Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Rollins teams up with Flaming Lips for Pink Floyd project

Henry Rollins has joined up with The Flaming Lips and Peaches for an exciting Pink Floyd themed project

The band have re-recorded the classic album "Dark Side of the Moon" (available on ITunes this week) which they will perform, in full on New Years Eve in Oklahoma City.

Rollins, formerly of Black Flag, and now a reknowned public speaker, and performer Peaches, will be on hand to provide spoken interludes between the songs.

I've seen Rollins spoken word set before - it's well worth going along to. Check out his diary blogs here
and sign up for his show at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 23rd January - buy tickets here.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Chimaira to support Trivium at Wolves Civic show

Florida metallers Trivium have announced that Chimaira and Whitechapel will supporting them on their UK tour, with one more band to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now for the show, on 23rd March, click HERE

As previously reported, there is some speculation about drummer Travis' Smiths future in the band ... more here

Evile announce new bassist

Evile have revealed the name of the bassist who will replace their late band member Mike Alexander

Alexander died whilst on tour in Sweden back in October, from a suspected blood clot. He was 32.

After a difficult and emotional search, the band have announced than bassist Joel Graham will be joining the band, with a statement on the bands website describing him as an "excellent, experienced bass player, and a really nice guy. We'd all appreciate it if you gave him a warm welcome to the band, as this must be a bizarre situation for him to be in also"

EVILE are set to kick off a headlining European tour in January - playing the Civic Hall Bar on 25th January - tickets here

Dizzee Rascal makes Metro Singles of 2009 list

Dizzee Rascal's song, "Bonkers" has made the Metro list of singles of 2009.

Also on the list, Lady Gaga, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, La Roux and Passion Pit - check out the list here

Dizzee Rascal is playing the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 1st March 2010 - and of course, it's totally sold out!
Check the full list of shows here

In other news: still time to get your Christmas and New Years Eve's sorted out with the Blast Off and Cheeky Monkey New Years Eve Party OVER 18s ONLY!!!

Just announced: Good Shoes

Good Shoes have just been confirmed for a show at the Wolverhampton Little Civic

Currently on a UK tour, they will be in Wolverhampton on 27th April - tickets go on sale on Monday 11th January!

Their new album ‘No Hope, No Future’ is released on 18th January on Brille Records, and you can check out their music at their Myspace page - plus - here's a video for your viewing pleasure!

RATM chart victory ...

Well - they did it! After a huge internet / social networking campaign the Rage Against the Machine track "Killing in the Name" DID reach the top of the UK singles charts yesterday.

The campaign, which started as a joke, was in direct response to the fact that the XFactor talent show winner has been the best selling track in Christmas week for the last few years running.

The best news is that Rage Against the Machine have promised to put on a huge FREE show in the UK next year to say thank you!

Can't wait for that? How about these?

The Hollies for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Hollies are on the latest list of bands to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The band - who visit the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on the 13th March (buy tickets) - will be added at the ceremony on March 15th in New York City along with Abba, Genesis, The Stooges and Jimmy Cliffe.

The Hollies had a bunch of hits in the 1960s, in fact, according to the
Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, they had more hit records than The Beatles.

The bands current album - Then, Now, Always - is available now

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Sunday, 20 December 2009

John Mayer hits back at Kardashian link rumours

John Mayer has been hitting back at reports about a meeting he had with socialist Kim Kardashian

US satellite radio Sirius/XM made a bit of a deal about the fact he "spoke to her" during a break from a radio performance, but he reckons anything more than that is fiction, made up by PR types!

Now he DOES have a track record of dating famous women (Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson) but according to a recent post on Twiter, Kim is NOT of them:

"I see @kimkardashian at Sirius/XM and say hello like a gentleman and you want to spin a gossip story at my expense? **** you!"

Mayer plays the Civic Hall on 19th January 2010 ... (totally sold out) so why not try these instead?

Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls | Saturday 30 January 2010 | The Little Civic

Frontman of The Wonder Stuff and established solo singer-songwriter Miles Hunt has teamed up with Erica Nockalls (Wonder Stuff violinist) to release their second album of collaborations with supporting live dates now confirming. 'Catching More Than We Miss' features new single 'Stay Scared, Stay Tuned' - both are available now.

Tickets available here

Chesney Hawkes | Friday 19 February 2010 | The Little Civic

This is a chance to spend an evening with Chesney Hawkes the songwriter, as he leads you through his musical journey, performing his own songs, his collaborations with other artists and a few of his personal favourites.

Tickets available here
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RATM V X-Factor - the latest!!

Is it going to happen? Will the angry rock band Rage Against the Machine manage to steal the number 1 spot in the charts away from X Factor winner Joe McElderry?

A fervent online campaign, and the promise of a huge FREE show by RATM if they do top the charts, has placed their metal anthem Killing in the Name at the top of the ITunes charts, which is a good sign, but the physical sales of The Climb could put Joe ahead!

And don't forget 90's alt music fans - The Dorch Christmas Reunion at the Wulfrun Hall on 27th December!

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Trivium - all change?

Rumours from the Trivium camp are that drummer Smith is OUT of the band

Back in October it was announced that he would not be heading out on the road (to take care of personal issues), and was being replaced, for now, by the bands former roadie Nick Augusto

We're hearing the departure is permanent and that the band will be looking for a new drummer.

Trivium will play the Wulfrun Hall on 23rd March 2010 buy tickets here

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Radio Wildhearts?

According to the bands blog, The Wildhearts frontman GInger is pitching for his own radio show.

No word yet which station he has approached, but he promises to ".. educate and entertain with a veritable barrage of unfamiliar delights chosen specifically to stroke the imagination and coddle the mind"

He's a funny, and fairly outspoken speaker - any radio show with him at the helm would be WELL worth a listen! He's also stated that he will be involved in at least 2 albums next year as well as some other - as yet secret - projects.

Watch this space for details!!

In other Wildhearts news, the band have given us a sneak preview of the merchandise that will be on sale at their XMess tour shows - including the one at the Wulfrun Hall on Monday - check them out here

The Wildhearts will be supported by The Loyalties and Antiproduct

get your tickets here

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Just announced: Theory of a Deadman - 6th April 2010

Theory of a Deadman will be coming to the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on 6th April 2010

Currently on tour with Daughtry (fronted by American Idols Chris Daughtry), Theory of a Deadman are promoting their third album Scars and Souvenirs, with a digital special edition available now.

Tickets for Theory of a Deadman go on sale on Friday (18th December 2009)

Like that? How about:

The Whiskey Syndicate + Memphis Raines

Civic Hall Bar: Saturday 19th Dec - Over 18's only

Combining the influences of 70's hard rock act's like Led Zeppelin and Free with popular rock and metal acts from the past two decades such as Metallica, Guns 'n' Roses and Black Label Society, The Whiskey Syndicate have created they're own brand of classic rock with a "stripped down" sound and new ideas.

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90's rock legends in Number 1 challenge ...

Rage Against the Machine are in the headlines at the moment, as their rock anthem Killing in The Name is being put forward as a rival to the X Factor single for the Christmas number 1 spot.

Around 800,000 people have now joined a Facebook group in a bid to get the tune to the top of the charts this Sunday, ahead of Joe McElderrry's cover of "The Climb".

XFactor judge Simon Cowell is said to be unimpressed with the campaign, calling is "cynical" but at the moment it is a very real risk - with the track currently currently leading the way on downloads alone, However, CD singles of the talent show entry are hitting the shops today, which could just tip the balance!

Are fan of this tune, and 90's rock/alt/indie classics? Don't forget to get your tickets for The Dorch Christmas Reunion at the Wulfrun Hall on 27th December!

New Wolves Civic Blog launches ...

Big exciting developments here at the Civic Hall - the launch of a new blog!

We’ll be keeping you in the loop with announcements of upcoming shows so you know exactly who’s playing at your favourite Wolverhampton venues!

Plus, we’ll be keeping track of what those band are up to, bringing you regular updates, interviews, backstage photos and web-chats whilst they’re on the road.

Plus we want to hear from you - so feel free to comment, spread the word to your friends and get involved!
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