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11th September, 1971
The week's music news rounded up, including tributes to the legendary Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin TRIBUTES POUR IN
The world of music is in mourning this weekend, following the passing of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, on Thursday at the age of 76. Tributes have been pouring in from the great and good of the worlds of music and beyond.
Sir Elton John took to social media and said he “adored and worshipped” the singer, and “the loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music.”
Ashcroft will also be embarking on a short UK tour of intimate venues in October 2018.
Richard Ashcroft, the former frontman of Nineties rockers The Verve, has announced details of a new studio album out later this year, as well as a tour of intimate venues around the UK.
Natural Rebel, his fifth solo record, will be released on October 19th. Written entirely by him, it sees Ashcroft team up with producers Jon Kelly and Emre Ramazanoglu, who have previously worked with Sir Paul McCartney and Kate Bush respectively.
The new album arrives a little over two years after his last record, These People, was released in May 2016. His solo career launched in 2000 with a Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Alone With Everybody, two years after The Verve split up for the second time. He also launched an ill-fated new band in 2010, called RPA & The United Nations Of Sound.
Continue reading: Richard Ashcroft Announces New Solo Album 'Natural Rebel'
This summer he'll play with three special guests at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
Liam Gallagher has just announced the stellar line-up for his very special forthcoming Manchester show which has already sold out. He's currently performing headline shows and various festivals around Europe and the UK this summer, with dates set to wrap in late Autumn.
Following his appearance at RiZE Festival in Chelmsford on August 17th, the former Oasis frontman will be performing to a 50,000 strong crowd at the prestigious Lancashire County Cricket Club, and he'll have a number of special guests joining him for the ride.
Continue reading: Richard Ashcroft And More Supporting Liam Gallagher In Manchester
The former Oasis singer is said to finally be ready to go solo.
Liam Gallagher is said to be ready to make music again, nearly two years after his group Beady Eye disbanded. The frontman is reported to be heading to the studio to record his first solo music, after realising that an Oasis reunion with brother Noel is unlikely.
A source told The Sun: ‘The penny has finally dropped with Liam. He can’t make any money sitting on his backside and with four kids to pay for, a divorce and a lavish lifestyle to keep up, extra cash will be handy.’
Continue reading: Is Liam Gallagher Finally Ready To Make Music Again?
By Alex Lai in Music Reviews on 09 May 2016
As the frontman of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft was in one of the UK's biggest bands of the post-Britpop era. The Wigan outfit have a history of a fractious relationship and, having split after their fourth album, Ashcroft is now releasing his fifth record outside of the group. A handful of live dates include a slot on the Isle of Wight Festival bill.