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As the Rolling Stones epic "50 and Counting" toured rolled into Anaheim (the setting for the annual NAMM music show) they were joined on stage by a very special guest.


John Mayer joined the 'Stones on stage  while they played a number of their biggest hits and Mayer bashed out a cover of "Champagne and Reefer" made famous by the late, great Muddy Waters.


An ever-changing set list has definitely been a feature of this Rolling Stones tour but, when you have such an epic back catalogue, the the variety adds a unique element to each performance.


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In an interview with David Frost which is due to be Aired next month Sir Paul McCartney tries to dispell the theory, commonly held amongst Beatles fans, that Yoko Ono was to blame for the breakup of the Fab-Four.


Avid Beatles fans have been blaming Yoko Ono for the break-up of the Beatles for over 40 years. In a surprise gesture, Paul McCartney has come to her defense, stating that she did not cause the break-up, during an interview with Sir David Frost that will air later this year on Al Jazeera English Television. 


"She certainly didn't break the group up," the 70-year-old rock-star will be seen telling Sir David Frost in an interview to be broadcast next month.


"I don't think you can blame her for anything," he says, claiming John Lennon was "definitely going to leave".


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The 58th Ivor Novello Awards, celebrating, honouring and rewarding excellence in songwriting and composing, have just taken place in the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.


The Maccabees kicked off proceedings winning the Best Contemporary Song Award with 'Pelican'. Best Song Musically and Lyrically went to Emeli Sandé for Next To Me.  The Ivors Inspiration Award was taken home by Mark Almond and Gavin Rossdale won International Achievement Award. Outstanding Song Collection Award was accepted by Noel Gallagher with a characteristically heart-warming blue acceptance speech. Best Original Film Score for Anna Karenina went to Dario Marianelli, the full list is below. The Ivor Novello Awards are presented and judged by the writing community and regarded as the most important awards for UK music writers.



Winners of the 58th Ivor Novello Awards


Best Contemporary Song : Pelican  (Written by Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White)

PRS for Music Most Performed Work : Next to Me (Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)

Best Television Soundtrack : Lucian Freud: Painted Life (Composed by John Harle)

The Ivors Inspiration Award  : Marc Almond

Album Award : An Awesome Wave : Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton

The Ivors Classical Music Award : Errollyn Wallen MBE

PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement : Justin Hayward

Best Original Film Score : Anna Karenina (Composed by Dario Marianelli)

Best Song Musically and Lyrically : Next to Me (Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sandé)

International Achievement : Gavin Rossdale

Songwriter of the Year : Calvin Harris

Outstanding Song Collection : Noel Gallagher

PRS for Music Special International Award : Randy Newman



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Nordoff Robbins have today announced that the incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed band, Coldplay, are to receive the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.

The star-studded event, in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, a favourite charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. 

Chris Martin of Coldplay said 'It means a huge amount to us to be named Best British Act by Nordoff Robbins at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins is an organisation that lies very close to our hearts. They provide life-changing music therapy for thousands of people each year and we're humbled to collect this award in their honour.'

The event is a highlight in the music industry calendar, recognised for its A-list attendees as well as the impressive auction prizes up for grabs at the lunch. 

The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2013 event is hoping to raise £500,000 to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.






Manic Street Preachers have announced gigs in Australia so they can follow this summer's 2013 British and Irish Lions tour.


Their announcement follows news that 15 Wales players will be among the 37-man squad for the 10-match tour.


The "massive rugby fans" describe the prospect of watching the team take on Australia as an "once in a lifetime opportunity".


The band's song Australia was used in tourist board ad campaigns.


Bass player Nicky Wire told BBC Radio Wales: "The dangling carrot was that we'd never been to New Zealand. We could go to Australia, see the Lions and hop over to New Zealand.


"We've never been to New Zealand and we have a lot of Australian fans. It all came together in the most magical way."


The group called themselves "massive rugby fans" and the chance to play some gigs and watch the Lions play Australia was described as "an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity".


Wire added: "The Lions are a rare animal to see".


As for the show audiences, he said there would be a mix of "feather boas" and "middle-aged men in rugby tops".



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"We can't wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our Australian fans and the thousands of Lions fans travelling Down Under."


The Manic Street Preachers travel to Australia in late June to play shows in Melbourne and Sydney to coincide with matches against the Wallabies.


They will also travel to Auckland, New Zealand, during a break between games.


In September the band are due to play Festival No 6 at the village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd.


It attracted 6,500 people when held for the first time last year.