Elbow confirm ‘gap year’ hiatus and debut new song

Elbow have confirmed that they will be taking a hiatus. During the band's gig at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena earlier this week (November 26), frontman Guy Garvey told the crowd: "We're taking a gap year." During the set, reports the Worksop Guardian, Elbow also debuted a new song which they played again last night (November 27) at Wembley Arena. "At the moment it's called 'Challenge'," said Garvey. Scroll down to watch fan-shot footage of the song. Garvey recently spoke to The Sun and talked about a possible break for the band.

Nick Oliveri reunites with Queens Of The Stone Age

Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has apparently teamed up with his old band to help out with their forthcoming new album. Oliveri was fired from Queens Of The Stone Age in 2004 after allegations of domestic violence, but it was revealed earlier today (November 28) – via the Facebook page for Oliveri's band Mondo Generator – that he has recorded vocals for a new QOTSA song. The post states: NEWS: Nick has re-joined Kyuss, and has recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song! Stay tuned.

Bruce Springsteen announces UK and Ireland tour dates for 2013

Bruce Springsteen has announced plans for a run of UK and Ireland dates next summer, as part of a full European tour. Springsteen, who's on the cover of Uncut this month, will play London's Wembley Stadium on June 15 2013, Glasgow Hampden Park on June 18 and Coventry Ricoh Arena on June 20. He will then visit mainland Europe before travelling to Ireland to play Limerick Thomond Park on July 16, Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 18 and Belfast King's Hall on July 20.

Eric Clapton and Florence Welch to join The Rolling Stones at O2 Arena show

Eric Clapton and Florence And The Machine's Florence Welch are reportedly set to join The Rolling Stones at their second gig at London's O2 arena tomorrow night (November 29). According to The Mirror, Welch will perform a duet with Mick Jagger for "Gimme Shelter" for the band's second sell-out London show, which was performed by Mary J Blige on Sunday (November 25).

Slash announces two UK headline shows

Slash has announced plans for two UK shows, which are set to take place next year. The former Guns N’ Roses guitar player will appear at Nottingham Arena on February 28 and Blackpool Empress Ballroom on March 1, 2013. Slash has just finished up a UK tour which followed the release of his second solo album Apocalyptic Love, which came out in May and featured Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy on vocals. Slash will play: Nottingham Arena (February 28 2013) Blackpool Empress Ballroom (March 1)

Bjork announces Parisian circus tent residency

Bjork has revealed plans for a live residency in a circus tent in Paris. The four Biophilia live shows will take place in February and March of next year at Le Cirque En Chantier, a specially constructed circus tent on L'Ile Seguin, an island on the Seine in the French capital. For the special shows no audience member will be "more than a few meters from the stage." Bjork will then play two shows at the indoor arena, Le Zenith. She will be performing 'in the round' and is the first artist ever to do so at the venue.

David Bowie self-portraits fetch £6,500 at auction

Three self-portraits by David Bowie have sold for a total of £6,500 at an auction in Penzance, Cornwall. The paintings date from the 1990s and are signed on the back. They were created as part of Bowie's 'D-Heads', which he worked on prolifically during that decade. They sold to an unnamed collector from London at the sale, which took place last week.

The 48th Uncut Playlist Of 2012, Bill Fay, plenty of links…

Sometime in the summer of 2011, I spent a pretty amazing Saturday morning at a small recording studio in Green Lanes, North London. When I walked in, a hesitant but beautiful piano line was coming through the speakers, and one of the most emotionally compelling voices I’ve encountered in the past few years was singing a song which, it transpired, would be called “Never Ending Happening”.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds announce new album ‘Push The Sky Away’

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have announced details of their new album 'Push The Sky Away' - watch a trailer for it below. The LP will be the band's fifteenth studio album and will be released on February 19, 2013. It follows 2008's 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!' and was recorded by regular Bad Seeds and Grinderman collaborator Nick Luanay at La Fabrique studios, based in a 19th century mansion in the south of France.

Led Zeppelin’s ‘Celebration Day’ live show to be aired on BBC2

Led Zeppelin have confirmed that a recording their 2007 live show at London's 02 Arena will air on BBC2 next month. An hour-long version of the concert captured for the band's Celebration Day DVD will be shown on BBC2 on December 8 at 10:45pm. The live album version of the show recently entered the Official Album Chart at number two, one place behind Rihanna's 'Unapologetic'.
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