KISS fans, get ready for some boomtastic news: the Outrageous Four (outrageous talent, outrageous make-up, outrageous costumes, outrageous stage shows) are set to have their forthcoming Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour released on individually and entirely on USB stick and MP3. One of the biggest and longest standing music acts in the world, KISS prove once again that they are at the forefront when it comes to rock revolution. Collectors of KISS merchandise will be delighted that they can now add the band’s live concert recordings to their already existing treasures. The Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour will kick off in the UK on May 1st at Sheffield Arena and those who attend each of the concerts will be able to purchase the entire two-and-a-half hour concert on USB stick at a merchandise stand directly after show. Alternatively, fans will be able to pre-order the concert on USB stick and or MP3 via the platform www.simfylive.com That’s the straightforward part. It gets more complex, what’s with various price tags attached for different gigabyte USB sticks for a different number of concerts – you’re still with me? Oh, and let’s not forget there are different editions as well, like the Collector’s Gold Edition or a 2-CD edition for those who prefer things slightly more traditional. In fact, with so many options it is advisable to visit the above-mentioned simfylive.com site, where you can find everything listed (including the KISS tour calendar) and where everything is explained in great detail. By the way, the credit for the USB stick and MP3 concert downloads goes to Cologne-based live recording entertainment company Music Networks, whose live recording concert USB stick roster includes Alice Cooper, Todd Rundgren and Simple Minds to name but a few. So, what you’re waiting for? Get ready to get KISSED!
Simple Minds and OMD will appear on stage together for the very first time when they perform Kraftwerk’s “Neon Lights” on their forthcoming UK tour which kicks off at the Newcastle Metro Arena on 30th November. The news follows OMD’s recent appearance in the BBC 4 television documentary ‘Synth Britannia’ that chronicled the rise of electronic and industrial pop music in the mid 70s and early 80s. “Neon Lights,” originally released on Kraftwerk’s 1978 album “The Man Machine,” will be performed together by OMD and Simple Minds during Simple Continue reading →
OMD to record Absolute session. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will promote their special guest appearance on Simple Minds’ ‘Graffiti Soul’ UK Tour in November and December when they record and film an acoustic session for London’s Absolute Radio on Thursday 3rd September. The session will air on Absolute 105.8 FM on Thursday 17th September between 7-8pm, and on Sky Digital 0107 and DAB. The acoustic session, as well as an interview with the band, can be accessed on www.absoluteradio.co.uk. The Simple Minds/OMD Tour includes the following cities – Newcastle Metro FM Arena (Nov 30), Birmingham LG Arena (Dec 2), Manchester MEN Arena (Dec 3), Sheffield Arena (Dec 5), Cardiff CIA (Dec 6), London Wembley Arena (Dec 7), Glasgow SECC (Dec 11) and Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Dec 12).
From 11 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009
Top rock and indie names, legendary acts, and rising stars, on a large main stage or the smaller tented stage in a relaxed festival atmosphere. The dates for the eighth Isle of Wight festival are confirmed as from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th June 2009. The confirmed acts for 2009 include The Prodigy who headline on Friday, with Stereophonics, and Razorlight confirmed as joint Saturday headliners, and Neil Young headlining the Sunday. Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, The Rifles, Pixies, Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Script are just some of the names confirmed to appear on the main stage. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans curates the Sunday of this year’s Big Top, and will headline it on the same day, as well as a full line-up there’s DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Rhys Webb, and The She Set. Also appearing there on the Saturday will be Australian Pink Floyd, Calvin Harris, McFly, Mercury Rev, Ultravox, and more. Friday is Ladies night with Bananarama, Ladyhawke, Alesha Dixon, and The Noisettes. For campers The Human League lead the entertainment on the Thursday night. For the line-up details, day splits, and rumours as available. Tickets are priced at £140 for an adult ticket with camping which includes entertainment in the campsite on Thursday night, and Â£70 for a child ticket (12 years and under). The price of an adult ticket without camping is Â£120 and Â£60 for children (12 years and under). Every person attending the festival must purchase a ticket. This includes babes in arms.
The original Isle Of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it housed Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, attracted the largest ever UK festival crowd and led to any future festivals being banned from the island after nearly half a million hippies turned the 1970 site into a chaotic free-for-all. However, since it was re-ignited in 2002, the festival has forged a new identity that differs from its predecessors. Big names like The Rolling Stones and The Police honour the spirits of greats like Dylan and The Doors as some 60,000 fans annually cross the Solent for the three-day bash. With one main stage and a big top the festival is predominantly about the music and a varied line-up means there is often something for everyone with The Cribs, Amy Winehouse and Sugababes performing recently. Onsite there is a funfair as well as a selection of food and drink stalls. Camping is available from the Thursday