The Manic Street Preachers have held a private memorial for Richey Edwards.
The 27-year-old songwriter and guitarist disappeared ten years ago yesterday [February 1]. His car was later found abandoned by the River Severn in Wales. Bassist Nicky Wire told NME.com: "We'll talk to each other on the day and we'll remember something funny or stupid or sad. That's the impossibility of the situation anyway, there's no centred thing to fix yourself on. It's a personal thing between the three of us, and his mum, dad and sister." The Manics have continued to pay a quarter of their royalties into a bank account in Edwards' name.
Despite various unconfirmed sightings and the discovery of body parts in the Severn over the past decade, neither Edwards nor his remains have ever been found.
BAUHAUS and COCTEAU TWINS will both reform to play at California's Coachella Festival which runs from April 30th to May 1st. The reunited bands will play on a bill that also features NEW ORDER, NINE INCH NAILS and GANG OF FOUR. DURAN DURAN have been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 'Midlander of the Year Awards'. The awards were presented at a special ceremony in the band's hometown, Birmingham, last week.
GO WEST have added a couple of festivals to their upcoming tour plans - the duo will play the Cleethorpes Festival on July 2nd and the Usk Festival on July 23rd. The band will also be holding another GO WEST & TONY HADLEY fan weekend at Butlins in Bognor Regis from September 30th to October 2nd featuring a concert each night!
TOYAH is to have more of her back catalogue albums made available on CD for the first time. Her 1982 live double album 'Warrior Rock' and her excellent 1983 studio album 'Love Is The Law' will both be released with 'Warrior Rock' coming out on a single CD on February 28th and 'Love Is The Law' following in March. 'Love Is The Law' will also feature five extra tracks, originally released as b-sides.
MORRISSEY has been nominated for four NME awards; the singer is up for 'Best Solo Artist, 'Hero Of The Year', 'Sexiest man' and 'Best Dressed'. Meanwhile the former singer for THE SMITHS has announced the tracklisting for his forthcoming live CD 'Live From Earls Court'.
VISAGE are to play a London show on March 26th as support to Girls Under Glass. The gig, which will take place at the Islington Academy, will be the first of a number of planned appearances for the band in 2005.
KYLIE MINOGUE is rumoured to be the closing artist for Glastonbury 2005 and will play the main stage on the Sunday night of the three-day festival.
DEACON BLUE will be among bands playing at a special Tsunami benefit concert in Scotland. The band will join a bill which includes Travis, Franz Ferdinand, Idlewild and Texas at Glasgow's SECC on February 19th.
MADONNA, FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, KYLIE MINOGUE and WHAM! are among a host of artists featured in a new musical 'Boogie Nights 2' which continues where the smash hit seventies musical 'Boogie Nights' left off and follows the story of RoddyO'Neill and the gang ten years on. The show opens at Brighton's Theatre Royal this week and will visit theatres in Milton Keynes, Woking, Glasgow, Wimbledon and Bromley before finishing in May.
A-HA's MAGNE FURUHOLMEN is to appear on a charity record being put together by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). The song 'Indian Ocean' will also feature Travis drummer Neil Primrose and will be released in February.
DEAD CAN DANCE have announced another UK show and will play London's Kentish Town Forum on April 7th.
REM have confirmed that they will headline the forthcoming Isle Of Wight Festival. The band will also release a new single 'Electron Blue' in February.
Lisa Loeb just returned from an incredible trip, playing concerts in Japan and Hawaii, and has many more concerts coming up soon.
Feb 03, New York, NY, Lincoln Center-American Songbook, www.lincolncenter.org Feb 04, Bridgeport, CT, Acoustic Café, www.acousticafe.com Feb 27, Albany, NY, The Egg Center for Performing Arts, www.theegg.org Mar 01, Burlington, VT, Higher Grounds, www.highergroundmusic.com Mar 02, Northampton, MA, Iron Horse, www.iheg.com Mar 04, Bloomfield, NJ, 12 Miles West Theater, www.12mileswest.org Mar 05, Bryn Mawr, PA, The Point, www.atthepoint.com Mar 06, Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater, www.st94.com Mar 08, Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head Tavern, www.ramsheadtavern.com Mar 09, Washington DC, The Barns at Wolf Trap, www.wolftrap.org
As always, there are more concerts being booked as we speak and even some dates coming up in Europe and the UK in May! Check out www.lisaloeb.com for further information.
Listen for Lisa's music on TV! You can hear "Try" in Summerland this season as well as on the soon to be released Summerland soundtrack. You can hear "I Control the Sun" on Charmed. And you can hear "Fools Like Me" on Grey's Anatomy.
The European leg of R.E.M.'s "Around the Sun Tour" is going really well. The band is currently in Tallinn, Estonia, for a concert tonight (January 26th). In the meantime, they have added some shows to the tour during the late Spring and Summer:
May 28th: SPAIN - ZARAGOZA, RECINTO FERIAL DELA FERIA FE MUESTRAS June 3rd: GERMANY - COLOGNE, ROCK AM RING June 4th: GERMANY - NURNBERG, ROCK IM PARK June 10th: ITALY - ROME, STADIO OLIMPICO June 11th: ITALY - BOLOGNA, HEINEKEN FESTIVAL June 12th: UK - ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL July 3rd: BELGIUM - WERCHTER FESTIVAL
You can find more information about the tour at www.remhq.com including a bunch of great photos!
RICK ASTLEY has signed a new record deal with Sony BMG. The deal is for four albums the first of which will be a collection of classic songs whih is expected to be ready for a September release.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are in the studio working on a new, currently untitled, album for release in the summer...
ADAM & THE ANTS are to release a limited edition collectors boxset to coincide with the remastered and expanded releases of 'Strip', 'Friend Or Foe' and 'Vive Le Rock'. The box will be packaged with the new remasters and also provide space for the 2004 remastered versions of 'Dirk Wears White Sox', 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' and 'Prince Charming' and will also add a bonus CD to the set which will feature 15 rare tracks.
TEARS FOR FEARS will finally release their new album 'Everybody Loves A Happy Ending' in the UK on March 7th. The album will feature two bonus tracks 'Pullin' A Cloud' and 'Out Of Control' which were not included on the album's 2004 release in the US. The album will be preceded by a single 'Closest Thing To Heaven' on February 21st which will feature four new dance mixes.
DAVID BOWIE and MADONNA are both expected to voice characters in the forthcoming Luc Besson movie 'Arthur & The Minimoys'. Bowie is said to be taking the character of Maltazard while Madonna will play Princess Sélénia de Matradoy.
SIOUXSIE's recent shows at London's Royal Festival Hall and the 100 Club will both feature on a live DVD set for April release from DemonVision who are also working on releases from IAN DRURY and THE STRANGLERS.
TONY HADLEY and MARTIN FRY's live collaboration has been captured on DVD and will be released on February 1st and will be available online and at the duo's forthcoming UK shows. The DVD 'Tony Hadley vs Martin Fry & ABC' will feature interviews and backstage footage in addition to live footage shot in Milton Keynes last year.
KIM WILDE's single 'Cambodia' has been covered by Swedish metal band Hearse and will be released as a single at the end of January. Meanwhile Kim Wilde has mentioned in a recent interview that she hopes to record some new material later this year.
TOYAH has announced two more gigs for 2005. Toyah will play a PA at Blackpool Flamingo's on March 28th and a show at Hastings Beer Festival on July 2nd in addition to the previously announced show at the Wasted Festival on May 21st.
THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH will play a series of outdoor shows in the summer in forests around the UK. The band will play six shows in June. KYLIE MINOGUE has recorded the theme for the film version of 'The Magic Roundabout' in which she also voices the part of Florence. The animated movie will open at UK cinemas on February 11th. DURAN DURAN have postponed their Japanese tour, due to begin next week, while drummer ROGER TAYLOR recovers from a broken foot he sustained before Christmas. The band played a special UK show for BBC Radio 2 last week and although Taylor got through the set it left his foot 'severely swollen and painful' and he now needs to rest it following medical advice.
SPANDAU BALLET have reignited rumours about a possible reunion with songwriter GARY KEMP writing on his website that there is a 'slim chance' of the band reconciling, and singer TONY HADLEY acknowledging in a recent interview that he had exchanged letters with Kemp and had outlined his conditions for such a reunion, saying 'It would take an awful lot and I'm not just talking about money'...
A-HA mainman MAGNE will release a new single, 'Kryptonite', and album, 'Perfect Future Tense' in March, and will mark the release with a show at London club Fabric on March 9th.
FUN BOY THREE, AZTEC CAMERA, SCRITTI POLITTI and BLACK are among artists featured on an impressive looking new triple-CD showcasing the 12" versions of a host of 80's classics which is to be released on February 7th... other bands featured include THE CURE, SOFT CELL, ABC, SIMPLE MINDS, SPANDAU BALLET, VISAGE, SIMPLY RED, GRACE JONES, TEARS FOR FEARS and PROPAGANDA.
REM mainman PETER BUCK will make a guest appearance on the new album from Eels. 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations' is set for an April release.