Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of The Who’s ‘My Generation’

King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of the The Who’s ‘My Generation’ – watch it below.

The pair launched their Sunday Lunch video series last year, sharing renditions of songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling StonesJudas Priest, The ProdigyGuns N’ RosesAlice Cooper and more through Willcox’s YouTube channel.

A couple of weeks ago, the pair performed a version of the Sex Pistols‘ ‘Pretty Vacant’ alongside “mysterious stranger” Sidney Jake on guitar, with Willcox rocking a mohawk and fiery-coloured body paint, and wearing a barely-there sheer top that looked like it’s close to falling off completely.

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For their reworking of ‘My Generation’, the 1965 single from The Who’s debut album of the same name, Willcox is seen wearing an unbuttoned white shirt, black and white tie, with pink ponytails in her hair.

“This Sunday we’re ‘Talking about #MyGeneration!!!’. Toyah, Robert and Sidney Jake are back with a Sunday Lunch performance from one of YouTube’s most famous kitchens,” Willcox captioned the new video. You can watch their latest cover below.

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Willcox revealed in February that her Sunday Lockdown Lunch video series started because her husband, King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp, was having withdrawals from performing.

Last month, Willcox shared a video for her new single ‘Levitate’ featuring Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox, taken from her upcoming album ‘Posh Pop’, due out August 27.

Discussing the album in a recent interview with NME, Willcox explained how it came about. “When COVID stopped everything last year, it allowed me to concentrate on writing and recording the next album,” she said. “We recorded in Simon’s outdoor studio with just him, my husband and I.

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“‘Posh Pop’ was a magical experience created out of the need and ability to make contact with our fans in a heartfelt way. Also the terrifying distance between those who run the world and those on the ground inspired my writing. Working with Fripp in the studio, we just handed him the chord charts the day before and said: ‘We want you to come in and improvise and that’s what we’ll use’. It was spontaneous.”

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett reflects on band’s 40th anniversary

Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett has reflected on the bands 40th anniversary in a new interview.

Along with bassist Robert Trujillo, Hammett spoke to George Kontos about the band’s four decades and their plans for the future.

Via Blabbermouth, Hammett told Kontos: “Man, it’s crazy when I think about four decades. ‘Cause I swear to God, it seems like just yesterday that we were on a tour bus somewhere in the middle of America, just trying to keep up with everything…40 years passed so quickly. It’s amazing.

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Metallica performing in 2019. CREDIT: Getty/Kevin Winter

“What’s truly amazing now is the fact that I still feel like we haven’t really peaked, we’re still real hungry, we still wanna make music, we still care about music, we still care about each other. I don’t see any signs of us slowing down, man, ’cause we have stuff that we wanna do.”

Trujillo added: “You know, what’s insane about all this is that there’s no shortage of musical ideas and riffs and grooves and bass lines.

“A lot of times when bands have been around that long, there is a shortage — people run out of ideas — and we have the opposite problem; we’ve got too many ideas. So it’s a good problem to have.”

Meanwhile, the band also recently shared three new versions of their song ‘Wherever I May Roam’ to mark the 30th anniversary reissue of ‘The Black Album’. They followed recent covers from the likes of St. Vincent, Sam Fender, Biffy Clyro, Diet Cig, and Miley Cyrus.

Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the reissue will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3CD expanded edition, digital, and limited-edition deluxe boxset.

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The boxset will contain the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

The special 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Album’, is set for release on September 10. You can pre-order it here.

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Don Broco announce warm-up gigs ahead of Slam Dunk Festival

Don Broco have announced they’ll be doing a short run of warm-up gigs ahead of their headline performances at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival.

The Bedford band, who recently announced the release of their their fourth studio album, ‘Amazing Things’, will play Oxford’s O2 Academy, Bristol’s O2 Academy, and Bournemouth’s O2 Academy this coming August and September.

The gigs will take place after an already sold-out hometown show at Bedford’s Esquires on August 24, and ahead of their headline UK tour and top billing at Slam Dunk Festival.

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The North edition of the festival, held at Temple Newsam in Leeds will take place on September 4, while Slam Dunk South in Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire will take place on September 5.

Tickets for the new run of dates are on sale now and can be purchased here. See the full list of Don Broco’s upcoming live dates below:

AUGUST, 2021

24 – Bedford, Esquires
31 – Oxford, O2 Academy

SEPTEMBER, 2021
1 – Bristol, O2 Academy
3 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
4 – Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
5 – Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival

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OCTOBER, 2021

25 – Glasgow Barrowlands
27 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
28 – Manchester, Academy
29 – Manchester, Academy
31 – Portsmouth, Guildhall

NOVEMBER, 2021

1 – Nottingham, Rock City
2 – Nottingham, Rock City
4 – Norwich, UEA
5 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
6 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

Previewing ‘Amazing Things’ back in May, Don Broco shared ‘Manchester Super Reds No.1 Fan’, which the band wrote with the intention of “delivering these very deliberate, jolting shifts like we’ve never done before”.

Earlier this month, the band shared their second single, ‘Gumshield’, which the band rolled out with a campaign suggesting frontman Rob Damiani was fighting British boxer Dave Allen – but it was just a prank.

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Listen to Jake Bugg’s comforting new single, ‘Downtown’

Jake Bugg has released a new single called ‘Downtown’ – you can listen to it below.

The tenderhearted track is the latest preview from the Nottingham singer-songwriter’s upcoming fifth studio album, ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’, due out August 20 via RCA Records.

Following recent singles ‘All I Need’ and ‘Lost’, ‘Downtown’ – which is produced by Jamie Hartman – hears Bugg deliver a beautiful, piano-led acoustic performance.

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The song’s mesmerising lyrics offer comfort and a promise that the person he’s singing to will never be left alone. “Held deep/ In a poisonous mind/ Help you find the words/ Live and I’ll help you learn,” Bugg sings on the second verse.

On the chorus, he adds: “Follow me now, follow me now/ And follow me down, follow me downtown/ Summer nights we’d go/ Summer nights we’d go raving/ You’ll never be alone/ You’ll never be alone.”

You can listen to ‘Downtown’ below:

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Speaking about the creation of the song, Bugg said: “Usually, the initial spark of an idea comes from me. And when it doesn’t, it sometimes loses my attention. Because there were a lot of moving parts and chords, it was almost like a puzzle. I never approached a song like that before.”

In addition to the song itself, Bugg shared an accompanying live session video which you can watch below.

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‘Downtown’ arrives ahead of Bugg’s set at this weekend’s Standon Calling festival (July 25). He will also hit the road in the UK and Ireland in spring 2022 in support of ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ – you can see his upcoming tour dates below.

March 2022
14 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
15 – Leeds, O2 Academy
17 – Hull, Bonus Arena
18 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse 
19 – Sheffield, Octagon Centre
21 – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
23 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
24 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
25 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
27 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
28 – Norwich, UEA
30 – Nottingham, Rock City
31 – Cardiff, The Great Hall

April 2022
1 – Bristol, O2 Academy
3 – Oxford, O2 Academy
4 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
5 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

You can get tickets here.

Bugg also recently revealed that he is currently writing music for a film about the Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho. A documentary on the 2002 World Cup winner is in the works by the filmmakers Andrew and Stuart Douglas, who have worked on some of Bugg’s music videos in the past.

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Johnny Depp is reportedly working on new music with Jeff Beck

Johnny Depp is working on some new music with Jeff Beck, it is being reported.

According to the Daily Mail, the actor and Hollywood Vampires musician is teaming up with Beck to record material for the ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ guitarist’s upcoming new album.

“They’ve been collaborating on material for Jeff’s next album,” a source told the outlet. “It’s been great for Johnny to get back to his first true love, which is music.”

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The source added: “Jeff has been a great friend to Johnny during a very difficult time, and being away from Hollywood has been exactly what Johnny needed.”

It comes after Depp lost his libel case against The Sun last year. The actor had been suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which referred to him as a “wife beater” in relation to allegations from ex-wife Amber Heard, claims that Depp has strongly denied.

The trial originally took place over 16 days in July 2020 at the Royal Courts of Justice, and concerned an article titled “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”

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Hollywood Vampires: (L-R) Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. CREDIT: Getty Images

In a ruling on November 2, 2020, Judge Mr Justice Nicol said that he found the words to be “substantially true”.

Following the verdict, the actor was last month denied permission to appeal his libel case against NGN, with Depp’s lawyers saying he is “looking forward to presenting the complete, irrefutable evidence of the truth” in another libel case in the US.

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The Daily Mail insider said that Depp, who in 2015 formed the supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, now wants to “take a step back from everything and focus on a comeback through music”.

“Johnny hopes to return to films eventually. But it’s music first,” they added.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Vampires have been forced to cancel their upcoming UK and European tour due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The group had previously rearranged the dates to this coming August and September, however due to safety concerns surrounding the pandemic, the tour has now been cancelled.

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