Peter Murphy returns to Los Angeles this Friday for his third show there this year when he headlines the “Stan Lee’s In Parties” kickoff concert for this weekend’s Comikaze comic-book, sci-fi and fantasy fest, an event at Club Nokia that will be hosted by the comic book legend himself and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
As had been rumored, The Stone Roses are playing an “intimate” club gig in London tonight — presumably tied to the ongoing Olympic festivities — that is free to fans who live in the London area and who bought tickets to the band’s three-night homecoming stand at Manchester’s Heaton Park earlier this summer.
He’s been busy of late fronting the resurgent Big Country at performances across the pond, but The Alarm frontman Mike Peters will make it to these shores for a special, one-off solo-acoustic show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, N.J., on July 4 that’s being billed as a “Spirit of ’76 Independence Day Concert.”
Since announcing their reunion, The Stone Roses have booked dates across Europe and into the Far East, yet no official mention has been made of North American concerts. According to a fan at this weekend’s Barcelona tour kickoff, though, John Squire confirmed the Roses will play the U.S. ‘next year.’
Late-’80s Atlanta college rockers Uncle Green — who rechristened themselves 3 lb. Thrill during a major-label stint in the ’90s — will take the stage this weekend to celebrate a somewhat improbable feat: the release of their once-lost seventh album, a 32-song, double-disc set that’s been tied up in record-label limbo for 14 years.
Three recently reunited U.K. acts — Britpop masters Blur, 2 Tone ska kings The Specials and electronic-rock pioneers New Order — will perform at a giant “Best of British” outdoor concert on Aug. 12 in Hyde Park to cap off the London Olympics, the bands announced Monday.
As The Cure wrapped up its second straight 48-song ‘Reflections’ concert in New York City last night (Friday’s show was only 46 songs long), frontman Robert Smith signed off by saying, ‘We’ll see you again next year’ — hinting that the revived band’s 2011 shows were no anomaly, and fans may see The Cure back on tour next year.
Bob Mould will mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Copper Blue’ — the classic debut from his early-’90s trio Sugar — by performing the album in full with his current band at a ‘very limited’ number of concerts next year, the former Hüsker Dü frontman announced during a tribute concert celebrating his career last week in Los Angeles.
The Dead Milkmen will hold a belated hometown album-released party for ‘The King in Yellow’ — their first album in 15 years, which the band self-released in March but is now set for wider distribution — when they perform the record in its entirety (‘with limited commercial interruptions’) at a Philadelphia club next month.
Frontman Wayne Hussey has tapped goth-rock contemporaries Fields of the Nephilim and Gene Loves Jezebel to open The Mission’s upcoming 25th anniversary concert in London — and recently announced plans to add a second U.K. performance and ‘some mainland European shows’ in October.
With The Cure’s first performances in more than two years just weeks away, Robert Smith is now hinting there could be more activity from his no-longer-dormant band than just the upcoming full-album shows in Sydney and an appearance at the U.K.’s Bestival this September.
Heaven 17 will perform its 1983 album ‘The Luxury Gap’ in its entirety for the first time this fall in London when the band stages a two-day festival with its experimental spinoff B.E.F. — an event that will feature Erasure’s Andy Bell, Midge Ure, Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside and Boy George.
Contemporary indie acts such as Ted Leo, St. Vincent and Dan Deacon will cover the music of their predecessors at this May’s Our Band Could Be Your Concert, a 10th anniversary celebration of Michael Azerrad’s ’80s underground bible ‘Our Band Could Be Your Life’ and a tribute to the bands that book chronicled.
Citing an ‘unforeseen illness,’ the Karl Wallinger-led World Party today canceled a string of upcoming concerts in New York City and at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas — but promised to ‘return this summer for a whole tour of the U.S.A.’