What's Hot... What's Not... And... Whats been going down in London Town?
By Lis Booth
Whats Hot....?
* GREEN DAY recently let slip that the band are already working on songs for the follow up to 2009's 21st Century Breakdown. - "We did some demos in Berlin, some in Stockholm, some just outside of Glasgow and some in Amsterdam," he told Kerrang "We wanted to get down in some early form.".. when asked about the status of the new album — which, as they put it, is shaping up to be a "back-to-basics" sort of affair..."It's just been songwriting right now. Instead of doing it later on, we decided to start doing stuff now. ... It's all back to the basics again. Just getting in a room together and start jamming," Armstrong said. "We set up all of our old gear, which was like an experiment. We set up all of our equipment from 1992, and we sat in a room. We got in, and I was like, 'Come on, guys, we're getting back in!' and I start playing and go, 'This sounds like shit!' Everything sounded so bad!".. "Me and Tre Cool were looking at Billie going, 'Really, you've got to pull out that POS amp?' " bassist Mike Dirnt laughed. "I mean, it really sounded like crap."...!!
* Bayside might not be releasing their next album, Killing Time until February 2011, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving fans a new track during the wait. The song is titled “Already Gone,” and serves as the first full sample of the band’s Wind-Up Records debut.
* KURT COBAIN MTV LETTER TO BE AUCTIONED.. - A Handwritten note sees Nirvana Kurt Cobain lay into MTV!.The undated letter, which is signed "Kurdt Kobaineee, will be auctioned.. check here www.julienslive.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/8/lot/1820/from/find-lots/
* Jackass 3D has been premiering around the Globe.. but I haven't seen it as of yet..!
* MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE are set for a new Album Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys expected for release on November 22
* BLINK 182 have reported They are in the Studio recording a new Album following their recent festival tour..
* BAD RELIGION are currently touring the U.S - check out their website for details AT www.badreligion.com
* ELVIS COSTELLO Announced new Album 'National Ransom' is to be released this October.
* THE OFFSPRING have revealed that they re about to head back to the studio to start work on their follow-up 2008 album "Rise And Fall", follow updates at www.offspring.com.
* DAFT PUNK made a surprise appearance alongside Phoenix at a gig in New York ON October 20. The French duo appeared at the back of the stage for the band’s encore at Madison Square Garden.The two acts performed Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, which also included an exert of ‘Around The World’.The set finished with the two French acts performing Phoenix’s ‘1901’ together, reports Billboard.
* DOWN TOWN BROWN signs with DC-Jam Records - Detroit based SKATE- funk-n-punk trio Downtown Brown has signed with DC-Jam Records to deliver the band's seventh release.
* Lady Gaga and Elton John, have collaborated on a new song, "Hello, Hello." It will appear on the soundtrack for the animated Disney film Gnomeo and Juliet set for release early next year,
* On Oct 15 The Black Keys got their MTV Video Music Award statue in the mail! — They discovered that MTV had mislabeled it as belonging to the Black Eyed Peas. "This isn't the first time they have fucked up our shit with the Black Eyed Peas," drummer Patrick Carney tells Rolling Stone. "In 2003 they played our video for 'Set you Free' on TRL labeled as the Black Eyed Peas. It's fitting for us that when we win our first award it's mislabeled. Hopefully we win their Grammy as well one day! We actually don't give a shit about this, though. It's funny."
* ATT UNSIGNED BANDS.....Rolling Stone Mag are advertising a 'Converse Music Comp' (usa) - http://bit.ly/d9makt Converse Presents: Get Out of the Garage Music Contest. Upload your track for a chance to be the opening act on the six-city Get Out Of The Garage Music Tour, an opportunity to record your album in a professional studio and $10K worth of music gear from Guitar Center. You can enter now through November at the link above..
* Hard Rock Cafe Opens On Hollywood Blvd.
* LARRY LIVERMORE's Band THE POTATOMEN will be playing Their First performance in 10 years, and the first time ever in New York City on 23 Oct..
* ROCKBAND 3 to be released end of October..
* BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG has just had an amazing week in NYC, Playing the Main Lead of St Jimmy in The Awesome Theatre Show "AMERICAN IDIOT THE MUSICAL" AT The St James Theatre on Broadway, he tweeted at the end of the week - "St Jimmy is sad.. This is my last day.. Tonight I'm gonna fuck shit up!! This is not goodbye.. This is so long.. St jimmy rules!
The Bands website - www.greenday.com reported - Billie Joe Armstrong Leads 'American Idiot' To Record Box-Office Numbers.. Billie Joe Armstrong's week long stint resulted in Broadway musicals highest ticket sales to date!.. Be sure to check out the website for more details on the show at
* GREEN DAY have been Touring South America, to finish off their World Tour for The Amazing Album "21st Century Breakdown which was released in May 2009. They Started their Worldwide Tour in May 2009 in the USA & took it worldwide, returning to many countries to play Summer Stadium shows in 2010,
i attended the London shows & Of course they were amazing! They Are also set to release A "Live Album" later this year to commemorate the end of their 21st Century Breakdown world tour. The so far untitled Live Album which was recorded in Denver, Colorado on August 28, will also feature a new track, "Cigarettes And Valentines".
* DCJAM RECORDS Dirty Filthy Mugs - confirmed Halloween Shows at GILMAN STREET - Berkeley. Sure to sell out!! - http://www.924gilman.org/
I am a keen fan of the East Bay Music Scene so here's my Hot News from The East Bay CA ....
* MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE COBRA - have been playing a few gigs in the East Bay CA. They are set to play with our very own "Ginger Coyote" & THE WHITE TRASH DEBUTANTES & PRIMA DONNA in November!! - see post below
Friday Nov 26 ALL AGES SHOW... Bottom Of The Hill- 1233 17th Street SF, CA 415-621-4455.
Saturday Nov 27 The Blank Club 44 South Almaden Ave San Jose, CA 408-292-5265 20:30
* Inside news direct from the East Bay informs me ....
* NEW YORK DOLLS' SYLVAIN SYLVAIN's band, the BATUSIS??! recently played the park side in San Francisco and they ROCKED IT!! &
* THE REVOLTS - Bass player from the SWINGING UTTERS side project have a killer new drummer that's been playing with them for about 6 months.........
* EMILY'S ARMY - A fantastic young band from The East Bay, CA, with Band member Joey Armstrong playing Drums - Son of Billie Joe Armstrong, recently played at The Parkside in San Francisco on October 8th. with Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, i heard it was a great night, Theyre set to play some more shows at The Bays famous Gilman Street. Look out for dates!!
* A Great Band called ACIDIC...recently played in the East Bay - I have been told are a 'Very good band!' ... A lot of energy...Bunch of young fun guys and real serious about there music......These guys drove 600 miles to do a free show then turned around and went back home.. hows that for a band and music dedication..They Gave away their CD just so people would hear them... These guys want to make it...I was impressed..... CHECK EM OUT! http://www.facebook.com/ACIDICband
* JESSE MICHAELS posted an event for his Band - Classics of Love, They will be playing alongside MDC, & others bands At Slims on Friday, 05 November 2010 at 21:00 - Slims, 333 11th st, San Francisco..
* JULIETTE LEWIS is rumoured to have suffered a HIT & RUN car crash.. She is reportedly out of hospital after the crash & was lucky to escape a hit and run crash in California with minor injuries, according to police..
* KISS - Gene Simmons websites forced offline after downloading comments - Gene Simmons saw two of his official websites forced offline recently by online attack group Anonymous.The musician had made comments about how companies in the music industry should act tougher against individuals who illegally download music, seemingly inspiring the wrath of the group,The group managed to get Simmons' sites - Simmonsrecords.com and Genesimmons.com offline before they returned to the worldwide web, reports the Guardian UK.
* General Norman Johnson, who was the lead singer of soul band Chairmen Of The Board, has died aged 67.The frontman died on October 13 at home in Atlanta,
* LADY GAGA has increased her security amid fears she may suffer the same fate as John Lennon!? - JOHN LENNON The former Beatle, who would have turned 70 last weekend, was shot dead outside his New York home in 1980. LADY GAGA has apparently become paranoid after fans began sending her "ominous" letters...
And more on Lady Gaga - She has cancelled two shows in France due to the ongoing industrial action in the country. The singer was due to play two shows at Bercy in Paris ON October 22 and Saturday 23rd as part of her Monster Ball tour. But the dates have now been rescheduled due to "logistical difficulties", which have prevented trucks travelling to the venue...
* Kerrang Magazine recently reported that DAVE GHROL is suing US pop act The Scissor Sisters for $75 million. for alleged "emotional distress." Dave Grohl explained that he was left traumatised after attending a Scissor Sisters concert where frontman Jake Shears exposed his testicles!
He also add "life has not been the same since the incident," Another reporter also added "He says that flashbacks of that night occur regularly, and leave him with bouts of anxiety, panic, chills and explosive diarrhoea." "Every night when I go to bed, every time I blink my eyes, I still see Jake's nuts," "Is $75 million going to erase that from my life? Probably not.".. see Kerrang for more details.
* WEEZER report "We'll split up for $20,000,000" - The Bands recent respond to An online petition offering them $10 million to break up!!.
* THE SLITS front woman dies aged 48 - Frontwoman of cult UK punk band THE SLITS, Ari Up, has passed away at the age of 48.
* VICTORIA BECKHAM has been approached by PETA to reconsider using reptile skin in her new handbag collection. The ex spice singer has created several different pieces from crocodile and lizard skins for her latest range but has been asked by the animal rights organisation to contemplate using different materials.
'Anything that you have that is made from animal skins can be made without. With so many stylish and cruelty-free alternatives there's no excuse for wearing animal skins'. This has caused a huge outrage.... It had been reported that PETA was planning a stunt when Victoria was next in the UK to shame her into stop using reptile skin, including throwing crocodile feet at her. I HOPE SHE LISTENS..
* KINGS OF LEON frontman says addiction to painkillers wiped his memory.. The singer has confessed he got hooked on pills after having surgery on his shoulder two years ago...
* Former STEREOPHONICS drummer Stuart Cable's death has been recorded as an accident after he choked on his own vomit, an inquest has heard. He had consumed a mixture of vodka and whisky during a three-day drinking session leading up to his death on June 7.His body was discovered by his girlfriend Rachel Jones on the kitchen floor of their home, but attempts to revive him failed, reports BBC News.A family spokesman said: "It's a very difficult time for the family who are still struggling to come to terms with our huge loss. We can't put into words how much Stuart meant to us Stuart Cable was one of the original members of Stereophonics, but was sacked in 2003
* RUSSELL BRAND bodyguards assault photographers? - ? Russell Brand is being accused of sitting and watching as his bodyguards attacked four photographers in the middle of a wild tiger sanctuary in India.??
* Abbey Road London recording studios used by awesome bands such as The Beatles, Green Day & U2, to Radiohead, has been put up for sale.
Owners EMI which recently reported a huge annual pre-tax loss of £1.5bn, is said to be actively looking for buyers...
* THE WHO are set to Re issue A New Live at Leeds Album - The New release will also include The Spectacular Hull gig from the same tour.
* Ex Busted Star "MATT WILLIS" is set to Blow Londons West End with a Storm at The Shaftesbury Theatre. He will lead the cast by Playing the Lead part of "Nick" in Flashdance The Musical, It has Currently been Previewing from 24 September 2010 with The Gala night on 14 October, Flashdance The Musical is currently booking until 26 February 2011.The reviews currently out highly recommend it and give it a glowing report of performance. So go check it out at www.flashdancethemusical.com/
On another note regarding Matts Music Future - He tells BBC News - He & James maybe recording a new album. Matt Willis and guitarist James Bourne both Ex Members from the band BUSTED are currently writing new material together and hope to release an LP next year. NOT as Busted But a whole new concept.. Sounds interesting and I look forward to that!
* THE JAM'S 1980 's album 'Sound Affects' is set to be rereleased - The album, which includes many great classics has been remastered & set for release for 1st November, The original album will include a second disc of rare unheard songs including covers by The Kinks and The Beatles, as well as a selection of demos... more news on Paul Weller, He was the surprise guest at a memorial concert.on October 3 held at London's Cecil Sharp House. for string arranger Robert Kirby who died last year aged 61.
* ROLLING STONES guitarist Keith Richards has said he has given Pete Doherty drug advice.He revealed he sees similarities between his own drug use and that of Doherty and Amy Winehouse."Amy Winehouse and Pete take drugs for the same reasons we did," he told Anothermag.com. "All I'd say is take your drugs in your spare time, if that's what you want to do, but don't mix it up." he also added that he had personally warned Doherty over the dangers of continuous drug use."I've had a word with Pete about this but it don't make any difference," he said. "If you mix it up you're just gonna fall like a million others. I've seen too many friends gone that way."
* Emma Scott - Ex Kerrang writer/Journalist has special gig nights for unsigned bands (UK) if you would like to check her website for more info out at http://www.emmascottpresents.co.uk/
* THE ROLLING STONES to release remastered vinyl box set - limited edition box sets are being lined up.
* KINGS OF LEON apologise for Reading Festival 2009 performance - Caleb Followill calls 2009 period his 'Kurt Cobain moment'
* WIRE add extra date to their UK Tour - They hit the road in November
* WHITE LIES are set to preview their second album at a Special Gig, The band will play the York Hall London. on November 22.
* PRIMA DONNA have been Touring Europe..
They are set to Play London With Eddie & The Hot Rods and are due to hit London in November! DON'T MISS THEM..
* AMY WINEHOUSE returns with a many a Suprise of gigs.. Firstly A Charity Gig - She took the stage on Monday October 4 at a secret charity gig called Apocalypstick, which took place at The Famous & Popular "Hawley Arms" in Camden Town.
Then again On October 7 she accompanied her father on stage at another secret gig in London, & again on October 21 at the Fred Perry shop in Spitalfields, London. she covered a smallnumber of Oasis songs.. The singer took to the stage for an unexpected performance at the launch of her new clothing range - It is the third time this month that Amy Winehouse has played a surprise show in the capital.. She has also reported she will have a new album ready for release of early 2011.
*THE LIBERTINES REUNITE IN LONDON - Pete Doherty and Carl Barat played their first gig as The libertines since 2004.. on other Pete Doherty news He has announced he is to launch a jewellery line Called Albion Trinketry.
The line is a collaboration with British jeweller Hannah Martin. It will feature 15 items including cufflinks, rings, pins, neck and watch chains. According to other publicity material, the style of the items reflects The Libertines and Babyshambles man's "style of personalising his antique finds". He can be seen modelling them at http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/l-uomo-vogue/2010/10/pete-doherty-is-back
* SONIC BOOM SIX - The Hot Punk Band from Manchester are set to release their New Album 'Rude Awakening' and set to play a hometown show at Sound Control in December!
* THE GORILLAZ are to release a new song called 'Doncamatic on November 22.The group recorded the track a few weeks ago,Currently on tour in North America, And are set to kick off their UK and Ireland dates in November.
* GEORGE MICHAEL is believed to have admitted himself to rehab following his release from prison on Monday October 11 - The star was freed four weeks into an eight week sentence for drug driving in London crashing into a "Happy Snaps Store".
* DAVID BOWIE is publishing a new book featuring images from his personal archive Titled 'Bowie Object', a release date has not yet been announced. the book was confirmed by Bowie's official website Davidbowie.com
* U2 have dropped a hint that they will play Glastonbury 2011. They were supposed to headline the festival this summer but pulled out after frontman Bono injured his back, nothing has been confirmed for The June 24-26 festival. A story on the band's website U2.com on October 1 advised fans to buy tickets to the festival with a quote from manager Paul McGuinness, "We're certainly excited about our plans for next year. Watch this space!" Glastonbury 2011 tickets have now sold out.
It is Also rumoured they're to release a new Album Next year.
* NOEL GALLAGHER has ruled out making any new music until next year, because he will be busy changing nappies.
The guitarist, is expected to embark on a solo career following Oasis split last year, SAYS "I'm moving house and my missus is nine months pregnant so I'm not doing anything until well into next year," he told BBC News. "I'll be doing nappies and all that malarkey."
* JOHN LENNON'S killer MARK CHAPMAN is Again Denied Parole - It's the sixth time his plea has been turned down.
* JIMI HENDRIX London Home is to be opened to the public. - New exhibition takes place 'Handel House'.
* FAITHLESS announce UK tour - Band set for November/December dates
* THE KILLS - Jamie Hince and KATE MOSS have Secretly married in a low-key ceremony in Sicily. The couple have been dating since 2007, are said to have tied the knot on August 7, with around 40 friends attending their low key ceremony.
* UNDERWORLD have announced details of an upcoming tour of the UK.- Beginning in London (November 20), the dance act will then play shows in Manchester on the 25th and Glasgow on the 26th.
* Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash are to appear in a new documentary Movie titled "Lemmy" about Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, filmmakers Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski documented the singer's life over a three year period as well as interviewing other rock legends about the man himself.
Lemmy will premiere at the London Film Festival on October 23, before being screened at select cinemas up and down the UK until early December It will then be released on DVD on January 24.
* REM have named their forthcoming new album as'Collapse Into Now' set to be released in the first half of 2011. To be Produced by Jacknife Lee,who also worked on the band's last album 'Accelerate'.
* Bon Jovi To Receive Global Icon Award At MTV EMAs 2010
*THE KOOKS have joined next month's Mencap Little Noise Sessions in London. & takes place at the Union Chapel between November 15 and 20.The Kooks will peform on November 18 alongside We Are Scientists and Example,
* THE STREETS Working On Final Album - Mike Skinner posts video from his studio. A video surfaced on their website updating fans.
* MOBO AWARDS - Police were called after trouble broke out at the official after show party for the MOBO Awards in LiverpooL.
The party, at the Hilton Hotel, was due to go on to 4am but was brought to an abrupt end at 1am on Thursday morning (October 21) One eye witness, model Alex Leigh, said she saw around 30 people storm the VIP room before “smashing each other up and bottling each other”. She also claimed to have seen blood on the floors and walls, reports the Liverpool Echo.
* THE FLAMING LIPS have announced details of a special one-off gig at New Years Eve.The band will perform their 1999 album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ in full in Oklahoma City on December 31.Tickets for the show are set to go on sale “very soon”, according to a message on the band’s Twitter page.
* Prince, Coldplay, U2 To Headline Glastonbury 2011 ?....
* FEEDER have announced details of a UK and Ireland tour set to take place next year.The band will play 11 dates, starting at the Dublin Academy on February 5. Other gigs are scheduled for Leeds on February 8 and Manchester on February 13, then will hit in London on February 20.
The band are also set to release their new single ‘This Town’ / ‘Down By The River’ on December 6.
* Marc Almond UK Tour 2010 - Marc Almond has announced an extensive winter UK tour including a show AT London’s O2.
* MUSE have been Touring the USA, playing the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans at the end of October, They are then set to leave the U.S and head off to Australia for December Shows on the 5th Starting in Brisbane
* GUNS & ROSES have been touring the UK with Sebastian Bach. i have seen Sebastian's Tweets raving on about the UK! According to sources they have played many shows later than scheduled and pissed off fans & organisers JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH THE SUMMER FESTIVALS AT READING & LEEDS..!
Other News..
* WWF's Earth Hour - United Kingdom: Big Climate Connection campaign Climate change campaigning WWF UK The Big Climate Connection On 5-6 November, Get together in your community to meet your MP and ask for action on climate change CHECK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.. http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/campaigning/climate_change_campaigning/big_climate_connection_campaign/?pc=AGT008002
* Jean Claude Van Damme has reportedly suffered from A Heart Attack ?? Is this true?
* On November 2, California will vote on Proposition 19, a measure intended to make it lawful for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, as well as the freedom to grow the weed in a 25-square-foot plot.
Experts on either side of the marijuana issue don't agree on much — including whether legalization will lead the state into chaos and ruin — but they do agree that there's a real chance the people will vote to toke.
* WAYNE ROONEY signs another 5 years to Manchester United Football Club!! Many recent rumours speculated he wanted to leave the club to win more trophys and maybe head for chelsea but this has now set to be untrue!!
* GOOGLE is set to launch its own cloud based music service, The search engine is said to be in talks with major record labels about a service that would include an a digital download store and a subscription-based cloud... Watch this space!
* London concert venue the 100 Club is facing the threat of closure, - The basement venue on Oxford Street, open since 1942 has seen performances from the likes of Oasis, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Queens Of The Stone Age, & many more great bands - could be shut down in a few months due to spiralling overhead costs. See www.Savethe100club.co.uk for more details..
* In April 2009 The UK brought a Smoking Ban into force, Bars and cafes, Restaurants, Pubs and clubs were all to be No But New Smoking... News from The Smoking ban, have set New Laws which will involve they should not cover pubs and clubs- MP's will introduce a Bill that would give pub landlords the right to choose whether or not to allow people to smoke on their premises.
* I will finish this months news off with the MY VIEW on the Dreadful 'Atlantis oil spill'. And what little news i find re to it today.. Six months ago, oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, sending 206 million of gallons of oil into the Gulf..

we were first told... 'On April 21st an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded, killing 11 workers and resulting in a massive oil leak that is threatening the eco-system and marine life throughout the Gulf Coast.... But Now what?

I did find this piece in Rolling Stone Magazine, please go find the full article at ... http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965

'Louisiana beaches were assaulted by blobs of oil that began to seep beneath the sand; acres of marshland at the "Bird's Foot," where the Mississippi meets the Gulf, were befouled by shit-brown crude – a death sentence for wetlands that serve as the cradle for much of the region's vital marine life.

By the time Obama spoke... it was increasingly evident that this was not merely an ecological disaster.... It was the most devastating assault on American soil since 9/11...

Back in May it is reported by Reuters 'More than 300 sea birds, nearly 200 turtles and 19 dolphins' have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the first five weeks of BP’s huge oil spill off Louisiana,

It is now October going into November and we rarely hear a word re to this now... In my eyes - This is STILL a 'World Devastation' Which is killing so much wildlife & more - it is devastating.. and cannot be forgotten.

The news channels are not showing the public no where near enough coverage on this anymore.. we need to be shown everything... Why is this now ignored & being hidden from us??

Are people to ignorant to care now? or are we just shut out from it all that we will forget and no longer care??

It is bad enough that the u.s gov are already letting them carry on pumping oil on the same rig... when there's still oil to clean up, and importantly to get The wildlife back on track for their habitats..

What about all the Dead Dolphins washing up on the beaches. all the Dead Birds, all the Dead Fish & other Marine Life, - Destroyed habitats .. Let alone peoples Livelyhoods, Fishermen, and other businesses further afield destroyed from the devastation and mess it is causing & has caused...

What else is gonna be done? What else Can Be Done....?

Add the ocean conservancy on Facebook for news at - http://www.facebook.com/oceanconservancy

Please check out some oil spill clean up photos at : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/21/oil-spill-clean-up-photos_n_619790.html

Watch the video .. what do you think? - what can you do to help?
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