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25
May

The Courteeners’ LCCC Old Trafford Manchester show weather forecast and stage times revealed

‘Look up to the skies’

The Courteeners

The Courteeners

Ahead of The Courteeners‘ massive homecoming show at Manchester’s Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Old Trafford this weekend, the stage times and weather forecast have been revealed.

The band have vowed to play as planned after the Manchester terror attack earlier this week, and will perform on Saturday 27 May, joined by Cabbage, The Charlatans and Blossoms.

Stage times are below:

Cabbage: 5.40pm
The Charlatans: 6.30pm
Blossoms: 7.45pm
Courteeners: 8.45pm

The Courteeners' Liam Fray

The Courteeners’ Liam Fray

Meanwhile, the BBC weather forecast says that Manchester should expect should expect sunshine with intervals of light to heavy rain throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, before a night of clear skies.

Paying tribute to those who lost their lives on Monday, Fray said:” This will hurt. For a long time. But as you walk around town today try not to bow your head. Look up at the skies. We’ll see you on Saturday.”

Promoters SJM Concerts added: “Courteeners fans are vocal, demonstrative and passionate. Many times this has been celebrated with flares, pyro and smoke canisters. Given that nerves will be heightened on Saturday please do not bring any form of pyro to this gig. Love and respect your fellow audience members, the stewards and the police, many of who worked through the night after Mondays concert.”

Speaking to NME about their choice of support bands last year, frontman Liam Fray said: “[Blossoms] are a real grassroots northern band – no fucking leg-ups from anybody or anything like that. They’ve grafted their balls off and toured extensively. Great pop songs, good lads, what’s not to love about it? It’s a proper old-school story – four lads meet at college and start a band.

“That’s what we want in this country, it should be celebrated. It gives me faith a little bit as well. None of their dads are loaded and gave them a million quid to set up a studio. They’re normal lads who wrote songs in their bedrooms like we did. Fucking great, they should be celebrated. It doesn’t matter about anything else – you need the songs.”

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The Courteeners with support from Blossoms, The Charlatans and Cabbage will perform Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford LCCC on Saturday 27 May. Tickets are on sale now and available here.

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25
May

Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ climbs to iTunes Number One following fan campaign

The emotional dance ballad appears on Grande’s second album ‘My Everything’.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande‘s 2015 single ‘One Last Time’ has climbed to Number One on UK iTunes following a fan campaign.

The singer’s fans have been downloading the song, which featured in her gig setlist at Manchester Arena on Monday night (May 22), in tribute to the victims of the atrocity.

Monday night (May 22) saw an explosion at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert leave 22 people dead and 59 wounded. Fans were leaving the show when a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber in a public foyer. The lone attacker died in the explosion from what is said to be a home-made bomb. The bomber has since been named and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Grande was unharmed in the attack and has since released a statement, describing herself as ‘broken’. She added: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry. I don’t have the words.” Her support acts have also issued statements. Meanwhile, her mother reportedly helped several fans to safety during the aftermath of the attack.

Grande’s management confirmed yesterday (May 24) that her tour has been cancelled up to June 5. It is not clear whether she will resume her European tour after that.

Us Weekly reports that the singer has returned to her home in Florida.

Manchester-born Noel Gallagher has shared his thoughts on the attack, saying: “I don’t know what Ariana Grande is going to do.”

Several other gigs have been cancelled following the attack. See a list of all the concerts affected here.

Anyone with any information concerning the attack is asked to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789321.

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Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ climbs to iTunes Number One following fan campaign

25
May

Noel Gallagher shares his thoughts on Manchester terror attack

“I think this particular atrocity will take quite a while to heal.”

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has shared his thoughts on the Manchester terror attack, saying: “I don’t know what Ariana Grande is going to do.”

Monday night (May 22) saw an explosion at Grande’s Manchester Arena concert leave 22 people dead and 59 wounded. Fans were leaving the show when a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber in a public foyer. The lone attacker died in the explosion from what is said to be a home-made bomb. The bomber has since been named and ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Having shared a tribute post on Instagram in the wake of the attack, Gallagher has now spoken about it further in an interview.

“Having played that arena and all that and stood in that foyer, and being from Manchester… it dawns on you that it’s aimed at young music fans,” he told Radio X. “I’m saying that there are no words but there are words. But unfortunately, you can’t broadcast the words.”

He continued: “But I suppose Manchester Arena will open again and, yeah, you have to keep going, you know. I mean, I don’t know what Ariana Grande is gonna do. I couldn’t imagine that…”

Asked if he feels for Grande, Gallagher replied: “I don’t know what I would feel or how I would react. I mean, I’m pretty upset about it now, but if it was your fans…”

Manchester vigil

Manchester vigil

Gallagher added: “But you know, I had a teenager daughter in Manchester and she may well [could] have been there… But bar a couple of friends of friends who were in hospital and two very close shaves, all the people that I know didn’t get involved in it or weren’t caught up in it.”

“But you know, I think this particular atrocity will take quite a while to heal.”

Ariana Grande’s management confirmed yesterday (May 24) that her tour has been cancelled up to June 5. It is not clear whether she will resume her European tour after that.

Us Weekly reports that the singer has returned to her home in Florida.

Several other gigs have been cancelled following the attack. See a list of all the concerts affected here.

Anyone with any information concerning the attack is asked to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789321.

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Noel Gallagher shares his thoughts on Manchester terror attack

25
May

Watch the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer featuring Donald Glover

But who exactly is Glover playing?

Donald Glover in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Donald Glover in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

A brand new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has been released ahead of the reboot’s release this summer.

The trailer features a glimpse of Tom Holland’s webslinger interacting with Donald Glover’s character, whose identity has yet to be revealed. Watch below.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release on July 7. The cast also includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marisa Tomei as Spidey’s Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture, and Zendaya as a character called Michelle.

The film is a joint production between Sony and Marvel Studios, the third cinematic iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but the first to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland’s Spider-Man is a few years younger than those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and the film is said to have a tone reminiscent of classic ’80s John Hughes movies like Weird Science and Pretty In Pink.

Back in February, the toy merchandise tied in with the film appeared to reveal details about its plot. Imagery shared by toy-makers Hasbro showed what the villainous Shocker, played by Bokeem Woodbine, may look like when Homecoming hits screens this summer.

Sony and Marvel have already confirmed a sequel to Homecoming, slated for July 5, 2019.

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Watch the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer featuring Donald Glover

25
May

Lana Del Rey announces new album release date

It includes ‘Love’, ‘Cherry’, ‘Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind’ and collaborations with Stevie Nicks and The Weeknd.

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey has confirmed the release date of her new album ‘Lust For Life’.

The singer posted on Twitter earlier this morning (May 25) that the album will drop on July 21.

Del Rey’s album has so far been preceded by lead single ‘Love’, her title-track and Weeknd collaboration, plus recent songs ‘Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind’ and ‘Cherry’.

Del Rey also recently unveiled a witch-themed trailer for the album.The album is set to feature a collaboration with Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks called’Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems’.

Of what it was like to work with Nicks, Del Rey said recently: “She was amazing. She’s just everything you hope she’s gonna be. She’s so contemporary, and she knows all the new music that’s out weekly. She loved the track and she added so much to it.”

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Describing the new album as ‘more socially aware’, Del Rey has said of the record: “I started out thinking that the whole record was gonna have a sort of a ’50s-’60s feeling, kind of some kind of Shangri-Las, early Joan Baez influences.”

“But I don’t know, as the climate kept on getting more heated politically, I found lyrically everything was just directed towards that. So because of that, the sound just got really updated, and I felt like it was more wanting to talk to the younger side of the audience that I have. I guess it’s a little more socially aware. It’s kind of a global feeling.”

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Lana Del Rey announces new album release date

24
May

Liam Gallagher compares Noel to Robbie Williams

Former Oasis frontman says he doesn’t regret any comments he’s made about his brother

Liam Gallagher has compared brother Noel to Robbie Williams in a new interview.

There has been bad blood between the two Oasis siblings for some time, with Liam recently comparing Noel to Hitler and calling him a ‘little toad’. Liam has also said that Noel is the one thing preventing an Oasis reunion from happening.

Speaking recently to Evening Standard‘s ES magazine, Gallagher was asked whether he regrets any of the comments about Noel. He replied: “No. Not at fucking all. I think he’s had it easy off me. It’s only sticks and stones, they won’t break his bones. Wait till I bump into the cunt. Everything I say is the fucking truth. I’ve not even dug that deep yet.”

Liam went on to add: “I don’t know what world he lives in, and I wouldn’t want to live in it, believe you me, because it seems very bland, naff and contrived and just… What? He’s like the new Robbie Williams or something. It’s fucking weird.”

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Liam is expected to release his eagerly-anticipated debut solo album at some point this year. His album will be titled ‘As You Were’ and its first single will be called ‘Not For Sale’.

He told ES of his current plans: “The main thing is getting a record done, getting back touring and doing what I do: singing and moving people, rather than sitting at home doing nothing, spouting off on Twitter.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Liam revealed that he’s worked with Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin on his album.

Gallagher explained why: “Ideally, you want to do it yourself. But I can’t write those fucking big songs. I’m limited. My verses are up there, but I just can’t do that next bit.”

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Liam Gallagher compares Noel to Robbie Williams

24
May

Chris Cornell’s wife writes open letter to late Soundgarden frontman

Grunge legend passed away last week (May 17) at 52

Chris Cornell and Vicky Cornell

The wife of late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell has penned an emotional open letter following her husband’s death.

Grunge legend Cornell was found dead in his hotel room on May 17. He was 52. While Cornell’s death is being treated as a suicide, his family have claimed that prescription drugs may have contributed towards him taking his own life.

Writing an open letter for BillboardVicky Cornell referred to her late husband as “my sweet Christopher” and described the singer as “the best father, husband and son-in-law”.

She continued to write: “I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.”

Read her letter in full below.

To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,
Your Vicky

Vicky Cornell had previously released a statement describing the musician’s passing as “a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled”.

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Meanwhile, Cornell has been cremated at a private ceremony ahead of his funeral later this week.

While it was previously confirmed that he will laid to rest at a funeral at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday (May 26), now TMZ reports that Cornell was cremated at the same venue yesterday (May 23) in a private service attended by wife Vicky, brother Peter and friends Linda Ramone and J.D. King.

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Chris Cornell’s wife writes open letter to late Soundgarden frontman

24
May

‘Wonder Woman’ premiere cancelled in London following Manchester attack

The premiere was set to take place on May 31.

Wonder Woman premiere cancelled Manchester

Warner Bros. have cancelled the Wonder Woman premiere in London following the Manchester terror attack.

Monday night (May 22) saw 22 people killed and around 59 injured after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, when a lone bomber caused an explosion in the foyer of the venue. In what has been condemned as an ‘evil atrocity’, many of those hurt and killed are said to be children and teenagers. The assailant, since named as 22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent, died on the scene.

The premiere for Wonder Woman was scheduled for May 31, with the film going on general release on June 1 in the UK and June 2 in the US.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”

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Meanwhile, Harry Styles held a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester terror attack during a show in Mexico last night (May 23). Styles was due to play a full-on show last night but asked his fans to understand that, in light of the events, he and his band would only play a short acoustic set. He then asked them for “a moment’s silence.”

Following the attack, over a million pounds has been raised for the victims and their families, with over £20,000 raised for the homeless man who helped the victims at the scene.

An emergency hotline has been set up for anyone concerned about loved ones in the area or at the Manchester Arena show. Please call 0161 856 9400. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline in confidence on 0800 789321.

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‘Wonder Woman’ premiere cancelled in London following Manchester attack

24
May

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recreates classic ’90s turtleneck photo

Star recreated the infamous image in ‘SNL’ promo

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has recreated an infamous photo of himself from the ’90s.

The star hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend, recreating a throwback photo of himself wearing a turtleneck, chain and bum bag/fanny pack for the US show.

Comparing the two photos on Instagram, Johnson wrote: “When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996 I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel. Couldn’t afford to buy a bed so we do what we gotta do to get by. You can imagine all the fun colorful bodily fluids I tried my best to clean off. 21 years later I’m taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time. If you’re going thru your own tough times ‘used mattress’ stage, do your best to have faith things’ll get better and always be willing to outwork your competition because you never know where life is gonna take you. And ALWAYS remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow as to protect the fabric of the cheap ass swag turtleneck that had you out here looking like a bad ass buff lesbian. Oh and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb.”

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When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996 I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel. Couldn’t afford to buy a bed so we do what we gotta do to get by. You can imagine all the fun colorful bodily fluids I tried my best to clean off. 21 years later I’m taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time. If you’re going thru your own tough times “used mattress” stage, do your best to have faith things’ll get better and always be willing to outwork your competition because you never know where life is gonna take you. And ALWAYS remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow as to protect the fabric of the cheap ass swag turtleneck that had you out here looking like a bad ass buff lesbian. Oh and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb. 🤙🏾

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After rumours that Johnson could be running for President in 2020, the wrestler-turned-actor “announced” his bid with running mate Tom Hanks on SNL at the weekend (May 20).

This announcement came days after an official poll by Public Policy Polling finds that if Johnson ran as a Democrat he would lead Trump with a margin of 42/37.

However, during The Rock’s monologue, marking his fifth time hosting SNL, Tom Hanks came out to congratulate Johnson on becoming a member of the Five-Timers Club.

The pair announced that they would be vying for the Presidential bid come 2020 running through their collective qualifications. Hanks, having fought in WWII in “like ten different movies”, would get the senior vote whereas Johnson would win the “minority vote because everyone just assumes that I am whatever they are”.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson recreates classic ’90s turtleneck photo

24
May

Watch Metallica’s James Hetfield reflect on Chris Cornell’s death

Frontman urges fans to ‘let each other know how you’re doing’

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has responded to the death of late Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell.

Grunge legend Cornell was found dead in his hotel room on May 17. He was aged just 52-years-old. While Cornell’s death is being treated as a suicide, his family have claimed that prescription drugs may have contributed towards him taking his own life.

Speaking about the news in a recent interview, Hetfield said: “Well, it does make you hug those around you, for sure — bandmates, family that’s out here, family at home. It makes you realise that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they’re trapped in.”

Hetfield added: “And when you’re there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you’re in that space to even fathom that there’s someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you’re at such a loss. I can’t… obviously can’t explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses. And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you’re doing.”

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Meanwhile, Cornell has been cremated at private ceremony ahead of funeral later this week. While it was previously confirmed that he will laid to rest at a funeral at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday May 26, now TMZ report that Cornell was cremated at the same venue yesterday in a private service attended by wife Vicky, brother Peter and friends Linda Ramone and J.D. King.

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Sources also claim that fans will later be able to visit the site of his burial following his funeral later this week.

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