Tom Morello hails Zack de la Rocha as “the greatest frontman of all time”

He continued: “And it’s matched with a brilliant intellect, and he’s a tremendous musician as well, and it’s really an unbelievable combination. I just feel fortunate to be in a band with him.”

Elsewhere, Morello hailed his late Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell‘s “ability to craft beautiful and ferocious melody out of the ether”.

“And I remember making that first [Audioslave] record [self-titled] with Rick Rubin,” he said. “And Rick‘s like, ‘You don’t understand how lucky you got. I work with a ton of vocalists and it’s difficult to make a great melody. And this guy is just throwing them right and left!’”

Tom Morello released his latest solo album, ‘The Atlas Underground Fire’, last Friday (October 15).


Meanwhile, Rage Against The Machine are set to embark on their COVID-delayed reunion tour next spring. Supported by Run The Jewels, RATM will make their return to the stage in El Paso, Texas on March 31, 2022.

The ‘Public Service Announcement’ tour will continue throughout April and May before resuming in East Troy, Wisconsin on July 9.

Rage, who last performed live in 2011, were due to headline Reading & Leeds 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic forced the twin event’s cancellation. They did not return for this year’s festivals, which went head in August.



Rap supergroup Mt. Westmore announce new track ‘Big Subwoofer’

Taking to social media this week, Mt. Westmore announced that the song ‘Big Subwoofer’ will arrive tomorrow. They confirmed the release date while sharing snippets of the single’s space-themed official video.

The first clip sees the collective embark on a voyage to “Planet Snoopiter where the bitches is blue, man”, as Snoop puts it. We then hear a brief snippet of the imminent track before the Mt. Westmore logo appears onscreen.

The rappers then posted two more teasers of the sci-fi-inspired visuals – you can watch them below.

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Yesterday (October 18), Eminem also tweeted a teaser for Mt. Westmore’s ‘Big Subwoofer’. Some fans have speculated that he may have contributed to the song, though this has not been confirmed.

The group performed the song during their debut performance at Triller’s 2021 pay-per-view Fight Club in April.

Last December, Too Short revealed details of the joint project and its origins when appearing on the Serch Says podcast.

“I get a call during the early part of the quarantine from E-40 and Ice Cube going, ‘Man, we feel like we should do an album. Me, you, it’s E-40, Cube, Too Short and Snoop Dogg’,” he said (via HipHop-N-More).

“And I’m like… ‘E-40 and Too Short are from the Bay, Snoop Dogg and Cube are from L.A. and we are like the West Coast foundation.’ We sat there and was like, ‘Fuck it, let’s do it.’ So, we start coming up with beats.”

In March of this year, Too Short revealed that Mt. Westmore had “recorded somewhere in the neighbourhood of 50 songs”.

“At the age we’re at is a good time to do a thing like this and kind of extend your career a bit in a different way,” he added. “The minute we join forces, we get a handful of new business opportunities that none of us would’ve had.”



Police investigate multiple reports of needle attacks in Nottingham nightclubs

She has called for security to be bolstered at nightclubs with extra bag and pocket searches.

In another incident, the sister of an unnamed student from Derby said her 19-year-old sibling believes she was injected with a mystery liquid during a night out as she left Stealth nightclub on October 12.

Ellie Simpson said her sister, who does not want to be named, blacked out and was taken to hospital after she felt a “pinch on the back of her arm” as she left the club.

“I don’t think it’s quite yet sunk in what’s happened to her,” Simpson said. “It’s really frightening because I don’t know how you’re meant to prevent it.”

She added: “Obviously you can put your hand over your drink but how do you stop somebody stabbing you with a needle?”

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Stealth nightclub confirmed to the BBC that it has received two reports within the past two weeks from customers who thought they may have been spiked by a needle. The nightclub said it takes reports of spiking “very seriously” and will continue to carry out thorough searches and capture CCTV footage to aid police investigations.

A spokesman for Rekom UK, which owns Pryzm, said: “While these incidents are incredibly rare, we take all reports of this nature very seriously and will do all we can to make sure that they don’t happen in our clubs.”

Nottinghamshire Police has confirmed it was looking into multiple reports of people being “spiked physically”.

“We are currently investigating reports of individuals suspecting that their drinks have been spiked,” Supt Kathryn Craner told the BBC. “Linked to this a small number of victims have said that they may have felt a scratching sensation as if someone may have spiked them physically.”

She added: “We do not believe that these are targeted incidents. They are distinctly different from anything we have seen previously as victims have disclosed a physical scratch type sensation before feeling very unwell.

“This is subtly different from feelings of intoxication through alcohol according to some victims.”

Police said a 20-year-old man had been arrested “on suspicion of possession of class A and class B and cause [to] administer poison or noxious thing with intent to injure, aggrieve and annoy” following an incident in Lower Parliament Street on October 16. He has since been released on bail.



Dave announces North American tour for 2022

You can see the official tour poster in the tweet below.


— SANTAN (@Santandave1) October 19, 2021

It comes after Dave announced a UK and Ireland headline tour for next year. He’ll kick off the run of gigs at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on February 15, 2022. Other stop-offs include Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow.

The rapper headlined Parklife 2021 in Manchester last month, where he was joined on stage by surprise guest Stormzy. Together, the pair treated the Heaton Park crowd to a live airing of their collaborative track ‘Clash’.

In a glowing five-star review of Dave’s latest album, NME wrote: “As illustrated throughout the stunning ‘Psychodrama’, Dave has always been the one to rap traditionally, using hip-hop for what it was intended to do: give a voice to the voiceless.

“He has always been able to show the inner-workings of many young Londoners in a clean and universal way that can perhaps help the whole world to better understand the Black British experience, especially that of Black men.”



Maggie Rogers says she’s working on an album she’ll “tour for a lifetime”

The Maryland-born artist began documenting the process of making her second studio effort last summer, and has continued to do so over the course of 2021. Back in March, she wrote: “This record is my favourite work i’ve ever made. feels like being 17 again. everything so fresh and free.”

You can see those posts below.

making the record ill tour for a lifetime

— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) October 19, 2021

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It comes after Rogers returned to the stage this September, performing at Ohana Festival 2021 in Dana Point, California.


She released the standalone single ‘Love You For A Long Time’ in late 2019, with a live version of the song arriving in April.

Last November, the musician teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to cover the Goo Goo Dolls’ classic ‘Iris’ in celebration of Joe Biden winning the US presidential election. Proceeds from the joint rendition went to Democrat Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organisation, Fair Fight.

Meanwhile, Maggie Rogers was among the artists to speak out against Texas’ strict new abortion law which came into effect last month. She joined the likes of YungbludSt. Vincent and Lucy Dacus in condemning the controversial legislation.

In a four-star review of ‘Heard It In A Past Life’, NME wrote: “On the intoxicating [album], Rogers sounds in love with art, nature and life itself.”



The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia announce new track ‘Moth To A Flame’

As the clip comes to a close, the artists’ names and the song title flash up. No exact date for the track has been revealed, but both collaborators captioned their posts: “this week”.

this week @swedishousemfia

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) October 19, 2021

this week

— Swedish House Mafia (@swedishousemfia) October 19, 2021

The announcement comes after The Weeknd recently revealed the artists who have inspired his next album on his Apple Music 1 radio show, Memento Mori, with Swedish House Mafia being one of them.

Songs by the likes of Britney Spears’ Nas, Kid CudiKanye West and Tyler, the Creator also featured during the show.

The ‘Blinding Lights’ singer also recently revealed that his fifth studio album wouldbe done by the end of September.


“[W]e’re just kind of figuring out when to put it out. It’s been really cool, because I’m working on this album this summer simultaneously with the writer’s room for the new TV show,” he said.

After The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ era concluded earlier this year, the singer shared a new track called ‘Take My Breath’.

Reviewing the song, NME wrote: “As the beginning of The Weeknd’s new era, ‘Take My Breath’ is a strong first step – a song that should become as much of a pop mainstay as any of ‘After Hours’’s smashes.

“What’s most intriguing about it, though, is what it’s not telling us; what is going to come next. For that, we’ll have to wait – but at least Tesfaye’s given us something new to dance to in the meantime.”

Meanwhile, Swedish House Mafia shared two new singles this past summer. The first, ‘It Gets Better’, was the group’s first new material in almost nine years, while the second, ‘Lifetime’, sees them team up with Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake.



Miley Cyrus jokes that she and Machine Gun Kelly are “the same person”

On Sunday (October 17) Cyrus shared two images of herself in a green dress, captioning the tweet with Machine Gun Kelly’s memeable quote. Retweeting the post on Monday (October 18), MGK responded: “See, I’m not the only one.”

Cyrus then replied to the Ohio artist, writing: “We may actually be the same person. Have we ever been seen at the same place @ the same time? & yes that means Megan Fox is my gf too.”

You can see the exchange below:

see, i’m not the only one. 💨🤘🏼

— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) October 17, 2021

We may actually be the same person. Have we ever been seen at the same place @ the same time? 👀 & yes that means Megan Fox is my gf too.

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 18, 2021

As Billboard notes, Cyrus posted the aforementioned new photos to signal her next era. The outlet reported last week that the singer was at work on her next studio album, having signed a new deal with Columbia Records in March.


In a four-star review of ‘Plastic Hearts’, which arrived last November, NME said that the project “finds the pop-star-turned-rock-star going hell for leather – and when Miley Cyrus is at full throttle, it’s an absolute blast. Life has imitated art, and she’s become her very own Ashley O.”

Meanwhile, Machine Gun Kelly recently revealed that his next record ‘Born With Horns’ would be “more guitar-heavy” and lyrically “deeper”. His most recent album, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, came out in September 2020.



Wembley Stadium offers sign language for every live concert

The service will officially kick off when Ed Sheeran brings his ‘+ – = ÷ x’ tour to London in June 2022, and continue thereafter for all touring acts performing at the iconic stadium.

“We are delighted to be able to offer British Sign Language for our customers at every concert moving forward,” Paul Smyth, head of event operations at Wembley Stadium, said. “We pride ourselves not only on being an inclusive stadium to be enjoyed by all, but also for leading the way in terms of best practice within the industry.

“I’d particularly like to thank our customer engagement manager and disability liaison officer Matt Owen and our partners at Performance Interpreting for working together to bring this ground-breaking service to our venue. We look forward to hosting our Deaf customers at future gigs and hope that they feel the benefit of this vital service at Wembley Stadium.”

Marie Pascall, founder of Performance Interpreting Ltd, added: “We are elated at Wembley Stadium’s decision to provide British Sign Language access for Deaf BSL customers for every show. This will enable thousands of Deaf customers to attend music events on any given date.

“Wembley continues to be a beacon of best practice and this is a huge step in the right direction. We hope other venues will value their Deaf customers and appreciate access in the same way.”


Meanwhile, last year, a sign language performance of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’ went viral, with almost 3million views so far.



Gang Of Four announce North American tour for 2022

Pajo, who has also performed with Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, confirmed with “tremendous excitement, humility [and] gratitude” that he would be playing with his “lifelong heroes” Gang Of Four at next year’s gigs.


Jon King and Hugo Burnham will be joined by returning bassist Sara Lee and new guitarist David Pajo on a new Gang Of Four 77-83 North American Tour in March 2022.

Tickets are on-sale on Friday at 9am ET here:

— Gang Of Four 77-81 (@gangoffour77_81) October 18, 2021

“Pinch-me-I’m-dreaming!” he added. “I really cannot even begin to tell you how overjoyed I am to play music with Hugo, Jon, and Sara.. for you! So I’ll stop here. Please come celebrate with us in 2022.”

You can check out the full schedule in the tweet above.

Gang Of Four’s upcoming US tour will draw on material from their ’77-81’ box set of early material, which came out last December. The collection boasts a double LP of the “never officially released” ‘Live at American Indian Center 1980’ as well as remastered versions of ‘Entertainment!’ (1979) and ‘Solid Gold’ (1981).


A star-studded tribute album to Andy Gill – featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and John Frusciante, Warpaint, Gary Numan and more – arrived earlier this summer, entitled ‘The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four’.



Bastille announce fourth album and share new single ‘No Bad Days’

“Working on these songs in such an apocalyptic period, with everyone stuck at home, glued to screens, fed into the feeling that what is real and what is not has become pretty difficult to discern sometimes,” Smith said in a press release. “We’re in the age of deep fake, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone. What that does to our sense of self and to our relationships is huge and it’s fascinating.”

To accompany the announcement, Bastille have shared a new single, ‘No Bad Days’, which follows recent singles ‘Distorted Light Beam’, ‘Thelma + Louise’ and the new album’s title track.

The new track has been released alongside a futuristic video co-directed by Smith, marking his directorial debut. Set in a laboratory, the clip sees Smith play a character who uses technology to try and resurrect a lost loved one, with nods to classic sci-fi films Metropolis, Ex Machina and The Matrix.

You can see the video below:

Speaking on the video, Smith said: “It’s really satisfying to have finally directed, and I’m really proud of the little film we made. I grew up with film as my main obsession, so this was a bit of a dream. I learned a shitload and it was good to be challenged in a new way.”


‘Give Me The Future’ arrives next year on February 4. You can pre-order the album here and see the tracklisting below.

1. ‘Distorted Light Beam’
2. ‘Thelma + Louise’
3. ‘No Bad Days’
4. ‘Brave New World’ (Interlude)
5. ‘Back To The Future’
6. ‘Plug In…’
7. ‘Promises’ (by Riz Ahmed)
8. ‘Shut Off The Lights’
9. ‘Stay Awake?’
10. ‘Give Me The Future’
11. ‘Club 57’
12. ‘Total Dissociation’ (Interlude)
13. ‘Future Holds’ (feat. BIM)

Meanwhile, Griff has linked up with Bastille frontman and founder Dan Smith to cover Glass Animals‘ ‘Heat Waves’ for her YouTube series Against The Clock.



Kanye West’s petition to legally change his name to Ye has been approved

The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper spoke of the planned change during a radio interview in 2018, explaining: “I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means you. So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us.”

West went on to say that his name “went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything.”

Back in 2019, West considered changing his name to ‘Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West’, but didn’t follow through with the idea.

Kanye West. CREDIT: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

West’s name change follows the arrival of his long-teased album, ‘DONDA’. In a three-star review, NME‘s Rhian Daly said of the album: “The rapper’s 10th album follows an odyssey of delays and bizarre not-quite-release parties, the result merely punctuated with moments of brilliance.”

Earlier this month, the rapper’s manager Bu Thiam confirmed the album would be released following the third listening event in Chicago on Thursday (August 26). The event will also be live-streamed on Apple Music.


Earlier this month, West earned his first ever Diamond certification, with ‘Stronger’ surpassing the 10 million sales mark.

Released in 2007 from West’s third album ‘Graduation’, the track has reached the milestone 14 years later.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that an “intimate” new documentary about West, titled jeen-yuhs, is coming to Netflix next year.

jeen-yus was directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah and will capture two decades of the rapper’s life and career. It promises to showcase “both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist”.



Taking Back Sunday share cover of Weezer’s ‘My Name Is Jonas’

Speaking on their cover, Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara told Consequence: “In 2019 we were on tour… a lot! Over time soundcheck got pretty laborious. One day before a show in Cincinnati, OH somebody started playing the opening chords to My Name Is Jonas…

“We all grew up listening to Weezer. Playing this song together was so much fun and broke up the monotony of day to day touring life. We started adding the song to our setlist and recorded it on a day off in Buffalo NY. We love this song and we hope our rendition does it justice.”

You can listen to Taking Back Sunday’s take on ‘My Name Is Jonas’ below:

Taking Back Sunday are due to hit the UK next year for a tour with Alkaline Trio – you can see the dates below.

MARCH 2022


1 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle 
3 – O2 Academy, Glasgow 
4 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester 
5 – O2 Academy, Birmingham 
6 – O2 Academy Brixton, London 

Weezer will also perform a run of dates in the UK and Ireland next year with Green Day and Fall Out Boy for their Hella Mega Tour – you can see the dates below.

JUNE 2022

24 – London Stadium, London
25 – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
27 – Venue TBA, Dublin
29 – Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Last month, Green Day pranked Weezer by storming on stage in strange costumes at the end of one of the latter’s sets.

The two bands have been touring together with Fall Out Boy for the rescheduled ‘Hella Mega Tour’, and look to be making as much fun as possible about life on the live circuit.



Jack White shares ‘Taking Me Back’, his first new solo single in three years

Arriving alongside a stripped-back version of the track, you can listen to both below:


The arrival of ‘Taking Me Back’ follows on from White’s surprise appearance last month at his Third Man Records store in London.

The guitarist appeared on a rooftop to play a short set, including renditions of ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’, ‘Seven Nation Army’ and The Raconteurs’ ‘Steady, As She Goes’. He also performed a seven-song set in the store’s basement.


In a recent interview with The Times, White spoke about feeling “scared and confused” if there isn’t any “struggle” in his life.

“It is this disease I have and I don’t know what started it, but if there is no struggle involved in my life I get scared and confused,” White said.

“If art is not being made in some way, I start worrying. I wish I could pinpoint why this is necessary for me. I can’t get away from it.”

Meanwhile, White has launched a new website to showcase a host of his non-musical activities.

Jack White Art & Design shows off all of the musician’s creative endeavours, including his own furniture, graphic design, sculptures and more.

The website includes a number of creations never previously released to the public, and features sections including Industrial Design, Interior Design, Furniture & Upholstery, Graphic Design, Instruments & Hardware, Sculpture, Vinyl Concepts, Film Directing, and Photography.



Listen to a preview of ABBA’s catchy new track ‘Just A Notion’

Today (October 18), ABBA took to TikTok to share a video clip teasing a catchy new single entitled ‘Just A Notion’. In the clip, the Swedish group’s new song plays at a low volume until a hand turns it up on a speaker dial.

“It’s happening…,” the group captioned the short clip, along with the hashtags #ABBA, #DancingWithABBA and #JustANotion. You can listen to the snippet of the new song below.


It’s happening… ‘Just A Notion’ #ABBA #dancingwithABBA #JustANotion

♬ Just A Notion – ABBA

Pre-orders for ABBA‘s new album ‘Voyage’ have broken records in the UK after over 80,000 copies were purchased in its first three days of availability.

Universal Music UK have claimed it’s their biggest ever album pre-order, breaking the previous record set by Take That for their ‘Progress’ and ‘III’ albums, according to Music Business Worldwide.

Check out NME‘s interview with the producers and directors on what to expect from the ABBA live show here, along with details on how long it might run for, and Righton explaining what went into putting the live band together here as well as bandmember Little Boots telling us about her part in the project here.


Meanwhile, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus has said that the music industry today places “very little” value on songwriters.

Speaking in the context of the ongoing streaming rates for musicians and writers, Ulvaeus said the industry placed little value on songwriters thanks to the low returns streaming brings.

It comes after Ulvaeus launched a new initiative called Credits Due, aiming to tackle issues surrounding music royalties and metadata.

The campaign comes from a collaboration between The Ivors Academy and The Music Rights Awareness Foundation (MRAF), of which Ulvaeus is a co-founder, and was unveiled at the 2021 Ivor Novello awards.

Credits Due has the aim of ensuring that “complete and accurate song metadata is attached to all recordings at the point of creation,” leading to all songwriters and contributors being accurately and fairly paid for their work.



Coldplay’s ‘Music Of The Spheres’ on course to surpass 100,000 UK chart sales in a week

As a result, ‘Music Of The Spheres’ is likely to debut at Number One when the final figures come in on Friday (October 22), which will extend their unbroken run of chart-topping studio albums to nine.

The album is also on course to become the first release to surpass 100,000 chart sales in a week since Ed Sheeran’s ‘No. 6 Collaborations’ project sold 125,000 in July 2019. The last time a full-length album topped 80,000 chart sales in a week was Coldplay’s previous studio album ‘Everyday Life’, totalling just under 81,000 chart sales in November 2019.

The Official Chart midweeks have also revealed an all-new Top 6, made up of brand new releases.

The Super Deluxe Edition reworking of The Beatles’ classic last album ‘Let It Be’ currently sits at Number Two, putting the project on course for its first Top 10 placing in 50 years – aside from the ‘Let It Be… Naked’ alternative mix which reached Number Seven in November 2003.

The rest of the Top 5 is rounded out by Daniel O’Donnell’s ’60’ at Number Three, The Charlatans’ new greatest hits collection ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ at Number Four, and Joy Crookes ‘Skin’ at Number Five.


Elsewhere in the midweek Top 10, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes’ ‘Sticky’ currently sits at Number Six, which could earn the band their third Top 10 album if the chart stays as it is.

In a four-star review of ‘Music Of The Spheres’, NME‘s Rhian Daly said: “Like a sparkling night sky sewn with stars, ‘Music Of The Spheres’ is a celestial beauty that’s capable of inspiring great awe and emotion.”

Apple and Moses Martin, the two children of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, have received credits on the band’s new album.

Seventeen year-old Apple is credited as a co-songwriter on the song ‘Let Somebody Go’, which features guest vocals from Selena Gomez. Fifteen year-old Moses, meanwhile, has a performer credit. He can be heard singing vocals alongside his father on the chorus of ‘Humankind’, Billboard has revealed.

Meanwhile, Martin has said that Coldplay have have made a number of unsuccessful attempts at writing a James Bond theme, but were not satisfied with any of them.

Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read, Martin said: “We have Bond themes for about five movies, but they’re not very good, to be honest.”



Oasis share unseen ‘Some Might Say’ Knebworth performance

Following last month’s look at Oasis performing ‘Champagne Supernova’ at Knebworth, you can check out their live rendition of ‘Some Might Say’ below.

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. You can pre-order here.

In a five-star review of Oasis Knebworth 1996, NME‘s Alex Flood 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.”

Speaking to NME last month, the film’s director Jake Scott said that he thinks the band will get back together. 


“I’d love to think so. It’d be lovely,” he said “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.”

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher recently announced a second solo Knebworth Park show due to “phenomenal demand”.

The former frontman will perform at Knebworth next year to further celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oasis’ landmark outdoor shows at the venue in August 1996.

Earlier this month, Gallagher announced he would be playing the biggest solo show of his career at Knebworth Park on June 4, 2022, with support from Kasabian, Michael Kiwanuka, Fat White Family and Goat Girl.



Susan Sarandon opens up about final phone call with David Bowie

“I was so fortunate to be able to see him when he told me what was going on with him.”

David Bowie. Credit: Frank Ockenfels.

The pair last met a month before he died at New York premiere of his musical Lazarus, Sarandon revealing they subsequently spoke one more time – though the star admitted she didn’t have a clear memory of the phone call.

“I wasn’t sleeping so I took a pretty strong sleep aid,” she revealed. “And I had this dream that David had called me and that we’d had this conversation. Then later I thought, ‘Did he actually call me?’

“And I went to my phone and he had. But I have no recollection of what that conversation was.

“He died a week later. It’s all so frustrating.”


Susan Sarandon. CREDIT: Getty/Jim Spellman/Stringer

The actress also praised Bowie’s wife Iman, revealing they had been in touch: “I love his wife Iman, someone who was so equal in stature to him. That was clearly who he was destined to be with. And I’ve kept in touch with her.”

Bowie died in January 2016 from liver cancer, just a few days after the release of his final album, Blackstar.

Last week, meanwhile, two previously unreleased versions of tracks ‘Karma Man’ and ‘Silly Boy Blue’ were shared, which will feature on the upcoming ‘David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)’ and ‘Toy’ boxsets. They are due out on November 26 and January 7.

A pair of Bowie pop-up shops are set to open in London and New York later in October to celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday.

They come as part of a year-long celebration of the late star’s birthday, which being is planned by his estate under the name ‘Bowie 75’.



Slipknot’s Corey Taylor defends Knotfest COVID-safety measures

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. CREDIT: Michael Campanella/Getty

He continued: “Basically, [we’re playing] Live Nation-only venues, which require all staff to be vaccinated. It also means that at the gigs, you can either show a vaccination card or a negative test to come in. And it basically means that you’re masked at all times backstage. If someone pops positive, they’re quarantined and they stay behind.”

Taylor’s comments arrived on the back of Code Orange‘s statement on October 15 that they would be cancelling five previously announced headlining shows due to “newly enhanced COVID protocols” on the tour.


— Code Orange (@codeorangetoth) October 15, 2021

Slipknot returned to the stage on September 4 after an 18 month break to play the Rocklahoma festival, where Taylor also debuted his new mask. The band’s Knotfest Roadshow includes Killswitch Engage and Fever 333 on the line-up, finishing up in Arizona in November.


Slipknot’s last album ‘We Are Not Your Kind‘ was released in August 2019 and Corey Taylor recently confirmed that new music would be arriving soon. The band will be hitting the road next year for a series of tour dates in Europe.



Rick Astley approves Greta Thunberg’s Rickrolling

Sharing the clip on Twitter, Astley tweeted his approval, commenting in Swedish: “Fantastic and Tack så mycket! Rick x”, which translates to “thanks so much.”

The clip was originally shared on Climate Live’s official TikTok account, where the pair of activists can be seen singing, dancing and laughing along to the song.

“At the end of the day, we are just teenagers fooling around with each other, not just the angry kids the media often portrays us as,” Thunberg told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Earlier this year, Thunberg called on humanity to take “brave” action to avoid a catastrophic climate change crisis, in the wake of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Reacting on Twitter, the activist wrote: “The new IPCC report contains no real surprises. It confirms what we already know from thousands previous studies and reports – that we are in an emergency. It’s a solid (but cautious) summary of the current best available science.

“It doesn’t tell us what to do. It is up to us to be brave and take decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports. We can still avoid the worst consequences, but not if we continue like today, and not without treating the crisis like a crisis.

This comes after Astley recently played two Smiths tribute shows with Blossoms, to great critical acclaim. While Morrissey was pleased with the tribute, his former bandmate Johnny Marr was less impressed when the gigs were first announced.

A week later, Marr told NME that the issue had been “dealt with”, adding of his grievances: “There was an M.O. there that just wasn’t very cool.”



Sam Fender, Sigrid, Biffy Clyro, Griff and more team up for cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’

While Tracey added a new rap verse to the track in 2020, during last night’s (October 16) version he switched up the lyrics. “We can never take our freedom for granted / The seeds of community trees have been planted,” went a snippet of his part.

Watch the Out Out! Live All-Stars perform ‘Times Like These’ below now.

Speaking last year about the Live Lounge All-Stars’ cover, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl said the rendition made him “fight back tears”.

“The response has been incredible and I wanted to thank you all for your support,” he wrote in a letter to the BBC. “When my manager first called and explained the project to me, I literally had to fight back tears – that’s how flattered I was that the BBC would consider one of my songs for such an important cause.


“To all those amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationery nearly 20 years ago – I am beyond humbled. You have no idea. I hope this new version of the song helps lift people’s spirits a little, and that the proceeds we’re donating to Comic Relief and Children In Need reach as many people affected by COVID-19 as possible.”



Watch Kanye West perform ‘Runaway’ and ‘Flashing Lights’ at Italian wedding

Footage from the wedding, which was held in Venice, shows that the star’s voice was muffled by his mask. Watch him perform ‘Flashing Lights’, ‘Runaway’ and ‘Believe What I Say’ below now.

Kanye performing "Runaway" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21)

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Kanye performing "Flashing Lights" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21)

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Kanye West cantando “Believe What I Say” no casamento de Alexandre Arnault e Geraldine Guyot.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé, the latter of whom recently covered ‘Moon River’ for a Tiffany campaign, were both also reportedly in attendance.

Meanwhile, West is selling the Wyoming ranch where he made albums including ‘Ye’, Pusha T’s ‘Daytona’, his ‘Kids See Ghosts’ collaboration with Kid Cudi and more. Monster Lake Ranch is up for sale for $11million (£8m), $3m (£2.2m) more than he paid for it when he bought it back in September 2019.


The ranch was listed for sale weeks after West reportedly bought a new mansion in Malibu for $57m (£41.5m).

Earlier this month, it was reported that the rapper was opening a new school, dubbed the ‘Donda Academy’. The school will be based in Southern California and is said to have a specific focus on basketball and has already agreed transfers to the school of a number of the US’s most highly-rated high school basketball players.



Adele says she won’t make music “forever”: “Nobody wants to see me when I’m 95, whining and chain-smoking”

When James replied that people probably would want her to release music forever, the singer responded: “[Nobody wants to see me] when I’m 95 or hear me whining or chain-smoking, living like a Grey Gardens character with all my cats, being eaten alive.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Adele jokingly compared the factories manufacturing the CD and vinyl versions of ‘30’ to hit Netflix series Squid Game. “They’ve got people standing over them with guns,” she said. “I’m like, ‘If this album leaks…’

“But it didn’t leak last time [on ‘25’], which was a CD in a physical era so I’m feeling alright about it. It is what it is.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball, Adele revealed there were two other contenders for the new album’s lead single. “I got very into Goldfrapp and I was like, ‘I can do this music too!’,” she said of one. “I can do one song, I definitely couldn’t pull off what Alison [Goldfrapp does], she’s the absolute queen.”


She added: “And there’s another one that’s very 70s, piano singer-songwritery. Just very Carpenters, very Elton [John].”



Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Spotify page hacked and edited with NSFW content

6ix9ine’s profile picture was changed to a photo of Redd and his artist pick showed up as the rapper’s ‘Trip At Knight’ album. Another photo on the page showed 6ix9ine’s face edited onto an Animorphs graphic that portrayed a rat evolving into a human.


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Elsewhere, his profile was also edited to feature pictures of penises. His Spotify page has since been reverted back to its original form and the hacker’s identity has not been revealed.

Last month, 6ix9ine was involved in an altercation at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas. According to reports, a member of the crowd at UFC 266 allegedly heckled the rapper and threw a drink at him.

In response, the star threw a drink back. He was not charged in the incident, however the other man was taken away in handcuffs.

Earlier this year, YouTuber Jake Paul challenged 6ix9ine to a boxing match, saying the rapper “deserves to get his ass beat and I want to do it for all the people he’s disrespected”. 6ix9ine responded by saying: “I think he’s on steroids like his security guard who passed away.”



Listen to a new teaser of Jon Hopkins’ ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’

“Everything on the record is so intrinsically linked that rather than extract one track to release next, I made this stand-alone excerpt, which is drawn from two big moments of the second half – ‘Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves’ and ‘Deep In The Glowing Heart’.”

Listen to the new seven-minute excerpt below:

Hopkins is set to head out on a short UK tour next month, rescheduled from before the COVID pandemic, and has added two new shows to the run in Cambridge and Reading.

See the list of dates below. Tickets are available here.

4 – Bristol, St George’s (two shows)
6 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
21 – Reading, Concert Hall
22 – Brighton, The Old Market
23 – London, Royal Albert Hall


Discussing the idea behind the new album, Hopkins called it “an album with no beats, not one drum sound, something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance / electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. Maybe something far more emotionally honest than I had been comfortable making before – a merging of music, nature and my own desire to heal.”



Grateful Dead t-shirt from 1967 breaks record at auction sale

According to a report on Defunkd, the t-shirt comes from the collection of Dan Healy, an engineer who once worked for the group. The t-shirt is said to be one of the earliest official t-shirts ever made for the group.

The shirt was designed by Allan “Gut” Terk. The buyer of the t-shirt, Bo Bushell, posted a video of Terk describing the shirt on Instagram prior to buying it.

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Back in August, Dead & Company recreated Grateful Dead’s 1969 Woodstock set in full during a show held on the original festival site.

The US band – which consists of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann – took to the stage in Bethel Woods, New York on Monday (August 23) as part of their current 2021 tour.

Completed by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, Dead & Company played an 18-song set that incorporated Grateful Dead’s five-song Woodstock ’69 setlist. The celebratory run of tracks began with ‘St. Stephen’ followed by ‘Mama Tried’, a cover of late country artist Merle Haggard.


The group then performed ‘Dark Star’, ‘High Time’ and a version of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland‘s 1969 song ‘Turn On Your Love Light’.

“Fifty years ago, right here, we tried this little sequence,” Bob Weir told the New York crowd. “And it didn’t work so well for us, so we’re going to try again.”

Dead & Company’s current US tour is due to end in October with a trio of sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, California. See the full schedule of dates here.



Listen to Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas song, ‘Santa, Can’t You Hear Me’

Back in September,Clarkson delivered a live cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy The Silence’ for her show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Performed during the show’s ‘Kellyoke’ segment, Clarkson’s short cover of the synthpop track stays fairly true to the band’s original.

The artist has released a series of covers on her show. This year alone, she’s performed Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’, Charli XCX’s ‘Boom Clap’, Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’ and Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’, among others.

Meanwhile, Grande announced earlier this month that she’ll be giving up to $5million (£3.6million) away in free therapy in conjunction with World Mental Health Day.


Posting on Instagram on October 10, Grande revealed that she has teamed up with mental health platform Better Help for the giveaway, which she says is “only one small gesture”.

“I acknowledge that there are very real barriers when it comes to accessing mental health resources,” she wrote, “and while this is only one small gesture (and a much larger systemic problem remains) I wanted to do this again with @betterhelp in hopes of bringing access to a few more people and perhaps inspiring a few of you to try something new and prioritize your own healing,” Grande added.

In May of this year, Grande spoke out about “ending stigma” around asking for help in a social media post made for Mental Health Awareness Month.



These Insane Clown Posse songs have have gone viral on TikTok

The latter of the songs frequently appears in Halloween-themed clips, which could account for the increase with the holiday approaching.

‘In My Room,’ which appeared on 2004’s ‘The Wraith: Hell’s Pit’, has been used around 750,000 times.

As a result of the use of the songs on TikTok, ‘Chop Chop Slide’ now sits at Number 24. on Spotify’s viral 50 chart. ‘In My Room’ meanwhile, is now at Number 40.

Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J

Back in September, the trailer arrived for The United States of Insanity, a documentary about the horrorcore duo’s battle with the FBI.

The rap group and their fans – known as Juggalos – were classified as a “loosely organised hybrid gang” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2011. The duo publicly fought against the classification with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, filing a lawsuit against the FBI in 2014.


The United States of Insanity was directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, and will be distributed theatrically through Strike Back Studios in late October after making its world premiere at Texas’ Fantastic Fest on September 28.

Meanwhile, Insane Clown Posse announced plans to embark on a farewell tour last month, after member Violent J revealed he was struggling with heart issues. The duo will tour the world next year, but will continue making music and playing one-off shows.