The Irish cheeky chappie was back on The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC1. No, not Graham but Niall Horan from One Direction. Anyways Niall performed his new single Too Much To Ask, and I have admit as melodic as it sounds and as soothing as a voice he may have I’m not much of a fan. I openly admit the song’s not bad but it’s not something that I’ll be rushing to download or buy anytime soon. For me, it’s as if Niall’s trying to be James Morrison and he isn’t quite pulling it off, though I’ll give him credit for trying. There’s also some friendly banter between Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston Matt Lucas, Nicole Kidman and Jane Fonda. Also Jan reveals some insight behind that infamous police mug-shoot. Apparently the White House had a hand in it. Bet you probably weren’t aware of that were you.?
Currently watching Liam Gallagher perform his new single, For What it’s Worth, on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, and it actually sounds really good. I admit I’ve always been Team Noel when it came to the Gallagher brothers but Liam has come out with some good songs over the past couple of year, and For What it’s Worth is great listening pleasure. I could happily listen to this song a few more times over. Also there’s some great banter between Idris Elba, Chris Rock and Kate Winslet and apparently it’s the 20th anniversary. of the hit film Titanic. Don’t time fly by.
My article for the recent MacMillan Fest 2017 gig I went to earlier this month, courtesy of Nottingham Post, read and enjoy (and share)
MacMillan Fest 2017, Rock City, Rescue Rooms and more …
Once again both the Rescue Rooms and Rock City’s Basement, plus another Stealth, Spanky’s and the Tap N Tumbler pub, played host to the ever-popular MacMillan Fest …
Well, after making my way to The Maze in Nottingham during a very warm summers’ day I managed to cool off a bit, after all, I had travelled to see three bands play tonight. Lippstick, a band that were emerging onto the local music scene, in a big way. They’re one of a number of bands waiting to hit the big-time and when you see them perform you’ll see why they’re not far off. Think theatrics meets horror-flicks in terms of band-image. They performed a mixture of both original material as well as a cover Don’t Cha and Sexy Back, re-mastered for a more rock tasting sound. One super fan in the audience got to sing with the lead singer and some point during their set things got interesting when they did another song about hookers. The crowd seemed to like Lippstick. Now I’d seen Parasite before and they just seem to get better every time I hear them perform, though a technical glitch did cause a small problem but other than that it was business as usual. They did attempt a Paradise City cover which actually went down quite well in all fairness. Straight over from Barcelona, Stop-Stop really brought the house down and got the crowds, including myself, towards the edge of the crowd stage. Think Bon Jovi meets Guns & Roses with a bit of Kiss and that’s the best way to sum up these guys. They did a combination of their own material which included a song called Billy No-Mates, which was dedicated to a member of the audience of the same name. They even did one dedicated the front-man’s mum and another to Facebook called Spit It Out. Weird story behind that one. Queen’s song Fat Bottomed Girls got the cover treatment and it true rock fashion a lot of man-flesh was on display. Overall it was a great night.
Recent review I did for Tunes Trends & Threads of Beth Ditto’s new single Fire (Disciples remix). Read and enjoy
Only just this moment finished watching from front-woman of 00’s indie band The Gossip, Beth Ditto, perform her new solo single Fire on BBC1 on The Graham Norton Show at the moment. It’s actually really good and Beth’s just such an amazing vocal force to be reckoned with, seriously everyone this woman’s been gone for too long but this just makes up for in the best way possible. There’s just something in both her voice and performance that makes the whole thing totally electrifying. Fire is miles away from the iconic Standing In The Way Of Control.
My latest One To Watch from Nottingham Post online with new band The Tangents, have a read and enjoy. Print version to follow soon.
British electronic/rock/hip-hop band Gorillaz are back with a brand new single, We Got The Power, on The Graham Norton Show right now and it sounds great. It was about about 4-5 years ago (I think) since we last heard anything from them and the absence was worth it. I admit I’m hooked within moments of the intro and the vocals are catchy. The lines ‘We got the power to be lovin’ it each other no matter what’ and ‘We got the power to do that’ are an amazing hook and just go round and round. This is one heck of a tune and is from their new album Humanz. Welcome back Gorillaz. Also Noel Gallagher’s on the side of the crowd, just caught a glimpse of him.
Watching Harry Styles performing his new solo song Sign Of The Times on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 right now, it’s got a good intro to it but unfortunately I can’t honestly say I’m a fan. I openly admit it sounds alright but it’s not exactly growing on me, it’s as if he’s trying to pass himself off as a British Bon Jovi but has managed to miss the mark. I openly admit I wasn’t a One Direction fan so it’s probably me being a little biased about it. Sorry Harry dude but I’m afraid I won’t be rushing to get/download it anytime soon.
And the print version as promised, courtesy of Nottingham Post. For the full interview go to the Published Pieces page