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Audiences 'Miss Out' On New Music, Says Culture Minister

UK television audiences are not being exposed to new music due to poor scheduling, according to the culture secretary.Andy Burnham has said broadcasters must "promote and champion new music in this country, rather than having...

By on 06 October 2008

Morrissey Signs Top Manager Azoff

Former THE SMITHS star MORRISSEY has joined music mogul IRVING AZOFF's roster of talent, which includes the EAGLES and GUNS N' ROSES. The British rocker split with his U.K.-based managers at ie: music last month...

Gallagher 'Bigs Up Blur Tune'

The rivalry between OASIS and BLUR that was rife in the 1990s appears to have dissipated, with Noel Gallagher recently praising one of the band's songs.Speaking on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show, the guitarist and...

By on 29 September 2008

Bowie Tops Gayest Albums Poll

DAVID BOWIE and THE SMITHS have topped a new gay album poll. Bowie's 1972 release The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars claimed the top spot in the new Out...

Marr Joins The Cribs

Former THE SMITHS guitarist JOHNNY MARR has joined British rockers THE CRIBS. Since leaving the legendary band, Marr briefly performed with The Pretenders, The The, and Modest Mouse and even set up his own group...

Dodgy Reunite To Play Benefit Gig For Ex-smith Rourke

British band DODGY are reforming to play their first concert in a decade to raise money for a charity run by ex-THE SMITHS bassist ANDY ROURKE. The three-piece will stage their benefit gig for Rourke's...

Morrissey Makes £20k Donation To Salford Lads

Former SMITHS front-man MORRISSEY has given 20,000 to the Salford Lads Club venue.Originally opened in 1904 by the founder of the Scouts - Robert Baden-Powell - the club has been the subject of a campaign...

Morrissey Makes £20k Donation To Salford Lads

Former SMITHS front-man MORRISSEY has given 20,000 to the Salford Lads Club venue.Originally opened in 1904 by the founder of the Scouts - Robert Baden-Powell - the club has been the subject of a campaign...

By on 31 December 2007

Morrissey Funds Smiths Youth Club

British singer MORRISSEY has made a donation to a youth club which was immortalised in an album cover by his former band THE SMITHS. The pop star posed alongside ex-bandmates Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and...

Journalist Deems Morrissey 'Cowardly' In Immigration Row

LATEST: The journalist at the centre of the row over MORRISSEY'S controversial comments on immigration has hit back at the former THE SMITHS frontman - defiantly ridiculing his decision to take legal action. Writer Tim...

Ronson Enlists Wilson To Replace Allen

LILY ALLEN reportedly snubbed MARK RONSON by not appearing at his Roundhouse concert on Tuesday (October 24th) night.The 22-year-old singer, who is dating the CHEMICAL BROTHERS' ED SIMON, failed to perform her rendition of the...

By on 26 October 2007

Marr Hints At Smiths Reunion

JOHNNY MARR has dropped the biggest hint yet his band THE SMITHS could reform. Guitarist Marr, who currently tours with rockers Modest Mouse, has previously played down rumours of a reunion for the 80s rockers....

Smiths Star Made Music Professor

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has been made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford.The 43-year-old, responsible for the innovative guitar lines on hits such as How Soon is Now?, This Charming Man...

By on 20 October 2007

Wilson's Manchester An "Alternative Metropolis"

Comedian and actor Steve Coogan has paid tribute to the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, saying he created Manchester's "alternative metropolis".Coogan played Wilson in the cult film 24 Hour Party People, which portrayed Wilson's...

By on 21 August 2007

Private Funeral For Tony Wilson In Manchester

The funeral for legendary music mogul Tony Wilson will take place in his hometown of Manchester today.The Factory Records founder died from Cancer last week and his life will be celebrated at a ceremony at...

By on 20 August 2007

Babyshambles Finalise Autumn Release

Babyshambles have finalised the details for their single and album releases, due on September 17th and October 1st respectively.Delivery, the first track to be lifted from the album Shotter's Nation will kick off the new...

By on 16 August 2007

Morrissey Fan Documentary On The Way

Singer MORRISSEY is the subject of a new documentary film exploring how fans have been influenced by the former THE SMITHS frontman. Passions Just Like Mine, which is almost complete and currently has no release...

Smiths Producer Told Doherty To 'Sort It Out'

Stephen Street, famed music producer of the Smiths and Blur, has revealed how in heart-to-heart sessions with Pete Doherty he tried to get the Babyshambles frontman to 'sort himself out'.The producer, who has just completed...

By on 08 August 2007

Smiths Fans Plans Charity Bike-athon To Save Roof

LATEST: Fans of THE SMITHS are to stage a charity bike ride to raise funds for the ongoing renovation of Salford Lad's Club, which featured on the cover of the band's The Queen Is Dead...

Rough Trade Acquired By Beggars

Independent record label Rough Trade has joined the Beggars Group after the company bought Sanctuary's share of the small firm.Rough Trade will continue to operate out of its own offices but all central functions will...

By on 24 July 2007

Bassist: 'The Smiths Are Unlikely To Regroup'

Former THE SMITHS bassist ANDY ROURKE insists the legendary band is unlikely to reunite, because singer MORRISSEY is difficult to get in touch with. Rourke has had little contact with Morrissey, who now lives in...

Morrissey + Marr Heal Rift, But Never Discuss Smiths Reunion

Former THE SMITHS rockers MORRISSEY and JOHNNY MARR still socialise together despite falling out after the band's demise - but they've never discussed reforming the legendary group. Guitarist Marr claims neither he nor Morrissey has...

The Smiths' Roof Is Stolen

The roof of a building made famous by THE SMITHS has been stolen. The GBP250,000 ($500, 000) restoration of the Salford Lads Club in Greater Manchester, northern England - which featured on the cover of...

Restoration Of 'Smiths Club' Set Back

The restoration of the Salford Lads Club, famous for its connection to 80s rock band the Smiths, has been set back after thieves stole parts of the building's roof.Famed for an iconic photo of the...

By on 05 July 2007

Morrissey Cancels More Shows

Morrissey has been forced to cancel more shows on his US tour due to a continued viral infection.After performing at a gig in Virginia, the former Smiths singer saw a throat specialist in Washington DC...

By on 04 July 2007

Marr Was Oasis Inspiration

British rocker NOEL GALLAGHER was inspired to form OASIS with his brother LIAM after watching a performance by THE SMITHS as a youngster. The Wonderwall hitmaker says he was so impressed by The Smiths frontman...

Noel: Be Here Now Followed "Too Quick"

Noel Gallagher has explained why Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was 'bloated' saying it followed their second record "too quick".Speaking on the BBC's Seven Ages of Rock programme, shown on BBC2 this Saturday at...

By on 28 June 2007

Rockers Prepare To Gatecrash Dance

Indie bands are preparing to gatecrash a top dance festival this weekend as members of the Ordinary Boys, Franz Ferdinand and Babyshambles take to the decks.Gatecrasher's Summer Soundsystem festival takes place at Lotherton Hall in...

By on 24 May 2007

Marr Impressed Modest Mouse With Pipe-laying Stories

Former THE SMITHS and THE PRETENDERS guitarist JOHNNY MARR impressed his new bandmates in cult U.S. act MODEST MOUSE by recalling his days as a gas pipe fitter. The group, led by Isaac Brock, were...

Marr Turns Shoe Designer

Former THE SMITHS star JOHNNY MARR has designed a new line of limited-edition charity sneakers. Only 216 pairs of the sports shoes will be manufactured and available at select stores in America and Britain. Marr,...

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