Madness frontman Graham 'Suggs' Mcpherson sent BBC producers into a spin last year (12) after arriving for a live performance dressed as disgraced TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile. The band was preparing to play on Jools Holland's music show in October (12) when Suggs stunned executives by showing up sporting leisurewear, huge jewellery and a cigar - all trademarks of the shamed broadcaster.
Producers were thrown into a panic as Savile had been unmasked as a serial paedophile following his death in 2011. It has since emerged he sexually abused 450 victims, including 30 children, many of them during his time working at the BBC.
Suggs was ordered back to his dressing room to change before the band was allowed to perform.
Explaining the incident to U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, Holland says, "You'll probably edit this out but when Suggs came on Later, he had to be stopped from coming on the live version because he'd changed into a tracksuit with a gold chain and a big cigar."
Suggs, who also appeared on the talk show, added: "If only I had kicked them all (abusive celebrities) up the b**locks when I had the chance, it would be a different story."
Listening to an album has its moments, but nothing beats the adrenaline from a good live show. This fall, in support of an exciting batch of new albums, our favorite stars will be going on the road and making appearances in our hometowns. Here are 7 fall tours that are bound to be showstoppers.
Pearl Jam After teasing with some new songs at their live performances in July, Pearl Jam will officially be taking it all off this fall. Beginning in October, Pearl Jam will be heading on a twenty-four date North American tour in support of their latest album, Lightning Bolt. Get tickets here.
Kanye West Kanye West is taking a break from courting controversies and will be kicking off his fall tour in October. So far, West hasn’t done any full out live cuts of his latest album Yeezus, so the tour should definitely be a doozy. This will be West’s return to the live stage after 2011’s Watch the Throne tour with Jay Z. For tickets, click here.
P!nk After hitting the European road, P!nk has added additional North American dates for her Truth About Love tour. Now playing sixty dates in the U.S., P!nk will be kicking off in Oakland, California on October 10 and will be supported by Denver band Churchill. Click here for tickets.
Arctic Monkeys Known for their manic live shows, the Arctic Monkeys will be gracing America with their presence for seventeen tour dates. Beginning on September 16 in New York City, the boys will be touring in support of their latest album, AM. Tickets are already flying off the virtual shelves, so secure your stubs here.
Nine Inch Nails In true rock star style, Trent Reznor is eating some delicious crow after dramatically announcing in 2009 that Nine Inch Nails would never tour again… only to announce a fall tour for this year. Before taking over the world, NIN will be embarking on a North American tour on September 28. Get your tickets here.
India.Arie The always-glorious India.Arie will be touring in support of her 5th full-length album, Songversation this fall, kicking off at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on September 21. Get your filling of “Cocoa Butter” here.
Jay ZJay Z has been super busy lately, brokering deals with Samsung, taking the dash out of his name, and of course there was that insanely successful Legends of Summer tour with Justin Timberlake. In support of the awesome Magna Carter... Holy Grail, Jay Z will hitting the road again at the end of November. Tickets are available here.
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Former Beach Boys bandmates Brian Wilson and Blondie Chaplin are set to reunite on the road. Singer/guitarist Chaplin will join the rock icon for select dates on his upcoming tour, which will also feature guest spots from Beach Boys founding members Al Jardine and David Marks.
Chaplin, who was a Beach Boy in the early 1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Florida, New York City, Las Vegas, Oakland and Los Angeles.
Wilson tells the Los Angeles Times, "Blondie was one of my favourite singers in the '70s. He blew my mind with Sail on Sailor, and he also sang on a song called Funky Pretty, on the Beach Boys' Holland album.
"Until two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called He Come Down - he sang it great! It will be fun to have him at a few of our concerts."
Wilson is touring North America from 27 September (13) on a split bill with Jeff Beck, who also has been contributing to the Beach Boys star's new solo album.
The Good Vibrations singer and Jardine and Marks last hit the stage together last year (12) for the 50th anniversary Beach Boys reunion tour, which ended when former bandmates Mike Love and Bruce Johnston announced plans to resume touring with an alternative group.
A French landscape painting previously dismissed as a Vincent Van Gogh fake has been confirmed as the first 'new' piece of work by the Dutch master. The piece, Sunset at Montmajour was painted in 1888, but had remained hidden away in a private collector's attic after experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland insisted it was not authentic.
However, new research has proved the artwork was really created by Van Gogh, who was living in Arles, France at the time of the painting.
It will now go on show at the Van Gogh Museum later this month (Sep13) and remain on display for a year.
Museum director Axel Rueger announced the findings at a press conference on Monday (09Sep13), claiming the discovery is "a once in a lifetime experience" and adding, "What makes this even more exceptional is that this is a transition work in his oeuvre, and moreover, a large painting from a period that is considered by many to be the culmination of his artistic achievement, his period in Arles."
Van Gogh created masterpieces including The Sunflowers and The Bedroom while living in Arles.
British musician Jools Holland could be forced to tear down a medieval castle-style structure in the grounds of his home after he failed to obtain planning permission for its construction. The former Squeeze star has erected a lavish stone walled garden, compete with turrets, in the shape of Britain's Union flag at his mansion in Kent, England.
However, it has now emerged Holland failed to obtain permission from local authorities to build the structure, so he has applied for authorisation retrospectively.
If officials at Medway Council reject his request, he could be ordered to tear down the structure.
A council spokesman says, "The works that were carried out were undertaken by the owner on the assumption that planning permission was not required. He was subsequently advised that this was not correct and submitted a planning application."
In 2010, fellow musician Sir Cliff Richard was ordered to tear down a conservatory built on the side of his home in Surrey, England after officials ruled the glass room had been erected without proper consent.
Director Peter Jackson will be the toast of the 2013 International Broadcasting Convention as the recipient of the International Honor for Excellence. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker, known for the stunning visual effects in his movies, has been selected to collect the organisation's highest honour in recognition of his work "fostering the relationship between technology and creativity" in the film industry.
He will pick up the accolade in September (13), when the annual event takes place in Amsterdam, Holland.
Previous recipients include director James Cameron, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and British nature filmmaker Sir David Attenborough.
Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson is heading to the small screen after landing a role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming TV series The Knick. The This Must Be The Place star, 22, has been cast alongside Clive Owen in the 10-part show, which is based in 1900s New York and will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.
Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano has also joined the line-up, which includes Andre Holland and Sinister's Juliet Rylance, according to Deadline.com.
Production on the programme, which will air on America's Cinemax cable network, is due to begin in late September (13).
Classic artwork by master painters including Picasso, Monet and Matisse has been lost forever after a thief's mother burned it in her oven to hide evidence of his crime. The paintings, valued at up to $260 million (£167 million), were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Holland. Cops have reportedly discovered small fragments of the artwork in an oven belong to the burglary suspect's mother in Carcaliu, Romania.
Actors Jason Biggs and Taylor Schilling's new comedic drama series Orange Is The New Black has been renewed for a second season before the show has even premiered. The programme, an original series for online streaming service Netflix, is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman and stars The Lucky One beauty Schilling as a woman jailed for her connection to an international drug smuggler, played by Laura Prepon. Biggs stars as Schilling's onscreen fiance.
Orange Is The New Black, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, is due to launch on 11 July (13) and Netflix bosses are so impressed by the first series, they have already ordered a second cycle.
Netflix representative Cindy Holland says, "Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we're eager to get a second season to our viewers."
The show is the latest Netflix offering to be renewed - Kevin Spacey's political drama House of Cards and Eli Roth's horror Hemlock Grove have both been picked up for second series.
Kim Deal may have left The Pixies, but it seems the band just can't go on without a bassist named Kim. Former Muffs founder Kim Shattuck has joined the band in time for their new world tour, which will start in Paris on Sept. 29.
The Paris date will mark the first time Shattuck will play with The Pixies. She previously played bass with punk girl group The Pandoras throughout the mid eighties and later founded the indie rock band The Muffs.
Since adding Shattuck to the group, The Pixies have been spending most of their time in their Los Angeles rehearsal space. They've announced that this tour will include not only new music but also more obscure Pixies songs that never made it to the stage.
"Along with everyone's favorites, we'll be playing songs that we haven't played in ages or never played live before," said frontman Black Francis. "Songs like 'Brick is Red,' 'Havalina,' 'Tony's Theme.' and 'Sad Punk.' We've probably rehearsed some 80 songs, so we'll be able to change up the set at the last minute if we feel like it. We're all really looking forward to this tour."
The band gave us a taste of what's to come when they released "Bagboy" on Friday, their first new song since 2004, and it's definitely worth a listen if you haven't heard it yet (video below).
The dates for the first leg of the tour are below, and more dates will be announced soon.
Sept. 29 - Olympia, Paris, FranceOct. 2 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BelgiumOct. 5 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, HollandOct. 8 - Huxleys, Berlin, GermanyOct. 10 - Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech RepublicNov. 1 - Gasometer, Vienna, AustriaNov. 2 - Thonex, Geneva, SwitzerlandNov. 4 - Alcatraz, Milan, ItalyNov. 7 - La Riviera, Madrid, SpainNov. 9 - Coliseum, Lisbon, PortugalNov. 13 - Falkoner, Copenhagen, DenmarkNov. 14 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, NorwayNov. 15 - Munchen Brewery, Stockholm, SwedenNov. 18 - Olympia, Dublin, IrelandNov. 21 - Apollo, Manchester, EnglandNov. 22 - Barrowland, Glasgow, ScotlandNov. 24 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
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