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Tim Burgess forms supergroup for Jon Brookes tribute gig

October 21st, 2013 3:10am EDT
Tim Burgess
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes.

The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Va...

Peter Hook makes a bid for trashed New Order and Joy Division recordings

August 28th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Joy Division
Former New Order and Joy Division star Peter Hook is in negotiations to buy a treasure trove of lost recordings by his old bands which were found in the trash.

The master tapes were rescued by Julia Adamson, a former studio assistant who became a member of influential British rock band The Fall, and when she made it known she was ready to sell up, the bass player made her an offer.

The tapes reportedly include a master copy of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album.

Hook tells he has big plans for the trashed recordings, stating, "It'd be nice to issue something that fans w...

Rare Joy Division and New Order tapes up for sale

August 15th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Joy Division
A treasure trove of unfinished music by British rock groups Joy Division and New Order is up for sale as the woman who found the tapes in the trash is concerned over their potential deterioration.

Julia Adamson, ex-assistant to producer Martin Hannett, discovered the discarded collection years ago and decided to rescue the items, including a master recording of Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division's first studio album.

Adamson approached the members of both bands and Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' widow, but they were not interested in purchasing the collection and now she is keen to hand t...

Jamie Oliver Discovers Treasure Trove In Restaurant Basement

February 14th, 2012 8:48am EST
Jamie Oliver
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has struck gold while building his latest restaurant after discovering a $1.8 million treasure haul in the basement, including master tapes by rockers New Order.

The TV star is converting an old bank in Manchester, England into an eatery and builders discovered hundreds of safety deposit boxes dating back to 1935 while renovating the property.

After failing to trace any of the owners, officials from the Bank of England drilled open the boxes and found thousands of dollars worth of gold, jewelry and master tapes by bands such as Joy Division and New Or...

Bono Defends 'American Idol'

May 27th, 2011 1:45pm EDT
U2 rocker Bono has bucked the trend of celebrities criticizing TV talent shows by throwing his support behind American Idol.

A number of high-profile musicians have come out against singing competitions such as Idol and The X Factor in recent months, with Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Madness star Suggs and New Order's Bernard Sumner all lining up to criticize format pioneer Simon Cowell and his numerous TV projects.

Bono, who performed on the American Idol finale this week, has now come forward to champion the series, insisting the programme reminds him of old-fashioned variety shows whic...

Rhino Reissues A Decade Of New Order

November 12th, 2008 6:00pm EST
New Order
After forming in 1980, New Order went on to develop a groundbreaking sound that mixed synthesizer-driven pop with electronic dance beats on a series of acclaimed and influential albums. The band -- Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert -- released a total of five albums during the '80s that helped blaze a trail for the alternative music movement that would peak a decade later.

Rhino pays tribute to these musical pioneers with Collector's Editions of the band's first five albums: Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood and Technique. On Novembe...

Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...

Dido Crowned Songwriter Of The Year In London

October 16th, 2008 7:00am EDT
British singer Dido has been named Songwriter of The Year at the 28th annual ASCAP Awards in London. The Wednesday night American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards also honored "Solid" hit-makers Ashford & Simpson, while Kate Nash and The Kooks received special awards.

Nash received the College Award for their multi-platinum selling debut album, Inside In/Inside Out.

Corinne Bailey Rae's global smash hit "Put Your Records On" was named Song of the Year.

Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood, Howard Goodall and Elizabeth Fraser were among the composers hono...

The B-52s Launch Special Club Tour In April To Celebrate First Studio Album In 16 Years

March 10th, 2008 10:42am EDT
The B-52s have announced a special tour of select clubs and theaters to celebrate the release of their much-anticipated new album, 'Funplex' (3/25, Astralwerks). The "Worlds Greatest Party Band," pioneers in the fusion of dance, punk and vintage rock, will keep the party going on for fans around the world beginning with these 12 kick-off dates.

Recorded in their native Athens, GA with producer Steve Osbourne (New Order, Doves), 'Funplex' is prime B-52's: propulsive guitar hooks, driving drums, and the B-52's unmistakable vocal style. Here's the early word from critics:

"Tin roof,...

Manic Street Preachers Given 'Godlike Genius Award'

December 18th, 2007 10:10pm EST
Manic Street Preachers
Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are to be honored with British music magazine NME's highest accolade - the Godlike Genius Award.

The band follow in the footsteps of Primal Scream, Ian Brown, The Clash, New Order and Ozzy Osbourne in receiving what amounts to a lifetime achievement prize from the music bible.

Bass player Nicky Wire said they were "genuinely humbled" to receive the prize and has hailed it as the best accolade they've been given to date.

He added: "We've won four Brit awards, Ivor Novellos, in different countries around the world, Brat awards, but it's v...

'The Brit Box' Features UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium

November 18th, 2007 9:30am EST
The Brit Box
The king's ransom of influential and diverse U.K.-based indie pop & rock acts that emerged from Great Britain in the broad wake of '80s post-punk has never been chronicled with serious attention -- until now, and Rhino's vast 4-CD retrospective The Brit Box: U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium does just that.

While many artists featured here enjoyed superstar status in Mother England, their impact on U.S. charts was more peripheral-- but their stylistic imprint and collective uber-hip peer-pressure on late 20th century popular music overall is undeniable. Wit...

The B-52's To Release First Studio Album In 16 Years, Feb 2008

November 4th, 2007 9:00am EST
The B-52's, pioneering dance-rock stars, are exploding on the scene once again with the February 26th, 2008 release of 'Funplex', the band's first studio album in 16 years and the first with the Astralwerks label.

The influential band - who bridged a gap between punk and new wave with a sound that was uniquely their own - along with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, Happy Mondays, Doves, KT Tunstall) have created a new album as cutting edge, distinctive and danceable as their self-titled debut album and hit single "Rock Lobster" were in 1979.

Recorded in their native Athens, GA...

Peter Hook To Revive Monaco For One Gig

October 19th, 2007 9:48am EDT
Peter Hook
Former New Order bassist Peter Hook is set to reform his band Monaco for a one-off charity concert. Hook, 51, will revive his group with David Potts for an Oxfam show in Manchester, England on October 28.

He says, "I had a great time in Monaco and thought we'd written some top tunes, we're basically having some fun for a very good cause."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Joy Division Honored At London Music Awards

October 4th, 2007 10:51am EDT
Joy Division
English rockers Joy Division have been honored at London's Diesel:U:Music Awards for their contributions to the pop industry. The surviving members of the band - Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner - accepted the 4Music Icon Award at the ceremony at Camden's Koko club on Wednesday night.

Joy Division - who are the subject of the movie Control - disbanded in 1980 after front man Ian Curtis committed suicide. The remaining trio has since gone on to form the critically acclaimed New Order.

The group's record label boss, Peter Saville of Factory Records, was also praised w...

Oasis To Release Double-DVD, 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down,' Chronicling 2005/06 World Tour

October 2nd, 2007 5:13pm EDT
Oasis will release their first ever digital only single on October 21, when 'Lord Don't Slow Me Down' becomes available to download. The track, and accompanying video is taken from the eagerly anticipated DVD of the same name, which follows the band on their colossal world tour of 2005/2006.

What happens when a filmmaker follows one of the world's biggest bands on a year long world tour? What happens when the film maker is granted unique access to that band, is present for the ups and downs, the moments of greatness and the periods of the same interview in 10 different languages in as ...

New Order To Reunite For Tony Wilson Tribute

September 13th, 2007 9:22am EDT
New Order
New Order will reunite for a one-off concert in memory of Tony Wilson, according to former bassist Peter Hook. The rocker quit the band in May citing front man Bernard Sumner's work with dance act Electronic as the reason for the disbandment.

However the band will reunite on stage for a tribute concert for late British music mogul Wilson who lost his battle with kidney cancer last month.

Hook says, "It's very typical of New Order to split up and then get back together just like that. And the thing is, for Tony I'd do anything."

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Up-And-Coming Music: Zerobridge

September 12th, 2007 5:19pm EDT
New York, NY - It's not often you hear about a band like zerobridge. Lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir "Din" Mohi-ud-Din and drummer Mohsin "Mo" Mohi-ud-Din are two brothers whose parents are from the disputed territory of Kashmir, nestled between northern India and Pakistan. "The Quota", seasoned NYC bass player, rounds out the trio who have been playing their own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven rock n' roll for the last three years. With two independent releases behind them, zerobridge will release the Havre de Grace EP this summer that illustrates the band's penchant...

A Cavalcade Of Stars To Judge Songwriting Competition

August 14th, 2007 9:39am EDT
Brian Wilson
A galaxy of legendary musicians including Brian Wilson, Tom Waits, Ray Davies, Nelly Furtado, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Frank Black are the judges of this year's International Songwriting Competition.

Wannabe songwriters' entries will be listened to by the A-list panel, who will award one lucky winner $25,000 in cash and a further $20,000 worth of prizes. Two runners-up will also take home cash prizes.

Ornette Coleman, former New Order star Peter Hook, The Cure's Robert Smith, Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Macy Gray and Sean Paul are also on...

Stars Pay Tribute To Tony Wilson

August 12th, 2007 9:05am EDT
New Order
Music stars have paid tribute to Tony Wilson, who died on Friday. The Factory Records co-founder, who managed groups like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, had been battling kidney cancer.

Wilson was taken to Manchester's Christie Hospital on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack. He failed to recover and died on Friday.

Former Happy Mondays manager Phil Saxe says, "Part of me, part of Manchester, part of modern British music has died tonight."

"He was a visionary in that he helped bands, who otherwise wouldn't have made it, who were a bit out of the ordinary. ...

Music Mastermind Tony Wilson Dead At 57

August 10th, 2007 9:14pm EDT
New Order
Tony Wilson, the man behind Manchester, England's musical heyday, has died following a heart attack. He was 57. The Factory Records co-founder, who managed groups like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, had been battling kidney cancer.

Wilson was taken to Manchester's Christie Hospital on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack. He failed to recover and died on Friday.

Wilson, a former journalist, also hosted his own TV show in his native Britain, but he is best known as the godfather of the Madchester (corr) pop music scene in the 1980s, when many of his Factory acts ...

New Order Rocker 'Not Qualified' For Another Job

June 20th, 2007 9:30pm EDT
New Order
New Order rocker Stephen Morris has been unemployed since the band split last year, because he isn't qualified to do anything else. The 49-year-old keyboardist fears he has been left on the employment scrap heap, because he has been a musician all his life.

He says, "I've been to the dole office (job center) and I discovered I wasn't qualified to do anything else. I see no reason to stop making music. I'll just see what happens."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

New Order Bassist Says The Group Split For Personal Reasons

June 20th, 2007 5:45pm EDT
New Order
New Order's split was due to personal reasons - according to the band's former bassist Peter Hook. The legendary musician announced the split last month, but it's only now that he has given the first hint for the band's demise - personal problems within the group.

However, he admits life without former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris has been harder than he first thought.

He says, "It has been very sad actually, and it has been very difficult to live with, but that is life, isn't it? But you pick yourself up, you dust yourself off, and you start all over again."


Notable Quotables

June 7th, 2007 9:30pm EDT
George Clooney
"This one's about a heist." George Clooney ruins the premise of new sequel Ocean's Thirteen on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

"I do have a lot of interests, and retiring isn't one of them." Paul McCartney has no plans to quit the music industry.

"She was good looking. That doesn't happen often in those things." George Clooney was surprised when a beauty paid $350,000 to kiss him at an AmFar benefit at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

"It's kind of like working with a puppy dog or a two-year-old. When you have its attention, it's really cute, but otherwise..." Eva Mendes...

Peter Hook Is Relieved The New Order Split Was Announced

May 10th, 2007 2:43pm EDT
New Order
Former New Order star Peter Hook is relieved the world knows about the band's split because he was finding the "awful secret" increasingly difficult to bear. Hook - who is now working on a solo project with Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell - made the admission during a radio interview earlier this month, citing Bernard Sumner's work with dance act Electronic as the reason for the disbandment.

Although news of the split wasn't supposed to have leaked during the interview, Hook is grateful he no longer has to keep up pretences.

He writes on his internet blog, "I suppose it wa...

K.T. Tunstall Returns In September With 'Drastic Fantastic'

May 6th, 2007 10:00am EDT
K.T. Tunstall
2006 Grammy® nominee K.T. Tunstall became one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters in the world in one giant step, with the amazing two-year global journey of her multi-million selling debut album, 'Eye To The Telescope'. In September 2007, Virgin Records will release Tunstall's second album, 'Drastic Fantastic'.

For 'Drastic Fantastic' K.T. again tapped Telescope producer Steve Osbourne (U2, New Order, Happy Mondays). The album was mixed by Michael H. Brauer (Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket). Tunstall recently told a British interviewer that her acquisition of two...

New Order Kaput

May 4th, 2007 2:26pm EDT
 New Order
British rock band New Order have split, according to bassist Peter Hook. Hook - who is now working on a solo project with Jane's Addiction front man Perry Farrell - made the admission during a radio interview.

He says, "I spoke to Perry, and asked me to play bass, as he'd head about New Order splitting up and he asked me to play bass. Well yeah, me and Bernard Sumner aren't working together."

Hook blames Sumner for the split after leaving the group to work with dance act Electronic. He says, "Bernard went off for a break with Electronic but that was different. But it's like the bo...

New Order, Bono, Depeche Mode Could Perform At Cannes

April 26th, 2007 3:51pm EDT
Depeche Mode
New Order, Bono and Depeche Mode are tipped to give next month's Cannes Film Festival in France a musical boost by performing at a party following the premiere of Ian Curtis biopic Control.

The rock and pop stars are among the celebrities who will be attending the screening and the celebration of the tragic Joy Division star's life - and party organizers are trying to persuade the musicians to play.

The film marks rock photographer Anton Corbijn's directorial debut.

- New Order

- Bono

- Depeche Mode

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Bernard Sumner To Be Revealed In New Book

April 3rd, 2007 4:17pm EDT
Bernard Sumner
New Order frontman Bernard Sumner's life is about to be exposed in a new book by celebrated investigative journalist David Nolan. The music biographer has spent the past few years digging up information and photographs from Sumner's past for his new tome Bernard Sumner: Confusion, and he insists even the British singer's biggest fans won't know the truth.

Nolan says, "Why is it we know virtually nothing about this guy? The stuff that we do know doesn't stand up to the flimsiest of checks."

Nolan reveals that, among other things of interest, he'll reveal the New Order star's real n...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 13

February 13th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kelly Hu
Happy Birthday to English singer Robbie Williams (1974), Swedish hockey player Mats Sundin (1971), actress Kelly Hu (1968), Star Wars Episode I and II actress Pernilla August (1958), New Order bassist Peter Hook (1956), former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel (1950), actress Stockard Channing (1944), Monkee Peter Tork (1942), English acter Oliver Reed (1938; d. 1999), American actress Susan Oliver (1937; d. 1990), "Just Shoot Me" actor George Segal (1934), "Vertigo" actress Kim Novak (1933), country musician Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919; d. 1991), and 'American Gothic' artist Grant Wood (1892; d....

Primal Scream Named 'Godlike Geniuses'

February 2nd, 2007 1:30pm EST
Primal Scream
Rockers Primal Scream will be handed the Godlike Genius Award at next month's NME Music Awards.

Previous recipients of the prize include The Clash, Ozzy Osbourne, New Order and Ian Brown - and Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie claims the accolade is well overdue.

He says, "About f---ing time, we've known it for years. It's a great honor to get the same award as a band like The Clash."

The ceremony takes place in London on March 1.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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