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Linkin Park & Metallica to Headline Sonisphere

 
By on Tuesday, 10th February 2009 at 10:32 am
 

2009 will see the first edition of the fresh festival Sonisphere. The event will tour Europewhere the UK will host the climax of the event which would have already visited Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland. The UK event will be in Knebworth, England on the 1st and 2nd of August.

It has recently been announced that Nu-metal masters Linkin Park and the one and only Metallica will be headlining the Knebworth show. Other acts include Lamb of God and Mastodon with dozens of others to be announced.  Metallica are hard to impress but Lars Ulrich is already jumping up and down – “We’re stoked to be touring England and Europe with Sonisphere. Summer festivals in Europe are what Metallica do best. We can’t wait to see all of our fans over there.”

Knebworth might ring a few bells to you. Why? There are many possible reasons, but it is famously home to the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” by Edward Bulwer Lytton. But this is not all, It is also known as the home of rock as the Hertfordshire home has been host to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Oasis, Queen, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and Deep Purple.

The festival is expected to be a great success due to its touring  aspect but the only way to really find out is to go. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday 11th Feburary at 9am GMT. If your interested then be quick as tickets will be snapped up quickly. If you want more information then visit the fancy Sonisphere Website.

 

MySpace’s Top Acts of 2008

 
By on Monday, 29th December 2008 at 7:20 pm
 

ColdplaySocial networking site, MySpace has completely transformed the way we discover and listen to our music. Aspiring musicians are uploading their music everyday to an audience of over 100 million people, worldwide. It’s famously known for assisting in the launch of artists such as Lily Allen and Arctic Monkeys and this week, MySpace has chosen to reveal the eight most popular musicians on the site for this year.

So, who reached the number one spot? Well, unusually, it’s an act that’s not released any material since way back in 2005. The band in discussion are also non-human. Guessed yet? Well, Damon Albarn’s virtual band, Gorillaz (pictured top), is the act that’s surprisingly topped the poll, beating the likes of Amy Winehouse, Oasis and Coldplay. The animated group, who’s hits include ‘Feel Good Inc’ and ‘DARE’, have had a crazy 11,498,760 hits on their MySpace page and boast of 682,875 friends.

Bullet For My ValentineComing in second place is Welsh metal band, Bullet for My Valentine, with an impressive 596,885 mates. Comments on the seemingly worshipped band’s profile include “i will never get over how aswome u guys r!” and “OMG I LOVE U GUYS U RULE U WILL ONE DAY RULE THE WORLD”. The ‘Hearts Burst Into Fire’ band are currently preparing to embark on a tour around Australia and New Zeland, take parting in the awesome ‘Big Day Out’ festival.

Check out the complete list compiling MySpace’s eight most popular acts of 2008, here:

  1. Gorillaz (682,875 friends)
  2. Bullet for My Valentine (596,885 friends)
  3. Amy Winehouse (542,268 friends)
  4. Coldplay (525,110 friends) (pictured top right)
  5. Lily Allen (462,159 friends)
  6. MIA (399,858 friends)
  7. Oasis (353,484 friends)
  8. Imogen Heap (351,484 friends)
 

Bands to Watch #59: Twisted Wheel

 
By on Monday, 29th December 2008 at 12:41 pm
 

Twisted WheelThey’ve toured with Kasabian, The Rascals, The View and have recently been hand-picked by the Gallagher brothers to support Oasis during 2009. It’s unsurprising then, that Twisted Wheel are getting quite a name for themselves. The Manchester trio – who follow in the footsteps of previous revered Northern bands before them such as The Verve and The Stone Roses – are bent on bringing their gritty rock ‘n’ roll to the masses. Frontman Jonny Brown spits his lyrics out with a ferocious enthusiasm like a young, swaggering Liam Gallagher. They’re raw and exciting and everyone from Zane Lowe to Steve Lamaq have tipped them to achieve big things in the coming months.

Twisted Wheel are loud and they know it. They cringe at being compared to Arctic Monkeys. It’s understandable – the garish trio are substantially different from the chart topping indie Mardy Bums. Think more The Enemy – if you loved ‘We’ll Live and Die in These Towns’ check out Twisted Wheel.

The trio are much more than just lad-rock, though. Tracks such as ‘She’s A Weapon’ and ‘Big Issue’ expose the bubbling punk undertones of the band’s music which display singer Jonny Brown in a Johnny Lydon-esque manner.

The band, who have blagged a deal with Columbia Records, will be releasing their debut album early next year. You can grab a free download of ‘She’s A Weapon’ below:

 

Rock My Baby

 
By on Friday, 19th December 2008 at 10:17 am
 

Ok now I have heard everything. Guns N Roses seem to always be in the news for some odd reason or another but I would never expect the rock legends to be a popular substitution for a bedtime lullaby. A recent surveyor, who had a lot of time on their hands, found out that modern mums are more likely to sing material from bands like Oasis and Guns N Roses rather than traditional lullabies to get their young offspring to drop off.

A website dedicated to babies polled 2000 mothers and found some absolutely crazy results. Songs like Take That’s “Patience” and Robbie Williams’ “Angels” are among the most popular choices which is weird but I suppose they are suitable. However, the top 20 from the survey included tracks like “I kissed a girl” by Katy Perry and “Dance Wiv Me” by Dizzee Rascal which don’t seem the most appropriate for our little ones.  I don’t know what the world is coming to.

The top 20 are shown below:

1. Take That – Patience
2. Robbie Williams – Angels
3. Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl
4. James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
5. Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
6. Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
7. Duffy – Warwick Avenue
8. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
9. Oasis – Wonderwall
10. The Sugababes – Girls
11. That That – Back For Good
12. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
13. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do it for You
14. Adele – Chasing Pavements
15. Girls Aloud – I’ll Stand By You
16. Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
17. Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
18. Westlife – Flying Without Wings
19. Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
20. The Spice Girls – Mama

 

Blur Reformed!

 
By on Thursday, 11th December 2008 at 11:30 am
 

One of the biggest music headlines and shocks of recent times has to be the reformation of Blur. Tuesday 9th of December was when the group let the press know of a planned gig in London’s Hyde Park next year in July. It’s been about a decade since the band have even met up properly and the guys have been far from quiet with bassist Alex James becoming a presenter of documentaries, and judge on BBC’s sound while Graham Coxon had a decent solo career and Damon Albarn revolutionised opera with Journey to the west, not forgetting the whole Gorillaz thing as well.

The members of Blur seem keen to still keep a few surprises up their sleeve but hints at additional concerts in Wolverhampton and their home county Essex have been suggested by Damon who says the thought of playing in a four piece again is terrifying. Dave Rowntree, often though as the quiet one has also been busy trying to make it from Blur to Blair by standing as a labour party candidate.

It’s safe to say whatever the band members are doing and when, they always seem to bring something extraordinary so the prospect of the band being together again is hard to take. No one knows what to expect next year but it is sure to be a show and a half while old rivals Oasis have been busy lately and hits have been climbing the charts. Surely there can’t be another race to number one between these two Brit Rock titans.

 

Single Review: Oasis – I’m Outta Time

 
By on Monday, 1st December 2008 at 6:45 am
 

Tomorrow (Dec 1st) sees the release of Oasis‘ latest single from current album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’. Considering it took Liam Gallagher 9 years to complete, one would hope that ‘I’m Outta Time’ is a track worth waiting for. Judging by the fact that many critics have labelled it the best tune to appear on the current album, it would appear it might just be.

Written as a tribute to an Oasis hero, John Lennon, ‘I’m Outta Time’ even includes a muffled voice clip of the legend towards the end of the song. Even though the track is a blatant rip-off (well, it is Oasis we’re talking about here!) of Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ fails to possess the genuine, heart wrenching emotion of the famous 70s ballad.

Still, everyone knows the Gallagher brothers are not ones to mince their words – so ‘I’m Outta Time’ proves that even Liam has a softer, more sensitive side to show through his music. The tinkling piano and haunting vocals make it the perfect tune to follow up previous rocking single, ‘The Shock of the Lightning’. While ‘I’m Outta Time’ may be a little unmemorable – it’s catchy and it’s cute and will undoubtedly do well this week in the charts following it’s release on Monday.

Pre-order the CD from Amazon.

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