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Since Noel Gallagher left Oasis after a spat with his brother Liam on 28 August 2009, the Manchester born musician has been pretty busy. His latest project, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, began by kicking off their debut UK and Ireland tour at Dublin's Olympia Theatre just hours after their self-titled debut album went straight to Number One in the UK album chart.

The band made their entrance onstage to the anthem of Gallagher's beloved Manchester City 'Blue Moon', a subtle jab at Manchester United fans after their 6-1 defeat in the Manchester derby just a few hours before the gig. Noel made no attempt of forgetting the past with the band opening up with the 1994 Oasis b-side '(It's Good) To Be Free'.

Later, Gallagher also gave more and more references to his previous band with renditions of 'Wonderwall', 'Supersonic', ‘Talk Tonight' and 'Half the World Away'. Even the three song encore was made up entirely of Oasis tracks, 'Don't Look Back In Anger', ‘The Importance Of Being Idle' and 'Little By Little'.

The remainder of the set was made up by tracks from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' self-titled debut album.  Just hours previously, Noel Gallagher had beaten previous X Factor winner Matt Cardle to the top of the UK album chart.

The ex-Oasis chief's 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' clocked up sales of 120,000 in its first week alone,  almost double that of brother Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye debut, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which charted at Number Three back in March.

Singles 'The Death Of You And Me' and 'AKA… What A Life' were met with an ecstatic reaction from the swarm of fans, who chanted Gallagher's name throughout the performance.

Gallagher, being his usual self, engaged in banter with fans about the Manchester Derby football result, responding to booing from the crowd by saying:

“That's piss poor that is. You should be proud of yourselves booing a man at his first gig.”

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds’ tour continues in Manchester on Wednesday 26th October, before moving on to Edinburgh the following day and more gigs at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, HMV Forum and The Roundhouse before the end of the month.

Gallagher also announced on his website another much bigger tour beginning with a huge date in his hometown at the Manchester Evening News Arena on February 13, 2012.


Ian Brown has reportedly confirmed that the much talked about reunion of The Stone Roses is definitely going to take place.


According to the Sun, the illusionist and magician Dynamo, a close friend of Brown, revealed a text message from the singer about the reunion, which read: "We are going to rule the world again. It's happening." Dynamo continued by saying: "He said it's true. It is definitely happening. Ian's on great form. I'll be at the gigs. It's going to be massive."


Rumours of a Stone Roses reunion flared up last week, with a major music publicist refusing to confirm or deny that a planned announcement would indeed be declaring the band's return. It follows news breaking last April that singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire had met up for what was thought to be the first time since the band's 1996 split.


According to the tabloid's report, Elbow's Guy Garvey has also confirmed the Stone Roses reunion, with a source telling the paper: "Guy was talking to friends about how the original line-up had been rehearsing over the summer in Manchester."


With The Stone Roses set for a reunion, top bookie Paddy Power is opening a book on what lies ahead for the Mancunian outfit.

With reports confirming the Stone Roses reunion, the 'Fool's Gold' stars are as short as 11/10 to headline the Californian Coachella festival in 2012 and 3/1 to headline Glastonbury in 2013.


Further reports suggest that the band will reform for two huge shows at Heaton Park, 15 years after the Mancunian band fell apart in 1996 after legal wrangles and internal rows but their self-titled first album, released in 1989, is still widely seen as one of the greatest debuts of all time.


Guitarist John Squire quit in 1995 and although the band limped on with a replacement, the group split after a disastrous performance at Reading Festival in 1996.


Speculation of the reunion mounted after a major music publicist sent out invitations to journalists on Friday to "a special press conference for a very important announcement". A spokesman for Murray Chalmers PR, which is handling the event, refused to deny or confirm whether it would announce their return.


The Jackson Brothers are set to headline a Michael Jackson tribute concert in Tokyo, Japan later this year, it's been reported.

Just days after the Michael Forever Tribute Concert that was hosted in Cardiff last weekend, the family of Michael Jackson have announced that they will be hosting another big-budget tribute show in Tokyo.

Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson – without Randy, according to his Twitter account – will perform as the Jacksons, singing "around 15 songs". It's not clear whether these will be drawn exclusively from the siblings' old repertoire, or also from Michael's solo hits.

At Saturday's Michael Forever bonanza, the three brothers joined JLS for a rendition of Blame it on the Boogie. JLS are hoping to release that team-up as a single. "We discussed some things backstage about the future and they want to take us out for dinner to talk further," Oritsé Williams told The Sun. "It would be amazing."


In addition to the performance by the Jacksons, the Tokyo gigs will include numerous as-yet unnamed Japanese acts.

The upcoming Tokyo show will hope to achieve the carnival atmosphere achieved in the streets of Cardiff, Wales surrounding the Michael Forever Tribute Concert, where over 40,000 fedora-wearing fans blew whistles and danced to Michael’s greatest hits, en-route to the Millennium Stadium.


According to The Guardian, Katherine Jackson said at a London conference: "If Michael was alive, he would definitely have done something to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan. [He] loved children [and] he would have felt for those children who lost parents or homes".  Merchandising proceeds from the tribute concert in Tokyo will go to the charity Ashinaga which helps children affected by the Japanese earthquakes in March.

Thus far, the Jackson family have been split on the matter of tribute concerts. In particular, Randy and Jermaine have expressed their concern about drawing attention away from the trial of Michael's former doctor, Conrad Murray. Janet Jackson also refused to perform at the Cardiff show.

While Murray's trial is expected to be completed before the 13-14 December concerts, it is not clear whether Jermaine, Randy or Janet will be joining in the celebrations with the three yet to offer their support for the Tokyo event.

Vinyl collectors have had a field day recently with limited-edition Radiohead remix 7-inches, but fans still enamoured with plain old CDs will finally be able to get a hold of those songs as well. A two-disc compilation called TKOL RMX collects 19 tracks, most of which are reworked versions of songs from this year’s The King Of Limbs.

Yorke said recently the band decided to release a remix album because they wanted to continue experimenting with original tracks.

Thom Yorke explains: “The remix 12′ s came out of us wanting to experiment with the tunes further.”


The Radiohead frontman continues: “I was really curious to see how the people I was listening to so much would use what we gave them. I didn’t just want floor fillers and all that shit, I just wanted to see how the songs could really branch out and mutate. I love that there is such a culture of remixing at the moment, all this flow of ideas. It may come outta the club scene but to me there is a lot more to it than that. I think it appeals to us as a band at the moment that ideas and versions are not so fixed and set in stone, it feels kind of healthy for music.

'TKOL RMX 1234567' also features remixes from the likes of SBTRKT, Modeselektor and Nathan Fake.

The band, who are currently in New York for two live shows, will celebrate the album's release at London's Corsica Studios next Tuesday (October 11). For anyone unfamiliar with the Boiler Room, it's a watch-from-your-computer club music event that's taken the net by storm over the last nine months or so. Tickets are invite only but the whole event will be available to be live streamed online from the website.

Front man Thom Yorke will be DJing, as will Jamie XX, Caribou, Lone and Illum Sphere, all of whom have contributed remixes to 'TKOL RMX 1234567'.