Radio 1 boss: 'Guitar music is definitely on the way back'

A Radio 1 boss has predicted that guitar music is set for a major comeback.

The comment came in response to an interview with rival station Kiss’s programme director Andy Roberts in Music Week, where he said that the current British obsession with Euro pop could soon come to an end with a new wave of guitar bands, like with Blur and Oasis in the 1990s.

“We’re probably waiting for guitars to come back,” Roberts said. “The last time we had [this] we had Whigfield and Corona. I remember that as a kid and something came, the guitar stuff – Oasis and Blur. We’re due guitars [again] but I think they’ll be a fusion of something we [radio stations] will all be able to play.”

Radio 1 and 1Xtra programme director George Ergatoudis linked to the story onTwitter, writing: “Interesting. Kiss boss @RadioAndy in @Music_Week: ‘We’re probably waiting for guitars to come back’. Guitar music is definitely on the way back.”

Both The Vaccines and Jake Bugg have had Number One albums in the last few months, with Bugg telling NME this week that it is his job to “keep all that X Factor shit off the top of the charts”.

Almost Famous

Cameron Crowe has finally filmed his passion. The director of “Singles” and “Jerry Maguire” has tapped into his own past when (as a geeky, stuttering fifteen-year-old) he began writing for “Creem” and “Rolling Stone” in an era when rock ‘n’ roll was laden with meaning and boy-bands wouldn’t have been allowed to breathe. Crowe has fashioned his experience into a pop-culture take on growing up through his story about a rock-obsessed teen, William Miller (Patrick Fugit), who is given a flying start to his career as a rock writer when asked to go on tour with Stillwater (longhairs whose looks and music are a hybrid of The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd). As the band twigs that William’s love of all things rock, and his worship of the band, mean that he won’t crucify them in print, they feed William smart remarks which make them (the band) sound great. And so the spirit of “Spinal Tap” lives on.

However, humour is capably matched by more serious perceptiveness, and the fun in watching William’s nice-boy decency (as he collects the laundry of three groupies who have just lured him to bed) is mixed in with the sometimes poignant reality of growing up. As the repressive world of parents (symbolised by an ever-anxious Frances McDormand) stands in contrast to the me-first universe of rock stars (when they rattle on about political change what they really want is girls, lots of them) big-screen newcomer Patrick Fugit and Goldie Hawn’s daughter Kate Hudson (playing a groupie) turn in sensitive, finely-nuanced performances of low-key power. Even though the same points are made more than once, they are never less than entertaining, while Crowe resists the lazy route of plastering the soundtrack with 70s rock hits.

Visit the official “Almost Famous” website.

Read an interview with Kate Hudson.

End Credits

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe

Stars: Patrick FugitKate HudsonBilly CrudupFrances McDormandPhilip Seymour HoffmanJason LeeAnna PaquinNoah Taylor

Writer and director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a teenage rock journalist — he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone while still in high school — inspired this coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy hitting the road with an up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. Elaine Miller (Frances McDormand) is a bright, loving, but strict single parent whose distrust of rock music and fears about drug use have helped to drive a wedge between herself and her two children, Anita (Zooey Deschanel) and William (Patrick Fugit). Anita rebels by dropping out of school and becoming a stewardess, but William makes something of his love of rock & roll by writing album reviews for a local underground newspaper. William’s work attracts the attention of Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman), editor of renegade rock magazine Creem, who takes William under his wing and gives him his first professional writing assignment — covering a Black Sabbath concert. While William is unable to score an interview with the headliners, the opening act, Stillwater, are more than happy to chat with a reporter, even if he’s still too young to drive, and William’s piece on the group in Creem gains him a new admirer in Ben Fong-Torres (Terry Chen), an editor at Rolling Stone. Torres offers William an assignment for a 3,000-word cover story on Stillwater, and over the objections of his mother (whose parting words are “Don’t use drugs!”), and after some stern advice from Bangs (who says under no circumstances should he become friends with a band he’s covering), Williams joins Stillwater on tour, where he becomes friendly with guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee). William also becomes enamored of Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a groupie traveling with the band who is no older than William, but is deeply involved with Russell. Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres, incidentally, were real-life rock writers Crowe worked with closely during his days as a journalist. Almost Famous’ original score was composed by Nancy Wilson of Heart (who is also Crowe’s wife).


The Killers reschedule UK tour

The Killers

The Killers have scheduled new tour dates in Manchester after Brandon Flowers fell ill.

The Killers have announced rescheduled UK tour dates after they were forced to abandon a show in Manchester this week.Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the American rock band, suffered vocal problems following a viral infection and was unable to finish their set on Tuesday. Wednesday night’s show was also postponed.

In a statement on their Twitter and Facebook pages, the band said “Manchester, we started something we couldn’t finish and we’re so, so sorry.”

New dates for Manchester have been set for February 17 and 18 next year.

The band’s two sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena this Friday and Saturday will go ahead as planned.



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