The Beatles first concert in America is to screened as part of a new documentary, The Beatles: The Lost Concert.

The band played at the Washington Coliseum on February, 11, 1964, two days after their historic TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their twelve song, 30 minute set included "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You" and "Twist And Shout" and was shown in American cinemas in March that same year.

The footage was subsequently lost, but was recently rediscovered and remastered by Screenvision, who've produced the new documentary.


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Fans of Levon Helm, who passed away last week at the age of 71, have been invited to his home and studio today [April 26] to pay their respects to the vocalist and drummer.

A message posted on Helm’s website reads: "Levon's friends & fans are invited to pay their final respects on Thursday, April 26, 2012 between the hours of 10am. and 3pm. at his home/studio in Woodstock."

It is here where Helm hosted his famous Midnight Ramble gigs.


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Public Image Ltd.'s John Lydon has said he fears that last summer's riots are the precursor to "something far, far worse".

Speaking in this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now, Lydon has said he was "deeply ashamed" of how the government handled the situation and that you can still "feel the tension" on the streets.


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The Beach Boys have confirmed the track listing for their new album, That's Why God Made The Radio.

Along with the title track, the album also features "Think About The Days", "Isn’t It Time", "Spring Vacation", "Private Life Of Bill And Sue", "Shelter", "Daybreak Over The Ocean", "Beaches In Mind", "Strange World", "My Life Suite", and "Summer’s Gone".

The album will be preceded by a single, "That's Why God Made The Radio", on April 30. The album itself will be released on June 4.


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John Cale has announced dates in the UK and Ireland ahead of the release of his new album later this year.

Cale is scheduled to play:

The Button Factory, Dublin on Wednesday, October 3
HMV Picture House, Edinburgh on Friday, October 5
HMV Ritz, Manchester on Saturday October 6
Coal Exchange, Cardiff on Sunday October 7
The Junction, Cambridge on Wednesday October 10
HMV Royal Institute, Birmingham on Thursday October 11
Royal Festival Hall, London on Saturday October 13


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Damon Albarn has denied that he is finished with both Blur and Gorillaz.

The singer was recently quoted as saying that it is "unlikely" that there will be any more new material from Gorillaz and that Blur's Hyde Park gig on August 7 might be the band's final show.

However, speaking to the Metro, Albarn denied this and said that he and his bandmates had not discussed "the beginning or the end" of Blur.


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Ray Davies, The Waterboys, Nick Lowe and Seasick Steve have been confirmed to play the new Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts in County Mayo, Ireland.

Running on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24, the festival line-up also includes Lloyd Cole, Marc Almond and Hothouse Flowers.

More information about the Westport festival can be found at westportfestival.com.

Davies will also join Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Suede at this year's Hop Farm festival, which takes place in Paddock Wood in Kent from June 29 – July 1.


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Jack White will write, produce and perform the soundtrack to the new adaptation of The Lone Ranger, the film's producer has said.

The project will be White's first film soundtrack, following the release of his solo album Blunderbluss on Monday.

"Jack's an amazing songwriter with a unique style," producer Jerry Bruckheimer told Variety. "We're all very excited to have him on board."


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Sinead O'Connor has cancelled all her planned tour dates for the remainder of 2012 after revealing that she is "very unwell".

O'Connor, who suffers from bipolar disorder, posted a message via fan website Sinead-Oconnor.com which said that she had suffered a "very serious breakdown" between December 2011 and March of this year and would not be touring for the rest of 2012.

She also said she was advised by her doctors not to tour in support of her new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?, but went ahead anyway, a decision she now regrets.


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New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized are all confirmed to play a new festival named Festival Number 6 in September.

The event will take place in the town of Portmeirion in North West Wales from September 14 – 16. It takes its name from the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, which was filmed in the town from 1967 – 1968.

Festival Number 6 is a newly launched event and is being put on by the promoters of Beach Break Live, Snowbombing and Lounge On The Farm festival.


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