Right Said Fred return with their 9th studio album Exactly! due for release on 24th February 2017. The album was two years in the making featuring an array of special guests and Fred and Richard Fairbrass’ signature mix of tongue-in-cheek observational pop.
Half of the album was recorded with Paul Statham (Simple Minds, Kylie, Dido) and the other half with Gordon Davis and Jason Glover (who was part of the James Taylor Quartet). The album’s opener ‘Me And You’ is an upbeat pop anthem featuring Jodie Scantlebury who has previously worked with Bryan Ferry. The album’s themes range from simple and fun observations like single ‘Sweet Treats’ inspired by a British Airways dessert, to the more serious. ‘Save Me’, which touches upon depression whilst ‘Raining In England’ is a melancholic song about everything in the world around us is changing but the one thing that can be relied upon – the rain in England.
The album arrives after the Fairbrass brothers spent 2016 celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy. They are one of the UK’s most enduring pop acts and in the 25 years since I’m Too Sexy’s release, the brothers have reached fans all across the globe, selling in excess of 7 million copies of their debut album Up worldwide, receiving two Ivor Novello’s for I’m Too Sexy and Deeply Dippy as well as a Brit Award nomination for Best British Act. Fred and Richard have also played The Royal Variety Performance, met the Queen, released a track for Comic Relief (Stick It Out) and, most importantly, Richard was voted Rear of the Year by Smash Hits Magazine.
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Singer/songwriter Robian ( a.k.a Robert Ian Pratt ) was born in Hinckley, Leicestershire UK but is now based in Spain’s Costa Del Sol.
Robian started writing songs at the age of 14 and had formed his own band by the age of 16 years being influenced by acts like David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Supertramp , Yes, Cat Stevens, The Who and Mick Jagger and the Stones.
At the age of 19 Robian started racing motorbikes and in the mid 1980’s with the help of sponsorship from Christian Dior and competed in The World Championship 500cc Grands Prix now known as Moto GP. Robian retired from motorbike racing in 1990 and started racing Formula 3 cars in Spain and the UK but then retired from all forms of motorsport in 2006.
Robian began writing songs and in 2006 influenced by his love for country music he recorded 16 songs in a Nashville, Tennessee recording studio located on the famous Music Row in Nashville.
The brand new album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Our Day’ was produced by David Robinson at Paramount studios, Nashville and features the new single ‘Leaving It All Behind’.
Rock the Shop had a listen to the new single ‘Leaving it all behind’
Robian is a british singer/songwriter who is based in Spain and who plays regular live gigs as well as recording and singing how own songs.
This single was produced in Nashville and is a warm, melodic record reminiscent of Gerry Rafferty with touches of legendary country songs. This record has found a regular slot on the Rock the Shop jukebox and touches the heart with it’s very powerful human angle of the emotions covering divorce and heartbreak. 7/10
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Mick Jagger’s newborn son, Deveraux, has made his debut on social media.
The Rolling Stones frontman, 73, welcomed a baby boy with American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 29, in New York earlier this month (Dec16) and now Melanie has taken to Instagram to show off her new baby boy.
“I’m so (in) love with my baby Deveraux Jagger,” she wrote. “Thank you @lizzyjagger for the sweet introduction.”
Deveraux’s big sister Lizzie Jagger unveiled the baby’s moniker on the social media site on Friday (16Dec16).
“So proud of my beautiful baby brother Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger,” she wrote.
Mick has been dating Melanie on and off since mid-2014, just months after his fashion designer girlfriend L’Wren Scott committed suicide. Melanie fell pregnant with the tot, her first child, during the Rolling Stones’ tour of South America earlier this year (16), and she and Mick confirmed the news in July (16).
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Tom Petty has shared a message to UK fans about their ‘excitement and honour’ of returning to the UK to headline Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park next summer. Check it out in the video above.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary and marking only their second UK visit in 18 years, Petty & The Heartbreakers will be joined by a stellar line-up of support – featuring Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers.
“Well, we’re coming over to England again,” he said. “Nothing gets us more excited than that. We’re so in love with that country. Musically, you can’t really be a rock n’ roll fan and not realise the debt you owe it.
“From the time The Beatles came in 1964, thousands of American bands were formed just off that one single night when they were on the Ed Sullivan Show. You could hear guitars everywhere. It’s especially nice and important to us because England was the first place that accepted us, which is now 40 years since we came there in ’77. You can’t ever duplicate that thrill of the first time where you hear your record on the radio or you get in the charts and everything starts moving at a really incredible speed.”
Formed in the West Midlands, a frontman from Cheshire and with a vast association with the Madchester scene, The Charlatans roots are somewhat confusing. But tonight, they make Camden their home.
For the first time in its twenty six year history, this evening the Q awards opens its doors in Camden and mixes the fans with the musicians. It’s not everyday you catch a glimpse of The Smiths legend Johnny Marr sipping a lemonade whilst chatting with fans. In addition, to conclude the ceremony, indie icons The Charlatans perform a full headline slot. We are in for a treat.
Bar a few tracks taken from last years superb ‘Modern Nature’ LP, Tim Burgess and Co take us back to the 90’s. For an hour and a quarter music becomes exciting again.
Besides drawing influences from seminal bands such as New Order and Joy Division, The Charlatans still hold a refreshing, individual sound. With many tracks being dominated by keyboards and organs, embodied with deep bass lines and dance beats. It’s almost a genre of their own.
Their most successful and historic LP ‘Tellin Stories’ from 1997 dictates the set. ‘With No Shoes’, ‘North Country Boy’ and the record’s title track itself are all played consecutively. A flawless start.
Approaching fifty and having spent half his years with his band, which by his own admission has involved regular drug usage and alcohol abuse, time should inevitably have taken its toll. Yet vocally tonight he sounds much about the same and hits the notes as if he’s always been teetotal. Remarkable.
The keyboards are in full swing for the unmistakable ‘Just When You’re Thinking Things Over’, taken from 1995’s eponymous LP. In a similar vein, soon after, the quintessential piano riff of ‘One To Another’ sounds. Noticeably the crowd are really moving, and not just at the front. It’s not just arms in the air stuff, people are dancing to these classic beats. The Hacienda has seemingly reopened and moved south for the evening.
There’s also room for one of their most recognisable and popiest ever recordings, ‘Can’t Get Out Of Bed’ Burgess sings. Camden is delighted he did. A track that really sums up the nostalgia of the Britpop era in a mere three minutes.
An hour or so in and the fans evidently approve of the band’s song choices. It’s the perfect greatest hits set. It’s a one off gig and any self indulgent plugging of any soon to be released material is absent. They’ve got it spot on.
Arguably the band’s most famous and unquestionably biggest selling single is up next; ‘The Only One I Know’ is four minutes of psychedelic brilliance. With touches of soul and R&B blended with their trademark indie sound, it’s pure Charlatans. Tonight it is replicated live impeccably. Guitar riffs, bass riffs and keyboard riffs. There’s almost too much to dance to. The crowd are doing their best.
After turning the amps up and blasting out ‘How High’, the band wonder off stage as everyone in attendance put their hands together in appreciation. A quick dash to the bar and five minutes later, upon their return, The Roundhouse transforms in to a vivid wave of green light. Impressive stage effects for the encore, ‘Sproston Green’.
The Q Awards is one of the industry’s most prestigious events attended by musics very best. Tonight, The Charlatans are just that.
The Kinks co-founder Dave Davies has dismissed the story do the rounds this weekend that The Kinks will reform for Glastonbury.
The Sun in the UK, in its usual unconfirmed form, has blabbed that the reunion is on for 2017. The UK rag came to that conclusion after Ray Davies told them “Dave and I will definitely work together again. And we want to play live.”
The tabloid claims Ray also added, “Maybe The Kinks could play Glastonbury?”
Dave Davies was quick to hose the story down.
“ME AND RAY have not spoken about Kinks showS at all- although weRE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER ON OTHER STUFF and have worked on music together . In the meantime we both have albums finished. My album Open Road I did with my son Russ comes out in 2017.”
The Kinks last album was 1994’s ‘To The Bone’, a collection of their greatest hits re-recorded live and acoustic.
The last studio album was ‘Phobia’ in 1993.
The last time The Kinks played live was 15 June 1996 in Norway.
Their setlist was:
1. Till the End of the Day
2. The Hard Way
3. Where Have All the Good Times Gone / Tired of Waiting for You
4. Dead End Street
5. Set Me Free
6. Death of a Clown (Dave Davies song)
7. Low Budget
8. I’m Not Like Everybody Else
9. Come Dancing
11. Living on a Thin Line
13. Celluloid Heroes
14. Skin and Bone
17. You Really Got Me
So it really looks like Oasis are reforming for 2017. They just aren’t telling you. Noise11 has heard of one UK rock band from the 90s with a very close connection to Liam Gallagher may have been tapped as the opening act for some of the shows so fans could be in for the ‘ride’ of their life.
The Liam and Noel Gallagher rivalry has well and truly been mended, although a public display of antagonism may work in the favour of publicity.
Oasis last played together with Noel and Liam Gallagher on 22 August 2009 at the V Festival in Stafford. The final song the Gallagher’s played together was a cover of ‘I Am The Walrus’ by The Beatles.
After that the last few years has seen drama between the two siblings unseen since Alexis Colby and Krystle Carrington bitch slapped each other endlessly until Dynasty went off the air.
Oasis released a 3CD 20th-anniversary edition of ‘Be Here Now’ this year. The original album featured Johnny Depp on guitar on the track ‘Fade In-Out’. The new 3CD version featured Oasis performing The Beatles ‘Help’.
Since the break-up of Oasis Liam Gallagher has released two albums as Beady Eye and has a solo album scheduled for 2017. Noel has released two albums with High Flying Birds.
The last Oasis album was ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ in 2008.