In today’s Soundbites - our look back at the past week’s news, reviews, and tabloid gossip – Johnny Depp turns The Black Keys into a trio, Hamburg is bored of The Beatles, Morrissey reaches for the pipe and slippers, dubious football clip shows can finally end, and this week’s most popular video is revealed.
Johnny Depp continued his constant dabbles with the rock world this week by celebrating his Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles by joining The Black Keys onstage for a performance of ‘Gold On The Ceiling‘. Depp had been presented with the prize by Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and told the crowd that it was the ‘get out of the business award’. Check out his performance with The Black Keys right here.
Panic over! French police this week arrested a woman after over $200,000 (£130,000) worth of jewellery was stolen from Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose in Paris. According to reports, the woman voluntarily returned the jewellery to a police station after news broke of the theft, armed with the brilliant excuse that she didn’t know how she left with the necklaces in her possession. Well it’s easily done. Axl Rose was at the private gathering after Guns N Roses’ gig at the Bercy Stadium following the completion of the band’s eventful UK arena tour. If you haven’t caught our review of their gig at the Glasgow SECC, go right ahead.
Elvis has left the building. Or has he? Those boffins at Digital Domain who stuck a hologram of Tupac onstage at the Coachella festival in April are now working on a similar plan with Elvis Presley. The president and chief executive of Presley Enterprises, Jack Soden, is certainly happy about the whole thing: “This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life,” he said. “His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer.”
Pure Love, aka former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and Jim Carroll, will release their first single ‘Handsome Devils Club‘ on July 23rd. The track received its premiere this week as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World, and has topped Live4ever’s weekly video chart, ahead of a superb classic live performance by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club of the track ‘Shuffle Your Feet‘. Check out our Videos section for all of this week’s new and classic videos.
Around 50 years after they first arrived to indulge in pill-popping and nun-pissing…allegedly, it seems the people of Hamburg are starting to tire of The Beatles. A five-storey museum first opened in the city in 2009 is to shut according to reports this week due to lack of interest. “In view of the high deficits, there is no solution left but closure, if you want to act responsibly,” the museum’s manager Folkert Koopmanns has said. “A privately-run museum as big as Beatlemania is condemned to fail without public support. That’s a fact that we fought against until enthusiasm turned into resignation – a bitter experience.” More on the story here.
Well here we go. It’s underway again, Euro 2012 has arrived. The dubious clip shows with even more dubious comedians – ITV4′s Why England Shouldn’t Win Euro 2012 and BBC3′s Euro’s Most Shocking Moments we’re looking at you – can be confined to the dustbin and the real action can start. After two entertaining games yesterday, England will begin their campaign against France on June 11th. To celebrate, how’s about checking out a quality seasonal-themed single from Pint Shot Riot, proceeds of which are all going to a worthy cause, and also have a look through our rundown of some of the less successful efforts over the years from the likes of Del Amitri and Ian McCulloch.
Are highly-strung, vegetarian-fuelled strops and rants against everybody bar The New York Dolls soon to become a thing of the past? Former Smiths frontman Morrissey reiterated his plan to retire from music before 2014 in an interview with JuiceOnline this week. “I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have,” he said. “This is my 30th year, and I’ve aged a lot recently, which is bit distressing for me, as it must be for everyone. The body changes shape and there’s nothing you can do about it. Do I continue as a modern day Andy Williams? I take one hour at a time.” His full comments can be read here.Just Published: