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Watch Gorillaz’ trippy new video for ‘Cracker Island’



Gorillaz have shared the official video for their latest single ‘Cracker Island’.

Released last month, the Thundercat-featuring track marked the experimental cartoon band’s first new music since last summer’s ‘Meanwhile’ EP. It’s said to signal “a new dawn” for the Damon Albarn-led project.

Yesterday (July 28) Gorillaz dropped a psychedelic visual for ‘Cracker Island’ that begins with 2-D – Albarn’s animated alter-ego – being carted off to hospital in the back of a police car.

Handcuffed to a chair in the A&E waiting room, the worse for wear character has an hallucinatory vision of a hologram-style Thundercat who sings and plays guitar on the seat beside him.

The LA artist later takes over a hospital ward before a ghostly figure stalks the hallways. At the end of the video, the patients catch TV coverage of a “major incident” unfolding at the Hollywood Sign.

“Think of it as the final scene in the movie, the bit after the grand finale when the hero (me) is about to stride into the sunset, credits rolling,” explained Gorillaz bassist Murdoc in a statement.

“That’s right, we’re starting at the end. Why? COS I WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.”

Prior to its release Gorillaz had been performing ‘Cracker Island’ live during their current world tour.

Speaking about the track previously, 2-D said: “It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet.”

Gorillaz released their seventh and most recent studio album, ‘Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez’, in October 2020.


Watch The Killers cover U2’s ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’



The Killers have covered U2‘s classic ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ – watch footage below.

Singer Brandon Flowers told the crowd at the band’s concert at Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday (March 17) that they wanted to honour U2 on St Patrick’s Day.

“Do you know why we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?” began Flowers. “We bring with us an Irishman everywhere we go. He’s been doing lights for us for about 17 years, Steven Douglas.” Flowers added, “Where are you at, Steven?” as he tried to spot the lighting designer.

He continued: “But even long before we had met Steven – we all love U2 – and they had the little album called ‘The Joshua Tree‘. We thought, since that’s sort of the common denominator of this band, you know, we all can agree that U2…,” he said, trailing off to walk towards other members of the band. “We’re all agreed upon U2, fellas? [They were important] when we first started.”

Flowers said they were “gonna to do a little tribute to them – Christianity coming to Ireland and U2 singing about unity – here tonight,” before singing over the opening notes of the 1987 track.

The lyrical themes in ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ centre on religion, identity and unity. U2 singer Bono is reported to have been inspired to base the song on the idea that it’s possible to identify a person’s religion and income based on the street they live in [via Genius].

In other news, The Killers were earlier this month announced as headliners for Bourbon & Beyond festival 2023 alongside Brandi Carlile and Bruno Mars. The four-day event dubbed the “world’s biggest bourbon and music festival” takes place at Louisville’s Highland Festival Grounds in Kentucky from September 14 to September 17.

U2, meanwhile, recently released the album ‘Songs Of Surrender’, which is described as a “reimagining and re-recording” of 40 of their tracks. Read NME‘s three-star review here.

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Daryl Hall to support Billy Joel at this year’s BST Hyde Park



Daryl Hall is set to perform at the 2023 BST Hyde Park festival later this summer, as a special guest headliner Billy Joel.

The Hall & Oates singer will join the singer-songwriter onstage for his live appearance at the London Festival, which is set to take place on July 7. Tickets are available now.

As previously announced, BLACKPINK will make their UK festival debut headlining their own day at British Summer Time, as well as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing two nights, alongside headline appearances from Guns N’ Roses, Take That and P!nk, supported by Gwen Stefani.

Daryl Hall. Credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images

Alongside his guest appearance with Joel, Hall is also set to perform at a newly-announced headline show in London. Taking place at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on July 9, the show will see the singer perform alongside his House Band and special guest, Todd Rundgren. Tickets go on sale at 10 am this Friday – available here.

Last year, Elton John performed at the event as part of his ongoing Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, as well as The Rolling Stones, who returned to the event for two sold-out shows and paid an emotional tribute to late drummer, Charlie Watts.

Adele, Eagles and Pearl Jam also appeared as part of the line-up, as well as Duran Duran, who treated the London crowd to a run of their greatest hits.

Duran Duran at BST Hyde Park 2022
Duran Duran at BST Hyde Park. Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Last year, Daryl Hall also confirmed that he was once asked to sing for Van Halen – as a potential replacement for frontman David Lee Roth.

“I knew those guys really well,” he said. “David [Lee Roth] had just left the band, and Eddie [Van Halen] asked me, ‘Do you wanna join Van Halen, man?’

He continued: “He was half-joking, but I think he was serious. I really do believe he was serious, and I took it seriously. I said, ‘Man, I think not. I think I’ve got my own shit going on.’”

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Radiohead to release new material in “next couple of years”



Radiohead‘s drummer Philip Selway has said that the band will release new material “of some sort” in the “next couple of years”.

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In January, Selway said that he and his bandmates would be meeting up early this year to start putting things in motion. “We’re going to get together at the start of [2023], and I’m sure we’re going to start looking at other ideas for what comes next,” he said.

Now, the drummer has told Prog Magazine [via MusicNews]: “We’re always talking about stuff. But in terms of an actual kind of collective project, beyond the ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ stuff that we’ve been doing [2021’s ‘Kid AMnesia’ reissue project and interactive exhibition], it’s kind of further down the line for us when that will happen. We’re talking about that, but at the moment everybody’s doing their own thing.

“When the pandemic happened, we’d always planned to take a veer off from Radiohead around that, so we could get on with other stuff. But that just meant that those other projects kind of grew, so we’re allowing time for all of those projects to go where they need to. But yeah, we’ll get together soon and in the next couple of years there will be something there, of some sort.”

Philip Selway. CREDIT: Phil Sharp.

Radiohead’s last album was 2016’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool‘.

Elsewhere, the drummer, who recently released his second solo album under his own name, ‘Strange Dance’, revealed that he’s already working on its follow-up.

Asked if the next record is taking shape, he said: “It is, actually. You get to the end of one project and can’t see beyond that for a little while, but it’s led by the ideas that you’ve got coming as well. To do a solo record you need songs and they are starting to happen a bit more now. So yeah, I would love to.

“When I first started doing the solo stuff, I was just thinking of it as a trilogy of records and didn’t really project beyond that.

“I certainly didn’t think I’d end up doing soundtrack work or any of the other stuff. And in some ways, I guess ‘Strange Dance’ feels as though it’s completing that initial cycle. And it feels wonderful to be at that point.”

Phil Selway and Thom Yorke of Radiohead (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)
:Phil Selway and Thom Yorke of Radiohead (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)

Last summer, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien discussed the band’s future, saying: “It might happen, but the other thing is… it might not. And does that matter?

“There’s no Radiohead at the moment,” he added. “There’s a truth to what we do, so we’re not going to be one of those bands that gets together for the big payday.”

In other news, a mash-up of tracks by Ice Spice, PinkPantheress and Radiohead has gone viral after being shared on Twitter.

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