Morrissey, for some reason, posted an open letter to Johnny Marr on his website today imploring his former Smiths bandmate to stop mentioning his name in interviews.
Less than a month before Tears For Fears is scheduled to embark on an arena tour of the U.K. and Europe, co-founder Curt Smith — who split with musical partner Roland Orzabal once before — is hinting that his future with the group may be uncertain. Here’s what we know so far.
Peter Murphy, currently touring Europe with his old Bauhaus bandmate David J, was thrown out of his own concert in Stockholm on Wednesday night for allegedly throwing a bottle into the audience and injuring a fan, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Full details of what we know so far.
Former XTC frontman Andy Partridge took to Twitter this morning to declare his irritation with fans — or, rather, “wankers” — waking him up at night by chanting the lyrics to “Making Plans for Nigel,” the very popular 1979 single for the band that he neither wrote nor sings. Instead, Partridge says they should visit Colin Moulding.
New Order today announced that it has reached a “full and final settlement” to end the band’s long-running legal disputes with its former bassist Peter Hook over the ongoing royalties Hook has received since 2011 and his own use of “various New Order and Joy Division assets.” Read New Order’s full statement.
New Romantic stars Spandau Ballet — who reunited in 2009 after nearly two decades — have parted ways with frontman Tony Hadley, who this morning announced in a cryptic statement that, “due to circumstances beyond my control,” he was “required to state” he is no longer part of the group.
One day after new 12-inch and 7-inch singles of The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” went on sale at U.K. retailers, Morrissey is accusing the HMV chain of “an attempt to freeze sales” by limiting sales of new vinyl to one copy per person — and he’s urging fans to don silly costumes and buy as many copies “as you desire.”
Alexey Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition leader planning to challenge President Vladimir Putin in next year’s election, was found guilty this week of repeatedly calling for unlawful protests and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to news reports. His response? He’s not happy he’ll miss Depeche Mode.
Record Store Day buyers who’ve already snatched up copies of the new 7-inch from The Smiths — featuring previously unreleased versions of “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side” and its original B-side “Rubber Ring” — have discovered a biting political message inscribed in the 45’s run-out groove: “Trump will kill America.”
J Spaceman and Sonic Boom are asking fans of Spacemen 3 not to buy any of that band’s Record Store Day releases in the U.K., saying they’re in a dispute with the owner of the record label putting out the three titles, and that “any monies from those sales will go directly to him and help fund his side of the dispute.”
Morrissey’s campaign against Harvest Records escalated Wednesday night with the release of a 750-word diatribe explaining how he believed the imprint “sorrily botched” the release of his album World Peace Is None Of Your Business, which he predicted would no longer be sold in stores or online.
Duran Duran is acknowledging they’ve heard their fans’ “dismay” over the use of the band’s 1982 smash single “Hungry Like the Wolf” in a new TV commercial for Yoplait-brand yogurt, saying the group “does not support this usage of their music” and that the license was granted without the band’s knowledge.
There was much consternation last month when This Charming Charlie, the Tumblr that so brilliantly mashes up panels from old “Peanuts” comic strips with The Smiths lyrics, announced it had received demands from Universal Music Publishing Group that it take down posts over unauthorized use of the band’s lyrics.
On Friday, Ministry debuted the video for new single “PermaWar,” and while bandleader Al Jourgensen gave the clip a cursory plug on his recently launched Facebook page, he was preoccupied with something far more pressing: a “Caddyshack”-like battle against a “thug gang of asshole raccoons.”