Snow Patrol rocker Tom Simpson has quit the group after playing a final gig in Northern Ireland on Thursday night (15Aug13). Frontman Gary Lightbody revealed news of the keyboardist's departure while on stage at the Tennent's Vital festival in Belfast and dedicated the band's hit Chasing Cars to the musician.
Lightbody told the crowd, "There is a slightly sad element to this gig. Tom Simpson has been in Snow Patrol since 1996 and tonight in Belfast is his last gig. Tom is going his separate way (sic)... He's decided he wants to do his own thing... We support him and love him as a brother."
The rockers celebrated Simpson's departure by presenting him with a cake, which was topped with an edible model of the band, while Lightbody passed on a message from his friend in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Tom: Thank you to all our fans. Feeling heavy hearted today. It's been an amazing journey but I've come home now. God bless you all."
The singer adds, "Thank you Belfast for giving our Tom such a great send off. We knew you would. Sad today. Much love to you all good people. Bless your hearts."
"We wrote with Harry. It was a lot of fun. He's a real dude actually. We've no idea if those songs will make it yet, though. It's a long process. It's great to work with other people - it's good to flex the muscle." Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody reveals he has teamed up with One Direction star Harry Styles in the studio to write songs for the pop band's next album.
Hey, Game of Thrones fans — does this guy look like a citizen of war-torn Westeros to you? No? Well, starting next season he (that's Coldplay drummer Will Champion, N00bs) totally will be. Champion is set to play, of all things, a drummer.
According to EW, Champion is actually the second famous musician set to appear in GoT's highly anticipated third season. Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody has also been cast, in a cameo role that hasn’t yet been officially described.
Now, my first instinct as a fan of both the show AND the books was the Ryan Murphy response: I felt slightly uneasy at the prospect of GoT turning into a Glee/American Horror Story-esque cameo-fest. Yes, shows like 30 Rock do this too — often well — but it's different when it's a drama, and a period (sort of?) drama to boot. I like AHS, and am very attached to a few story lines this season, but I also feel that Murphy tries to jam in too many famous people and shocking plot points, and it's rarely for the benefit of the show. (In fact, one might argue that it's for the benefit of his ego, reacting to the show's success.)
Here's why I'm not too worried about Game of Thrones: Because showrunners D.B. Benioff and David Weiss are brilliant. They're already taken George R. R. Martin's sprawling second novel — with its too many new characters, backstories, and (sometimes boring) plots for a 10-episode series — and made it into a compelling stand-alone TV season. They know their audience, and they know the importance of appealing to the masses while keeping readers happy. And you know what would make readers really, really unhappy? Casting Lindsay Lohan as one of Littlefinger's whores, and Ryan Lochte as a member of the Lannister army.
Now, I very well could be wrong — so far there have been two famous cameos set for this season, and since we're currently eons away, there could be more. But I wouldn't bet on it, and something tells me that Champion will blend into the background. After all, I hear there might be a gig for a wedding drummer this season...
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The Gavin & Stacey funnyman exchanged vows with Julia Carey, the mother of his son Max, at luxury venue Babington House in front of guests including Doctor Who star Matt Smith, comedian David Walliams and Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia.
The couple arrived at the wedding by helicopter after attending the wedding of TV presenter Dermot O'Leary in Kent, England on Friday (14Sep12), and after the nuptials, they were serenaded by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.
Hip-hop group Rizzle Kicks also performed, but the highlight of the reception came when Corden's best man Ben Winston played a spoof video tribute which mocked Corden's days in a boyband called Insatiable.
The video reunited the original members of the defunct group and also featured Sir Paul McCartney, One Direction, Snow Patrol and Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, who all recorded a line from a song Corden penned as a youngster, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
After the ceremony, Niall Horan of One Direction took to Twitter.com to thank the couple for their hospitality, writing, "Incredible night last night! Thanks to (James Corden) and (Julia Carey) now Corden for having us! Had such a laugh!"
Corden and Carey, who were introduced by the comic's former roommate, actor Dominic Cooper, became engaged in 2010.
Hooley was branded the godfather of the Belfast punk scene after setting up a record shop in the 1970s and discovering Teenage Kicks hitmakers The Undertones.
Now his story is to be told in a full-length feature film, co-produced by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer will take the lead role.
Lightbody tells Mojo magazine, "He lived a crazy life. A really f**king dark, hilarious, wasted life... Terri's an unsung hero. Despite discovering The Undertones, he never sold out... The story is hilarious and touching."