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30
Sep

Bob Marley musical coming to the UK in 2017

A Bob Marley stage musical based on his life and music is coming to the UK next year.

One Love: The Bob Marley Musical will feature the reggae legend’s classic tracks including ‘No Woman No Cry’, ‘Exodus’ and ‘Jamming’. It is set to premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on March 10 in 2017 and will run until April 8.

It has the blessing of his family, including his daughter Cadella, who said Birmingham was a “natural place for its UK premiere”, adding: “With its great mix of cultures, it’s a city where my father performed to audiences that were captivated by his presence, and we have no doubt that telling the story through music to a new generation in Birmingham will be part of his continuing legacy.”

The show has been written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and is an updated version of his show Marley, which he staged in Baltimore last year.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information head to Birmingham-rep.co.uk

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Bob Marley musical coming to the UK in 2017

30
Sep

Watch a teaser trailer for the comeback series of 'Twin Peaks'

A teaser trailer for the comeback series of Twin Peaks has been posted online.

The clip features composer Angelo Badalamenti playing music from the show’s score, projected over a mysterious forest backdrop. A photo of the character Laura Palmer appears during the video. Watch it below.

In 2014, it was first announced that David Lynch’s cult show would return on Showtime. Earlier this year, it was reported that the revival series would be two seasons long.

The cast for the Twin Peaks reboot includes returning actors like Ray Wise, Miguel Ferrer, and David Duchovny.

New to the show are musicians Trent Reznor, Sky Ferreira, Eddie Vedder and Sharon Van Etten.

Actors Michael Cera, Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried will also appear. Naomi Watts, Tom Sizemore, Laura Dern, Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Knepper and Balthazar Getty are all rumoured to have been cast as new characters.

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READ MORE: ‘Twin Peaks’ – Everything We Know So Far About The New Series

In October, the show’s co-creator Mark Frost will release a new book called The Secret History Of Twin Peaks. Actors from the program, including Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, and others, will voice the audiobook.

Showtime CEO David Nevins revealed earlier this year that the first half of the new episodes will debut in the “first half of 2017”.

“I think it is quite possible we’re not going to do a traditional release pattern. I’ve had a couple conversations with David [Lynch],” Nevins said.

“But I want to embrace the unexpectedness of it, so I could definitely see longer episodes or in terms of this question of how do we release it linearly and how do we release it for people who want to stream it; maybe there’s something different between the two.”

Watch a teaser trailer for the comeback series of 'Twin Peaks'

30
Sep

Bon Iver's record company urges fans not to pay $1,000 on eBay for limited album newspaper

Bon Iver’s record label has urged fans not to buy the free commemorative newspapers handed out with his new album on eBay.

Some sellers are auctioning off the limited newspaper which contains imagery related to the ’22, A Million’ album, for over $1,000.

But the singer’s record company Jagjaguwar have taken to Twitter to appeal to fans not to buy them and assured fans more newspapers are on the way.

They wrote: “Friends, we made PLENTY of these #22AMILLION newspapers. We’re working on a plan to get them out to you. Do not spend $$$$ on them on Ebay.”

Friends, we made PLENTY of these #22AMILLION newspapers. We're working on a plan to get them out to you. Do not spend $$$$ on them on Ebay.— Jagjaguwar (@jagjaguwar) September 30, 2016

Bon Iver fans gathered at London’s Rough Trade East record shop yesterday (September 29) for a special album playback event.

The band organised similar playback events at 10 other locations around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris and bandleader Justin Vernon’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. All were announced a day before on Bon Iver’s Instagram.

Fans who attended the London event reported that the new album, was played on cassette and the free newspapers were also handed out. The limited edition newspapers, had already been handed out a day earlier in Berlin and Eau Claire.

#22AMILLION A video posted by Jagjaguwar (@jagjaguwarinc) on Sep 27, 2016 at 9:08am PDT

The album was recorded at April Base Studios in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, as well as in London and Lisbon, while the artwork has been designed by New York-based artist Eric Timothy Carlson. Bandleader Justin Vernon has already played the record live in full, debuting the album’s material at his own Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin this summer.

The new album is available to stream online. Listen below. In our 4/5 review, we hailed ’22, A Million’ for it’s “otherworldliness that makes it soar”.

Bon Iver will tour in support of the new LP during October in North America, before hitting the road again in Europe during January and February of next year. UK dates will take place in London, Blackpool and Edinburgh.

Bon Iver tour dates are as follows:

Berlin, Michelberger Music At Funkhaus (October 1, 2)
Oakland, Fox Theater (18, 19, 20)
Orange County, Beach Goth (22)
Los Angeles, The Hollywood Bowl (23)
San Diego, Copley Symphony Hall (26)
Paris, Le Zenith (January 22, 2017)
Utretch, Tivolivredenburg (23)
Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle (24)
Zurich, Samsung Hall (25)
Luxembourg, Rockhal (27)
Oslo, Spektrum (29)
Stockholm, Cirkus (30, 31)
Copenhagen, Den Grå Hal (February 2, 3)
Hamburg, Mehr! Theater (5)
Berlin, Tempodrom (6)
Brussels, Forest National (8)
Blackpool, Empress Ballroom (10)
Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre (12, 13)
London, Roundhouse (15, 16)
London, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (19)

Bon Iver's record company urges fans not to pay ,000 on eBay for limited album newspaper

30
Sep

Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp sign up for 'Murder On The Orient Express' reboot

Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer have signed up for a remake of Murder On The Orient Express.

Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in the reboot of the Agatha Christie 1934 mystery novel, alongside Michael Pena, Sir Derek Jacobi and Leslie Odom Jr, the Tony-winning star of Broadway musical Hamilton.

Production is set to begin in November in London. “I’m honoured to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience,” Branagh told BBC News.

Previously filmed in 1974 with Albert Finney as Poirot, Murder On The Orient Express sees the character investigate the death of a wealthy American on board the titular locomotive.

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Depp plays the victim Samuel Ratchett, while Dame Judi takes up the role of the aristocratic Princess Dragomiroff.

Ridley will play Mary Debenham, a working-class governess in love with Odom Jr’s Dr Arbuthnot.

Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her role in the 1974 film, which also starred Sean Connery, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.

The story inspired a 2010 instalment of ITV’s Poirot series, starring David Suchet as Christie’s famous detective.

Meanwhile, Ridley has predicted that the next Star Wars film’s full title won’t be announced for “a while”.

Ridley is reprising her role as Rey in Episode VIII, the follow-up to last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after this year’s spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“I heard a title [for Episode VIII], but I don’t know if it’s going to be that,” Ridley said during an appearance on the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast. “I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released, I imagine.”

Disney and Lucasfilm have set a release date of December 15, 2017.

Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp sign up for 'Murder On The Orient Express' reboot

30
Sep

Watch ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters slam Donald Trump at Mexico concert

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has slammed Donald Trump at a gig in Mexico.

The singer took aim at the Presidential hopeful during ‘Pigs’ and ‘Another Brick In The Wall, Part II’ as part of his set at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium earlier this week.

During ‘Pigs’ a giant screen behind the stage showed a picture of Trump holding a submachine gun and Spanish translations of controversial comments he has made about race, women and incumbent US President Barack Obama.

After the images flashed up, a final message appeared on screen, calling the U.S. Republican Party candidate an “arsehole” in Spanish. You can watch footage below.

Waters also took aim at Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican-U.S. border with ‘Another Brick In The Wall, Part II’.

During the song Waters was joined on stage by children in T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “tear down the wall”. The rocker told the crowd, “We don’t want a wall that separates us from our sister, our mother earth, or from each other.”

Trump’s outspoken campaign to win November’s US Presidential election has seen a number of major music stars urge Americans to vote for his Democratic Party opponent Hillary Clinton, including Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Katy Perry. Both Madonna and Perry even went naked in a comedy sketch to make a point to voters earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch joined David Gilmour on stage in London earlier this week to sing ‘Comfortably Numb’.

Watch ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters slam Donald Trump at Mexico concert

30
Sep

Listen to new version of Oasis 'Be Here Now' demo 'Angel Child'

Oasis have shared a new demo of ‘Angel Child’.

The version will feature on the Britpop band’s reissue of their 1997 LP, ‘Be Here Now’, which comes out on October 7.

It was originally released in August 1997, following on from the Manchester band’s 1994 debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ and 1995 second LP ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’.

‘Angel Child’ was released as the B-side to ‘Be Here Now’ single ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’. You can listen to the track below or stream or download it here.

The reissue of ‘Be Here Now’ will be available on standard CD and vinyl, and as a special edition 3xCD package. The 3XCD package includes a disc of B-Sides & Extra Tracks and the Mustique Demos.

See the full tracklist for the ‘Be Here Now’ reissue below:

Disc 1 – ‘Be Here Now’ Chasing The Sun Edition:

‘D’You Know What I Mean?’
‘My Big Mouth’
‘Magic Pie’
‘Stand By Me’
‘I Hope, I Think, I Know’
‘The Girl In The Dirty Shirt’
‘Fade In-Out’
‘Don’t Go Away’
‘Be Here Now’
‘All Around The World’
‘It’s Gettin’ Better (Man!!)’
‘All Around The World (Reprise)’

Disc 2 – B–sides & Extra Tracks:

‘Stay Young’
‘The Fame’
‘Flashbax’
‘(I Got) The Fever’
‘My Sister Lover’
‘Going Nowhere’
‘Stand By Me’ (Live At Bonehead’s Outtake)
‘Untitled’ (Demo)
‘Help!’ (Live In LA)
‘Setting Sun’ (Live Radio Broadcast)
‘If We Shadows’ (Demo)
‘Don’t Go Away’ (Demo)
‘My Big Mouth’ (Live At Knebworth Park)
‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ (NG’s 2016 Rethink)

Disc 3 – Mustique Demos:

‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ (Mustique Demo)
‘My Big Mouth’ (Mustique Demo)
‘My Sister Lover’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Stand By Me’ (Mustique Demo)
‘I Hope, I Think, I Know’ (Mustique Demo)
‘The Girl In The Dirty Shirt’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Don’t Go Away’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Trip Inside (Be Here Now)’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Fade In-Out’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Stay Young’ (Mustique Demo)
‘Angel Child’ (Mustique Demo)
‘The Fame’ (Mustique Demo)
‘All Around The World’ (Mustique Demo)
‘It’s Gettin’ Better (Man!!)’ (Mustique Demo)

Meanwhile, the new Oasis documentary Supersonic will be screened simultaneously across the UK this Sunday (October 2). Liam Gallagher is to take part in a livestream Q&A before the screening with director Mat Whitecross.

Supersonic documents the band’s rise to fame over a period of three years from 1993-96, up to their career pinnacle at Knebworth. It features new interviews with Noel and Liam Gallagher, their mother and members of the band and road crew.

READ MORE: Oasis Documentary ‘Supersonic’ – The 20-Year-Old Questions We Hope Are Finally Answered

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher recently revealed what to expect from his forthcoming solo album – saying that he’ll ‘probably fuck off forever’ if the record flops.

The former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman will be dropping his debut solo effort in 2017 after signing a deal with Warner Bros Records – despite previously denying it because he is “not a c**t”.

“God, I don’t know, it’s nowhere near…Good songs, good vocals, rock n’ roll, mate, stuff you won’t have to think too much about,” he told Metro. “No long guitar solos, no drum solos, no drum solos, no mad wizardy keyboard, just bang-in-your-face. it’s good.”

He added: “I’ve done the Beady Eye thing and that didn’t come off and i thought maybe I’ll just have a break, but I wrote these songs and I thought, what else can I do? This album, if it does well we crack on and do another one. If it doesn’t I don’t know what I’ll do. I probably will fuck off forever but we’ll see.”

This week saw bookmakers slash the odds of Oasis reforming for a reunion tour in 2017.

Listen to new version of Oasis 'Be Here Now' demo 'Angel Child'

30
Sep

Watch Kathleen Hanna confirm Le Tigre reunion

Le Tigre have announced plans to release a new song next month.

The band haven’t released any new material since their 2004 album ‘This Island’.

But frontwoman Kathleen Hanna has confirmed the trio recently worked on a new track which will be out in October. She did confirm that the reunion would not be fully blown though adding that the band would not release a new record or go on tour.

“Le Tigre just got back together in the studio–you have the scoop–for a special song that we are going to release hopefully, like, early-to-mid-October. I will not say what it’s about, but it’s been really fun working with them again,” she told Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves in a podcast you can listen to below.

The band released three albums during their career, their 1999 self-titled debut, 2001 LP ‘Feminist Sweepstakes’ and ‘This Island’ in 2004.

Hanna also discussed the recent dissolution of her other band ‘G.L.O.S.S.’, who turned down a $50,00 record deal with Epitaph Records.

“In terms of a major label offer, that’s not good enough. I mean, I would turn it down because it’s not good enough. It’s not worth it to, like, compromise your identity,” she explained.

Hanna added: “A major label offering $50,000, to me, is a total slap in the face. A major label has tons of money. They should be able to offer a really amazing band like G.L.O.S.S. a lot more than that because it costs a lot to make an album.

“It costs a lot of money to master it, and what the major label’s gonna want it to sound like means that they’re gonna have to go into a different studio; they’re gonna have to work with a producer. All of that money is just going to go into producing their record, and they’re each going to end up with, like, 500 bucks? That’s not cool.”

Earlier this year, her other band The Julie Ruin announced a new album ‘Hit Reset,’ which is the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Run Fast’.

Watch Kathleen Hanna confirm Le Tigre reunion

30
Sep

'Jurassic World' director explains how the sequel will be different

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has offered some hints as to how the eagerly-anticipated sequel will be different.

The sequel, which reportedly has the provisional title Ancient Futures, is due to start shooting early next year for a June 2018 release. Trevorrow will not be returning to the director’s chair, but remains on board as both writer and executive producer.

Director of the award-winning 2012 movie The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona, replaces Trevorrow in the hot seat.

“It will be more suspenseful and scary,” Trevorrow explained in an interview with a Jurassic Park fans’ podcast. “It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are both reprising their roles from Jurassic World, but Trevorrow strongly hinted in his podcast interview that the dinosaurs-as-soldiers plot development from the latter stages of the 2015 movie will not be repeated.

“I’m not that interested in militarised dinosaurs, at least not in practice,” he said. “I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being [Chris Pratt’s] Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning.”

Trevorrow continued: “[My co-writer] Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No, if anyone’s gonna militarise raptors, that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane.””

'Jurassic World' director explains how the sequel will be different

30
Sep

Workers at 'Portlandia' filming location get into row with sketch show bosses

Workers at a feminist bookstore where the comedy sketch show Portlandia is filmed, have got into a row with the show’s stars and producers.

One of the series’ longest running sketches featured Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen playing the characters Toni and Candace, the owners of a feminist bookstore called Women And Women First. 

But staff at the bookstore – In Other Words – where the segment is regularly filmed have now severed ties with the show after the shop was allegedly “left a mess” following a recent shoot.

A volunteer also placed a sign in the window that also reads “Fuck Portlandia!,” and they have chosen to leave it there. In a statement on their website, staff wrote that the store was “left a mess, [their] staff mistreated, [their] neighbours forced to close and lose business for a day without warning, and [their] repeated attempts to obtain accountability or resolution dismissed.”

"In Other Words" bookstore to Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armise: "Fuck Portlandia" https://t.co/EBlvyhK794 pic.twitter.com/5RKmTM2bpD— Michael Stewart (@m_r_stewart) September 29, 2016

Workers at In Other Words also said that allowing Portlandia to shoot never made them a significant amount of money and criticised the show’s entire premise, as well as the Women And Women First sketch in particular.

They wrote:

“The Women and Women First segments that are filmed at In Other Words are trans-antagonistic and trans-misogynist and have only become more offensive as the show goes on. ‘LOL Fred Armisen in a wig and a dress’ is a deeply shitty joke whose sole punchline throws trans femmes under the bus by holding up their gender presentation for mockery and ridicule. In a world where trans femmes – particularly Black trans women – are being brutalized and murdered on a regular basis for simply daring to exist, dude in a dress jokes are lazy, reactionary, and actively harmful. They’re also just straight up not funny.”

They have also said that the show paints an inaccurate picture of the city because “there are no black people on Portlandia.” The store, which hosts Black Lives Matter Portland meetings, say that the show has contributed to the city’s gentrification, “displacing the communities that made Portland a great place in the first place something twee and whimsical for the incoming technocrat hordes.”

The statement ends with the clarification that neither they nor the current board and volunteers were involved in the decision to allow Portlandia to shoot at their location. Read the full letter here.

Meanwhile, Fred Armisen was recently cast in the role of Krang in the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel.

Workers at 'Portlandia' filming location get into row with sketch show bosses

30
Sep

Passenger says 'This must be how Leicester fans felt' after beating Bruce Springsteen to Number One

Passenger has beaten Bruce Springsteen to this week’s Number One album, denying Springsteen his 11th chart-topper.

Passenger’s album ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ beat Springsteen’s new compilation ‘Chapter And Verse’ by just 704 sales. It’s the Brighton singer’s seventh album, beating the Number Three peak of ‘All The Little Lights’ in 2012.

Speaking about his win, Passenger – real name Michael Rosenberg – told chart compilers Official Charts Company: “This is so unbelievably exciting. When I saw that we were up against Springsteen and Shawn Mendes, I basically wrote off any chance of getting Number One anywhere. It’s a huge surprise and just the most amazing feeling. I think this is probably how Leicester fans felt last season.”

Shawn Mendes scores his first Top 10 album with ‘Illuminate’ at Number Three, followed at Number Four by Marillion. Their 18th album ‘Fuck Everyone And Run (F E A R)’ is their first Top Five album since ‘Clutching At Straws’ reached No 2 in 1987. Last week’s No 1 album ‘Wild World’ by Bastille is at Number 5.

There are seven other new entries in the Top 40. These come from Airbourne (9), a My Chemical Romance box-set (11), Warpaint (13), Joe Bonamassa (17), the latest David Bowie box-set (21), Billy Bragg And Joe Henry (28) and Vangelis (40).

On the singles chart, James Arthur gets his first No 1 single since his X-Factor chart-topper ‘Impossible’ in 2012. It’s only the ninth new Number One single of 2016 so far.

The Weeknd is a rare new entry inside the Top 10, with his Daft Punk collaboration ‘Starboy’ debuting at Number Three. It’s the first new entry inside the Top 10 not to feature Justin Bieber since June.

There are two other new entries in the Top 40. Dua Lipa’s ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’ debuts at No 38 and Craig David’s Sigala collaboration ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ is at No 39 ahead of his album ‘Choose Your Intuition’ coming out today.

Passenger says 'This must be how Leicester fans felt' after beating Bruce Springsteen to Number One

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