Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has opened up about breaking his hand, insisting he suffered the painful injury by drunkenly punching a wall. The rocker split a bone in his right hand during recording sessions for the British band's new album AM, and surgeons had to insert a metal plate under the skin to help heal the injury.
Helders has remained coy about how the damage occurred, but now he has suggested he lashed out at a wall in frustration and immediately regretted it.
He tells rock magazine Q, "It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no. I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected... The next day I did (feel like a fool)... It was just me being stupid.
"I weren't (sic) even that angry, cos (sic) I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I've told said, 'We've all done it.' I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out - not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, 'I think we need to go to hospital.' They put a plate in it. I'm having it taken out at Christmas."
However, Helders' bandmate Alex Turner later cast doubt on the drummer's explanation for the injury, adding, "Oh, is that what he told you?... Yeah, he's been telling some people that..."
The broken hand is the second major injury Helders has suffered in recent years - in 2010 he broke his left arm sparring with a pal during a workout in a boxing ring.
TV presenter/socialite Alexa Chung is glad she took time away from dating after splitting from Arctic Monkeys rocker Alex Turner as she had no idea how to cope without a man in her life. The former MTV girl broke up with Turner in 2011 after four years together, and the romance had come hot on the heels of her three-and-a-half year relationship with photographer David Titlow.
Chung was left distraught by the split and has only allowed herself several casual flings since the break-up, because single life made her realise she did not even know how to change TV channels properly.
She tells Britain's The Guardian, "I'm not heartbroken any more, but I definitely was... It was various people. There was one big thing, and then there were various ill-advised flings I had to get over him, so yeah... But is this gross to talk about? I feel he wouldn't talk about it. I don't know how relevant it is now, whereas if you asked me at the time, 'How you doing?' No one even asked... But I don't know whether to be open and vulnerable about it and say, 'I had a s**t time', or to be quiet...
"But I don't want to imply he broke my heart. I was grieving for the loss of something... I'm grateful for the experience of that s**t time, and for being on my own. I'd never really been on my own before - I'd always gone from one relationship to the next - so I had to learn all this stupid stuff. Like, how do I work my f**king TV? And now there isn't a dude to tell me how to put up the blinds. But it's good to learn how to work your way round a drill."
However, Chung reveals she still remains close to Turner, adding, "Oh yeah, he's my best friend."
WENNPreviously the sole preserve of aging prog-rockers, the concept of the supergroup has recently been embraced by artists from the worlds of EDM (Swedish House Mafia), indie-rock (Tired Pony) and hip-hop (Slaughterhouse) and even the odd boyband (NKOTBSB). But only a handful ever live up to their 'super' billing. Here’s a look at five of the best from the 21st century.
Lucy PearlThe brainchild of A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and former Tony! Toni! Tone member Raphael Saadiiq, Lucy Pearl then became worthy of their supergroup tag when they recruited Dawn Robinson as a last-minute replacement for D'Angelo. A glorious mix of neo-soul, funk & R&B, their 2000 self-titled debut album produced a string of classic singles ("Dance Tonight," "Don’t Mess With My Man"). But following the En Vogue star's departure, the whole project sadly disbanded just two years later.
Atoms For PeaceNamed after a speech by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Atoms For Peace saw Thom Yorke form an unlikely alliance with permanently shirtless bassist Flea alongside longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. Their debut album's sketchy and minimalist blend of IDM, post-garage and experimental electronica may have confused fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers' funk rock. But Amok proved that their random line-up wasn’t the only intriguing thing about them.
ApparatijkDespite featuring the bassist from arguably the world’s biggest band, Apparatijk's cinematic blend of post-rock, indie and electronica has been all but ignored since they first came together to record the theme tune to BBC documentary, Amazon. Which is a shame as Coldplay's Guy Berryman, A-Ha's Magne Furuholmen, Mew's Jonas Bjerre and producer Martin Terefe have produced two albums (We Are Here, Square Peg In A Round Hole) which stand up against any of their respective groups' output.
The Last Shadow PuppetsAllowing Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, former The Rascals frontman Miles Kane and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford to embrace their love of '60s orchestral pop, The Last Shadow Puppets reached number one in the UK and even earned a Mercury Prize nomination with a grandiose debut album, The Age Of Understatement, which recalled everything from the classic Bond themes of John Barry to the wondrous The Walker Brothers.
Magnetic ManPioneers of the dubstep sound, Benga, Skream and Artwork then took the genre to new commercial heights with a 2010 self-titled debut album under the guise of Magnetic Man which featured inspired collaborations with the likes of John Legend and Ms Dynamite and also introduced the talents of a young Katy B.
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WENNBuoyed by a triumphant headline slot at Glastonbury and an anthemic performance at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Sheffield's finest, Arctic Monkeys, appear to have rediscovered their mojo with their new record, AM. But how does it compare to their other studio efforts? Here's a rundown of their five UK number one albums, from worst to best.
5. HumbugEntirely subverting the public's impression of the band, 2009's Humbug saw the Monkeys abandon the Yorkshire Moors in favour of the Mojave Desert with a slightly menacing swamp-rock affair co-produced by Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme. The riffs may have been thicker and Turner's tales darker, but apart from the lovely "Cornerstone," the tunes were non-existent and the band appeared to alienate half their audience in one fell swoop.
4. Suck It And SeeThe title of their fourth album's lead single, "Don’t Sit Down 'Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair," proved that the Monkeys had regained some of their mischievousness even if the music didn't necessarily always reflect that. Indeed, the stodginess that consumed its predecessor had thankfully disappeared but Suck It And See was the sound of a band coasting rather the sound of a band hailed as indie-rock's great big hope.
3. Favourite Worst NightmareThe Monkeys followed up their striking debut with more of the same, only with the volume turned up to eleven. Indeed, drummer Matt Helders was undoubtedly the star of the show on an unashamedly louder and faster record which hinted at the heaviness ahead, but wasn't afraid to embrace the concept of a hummable melody either, as shown on the utterly charming "Fluorescent Adolescent."
2. AMMaking everyone who had jumped ship since their third album sit up and take notice again, AM showed that the quartet still possessed the ability to surprise with twelve hook-laden tracks which embraced everything from Beatles-esque pop, stomping glam-rock and in the case of "Why'd You Only Call Me When You’re High?," 90s G-funk, with impossibly infectious results.
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotA thrilling ball of energy which immediately positioned the Monkeys as guitar band saviours, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not justified all the MySpace-assisted hype with ease. Combining Turner's distinctly Northern tales of teenage life with an inspired mix of post-punk, indie-disco and garage rock, this Mercury Prize-winning debut still stands up as one of the most of enthralling of the '00s.Follow @Hollywood_com
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"She had a lot of fun - maybe more than me. She was there with all her gang. I didn't even get the tickets for them, she went and organised it for herself. There's something about a big festival and knowing your mum is around somewhere. I can't be naughty if she's there." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner couldn't let loose at Britain's Glastonbury Festival this summer (13) as his mother Penny was there.
"It sort of feels where we should be - it's a new sound that we haven't made before, so it kind of made sense to self-title it. Which I would have done, if we didn't have such a ridiculous name." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner explains the reasoning behind the name of the band's new album, Am.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and creator Vince Gilligan celebrated the launch of the show's new episodes by hosting a special screening party in Venice, California. The bash at a private residence on Sunday night (11Aug13) was attended by famous faces including Twilight actor Kellan Lutz, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, shock rocker Marilyn Manson and funnyman Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Guests were served cocktails themed around the popular show, with names such as Yeah Science!, Blue Ice, Mr. White and Cap'n Cook, as well as cupcakes decorated with blue crystals - a reference to the drama's crystal meth drug theme.
After the party, Paul tweeted, "Last night was insane! Thank you everyone for the undying support of the show... Yeah b**ch."
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner made his mother extra proud during the band's headline slot at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (28Jun13) by leading the crowd in a mass singalong of Happy Birthday. The rockers were closing the first official day of the iconic event with a 90-minute set on the main stage, and Turner stopped the performance midway to enlist fans' help in sending a message to his mum, Penny.
He told revellers, "While I've got you, it's actually my mum's birthday today and she is in the crowd," before leading them in a rendition of Happy Birthday and adding afterwards, "Thank you very much - I appreciate that."
The band also channelled several rock icons during the set - Turner jokingly sang snippets of David Bowie's Soul Love and Coldplay hit Yellow before breaking into Arctic Monkeys song Cornerstone, and at the end of their track Mardy Bum he recited a line from Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger.
The Rolling Stones are due to headline Glastonbury's main stage on Saturday (29Jun13) and Mumford & Sons will close the three-day event on Sunday night (30Jun13).
Noel Gallagher has outdone his younger brother Liam yet again - he has been named the world's best dressed rock star. The warring brothers have been trying to one-up each other in the pop charts with their new bands ever since Oasis split following a bust-up between the pair in 2009.
Fashion-conscious Liam is proud of his sartorial elegance and has even launched his own chain of clothes stores - but he will be left seething over news he only ranked fifth in a list of the most stylish rockers while his brother topped the countdown.
Noel beat Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner into second place, while Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno and singer/songwriter Miles Kane are in third and fourth respectively in the survey by designer menswear store www.stuartslondon.com.
The top 10 is rounded out by Pharrell Williams, British teen sensation Jake Bugg, The Killers star Brandon Flowers, The Horrors frontman Faris Badwan, and Paul Weller.
Ravi Grewal, owner of Stuarts London, says, "It's good to see that musicians are still looked up to when it comes to their fashion choices, and it seems smartly dressed rockers like Gallagher, Turner and Pizzorno have overtaken scruffy rockers."
Rocker Josh Homme was convinced he had become the victim of a cheeky prank when he received a phone call from Sir Elton John asking to be a part of the new Queens Of The Stone Age album. The Rocket Man has made a guest appearance on the group's upcoming project ...Like Clockwork, and Homme reveals the collaboration was all down to the gay icon after he became a fan of the singer's work with rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
He tells British radio station XFM, "(Elton) was in a car listening to Them Crooked Vultures and his assistant said, 'You need to hear Queens.' The guy driving the car was an old roommate of mine! So all of a sudden I get a phone call at my house on a Sunday. I picked up and he said: 'Hello Josh, this is Elton.' I thought someone was messing with me. He said, 'The only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!' I said, 'Honey, you have no idea.'"
Elton isn't the only musician to feature on ...Like Clockwork - Trent Reznor, Scissor Sisters' singer Jake Shears and the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner also worked on the new album.