British rockers Kasabian have been announced as one of the headliners for the 2014 Benicassim Festival in Spain. Also on the bill are rapper Tinie Tempah, Paul Weller and Manic Street Preachers. The festival takes place from 17-20 July (14).
Blondie are to be honoured with the Godlike Genius Award at this year's NME Awards. Debbie Harry and her bandmates will pick up the award in person and also perform at the NME Awards 2014 at the O2 Academy in London on 26 February (14).
Harry says, "It's out of proportion, but it's nice to be recognised. It's outstanding, really... I also find it particularly interesting that there aren't many Americans who've been given this award before, so that's flattering."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Previous recipients of NME's Godlike Genius Award include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher. Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr won it last year (13).
David Bowie walked away empty-handed from Britain's Q Awards on Monday (21Oct13) after he was beaten in six top categories. The veteran rocker was nominated for Best Track, Best Video, Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, Best Event, and Best Album - and won nothing.
In the Best Solo Artist category, he was beaten by pop star Ellie Goulding, who suggested he had been snubbed by the awards organisers for declining to attend the event in London.
She told the audience, "I really didn't expect this, you know, but perhaps David Bowie not being here had something to do with it?"
Young singer/songwriter Jake Bugg took the prize for Best New Act, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro won Best Album for Opposites, and Foals were named Best Live Act.
Veteran band Suede received the coveted Icon Award, and flamboyant frontman Brett Anderson joked, "Thanks for whoever chose the picture of me in the blouse from 1993. It's been a pleasure and a privilege being in this band."
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best Solo Artist - Ellie Goulding
Best Act In The World Today - Vampire Weekend
Best Album - Biffy Clyro, Opposites
Best Live Act - Foals
Best New Act - Jake Bugg
Best Track - Arctic Monkeys, Do I Wanna Know?
Best Video - Manic Street Preachers, Show Me The Wonder
Best Event - Glastonbury Festival Of Contemporary Performing Arts
Idol Award - Robbie Williams
Icon Award - Suede
Classic Songwriter - Chrissie Hynde
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Pet Shop Boys.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes. The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Vaccines and James Walbourn from The Pretenders to join him onstage for a special jam session.
Explaining how the supergroup line-up came together, Burgess told the audience, "I asked The Vaccines, but the singer was on holiday. I asked New Order, but the singer was on holiday. That wasn't going to stop us, so I said I'd sing."
The band covered New Order's Love Vigilantes and The Vaccines' Melody Calling, before wrapping up with Joy Division tune Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Burgess later returned to the spotlight to play with The Charlatans, and they had a special guest stepping in for Brookes - former The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury.
Speaking before the gig, bassist Martin Blunt told NME.com, "There was a tour when Jon was ill and wasn't going to be able to play. We asked who he wanted to replace him, and his first choice was Pete Salisbury."
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died of brain cancer in August (13), aged 44.
Rockers The Charlatans are hoping to put their grief behind them by staging a memorial concert for their late drummer. The band is holding a tribute show for Jon Brookes on Friday (18Oct13) at London's Royal Albert Hall with a line-up featuring Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers and a DJ set from the Chemical Brothers.
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died in August (13).
Frontman Tim Burgess tells the London Evening Standard, "In a funny way, it really doesn't feel like he's gone anywhere. If I receive a text from his wife, it comes up as Jon Brookes so it's still like he is there really. We are starting to deal with it now, but with the event coming up that's when it will probably hit home. It will be like closure."
WENNDespite the mysterious absence of guitarist Richie Sambora since April, Bon Jovi have continued to carry on regardless, playing up to tens of thousands of fans per night during their current Because We Can world tour. But they're certainly not the first band to soldier on without a key member. Here's a look at five others who refused to call it quits. The WhoIt’s extremely rare for the sticksman to be the focal point of a group. But through a chaotic mixture of a unique drumming style, a habit of passing out on stage and a fondness for explosives, Keith Moon became The Who's biggest, if most self-destructive, weapon. Following his death from a drug overdose in 1978, the Quadrophenia legends released two albums with his replacement, Kenney Jones, before splitting. But since reuniting in 1996, they have continued to function as a nostalgic live act despite the loss of another key member, bassist John Entwistle, in 2002.Lynyrd SkynyrdFew bands have had to deal with such a colossal tragedy as Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Southern rock pioneers lost three members of their core line-up, including lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, when a chartered plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi in 1977. The rest of the group understandably called it quits soon after but ten years later reformed for a 'one-time' tribute tour which has now lasted 26 years, although guitarist Gary Rossington now remains the only founding member.
Manic Street PreachersThe Welsh trio became the self-styled Generation Terrorists of British rock in the '90s thanks to an androgynous glam image, a revolutionary set of political ideals and troubled lyricist Richey Edwards' dark themes of depression, self-harm and alcohol abuse. But following his still-unresolved disappearance in 1995, the band regrouped and reinvented themselves as an anthemic stadium rock act, later reaching No.1 in the UK with 1998's This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours.GenesisResponsible for launching the careers of two of the '80s biggest male vocalists, Genesis began life as an avant-garde prog-rock band before Peter Gabriel's departure resulted in Phil Collins' transition from drummer to lead vocalist and a radical pop reinvention. After losing their second frontman in 1996, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks then recruited one-hit wonders Stiltskin's Ray Wilson for 1997's critically-panned Calling All Stations before finally calling it a day.
QueenFronted by arguably the most charismatic showman in rock history, Queen's highly influential career was presumed to be over following Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. However, Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to keep the name alive, sometimes rather questionably, through 1995's posthumous album, Made In Heaven, collaborations with Wyclef Jean, boyband 5ive and The Muppets, and a 2008 LP recorded with former Free lead vocalist Paul Rodgers.Follow @Hollywood_com
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"If he were around today, Richey would be the insane male version of Lady Gaga. Sky News would be buzzing over him in a Skycoptor and he would have the world's biggest Twitter following. Or he would have gone down the J.D. Salinger route and become a recluse. In any case, he would be a star." Manic Street Preachers rocker Nicky Wire reflects on the band's missing guitarist, Richey Edwards, who disappeared in 1995. He was officially declared 'presumed dead' in 2008.
Sir Paul McCartney is to play one of his most intimate gigs in London next month (Oct13) as part of a BBC radio showcase. The former Beatles star will perform in front of just 200 fans at the BBC's Maida Vale studios on 16 October (13).
The small show will be broadcast to listeners of Radio 6 Music as part of a week-long season of live shows by acts including Manic Street Preachers and Sigur Ros.
Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers have reportedly ordered members of a controversial U.K. protest group to stop using one of the band's songs to promote an upcoming rally. Members of the extreme right-wing English Defence League (EDL) have allegedly been using the band's 1998 track If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next in promotional materials, and the revelation has riled the musicians.
A spokesperson for the Manics told NME.com the musicians were "horrified" by the suggestion their song has been used by the EDL, and executives at their record label have ordered the organisation to remove materials featuring the song from their website.
Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers brought in guest vocalists to collaborate on their latest album as frontman James Dean Bradfield was convinced his voice wasn't good enough for the new songs. The trio collaborated with artists including Richard Hawley, Cate Le Bon and Lucy Rose on tracks for Rewind the Film as Bradfield was worried about his vocals.
He tells Britain's NME magazine, "I've got a sneaking feeling that I've been singing our songs for so long it's hard to find something new as a vocalist. It's easier as a drummer or a bassist to find a different direction, but if you try to change the sound of your voice, you end up sounding like a d**k.
"And I felt my voice, at this point, was underselling some of the songs. There's no point in having an ego about it. I don't care if someone else is going to sing (the songs). I've had enough props and glory."