As 2016 dawns, the Gutter HQ team share with you what they are most looking forward to over the next 12 months! Cue puppies signing books (!), celebrating with The Boss and where to find fantastic beasts . . .
“Ghostbusters” Reboot : I’m looking forward to the “Ghostbusters” remake, not only because I’m a massive fan of the franchise, but because I’m excited to see how it turns out with an all female crew! If it doesn’t live up to much, there are plenty of male-dominated superhero movies hitting the big screen this summer!
New LP From Last Shadow Puppets : I’m looking forward to the new LP from Last Shadow Puppets (a teaser vid promises new material in Spring 2016). I’m both confident and excited that there will be a new album at some point this year, and not just a couple of new tracks. It’ll be interesting to see if the new material can live up to debut, “Age Of The Understatement”.
Springsteen’s “The River Anniversary Tour” : Bruce Springsteen has announced a 2016 American Tour, starting right at the top of the year and running for just 9 weeks. The tour is in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “The River” LP, and the fact that it’s at the start of the year give him plenty of time to mark out and play some venues across the pond. Fingers crossed!
Limmy Live : Following the release of his book and follow up tour, “Daft Wee Stories”, Glaswegian comedian Limmy returns to the live stage this year focusing on his work writing and performing “The Limmy Show”. Treasured characters, Dee-Dee and Falconhoof are set to be resurrected in the live stage setting and it’s fair to say I can’t wait!
New LP From Future Of The Left : Criminally, the now established band are forced to return to their most dependable means of funding a record with a PledgeMusic Campaign for fifth album, “The Peace And Truce Of Future Of The Left”. Having to date raised well over 200% of the required pledges to fund the recording and production of the album, it really is a showing of the current state of the music industry that not even an indie label would lend a hand. Either that, or the advantages of technology mean this would be of no use to either party. Or it may even simply be the fact that a band with a song entitled “How To Spot A Record Company” can’t be fucked with any record company involvement. Whatever the reason may be, the release will no doubt be excellent.
At The Drive-In Tour/Festival Appearance/Something?! : Admittedly, this is the shoogliest of shoogly nails to look forward to in 2016, but with one performance already confirmed at Rock On The Range in May of this year, which was so secret even guitarist, Jim Ward wasn’t aware of it even after the announcement! It’s not a major stretch to hope for something further; the band’s first reformation in 2012 was unfortunately not an endeavour everyone involved was totally into. With some members feeling disconnected to the time and place in which they wrote and performed those songs. From a listening perspective however, there are more than a few who would give their left one to see “One Armed Scissor” live again. Fingers and toes crossed the rumours come to fruition.
Zoolander 2 : If Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s extravagant announcement on the runway at Paris Fashion Week was anything to go by, then the sequel to Stiller’s satirical comedy should be as sassy as the first. The original cast of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell return and will be joined by Benedict Cumberbatch as well as flavour of the month, Justin Bieber. It’s been a long wait to see blue steel again; “Zoolander” hit the big screen all the way back in 2001, so let’s hope Derek Zoolander’s 15 year catwalk hiatus is worth it. “Zoolander 2” hits cinemas on 12th February 2016.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them : It’s been far too long since anything Harry Potter related graced our screens, and although we won’t see any familiar faces here, many are looking forward to revisiting the wizarding world. The film will be the first of a trilogy in an adaptation of the companion book to the HP series, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”. Not only will we be introduced to new characters, this will be J.K. Rowling’s screen writing debut. The first film won’t be in cinemas until the end of the year, but we can look forward to the likes of Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell depicting the adventures of Newt Scamander. Due for release on 18th November 2016.
Tuna Melts My Heart Book Signing : If you have Instagram, or even access to the internet, you might have noticed a funny looking little dog popping up. Tuna, a rescue dog from the US has an extreme overbite but an even more extreme fan following. The Chiweenie (Chihuahua/ Dachshund mix) has over 1.6 million followers on the Instagram account, Tuna Melts My Heart, thanks to his adorably abnormal appearance. Now the pup has his own book and will be in Blackwell’s Book Shop in Edinburgh this month for the book signing where donations will be collected for Edinburgh Cat and Dog Home. This may not be a match for the Justin Bieber tour, but for an animal lover like me it’s an exciting event! Blackwell’s Book Shop, Edinburgh, 13th Janaury 2016 (6pm-7:30pm).
Finding Dory : Everyone’s favourite clown fish, Nemo, will be returning to our screen in June 2016 in “Finding Dory”. The sequel comes 13 years after the release of original film, “Finding Nemo”, and will focus on forgetful fish Dory trying to relocate her family after recalling childhood memories. Many of the original characters will be appearing in the second film which may be one of 2016’s best animated feature films.
New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album : Following the announcement that they will be headlining Reading & Leeds Festival this summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers have caused much excitement over the expected release of new material in 2016. The band started to record their 11th studio album last January but recording was delayed due to bass player, Flea’s injury, so a release date has not yet been specified. However, drummer, Chad Smith, has said the album is expected to be finished before the band head over to Europe for their summer festival dates.