In today’s Soundbites - our look back at the past week’s news, features, videos and tabloid gossip – Liam Gallagher knows exactly what he’d be up to if he was a ginger prince, the rock world really warms to Mitt Romney, The xx’s new album is reviewed, The Stone Roses are record breakers and this week’s most popular video is showcased.
It’s been too long, but Liam Gallagher was on top form at the GQ Awards this week after jumping to the front of a long rock star queue to hand Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Special attention was paid to Prince Harry, with Liam discussing what he might get up to if he woke up one morning and found he’d become a ‘ginger prince’. His sharp tongue was also turned on Russell Brand and the Spice Girls – whose drinking habits apparently aren’t bad for a group of ‘old dears’. Check out his brilliant comments in full right here.
Although his wife took to Twitter to deny the story, the rumours that Hollywood star Bruce Willis was considering taking legal action against Apple after discovering he would be unable to pass on his iTunes music library to his daughters should he die in a horrible stunt accident, threw up the interesting point that we are all merely ‘borrowing’ our music from Apple, rather than purchasing them outright. Sure iTunes will be happy to refund any bills then if you decide some songs are no longer required to be ‘borrowed’. Read the comments of solicitor Chris Walton on the subject at this link.
Apropos of nothing, but how stunning is the Ian Curtis biopic Control? Expanding on the same minor role in 24hr Party People, Leeds actor Sam Riley gives a hauntingly accurate portrayal of the troubled life of the Joy Division frontman, and the incredible performance of Samantha Morton in the emotionally-charged time of Curtis’ suicide – coupled with the soundtrack of Joy Division’s classic ‘Atmosphere‘ – makes for one of the most poignant scenes in recent memory. If you haven’t caught it yet, we recommend you do.
Well, if the US Presidential election was based purely on votes from those in the rock world, it’s probably safe to say Barack Obama would win by a landslide. Republicans Romney and Ryan have already received the ire of Rage Against The Machine and the late Thin Lizzy guitarist Phil Lynott‘s mother, and now the Foo Fighters have lent their support to Obama with a performance at the Democratic Convention this week, dedicating ‘My Hero‘ to the US leader in the process. Check out their short set here.
There’s plenty of big-name releases coming up this month, and not everyone’s happy about it, with retailers criticising labels for bunching all these LPs up into one messy lump. Anyway, first up for Live4ever this week was The xx‘s ‘Coexist‘, described as ‘the sound of an aloof confidence, a cocksure melancholia and an expansive closeness’. Stay tuned to Live4ever for reviews of impeding big releases from the likes of The Vaccines, Mumford & Sons and The Killers over the coming weeks.
If you’d said a year ago that by September 2012 The Stone Roses would have the fastest selling UK gigs ever, you could have reasonably expected some pretty funny looks from those around you. But that’s exactly what was confirmed this week by the Guinness World Records, who officially revealed the 220,000 tickets for those three homecoming Heaton Park shows – announced at the same time as their unlikely reunion back last October – were snapped up in just 68 frenzied minutes.
Glastonbury took a year’s break this summer, and it’s to be hoped you’ve used the time off to save up the pennies, with ticket prices for 2013 being confirmed this week for 2013. Weekend passes will set you back a cool £205, not including booking and postage costs – heaven forbid. You do still get a free programme though, so it’s not all bad. Organiser Michael Eavis is already well underway in planning next year’s festival, read his thoughts on the possibility of The Stone Roses headlining 2013 at this link.
How could you resist the very-easy-on-the-eye guitarist and vocalist Laura-Mary Carter arm-wrestling one of the UK’s most successful body builders? You can’t, obviously, which is why Blood Red Shoes‘ promo for their latest single ‘In Time To Voices‘ is the most popular on Live4ever this week. Check out Videos section for all the latest new and classic videos.Just Published: