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    Huge US rock band forced to give out ‘free wristbands’ to fill empty arena after poor ticket sales

    Karl Stefanovic strips off for exclusive chat with Jared LetoA HUGE US rock band was forced to give out free wristbands to fill an empty arena after poor ticket sales.The Walk On Water hitmakers had parts of the arena closed off due to a lack of concertgoers.Thirty Seconds To Mars gave out free wristbands to fill an empty arena after poor ticket salesCredit: RexParts of the arena were closed off due to a lack of concertgoersCredit: X/Milo_AFCThirty Seconds to Mars is an American rock band formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto.Some of their popular songs are The Kill, Kings and Queens, and Closer to the Edge.Their recent concert at the 02 Arena was described as “the quietest” it had ever been.One user wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “There was a 30 Seconds to Mars gig next to where I work and it’s the quietest I’ve ever seen the O2 ever.”More on Jared LetoAnother added: “30 seconds to mars literally offered everyone from their Nottingham gig a free ticket for London and still didn’t even fill half of it.”One user sharing a snap showcasing the emptiness of the arena wrote: “This was standing, they closed off the entire top venue too.”The general admission area had quite a few fans, but the large golden circle at the front was less than a third full, and the top tier was closed.Arena staff and Jared himself urged fans to collect wristbands to move closer to the front.Most read in ShowbizEarlier this year, Thirty Seconds To Mars were forced to cancel their Scottish show.They were due to play at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow on April 16 but the band announced they were having to reschedule the European dates of their Seasons World tour.In an Instagram post, they said: “Due to the actor’s strike and subsequent changes to Jared’s filming schedule, some of the EU/UK dates of our Seasons World Tour have been rescheduled.”We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”We can’t wait to see you all on the road very soon.”This tour is a celebration of our family of friends and fans around the world – whether you discovered us in 2000s dorm rooms, 2010s emo nights or on TikTok today – we plan on honouring that by dipping deep into our past and playing songs we haven’t played in many many years and from all the different SEASONS OF MARS!”All EU/UK tickets purchased will be honoured.”Thank you for your understanding, we will see you on the road.”Thirty Seconds to Mars, formed by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto, is an American rock bandCredit: GettyTheir popular songs include The Kill, Kings and Queens, and Closer to the EdgeCredit: The Mega AgencyTheir recent concert at the O2 Arena was noted as the quietest it had ever beenCredit: The Mega Agency More

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    Noughties rock band announce UK comeback tour 12 years after huge hit and bassist’s romance with Little Mix star

    THEY are the sound of the noughties and now The Struts are back on the road with a high-profile tour of Europe and the US.The Grand Union Tour will see the Derby quartet playing a series of gigs, supported by the alternative rocker, Barns Courtney.The Glam rock band burst onto the scene in 2012 and quickly built a followingCredit: AlamyBassist Jed Elliot was in a 3 year relationship with Jade Thirwall from Little MixCredit: GettyKicking off the US leg of the tour in July and August, the UK dates begin in September at the 02 Academy in Leeds, finishing off with a show at the flagship music venue London’s Roundhouse in October.After that, the musicians head to Europe for eleven shows, in cities including Belgium, Cologne and Warsaw, finishing in Milan.Speaking about their big comeback, the band’s frontman, Luke Spiller said: “We are really looking forward to getting back out and bringing out best show to date alongside our long term friend ad partner in rock, Barns Courtney. It truly is going to be the hottest ticket in town.”Since releasing the catchy first single I Just Know in 2012, the rockers have built a large following and were transferred from their indie label to Future Records.read more aboutJust two years later in 2014, they performed for 80,000 people as the opener for The Rolling Stones in Paris.That summer, they also did a 24-date tour, which included a gig at the Isle of Wight Festival. Spiller wore clothing designed for him by fashion guru Dame Zandra Rhodes , who formerly dressed Freddie Mercury.The production process behind Rhodes’ costume for Spiller was later featured on the BBC documentary Oh You Pretty Things: The Story of Music and Fashion.Indeed during the height of their fame, bassist Jed Elliot became romantically involved with Little Mix star Jade Thirwall. Most read in MusicThe pair dated for three years before splitting in 2019 due to the a clash of schedules at the time. A source said: “Jade and Jed have decided to end the relationship. There is honestly no big drama, it has just sadly run its course. They spent so much time apart as Jed is on tour constantly in the USA with his band The Struts.”The band are back with a major tour of the US and Europe from JulyCredit: AlamyThe Struts are one of the biggest bands to break through and maintain consistent successCredit: Alamy More

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    Legendary rock band tease final UK tour dates during farewell festival show at Download

    ROCKERS Sum 41 teased a farewell UK tour during their appearance at Download Festival at the weekend.The Canadian outfit, fronted by Deryck Whibley, tore it up at Donington Park, Leics, for their final ever UK festival appearance.Sum 41 could be back for a final UK tour soonCredit: Jonathan WeinerThe group announced they were splitting up in a statement last yearCredit: GettyBut fans may well get another chance to see them before they head off into the sunset after 28 years together.When a supporter, who wasn’t at Download, asked if there was any mention of a UK tour on Instagram, a gig-goer replied: “They said there would be an announcement soon.”The band’s 12-song greatest hits set featured the likes of Motivation, Fat Lip, In Too Deep, a cover of We Will Rock You, and new track Landmines from their epic double album Heaven :x: Hell.The huge LP perfectly encapsulates everything that Sum 41 are – from insanely catchy pop punk, to edgier fast-paced metal riffs.READ MORE ON DOWNLOAD FESTIVALThe band formed in 1996 and were signed by Island Records in 1999, releasing their debut EP Half Hour of Power the following year.However, it wasn’t until 2001 that they cracked the mainstream with All Killer, No Filler which featured in teen comedy classic American Pie.It was followed by Does This Look Infected?, Chuck, Under Class Hero and Screaming Bloody Murder.Whibley then retreated from the limelight as he fought life-threatening alcohol addiction which left the band’s future looking bleak.Most read in MusicHe was lucky to survive kidney and liver failure in 2014 and spent a month in intensive care.Staying alive was just part of the battle, he had to relearn how to walk and then become a sober musician. Sum 41 sing hit ‘Still Waiting’He told People: “I had so much nerve damage in my feet, and that was one of the hardest things. “While I was in the hospital for four weeks, I was just in a bed and I couldn’t move, and I had retained so much bile and poison from all the drinking that my feet had swollen up. I had edema, and it just caused all this nerve damage. “My feet were in so much pain that it felt like I was walking on broken glass or hot coals all the time. So I couldn’t stand on my feet for more than 30 seconds without having to get off. It felt like I was standing hot coals.” He bounced back with the album 13 Voices in 2016 and the band have released a further two albums since.The current line-up features Whibley, Jason McCaslin, Tom Thacker, Frank Zummo, and Dave Baksh.Last year Sum 41 announced they would be bringing the group to an end after nearly three decades.Dave Baksh, Deryck Whibley, and Jason McCaslin of the band Sum 41Credit: GettyA statement read: “Being in Sum 41 since 1996 brought us some of the best moments in our lives.”We are forever grateful to our fans both old and new, who have supported us in any way.”It is hard to articulate the love and respect we have for all of you and we wanted you to hear this from us first.”It continued: “Sum 41 will be disbanding. We will still be finishing all of our current upcoming tour dates this year, and we’re looking forward to releasing our final album ‘Heaven :x: Hell…READ MORE SUN STORIES”For now, we look forward to seeing all of you skumf**s on the road and are excited for what the future will bring for each of us,”Thank you for the last 27 years of Sum 41.” More

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    Lewis Capaldi raises hopes of music comeback as he is pictured a year after announcing hiatus

    IT has been almost a year since Lewis Capaldi announced an indefinite hiatus from music to focus on his mental health.But in news that will bring fresh hope to fans of the Scottish singer, I can reveal he has returned to the studio.Lewis Capaldi is back in the studio nearly a year after he announced an indefinite hiatus from music to focus on his mental healthCredit: SuppliedLewis’ break came after an emotional set at GlastonburyCredit: GettyThe Someone You Loved chart-topper spent time in his home studio with British singer-songwriter Dan D’Lion last week, suggesting he is making tentative steps back into the industry.My photo shows the pair there, with Lewis strumming on an acoustic guitar.A source said: “Lewis is doing really well, so much has changed in the past year.“He has been looking after himself and getting lots of help and there’s been a sea change in how he’s feeling.read more on Lewis Capaldi “There are no plans to return anytime soon but it’s promising that he is back jamming with his mates and thinking about music. “It looked touch and go whether he would want to, or be able, to return at one point.“So things are really looking up.”Lewis announced he would be taking time “getting my mental and physical health in order” after an emotional set at Glastonbury last June, where he struggled to sing his songs and became frustrated, saying he was “annoyed with myself”.Most read in BizarreIt came just months after his massively successful second album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent hit the top spot in the charts. It featured the No1 singles Forget Me, Pointless and Wish You The Best.Lewis Capaldi’s foul moutrhed duet with Niall HoranSince then he has barely been seen. But he did address fans on Instagram on New Year’s Eve, when he said he was making a “marked improvement” and announced a deluxe version of his record. He wrote: “I want to make absolutely sure I’m 100 per cent before getting back out there again properly for more shows and doing what I love more than anything.”I am constantly in awe of how Lewis has navigated the music biz with his mental health issues.He is doing the best thing in taking time out to look after himself.Plenty of artists burn out quickly and I hope Lewis will make sure he’s on top form to continue making music for years to come. More

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    Watch as Claire Richards tells Chris Evans that Steps were ‘bigger than the Beatles’ in the nineties

    CLAIRE Richards has declared Steps was “bigger than The Beatles” during their nineties heyday. The iconic pop singer, who starred the band alongside Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Lee Latchford-Evans, joined Chris Evans today on his Virgin Radio Show. Claire Richards appeared on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio Breakfast ShowCredit: Virgin RadioThe band became huge stars in the late 90sCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdThe Beatles have been praised for being one of the biggest music acts of all timeCredit: GettyArriving into the studio to cheers from the team, Claire spoke about her upcoming Everybody Dance solo tour, and reflected on life with the band, that has been going past 27 years. “5,6,7,8 it hovered around between 10 and 20 for weeks and weeks, 14 was the highest it got in the charts. It was the biggest selling single of that week not to make the top 10,” she explained. “I’d say it was One For Sorrow when people started to take [for us].”Admitting the band really took off after the release of their second album, Steptacular, Claire said they became even bigger in Japan and Australia. READ MORE MUSIC”Pete Waterman used to say we were like The Beatles in Belgium, we kept Celine Dion off number one!” she said. The comment is ironically similar to something John Lennon once said about The Beatles, getting in trouble for declaring them “more popular than Jesus”. Lennon made the comment within the context of discussing the longevity and importance of religion in popular culture, but still risked the wrath of anti-Christian groups. Elsewhere in the chat, Claire told Chris the group were now on a rest.Most read in MusicThis comes after a whirlwind five years including number one albums and world tours. However, a musical based on their songs is set for release at the end of the year. Claire Richards breaks down in tears after ‘wiping the floor’ with Beat The Chasers stars in nail-biting scenesClaire teased info about the project, saying it wasn’t about the band but about “four friends who go on a summer of love”. She also joked it was “very British” and will feature all of their greatest hits. In the meantime, Claire will be heading on tour alone, performing hits from the sixties through to today in her Everybody Dance tour. Steps reunited five years ago and are now releasing a musicalCredit: RexThe Beatles split in 1970 after 10 years as a groupCredit: GettyClaire is now touring the UK with her Everybody Dance tourCredit: Getty More

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    Nineties dance legend, 62, has barely aged in 33 years since smash hit single and selling millions of records

    IT has been more than thirty years since her smash hit single, Gypsy Woman stormed the charts, but US singer Crystal Waters has hardly aged a day.The 62-year-old who has sold more than 7 million records worldwide, still has the smooth complexion and wrinkle free skin of a woman half her age.Crystal is one of the world’s leading musicians of house style musicCredit: GettyThe singer came to fame with her hit single about homelessness, Gypsy WomanCredit: GettyThe house music queen still appears to be very much in demand as a performer, offering die-hard fans that unforgettable vibe of 90s nostalgia.Born in New Jersey, Crystal came from a musical background, her father was the jazz musician Junior Waters and her great aunt, Ethel Waters was one of the first black singers to appear in a Hollywood film.After studying computer science at Howard University, she began making music and signed a contract with Mercury Records in 1989.Her single Makin Happy shot to Number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.  In 1994 she released her album, Storyteller with her hit single,100 per cent Pure Love which hit number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs. Meanwhile her hit song Gypsy Woman was on the charts for 16 weeks.read more aboutIn 2007 her album, Destination Calabria with Alex Gaudino had several hits in the Billboard top 100. In 2026 Billboard magazine ranked her as one of the most successful dance artists of all time.Her accolades include three American Music Awards and an MTV music video nomination, four Billboard Music Award nominations and twelve number 1 Billboard dance chat hits.Gypsy Woman has been sampled hundreds of time and has old millions of records worldwide.Most read in MusicThe singer regularly performs at music function in the USCredit: GettyCrystal has often been dubbed the queen of house musicCredit: Getty More

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    Legendary pop star announces huge tour is coming to the UK – and tickets go on sale this week

    THIS iconic musician has been performing across the world for six decades – and shows no sign of slowing down.As their 2024 world tour continues, they have now added four UK dates as they round off the year on home turf. Sir Paul McCartney is performing his first UK dates in two yearsCredit: Getty – ContributorThe musician is considered one of the greatest living artists in the worldCredit: Getty – ContributorWe are of course talking about Sir Paul McCartney, undoubtedly one of the most defining UK musicians ever. He will be performing two dates at Co-Op Live in Manchester, and two dates at London’s O2 Arena this December, with tickets available from this Friday at 10am. The 81-year-old first found fame in The Beatles alongside John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, who formed in Liverpool back in 1960 and remain to this day one of the most beloved bands of all time. Their success triggered the unmatched “Beatlemania” which saw them become heartthrobs across the globe. READ MORE MUSICPaul has since become one of the greatest selling artists of all time across the globe, spanning music genres from pop to psychadelic rock. He officially became Sir Paul McCartney after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997. The Paul McCartney Got Back live tour will see him perform some of hit biggest hits from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career. The new dates will be McCartney’s first shows in the UK since Glastonbury back in 2022 – where he celebrated his 500th show with his band. Most read in ShowbizHe also hasn’t performed in London since 2018, and Manchester since 2021. His tracklist will include songs like Hey Jude, Live And Let Die, Band On The Run, Let It Be and many more. He will be joined by his longtime bandmembers Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)The Beatles Let it Be trailerThe Got Back Tour also features the Hot City Horns – formed of Mike Davis on trumpet, Kemji Fenton on sax, and Paul Burton on trombone. The announcement of his UK dates follow his European and South American tour, where he’ll be performing in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru, before heading to France and Spain. The four UK dates will round out his 2024 performances. Tickets are available to buy at AXS.com and Ticketmaster.co.ukSir Paul McCartney 2024 tour datesHere’s where you can catch the star performing:
    Tuesday 1st October – Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, URUGUAY
    Saturday 5th October – River Plate Stadium, Bueno Aires, ARGENTINA
    Sunday 6th October – River Plate Stadium, Bueno Aires, ARGENTINA
    Friday 11th October – Estadio Monumental, Santiago, CHILE
    Wednesday 23rd October – Mario Alberto Kempes, Cordoba, ARGENTINA
    Sunday 27th October – Estadio Nacional, Lima, PERU
    Wednesday 4th December – La Defense Arena, Paris, FRANCE
    Thursday 5th December – La Defense Arena, Paris, FRANCE
    Monday 9th December – Wizink Centre, Madrid, SPAIN
    Tuesday 10th December – Wizink Centre, Madrid, SPAIN
    Saturday 14th December – Co-op Live, Manchester, UK
    Sunday 15th December – Co-op Live, Manchester, UK
    Wednesday 18th December – The O2, London, UK
    Thursday 19th December – The O2, London, UK

    The star will end his tour at London’s O2 ArenaCredit: Getty – ContributorTickets go on sale on Friday June 21 at 10amCredit: Getty – Contributor More

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    Nineties indie rock band unrecognisable 32 years after global smash hit, guitarist tragedy and shock split

    IN the nineties, The Gin Blossoms were a bunch of fresh-faced dudes who made their mark on the indie rock scene.But now, the band who still perform together, are virtually unrecognisable, more than 30 years on from their smash hit song, Hey Jealousy.The band as they appear now, more than 30 years since they got togetherCredit: instagram/@ginblossomsazThe band suffered a huge setback after the death of their lead guitarist Doug HopkinsCredit: GettyThe US band who formed in Arizona, emerged around the same time as mega rock groups including REM and Deep Blue Something. But sadly they never quite reached the big time, after their lead guitarist and songwriter, Doug Hopkins, tragically committed suicide.During the recording sessions for their debut album, New Miserable Experience, Hopkins who was a depressed alcoholic, had become too much of a burden and so the other members fired him. Around 18 months later, he sadly killed himself and after his death, it seems The Gin Blossoms fortunes dwindled. read more aboutAlthough the musicians were fine without Hopkins, he had widely been considered to be their talisman, having written their first two hits, Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You. It was his downtrodden song writing voice that set them apart from the other groups of the era.Though they continued to write decent singles, including, “Till I hear it From you and “Follow you Down.” They failed to match the success of the songs penned by their late bandmate.While big mainstream success has eluded them, the band continue to perform on the festival circuit in the US and Canada.Having emerged at the same time as REM and other bands, they were primed for mainstream success, but sadly it never materialisedCredit: GettyAlthough they didn’t become the biggest names in rock, the band still perform together on the festival circuitCredit: Getty More