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    Rock legends set to headline BST Hyde Park as they announce first album in three years 

    KINGS OF LEON are back to claim their title of rock royalty with a huge headline set at BST Hyde Park and a brand new album.The Sex On Fire rockers will perform at the festival in central London on Sunday June 30, six weeks after they drop record Can We Please Have Fun.
    Kings Of Leon will headline BST Hyde Park in June and drop a brand new albumCredit: Handout
    The massive show will add fuel to the fire of a performance at Glasto too, given they will be in the country on the weekend of the festival.
    Brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill, along with their cousin Matthew will be hoping the album is their seventh No1 after 2021’s When You See Yourself.
    And they’ve brought in the big guns to make it happen.
    They have teamed up with producer Kid Harpoon, Harry Styles’s right hand man in the studio as a solo artist.
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    He also produced a little song called Flowers for Miley Cyrus, which spent ten weeks at No1 last year, so he knows a thing or two about making a brilliant song.
    Caleb said: “It was the most enjoyable record I’ve ever been a part of.” Nathan continued: “It’s like we allowed ourselves to be musically vulnerable.
    “I love it when a rock band is not embarrassed to admit that every song doesn’t have to be on 11.”
    They have now been together for 25 years, and Caleb added: “When you have a band there’s a bond like no other and when you have family, you have a bond like no other.
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    “We have both of those things. I thought, ‘if we put all our energy toward something, who is gonna stop us — except us?’”
    The 12-track album will be out on May 10, while tickets for their show in Hyde Park, where they will be joined by special guest Paolo Nutini, will go on sale next Wednesday.
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    As well as their smash hit Sex On Fire, they helped soundtrack my coming of age with tunes like Use Somebody and Revelry.
    The new record is certainly more grown up, and the band admitted they have calmed down over the past decade or so.

    But it may take a few more years for frontman Caleb to get used to being back on stage playing to tens of thousands of fans.
    The singer, married to supermodel Lily Aldridge, previously said he couldn’t bear watching himself back, revealing he had begged her to turn off their videos when he caught her watching them.
    He said: “I was like, ‘Babe, you gotta turn this off!’ I was blushing so bad I felt like blood was seeping out of my face.”
    Caleb added: “I love the perks that come with being the frontman but I don’t love the pressure. I’m always happy to take the back seat.”
    That will be tricky when they headline BST, with insiders telling me they expect the show to be a sell-out.
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    Kings of Leon will play the festival alongside acts including Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Shania Twain and Andrea Bocelli.
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    Legendary rock band announce shock reunion five years after retirement and guitarist’s feud with frontman

    THEY’RE one of the founding fathers of thrash metal and have earned legendary status.But five years ago fans of Slayer thought they’d never get a chance to see the band live again after they announced their shock retirement.
    Slayer have announced two huge comeback showsCredit: Getty
    The legendary metal band ‘retired’ in November 2019Credit: Getty
    And the band looked firmly done and dusted just a matter of days ago when founder and guitarist Kerry King unveiled his new solo band and dropped his heavy first single Idle Hands.
    But overnight the metal greats announced two festival performances for later in the year at Chicago’s Riot Fest on September 22 and Louisville’s Louder Than Life on September 27.
    In a statement, frontman and bassist Tom Araya said: “Nothing compares to the 90 minutes when we’re on stage playing live, sharing that intense energy with our fans, and to be honest, we have missed that.” 
    King added: “Have I missed playing live? Absolutely. Slayer means a lot to our fans; they mean a lot to us. It will be five years since we have seen them.”
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    The announcement has been met with a mixed response with some rejoicing while others slammed them for ‘cashing in’ on their farewell.
    Fellow guitarist Gary Holt’s wife Lisa has had her say on the situation, writing on social media: “Yes, it’s true… and an exciting adventure for the band and fans!
    “To all the people saying ‘they are liars’ ‘they must have ran out of money’ ‘it’s not Slayer without so and so’… I have an idea for you all… DON’T GO… and for all the people who did go to the final tour dates and enjoyed it… awesome!!
    “This isn’t a ‘TOUR’ it’s some dates… and GREAT NEWS!!!
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    “And everyone that thinks they know all the inside info… you can’t possibly know. So just enjoy the fact that this amazing band will play some amazing shows this year… go or don’t… nobody cares!!!!!”
    The announcement is perhaps not completely surprising given that King told Rolling Stone recently that there was scope for one off shows.
    He said: “Will Slayer tour again? I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Could Slayer play a show again? I’m sure there’s a scenario.
    “Am I looking for it? No, I’m just getting ready to start my [solo] career. So if that happens, it happens. But I’m going to be doing this for the next 10 years at least.”
    However, he also said he hadn’t spoken to Araya since the retirement show and the only positive words he could muster about him were that he was glad he wasn’t dead.
    King and Araya founded the double Grammy winning band in 1981 along with the late Jeff Hanneman and former drummer Dave Lombardo.
    They are one of the big four of thrash alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. The groups famously toured together for the first time in 2010.
    Slayer have released 12 studio albums and have sold more than 20million records worldwide.
    Their best known songs include Raining Blood, Angel of Death and South of Heaven.
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    Huge nineties rock superstar ‘confirms he’s playing Glastonbury’ with message to fan

    LIAM Gallagher appeared to confirm that he’s playing at Glastonbury Festival this summer with a message to a fan.The Oasis ex-frontman, 51, hinted that he’ll be taking to the famous Pyramid Stage alongside former Stones Roses guitarist John Squire. 
    Liam Gallagher ‘confirmed’ that he’s playing at Glastonbury Festival this summerCredit: Getty
    Liam hinted that he’ll be performing alongside guitarist John SquireCredit: Getty
    Liam replied to a fan on his X platform which seemingly revealed the news.
    One fan asked if he will be at Glastonbury this year with John – and the Wonderwall singer delighted fans with his response.
    The follower asked: “Will we see you and Squire at Glastonbury this summer LG?”
    Liam simply replied: “Yeah,” in a response that sent fans wild.
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    It comes after The Sun revealed that Liam is set to face off against brother Noel as he joins supergroup fronted by music legend.
    After going head-to-head with their solo careers for the past decade, the pair are set for a chart battle as part of different supergroups.
    Liam had teamed up with Stone Roses veteran John for a new joint album.
    While Noel has something of his own in the pipeline with Happy Mondays legend Shaun Ryder.
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    The pair have created new song Domino Bones (Gets Dangerous), with the track slated to appear on the debut record by Shaun’s supergroup Mantra Of The Cosmos.
    It is due out around the same time as Liam and John’s record.
    Noel Gallagher fuels rumours Oasis are set to reunite with cryptic comment about brother Liam
    A source said: “Noel and Liam have always been competitive in their music careers and have both dealt each other some comedy jibes about their solo work.
    “That rivalry is now branching out into a battle of the supergroups.
    “Liam and John’s first single, Just Another Rainbow, is out tomorrow, with the album expected to drop over the summer. 

    “It’ll be the same time Mantra Of The Cosmos will be releasing theirs, and Dynamo Bones will be on the album. Noel and Shaun have talked about working together for some time and they’ve now formally registered the track. 
    “Shaun and Noel wrote the song together and Zak Starkey produced and arranged it.
    “Noel is in good company in the band because it also features Andy Bell and Zak, as well as Shaun’s Happy Mondays bandmate Bez.” 
    If Liam is performing at Glastonbury this year, then he’d be in good company after singing sensation Cher dropped a huge hint she could be playing the Legends slot.
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    While Piano Man vocalist Billy Joel has also been tipped to be playing at the festival.
    Liam and brother Noel have gone head-to-head with their solo careers for over a decadeCredit: Getty
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    Rod Stewart & Jools Holland reveal main thing they have in common as they release album – and it’s not to do with music

    IN a fifth-floor room at the rear of Warner Music’s London HQ, two familiar figures are standing by a window, peering down at the urban landscape below.They are focusing on a small overground section of the District Line just before it disappears from view at High Street Kensington Station.
    Jools Holland first bonded with Rod Stewart over their love of model railwaysCredit: Sarah Jeynes
    ‘Rock n railers’ Jools and Rod at St Pancras station in LondonCredit: Sarah Jeynes
    The hobbyists survey Jools’s railway layoutCredit: Instagram
    “I bet we’re the only two people in the music business stood . . . ” begins one.
    “ . . . studying the trackwork,” says the other, finishing the sentence before both break into laughter.
    The first of these like-minded souls to speak is Sir Rod Stewart, singing legend, national treasure AND model railway enthusiast.
    The second is Jools Holland, piano maestro, big band leader, host of Later . . .  since 1992 AND model railway enthusiast.
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    “Half of my layout is post-war Britain,” reports Jools as they greet me.
    “We were enjoying the view out of the window because the Underground is down there — we could do a bit of research.”
    Both musicians have enjoyed long and illustrious careers, both have a huge passion for Swing music — the forerunner of rock ’n’ roll and all the rage in the 1930s and ’40s — and both, as you have gathered, have the same hobby.
    But it’s taken until now for Rod, 79, and Jools, 66, to join forces and make an album together.
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    This week sees the release of Swing Fever, an effervescent collection of jazz standards such as Oh Marie, Sentimental Journey, Pennies From Heaven, and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
    It serves as an affectionate tribute to the big band era but expressed in the pair’s inimitable, unvarnished style — Rod’s intuitive, ever-expressive rasp backed by the dexterous Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
    Rod Stewart dons denim jacket covered in Scotland badges as he boards private jet with wife Penny,
    “We’re made for each other — and that’s not even counting our love of model trains!” exclaims Rod.
    When I tell them they’ve created a joyful, upbeat sound, Jools nods in agreement as his new buddy affirms: “We need some joy nowadays.”
    We’re meeting at their record label to discuss their album but, of course, I’m all aboard to hear about the hobby that has cemented their bromance.
    Today, the ever-dapper Rod is wearing a cream jacket and matching shirt with a big scarf, his trademark array of blond spikes present and correct, while Jools has chosen darker, more understated attire.
    It’s obvious they get on like a house on fire and have formed a mutual appreciation society, each riffing off the other’s enthusiasm for their shared passions.
    But it’s strange to think that Rod and Jools have seldom crossed paths in the past, although the latter recalls a fleeting moment.
    “I did meet Rod briefly at some reception and I said, ‘I’ve got a layout’.
    “He looked at me rather suspiciously, asked a few probing questions before realising I was legitimate.
    “Then he said, ‘I’ve got a bit of advice for you. Get yourself a big room to put it in. The bigger the room, the more pleasure and happiness it will give you’.
    “And do you know what?” adds Jools as he considers the 100ft attic space he now uses for his European-themed layout, “It was the best advice I’ve ever, ever been given.”
    If half his model train tracks run through post-war British scenes, the rest visit Germany, Holland, Belgium and France.
    “I’ve got the Berlin Wall and a Stasi building,” he affirms.
    As for Rod, in-demand superstar, father of eight children, loving husband to Penny Lancaster, a few hours spent crafting a miniature American skyscraper or laying a new section of track to adorn his layout can be his greatest stress buster.
    He says: “When I’m having the worst day ever, when things are not going as they should, I go into my workshop and the whole world can p**s off.
    When I told Rod I had a train layout, he looked at me suspiciously, asked probing questions and realised I was legitimateJools Holland
    “I walk in and I’m thinking, ‘I’m really happy to be doing this’.”
    He turns to face Jools and says: “I know you feel that way too.”
    I suggest that their pastime makes a refreshing alternative to the usual rock star vices, drink, drugs and womanising.
    “You can’t do any of that when you’re building a model railway!” cries Rod, whose vast layout is based on Chicago and New York in the Jazz Age.
    “It’s a meditation.”
    He says his passion extends way beyond the confines of the big prefab building in his grounds that houses his layout.
    “It’s 24 hours,” he admits. “I’ll be driving around in America and I’ll say, ‘Stop!’, especially in Chicago.
    “If I see an old building I haven’t seen before, I’ll take a picture.”
    The Windy City is the home of blues and jazz and its mention brings our attention back to Swing Fever.
    So, why has it taken so long for this seemingly obvious music partnership to happen? I venture.
    “I think it’s because we’re both shy,” jokes Rod, taking charge of a Grande Starbucks coffee and explaining all.
    “I’d started making an album of swing music but it wasn’t turning out very successfully.
    “It wasn’t how I wanted it to sound.”
    Rod’s initial efforts were in the vein of cool and collected Ol’ Blue Eyes — “not to put Sinatra down, because he’s the greatest” — but he was searching for something altogether wilder.
    Jools chips in: “I’d say you wanted that old music rooted in dance and blues which makes you swing.”
    So just before Christmas a few years ago, Rod picked up the phone and called Jools.
    “In the past, I wouldn’t have made that call, I’d have let someone else do it,” he says.
    Rod with his beloved railway in 2016
    The pair pose at a surprise gig at St Pancras to celebrate the launch of Swing FeverCredit: Getty
    Jools said: ‘When I told Rod I had a train layout, he looked at me suspiciously, asked probing questions and realised I was legitimate’Credit: Jonas Mohr
    “But because I haven’t got a manager — and I don’t want a manager now — I like to do it all myself.”
    With an intrigued Jools on the other end of the line, Rod invited him to join forces for a swing album.
    “Then we started talking about trains, which really united us,” he adds.
    Jools well remembers the call: “When Rod asked if I wanted to make a record, I had to think carefully — for about 0.2 of a second.
    “He’s been singing songs all his life.
    “Whatever he sings, he illuminates, he brings it to life.
    “That’s the gift of one of the greatest singers in the world.
    “The only other person who could do all the things he does would have been Ray Charles.” (The late, great blind singer/pianist remembered for I Can’t Stop Loving You and Unchain My Heart).
    When the pair met up after that Christmas, first at Rod’s Essex mansion and then at Jools’s Helicon Mountain studio in South East London, they realised that their ideas around swing music aligned.
    Jools says: “The way I want my band to sound happily coincided with exactly what Rod was after.
    “When he said, ‘I like it a bit rough around the edges rather than too slick’, I said, ‘You’ve come to the right bloke!’
    “If I suggested a ballad, he’d say, ‘No, I want it all to be up and lively, to sound like it’s live in the room, like the old records. Not too perfect’.”
    It’s fair to say THAT voice is in fantastic shape on Swing Fever, which begins with the lengthy, fast-paced showtune Lullaby Of Broadway.
    Rod says: “I wouldn’t say swing is easy to sing but it’s easier than singing pop hits every night and, to be honest, it’s a lot more enjoyable.
    “The phrasing tests you as a vocalist.”
    Hearing him though, the delivery seems effortless.
    “Thank the Lord, it still comes so naturally to me,” he says.
    “It’s wonderful. I’m lucky.
    “I can’t imagine anybody else in my department — won’t name any names — singing these songs with such conviction.”
    Crucially for this type of music, Rod is a master of singing behind the beat.
    Swing isn’t easy to sing but it’s easier than singing pop hits every night and, to be honest, it’s a lot more enjoyableRod Stewart
    “I’m always pointing this out to Penny: ‘You don’t sing on the beat. Delay it!’ but she doesn’t quite understand.
    “I can delay the phrasing like Billie Holiday or any of the great singers, for as long as I want.”
    In another reference to his family, he adds: “My daughter Renee (the elder of his two children with Rachel Hunter) bought me a beautiful book for my birthday (on January 10) called The Art Of Jazz.
    “She wrote to me and said, ‘Dad, now you’re a jazz singer, I thought you’d appreciate this — Happy Birthday!’”
    Rod has been hugely impressed with the musicians Jools has assembled for his Rhythm And Blues Orchestra, making the sessions a real pleasure.
    “I was totally knocked out by them,” he enthuses.
    “I have to tell you, Jools — I keep saying this — you have the best bass player (Dave Swift) and the best drummer (Gilson Lavis). They make you tap your feet.”
    As it stands, despite a couple of small album launch shows, there are no plans to take Swing Fever on the road. Rod and Jools have other live commitments already planned.
    “I go one year at a time and we’re busy this year,” says Rod.
    As leader of an 18-piece ensemble, Jools says: “The truth is that it’s a very expensive thing to take out on tour.
    “But if the record’s a great success, who knows? One thing for sure is we just love what we’re doing.”
    And finally, Rod again: “In the meantime, I’m doing a show with Billy Joel.
    “Co-headlining in a bloody great big football stadium in America.”
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    For now, it’s full steam ahead for new mates Rod or Jools with neither hitting the buffers any time soon.

    Rod with Jools perform for BBC Radio 2’s Piano Room today in Vernon Kay’s show (9.30am-12noon).
    Available afterwards on BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.

    Rod said: ‘Swing isn’t easy to sing but it’s easier than singing pop hits every night and, to be honest, it’s a lot more enjoyable’Credit: Sarah Jeynes More

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    US rock band announce comeback four years after lead singer’s tragic death

    US rock band Power Trip has announced its huge comeback four years after lead singer Riley Gale’s death.They’re due to perform in California with tickets going on sale Friday, February 23 at 7pm GMT.
    Rock band Power Trip are returning to the stage after four years away following their lead singer’s deathCredit: Getty
    Lead singer Riley Gale pictured in 2017, died in 2020Credit: Getty
    Misfits, Iggy Pop, Sublime and The Damned and others will join them on teh line-up at the new Goldenvoice Punk festival No Values on June 8.
    Power Trip’s surviving members announced their return to the live stage on social media.
    Singer Blake Ibanez, guitarist Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and dummer Chris Ulsh said in a statement: “Nearly four years ago to the day, unbeknownst to us, we would perform for the last time as POWER TRIP.
    “It has been a difficult road since then, marked by deep pain, grief, and everything else that came with losing our brother Riley.
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    “We know this can’t be undone, and it will always remain part of us.
    “We have thought deeply about the future of POWER TRIP and what always comes back to us is that this band was founded on resilience, perseverance, and most importantly: a love for the music and for all of the people it has brought us closer to along the way.
    “We’ll never have the words to convey our appreciation of the enduring support we’ve received over the years, and we feel as though the time is right to get back on stage for all of you who’ve been there throughout our existence as a band.
    “With that, we are excited to announce a round of upcoming 2024 performances starting with @novaluesfestival on June 8th in SoCal.
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    “Joining us will be our long-time close friend/collaborator, and singer of @fugitive_tx / @skourge713 — Seth Gilmore — who will be handling vocals for these upcoming shows.”
    They ended their words writing: “Stay tuned, more info on the way… Riley Gale Forever. POWER TRIP Forever. See you in the pit.”
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    Gale, who fronted the Texas thrash metal band, died from the toxic effects of fentanyl in 2020.
    He was 34 years old and had fronted the band for more than a decade.
    The band got its start in Dallas, Texas and released two albums, Manifest Decimation in 2013 and Nightmare Logic in 2017.
    The band also released a compilation of early tracks and two live albums.
    Sublime will be performing shortly after announcing a line-up change.
    They revealed they will be performing with Bradley Nowel’s son as Rome Ramirez steps down later this year.
    The band initially split in 1996 after Nowell tragically died of a heroin overdose.
    They then reformed with a new lead singer, Ramirez but had to change their name to Sublime with Rome as Nowell’s estate had the rights to the original name.
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    In late December, Ramirez confirmed he had left the band – and in a surprising twist, Nowell’s son Jakob, has taken his dad’s original place.
    Ramirez will leave after the band’s 2024 tour dates.
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    The Beatles to release FOUR separate biopics about each member by Oscar winning director

    AFTER a record-breaking return to the top of the charts with Now And Then, The Beatles are now hoping to break the box office.The Fab Four are teaming up with director Sam Mendes for a series of huge feature length films.
    Each one of The Beatles is set to have their own film with the same directorCredit: Getty
    Sam Mendes will direct the four biopics, expected in 2027Credit: Getty
    It is a massive move, as the band have never given their full support for a scripted film about their lives.
    It comes after the “last ever” Beatles song Now And Then was released in November last year, reaching No1.
    Sam, who is behind huge movies including James Bond film Skyfall and American Beauty, will direct four separate films telling the stories of Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison.
    As well as telling their individual stories, the films will reveal how each member of the group coped with their phenomenal rise and the aftermath of their split in April 1970.
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    Insiders said Paul and Ringo had both given the nod for their stories to be told, while the families of the late legends John and George have also agreed.
    All four films are slated for release in 2027, giving Sam three years to complete the projects.
    A source said: “Sam has a mammoth task on his hands but Paul and Ringo trust him to do them justice.
    “The films will all be inter- connecting and will tell the story of the band from each of the group’s perspectives.
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    “All people can talk about now is who will be cast to play the Fab Four.
    “It’s likely Sam will find four British rising stars to step into their shoes but people are already talking about actors like Barry Keoghan and Will Sharpe.”
    Sam said of the project: “I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies.”
    Producer Pippa Harris added: “We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: Four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time.
    “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”
    There’s no denying their music is just as popular now as it was when the world was gripped by Beatlemania.
    And given the insane popularity of music biopics in recent years, including Sir Elton John’s Rocketman movie and Austin Butler’s Oscar nominated performance as Elvis Presley in the film about his life, I think there is more than an appetite for it.”
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    Legendary seventies band announce member is quitting to focus on their own group

    A LEGENDARY band from the seventies has announced one of their musicians is quitting to focus on a different venture.Progressive rock act Jethro Tull will be replacing guitarist Joe Parrish as he sets his sights on his own band, Albion.
    Jethro Tull (Joe Parrish second right)Credit: Handout
    The band back in their heyday in 1972Credit: Getty – Contributor
    The 29-year-old has been playing for the group since 2020, which founding member Ian Anderson wryly pointed out coincided with the start of Covid.
    Jack Clark is set to take his place, after playing a variety of positions in the band previously, including bass and keyboard.
    The announcement was made on social media, where the 70s band members wrote: “Sadly, at the end of February, we must bid farewell to guitarist Joe Parrish James who joined the band in 2020, just in time for Covid!
    “Now, four years later, Joe has decided to leave to concentrate on his own recording and producing work and to further the development of his folk-rock band Albion UK.
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    “All of us in the band and crew wish Joe all the best and thank him for his hard work and creativity on stage as well as on the last two Tull albums in 2022 and 2023.
    “His place will be taken from March onwards by Jack Clark who has performed on bass guitar during some tours with the band in the last two years as well as currently playing second guitar, covering the keyboard parts while John O’Hara is temporarily unavailable.”
    Jethro Tull was a trailblazing prog rock band during the time of Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Genesis.
    The remaining musicians have a busy year ahead of them as they plan a tour through Europe and South America this April.
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    Nineties indie band reunite for first new album in FOUR years – after ‘painful’ break up and legal battle

    INDIE 90s band Ride have confirmed they’re back in action and ready to release their seventh album – 36 years since they first formed. The on/off ‘shoegaze’ band first formed in 1988 but split in 1996, before reuniting in 2015 and starting things afresh. 
    Ride created a cult following in the early 90sCredit: Getty
    Ride was nearly torn apart forever over legal issuesCredit: Getty
    During their height, they celebrated album success with songs including Leave Them All Behind, and their albums Nowhere and Carnival of Light. 
    By the time the band split they’d cemented themselves as pioneers of British music thanks to their alternative rock sound. 
    Now, they’re ready to release their new album, Interplay, and put their troubled past behind them. 
    Speaking to The New Cue, co-vocalists and guitarists Mark Gardener and Andy Bell spoke about what they believe is ‘their best record in years’ after personal and professional legal troubles. 
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    “I felt that we’d achieved something really great, certain tracks for me really surpassed stuff we’ve done before,” Gardener explained.  
    “Certain tracks were also a kind of therapy, a liberation from a dark period that preceded it, i.e the lockdown and also we were going through a whole horrible, ugly litigation thing with an old manager.” 
    “It was definitely a triumph over a lot of adversity that had gone down,” he added. “I think it could have almost threatened to end the band as well but we stuck at it, it wasn’t always easy at times but we came through and it came good.” 
    The pair admitted the band ‘imploded’ following a string of artistic differences between them back in 96.
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    Bell would later join Oasis as their bassist, while the rest of the group – completed by drummer Laurence “Loz” Colbert and bassist Steve Queralt – would go on to their own personal projects.
    However, after being reconnected in the early 2000s, the seeds were set for them to eventually reunite.
    When asked what the record says about the state of the band in 2024, Bell declared: “It says survival, it’s a survivor’s record. It shows the drive we have to keep going.
    “Sometimes it’s not so much about pushing musical boundaries, it’s more just making a record. That was the victory.”
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    Ride will be releasing new music later this yearCredit: Redferns
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