White Lies: this fear’s got a hold on me

White Lies | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen | 24 July 2013

The last time White Lies played London, they sold out Wembley Arena. Now, just 18 months later, the trio are performing to 300 people in a bar. But this downsizing isn’t due to a Glasvegas-style career collapse – for the launch of their third album, the band have gone back to where it all began five years ago.

And, judging from the new songs showcased tonight, returning to the site of their first gig is more than just a PR stunt: after the over-polished sheen of 2010’s radio-baiting ‘Ritual’, ‘Big TV’ sounds like a concerted back to basics record.

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Bon Jovi: These days the stars are out of reach

Bon Jovi | Hyde Park | 5 July 2013

Will he? Won’t he? Ever since abruptly – and mysteriously – quitting Bon Jovi back in April, Richie Sambora’s appearance at the inaugural British Summer Time festival has been in doubt. The ongoing public spat with Jon Bon Jovi – “Hire the Edge,” he suggested after the frontman praised U2’s guitarist – didn’t bode well. Nor did his comment to The Sun earlier this week: “I am not going to be on stage at Hyde Park sadly. It’s just not happening right now.”

Yet, right until the band step out, there are murmurings of buried hatchets and a surprise appearance.

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Muse: Time is running out

Muse | Emirates Stadium | 26 May 2013

It’s only fitting that Muse’s stage backdrop is a power station. The band earned an estimated £23-million last year alone. They’re a global industry, selling out stadiums from Tokyo to Buenos Aires on their current world tour.

London is no different, Arsenal’s home ground filled to capacity for the second consecutive day of overwrought rock anthems presented with all the subtlety of Liberace.

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