who I Am’, ‘Forgotten Fields’, ‘Everlasting’ and the Bowie-esque pop of ‘Proxy’, ‘Shroud Of Turin’, all centred around a grand, reflective soul-stirring ballad ‘The Idolness Of Gods’. It’s a powerful album that sees the Bunnymen back to their very best and Continue reading →

Red Hot Chili Peppers Reuniting In October

red_hot_chili_peppersWith another Chickenfoot tour and the first release of his instrumental side band Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats looming, the drummer has October circled on his calendar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ return to active duty. “That’s the plan,” Smith tells Billboard.com, noting that what was announced as a one-year break turned into two for the quartet after touring to support 2005′s “Stadium Arcadium.” “Everybody was like, ‘Y’know, I really like having this time off, not being a Chili Pepper and doing other things…It’ll be two years in September, so now we’re ready. You can’t force Continue reading →

Mando Diao new album and UK tour dates

mandodiao-rtvMando Diao rank as one of Sweden’s most successful musical exports ever; working class heroes with guitars that have blazed their way out of their hom= e country’s snow-covered industrial hinterland to a worldwide audience.  They’ve preached their blue-eyed garage-soul gospel everywhere from the Conan O’Brian show on network TV in New York to a headline slot at the groundbreaking Beijing Pop Festival in 2007. Having sold over a million records international (multiple gold albums in Sweden, Germany and Japan) Mando’s newest work sees them take the garage rock template they created in a basement in Borlenge, Sweden and refine it to a cinematic new height.  Playing over 150 gigs a year Mando Diao honed their live show to one of the greatest garage-soul shows on earth. UK album ‘Give Me Fire!’ is released on Monday 5th October, single ‘Dance With Somebody’ is out on Monday 21st September.

September UK Tour:

Tues 15th London O2 Academy Islington 0844 477 2000
Wed 16th O2 Academy 2 Birmingham 0844 477 2000
Thur 17th Manchester Club Academy 0161 832 1111
Sat 19th Bristol Thekla 08713 100 0=00

Paul McCartney Wants To Retire With Huge Farewell World Tour

Paul McCartney-rtvPaul McCartney wants to retire with a huge farewell world tour next year. The 67-year-old Beatles legend is planning to play at a host of “unusual” locations before walking away from performing large scale shows.  A source said: “Paul wants to go out with a bang. He’s played countless stadiums over his 50-year career and is on the hunt for the most unusual locations he can find.” “He realizes the older he gets, the less his body will be able to cope with the demands of extended periods on the road. He might play the odd benefit concert – but other than that he’ll be putting his feet up and enjoying retirement.”  Continue reading →

The Rifles to play Merc in-store

The Rifles-rtvThe Rifles will be joining a number of bands set to play at Merc’s legendary Carnaby Street store in London over the summer months as part of its LIVE Initiative.  Performing a classic set, the intimate gig will kick start the last bank holiday weekend, taking place at 6pm on Friday 28th August. Having enjoyed a close relationship with the clothing brand over the years, lead singer Joel Stoker is looking forward to playing such an intimate gig: ‘We love doing these types of small gigs. It’s something Continue reading →

Backstreet Boys are here to stay

backstreetBoysBACKSTREET BOYS have said they have chart staying power.  The US pop group have sold over 100 millions albums in their 12-year career and said their success is down to producing contemporary-sounding records. Speaking to Billboard, member Howie Dorough, said: “We always try to set the bar as high as possible. “We’ve always been a pop R&B group. We focus our songs around good melodies and group harmonies, and hopefully that will have a lot of staying power.” And he added that the group are still confident that they can appeal to new audiences. He said: “I think every artist who wants to be around for a long time and have staying power has to go through that transition. “Some records are going to be bigger than others. You’re always going to be compared to your biggest record. All you can do as an artist is just Continue reading →

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