Coldplay have announced a string of live shows to support their upcoming studio album “Ghost Stories”.
The band will play six “intimate” shows in Germany, the US, France, Japan and the UK between April and July. The UK date is scheduled for July 1st at the Royal Albert Hall, which is the largest of the venues with a capacity of 5,000.
The Who will set out on a tour later this year to mark the group’s 50th anniversary. The tour will start in the UK around Christmas and will then head to North America next year.
Pete Townshend has described the upcoming gigs as a “world tour”:
“It will be a world tour. I’m not crazy about going on the road, but I’m in good shape and once I start doing it – and I’m still very good at it – I’ll take some pleasure from it.”
U2′s seminal 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been added to the US Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
The album was one of a number of recordings deemed to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” enough to be preserved for posterity (or for however long the library exists).
Twenty-five such records are selected every year, with the additional proviso that they are at least ten years old. They bring the total in the Registry to 400.
A new Michael Jackson album featuring eight previously unheard songs will be released by Epic Records in May.
The new record, “Xscape”, will be the singer’s second posthumous album release. It follows on from 2010′s “Michael”, which comprised 10 tracks recorded between 2007 and 2009. That album has since achieved platinum status in 18 countries. The eight new songs on “Xscape” have been “cultivated” and “contemporised” from a number of tracks made by Jackson between 2001 and his death in 2009.
An extensive collection of John Lennon’s original artwork is coming to auction later this year at Sotheby’s in New York.
The 89-lot auction is titled “You Might As Well Arsk.” The pieces come from the private collection of Tom Maschler, the publisher and one of the key figures behind the creation of the Booker Prize in the 1960s.
Kate Bush is to play a series of gigs later this year, kicking off on August 26th. Titled “Before the Dawn,” the gigs will comprise a 15 show “residency” at the Hammersmith Apollo across August and September.
The announcement came out of the blue with a statement posted on her website, which said:
“I am delighted to announce that we will be performing some live shows this coming August and September. I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.”