All posts by Nils van der Linden

Duran Duran are ‘Paper Gods’ at The O2

Duran Duran are hitting the road in support of their 14th studio album, ‘Paper Gods’, and reach The O2 in London on 8 December 2015.

Tickets go on sale on 19 June and are available at AXS.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24.

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Florence + The Machine heading back on tour

Florence + The Machine are keeping the momentum going. Just days after releasing their third album, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’, the group have announced their return to the stage.

The 12 shows across the country, culminating in four nights at London’s Alexandra Palace, comprise their first full UK tour since March 2012.

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a-ha bringing ‘Cast In Steel’ to London

a-ha are back – reunited, and with a new album and tour.

The Norwegian trio Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy revealed their reunion in March along with the news of their 10th studio album ‘Cast In Steel’ – their first in six years.

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Paul McCartney: let it be

Paul McCartney  | The O2 Arena | 23 May 2015

Paul McCartney’s been at it for over half a century. He’s long since lost the element of surprise – yet tonight, during what’s billed as his 50th London show, that’s exactly what he delivers.

Sure, the familiar touchstones – well-worn stories, setlist stuffed with the biggest songs of the past 100 years, granddad-style audience banter, mass ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ singalong, trademark thumbs-up – are all there. But so are the effusive live debut of ‘Temporary Secretary’, a glitchy electro-pop obscurity from 1980s ‘McCartney II’; the first UK performance of effervescent ‘Help!’ album track ‘Another Girl’; and the appearance of giddy, grinning “up-and-coming rhythm guitarist” Dave Grohl on a jubilant ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.

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Paul McCartney at London’s O2 Arena

On 23 May 2015, Paul McCartney celebrated his 50th live appearance in London with an almost three-hour 40-song set. And “up-and-coming rhythm guitarist” Dave Grohl showed up to lend a hand.

Nick Cave: Push the sky away

Nick Cave  | Eventim Apollo | 2 May 2015

“Look at me now!” bellows Nick Cave during ‘Jubilee Street’, somewhat unnecessarily. That’s exactly what everybody in Hammersmith’s sold-out Eventim Apollo has done for the past 90 minutes, seemingly transfixed by the messianic troubadour’s every move.

There’s a reverential silence while he performs ‘The Mercy Seat’ alone on stage, his impassioned vocal of defiance and redemption backed by nothing more than the minor chords he beats out of the grand piano. There’s a thrust of hands clamouring for his chest as he leans in and, as per the lyrics of ‘Higgs Boson Blues’, suggestively asks the diehards congregated at his feet: “Can you feel my heart beat?” Even during a rare outing for the almost-forgotten ‘Black Hair’, there’s hushed singing along from the crowd, awestruck either by the maudlin ballad’s return to the set or Warren Ellis’ plaintive accompaniment on accordion.

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