England’s Glastonbury festival will return this summer with sets by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pet Shop Boys, The Waterboys, Crowded House, Primal Scream and more.
The lineup for this summer’s Glastonbury festival was announced today, and it’s an utter monstrosity, with headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons joined by a seemingly endless list of bands, including Primal Scream, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg and more.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the Pixies’ landmark Surfer Rosa, which, if we’re to count Come On Pilgrim as an EP or “mini-LP,” was the band’s true debut album, featuring the instant classics “Bone Machine,” “Gigantic” and “Where Is My Mind?”
With little fanfare last month, the reunited original lineup of Big Audio Dynamite debuted its first new song in 21 years at a gig in Bournemouth, England — a mid-tempo rocker called ‘Rob Peter Pay Paul’ that the band reprised the next day during its performance at the mammoth Glastonbury festival.
Although they’d hinted they had something special up their sleeves for their debut slot at the venerable Glastonbury festival, U2 instead played what was mostly a truncated and rearranged version of their current 360° Tour set last night. See it here in HD.
Greeting the crowd with ‘Hello Glasto… fancy seeing me here,’ Morrissey took to the main stage at Glastonbury tonight to perform a 16-song set that mixed songs old and brand-new, with a generous heaping of classics from The Smiths thrown in.
What began as a modest U.K. tour this June by Morrissey continues to grow, with a new round of eight European concerts added to the itinerary in recent days — resulting in a trek that now stretches 25 dates and goes into August.
The lineup for the 2011 installment of the venerable Glastonbury Festival was unveiled today, and, in addition to expected headliner U2, the massive fest also will feature sets by Morrissey, Big Audio Dynamite, Primal Scream, Hothouse Flowers, Robyn Hitchcock, Suzanne Vega, Billy Bragg and Nick Lowe.
The Pet Shop Boys today revealed the tracklist for their upcoming 19-song best-of ‘Ultimate Pet Shop Boys’ — which also will be available as a special edition with a bonus DVD of vintage BBC live performances — and announced the set will close with a newly recorded single called ‘Together.’
On Nov. 1, the Pet Shop Boys will release a new best-of disc called ‘Ultimate Pet Shop Boys,’ billed as a ‘comprehensive greatest hits collection’ loaded with 19 singles appearing in chronological order, spanning 1984’s ‘West End Girls’ to ‘Love Etc.,’ the first single off the band’s 2009 album ‘Yes.’
U2’s huge 360° Tour roared back to life in Turin, Italy, tonight, with the band treating fans to a fresh instrumental intro and two new songs — ‘North Star’ and ‘Glastonbury’ — as well as resurrected ’90s cuts ‘Miss Sarajevo’ and ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.’
While U2 was knocked out of its first-ever Glastonbury headlining slot by Bono’s recent tour-scuttling back surgery, fans still got a taste of the Irish megaband tonight when The Edge joined Muse for an encore of the all-time classic ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’
Last week saw the release Turn Ons, the debut album from The Hot Rats, aka Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Brit pop-rockers Supergrass. We’d be remiss for not mentioning this album, since a.) Supergrass is a superb band, and, b.) the record features covers by the likes of Gang of Four, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Roxy Music and The Cure. In the case of that last act, check out the clip above to see the Hot Rats perform a fuzzed-out version of Robert Smith and Co.’s 1983 single “The Lovecats” at last year’s Glastonbury Festival. It’s the grooviest thing.