The reunion of 2 Tone-era ska giants The Specials rolls into 2013 as the band this week announced a 10-date spring tour of the U.K. and even hinted it would fulfill its promise to return to America, tweeting this morning that “The Specials are discussing a possible two part TOUR OF THE USA in March and late August 2013.”
The Jesus and Mary Chain are no strangers to enlisting singing actresses for on-stage duets — Scarlett Johansson famously joined the band at Coachella to sing ‘Just Like Honey’ — and now they drafted ‘Mad Men’ star Jessica Paré to pitch in on ‘Sometimes Always’ and ‘Just Like Honey’ at two recent North American shows.
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.’
Only the tail end of the Buzzcocks’ first set at the newly expanded two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was featured on the event’s webcast, so the video offerings aren’t as great for the legendary punk act, but we have been able to round up four songs from the band’s 15-song set on Saturday.
James drew one of the daytime slots on Friday’s opening day of the newly expanded, two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and made the best of the daytime performance, even bringing a crowd of fans onstage for a joyous take on penultimate song ‘Laid.’
The first of weekend of the newly expanded Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival kicked off last night, and one of the most anticipated acts was Pulp. Their set, like many others’, was webcast last night, and now thanks to this capture of that livestream, you can watch the full 10-song, hour-long performance.
Squeeze opens a Coachella-centered U.S. tour this week, and will be bringing along a new piece of merchandise: a limited-edition, white-vinyl concert album called ‘Live at the Fillmore’ that was recorded at the historic San Francisco venue in August 2010. Stream one of the tracks here.
Like fellow Brits Squeeze, Pulp and James, ska-pop mainstays Madness will use their trip to California for next month’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to book some more U.S. shows — the band’s first in this country in five years — including dates in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
Although neither band has formally announced the tour yet, The B-52s and Squeeze will pair up this summer for a run of U.S. shows — and dates are beginning to emerge online, with at least six concerts announced in June and July at venues in California, Colorado, Iowa, New Jersey, Virginia and New York.
Squeeze will take advantage of their booking at the newly expanded two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to book a short run of California dates around the fest this April, plus at least one East Coast concert later in the month with contemporaries Dave Wakeling and The English Beat.
James have booked eight concerts across the western U.S. and Canada this April around the band’s dates at the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and announced the long-delayed ‘The Gathering Sound box’ set finally will arrive this spring.
Pulp’s trip across the pond to play the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this April brings added benefit to fans in New York City and San Francisco, as Jarvis Cocker and Co. this morning announced gigs in those cities — as well as a Spanish festival date — on the band’s website.
This week’s edition of The Week in Rock features headlines about Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore and Vince Clarke, The Cure, World Party, Peter Murphy, Morrissey, Bob Mould, fIREHOSE, IanMcCulloch, David Bowie, Grinderman, Jane’s Addiction and more.
The reunited fIREHOSE — the band formed by Mike Watt and George Hurley following the 1985 death of their Minutemen bandmate D. Boon — will precede its appearances at April’s two-weekend Coachella Festival with an 11-date club tour of the western U.S. — the trio’s first concerts since splitting in 1994.