Thursday, May 28, 2009

NEWS : Placebo UK Tour

Placebo will be Touring the UK in December 2009, dates are :

8th Dec 2009 - Birmingham LG Arena
9th Dec 2009 - London 02 Arena
11th Dec 2009 - Bridlington Spa Centre
12th Dec 2009 - Manchester Central
14th Dec 2009 - Glasgow SECC Arena
15th Dec 2009 - Dublin Olympia Theatre

For more information and how to get tickets visit

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Cyndi Lauper will be touring in the US with Emmy award winner Rosie O'Donnell, the shows promise to be a interesting blend of music and comedy, certainly not to be missed. The dates are :

30th July, Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagra Falls, ON
31st July, Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagra Falls, ON
1st August, Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
3rd August, Paramount Center, Peekskill, NY
4th August, Wellmonth Theatre, Montclair, NJ
5th August, St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
7th August, House Of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
8th August, Westbury Theatre, Westbury, NJ
9th August, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11th August, Proctor's Theatre, Schenectady, NY
12th August, 9:30 Club, Washington DC

Monday, May 25, 2009

NEW RELEASE :Mulatu Astatke / The Heliocentrics

Continuing Strut's Inspiration Information Studio Collaboration Series, the latest brings together one of Africa's great bandleaders - Mulatu Astatke and free-thinking musical collective that is The Heliocentrics.

More information on the release, the collaboration as well as a free downloadable MP3 can be found here.

You can catch Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics live this summer at:

19th-20th June, Sonar Festival. Barcelona, Spain
8th August, Big Chill Festival, Eastnor, UK
29th August,Beachdown Festival, Brighton, UK


Today sees the release of "Blood", the dub version of Franz Ferdinand's recent album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

It was mixed by Dan Carey, the producer of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. His CV includes an ‘apprenticeship’ with legendary south London dub specialist The Mad Professor, owner of Ariwa Sounds, one of the UK’s premier reggae labels.

Blood was originally featured as part of the box set & double disc versions of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. This new version includes the additional song, Be Afraid, a version of Dream Again.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

NEWS : "Graffiti Soul" record signing, Glasgow, UK

To coincide with the release of their new album, Simple Minds will be signing copies of 'Graffiti Soul' at HMV Glasgow on Monday 25th May 2009 at 3.00pm UK time. HMV music store, Glasgow, Buchanan St, G1 2NG.

Jean Michel Jarre In Doors Tour 2009 - MEN

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of seeing Jean Michel Jarre in Manchester's MEN arena, I had seen him perform in the venue when it was known as the NYNEX, that show was to promote his Oxygene 7-13 album. a quite intimate affair and worked well indoors - visually the show relied quite heavily on a projected backdrop - at that one we were a fair distance away but still had a good view and the show was excellent.

This time around we were much closer and had an exceptionally good view of the stage, we were basically situated on the lower tier on the right hand side of the stage.

The show did not dissappoint, this show relied on more lighting than backdrops and featured some nice laser visuals including images that at certain times were projected at the back of the venue, also all the PA equipment was hidden, there were no stacks either side of the stage meaning that the view was completely unimpeded.

He played a very nice selection of tracks including 2 tracks off Magnetic Fields (probably my favourite album, only behind Oxygene and Equinoxe), 2 tracks off Rendezvous including another big favourite of mine Rendezvous pt2 and he also played a track from his Concerts In China, Souvenir of China (another big favourite of mine.......OK I like them all :)), he also played a track off Calypso which he dedicated to his late father. The encore of Oxygene 4 was just fantastic, I have always felt alot of JMJ's material has a certain timeless quality and sounds just as fresh as when they were originally released and when you think that alot of his more popular material is in the region of 30 odd years old, it just makes it more astounding.

An excellent show, if you have a chance to see him you will be in for a treat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


The Jam's first number one was 'Going Underground' in 1980.

The Jam originated from Woking, Surrey, England.

The members of The Jam were Paul Weller (Singer/Writer), Bruce Foxton (Bass), Rick Buckler (Drums)

The Jam debuted in 1977 with the single "In the City" taken off the album of the same name.

The Jam (pre-1977), were originally a teenage rock band, preforming mainly American rock and roll covers by the likes of Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The line-up was : Paul Weller singer/writer, guitarist Steve Brookes, drummer Rick Buckler, and bassist Bruce Foxton.

The 1982 release The Gift, the group's last LP, was another massive commercial success, peaking at #1 on the UK charts.

The Jam's first ever gig was mid 1973 at Sheerwater Youth Club, Woking.

After The Jam split, Bruce Foxton pursued a brief solo career. He had a minor UK hit with the single "Freak" and played in several less well known groups, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns. He stayed with Stiff Little Fingers for fifteen years, during which time they recorded four albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, and Guitar and Drum. During his time with the band, he wrote and co-wrote several tracks, and along with Jake Burns, managed the group for a while, after Russel Emmanuel gave up the job.

In 1983, Rick Buckler joined 'Time UK', featuring himself, Jimmy Edwards and Ray Simone, both formally of 'MasterSwitch', as well as Danny Kustow from the Tom Robinson Band and Nick South of both the Yoko Ono Band and Steve Marriot's All Stars. Time UK sold nearly 60,000 copies of their first single, "The Cabaret". Buckler was reunited with ex Jam bassist and Time UK's Jimmy Edwards as 'Sharp', who recorded some songs for the short lived Unicorn record label. These recordings have subsequently been re-issued on a Time UK anthology

The birthdates of all member of The Jam are

Paul Weller (born John William Weller, 25 May 1958
Rick Buckler (born Paul Richard Buckler, 6 December 1955
Bruce Foxton (born 1 September 1955)

All were born in Woking, Surrey, England

Monday, May 18, 2009


Today sees the release of SIOUXSIE "FINALE" DVD. SIOUXSIE "FINALE" was the last show of THE LAST MANTARAY AND MORE Tour, it was a very intimate show performed at London's legendary KOKO club on the 29th September 2008 (Siouxsie had played at the club when it was called the MUSIC MACHINE).

As well as the show, the DVD also includes an interview between Siouxsie and artistic director Harvey Bertram-Brown, who filmed and directed the "Into a Swan" promo.

The tracklisting is as follows :


They Follow You
About To Happen
Hong Kong Garden
Dear Prudence
Right Now
Sea of Tranquillity
Happy House
One Mile Below
Into A Swan
Arabian Knights
Here Comes That Day
Hello I Love You
If It Doesn't Kill You
Night Shift
These Boots Are Made For Walking
Nicotine Stain
Cish Cash

The DVD can be purchased at Siouxsie's newly opened online shop - here.

If you are one of the first people to order their copy direct from the store you will also get a free set of eight limited edition postcards signed by Siouxsie herself!

This offer is limited to the first 200 orders so be quick! The DVD will be dispatched week of 18th May.

Instore Signing

If you can make it to HMV London at 150 Oxford Street, W1 at 6pm on Monday the 18th of May, you'll be able to meet Siouxsie in person, get your copy of 'Finale' signed and pick up a free exclusive poster.

Siouxsie Shop

Friday, May 15, 2009

RELEASES : The Messengers

You may remember the group The Messengers from the many tours that they supported Ultravox, they also wrote material with Midge Ure for many years, co writing more than a few of his hits.

The group comprised of Danny Mitchell and Colin King, apart from being the support act for Ultravox and writing material with Midge, they never released anything, at the time they wouldn't sign any record deals, therefore much of their material remains unheard by the masses until now, they have finally released the album "It's Been Twenty Years, Let's Try Turning Up the Volume".

The album is available exclusively through, follow the link to find out more, to hear samples from the album and how to order.

There are extras for those who buy the album - hidden links to 6 downloadable tracks and more. Shop Archive Section (The Messengers)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Cyndi Lauper will make a special appearance on the season finale of NBC'S "30 ROCK" on Thursday 14th May 2009 on US television.



The Radiophonic Workshop perform live with multimedia projections preceded by a Q&A as part of Short Circuit at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday 17th May 2009. An event not to be missed.

The performance will be preceded by a Q&A as part of Short Circuit at the Roundhouse.

For more information and tickets click visit Short Circuit.


Due to illness of singer Dave Gahan the Depeche Mode show in Istanbul on May 14th is cancelled.


Nitzer Ebb will be playing an exclusive and intimate show at the Electrowerkz, London on Friday 5th June 2009.

They will be playing classics and premiering material from their eagerly awaited new album.

More information on tickets -

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950, in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English musician. He first came to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis, the group he also founded in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse School pupils Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford, and drummer Chris Stewart.

In 1976, Gabriel covered the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" for the musical documentary All This and World War II. He has also recorded covers of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," the Gershwin standard "Summertime," the Magnetic Fields' "Book of Love," and The Four Tops' "I'll Be There." A cover of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar", part of his set list for his first solo tour, is available on some bootlegs but was never commercially released.

Gabriel refused to title any of his first four solo albums, which were all labelled Peter Gabriel using the same typeface, but different cover art. He wanted them to be considered similar to consecutive issues of a magazine instead of individual works; they are usually differentiated by number in order of release, or sleeve design, I, II and III being referred to as Car, Scratch and Melt respectively, in reference to their cover artwork. His fourth solo album, also called Peter Gabriel in the UK, was titled Security in the U.S., at the behest of Geffen Records. Even after acquiescing to distinctive titles, he has continued to use words as short as possible to title his albums: So, Us, and Up. His most recent 2xCD greatest hits compilation is titled Hit. Within the DualCD pack release one of the cds is titled Hit and the other Miss.

Gabriel recorded his first solo album (Car) in 1976 and 1977 with producer Bob Ezrin, titled Peter Gabriel. His first solo success came with the single "Solsbury Hill", an autobiographical piece expressing his thoughts on leaving Genesis, the single charted at 12 in the UK singles chart and 68 in the US Hot 100 chart. Gabriel felt that the album, and especially the track "Here Comes the Flood" was over-produced. Sparser versions can be heard on Robert Fripp's 1979 album Exposure, and on Gabriel's greatest hits compilation Shaking the Tree (1990).

Gabriel worked with guitarist Robert Fripp (of King Crimson fame) as producer of his second solo LP (Scratch), in 1978. This album was leaner, darker and more experimental, and yielded decent reviews, but no major hits.

His third album (Melt) in 1980, arose as a collaboration with Steve Lillywhite, who also produced early albums by U2 (Boy, October and War). The albums most notable release was the hit single "Games Without Frontiers", this album is generally credited as the first LP to use the now-famous "gated drum" sound, invented by engineer Hugh Padgham and Gabriel's old Genesis band-mate Phil Collins. Collins played drums on several tracks, including the opener, "Intruder", which featured the reverse-gated, cymbal-less drum kit sound which Collins would make famous on his single "In the Air Tonight" and through the rest of the 1980s. The massive, distinctive hollow sound arose through some experiments by Collins and Padgham. Gabriel had requested that his drummers use no cymbals in the album's sessions, and when he heard the result from Collins and Padgham, he asked Collins to play a simple pattern for several minutes, then built "Intruder" on it.

Storm Thorgerson was responsible for the cover art of the first three Gabriel albums, Thorgerson was a key member of the British graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designed many of their most famous single and album covers. Perhaps his most famous designs are those for Pink Floyd. His design for Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. He had also designed the cover art for the Genesis albums - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) and the album ...And Then There Were Three... (1978).

Recorded at his rural English estate in 1981 and 1982, Gabriel's forth album (called Security in the US), co-produced and engineered by David Lord, Gabriel took more responsibility for production. It was one of the first commercial albums recorded entirely to digital tape (using a Sony mobile truck), and featured the early, extremely expensive Fairlight CMI sampling computer. Gabriel combined a variety of sampled and de constructed sounds with world-beat percussion and other unusual instrumentation to create a radically new, emotionally charged soundscape. Furthermore, the sleeve art consisted of inscrutable, video-based imagery. Despite the album's peculiar sound, odd appearance, and often disturbing themes, it sold well and had a hit single in "Shock the Monkey", which also became a groundbreaking music video. "Shock the Monkey" only made it to No 58 in the UK charts and faired a little better in the US where it reached No 29 in the US Hot 100 chart.

7. "Shock the Monkey" was featured on the 1987 film, Project X, starring Matthew Broderick. "I Have The Touch" featured in the 1988 film, The Chocolate War; an alternate version of "I Have the Touch" was featured on the 1996 film, Phenomenon, starring John Travolta, and a cover version by Heather Nova was featured in The Craft.

Gabriel's music has appeared in many motion pictures and the three films that he personally scored these include Alan Parkers "Birdy", "The Last Temptation of Christ" by Martin Scorsese (released as Passion, with additional material found on Passion - Sources) and "Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Phillip Noyce (released as Long Walk Home)

Gabriel achieved his greatest popularity with songs from the 1986 So album, highlights being the '60s-tinged pop and suggestiveness of "Sledgehammer" (a #1 smash in the US, knocking Genesis's Invisible Touch off of the top spot), "Big Time", the ballad "Don't Give Up" with Kate Bush about the devastation of unemployment, and the love song "In Your Eyes". "In Your Eyes" later became ingrained in pop culture in a scene where it is played on John Cusack's boom box in the 1989 film Say Anything.... Gabriel co-produced So with Daniel Lanois, also known for his work with U2.

Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer" which dealt specifically about sex and sexual relations, was accompanied by a much lauded music video, which was a collaboration with director Stephen R. Johnson, Aardman Animations, and the Brothers Quay. The video won numerous awards at the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards, and set a new standard for art in the music video industry. A follow-up video for the song "Big Time" also broke new ground in music video animation and special effects. The song is a story of "what happens to you when you become a little too successful" in Gabriel's words.

Gabriel has worked with a relatively stable crew of musicians and recording engineers throughout his solo career. Bass and Stick player Tony Levin, for example, has appeared on every Peter Gabriel studio album (except Passion and Long Walk Home) and has performed on every Gabriel solo tour. Guitar player David Rhodes has been Gabriel’s guitarist of choice since 1979. Finally, Jerry Marotta has been Gabriel's preferred drummer, both in the studio and on the road. Gabriel is known for choosing top-flight collaborators, from co-producers such as Ezrin, Fripp, Lillywhite, and Lanois to musicians such as L. Shankar, Trent Reznor, Youssou N'Dour, Larry Fast, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sinéad O'Connor, Kate Bush, Paula Cole, John Giblin, Papa Wemba, Manu Katché, Bayete, and Stewart Copeland.

Over the years, Gabriel has collaborated with singer Kate Bush several times; Kate provided backing vocals for Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" and "No Self Control" in 1980, and female lead vocal for "Don't Give Up" (a Top 10 hit in the UK) in 1986, and Gabriel appeared on her television special. Their duet of Roy Harper's "Another Day" was discussed for release as a single, but never appeared.

He has also collaborated with Laurie Anderson on two versions of her composition "Excellent Birds" - one for her album, Mister Heartbreak, and a slightly different version called "This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)" which appeared on cassette and CD versions of So.

Gabriel has been interested in world music for many years, with the first musical evidence appearing on his third album (Melt). This influence has increased over time, and he is the driving force behind the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) movement. WOMAD is a festival started in Shepton Mallet, England in 1982. The festival was pioneered by Peter Gabriel and various others including Stephen Pritchard, through their interest in sharing and celebrating world music, arts and dance. A typical festival will include varied live musical performances, workshops, stalls and events for children. In July 2007 Peter performed at WOMAD in Charlton Park for the first time in the 25 years of the festival.

He created the Real World Studios and record label to facilitate the creation and distribution of such music by various world music artists, and he has worked to educate Western culture about the work of such musicians as Yungchen Lhamo, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N'dour.

He was one of the founders of On Demand Distribution (OD2), one of the first online music download services. Its technology is used by MSN Music UK and others, and has become the dominant music download technology platform for stores in Europe. OD2 was bought by US company Loudeye in June of 2004 and subsequently by Finnish mobile giant Nokia in October 2006 for $60 million.

Additionally, Gabriel is also co-founder (with Brian Eno) of a musicians union called Mudda, short for "magnificent union of digitally downloading artists."

In June 2005, Gabriel and broadcast industry entrepreneur David Engelke purchased Solid State Logic, a leading manufacturer of mixing consoles and digital audio workstations. SSL is among the top 2 or 3 recording console manufacturers in the world of recording.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Instead of duplicating the list of upcoming shows - follow the link below to see who's playing, where and how to get tickets.

Upcoming shows here.

NEWS : Howard Jones UK gigs and more US Tour Dates

Howard Jones is to play a trio of album premiere showcase gigs in the UK in November 2009 – the gigs will be in London, Manchester and Cardiff, each location having a special significance for Howard.

"The gigs will include a premiere of the eagerly awaited Ordinary Heroes album in its entirety, performed by the artists used in the recording of the album and followed by a full electronic band set including his biggest hits. Special guests will also be included at the London and Cardiff shows. Howard has hinted that he may be performing some songs not played live before and some not heard live for a very long time!"

The gigs are as follows -

6th November 2009, Indigo2, Greenwich, London

"A return to the venue which hosted the fabulous 25th Anniversary concert. Howard will be supported by the talented Nick Heyward."

12th November 2009, Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester.

"A very special evening for Howard, as he returns for the first time to play a gig at the conservatoire where he studied music and piano before hitting the big time. This will be a very intimate gig with just 650 tickets available."

13th November 2009, St.Davids Hall Cardiff, Wales

"In the city where Howard spent much of his childhood, he will perform a concert which promises to be a fantastic finale to the trio of gigs. Howard will be supported by the rousing 95 strong world famous Morriston Orpheus Choir, who will also accompany Howardduring the performance of the new album."

More dates have been added to the US tour, they are :

2nd July 2009, Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, USA

3rd July 2009, Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, USA

6th July 2009, Triple Door, Seattle, USA

7th July 2009, Aladdin Theatre, Portland, USA

NEWS : a-ha European Tour - German Dates

27th October 2009, Lanxessarena, Cologne, Germany
28th October 2009, Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
30th October 2009, Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany
31st October 2009, Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany

oh and their forthcoming album "Foot of the Mountain" has been pencilled in for release on the 19th June :).