Netflix announces new Britney Spears documentary, ‘Britney vs Spears’

Britney vs Spears is reported to have been in production for approximately one year, and will follow Hulu’s 2021 doc Framing Britney Spears. A release date is not yet known.

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— Netflix (@netflix) September 21, 2021

Carr – the daughter of US journalist David Carr – has previously delved into the justice system in the documentaries How to Fix A Drug Scandal and I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter.

Earlier this month, Britney’s father Jamie Spears filed a petition to end his daughter’s conservatorship entirely after 13 years.

He’d been in charge of the conservatorship since it was enacted in 2008 and had recently come under intense scrutiny amid the #FreeBritney campaign, as well as a landmark hearing in June where the singer called the conservatorship “abusive”.

Jamie Spears had previously been adamant that there were “no grounds whatsoever” to have him removed from the singer’s conservatorship.

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Meanwhile, Britney Spears recently thanked fans for their dedication to the #FreeBritney campaign on Instagram before briefly deactivating her account on the social media platform.

Spears had taken time off from the site to celebrate her engagement to Sam Asghari, her boyfriend of five years. She reactivated her profile yesterday (September 20), writing that she “couldn’t stay away from the gram too long”.

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Listen to She & Him’s previously unreleased cover of Madonna’s ‘Holiday’

You can pre-order/pre-save the 10-year edition of ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ here.

‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ 10 year edition on silver vinyl with 7” including new covers of @Madonna’s “Holiday” and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” plus download of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” out 11/12! Pre-order + listen to “Holiday” now: https://t.co/lZkBvtwTmp pic.twitter.com/cdjrlWZd7A

— She & Him (@sheandhim) September 21, 2021

Deschanel and Ward will embark on a US tour this December to coincide with the release, with shows scheduled for Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville and more cities throughout the month – find the full list of dates and ticket details here.

The original edition of ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ featured covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Silver Bells’ and more.

Last year, She & Him returned with a cover of Beach Boys’ ‘Darlin’’. It marked the first time that the duo first publicly shared a recording they’d made together since 2018, when they put out two songs for the ‘Universal Love’ LGBTQ project.

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Meanwhile, Madonna recently announced a series of reissues to mark her 63rd birthday. It came after the singer signed a new publishing deal with Warner Music Group, who she hailed as “amazing partners”.

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Watch The Rolling Stones dedicate their first show of 2021 to Charlie Watts

“We all miss Charlie so much. We miss him as a band, we miss him as friends on and off the stage.”

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— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) September 21, 2021

“We’ve got so many memories of Charlie and I’m sure some of you who have seen us before have memories of Charlie as well. I hope you will remember him like we do. We’d like to dedicate this show to Charlie,” continued Jagger, during the speech he later shared on Twitter. “Let’s have a drink to Charlie.”

“Charlie, we’re praying for you man and playing for you,” added Ronnie Wood.

The gig, a private concert at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, comes ahead of The Rolling Stones’ 13-date run of US shows which kicks off on September 26 in St Louis.

At the start of August, it was confirmed that Watts wouldn’t be joining The Rolling Stones on their ‘No Filter’ tour due to an undisclosed illness. It was later announced that longtime Stones associate Steve Jordan would be filling in for him.

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Watts then sadly died on August 24, prompting tributes to pour in from across the music world.

“In a band where the spotlight would go to especially Mick and Keith, a lot of people truly didn’t understand how valuable he was,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

According to Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher: “He influenced every rock’n’roll drummer. None of us would be doing what we’re doing without him. He evolved rock’n’roll music. He brought the shuffle and the swing to rock music. He brought the roll to rock’n’roll.”

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Lil Nas X says Lizzo collab is “definitely going to happen”

“It’s going to be a banger bop, everyone’s going to love it and [Radio 1 is] going to play it 3 billion times,” he added.

He’s also repeated his ultimate dream collab, saying: “I’m feeling Rihanna right now. Rhianna, get in this damn studio.”

It comes after Nas X said he wanted ​​Rihanna and Bad Bunny on a remix of ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ 

As part of his appearance on the Live Lounge, Nas X also performed three tracks from his recently released debut album including ‘Dead Right Now’ and ‘That’s What I Want’ before taking on the Dolly Parton classic ‘Jolene’.

Both Lil Nas X and Dolly Parton were recently featured on Time magazine’s list of 100 influential people for 2021.

Lil Nas X was lauded by Kid Cudi, who wrote: “What he’s doing is what we need right now. To have a gay man in hip-hop doing his thing, crushing records—that is huge for us and for Black excellence. The way he’s unafraid to make people uncomfortable is so rock’n’roll. He’s a true rock star.”

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In a review of his debut album, NME wrote: “Lil Nas X has sometimes being accused of gimmickry and style-over-substance – ‘Montero’, meanwhile, sees him opening up on a more personal level, and asserting himself as an artist with serious creative pull.”

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Disclosure release new track ‘Observer Effect’ from upcoming DJ-Kicks mix

He continued: “I like to think the mix resembles a lot of ‘ENERGY’, in terms of texture and how it flows. It’s sitting alongside ‘ENERGY’ as a companion.”

Guy went on to say that “the whole electronic club scene’s bass has always inspired us”, adding: “We never really end up making that kind of tune; but we always have it as the bedrock of our songwriting.

“We write a bunch of club stuff too, but there’s still vocals on it. I think the mix is a chance to show off what lies underneath those vocals a bit more and get people to focus in on the production, the textures and the effects.”

Guy added: “Most of the mix is presenting what you can do with house. And that’s basically our career: trying to move house forward, whether it’s with songwriting or using different genres or different languages. The mix should represent where we’re at now; and where we’re at now is clubby.”

‘Observer Effect’ is the first of two new Disclosure tracks to feature on their DJ-Kicks mix, arriving ahead of ‘Deep Sea’. You can see the full tracklist below.

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01 Pépe – ‘Recollection’
02 Harry Wolfman – ‘LOTF’ (exclusive)
03 Cleanfield – ‘Conflict With Clayton’
04 Disclosure – ‘Deep Sea’ (exclusive)
05 Simon Hinter – ‘Wanna Make Love’
06 &on&on – ‘Don’t Say a Word’
07 M-High – ‘Harmony In The Distance’
08 Slum Science – ‘Mezmerized’
09 Disclosure – ‘Observer Effect’ (exclusive)
10 East End Dubs – ‘bRave’
11 Onipa – ‘Fire’ (Edit)(exclusive)
12 Arfa x Joe – ‘Recognise’ (exclusive)

Earlier this month, Disclosure announced a European headline tour for 2022. The run of dates will include a trio of London shows, which will mark the duo’s first appearances in the capital for seven years.

In a four-star review of the band’s recent Reading Festival 2021 performance, NME wrote: “The brotherly duo have graduated to bonafide festival kings, continuing to take the cues from their heroes The Chemical Brothers, who’ve been able to walk into a headlining set anywhere on the planet for the last two decades.

“Tonight’s performance is a leaner, faster version of their show, and though there’s a shimmy away from more traditional live instrumentation, the stripped back set-up packs an almighty punch.”

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Orlando Weeks announces new album ‘Hop Up’, shares new single ‘Look Who’s Talking Now’

Weeks has also released a new track from the record, called ‘Look Who’s Talking Now’. It follows last month’s ‘Deep Down Way Out’.

According to Weeks, the latest cut is “a love song. A song about expectations being fulfilled and exceeded. About knowing what’s coming and still being exultant when it actually happens.”

‘Hop Up’ is out January 14 2022 and features guest appearances from Katy J Pearson (on the previously released ‘Big Skies, Silly Faces’) and Willie J Healey. You can pre-order the album here and the complete tracklist is as follows:

1. ‘Deep Down Way Out’
2. ‘Look Who’s Talking Now’
3. ‘Bigger’
4. ‘Yup Yup Yup Yup’
5. ‘High Kicking’ (featuring Willie J Healey)
6. ‘No End To Love’
7. ‘Hey You Hop Up’
8. ‘Make You Happy’
9. ‘Big Skies Silly Faces’ (featuring Katy J Pearson)
10. ‘Silver’
11.‘Way To Go’

Following the album’s release, Weeks is heading out on a rescheduled headline tour of the UK next March, which will also now stop off in Birmingham and Brighton.

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Tour dates as follows:

MARCH
10 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
11 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
12 – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
15 – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 (ADDED DATE)
16 – Cambridge, Junction
17 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
19 – Brighton, Concorde 2 (ADDED DATE)
20 – London, The Barbican Centre

Speaking about his second album earlier this year, Weeks told NME: “My writing over the last 10 or 15 years has been trying to take something confusing, difficult or sad, and try and turn it into something positive.

“With this record and this song, I was just trying to make something positive without needing to explore difficult things. It’s just to savour and cultivate joyful things.”

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Listen to Let’s Eat Grandma’s glistening new single ‘Hall Of Mirrors’

Premiering on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show, ‘Hall Of Mirrors’ arrives with a dreamy official video that captures the band on a blurry fairground adventure.

“I wanted to use the setting of a fairground at night to describe the dizziness, intensity and excitement of being with a woman I had strong feelings for, and the hall of mirrors as a metaphor for discovering and exploring parts of myself that I was bringing to life,” explained Walton.

“In some ways it’s reflective and almost secretive, journeying through confusing and difficult emotions, but I also wanted ‘Hall Of Mirrors’ to be a euphoric song that conveys clarity, confidence, and ultimately joy.”

Directed by El Hardwick, the visuals can be streamed above.

Details on Let’s Eat Grandma’s third studio album are yet to emerge, although a press release promises that “news of more music is to come”.

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In a four-star review of ‘I’m All Ears’, NME wrote:  “This is a thrilling, fascinating album that continually startles: it’s a bold step forward and one that feels like a glimpse into the future.”

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Watch Lil Nas X cover Dolly Parton’s classic single ‘Jolene’

He also performed three tracks from his debut album ‘Montero’.

Opening with a rendition of the album’s title track, Lil Nas X then performed ‘Dead Right Now’ and ‘That’s What I Want’. Check them out below.

Speaking about his newfound status as a role model after the performance, Nas X said: “It feels great but I take everything with a grain of salt. Still, I’m just thankful these people see me as an inspiration but I try not to live my life by that.”

Earlier this month, Lil Nas X was named the Suicide Prevention Advocate Of The Year by The Trevor Project due to his work with the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Trevor Project, who provide crisis support to those in the LGBTQ+ community, said the rapper’s “vulnerability in his journey to self acceptance and expression has created space for candid conversations around mental health and sexual identity, signalling to LGBTQ youth that they are not alone.”

Accepting the award, Lil Nas X said: “Discrimination around sexuality and gender identity is still very real, and our community deserves to feel supported and totally free to be themselves.”

Last week, Nas X celebrated the release of his album by dropping the video for ‘That’s What I Want’.

The clip sees Nas X fall in love but when he goes to deliver him flowers, he discovers his new beau is married and has a child.

Crying, Nas X returns to his home and passes out from intoxication, before he’s seen walking down the aisle in a wedding dress before a priest – played by Billy Porter – bestows him with a guitar.

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Billie Eilish launches her own vegan Air Jordan sneakers

The trainers will available from September 27 via Eilish’s official store, and on Nike SNKRS on September 30.

Speaking to Nike (via Page Six), the singer explained that the Air Jordan 15 was her “favourite” style – recalling “begging” for a black-and-red pair. “When I got them … I looked at them as if they were $1 million sitting right in front of me,” she said.

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Eilish hailed Nike’s Air Jordan KO 1s as “the best shape with everything – with pants, with shorts, with dresses, with skirts … I love the way they make your legs look.”

As for her choice of lime green, she said: “This colour is such a classic, stupid, little ‘old me’ thing, I guess. I really wanted to kind of have almost like an ode to myself … this was me, for a while.”

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Billie Eilish debuted three ‘Happier Than Ever’ songs during her headline set at Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas last night (September 20). She performed ‘I Didn’t Change My Number’, ‘NDA’ and ‘Therefore I Am’ for the first time – you can check out NME‘s photo review of the event here.

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Taylor Swift’s new ‘Wildest Dreams’ on course to beat original in UK charts

‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ will become the singer-songwriter’s 37th Top 40 single in the UK if it remains in the chart until this Friday (September 24).

Earlier this year, ‘Love Story (Taylor’s Version)’ and the previously unreleased ‘Mr Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version)’ peaked at Number 12 and Number 30 respectively. Both tracks appear on ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, which was the first album to be re-recorded by Swift.

The singer is due to release the new version of her fourth record, ‘Red’ (2012), on November 19. It will contain “all 30 songs that were meant to go” on the original album, as well as collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers, Ed Sheeran and more.

A preview snippet of ‘Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)’ was shared back in April as part of a trailer for DreamWorks’ film Spirit Untamed.

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Tori Amos on mental health: “I get out of certain situations by writing myself out of hell”

Hello Tori. When did you start writing this album?

Tori Amos: “I was writing a very different album that was supposed to be out before the American election last year. Because of the pandemic, I had to pull plans for not one North American tour, but two – and that’s never happened to me in my career. Then the third lockdown hit this January and it became clear to me that the songs I was writing pre-election just weren’t resonating with me any more. So I threw them all out and started again. The songs I had [before] didn’t have the energy I needed to get out of my despondency at that point. The third lockdown really took me to a tough place mentally.”

Was writing these songs healing for you?

“Yes. In my life, I’ve found the only way to get myself out of some kind of mental health [issue] is to write myself out of it – whether that’s with [my 1992 debut album] ‘Little Earthquakes’ or [2002’s] ‘Scarlet’s Walk’. When I’m in that place, I can’t just step out of it. I have to find the tools or the sonic elixir to get out of that space. There’s a line from a song I put out in 2005 [‘Barons of Suburbia’] that goes “I’m piecing a potion to combat your poison,” and that’s really what happens. I get out of certain situations by writing myself out of hell.”

Did anything in particular about the third lockdown put you in this tough place mentally?

“No, I think it might have been the straw that broke that broke the camel’s back. For those of us who live to play live music, it’s our lifeblood. It’s not a job – it’s a privilege. This is the longest I’ve ever gone without playing live and I think that had something to do with it. But I wasn’t analysing all the myriad circumstances that were going on [at the time] because I had [my husband and daughter] Mark and Tash around and I didn’t want to be destructive. But at first, I didn’t have the energy to create.”

Tori Amos. CREDIT: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images.

So how did you find a way out of it?

“I had to kind of sit with myself and accept where I was. I started reading all kinds of things – about people having taken trips into nature, people having big travelling experiences, all things written before the pandemic – and that was the beginning. And then the songs started coming because I started to invent where I was. I’m not somebody who’s suffered bouts of depression in my life: not that I know about anyway, it’s not part of my story.”

The album features a really interesting range of electronic sounds as well as your signature piano. At what point did you realise that’s what the songs were wanting in terms of production?
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“Well, they wanted it from the beginning. ‘Metal Water Wood’ is the first song I wrote for the record. Once that song came, it seemed like, ‘OK, this is the palette we’re going to be working with and I have to be willing to be open’. It was like the song was teaching me because a lyric from the song says: “He knew me as fire.” And I’ve worked a lot with fire during my life – whether it’s [the line] “just say yes, you little arsonist” from [my 1998 album] ‘From the Choirgirl Hotel’. I’m always burning something and I do think there’s a side to me that’s a secret arsonist. When I say that, I’m talking emotionally, not about destroying anything physically.

‘Devil’s Bane’ feels like a song only Tori Amos could write. Where did that come from?

“I’m a Minister’s daughter so that kind of imagery is in my DNA. I understand how with someone charismatic, not necessarily someone religious, one can fall under their control. During this last 18 months, there was somebody [I knew] who had been groomed into thinking that they weren’t the amazing person that they are. And [for me] it formed itself into this story of how you can almost lose yourself and your self-worth if you need somebody’s validation.

“It takes a lot of courage to walk away from that situation, and not everybody is willing to do that, but this person had the courage. I would say we’ve all been there at some point. I couldn’t have written about it had I not experienced it myself. I’ve drunk from that devil’s bane, my friend, so I understood it. And by then, I had some energy again and my pencil was sharpening, so the song came.”

Did it take a while to write a song like ‘Spies’, which has playful surreal imagery and an almost jaunty beat?

“Yes, I had to work towards that. That’s me coming out of a really dark place and being able to deal with bad dreams, knowing that they’re benevolent. [I’m exploring the idea that] from Cornwall to London, up to Aberdeen and over to Dublin, on these isles there are well intentioned beings who are trying to help and protect people who can’t sleep because of their night terrors. There was about a week when Tash was having all these really bad dreams, and so I was inspired to write something that would make her laugh.”

Lorde said in July that she doesn’t want to explain her songs from now on. As an artist and a songwriter, is that something you can relate to?

“Yes, well, I can understand where she’s coming from. [REM frontman] Michael Stipe was always very much coming from that place. Michael would never talk about any of his songs [in interviews]. That’s an artist’s choice and of course I get it. But sometimes I have a conversation with a journalist and it’s not explaining what a song is about, but giving you a tasting menu around it, so you understand perhaps the inspiration or what drove the song.

“I do think songs are there for people to make of them what they will. So last week, once the mastering [of the album] was done, I sent these songs out with a good bottle of tequila and realised they’re going to have relationships with people that are out of my hands. If people get what they’re what they’re about, then great. Sometimes people will come up to me and tell me one of my songs has a meaning to them that I’ve never even thought about. But do you know what? That’s valid too.”

Tori Amos releases ‘Ocean To Ocean’ on October 29 via Decca Records, before a UK and European tour follows in February and March

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Ghost and Volbeat announce joint US tour for 2022

Ghost and Volbeat will play:

JANUARY
25 – Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
27 – Seattle, WA, Climate Pledge Arena
28 – Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena
29 – Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
FEBRUARY
02 – Denver, CO, Ball Arena
04 – Lincoln, NE, Pinncle Bank Arena
07 –  Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
08 – Hershey, PA, Giant Venter
10 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
11 – Worcester, MA, DCU Center
12 – Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
14 – Pittsburgh, PA, Petersen Events Center
15 – Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
16 – Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
18 – Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
19 – Cincinnati, OH, Heritage Bank Center
20 – Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
21 – St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
23 – Incependence, MO, Cable Dahmer Arena
25 – Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre At Sugarland
26 – Dallas, TX, Fair Park Coliseum
28 – El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
MARCH
1 – Phoenix, AX, Footprint Center
3 – Anaheim, CA, Honda Center

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Ghost had teased the forthcoming announcement of a tour with a video, in which the band’s Papa Emeritus IV takes part in a ‘Doom’ (a parody of Zoom) call with Sister Imperator.

A new album from Ghost is expected in the coming months. Last year frontman Tobias Forge said that they were planning on entering the studio at the beginning of 2021, with the aim of releasing their fifth LP towards the end of the year.

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Forge added that the release would coincide with a new tour and that no album would be released until it is safe to resume touring following the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Streets announce extensive UK tour dates for 2022

Skinner and co will remain in Birmingham for the first of their larger shows later that month, before travelling across the country.

Their full dates are below, with tickets on sale this Friday (September 24) at 9am. You can get yours here.

The Streets will play:

JANUARY
10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Birmingham, The Mill
21 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
22 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
24 – Bristol, O2 Academy
25 – Nottingham, Rock City
27, 28 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
31 – Leeds, O2 Academy
FEBRUARY
1 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
3 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
4 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
5 – Liverpool, University Mountford Hall

Earlier this year, Skinner’s The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light released a surprise album titled ‘The Streets’.

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It’s thought that the record could be the soundtrack for a forthcoming film made by the musician, which he discussed last year. In an interview with the BBC, he said he was working on a musical drama in a similar vein to The Who’s 1979 rock opera Quadrophenia.

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Peter Hook And The Light announce new ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ shows for 2022

They will also play rescheduled shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and London in January, as well as shows in Belfast, Dublin and Limerick in November 2022.

The shows will also see Hook and his band play a special opening set of New Order material. Full tour dates are as follows.

Peter Hook And The Light will play: 

JANUARY 2022
11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
12 – Glasgow, Barrowland
14 – Manchester, O2 Apollo
15 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
APRIL
7 – Brighton, Concorde 2
8 – Colchester, Arts Centre
9 – Norwich, UEA
16 – Nottingham, Rock City
18 – Bristol, Marble Factory
21 – Oxford, O2 Academy
22 – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
28 – Gloucester, Guildhall
29 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
NOVEMBER
10 – Limerick, Big Top
11 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
12 – Belfast, Limelight

In October next year, Hook will also play rescheduled ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ shows with Manchester Camerata.

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Hook first collaborated with the chamber orchestra back in 2019 for a trio of gigs, including a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which saw the musicians “revisit the post punk elements that shaped Joy Division’s ground-breaking sound, aligned with a full orchestra to reflect and respect the spirt which defines their heritage”.

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Footage of Sex Pistols’ legendary Manchester Free Trade Hall shows sells for £15,000

A 17-year-old Morrissey also witnessed the gig, shortly afterwards writing to NME saying he would “love to see the Pistols make it”.

Now, auction house Omega Auctions has sold footage of the shows, filmed by music fan Mark Roberts, for £15,000.

Sex Pistols at Free Trade Hall CREDIT: Omega Auctions

A spokesman told the BBC that the 8mm Super 8 film is the “only known footage of the gigs”, so the “historic nature” of them was “indisputable”.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather added that the shows were “huge for bands that spawned off the back off them,” and said “It was the birth of punk.”

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Last week, meanwhile, Sex PistolsJohn Lydon has opened up about his financial struggles, which he said have worsened after losing a legal battle against his former bandmates last month.

Lydon was sued after refusing to license the group’s music for inclusion in Danny Boyle’s upcoming biopic series, Pistol, with guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook legally challenging his veto.

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Kings Of Leon announce new UK arena dates for 2022

Kings Of Leon will play:

JUNE
13 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
14 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
28 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
29 – Newcastle,Utilita Arena
JULY

1 – London, The O2
5 – Manchester, AO Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am BST this Friday (September 24). You can find them here.

It’s unclear whether or not the shows will feature the band’s Matthew Followill, who announced in July that he will be taking time away from the band following the birth of his and wife Johanna’s new baby.

Followill didn’t appear on the band’s recent leg of US dates, with touring member Timothy Deaux filling his place, and former touring member Chris Coleman returning to cover Deaux’s role.

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Earlier this month, meanwhile, Kings Of Leon announced that they’re planning to embark on a “historic” milestone by becoming the first band to send an NFT into space.

They were one of the first major music acts to embrace non-fungible token (NFT) sales, with their latest album being one of the first major records to also be released as a collection of digital NFTs. NFT sales of ‘When You See Yourself’ went on to generate $2million.

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Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson angers anti-vaxxers with onstage comments

Don’t watch this if you have just ate. Guaranteed to vomit https://t.co/3SeUJWn1Gt

— David (@David28787016) September 19, 2021

Posting footage of Wilson’s comments, one Twitter user described it as a “cult”, and others said they were renouncing their fandom of the band. Wilson also received accusations of “stoking division” for his comments, being possessed by the devil, and comparisons to Adolf Hitler.

“NEVER AGAIN WILL I COME TO WATCH YOU LIVE, OR BUY ANOTHER OF YOUR ALBUMS @Rickontour F*CK YOU!” said one Twitter user.

NEVER AGAIN WILL I COME TO WATCH YOU LIVE, OR BUY ANOTHER OF YOUR ALBUMS@Rickontour

F*CK YOU! https://t.co/LN31TNVsZk

— Raffern (@Raffern) September 19, 2021

Creating division amongst your fans – nice work…. whether someone is jabbed is private medical info and none of your business. Promoting an experimental drug with no long-term data on side effects is dangerous, ignorant and insulting to those who have lost loved ones post jab.

— aliceinwonderland (@alicein78793837) September 19, 2021

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Wilson responded to the backlash, saying: “I thought that the virus was frightening, but the dedicated velocity of the ‘Vaccine Risk Aware’ community is swift, personal, harsh, expletive ridden and effective.

“They win fair and square. Twitter is yours.”

I thought that the virus was frightening, but the dedicated velocity of the ‘Vaccine Risk Aware’ community is swift, personal, harsh, expletive ridden and effective.
They win fair and square. Twitter is yours.

— Ricky Wilson (@Rickontour) September 20, 2021

After accusations of being “paid to become a drug baron” by TV personality Gillian McKeith, Wilson said: “I believe what I believe. You are using your influence every single day to share what you believe (Which you have a right to do) and I do it once and you label me manipulative? Please leave me alone in future.”

No bullying Gillian, and no one is getting paid. I believe what I believe. You are using your influence every single day to share what you believe (Which you have a right to do) and I do it once and you label me manipulative? Please leave me alone in future.

— Ricky Wilson (@Rickontour) September 19, 2021

He also received support for his stance. “One of the many reasons Kaiser Chiefs is one of my favourite bands,” said one fan.

“Loving seeing the Anti-Vax brigade getting their knickers in a twist because they thought the Kaiser Chiefs were brainwashing the folk at their concert,” said another.

If anyone is offended about Ricky Wilson from Kaiser Chiefs making a comment against the unvaxxed at a concert, the best course of action is actually getting vaccinated you melons.

Good on you @Rickontour, one of many reasons Kaiser Chiefs is one of my favourite bands.

— Spud (@OneTheyCallSpud) September 20, 2021

Elsewhere at Isle Of Wight Festival, Liam Gallagher fell out of a helicopter following his Sunday night performance, revealing his inuries on Twitter.

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Biffy Clyro share hard-riffing new single ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’

He continued: “It’s an expression of pure frustration. There were moments in the past year when I just wanted to scream my head off. I lacked purpose and didn’t want to get out of bed for a while, and the song is a wake-up call to myself.

“You need to get a fire in your belly and get up and do something, because no-one’s going to do it for you. It’s like a self-motivating mantra.”

Following their epic headline sets at Reading & Leeds 2021, the band revealed earlier this month that their ninth album will be released on October 22.

The record is being billed as “a reaction” to the band’s 2020’s ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, and comes after the Scottish trio previously confirmed to NME that they were working on a “sprawling sister record“.

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The band gave ‘Unknown Male 01’ its live debut during a huge Glasgow show on September 9. They’ve also been announced along with the likes of Mogwai and Arab Strap as nominees for this year’s SAY Award.

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Oasis share unseen ‘Champagne Supernova’ Knebworth performance

An audio version of the performance has also appeared on streaming services. It will form part of a live album, also called ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’, which is released digitally, on CD and triple LP on November 19 via Big Brother Recordings.

The feature-length documentary will be released in cinemas worldwide this Thursday (September 23) via Trafalgar Releasing.

In a five-star review of the film, NME said: “For those who were there, the film provides a portal back to a golden age. For everyone else, it’s a reminder of those special teen years – when a plastic cup filled with warm lager and a sunny afternoon in a park makes for the biggest adventure of your life.”

Last week, meanwhile, the film’s director Jake Scott said that he thinks the band will get back together. 

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“I’d love to think so. It’d be lovely,” he told NME. “Oh God it’d be great wouldn’t it? There’s so much studio manipulation in music now. Just a solid rock n roll band would be an amazing thing to see again.”

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Listen to ‘FIFA 22’ soundtrack featuring Chvrches, Little Simz, Yard Act and many more

Other acts on the soundtrack include Sam Fender, Jungle, Inhaler, Baby Queen and Easy Life. You can listen to the soundtrack below.

Reacting to the news that their song featured on the soundtrack, Yard Act wrote on Twitter: “It’s official!! The Overload will feature on @EASPORTSFIFA22 soundtrack. So chuffed! To celebrate, I’ll be releasing the footage from my scouting trials in the early 2000s tomorrow morning. Coincidentally, I looked quite similar then to how I do now.”

Speaking about the single recently frontman James Smith said: “We all succumb to fear most of the time, and it explains a lot about why we make the decisions we do. I imagine the chorus delivered by a Greek chorus; omnipresent, and encompassing the themes of not only this song, but the whole album. That’s what ‘The Overload’ is essentially. It’s everything happening at once, and it’s our tiny, feeble minds trying to process and cope with it. Good luck.”

It's official!! The Overload will feature on @EASPORTSFIFA 22 soundtrack. So chuffed! To celebrate, I'll be releasing the footage from my scouting trials in the early 2000s tomorrow morning. Coincidentally, I looked quite similar then to how I do now. Photo – Aiden Lee pic.twitter.com/zJvPurd6GP

— Yard Act (@YardActBand) September 20, 2021

The rising Leeds band recently shared details of their debut album which is also called ‘The Overload’.

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The album, which is released on January 7, 2022 via Zen F.C., precedes the band’s first headline tour (UK and Europe) early next year. The Leeds band are also on the road for previously announced dates.

‘The Overload’ track listing is as follows:

01. ‘The Overload’
02. ‘Dead Horse’
03. ‘Payday’
04. ‘Rich’
05. ‘The Incident’
06. ‘Witness”
07. ‘Land Of The Blind’
08. ‘Quarantine The Sticks’
09. ‘Tall Poppies’
10. ‘Pour Another’
11. ‘100% Endurance’

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Watch Black Honey join IDLES on stage for fierce set at the Eden Project

Earlier in the evening, Black Honey performed a support slot at the event, alongside Spectres.

You can see the tweet along with footage of the moment here:

Woooahhhhh to top off most incredible show last night at the Eden project @idlesband invited us to perform with them!! If this is heaven how long till I set on fire??? ❤️‍🔥eden project you blew our minds last night THANK UUUU! 🙏
📸 Harriet Brown pic.twitter.com/v0vxaD1TN4

— Black Honey (@BLACKHONEYUK) September 19, 2021

It’s was such a great night. Three awesome bands back to back, it was like being at a festival! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a support band that much since New Found Glory preceded Green Day 🙂

— James (@jpearce2911) September 19, 2021

It’s been a Session to remember – a fitting end to an amazing series of shows this year. Thank you Idles 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9kQ6FBuRmp

— Eden Sessions (@TheEdenSessions) September 18, 2021

A few days ago, IDLES announced that they would be offering free tickets to NHS workers for their Eden Project show.

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The show was part of the Cornish attraction’s ‘Eden Sessions’, a series of live music concerts held annually at Eden. This year’s sessions include performances from Royal Blood, Snow Patrol, McFly, Ben Howard and The Script.

“As a ‘thank you’ for their heroic work during the pandemic, we’re offering NHS workers (& their guests) free tickets to our @edensessionsofficial gig on Saturday 18 September,” IDLES wrote in an Instagram post.

The band’s gig was originally postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, IDLES have been announced as one of the main headliners of Creation Day Festival 2022.

The festival is being curated by Creation Records co-founder Alan McGee, and had been set to debut this year before coronavirus-enforced restrictions forced its cancellation.

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Pearl Jam adds former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer to live line-up

A representative for Pearl Jam later confirmed to Consequence of Sound of Klinghoffer’s addition as a touring musician.

You can see footage of the performance here:

During their headline set at the festival, Pearl Jam performed a number of songs from their latest album, ‘Gigaton’ live for the first time.

The group also paid tribute to late Rolling Stones drummer Charlier Watts on ‘Waiting On A Friend’ which interrelated into ‘Wishlist’.

The group also covered Bruce Springsteen’s ‘My City Ruins’. You can see footage from the gig above.

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Klinghoffer was let go by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2019, with former guitarist John Frusciante returning. Klinghoffer said at the time he holds no animosity to the group, calling the decision a “pretty simple”

Pearl Jam recently shared new digital mixes of their debut album ‘Ten’ and their 1996 LP ‘No Code’.

The band, who celebrated the 30th and 25th anniversary of both records last month (August 27), posted mixes created by producer Josh Evans in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio for ​”state-of-the-art immersive listening experiences”.

You can listen to both records via the band’s YouTube channel here.

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Olivia Rodrigo plays first concert of 2021: “This is a really special day for me”

“I’m just so grateful that you guys are here with me experiencing this. Thank you so much.”

She continued: “Speaking of firsts, this is the first song I put out,” she said, sitting at the piano to begin “Drivers License.”

After the performance, which the audience sand along to in unison, Rodrigo replied: “You guys are just like the best crowd ever. This is amazing.”

You can some footage, images and reaction here:

no thoughts just olivia rodrigo’s reaction to hearing a crowd sing her lyrics back to her for the first time 💗 pic.twitter.com/rw31ygwgqz

— aya (@rodrigossroses) September 19, 2021

olivia rodrigo performing ‘traitor’ live for the first time ever 🖤 pic.twitter.com/C70ajoBvwz

— hq olivia rodrigo (@hqrodrigo) September 19, 2021

“this is my first show” and it certainly won’t be your last olivia rodrigo😭 pic.twitter.com/GWyTGG6tuP

— mack! is proud of liv (@REIDSBOWEN) September 19, 2021

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no words just olivia rodrigo performing the bridge of ‘jealousy jealously’ live pic.twitter.com/xU5zfLQYS8

— hq olivia rodrigo (@hqrodrigo) September 19, 2021

 

"My name is Olivia, thank you so much for coming" 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/plkd6Wryxu

— Olivia Rodrigo Updates (@LivUpdatesDaily) September 19, 2021

Rodrigo recently performed her track ‘Good 4 u’ at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.

The live rendition sees Rodrigo backed by a full band, as well as a troupe of choreographed dancers.

‘Good 4 u’ is lifted from her debut album, ‘Sour’, which arrived back in May through Polydor.

NME gave the album four stars upon its release, writing “pop’s brightest new thing proves she’s not just a flash-in-the-pan, but a multidimensional artist who’s in it for the long haul”.

“With typical Gen-Z versatility, she hops from genre to genre without losing sight of herself and doses her songs with bitingly specific details that go full-circle from being precisely personal to universally relatable.”

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St Vincent opens up about playing a satirical version of herself in ‘The Nowhere Inn’

“So it was as soft a landing as one could get. But not having some distance can be tricky, too.”

Speaking about the role of artist as producer in many new music documentaries, Clark said The Nowhere Inn was far away from that.

“With that, you’re operating in the realm of propaganda,” she said of such documentaries.

“And that’s not what this film is. Carrie and I talked about how usually the purpose of a film about a musician or pop star would be to humanise them, and endear them to.

“With this, it’s possible that we both are playing unlikable people. [Laughs.] Intentionally so. The purpose of it isn’t necessarily to endear one.”

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The film is released in cinemas and on Apple TV+ this Friday (September 17) and follows St. Vincent’s most recent album ‘Daddy’s Home‘, and Sleater-Kinney’s ‘Path of Wellness’ album.

Meanwhile, St. Vincent recently kicked off her live shows in support of ‘Daddy’s Home’ in Portland, Maine.

The tour will hit the UK and Europe next year, in addition to previously announced festival appearances at Mad Cool in Madrid and NOS Alive in Lisbon. You can find the full dates here.

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Watch Haim make live return with help from Thundercat and Rostam

You can see footage, images and reaction here:

HAIM LIVE WAS THE BEST AHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/J3KMMpkFTG

— fatima💜🌙 (@taehyungtpwk) September 18, 2021

haim concert was an experience pic.twitter.com/iLNAcVQf9R

— Caleb 🏳️‍🌈 | STREAM GOOD ONES (@everwh0re13) September 18, 2021

HAIM honestly put on probably the best live set I’ve seen in ten years. I feel very grateful pic.twitter.com/Toxl0lO9yf

— Sub Toretto (@jcast1337) September 19, 2021

last night with @HAIMtheband was a DREAM! from finally hearing this album live to the good vibes that filled the bowl like they do at every haim show in sb, it was the perfect friday night ✨✨ pic.twitter.com/sCIDBUzRyH

— Sam✨ (@sam1298) September 18, 2021

HAIM tonight at the Santa Barbara Bowl – a beautiful entry back into the live music world pic.twitter.com/uUgZIxyRDh

— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) September 18, 2021

HAIM • SANTA BARBARA BOWL • 9/17 pic.twitter.com/6UhGetsTuE

— bobby. (@ibobbyevans) September 18, 2021

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HAIM – set list
‘The Steps’
‘Up From a Dream’
‘Los Angeles’
‘Don’t Wanna’
‘Don’t Save Me’
‘Want You Back’
‘Gasoline’
‘I’ve Been Down’
‘3am’ (with Thundercat)
‘My Song 5’
‘Now I’m in It’

Encore:
‘Hallelujah’
‘FUBT’ (with Rostam)
‘Right Now’

Encore 2:
‘I Know Alone’
‘The Wire’
‘Summer Girl’

Haim recently postponed their UK tour until 2022.

The Los Angeles trio were initially due to embark on their ‘One More Haim’ stint this June, but the shows were pushed back to September due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID pandemic. It’ll now take place in July 2022.

The sisters have appeared in various live-streamed settings over the course of the pandemic – including on Glastonbury’s Live At Worthy Farm, which was broadcast back in May.

Reviewing the show, NME wrote: “[Haim played] a gorgeous sunset slot and mark the long-awaited live debut of their huge level-up of a third album, ‘Women In Music Pt. III’.

“From ‘Summer Girl’ to ‘Don’t Wanna’, Haim’s newest songs feel tailor-made for sunset on the Pyramid Stage, a setting that will surely await them at – fingers crossed – a full-scale Glastonbury in 2022.”

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Halsey shares plans for vibe-specific vinyl featuring unheard demos

Another could see ‘Girl is a Gun’, ‘Bad at Love’, ‘Honey’, ‘Alanis’, ‘I Hate Everybody’, ‘Colors’ and ‘Graveyard’ making up a third, according to Halsey. “Think of the MATERIAL,” she tweeted.

Then, responding to a fan’s question about the possibility of unheard music, they added” “Ooooh good idea. The demos that never found a home included too…”

After the release of ‘Manic’, Halsey did something similar by breaking the record up into three style-specific playlists on Spotify: ‘Confessional’, ’Is She Like, You Know…’, ‘…Or Are You Normal?’.

Halsey recently released their new album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’. Produced by Nine Inch Nail‘s Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, they’ve spoken about the weird choices Reznor and Ross made.

“They wanted to know if I was willing to take the risk, and I was. I was willing to take the risk, and I also felt like I had earned it at that point to be able to. I feel like every artist on their fourth, fifth, whatever album, especially pop artists, are always like, ‘I really want to do something experimental.’”

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Those experiments were recently praised by Taylor Swift.

“I’m blown away by Halsey’s artistry and commitment to taking risks,” Swift tweeted. “Giving us all a brave new era to dive into and explore together.”

 

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Scientists name new fossils after French metal band Gojira

The scientists named the three fossils Ophiogojira labadiei, Ophiogojira andreui and Ophioduplantiera noctiluca.

In a report published by the scientists, the name is explained in more detail.

They wrote: ​“Genus named in honour of French metal band Gojira, for producing songs of an unfathomable intensity, beautifully dark and heavy, and exploring the abyss of life and death, of human strength and error, and of thriving and yet threatened oceans.”

Gojira will hit the road in the new year for a run of shows in support of their seventh album ‘Fortitude’, which was released in April.

Beginning the tour in Helsinki, Gojira will go on to make stop-offs in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Budapest and other cities throughout January into February and March 2022. You can see a full list of dates here.

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In a review of Gojira’s latest album, NME wrote: “Positioning themselves somewhere between Bring Me The Horizon’s future-metal and the brute force of the genre’s legends, Gojira might be the perfect metal band for right now.”

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Twenty One Pilots compare touring during COVID to ‘Lord of The Rings’

“Galadriel says ‘This quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail’.

“Why am I telling you that,” he continued, “Well, we’re not in the clear. I know that you guys know there’s a lot of risk involved in going and playing shows right now.”

“So I want you to know that I appreciate you guys taking the extra precautions, being smart and just know, Josh and I will be doing the same,” he continued. “We’ll be trying as hard as we can to get through this entire tour.”

The footage was released as part of the first episode of Twenty One Pilots’ Takeover Tour Series.

These behind the scenes videos will look at Twenty One Pilots’ ongoing tour that will see the band play a series of shows ranging from “rare and intimate club performances to full-on arena spectacles” in select cities in the US, as well as London and Mexico City.

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This weekend, Twenty One Pilots also appeared in online game Roblox for an interactive livestream. The five-song set premiered just after Midnight BST September 18 and will be repeated every hour, on the hour, until 7am BST September 20.

To view the concert, people will need to log into their Roblox account or sign up for one here.

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Kiss unveil massive 45th anniversary reissue of ‘Destroyer’

‘Destroyer 45th’ can be pre-ordered here ahead of its full release on November 19.

We are thrilled to celebrate the 45th Ann. of Destroyer with a Super Deluxe Edition out Nov 19! Includes 4-CD + Blu-ray Audio box set as well as on standard double black vinyl & limited edition yellow & red double colored vinyl, 2-CD set, & digital. https://t.co/S53diDgnQf pic.twitter.com/VexQuXxnuk

— KISS (@kiss) September 17, 2021

Highlights of the set include a new mastering of the album which took place at Abbey Road and never-before-heard demos from band member’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons’ personal archives.

Other features include outtakes, alternative versions and a special stripped-dow, acoustic n version of ‘Beth’.

The Super Deluxe version of the set also features memorabilia and ephemera including a recreation of the original Kiss “Army Kit” which featured items including newsletters, photos, Kiss Army membership certificate and cards from the fan club.

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Simmons recently tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Kiss to postpone a number of gigs.

The news was shared on Kiss’ social media page on August 31, just days after Simmons’ bandmate, Paul Stanley, also tested positive for the virus.

Simmons had previously said he was in favour of vaccine mandates at shows. “My druthers would be that everybody is mandated to get vaccines,” Simmons told Ultimate Classic Rock.

“I hope everybody is going to be wearing their masks [at the shows]. But we can only control what we can control and different states and different countries have different rules.”

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Behemoth to release live album with a burn-your-own model church

A digi-book will also feature videos of the entire show. ‘In Absentia Dei’ is set to be released December 17 via Nuclear Blast.

You can pre-order the record here and watch the opening song ‘Evoe’, taken from 2020’s EP ‘A Forest’, below.

“‘In Absentia Dei’ was a massive challenge and a huge risk, but it was a great artistic and commercial success,” said frontman Nergal. “The response was absolutely brilliant – we made a statement with this performance and set the bar high. I hope that we can continue to raise the bar with the projects to come!”

“I think this was by far the most challenging and rewarding project for the band and the entire crew so far,” said director Darek Szermanowicz.

“We wanted to make something completely different. We wanted to create a unique, original, and spectacular experience instead of another ‘live stream’. That’s why we decided to mix cinematic scenes with live performances and mindblowing location to make it feel for the viewers like they are there at the same time.”

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Viewers were warned that parts of the two-hour show may offend and is recommended only for fans aged 18 or over.

There have also been rumours that Behemouth are set to release their new album later this year.

Following their signing with Nuclear Blast, it was hinted at that the followup to 2018’s ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ would come towards the end of 2021.

“Their 30-year journey has not yet reached its pinnacle, and we are more than proud to assist them on their way to being not only the biggest extreme metal band but also one of the most exciting rock acts of the next decade,” Nuclear Blast Europe’s Head of A&R Jens Prueter said at the time.

“There are just a few bands that have the vision and will to dominate the music scene.”

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