by Siobhanne Beattie / October 20th 2014 / No Comment
Slipknot “5 : The Gray Chapter”
Slipknot release their fifth studio effort today, their first studio album since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and their first without bassist, Paul Gray and drummer, Joey Jordison; Gray overdosed in May 2010 while Jordison quit the band last December. The album includes the singles, “The Negative One”, “The Devil And I” and “Custer”.
Bear’s Den “Islands”
Trio, Bear’s Den release their debut album this week. It follows their EPs, “Agape” and “Without/Within” and the country/folk band will be out on the road in February and March 2015.
Inspiral Carpets “Inspiral Carpets”
Veteran Manchester-band, Inspiral Carpets release their fifth, self-titled album today, their first since 1994’s “Devil Hopping”. It includes the single, “You’re So Good For Me”. The band will be out on tour later this year, including a gig at Glasgow’s 02 ABC in December.
Ben Howard “I Forget Where We Were”
Singer/songwriter, Ben Howard releases his highly-anticipated second studio album today, “I Forget Where We Were”. It follows his 2011 debut, “Every Kingdom”. The album includes the title track single, “I Forget Where We Were”.
Billy Idol “Kings & Queens Of The Underground”
Rebel rocker, Billy Idol makes a triumphant return with his seventh studio album today. It’s his first studio effort for almost a decade following 2005’s “Devil’s Playground”. It includes the single, “Can’t Break Me Down”.
Robert Downey Jr stars as Hank Palmer; a big-city lawyer who returns to his childhood home in rural Indiana for his mother’s funeral, where he not only rediscovers the place in which he spent his adolescence, but also his estranged father (played by Robert Duvall), a courtroom judge who has made justice his life’s mission. Both Hank’s personal life and professionalism are tested when his father is accused of murder. One part homecoming joy, one part courtroom thriller, The Judge has the right balance of emotion and excitement.
The Best Of Me
From the best-selling author of “The Notebook” and “Dear John” comes a romantic drama starring James Marsden and MichelleMonaghan. The film charts the relationship between Amanda and Dawson; high-school sweethearts who meet up in their home-town 20 years later.
Brad Pitt gives what has been dubbed a “career defining performance” as Sergeant Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier. Set during the end of WWII , Wardaddy and his men are outnumbered in their attempts to defeat the Nazis. Fury shows the harsh reality of war through a stellar cast and story. Shia LaBeouf co-stars.
Neil Patrick Harris is set to replace Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the 2015 Oscars. After what has been an extremely eventful year for the actor; the (controversial) finale of How I Met Your Mother and his gripping performance in Gone Girl, securing the role of Oscar host is something the actor has always aspired to do, even ticking it off his bucket list when it was confirmed. Harris may even find himself receiving an award as part of the Gone Girl cast.
by Victoria Adams / October 17th 2014 / No Comment
Glasgow Gigs This Week
Bury Tomorrow will performing at Glasgow’s Garage on Sunday (19th October). The five-piece from Southampton’s tour follows the release of album, “Runes” earlier this year which reached number one in the official UK Rock Chart.
American pop sensation, Lady GaGa will be also be in Glasgow on Sunday, making an appearance at the SSE Hydro. Last month GaGa’s fifth studio album “Cheek To Cheek” was released; a collaboration between herself and legendary crooner, Tony Bennett. It debuted at the top spot of the US Billboard Chart making this her fifth consecutive number one album.
The O2 ABC will play host to old-school rockers, The Boomtown Rats next week. Forming in 1977, The Rats had a very successful 8 year career as a band before splitting up. However, last year the band reformed and announced they would embark on UK And Ireland Tour, following the release of a Greatest Hits compilation. They play in Glasgow on Monday (20th October).
On Thursday (24th October) Glasgow’s Cathouse Rock Club will see American metal-core band, The World Alive take to the stage. This summer saw the band release their third album “Real” which, in an interview prior to its release, frontman, Telle Smith said it would contain “the heaviest songs that the band have ever produced”.
Announced This Week
Chuck Ragan has announced that he’ll be coming to Scotland to play at Edinburgh’s The Caves next year. As well as being a member of the band, Hot Water Music, Ragan has a successful solo career with latest solo album “Till Midnight” being released this year.
Neil Diamond will be coming to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next summer on July 7th 2015. With a career that started in the 1960’s, the American singer/songwriter is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. With an amazing 30 studio albums to his name, Diamond is undoubtedly a music icon who music reasonates with all ages.
Slipknot will be taking to the stage at the SSE Hydro on 25th January 2015 as part of their forthcoming World Tour. Throughout their colourful career,the band have caused controversy over their masked image and lyrics, but this has not stopped the band making music with new album “5: The Grey Chapter” set to be released this month.
Former Oasis guitarist and “Madchester” legend, Noel Gallagherunveiled forthcoming single, “The Heat Of The Moment” and details of his second solo album, “Chasing The Sun”, scheduled for release in March 2015. And, if that wasn’t enough, Noel and his HighFlying Birds will be out on the road in early 2015; Noel will be at The SSE Hydro on 7th March 2015.
by Siobhanne Beattie / October 13th 2014 / No Comment
Jessie Ware “Tough Love”
Singer/Songwriter, Jessie Ware puts out her second studio album today, it follows her 2012 debut offering, “Devotion” and includes the singles, “Tough Love” and “Say You Love Me”.
You + Me “Rose Ave”
Pop punk wildchild, P!nk (aka Alecia Moore) has teamed up with Canadian singer/songwriter, Dallas Green to form You + Me. The duo are set to unleash their hybrid of folk and soft rock onto the mainstream with debut album, “Rose Ave”, released today.
Slash “World On Fire”
Former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist, Slash releases his third solo album, “World On Fire” this week. It follows 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love” and his self-titled debut from 2010. The album has already spawned five singles, released over the past 4 months, including, “Bent ToFly”, “30 Years To Life”, “Stone Blind” and titled track, “World On Fire”.
Jessie J “Sweet Talker”
Following her 2011 debut, “Who You Are” and 2013’s “Alive”, Jessie J returns this week with her third helping, “Sweet Talker”. The album includes her smash-hit collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang” and latest single, “Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz.
Ella Henderson “Chapter One”
Spawned from the world of reality TV, Ella Henderson came 6th in The X Factor in 2012. This week she releases her debut studio album, “Chapter One”, it includes her hit single, “Ghost” and latest single, “Glow”.
U2 “Songs Of Innocence”
Today sees legendary Dublin band, U2 release THAT album. “Songs Of Innocence” marks the band’s first studio release in 5 years, following 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon” and is already the most controversial album of 2014 thanks to a little deal with Apple and the violation of millions of iTunes music libraries . . .
by Siobhanne Beattie / October 10th 2014 / No Comment
The SSE Hydro celebrated its first birthday last week; since opening its doors in September 2013, the venue has become one of the most exciting in Glasgow, playing host to some of the BIGGEST names in music. We say, “Happy Birthday, Hydro” by looking back at the biggest and best who have rocked Glasgow these past 12 months!
Mrs Jay Z brought her world tour to Scotland for the very first time when she played The SSE Hydro for two nights in February as part of her, “Mrs Carter World Tour”. It followed a debut stint at T In The Park in 2011.
Veteran rock band, Eagles played The SSE Hydro back in May of this year. The LA band who formed in 1971 played the best of their extensive back catalogue as part of their “The History Of The Eagles” tour.
Californian girl, Katy Perry brought her “Prismatic World Tour” to Glasgow’s Hydro in May of this year; the singer had to add a second date due to phenomenal demand. The tour was in support of her third studio album, “Prism”, released in October 2013.
Scots twins, Craig and Charlie Reid were the first act booked to play The SSE Hydro last October, before Rod Stewart swept in and beat them to the punch! The Proclaimers celebrated 25 years in the music business with a date at Glasgow’s then-newest gig venue with very special guests Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Glasvegas.
Madcap Miley came to Glasgow in May as part of her “Bangerz World Tour” back in May 2014. The twerking wild-child was touring in support of her fourth studio album, “Bangerz” and played to a sold out crowd.
Scottish rock band, Simple Minds played a sold-out show in November 2013 at The Hydro, in celebration of more than 35 years as a band. Jim Kerr and Co are scheduled to release their 16th studio album, “Big Music” next month.
The original blonde bombshell brought her “Blue Smoke World Tour” to Glasgow in June, just a week shy of her Glastonbury super-stint. Dolly Parton played her biggest hits, including, “Jolene” and “9 To 5″ to a packed house.
The SSE Hydro played host to legendary band, Fleetwood Mac in October 2013, just weeks after opening its doors. The band were out on the road for the first time since 2009 to mark the 35th Anniversary of 1977 album, “Rumours”.
The Purple One paid a visit to The Hydro in May for his first headline Glasgow gig in 19 years. It was his first UK arena tour since 1995 and support came from 3RDEYEGIRL.
Pop superstar, J.T played at The SSE Hydro in April of this year, as part of “The 20/20 Experience World Tour”. The tour came in support of his long-awaited comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience”, which has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.
It has been a promising start for the Glasgow venue and it look set to get bigger and better with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Kasabian, TheScript and Culture Club all booked to perform at The Hydro in the coming months. Here’s to 2015!
Based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel of the same name, this film is the first instalment in the Maze Runner series. Awaking with no recollection of who he is, 16 year old Thomas finds that he has somehow been transported to an elaborately complex maze. There he meets a group of other boys who have also found themselves there, forming a society within the confines of their labyrinthine dwelling. A film with an abundance of energy, The Maze Runner is a must see for those who enjoyed The Hunger Games. With a cast whose faces can be recognised from the likes of Game Of Thrones and Skins, this film showcases a variety of young talent.
Set in Belfast in 1971 at the beginning of the conflict, this thriller stars Jack O’Connell as Gary Hook, a British soldier who becomes separated from his unit during a riot. Prepare to feel the suspense and anxiety of not knowing whether Gary will safely return to his barracks before being caught by the IRA. A gripping, tense watch that highlights the brutality of life in Northern Ireland during this time with an incredibly convincing performance from O’Connell, it’s no wonder that numerous publications have already dubbed ’71 as one of the best films of the year.
Catch a Classic
Make Way For Tomorrow @Glasgow Film Theatre, Sunday 26th October 2014
This 1937 film starring Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi has been classed as one of Hollywood’s greatest achievements. An elderly couple are forced to separate following the foreclosure of their home and each have to stay with one of their five children until they sort out their situation. Be warned, don’t see this film without bringing tissues; Make Way For Tomorrow is both heart-warming and tear-jerking.
In keeping with his previous (and highly praised performance of) role as drug kingpin,Walter White, Bryan Cranston has confirmed that he is to star in The Infiltrator as customs agent Robert Mazur. In true Cranston tradition, this character also has a drug-smuggling, money-laundering alias. Further casting is yet to be announced, but with Cranston already on board, good things are to be expected. Those missing the debauchery of Breaking Bad and Cranston’s incredible performance certainly have something to look forward to with this forthcoming movie!