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Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed plans to persuade Jimmy Page of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin to join them at their summer shows in their upcoming UK tour.

If you are at all human, after reading that first paragraph I can imagine that your interest has been peaked. It seems that the age-defying rockers, Red Hot Chili Peppers have spoken out about how legendary guitarist Jimmy Page would be their dream guest for their upcoming shows at Knebworth and the Stadium of Light in Sunderland this summer.

Chili’s drummer Chad Smith said "Jimmy Page has come to our shows before but we haven't had a chance to play with him," in an interview with The Daily Star, Chad continued adding: "That would be really cool so maybe that can happen."

Playing the historic venue of Knebworth in Hertfordshire is especially exciting for the band.

Talking about their Knebworth booking, Smith added: "Being a big rock fan, Knebworth is particularly exciting. I first heard about Knebworth when Led Zeppelin played there in 1979, so to me it's hallowed ground and pretty cool that we will be following them."

Whilst it does seem a long shot, Page, now 68 years old, has been known to cameo in big gigs. This hasn’t gone un-noticed with Smith noting: "Maybe we can get Page to come out to Knebworth. I saw him come on with Foo Fighters at Wembley."

The “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic” band  have been on an enforced break after lead singer Anthony Kiedis, now 49, crushed a bone in his foot and had to undergo surgery, but it’s not been all misfortune for the foursome.

Chad added the time off was productive, as he got together with the other band members - guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and bassist Flea - to write new tracks.

He added: ''We just rehearsed and came up with some ideas and new song ideas.


Engelbert Humperdinck will come head to head with Jedward when he represents the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The Eurovision Show Contest has been going for well over 50 years among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union but the 2012 show is set to headline Engelbert Humperdinck as this year’s entry for the UK, which has many fan’s of the club singer eager to see him in action.

The contest which takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan has already got some excited. Humperdinck, now 75-years-old, released his first album 'Release Me' in 1967 and will become the competitions oldest ever entrant when he steps out on stage on May 26th. The 60’s star revealed that it was "an absolute honour" to be chosen to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It’s an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to a part of an institution like Eurovision. I'm excited and raring to go and want the nation to get behind me!”

Head of entertainment and events at the BBC, Katie Taylor, added: "Not since the '70s have we had such an established international musical legend represent the nation. We couldn't be more delighted. Engelbert's experience leaves us in no doubt that he will be able to deliver a standout performance in front of 120 million viewers worldwide."

The song which is being kept under wraps is due to be co-written by Grammy award winning producer Marting Terefe and Sacha Skarbek, the mind behind James Blunt’s hit single “You’re Beautiful”. The recording of the track is scheduled to take place in London, Los Angeles and Nashville in Tennessee.

The UK hasn’t had tremendous luck in the Eurovision Song Contest. In fact the last act to win was Katrina and the Waves back in 1997 with their track 'Love Shine A Light'. Last year's entry from boyband Blue finished in 14th place, behind Jedward with their entry single "Lipstick” which finished in 8th position.

The Guardian have launched a poll asking readers if Engelbert Humperdinck is the right person to represent the UK at Eurovision. Whilst it is by no means a conclusive study, the general consensus seems to be fairly happy with the BBC’s decision.

After weeks of speculation and anticipation, last night’s (21/02/2012) Brit Awards left little to chance as celebrities and fans alike packed into the O2 arena in London.

There were a whole host of honours dished out with Adele's hugely popular, multiple Grammy-winning album 21 receiving the award for female solo artist and Album of the Year.

Adele had performed earlier in the evening offering up a cautious rendition of Rolling in the Deep, but it was Ed Sheeran, the night's other double winner after taking home best British male solo artist and best British breakthrough, that shone on stage. After a quick costume change the singer-songwriter performed a note perfect version of his single, Lego House.

Other winners at the BRIT Awards last night included Lana Del Rey, who won the award for international breakthrough act, Coldplay picked up the award for British music group, the Foo Fighters for international music group and a surprising win for One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" as they were handed the British single of the year.

The evening ended with a sour note as Adele clambered on stage to give her acceptance speech for Album of the Year.

But the Tottenham born starlet was rushed off the main stage to for a rather disappointing closing performance by 90’s pop-rock legends Blur, who picked up an award for outstanding contribution to music earlier in the ceremony. After an uncomfortable James Corden asked Adele to leave the stage, the singer flipped Brit award “suits” the finger while saying, "Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round, then?"

The incident upset Corden, who said afterwards: "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."

Many were left unconvinced by this year’s ceremony, with the Arts Desk website noting “For those into legacy, who might care about how this show will be remembered, it was the lowest BRITs climax for years.”


UK Grammy winning artist, Adele, has denied that she is about to take a five-year long break from making any more music.


The singer that saw international success with her album, '21', was quoted this week (February 14) in the US edition of Vogue as saying she wanted to "fuck off for four or five years" to focus on her new relationship with her boyfriend Simon Konecki, and would only return to her musical career when she can move away from her current album’s theme and write a "happy record".


Though it took just a few hours before the UK star took back those words, writing a message to her fans on her blog at The post about her time at the Grammy awards makes a reference to the interview with her words:


“I've a few days off now, and then it's the Brit Awards here at home and then I'm straight into the studio. 5 years? More like 5 days!”


The rumour began after Adele made comments in an interview with the US edition of Vogue quoting her as saying: "I am fucking off for four or five years. If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don't know what I'll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch."


In the same interview, she went on to say that she was sick and tired of being a "bitter witch" and that she would never write an album about another break-up again.


The comments come just days after Adele shined on her return to the big stage, picking up six Grammys after winning every category in which she was lucky enough to be nominated in, including best record for Rolling In the Deep and album of the year for 21.


The 23-year-old underwent surgery on her vocal cords late last year and had been resting her voice on doctor's orders until US music's biggest night. For the first time since then, the singer took the stage to belt out Rolling In the Deep and finished to a standing ovation.


You can view a clip of the winners and of Adele’s performance at the Guardian.

It’s that time of year again. With nominations for this year’s NME awards, released last night (January 30) exclusively on BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe’s show. The nominations saw Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines and Odd Future among the acts nominated for gongs.

Arctic Monkeys – who've scored seven nominations in total – will go head-to-head with Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors and Muse for the Best British Band award. Somewhat ironically, Muse have also been nominated for three gongs in total including this year’s Worst Band award.

Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher is up for four awards in total, including the coveted Best Album for 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' and Best Solo Artist. He’s also going to be awarded the Godlike Genius Award on the night.

An Instrumania favourite, Foo Fighters, are up for the Best International Band award with lead singer and ex-nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl up for the Hero of the Year award.

The NME Awards has taken different forms over the past 60 years . Back in the 50s and 60s it was the Pollwinners' Concert, and from 1971 to 1993 it was a simple readers poll rather than the live ceremony that you see today. The 2012 NME awards will be the 15th year since the ceremony’s rebirth in 1993 after a 22 year gap of recognising and rewarding the very best in music.

For more information about the nominees and the ceremony or to get tickets, visit the official awards page at:

With new categories and awards, the show is set to be a good night of music. The winners will be announced at the ceremony at O2 Academy Brixton on February 29.  Vote for your favourite artist at: