THE WHO TO CLOSE THIS YEAR’S GLASTONBURY

The Who have been announced as final headliner for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The West London rock legends will close the Sunday night on the Pyramid Stage, following a set by ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller. Band frontman Roger Daltrey has promised to “close this year’s event with a bang.”

The Who previously headlined Glastonbury in 2007.

The band, who are currently on The Who Hits 50 world tour, also headline the British Summertime festival in Hyde Park on 6 June, supported by Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, Johnny Marr and Gaz Coombes.

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DIRECTOR PROMISES “DARKER” DAMNED DOCUMENTARY

“This film is much darker,” says film maker Wes Orshoski on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Lemmy documentary, which focuses on The Damned. Titled ‘Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’, Wes adds that “Captain is still going to make you laugh out loud and the performances are very raucous, but it’s a much more sobering look at what it’s like to be in a band with someone who you met as a teenager. The strange reality of being in a band that has lasted four decades and being tied at the hip to someone that you entered into this pact with before you even had any clue who you were as a person. ‘Lemmy’ was meant to be sort of a popcorn-munching, roller coaster ride, a party. The Damned film has that, but it’s also much more real.”

You can read Wes’s full story in the latest issue of VLR, on sale now, and view the documentary at the following venues in June:

June 8th Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre
June 9th Liverpool Picture House At Fact
June 10th Brighton Dukes @ Komedia
June 11th Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema
June 12th Edinburgh Filmhouse

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THE MAHONES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Seminal Irish punk band The Mahones have announced the track listing for their upcoming album, The Hunger & The Fight (Part Two).

01. The Hunger & The Fight Fight (Reprise)

02. Sea Of Skeletons / These Hands Will Build America

03. Irish Brigade (Fighting 69th)

04. Hammer In A Bag (Riot Tonight)

05. JFK

06. Punk Rock Saved My Life

07. Fuck You

08. Turn This Town (Upside Down)

09. Irish Punk Girl

10. Alternative Ulster (Stiff Little Fingers Cover)

11. The Parting Glass

Special guests and release dates to be announced shortly. The album will be released on The Mahones’ own record label, Whiskey Devil Records, and distributed by eOne (Canada), Cobraside Records (USA), and Wolverine Records (Europe, UK, Australia, Japan).

The Hunger & The Fight (Part One) was an Irish folk album, paying tribute to the band’s ancestry and musical heroes. It featured original and traditional songs and music, and told stories of Ireland, and specifically Dublin. Part Two brings the journey to America, and specifically to New York City, and the music transitions from folk to punk. This album will showcase the other side of The Mahones, and will be a full out punk album.

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LEMMY HOSPITALISED IN BRAZIL

Motorhead were forced to cancel their performance at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Brazil this past weekend (Saturday, April 25th) after the band’s frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, was taken ill.

According to local media reports and festival organisers, Motorhead’s appearance was called off a few hours before the band was scheduled to take the stage at Arena Anhembi, São Paulo because Lemmy was suffering from gastric distress and dehydration.

All of us at Vive Le Rock wish Lemmy a speedy recovery.

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SPEAR OF DESTINY VIDEO PREMIERE

Vive Le Rock presents the premiere for Kirk Brandon and co.’s shocking new video for ‘Fascinations’ single, released today! (Monday 27th April)

For the CD + download & t-shirt bundle CLICK HERE.

For the download only CLICK HERE

SPEAR OF DESTINY tour the UK in April/May with special guest SpizzEnergi.

April
29 Brighton The Haunt
30 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

May
1 Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
2 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
3 London 100 Club

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SIMPLE MINDS/STRANGLERS TOUR

Following the acclaim of their 16th album BIG MUSIC and current tour, due to demand and to cap off what has been a remarkable year for the band, Simple Minds will play three arena shows in November.

BIG MUSIC sees the band rekindling the energy and attitude, the mystery and magic that made them one of the greatest bands on the planet. It’s a swaggering collection that reiterates the band’s world-class credentials; a culmination of a decade of stealthy rediscovery that has seen the band make two albums, 2005’s Black & White 050505 and 2009’s Graffiti Soul, before reminding us all of their legacy with the acclaimed X5 boxed set and subsequent 5X5 Live album and tour.

With a touring cast that now sees Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill joined by stalwart drummer Mel Gaynor, keyboardist Andy Gillespie, bassist Ged Grimes, backing vocalists Sarah Brown and Catherine AD (additional keys and guitars), Simple Minds have a settled line-up that enables them to look and feel like a proper band again. Made with an array of collaborators old and new – including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band CHVRCHES) and producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg – BIG MUSIC is an irresistible mix of artistry and accessibility.

Simple Minds have undergone rightful reappraisal and renaissance in recent years. More relevant than ever, they have been lauded in recent times by NME (included in their ‘100 Most Influential Bands’), The Guardian and Mojo, and artists including The Horrors, The Killers, King Creosote, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Radiohead. Last year the band played to 130,000 people in the UK alone – the most ever in one year.

BIG MUSIC is an album that combines a sense of sonic euphoria with some of the most personal lyrics Jim has ever written. It does justice to the Simple Minds legacy, an album that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Empires And Dance, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain.

Simple Minds are “widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world” (BBC Breakfast) and over a 30-year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

Jim Kerr had this to say regarding the band’s special guests The Stranglers:

“Stranglers always were one of our favourite live acts. We know our audience will appreciate seeing both bands together during this arena tour.”

SIMPLE MINDS BIG MUSIC TOUR 2015

THU 26TH NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA

FRI 27TH NOVEMBER LEEDS FIRST DIRECT ARENA

SAT 28TH NOVEMBER GLASGOW SSE HYDRO

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THE MONTECRISTOS TOUR

Neal X (Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist) has just hit the road with his new band The Montecristos.

The band are touring in support of their new LP and lead single Born To Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Montecristos – Born To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Neal is doubling up on this tour as guitarist for Marc Almond’s Velvet Trail tour over 13 nights across the UK, with The Montecristos supporting the key dates.

 

25 April – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

30 April – Basingstoke Anvil

1 May – London Shepherds Bush Empire

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JESSE MALIN NEW ALBUM/TOUR

Jesse Malin returns to the UK for a May tour and releases a new single, ‘Turn Up The Mains’ from his forthcoming new album New York Before The War  on 18th May. Jesse describes the song as “a ‘fuck you’ anthem to blow away all the things we are hit with on a daily basis to make room for something better. Sometimes celebrations can be fueled by anger and anxiety.”

The new album New York Before the War  features contributions from Peter Buck, Craig Finn, Wayne Kramer and J. Mascis. It is released via One Little Indian on 30th March.

May Tour

14th MANCHESTER Night & Day
15th NOTTINGHAM Bodgea Social Club
17th GLASGOW King Tuts
18th NEWCASTLE The Cluny
19th BIRMINGHAM 02 Academy 2
20th PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
21st LONDON Tufnell Park Dome

Arriving almost five years on from his last record (2010’s Love It to Life), Jesse’s artistic ambitions for New York Before the War, were high: he knew he had to make it count. “I wanted to make a record that encompassed everything I’ve done, and I wanted to challenge myself sonically and rhythmically. I also wanted to create a soundtrack to battle these apathetic times.”

 

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