News Round-Up: Arctic Monkeys, Supergrass

Alex Turner fronting Arctic Monkeys @ Brooklyn Steel (Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Alex Turner fronting Arctic Monkeys @ Brooklyn Steel (Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Live4ever’s recap of the main stories we featured during the past seven days includes the live return of Arctic Monkeys and a reissue from Supergrass.

Arctic Monkeys made their first post-pandemic live outing last week at Zorlu PSM in Istanbul, Turkey.

It was the first of two shows in the city and included a very rare performance of Potion Approaching, the Humbug album track aired along side much firmer live favourites such as Brianstorm, 505 and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, all bookended by the riff-tastic 2010s pair of Do I Wanna Know? and R U Mine?.

The show begins a month of European festival appearances for the band with Reading/Leeds coming up at the end of August.

The death of Pogues bass player Darryl Hunt has been announced. He was 72.

Hunt has been remembered as a, ‘great friend and a great bass player’ by Shane MacGowan, who added on Twitter: “I am very very sorry that Darryl has passed on. We will all miss him.”

Spider Stacey also responded to the news on Twitter: “This is wretched. See you around the way, Daz. ‘It’s in the fridge’.”

The 1975 have been added to this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals shortly after Rage Against The Machine announced they had cancelled their upcoming UK and European touring due to health reasons related to Zack de la Rocha.

“It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation,” Rage said. “Rage Against The Machine will be finishing their run at Madison Square Garden on August 11, 12 and 14 and then Zack must return home for rest and rehabilitation.”

“The flights, travel time and rigorous schedule in the UK and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery. We are so sorry to all of our fans who have waited years to see us and hope to Rage again soon.”

Supergrass headlining Day 3 of Tramlines Festival 2021 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Supergrass headlining Day 3 of Tramlines Festival 2021 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Supergrass have announced an expanded, remastered reissue of their self-titled third studio album.

Originally released in September 1999, the LP cemented the band as the great survivors of the Britpop era, displaying a nuanced maturing of their sound whilst still delivering classy pop singles which had made their name – Pumping On Your Stereo and Moving both hitting the Top 20 in the UK.

The multi-format re-release includes a 2CD digipack version which will carry studio out-takes, demos, B-sides, live tracks and exclusive 2022 remixes.

Fleet Foxes have added a London gig to their short UK tour which is due to start later this month.

The new date at Islington Assembly Hall on August 25th will give the band an extra show before their appearance at All Points East 24 hours later.

From there, gigs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester are booked, while another festival spot – at End Of The Road – is on the agenda too, as is an Irish concert at Collins Barracks in Dublin.

The return of The Big Pink has been cemented with confirmation of their new album The Love That’s Ours.

Out on September 30th, it’s being trailed by the single Rage after a journey to this landmark point which Robbie Furze describes as, ‘one of the craziest of my life’:

“I truly thought this day would never come. I got so lost, so confused, went down so many rabbit holes, at times running completely blind, so much so that I nearly lost everything that was ever important to me, everything I ever truly loved.”

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