Is Albert Hammond Jnr preparing for a life without The Strokes? The grapevine has it that he is to design a clothing range, initially to be sold in Los Angeles: “I want to make suits that I’m going to have for myself,” he explains. He hopes initially to produce three styles of suit, branching out with new designs every season. Meanwhile, the day job ticks over, with a solo gig forthcoming at London's Scala on October 5, in the wake of his second solo album, Como Te Llama?
Fearing over-exposure, Foo Fighters are taking a “long break” from the UK, and are counselling fans not to expect a new album anytime soon. Nirvana drummer turned Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl unburdened to Radio 1’s Chris Moyles: "We're over in the UK every year, every summer, so I think it's time to take a break and come back over when people really miss us. After doing Wembley, we shouldn't come back there for, like, 10 years."
Watch footage from that (last ever?) Wembley performance here...
Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Smashing Pumpkins are releasing their first live concert DVD on November 11. If All Goes Wrong will include a 105-minute documentary as well as footage from the band's 11-night residency at the Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco over July and August 2007. “The documentary shows that process in an interesting way that reveals the link between the band and our audience,” says frontman Billy Corgan.
On 28th September Rhino Records will re-issue one of the most consistent and influential music catalogues of the 1980s, that of New Order. All five albums will come with bonus discs featuring contemporaneous singles, b-sides, remixes, and packaging that includes exclusive interviews with all four band members.
Rising from the ashes of legendary British post-punks Joy Division, New Order triumphed over the tragedy of Ian Curtis’s suicide to emerge as one of the most forward-thinking bands of the 1980s. Their 1983 hit Blue Monday saw them fully embrace dance music and synthesized instruments, and set a long-standing, but entirely unsubstantiated, benchmark as “the best-selling 12-inch single ever”.
Newshound: Holly Eells