Guns n Roses July UK tour dates

Guns n Roses have announced a UK tour set to take place in July, to follow that previously reported date at Hammersmith Apollo on 7 June and their appearance at this year’s Download Festival on 11 June. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9am, here are the dates:

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18 Jul: Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
19 Jul: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
21 Jul: Glasgow SECC
23 Jul: Manchester MEN Arena
25 Jul: Birmingham NEC
27 Jul: Nottingham Arena
30 Jul: London Wembley Arena

Beyonce Knowles solo news

Beyonce Knowles has revealed details of her next solo album, which is to glory in the title of “B’Day” and be released – yep – on Knowles 25th birthday, 4 September. The first single release will be ‘Deja Vu’, a collaboration with the singer’s boyfriend Jay Z.

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The former Child Of Destiny is said to have written, arranged and co-produced her second solo work, which is also believed to feature contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Rich Harrison, The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz. Presumably Beyonce herself also came up with the title, as she did everything else. It seems a bit unwise. It might not happen in the US, but there’s always going to be someone over here who’s going to think it sounds like ‘bidet’.

Monsieur R in court for incitement to riot

One of the rappers who was blamed by certain politicians for inciting those riots that took place in France at the end of last year is in court this week in another dispute with a French MP. Monsieur R, real name Richard Makela, is facing three years in prison or a 75,000 euro fine if UMP MP Daniel Mach is successful in his legal action against the rapper.

Of particular contention is Makela’s 2004 album ‘Politikment Incorrekt’, and more specifically the lyrics and video for the track ‘FranSSe’. In that track Makela raps: “France is a bitch, don’t forget to fuck her till she’s exhausted/You have to treat her like a slut, man” and “I piss on Napoleon and on General de Gaulle”, while in the video he is dressed as a gendarme with two naked women rubbing against the French flag.

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On hearing the album Mach proposed a law making it a criminal offence to “insult the dignity” of France and the French state. When the rioting began in certain French cities last November other politicians also expressed their opposition to Makela, and six other French hip hop acts, who they said had helped incite the violence through their lyrics. By that time, however, Mach had already begun the legal action that has reached court this week. The MP accuses Makela of “making and disseminating violent and pornographic messages to which minors could get access”.

Makela continues to deny that he has behaved in an improper way through his music. At the time of last year’s riots he told reporters: “Hip hop is a crude art, so we use crude words. It is not a call to violence”.

The Who UK tour dates

The Who are to kick off their upcoming European tour at Leeds University on 17 Jun, 36 years after playing the set there that was to become the basis of their 1970 album ‘Live At Leeds’. The rest of their UK dates, including festival appearances, are as follows:

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17 Jun: Leeds University
18 Jun: Brighton Centre
25 Jun: Leeds O2 Wireless Festival
28 Jun: Bristol Ashton Gate Football Stadium
2 Jul: London Hyde Park Calling Festival
3 Jul: Hampshire Beaulieu Motor Museum
5 Jul: Liverpool Docks
6 Jul: Liverpool Docks
8 Jul: Oxegen
9 Jul: T In The Park

Kylie Minogue strong tip for Glastonbury 2007

It looks as though Kylie Minogue has been booked to appear at Glastonbury 2007, after Michael Eavis revealed at the Ivor Novello awards on Thursday that he’s confirmed three headliners for the pyramid stage at next year’s event.

According to The Mirror, he said “Kylie is definitely going to be the Sunday night headliner. We want her to do all the stuff she did on her Showgirl tour with the fairies and the trapeze. She’s so Glastonbury. I’m worried it’s too early for her but she’s really keen. Her people said they don’t even need a contract – a handshake is enough.”

Although, to be honest, I’m not sure if that Mirror quote is actually what he said at the Ivor Novellos, or something he subsequently said directly to them. I might have been better informed on this had I made it to the Novello Awards myself, rather than coming back to the office because I had, and I quote, “too much work to do”.