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by Unknown // Friday, September 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

 

Motorhead star Lemmy has launched his own brand of wine.

The 65-year-old rocker - who is joined in the band by Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee - has created a bottle of Australian Shiraz wine which features flavors of vanilla, blackberries, plums and licorice.

However, he has warned fans, who will pay $14.40 a bottle, to be wary of drinking too much.

He said: "Wine is deceptive. Anything can happen."

It is recommended the red wine be drunk with lamb chops seasoned with garlic.

Ewen Cameron from Great Wine Online - which is selling the alcohol in the UK - adds it is the perfect accompaniment to most dishes.

He said: "Just like Lemmy, it can survive just about anything."

The bottle has already sold 120,000 units since its release in Sweden last year.

Motorhead are not the only rockers to have unveiled a wine recently, Australian rock band AC/DC have a collection of red and white vintages.

Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group - which sells the wine in Australia - said: "We wanted to make sure that AC/DC's home fan base could have easy access to their rock icons' wines."

 

by Unknown // Thursday, September 29, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Radiohead paid tribute to R.E.M. in New York last night.

The 'Reckoner' group's frontman, Thom Yorke, played the first verse of 'The One I Love' by the US indie group - who announced their split last week - partway through their first set in the US for a number of years.

The show was also only the band's second full live show since releasing eighth album, 'The King of Limbs,' in February, the other show being a secret performance at Glastonbury Festival in England in June.

The band's set, at the Roseland Ballroom, leaned heavily on material from their latest album, opening with 'Bloom,' followed by 'Little by Little,' then unreleased track 'Staircase.'

The band later played 'Subterranean Homesick Alien,' a surprise track from their 1997 album 'OK Computer,' 'Everything in its Right Place' from their experimental 'Kid A' record and obscure album track 'Myxomatosis' from 'Hail to the Thief.'

During the set Thom also made political comment, beginning the track 'Bodysnatchers' by seemingly referring to recent police violence toward protestors on Wall Street, saying: "Did you see the film 'Inside Job'? They're still here. Still working a few blocks from here."

The band finished their main set with an extended version of 'Reckoner', before returning to the stage twice for encores, playing ' Give Up The Ghost,' 'The National Anthem' and ' Morning Mr. Magpie' in the first and 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' and 'Nude' in the second.

 

Radiohead set list, Roseland Ballroom, New York 28.09.11:

'Bloom'

'Little By Little'

'Staircase'

'Weird Fishes/Arpeggi'

'Feral'

'Subterranean Homesick Alien'

'All I Need'

'The One I Love'/'Everything In Its Right Place'

'Lotus Flower'

'15 Step'

'Myxomatosis'

'Codex'

'Bodysnatchers'

'Reckoner'

'Give Up the Ghost'

'The National Anthem'

'Morning Mr Magpie'

'Street Spirit (Fade Out)'

'Nude'

by Unknown // Wednesday, September 28, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Smashing Pumpkins are recording their first album since 2007.

The grunge band - whose only remaining original member is singer and guitarist Billy Corgan - have been releasing single tracks through the internet as part of a planned 44 song project, 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope', but before even getting halfway, they have re-evaluated and decided to record an album in the standard way.

Billy told Billboard: "I reached a point where I saw that the one-song-at-a-time idea had maxed itself out. I just saw we weren't getting the penetration in to everybody that I would have hoped. It's very mercurial.

"I just saw that we weren't reaching the sort of casual person who still gets their information from traditional sources. So I thought, 'What do I need to do?' and then I thought, 'OK, I'll go back to making an album.'"

The resulting album will be called 'Oceania,' which Billy says will be comprised of tracks he has largely written this year, and is hoping to have released by November.

He also hopes the album will put the 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' project into perspective.

He added: "We feel pretty confident this is going to help make the progression of 'Teargarden' make sense to people.

"I think if 'Oceania' basically hits the same wall a lot of the other stuff has hit, we're going to have to step back and really evaluate where we're going. It's a tremendous amount of energy to put out to just feel like you're throwing a pebble in the ocean."

by Unknown // Tuesday, September 27, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

R.E.M. will release three final tracks.

The band announced they were splitting up after 31 years together last week, but will release the last tracks they recorded together alongside a greatest hits package.

The songs, 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong,' 'A Month Of Saturdays' and 'Hallelujah' were recorded in the band's hometown, Athens, Georgia, with producer Jacknife Lee.

They will feature on the new compilation 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011', their first Best Of to span the band's entire career.

Upon announcing their split, the band - bass player Mike Mills, singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck - each wrote their feelings on the decision to call it a day.

Michael said: "A wise man once said - 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it (sic)."

Mike later confirmed the band's split is final and he does not think he will ever share a stage with his former bandmates again.

He said: "'There is sadness because I will never play on the same stage as Peter and Michael again. We're doing this for good reasons, and we end up looking back at all the fun, the joy and the incredible opportunities we had."