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Thirty Seconds To Mars massive tour tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th June

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds To Mars massive tour. Fast on their way to becoming one of the world’s biggest bands, Thirty Seconds To Mars’ status in the UK has already been proven with shows this year that include a sold-out arena tour as well as a headline slot on the second stage at Download Festival. Their undeniable popularity continues to grow with the confirmation of their biggest UK tour to date which commences at the end of November. The tour, including a show at London’s 02 Arena on November 30th, will see the band play to a combined audience of over 50,000 people (support provided by Enter Shikari).

29th – The Brighton Centre
30th – London, The O2 Arena

1st – Birmingham, NIA
3rd – Aberdeen, AECC
4th – Manchester, Central

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th June at a price of £23.50 for London and £22 for all other dates. & Aside from the arena shows and Download, Thirty Seconds To Mars are also set to play further festival dates at Oxegen and T in the Park. Thirty Seconds To Mars will follow their triumphant Download set with the July 19th release of the new single ‘Closer To The Edge’. Co-produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails), Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the uplifting ‘Close To The Edge’ is led by Jared Leto’s soaring vocals and backed with an undercurrent of electronic flourishes.  Taken from the global hit album ‘This is War’, ‘Close to The Edge’ features backing vocals courtesy of the band’s fan community The Echelon, who contributed to the album’s recording during sessions in nine different countries stretching from America to Australia. Formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto and completed by Tomo Milicevic, Thirty Seconds To Mars have won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV EMAs, an MTV Latin and Asia Award, a Fuse Award, and three Kerrang! Awards.

Phil Collins has to tape his drumsticks to his hands

Phil Collins has to tape his drumsticks to his hands

Phil Collins has to tape his drumsticks to his hands

Phil Collins has to tape his drumsticks to his hands.   The former Genesis star has suffered severe nerve damage to his hands and admits he now finds it incredibly difficult to play his instrument.   He explained: ‘The first time I picked up the drum sticks after my neck surgery, they flew across the room because I couldn’t grip them.   ‘When I play, I’ve had to tape the sticks to my hand. It’s like wearing a condom. It’s very strange. It really cramps your style.’ It is not only in his performing career that the 59-year-old star’s problems are causing him difficulty – he finds many basic day-to-day tasks virtually impossible.   He explained: ‘I can’t let go of the spoon or the knife when I eat. I can’t open a car door. I won’t get gruesome with you, but there’s a lot of things I can’t do. I’m left handed.’ However, the ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ hitmaker is hopeful he may soon get relief from his problem.    He added to Rolling Stone magazine: ‘I’m having an operation soon and there’s a good chance of it improving over time.’   Phil, 59, is hopeful he will be able to overcome his affliction in order to play live with Genesis again – but only if former frontman Peter Gabriel has time.  He said: ‘My hands are way down to picking the order of that possibility. Three years ago I didn’t know I’d be in this position and three years from now it may not be like this. I think the main thing is Peter’s schedule and the speed he works anyways.’

Iron Maiden drummer to compére Drummer Live

iron-maiden-drummerThe sixth Drummer Live, launches in London on the 13th and 14th June and the UK’s biggest and coolest drumming show brings you more buzz, more excitement and more things to do than you can shake a stick at. Check out the most amazing line-up of world class musicians assembled at a music show, plus there’s a whole host of other activities and the best gear show you’ll ever see.

Drummer Live features the world’s best drummers and this years star studded line-up includes the finest talent, greatest drumming heroes and most respected names in the business to inspire, inform and entertain.

Confirmed artists included critically acclaimed Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears), top drumming and Percussion duo, Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai ) who will be playing both their own material and Jamiroquai tracks as well as explaining how they work together . The organisers are proud to confirm Prince’s drummer, Cora Coleman (plus her bass player husband and fellow Prince band member) will play her first UK drum clinic at Drummer Live.

Headlining Saturday will be drumming supremo Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information) and compére for the whole event will be our very own Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). Nicko will also be playing on Sunday in a special performance with leading multi-percussionist Pete Lockett (Bjork, Jeff Beck/ Robert Plant/Jarvis Cocker/Peter Gabriel etc) which will be a memorable and unique collaboration guaranteed to be something different. More world class drummers are to be announced very shortly, so check the show website for latest news…. watch this space!

New to this years show, will be a chance to have a free drum lesson in association with the Institute for Contemporary Performance and the organisers will be announcing an action packed schedule of seminars, workshops, artist signing sessions, instrument demonstrations and celebrity appearances. There will be a new retail section offering the chance to buy the very latest gear, plus an exhibition of most famous drum manufacturers and accessory companies in the business.

Drummer Live is part of the UK’s Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show. It takes place at, now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier (and largest) exhibition venues. Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, ExCeL is set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands and just across the water from The O2 arena. There’s easy access to ExCeL via the Docklands Light Railway/ Jubilee Line and easy road access from the M25, M11, A406, A13 plus there’s plenty on site parking. For international visitors ExCel is situated next to and is five minutes taxi journey away.

For further information and tickets for Drummer Live, the London International Music show and for all the latest news and show updates see:

RockStar 09 opens for entries

rockstar-08Major Major are likely to remember the day they filled in the application form for RockStar 08. Since winning the competition back in September they’ve supported Franz Ferdinand and the Ting Tings in front of 4,000 people at the legendary Pilton Equinox Party, spent time recording at Peter Gabriel’s renowned Real World Studios and seen their name up in lights as the first confirmed act for Glastonbury 2009. 

RockStar 09 will offer these incredible opportunities to another group of unsigned artists and bands. They’ll pit themselves against each other in a bid to impress some of the most influential people in the music industry. Of course, they’ll hope to emulate last year’s talented four-piece from Liverpool.

Conor Clarke, Major Major’s front man, said: ‘It’s amazing to be the first band confirmed for Glastonbury next year. The RockStar gigs were immense and the competition has, put simply, changed our lives – there’s absolutely no question of that.’
RockStar 09 is open to any and all unsigned bands/performers and will take place in the legendary village of Pilton, the home of the festival and the spiritual home of many of the greatest music legends.

It all kicks off after 24 bands have been selected by an experienced panel of judges to take part in the live heats. These heats will take place over four shows in May 2009 (15th & 16th and 29th & 30th May) at Pilton Working Men’s Club where the bands will compete to try and impress the judges to get through to the live final on the 1st of August 2009.

The RockStar 09 winner will be the first confirmed act for Glastonbury 2010. They’ll also get to spend valuable recording time at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, as well as play a full set at Michael Eavis’ Pilton Equinox party on 19th September 2009 where several thousand dedicated music fans party the night away at his home, Worthy Farm.

The competition is open to all, bands, solo artists, young and old, the only criteria is to be unsigned. Entries must be in before the closing date on 1st of March 2009.
To enter bands and artists must download and complete the entry form, available at and send a clear recording, of no less than 2 tracks, of themselves/their band playing to:

RockStar 08, PO Box 4249, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8UU.
Further information and terms and conditions can also be found on the PDF form or you can email with any additional questions

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