BMG announced that production was underway on the first official documentary about Devo.
Titled simply Devo, the film is being directed by Chris Smith and will follow the band’s story “from their formation in the aftermath of the Kent State massacre, through their years as politically driven outsiders, into their surprising turn to the top of the charts with their breakout hit, ‘Whip It’,” a BMG statement said.
“Forming in 1973, Devo banded together initially as performance artists, disillusioned and radicalized by the shooting at Kent State where they were students,” the statement continued. “Their artistry was a commentary on corruption in the United States, the perceived ‘dumbing down’ of an entire generation by mass media and the commodification of a poisoned society.
“With a mixture of archival footage, interviews from other characters in their orbit and a range of storytelling techniques, the film’s inventive narrative will parallel the revolutionary creativity the band is known for. Ultimately, Devo explores Devo’s evolution from hippie artistes to art-rockers with a message, to their unexpected mainstream success as a hit rock band and the pioneers of the MTV age.”
A24 has acquired worldwide rights to the classic Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense.” A 4K restoration of the movie will be released in theaters globally later this year.
Jonathan Demme, the acclaimed filmmaker of “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” directed 1984’s “Stop Making Sense,” which is regarded as one of the greatest concert films ever.
THE CURE - 2023 A LOST WORLD TOUR
10 NEW ORLEANS, LA SMOOTHIE KING CENTER
12 HOUSTON, TX TOYOTA CENTER
13 DALLAS, TX DOS EQUIS PAVILION
14 AUSTIN, TX MOODY CENTER
16 ALBUQUERQUE, NM ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
18 PHOENIX, AZ DESERT DIAMOND ARENA
20 SAN DIEGO, CA NICU AMPHITHEATRE
23 LOS ANGELES, CA HOLLYWOOD BOWL
24 LOS ANGELES, CA HOLLYWOOD BOWL
25 LOS ANGELES, CA HOLLYWOOD BOWL
27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
01 SEATTLE, WA CLIMATE PLEDGE ARENA
02 VANCOUVER, BC ROGERS ARENA
04 SALT LAKE CITY, UT VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA
06 DENVER, CO FIDDLER'S GREEN AMPHITHEATRE
08 MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL, MN XCEL ENERGY CENTER
10 CHICAGO, IL UNITED CENTER
11 CLEVELAND, OH BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
13 DETROIT, MI PINE KNOB MUSIC THEATRE
14 TORONTO, ON BUDWEISER STAGE
16 MONTREAL, QCBELL CENTRE
18 BOSTON, MA XFINITY CENTER
20 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
21 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
22 NEW YORK, NY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
24 PHILADELPHIA, PA WELLS FARGO CENTER
25 COLUMBIA, MD MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
27 ATLANTA, GA STATE FARM ARENA
29 TAMPA, FL AMALIE ARENA
01 MIAMI, FL MIAMI-DADE ARENA
May 18: Krakow, PL – Tauron Arena
May 20: Verona, IT – Verona Arena
May 21: Milan, IT – Mediolanum Arena
May 23: Paris, FR – AccorHotels Arena
May 24: Lille, FR – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
May 26: Berlin, DE – Waldbuehne
May 28: Munich, DE – Koenigsplatz
May 30: Copenhagen, DK- Royal Arena
May 31: Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
June 2: Bergen, NO – Koengen
June 5: Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
June 6: Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
June 8: Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
June 10: Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
June 12: Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
June 13: Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
June 15: Bordeaux, FR – Arkea Arena
June 17: Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
June 19: London, UK – The O2
June 22: Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
June 23: Manchester, UK – AO Arena
June 25: Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Sept. 8: Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Sept. 9: Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
Sept. 11: Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 13: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sept. 14: Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 16: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 18: New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept. 30: Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 7: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 8: Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Oct. 11: San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Oct. 13: Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum
Morrissey has confirmed that he’s recorded a new album called ‘Without Music The World Dies’ and shared its track list.
No release date has been confirmed for the new LP, but a post on Morrissey’s website detailed that it was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in St-Remy, France and was produced by longtime collaborator Joe Chiccarelli.
Among its 10-song tracklist are tracks titled ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Happy New Tears’, ‘The Night Pop Dropped’ and more.
1. ‘The Night Pop Dropped
2. ‘Zoom Zoom The Little Boy’
5. ‘Without Music the World Dies’
6. ‘Suspicious Minds'
8. ‘Many Icebergs Ago’
9. ‘Happy New Tears’
10. ‘The Monsters of Pig Alley’
Peter Murphy will be back on the road in April to front the Celebrating David Bowie tour alongside guitarist Adrian Belew, Spacehog’s Royston Langdon, a Perfect Circle bassist Matt McJunkins, guitarist Scrote, Devo/A Perfect Circle drummer Jeff Friedl, saxophonist Ron Dziubla and guitarist Eric Schermerhorn. It kicks off on April 4 in Houston, Texas, and wraps up on May 8 in Tacoma, Washington.
Mike Peters of Welsh Rockers The Alarm is back with a triumphant new single called “Next,” a song he wrote while being treated in a hospital for his latest relapse of leukemia.
Peters, who was initially diagnosed with leukemia in 2005, spent much of the last year in hospitals, receiving chemo treatments and battling a life-threatening pneumonia brought on by his relapse, according to The Alarm’s publicist — who added that Peters is now “newly energized from a healthy prognosis.”
May 10: The Fillmore DC, Silver Spring, MD, USA
May 13: Sick New World Festival, Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 14: Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV, USA
May 15: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, USA
May 17: The Masonic, San Francisco, CA, USA
May 19: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR, USA
May 21: Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA
May 23: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA, USA
May 24: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ, USA
May 26: Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX, USA
May 27: Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theatre, Austin, TX, USA
May 29: The Pageant, St Louis, MO, USA
May 31: Big Night Live, Boston, MA, USA
June 2: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, USA
June 3: The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 5: The Fillmore, Detroit, MI, USA
June 6: The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL, USA
June 8: Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO, USA
June 9: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO, USA
June 11: C3 Stage, Guadalajara, Mexico
June 13: Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
June 16: Club Chocolate, Santiago, Chile
June 18: Tokio Marine Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tom Verlaine, who redefined rock guitar in the punk era of the 1970s with his band Television, died Saturday in Manhattan. He was 73.
Verlaine’s death was confirmed to the New York Times by Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Verlaine’s peer and former partner Patti Smith. She shared that the musician had died “after a brief illness.”
Staking out Hilly Kristal’s funky club CBGB on New York’s Bowery as its laboratory, Television advanced an expansive, ecstatic style that counterpoised Verlaine’s askew, chiming playing against fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd’s more conventionally bluesy yet equally lyrical work.
Critic Robert Palmer noted in “Rock & Roll: An Unruly History” (1995), “When the punk rebellion began taking shape in the mid-seventies, Television in particular carried on the [Velvet Underground’s] legacy of street-real lyrics and harmonic clang-and-drone, with appropriate nods to John Coltrane’s modal jazz and the Byrds’ resonating raga-rock from lead guitarist Tom Verlaine.”
Though the band never found great commercial success, the impact of Verlaine’s freewheeling, jaggedly inventive playing and Television’s combative two-guitar assault would later be widely felt in the music of younger acolytes, from such New York-based bands as the Feelies and Sonic Youth to West Coast-bred players like Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and Nels Cline of Wilco.
“He was my guitar hero at a time when I needed one most,” Wynn said in a statement. “I spent the entire year of 1981 practicing daily to Marquee Moon. Tom Verlaine’s soloing (and Richard Lloyd‘s as well, of course) showed me you could be a virtuoso and dangerous at the same time, more Coltrane or Ornette than the arena rockers of the day. It was a revelation and I was hoping my Jazzmaster could somehow channel his when I played the solo on ‘Halloween’ on the first Dream Syndicate album. Such an immeasurable influence on me and, of course, on so many of fellow guitarist friends.”
Signed to Elektra Records (after the departure of Verlaine’s close friend and co-founding member Richard Hell), Television issued its groundbreaking debut album “Marquee Moon” in 1977; the collection’s 10-minute title track – written by Verlaine, who also played an extended solo and contributed a distinctively throttled, wobbly lead vocal –was an anomaly among the short, intensely focused songs of such CBGB contemporaries as the Ramones and Talking Heads.
Increasing tension between Verlaine and Lloyd led Television to disband after its second album “Adventure” (1978); the group would reunite for a self-titled 1992 album for Capitol Records and sporadic live appearances. In 2007, Lloyd was replaced in the touring unit by Jimmy Ripp, who had for many years supported Verlaine on his solo albums and tours.
On his own, Verlaine released eight solo albums, which extended the cryptic authorial voice he developed in Television, on Elektra, Warner Bros., Virgin, I.R.S., Fontana and Rykodisc from 1979-1992. A 14-year studio hiatus followed, until the guitarist reemerged in 2006 with the vocal collection “Songs and Other Things” and the instrumental set “Around,” released simultaneously on the Chicago independent label Thrill Jockey.
He was always a reluctant rock star and guitar hero. In a 2006 New York Times story, Ben Sisario wrote, “When asked how his own life should appear in a biography, Mr. Verlaine thought for a moment before offering his preferred self-deprecating epigram: ‘Struggling not to have a professional career.’”
He was born Thomas Miller in Danville, N.J., on Dec. 13, 1949. His family relocated to the working class suburb of Wilmington, Del., in 1956. A love of symphonic music led him to the piano as a child. In 1963, he took up the saxophone after gravitating to the music of jazz avant gardists Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk and Albert Ayler.
Only after his twin brother John played the Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown” and other contemporary rock records for him did Miller rethink his preferred instrument. “Up until then, the guitar was a stupid instrument to me,” he recalled in a 2001 interview with Mojo. “Those records made me think the guitar could be as good as jazz.”
By 1966, the aspiring musician had become proficient enough on guitar to start a short-lived band with local drummer Billy Ficca. At Sanford Preparatory, a Wilmington boarding school he attended as a day student, Miller encountered Richard Meyers, a rebellious, under-achieving Kentuckian. The two became close friends, and made an attempt to run away to Florida that was squelched by the police in Alabama.
In 1968, after abortive studying at Erskine College, a Christian school in South Carolina, and some bumming around in Delaware, Miller rejoined Meyers, who had moved to New York and was living in Greenwich Village. They tried their hands at poetry and pranks – at one point publishing a book together as “Theresa Stern,” featuring a composite portrait in drag. But the New York Dolls’ glam scene inspired the pair to form a band, the Neon Boys, with Meyers on bass and Ficca recruited as the drummer.
The group fell apart in 1973. But a year later the three musicians reconvened, joined by guitarist Richard Lloyd, whose benefactor Terry Ork employed Miller and Meyers at his Village memorabilia store Cinemabilia.
Armed with original songs by the guitarist and bassist, the quartet debuted at a small Times Square theater on March 2, 1974, with crudely short-cropped hair and, reflecting their ongoing penury, shredded, safety-pinned clothing. (The look was soon exported to England by Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols.) Meyers had renamed himself Richard Hell; Miller took the stage name Tom Verlaine, after the 19th-century French poet; and the band, in acknowledgement of Verlaine’s handle, was renamed Television.
Looking for a regular hitching post, Hell and Verlaine convinced Skid Row bar owner Kristal to give them a steady CBGB gig, and the Bowery shows began to attract attention, as well as other young bands looking for a local slot for their original music.
An early press rave was penned for Rock Scene magazine by Patti Smith, then developing her own reputation as a musician; the review was a virtual mash note to Verlaine, whom she said “plays lead guitar with angular inverted passion like a thousand bluebirds screaming.” The two were soon involved romantically; Verlaine guested on guitar on her 1975 debut album “Horses,” for which he co-authored the song “Break It Up” with Smith, and they collaborated on the book “The Night” in 1976.
Television’s increasingly forceful live performances brought interest from Island Records, but a 1975 demo produced by Brian Eno failed to secure a contract. At the same time, Hell’s agitated stage style and burgeoning heroin habit and Verlaine’s reluctance to play his songs prompted a split. (Some of Hell’s songs for Television were heard on “Blank Generation,” the 1977 debut by his band the Voidoids.)
With Blondie’s original bassist Fred Smith enlisted to replace Hell, the band recorded a storming seven-minute track that was issued across two sides of a single released by Ork on his eponymous label in September 1975. One of the earliest indie singles issued on the New York punk scene, “Little Johnny Jewel” ignited new major label interest in Television, and the band was ultimately signed by A&R exec Karin Berg to Elektra Records in July 1976.
The “Marquee Moon” album and its ambitious title track were both instantly acknowledged as defining statements. But, despite the fact that Television gelled into one of the most formidable live acts on the scene, neither the debut LP nor its successor “Adventure” managed to enter the American charts, and the group dissolved within weeks of the end of its 1978 U.S. tour.
Though he always boasted a devoted cult fan base, Verlaine never succeeded in attaining a commercial foothold on the charts; his 1981 sophomore solo album “Dreamtime,” his lone entry, peaked at No. 177. After the “Television” reunion album and the instrumental set “Warm and Cool” in 1992, he opted out on recording for nearly a decade and a half.
In the interim, the guitarist made appearances in 2001 with Television at All Tomorrow’s Parties in the U.K. and Chicago’s Noise Pop Festival. In the studio, and on tour, he frequently served as accompanist to former paramour Patti Smith, and appeared on her albums “Gone Again” (1996), “Gung Ho” (2000), “Twelve” (2007) and “Banga” (2012). Sessions he produced for singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley before his 1997 were excerpted on the posthumous album “Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk” (1998).
Sex Pistols‘ Glen Matlock has announced details of a new solo album called ‘Consequences Coming’.
The record is due out on April 27 via Cooking Vinyl, and being previewed today (January 27) by first single ‘Head On A Stick’.
Of the new single, Matlock said: “Peeved at the predictable but ultimately pointless political lurch to the right that has happened in the West over the past few years, one which has been aided and abetted by the vested interests of a client press, I put pen to paper and plectrum to guitar to compose a song that’s a call to arms, a wake up alarm and primal open your eyes scream.
“It might be easy to be wise after the event but some saw where we were headed and in the words of ‘Pete Seeger’ attempted to hammer out a warning. We always thought it can’t happen here but it sadly most definitely has and heads should justifiably roll…”
Discussing the creation of the new album, Matlock said: “The album was written and recorded in Britain over the last 18 months or so with a posse of seasoned but on point performers.
New Order are hitting the road with a new run of tour dates slated for March 2023.
The new wave legends’ newly announced US jaunt is really a tour of the south, with dates scheduled in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin, Texas, as well as New Orleans, Louisiana. The Austin shows are, of course, for South by Southwest, while the rest will be headlining gigs. Tickets open to the public Friday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. local time, while fans can use code TRUEFAITH to access a pre-sale that begins Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. local time. Grab tickets via Ticketmaster or Stubhub.
On January 27th, New Order will release “definitive edition” box set for their 1985 album Low-Life, featuring previously unreleased material from the era alongside live footage and new artwork. Revisit our list of the band’s 10 Best Songs.
New Order 2023 Tour Dates:
03/09 — Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
03/11 — San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
03/13 - 03/15 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/16 — Houston, TX @ 713 Music Hall
03/18 — New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater
Sparks have returned to Island Records almost 50 years on from their breakthrough album with the label, Music Week can reveal.
The inventive and enduring pop duo have re-signed to Island for the release of their 26th studio album, The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, released on May 26.
It’s a surprise industry move for the Mael brothers, Ron and Russell, although it follows a growing global awareness of their songwriting prowess and rich legacy. In 2021, there was the release of both Edgar Wright’s documentary The Sparks Brothers and the duo’s own musical film Annette.
Sparks achieved their critical and commercial breakthrough with Kimono My House, their 1974 debut for Island. The album peaked at No.4 and featured the No.2 single This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us.
The gold-certified Kimono My House was followed by three more LPs with Island - Top 10 album Propaganda (1974), Indiscreet (1975) and Big Beat (1976) - and a run of Top 30 singles. The duo are now back with the label after a break of around 47 years.
“Sparks have always been one of the most original, groundbreaking and creative groups in pop and their longevity is partly down to their ability to constantly reinvent themselves,” said Island president Louis Bloom. “It’s an honour and thrill having Sparks back on Island. Next year it will be 50 years since Island released Kimono My House. That album sounded like it came from the future and once again with The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte, Ron & Russell have created a pop masterpiece that sounds like no one else.”
Cruel World Festival for 2023 has been announced for May 20th of this year. The festival will be held at the same venue as the one last September, adjacent to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
As you can see from the image above that it's an amazing lineup of both 80s new wave as well as newer bands. Tickets go on sale Friday the 27th of January, and are likely to sell out quickly. Go to https://cruelworldfest.com/ for details.
May 13: Sick New World Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
May 23: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA, USA
June 13: Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
June 16: Club Chocolate, Santiago, Chile
June 18: Tokio Marine Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Public Image Ltd. this month released a moving new single called “Hawaii,” described by the band as a “love letter” to frontman John Lydon’s wife Nora Forster — mother of the late Ari Up, frontwoman of The Slits — as she lives with Alzheimer’s disease.
A full new PiL album is expected this year, according to the band’s publicists.
Billy Idol received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday (January 6th). Fellow punk legend Henry Rollins and renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey delivered speeches to honor the legendary rocker.
Rollins spoke first, praising Idol for his work as lead singer of the UK punk band Generation X, as well as his multi-platinum solo career. “Billy Idol has rock ‘n’ roll in his veins, and punk rock in his DNA,” said the one-time Black Flag singer. “He’s the real thing, and maybe that’s why we’re here today, ’cause decade after decade he has remained himself. And it takes a lot of guts and a lot of integrity.”
Fairey spoke next, mentioning how he worshiped Idol after first seeing the “White Wedding” music video on MTV. “I was in love,” said the artist. “I wanted to be Billy Idol. Billy was just the coolest.”
Michael Stipe has confirmed that he is still working on his debut album, and that it “should come together next year.
Speaking of his solo album, the musician said: “I’m working on a solo album, my first. I’m collaborating with a bunch of different musicians and each of those songs, if I get my way, which I think I will because I’m paying for it, will be very different.
“I have no management. I have no label. For the first time in my adult life, I don’t have a contract with anyone except myself. So I get to do whatever I want. Anyway, there will be a visual representation for each of the songs, and it should come together next year. I’m hoping to build slowly.”
He also mentioned “working next year with a lot of dancers” and discussed an upcoming art show, which will take place in Milan at ICA, as well as a new book.
“I’m working on a bunch of sculpture pieces for that,” he noted. “There will be a lot of photo-based portraiture. So I have the record, the show, and then of course to further complicate it and make it difficult on myself, my next book with Damiani will come out as a loose program of the show. And I’m doing something that I’m completely terrified of and not sure that I’m capable of. Actually, I know that I’m incapable, but I’ve started painting.”
Sadly, one of the great singer/songwriters of Ska and new wave has died. Terry Hall was the leader of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and The Colourfield, as well as his own solo material and working with many other artists.
He passed after a brief illness and was 63.
Morrissey has announced the recording of a new album called ‘Without Music The World Dies’.
The soloist and former The Smiths singer confirmed plans to record his 15th album between January and February next year.
‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’, meanwhile, is expected to release in spring 2023. It was originally scheduled for release in February but has since been held with no further details, with the singer citing decisions held “exclusively in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles)”.
Eighties pop duo Eurythmics are in line to reunite for a global tour. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart have been offered a huge amount of cash by US promoters to make a comeback next year.
Music insiders claim a 40-date world arena tour could gross a whopping £100million.
Earlier this month, Annie, 67, and Dave, 70, put on an extremely rare performance as they were inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
And the duo could now be tempted out of retirement to reunite for their first world tour in more than 20 years.
Nothing has been agreed yet, but insiders have high hopes for what would be one of pop’s biggest ever comebacks.
Former The Smiths bandmembers Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke have reunited for their first new song in 35 years for Rourke’s band, Blitz Vega.
‘Strong Forever’ is released ahead of a new album by the band comprising Rourke and ex-Happy Mondays guitarist Kav Blaggers.
Rolling Stone reports that the track has seen many changes after starting out as a charity single for an anti-discrimination in football campaign that featured former Kasabian singer Tom Meighan alongside Marr’s guitar contributions.
November 15th, 2022 - Elvis Costello And The Imposters will be performing 11 dates on the east coast, playing their latest album, "A Bit Named If" and other favorites. Check out the dates above.
For the first time in fourteen years,The Sisters of Mercy have scheduled a US appearance: the band is slated to perform at the Sick New World festival on May 13th at the Las Vegas Fair Grounds in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sick New World is shaping up to be a nü-metal, goth, industrial dream roster: besides Sisters of Mercy, the lineup also includes System of a Down, Deftones, Placebo, Ministry, She Wants Revenge, Mr Bungle, Skinny Puppy, Killing Joke, Orgy, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Evanescence, Cradle of Filth, Lacuna Coil, and The 69 Eyes, and many more acts- mostly a celebration of dark alternative music from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
Morrissey announced last month that, despite aligning himself with far-right and pro-Brexit parties in the UK and saying lots of reprehensible things, he'd signed to Capitol Records and would release a new album, Bonfire of Teenagers, in February of 2023. It appears that timeframe is no longer certain, however. In a new post on his site titled "Bonfire Unlit," he writes, "'Bonfire of Teenagers' is no longer scheduled for a February release, as stated by this site. Its fate is exclusively in the hands of Capitol Records (Los Angeles.)"
Bonfire was made with producer Andrew Watt, has Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former bandmate Josh Klinghoffer as main session players, and also features Flea, Miley Cyrus, and Iggy Pop.
Keith Levene, the pioneering guitarist who was a co-founder of the Clash and a deeply influential original member of Public Image Ltd., has died in Norfolk, U.K. His death was announced by former bandmates Martin Atkins and Jah Wobble on social media; the Guardian reported that he died of liver cancer. He was 65.
While his career was sidetracked by substance abuse beginning in the early 1980s, Levene’s work with Public Image — the band Sex Pistols singer John Lydon formed after that group broke up early in 1978 — cast a long shadow on the musical landscape of the post-punk era. Both melodic and discordant, sonorous and violent, his jagged, lurching chords and chiming arpeggios set a template that echoed across countless bands over the years, far beyond PiL’s postpunk milieu. This writer can recall hearing the Red Hot Chili Peppers spontaneously break into the riff from PiL’s classic 1979 song “Poptones” during a 1991 concert, and his sound can be heard in the decades-later work of everyone from Franz Ferdinand to LCD Soundsystem.
Peter Gabriel has announced a 2023 tour of the U.K. and Europe. The shows will include songs from i/o, his first album in over a decade.
No further information on the album was available. A press release notes that "full details on the i/o album will follow." Gabriel's most recent album, 2011's New Blood, included orchestral rerecordings of songs from throughout his career; the year before, he released a covers album, Scratch My Back. Up from 2002 is his most recent collection of new, original songs.
Gabriel released the single "I'm Amazing" in 2016 to commemorate the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, and contributed the song "Why Don't You Show Yourself" to the soundtrack of the 2014 film Words With Gods.
"It's been awhile and I am now surrounded by a whole lot of new songs and am excited to be taking them out on the road," the former Genesis singer said in a statement announcing the tour. "Look forward to seeing you out there."
Duran Duran's induction into the venerable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday was a significant moment for more than one reason. As the band accepted its honorary status, frontman Simon Le Bon read a letter on behalf of former member Andy Taylor that revealed he’s been battling prostate cancer for years. Unfortunately, Taylor could not attend the band's Saturday’s ceremony.
“Just over four years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course, we are no different,” Taylor wrote in his letter.
“So I speak from the perspective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have, and this exceptional accolade.”
Sparks has recently completed its 27th studio album, which is slated for release in 2023 and will be accompanied by a world tour. The as-yet-untitled album follows on from 2020’s A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip and the band’s soundtrack album to Annette.
Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt have recorded a new Everything But The Girl album, which will be out next spring. The husband-and-wife duo announced the news on social media: “Just thought you’d like to know that we have made a new Everything But The Girl album. It’ll be out next spring. Love, Ben and Tracey.”
Thorn and Watt have been busy at work over the past two decades on their own projects, occasionally working together, but this will be the first EBTG album in 24 years since 1999’s Temperamental.
Talking Heads keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison and touring guitarist Adrian Belew have announced the 2023 “Remain in Light Tour,” a 19-date North American trek celebrating one of the greatest albums of all time.
The pair had previously returned to the beloved record for a special concert in September, and before that they performed it with Turkuaz on a short 2020 jaunt. The new tour kicks off February 16th with a three-night stand in Colorado, taking in cities big (Chicago, Toronto, NYC) and small (Akron, Sayreville), before wrapping March 11th in New Haven, Connecticut. Throughout, they’ll be supported by Cool Cool Cool, which is made up of former members of Turkuaz.
“Remain in Light is a high point in my career,” Harrison said in a statement. “Adrian and I had often discussed the magic of the 1980 tour and the sheer joy it brought to audiences. It is such a delight to see that joy once again in the audiences on the current tour.”
“A joyful show of Talking Heads songs you know and love performed by a hot, eleven-piece ensemble including Jerry and me,” Belew added. “You can’t help but dance and go home with a happy smile on your face.”
“Remain in Light Tour” 2023 Tour Dates:
02/16 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
02/17 — Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
02/18 — Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center (Auditorium)
02/21 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
02/22 — St. Louis, MO @ The Factory
02/24 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02/25 — Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/26 — Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
02/27 — Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
02/28 — Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
03/02 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
03/03 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
03/04 — Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
03/05 — Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
03/07 — Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
03/08 — Albany, NY @ Empire Live
03/09 — New York, NY @ Sony Hall
03/10 — Boston, MA @ HOB Boston
03/11 — New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Morrissey has announced his new solo album, Bonfire of Teenagers, which will be released in February 2023.
Bonfire of Teenagers was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Andrew Watt. Across the album’s 11 tracks, Morrissey is joined by several big-name collaborators, including Miley Cyrus, Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, and Jesse Tobias.
Capitol Records will release Bonfire of Teenagers worldwide — except in the UK, where the singer does not currently have a label deal. Additionally, Capitol has licensed the rights to reissue several of Morrissey’s previous albums, including Southpaw Grammar, You Are The Quarry, Ringleader of the Tormentors, Years of Refusal, World Peace is None of Your Business.
Next month, Morrissey will embark on a 14-date North American tour.
Bonfire of Teenagers Tracklist:
01. I Am Veronica
02. Rebels Without Applause
03. Kerouac’s Crack
04. Ha Ha Harlem
05. I Live in Oblivion
06. Bonfire of Teenagers
07. My Funeral
08. Diana Dors
09. I Ex-love You
10. Sure Enough The Telephone Rings
11. Saint In a Stained Glass Windo