More acts have today been added to the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 line up. The award winning Manic Street Preachers, critically acclaimed Public Image Ltd, Britpop giants Cast, the dynamic Hadouken!, the headmaster of British rock Nick Lowe and hotly tipped Brother, will raise the roof of the Big Top on Sunday 12th June. To get your hands on tickets check out www.isleofwightfestival.com. Taking place in June, the first major festival of the summer will see headline performances from three of the biggest bands in the world; Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and closing the weekend Kasabian. Newly reformed Pulp will make their first UK festival appearance ahead of Foo Fighters on Saturday. With The Script, Plan B, Pixie Lott, James Walsh, Two Door Cinema Club and a guest performance from Jeff Beck already lined up for the main stage on Sunday, it’s certainly going to be a weekend to remember. Join us as we celebrate the 10th birthday in style. With ten albums under their belts and a career spanning almost 25 years, the critically acclaimed Manic Street Preachers return with ‘Postcards From A Young Man’. Defiantly, unapologetically bold and forthright, the new album may be their best yet. Having topped the charts with both albums and singles including, ‘f You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, ‘Tsumani’, ‘The Everlasting’ and ‘You Stole the Sun from my Heart’, Manic Street Preachers are classed as one of the most interesting and inspirational bands of their generation. Headlining the Big Top on Sunday, the Welsh 3-piece are sure to rock the Festival. After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub, Public Image Ltd are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era; and are cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, making them a perfect fit for this year’s eclectic Isle of Wight Festival. After announcing their reformation earlier this year, 15 years on from the release of their million-selling debut ‘All Change’, Britpop giants Cast are back and ready to pull out all the stops in the Big Top. Following a massive UK tour, the band will be returning to the studio to record a new album, set for release in early 2011. Hadouken! rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed, and their latest run of shows look set to exceed all expectations. Their second album, ‘For The Masses’, reached the top 20 earlier in 2010 and Hadouken! are sure to keep the crowd moving in the Big Top with their experimental, genre-hopping sound. Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club will be will be making their first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage on Sunday. The music-mad trio and their debut album ‘ ‘Tourist History’ – fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and draws on electronica / electro and rock ‘ an ideal way to start a Sunday! The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th – 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
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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 Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols. They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.
European Tour dates May, 2010:
6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain
Following the announcement of the highly anticipated Todd Rundgren produced new studio album ‘Cause I Sez So’, released in the UK on Monday 4th May, the New York Dolls have announced a rare London concert at the legendary historic punk venue, The 100 Club on Thursday 14th May. Tickets for the 100 Club show, which will accommodate an audience of 400, go on sale Tuesday 7th April at 9am. Tickets, priced at £20.00, buy them at Ticketmaster. The 100 Club has promoted live music on the same premises since 1942. Originally a restaurant called Mack’s, the venue has gone on to become one of the most historical concert venues in Europe. The venue’s heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes. In 1976 the 100 Club was host to the first ever Punk festival. Seen for the first time in London, on the 100 Club stage were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees the Buzzcocks the Vibrators and Subway Sect.
Ramones legend Marky Ramone and his solo band got a lot more than they bargained for when traveling to Mexico last weekend. Here is the tale as posted on Marky’s Myspace blog: Everyone’s ok, but things got way over the top concerning the safety of the band and out of hand for Marky and The Blitzkrieg at [Saturday] night’s show in Mexico. The van taking the band back to the hotel was besieged by fans resulting in an injury to one of the touring party protecting the exiting band. The security at the venue did their best, but were overwhelmed by the numbers and intensity of the situation. They had never had to deal with anything like that before. In trying to leave the venue, there was a pile up at the exit door as fans rushed to Marky on his attempted exit. Surrounded by over zealous fans pounding on the windows of the band van, cracking the windshield, one fan clinging to the side of the vehicle was thrown into on coming traffic. He was ok as later he and a friend eventually caught up with the van in a taxi shouting and waving at their hero.
More about the Ramones
FORMED: 1974, New York, NY
Ramones is group from Forest Hills, New York. They started to play as trio in March 1974. Ritchie was replaced soon by Dee Dee Joey was at first drummer, but four months later manager Tommy become a drummer and let Joey sing. All Ramones take Ramone for surname. These original members were singer: Joey Ramone , lead guitar:Johnny Ramone, Basist: Dee Dee Ramone and drummer: Tommy Ramone. They got their first attention on the New York rockscene in August 1974. They got rousing approval from audiences in CBGB in the Manhattan Bowery district. Ramones played many times in CBGB and too all around N.Y.
Sire Records signed them in late 1975. Their first TV appearance was in Radio City Studios in N.Y 1975 and their debut LP, Ramones, came out in early 1976. This music was really fresh and vibrant. Ramones was invited punk. Their concerts included a summer visit to London. They saw there Damned and Clash in fourth of july. Clash was began in that day and Damned before in that week. Sex Pistols had started before, but they took the music be based on Ramones sound.
the better-known punk groups that followed – The Sex Pistols, The Clash, whoever – they would be the first ones to say that without The Ramones the whole punk movement never would have happened,?has commented Spin magazine editor-in-chief Alan Light.
Second album Leave Home released early in 1977. They came after this for example, to my homecounry Finland in May. They played in Helsinki and Tampere. From Finland they went to England. They released Rocket To Russia in late 1977. Tommy left from the band in May 78 but remains producer. Marc Bell from Richard’s Hells Voivods replaced Tommy. Road To Ruin released in 78. They recorded legendary live album It’s Alive at London’s Rainbow Theatre at new year’s eve 31.12.77.
They featured in Rock’N'Roll Highschool-film. End Of The Century in 1980. It recorded in 5 different studios. This diverged from the group 70′ releases. 1981 they released Pleasent Dreams it was return to basics. Subterranean Jungle 1983 received strong support from critics. Several of whom compared it favourably with the best of group early work. Joey and Johnny were health problems and Marky leaves the group and is replaced by Richard Beau ex-Velveteen. They went to do complete Too Tough To Die 1984.
Animal Boy 1986, song-Bonzo Goes To Bitburg is a reference to a controversial visit by President Ronald Reagan to a nazi war grave. Halfway To Sanity released 1987. Collection album Ramonesmania released 1988, in this album were 30 song and something of each before released albums. By then Richie departed and Marky came back to drums. Brain Drain released 1989 and Pet Sematary had title track for Stephen King Film. Dee Dee leaves group to become rap performer Dee Dee King. His replacement had young Christopher Ward. Ramones is his first big band.
Sire released All The Stuff (And More) Vol.1 which compilated albums Ramones and Leave Home with 2 demo tracks and 1 other. These 3 tracks are previously unreleased tracks. All The Stuff (And More) Vol.2 compilated Rocket To Russia and Road To Ruin with 3 previously unreleased track. Loco Live is second live album from Ramones. It was recorded in Barcelona. 1992 released Mondo Bizarro contain Doors-cover Take It As It Comes. Ramones appears too in cartoon-program The Simpsons. They done more cover tracks and finally the whole albun Acid Eaters. Pete Townshend, Sebastian Bach and Traci Lords appears in this album. Album named Adios Amigos came out in summer 1995. That album was really strong performance from the Ramones and latest Studio Album. Year 1996 was very busy and they got much famous and they released Greatest Hits Live, which featured too studio tracks R.A.M.O.N.E.S and Any Way You Want It.
Last gig was in Los Angeles, The Palace, 6.8.96. Later now Marky has new bands called Marky Ramone And Intruders and Marky Ramone Group, CJ had Los Gusanos (split-up 2000), after CJ started Warm Jets. Also guys played on Remains/Ramainz. At first line-up was Dee Dee Ramone, CJ Ramone, Marky Ramone and Dee Dee’s new wife Barbara Zambini. Dee Dee has released many solo albums and also Joey planned to release album, but then he passed away It happened April 15th, 2001. Joey Ramone passed away afternoon 2.40PM in a hospital in New York City where he was many weeks being treated for cancer. Arturo Vega wrote to me that Joey’s loving family was there at his bedside. On his last moments Joey listened U2-song: In A Little While.
The Ramones were later hailed as the Beatles of punk rock?for defining punk before punk took off. Ramones is in Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 2002 was for Ramones first year of eligibility. The 17th annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 18, 2002.
In 2002 Deedee Ramone died and The bassist for the Ramones was soon replaced by Edgar Ramone , one of the best bass players in the world, know for his beats and bass slaps , marky and Johnny agreed to let him Join with his “favorite band in the world” as he said in the interview with carson Daily. Even though he hated the idea that DeeDee was going to be replaced .. playing THe RAmones would be such an honor. You can hear hi with bass on the New Ramones tribute CD with awesome Rock stars playing Ramones songs.
“Deedee will always live. And he can never be replaced. NEVER!”