More thoughts on The Rolling Stones. . .

On my way home last week from The Rolling Stones at the O2, still a-buzz with excitement, I ended up chatting to a group of similarly exhilarated fans, who between them didn’t have enough fingers to count the number of Stones shows they’d been to, Brian Jones still a Stone the first time a couple of them had seen them.

Suede announce Alexandra Palace show for March 2013

Suede have confirmed that they will play London's Alexandra Palace in March 2013. The band will perform at the north London venue on March 30. The gig announcement came at the end of a puzzle-style countdown Suede put on their Facebook page last week. The first revelation that came from the online game was that a new Suede studio album will be released in 2013. Earlier this autumn, Suede frontman Brett Anderson said that Suede's new album sounds like "a cross between bits of 'Dog Man Star' and bits of 'Coming Up'".

The Specials announce May 2013 UK tour

The Specials have announced plans for a 10 date tour of the UK next year. The ska legends will play throughout May 2013, kicking off the run of dates at Glasgow Barrowland on May 10. They will visit Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and more, finishing up at London's O2 Academy Brixton on May 28.

Fleetwood Mac announce the first leg of 2013 reunion world tour

Fleetwood Mac have announced the first leg of their planned 2013 reunion world tour. The much-revered band have confirmed a large run of US shows to take place from April to June next year, and also told Rolling Stone that they planned on playing a spate of European festivals and shows, too. Speaking about the dates, singer Stevie Nicks said: "It's the perfect time to go back out. 2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac."

Led Zeppelin meet Barack Obama at the White House

Led Zeppelin have been honoured at the White House by Barack Obama for their contribution to America culture and the arts – watch a video of it below. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were among a group of artists who received Kennedy Centre Honours, Sky News reports. David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman also received the award. "When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming," Obama said in his tribute.

Some notes on Uncut’s Top 75 of 2012

As many of you will have seen by now, the current issue of Uncut features our Top 75 albums of 2012 and, as usual, there’s been a fair amount of comment online about the list. I’m going to try not to be too defensive about this, but as the person who compiled the list, I thought it might be useful to post a few notes that’ll hopefully clarify one or two issues that have been raised.
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