News Round-Up: The Smashing Pumpkins, Later…With Jools Holland

The Smashing Pumpkins by Paul Elledge

The Smashing Pumpkins by Paul Elledge

Live4ever’s recap of the main stories we featured during the past seven days includes a new rock opera from The Smashing Pumpkins and an anniversary special for Jools Holland.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album ATUM will take the form of a three-part rock opera that is to be released in as many acts starting from November 11th.

Acts 2 and 3 have been scheduled to follow on January 31st and April 21st 2023 respectively, all previewed with the lead track Beguiled.

The band are on tour in North America from next month, opening at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

The Murder Capital have confirmed the details of their second studio record Gigi’s Recovery.

The band worked with producer John Congleton on the follow-up to their 2019 debut When I Have Fears, the results of which were first made public back in July with Only Good Things.

That single has been added to with A Thousand Lives and news of a European tour next year.

We Are Scientists have released their first new music of 2022, Operator Error.

“I have a tendency to deliver hot takes and to get extraordinarily overheated about utterly inconsequential things,” Keith Murray explained.

“I got into a multi-hour argument over whether Top Gun: Maverick is a halfway decent movie. Maybe it’s weird, then, that I also tend to be pretty sanguine over big issues.”

Later...With Jools Holland

The 30th anniversary of Later…With Jools Holland is to be marked with a live episode hosted at the Eventim Apollo in London featuring a line-up to be revealed on the night.

Since first airing on October 8th, 1992, Later… has proved to be the great survivor of the BBC’s musical output, 60 series and over 450 episodes on now the last medium for emerging and established artists alike to show their worth to a mainstream UK television audience.

“It’s unbelievable that this year sees my show reach its thirtieth birthday,” Jools Holland said. It’s a testament to the great power of music that we are still going strong, and are now the longest running international music show on earth.”

Stormzy has unveiled his latest single Mel Made Me Do It.

The promo features a stellar list of cameos – including Dave, Headie One and Little Simz – and could well feature on the star’s follow-up to Heavy Is The Head which is expected before the end of this year.

“Opener Big Michael sets up a narrative that reminds these would-and-could-be’s how far he’s come, played out over a nifty bass that links him to his south London roots, but the ante has been raised, he’s pumped up and throwing all the envy and suspicion back in the direction it’s coming from,” our review reads.

A 25th anniversary edition of Echo And The Bunnymen’s seventh studio album Evergreen will be released on November 18th.

It’s an album perhaps best remembered now for Nothing Lasts Forever; a track featuring Liam Gallagher on backing vocals after Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson and Ian McCulloch – back recording together in January 1997 after over half-a-decade apart – at the time happened to share the Doghouse studios in Henley-on-Thames with Oasis.

The hit single is to be joined on the 2CD version by a bonus disc of live cuts and radio sessions, including four recorded at The Kilburn National in 1997.

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