Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has revealed he wishes he had written The Verve‘s 1997 classic ‘Bittersweet Symphony‘.
Martin has made no secret of his admiration for the Wigan band over the years and now, as part of Q Magazine‘s 25th anniversary celebrations, the singer has told the publication it is the one song he would like to have been in his own canon.
As MTV celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, here the Live4ever Ezine picks ten of our essential British music videos of all time to mark this significant occasion. While some pre-date the MTV revolution, they all represent the best of a medium which was transformed when the station launched back in 1981.
From the innovation of Queen‘s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘, to the playful nature of ‘Whatever‘ and ‘Bad Cover Version‘, via the emphasis on human emotion featured on ‘Just‘ and ‘Bittersweet Symphony‘, these videos chart the rise of the music promo from its basic state to the leading role it now plays in any band’s life. Yep, this particular anniversary is a good opportunity for those bands who have spent long hours in a TV studio perfecting their lip-syncing technique to raise a glass to the ripest fruits of their labour.
London band The Rifles will release their third studio album ‘Freedom Run‘ on September 19th, and have announced a UK tour in support of the new record to begin the following month.
The album has been recorded at Paul Weller‘s studios with legendary Verve and Clash cohort Chris Potter, and is their first since 2009′s ‘Great Escape‘.
Last summer Exit Calm released their epic debut ‘Hearts and Minds‘, which has had many tongues wagging as to how big they will be, in fact it’s been a repeated claim recently with the band finding themselves being asked the same questions regarding their sound, the comparisons to one band in particular keeps cropping up (and they start with a “V”). The truth is it could be seen as a travesty if we don’t soon see Exit Calm as contenders for the UK’s next big band. Exit Calm’s sound is big, bold and takes you on a journey partnered with a voice that drives it all along, it’s music you can totally feel.
Exit Calm’s frontman Nicky Smith recently spoke to freelance writer Carl Stanley, giving his take on the many views and reviews of the band, playing the Pretty Green gig last year, getting the thumbs up from Liam Gallagher, training as a croupier and fixing TV sets in his sleep.
In today’s Soundbites, our weekly look at news, reviews, mp3, tabloid gossip and more, AC/DC ready their latest live album, new Morrissey material is due for release, and there’s a look at Tom Williams & The Boat’s new single. Also, free mp3s from Drugg and The Plea, Lady Gaga finishes her latest video, Download gets its final headliner and there’s a classic live Stones video from their collaboration with Martin Scorsese.
United Nations Of Sound leader and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft has released details of plans for a one off intimate acoustic show to take place at London’s Union Chapel venue on 7th December 2010.
The Who and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will head a stellar line up of acts due to play the one-off Killing Cancer charity concert which will be held in London early next year.
After undergoing treatment for a brain tumour following his collapse on stage in Philadelphia earlier this month, The Charlatans’ drummer Jon Brookes is aiming to return to the band in time for their tour of Australia, according to frontman Tim Burgess.
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