British rocker Paul Weller has dismissed any fan's hopes for a The Jam reunion by insisting he has no interest in band get togethers. The singer enjoyed a string of hits like Start!, Going Underground and A Town Called Malice with the mod trio before going solo at the end of 1982 - and he has never come close to reforming the group.
And now it seems such a reunion is a near impossibility after telling NME.com he doesn't care for groups like singer Pete Doherty's The Libertines, who recently reunited.
Weller says, "Good luck to them, I liked The Libertines, I loved their first two albums, well the only two albums. But I also liked Pete's last album, the Babyshambles album was great as well.
"It's no good asking me what do I think about bands getting back together, because I don't give a f**k about it really."
British rocker Pete Doherty was cut off by bosses at a top London venue on Monday night (10Mar14) when his Babyshambles gig over-ran. The band's one-off show at the Roundhouse in Camden ran past its 11pm (GMT) cut-off point when the group returned to the stage for an encore.
As frontman Doherty sang Albion, a track from the rockers' debut album, the lights went up, and when the singer attempted to carry on his performance, organisers at the venue pulled the plug on the sound.
Babyshambles returned to the road in 2013 after a three-year absence.
Pete Doherty's rock band Babyshambles was forced to cancel a gig in England on Friday (20Dec13) due to illness. The British group was due to hit the stage at Middlesbrough's TFM Soundworks but pulled out hours before they were due to perform when one of the musicians was taken ill.
A statement from the band reads, "Babyshambles are very sorry to announce they cannot make tonight's show in Middlesbrough. They were looking forward to ending the year in the North-east, but due to illness will not be able to perform. They are hoping to come back and play again as soon as possible in the New Year and are deeply sorry for any disappointment."
British rocker Drew Mcconnell is urging fans to keep cell phones safe at concerts after a recent spate of thefts during gigs in the U.K. Police have launched inquiries amid fears specialist gangs of crooks are posing as music lovers to attend packed concerts and mingle with fans before stealing their phones.
Almost 40 devices were taken during a Kasabian show in Plymouth, England earlier this year (13), 20 went missing during a gig by The Vaccines in Bridlington, England, and 126 fans of rapper Example fell victim to phone theft at his concert in Bournemouth, England in February (13).
Now Babyshambles bassist McConnell is warning fans to make sure their smartphone is hidden out of sight after learning that 50 devices were stolen from audience members at the band's show in Cambridge, England last month (Oct13).
He tells NME magazine, "Appealing to the kind of people who would rob skint (broke) music fans is pointless, but I urge gig-goers to keep their phones safe. Remember, that phone in your pocket is a £500 mini computer."
Ever since George Michael cast the likes of Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington in the video for "Freedom '90," supermodels have become synonymous with the pop world. But some Vogue cover stars have wanted to be more than just the glamorous eye candy in a music promo. Here's a look at five who have temporarily swapped the catwalk for the recording studio.
The latest supermodel to try her hand at the whole singing malarkey, former Victoria's Secret Angel Gisele Bundchen made headlines last week after recording a cover of The Kinks' '60s Britpop classic "All Day & All Of The Night" for a new H&M ad campaign. While Shakira's status as Latin America's premier pop diva is unlikely to come under threat, the 33-year-old’s enchanting Brazilian accent and seductive husky tones at least ensure that you won't have to turn down the volume every time the advert appears on TV.
Featuring production work from the likes of Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve), Bomb The Bass' Tim Simenon and Irish singer-songwriter Gavin Friday, Naomi Campbell's 1994 venture into the music world, Babywoman, certainly arrived with some impressive credentials. But the serial cell phone thrower still failed to tempt anyone to buy it and after spending just a solitary week inside the UK Top 75, it's rarely been heard of since. However, ignore Campbell's wafer-thin vocals and the brooding tribal pop of "Love & Tears" is actually not that bad at all.
Something of an indie-rock fangirl, the face of 1990s heroin chic has performed on tracks by Primal Scream ("Some Velvet Morning") and The Lemonheads ("You’re A Dirty Robot"), played tambourine on Oasis' Be Here Now and co-wrote four tracks with crack-addled one-time boyfriend Pete Doherty for Babyshambles' sophomore disc, Shotter’s Nation. But she's yet to produce anything which suggests she should give up the day job.
Disillusioned with the fashion industry, one of the newly-crowned supermodels decided to follow in the footsteps of Moss by hooking up with a British guitar band in the shape of Five O'Clock Heroes for "Who," the first single from their 2008 second album, Speak Your Language. Deyn's girlish tones aren't without their charms, but unfortunately the track itself was the kind of plodding indie-rock you'd expect to hear on a wet Wednesday night down the local pub.
Another supermodel who tested her vocal skills for the purposes of a TV advert, Heidi Klum was given the job of tackling Bee Gees' disco classic "Stayin' Alive" whilst parading around in a pair of Jordache jeans earlier this year. Her karaoke-style rendition suggests that little of former husband Seal's musical talent rubbed off on her.
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British rocker Pete Doherty has cast doubt over his comeback tour because he can't bear to split his earnings with his Babyshambles bandmates. The former Libertines frontman has not hit the road with his group for three years, preferring to perform as a solo artist, but he is currently touring the U.K. with his bandmates to promote their new album.
However, on the eve of the trek, the troubled singer confessed he was on the brink of pulling out because he will only earn a fifth of the money he makes playing gigs on his own.
He tells NME magazine following the first concert of the tour in London, "Up until about three hours ago I was gonna (sic) pull the whole (tour) to be honest... I can't wait to get on the road and split the money I'd normally get all myself five ways - it's great."
Katy Perry has scored a TransAtlantic double after taking her new single Roar to the top of the British charts just days after she reached number one in America. Perry has ended Ellie Goulding's three-week reign atop the countdown with her fourth number one.
Goulding's Burn slips a spot to two, just ahead of Avicii's Wake Me Up at three and Klangkarussell's Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) at four.
Meanwhile, in the albums chart, the self-titled debut album from The 1975 enters at number one, and Nine Inch Nails' new release Hesitation Marks enters at two. Acclaimed duo Rizzle Kicks debut Roaring 20s at three.
Also new to the top 10: Ariana Grande's Yours Truly at seven and Babyshambles' Sequel Prequel at 10.
British rocker Pete Doherty has set up a shop in London to sell off his personal items and memorabilia from his bands Babyshambles and The Libertines. The singer is working as a sales assistant in the store, which has opened in the U.K. capital's Camden area.
Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection is filled with a collection of bizarre items including the butts of cigarettes smoked by famous pals including Doherty's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and late singer Amy Winehouse.
A journalist from Noisey.vice.com reports, "There's enough Libertines, Babyshambles and Doherty memorabilia in there to fill a ballroom... I asked him (Doherty) where it's all come from. He shrugged and said 'I've brought it all out of storage, these are just the things that I wanted to sell'... It sells almost nothing of worth, for prices that are extraordinary. There are cigarette butts for £100 and wrapping paper for double that."
Doherty first discussed the shop with journalists from NME earlier this year (13), saying, "I've got fag (cigarette) butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (soccer star) sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t, basically."
Pete Doherty's rock act Babyshambles have been forced to scrap an upcoming Australian tour at the advice of their immigration lawyers. The band will perform at New South Wales' Splendour in the Grass festival this weekend (26-28Jul13), but gigs in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth have been axed.
A statement from the band reads: "While we're disappointed the tour hasn't worked out this time, we're very excited about playing our new songs at Splendour In The Grass and we're hoping to reschedule the other shows for some time in the not too distant future."
Full details about the group's reasons for cancelling the concerts have not been released, but a spokesperson for promoters Secret Sounds says, "The band will not be touring to other Australian cities on this trip. This is due to various considerations, including advice from our immigration solicitor."
The Babyshambles rocker was heading to the Ibiza Rocks festival and, coincidentally, was on the same flight out of the U.K. as the supermodel, who he dated between 2005 and 2007.
And the musician was left red-faced when Moss' young daughter Lila came running over to say hello, according to Britain's The Sun.
A source tells the publication, "Lila was excited because she hadn't seen Pete for ages. She was calling her mum over but Kate and Pete stayed in their seats and just acknowledged each other.
"They both looked extremely uncomfortable and spent the whole flight trying not to catch each other's eyes. When the flight landed Kate was ushered off and they did not speak."