This Week’s New Releases: U2, Van Morrison And Miguel

Okay, it’s December 1 and pretty much everywhere has started winding down in the run up to Christmas, not the below acts though! Among the list is a new Van Morrison record, U2’s follow up to 2014’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ and Miguel’s new LP, which boasts appearances by Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Quin, Kali Uchis, J. Cole and Salaam Remi.

Andy Grammer – ‘The Good Parts’ (S-Curve Records/Umg)

Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings – ‘From The Jam – Live!’ (Basstone via Absolute)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir – ‘Christmas With Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir’ (Decca)

Chief Keef – ‘The Dedication’ (Rbc Records)

Chris Stapleton – ‘From A Room: Volume 2’ (Decca/Mercury Nashville)

The Eskies – ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’ (Parochial Dancehall Records)

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ (Eleven Seven)

Glassjaw – ‘Material Control’ (Century Media)

Jennifer Ann – ‘Take Me Home’ EP (Jennifer Ann Music)

Midge Ure – ‘Orchestrated’ (BMG)

Miguel – ‘War & Leisure’ (RCA)

New Order – ‘NOMC15’ (Mute)

Nicholas Krgovich – ‘In An Open Field’ (Tin Angel)

Pitbull – ‘Greatest Hits’ (Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA)

The Skids – ‘Scared To Dance [Box Set]’ (Caroline)

Stealers Wheel – ‘The A&M Years’ (Caroline)

Steven Wilson – ‘Last Day Of June’ OST (Caroline International)

The Sweet – ‘The Polydor Albums’ (Caroline)

Tommy Blaize – ‘Life & Soul’ (UMOD)

U2 – ‘Songs Of Experience’ (Island)

Van Morrison – ‘Versatile’ (Caroline/Exile)

Wilco – ‘A.M.’ (Deluxe) and ‘Being There'(Deluxe) (Rhino)

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Show Up: The Tours You Don’t Want To Miss In 2016

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So, it’s a new year, which means there’s a whole 12 months of gigs to look forward to. Check below to make sure you don’t miss out on what could be your only chance to see some of these artists. Would you forgive yourself? I wouldn’t. Get booking.

Adele

So, it seems Adele’s talk of her aversion to touring during her ‘25’ publicity trail was a ruse as the Tottenham-born singer announced at the end of November that she would be embarking on a world tour in 2016. As expected, demand in the UK was phenomenal and extra dates were added all over the place, resulting in an impressive run of eight shows at the O2 in London alone. In fairness to fans, the trek is well overdue as the last time she hit the road was in 2011. Having gathered so much momentum with the release of ‘25’, world domination was clearly the next step.

Bring Me The Horizon

Some may say that 2015 was BMTH’s year, with their main stage slot at Reading and Leeds, second on the bill only to Metallica, and going gold in the UK with their fifth album, ‘That’s The Spirit’. However, as our writer Alec Chillingworth predicted, this was only a taste of things to come. It was only four days into the new year before the Sheffield quintet announced their biggest headline tour to date, which will see them take on arena shows in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow in November.If that wasn’t enough they’ll be playing the Royal Albert Hall, alongside a full orchestra, in April, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Used

When we caught up with The Used in early 2015 they said they were planning something special for their 15 year anniversary. True to their word they’ve lined up four UK dates, two in London and two in Leeds, as part of their ‘2 Nights And 2 Albums’ tour across the US, UK and Europe. On one night the band will play their self titled debut and the other their sophomore LP, ‘In Love And Death’.

Brian Fallon

In July 2015 the Gaslight Anthem, the band Fallon fronts, announced that they were taking a break to focus on other projects. They followed the news with a headline show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire sandwiched between main stage sets at Reading and Leeds in August. It wasn’t long, two months later in fact, before Fallon confirmed his solo album would arrive in 2016 and he would be touring to support it. ‘Painkillers’ is set for release on March 11, following which the New Jersey singer-songwriter will return to the UK for shows between April 5 and April 10.

Elton John

After numerous statements that he will be taking a break from touring to focus on time with his children, we think it’s best you catch Elton while you can. The man who never stops will release his 33rd studio album, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’, on February 5. Following which he’ll gear up for his summer dates, expected to be his last for the foreseeable future.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath will headline this year’s Download festival as part of their final ever tour, The End.  Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will top the bill on Saturday June 11 at Donington Park. The appearance is flanked by an extensive run of shows in North America, which has them on the road throughout January, February, August and September, amidst which they’ve been confirmed for a mix of summer festival performances throughout Europe. If you want to see Sabbath, it’s pretty much a now or never type situation!

Funeral For A Friend

Talking of final tours, after 15 years together the Welsh post-hardcore troupe will call it a day following their Last Chance To Dance tour in April. For the UK leg of the trek the band will make stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, playing two shows in each city. Similar to the Used, FFAF will play their ‘Hours’ album in full on one night, followed by ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ the next. Support will come from Zoax and Shai Hulud.

The Stone Roses

The story of the Stone Roses is a bit of a roller-coaster. They formed in 1983, pioneered the ‘Madchester’ movement, broke up in 1996, announced their reformation in 2011, played three reunion shows in 2012 and in 2013 the Shane Meadows documentary The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone came out. Then nothing, nothing until November 2015, when the band announced they would take to the stage together again for four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June, and a headline slot at Scotland’s T In The Park and one Dublin date in July. It seems the ‘mad for it!’ spirit is back.

Coheed & Cambria/Glassjaw

Having released their first non-concept and eighth studio album, ‘The Color Before The Sun’, in early October, Coheed And Cambria are keen to take the record on the road. But not content with an arsenal of new material the New York-based four-piece have decided to bring with them post-hardcore legends Glassjaw, who will no doubt draw a crowd in their own right. Also going along for the ride will be Cheltenham five-piece Crooks.

Grimes

It’s safe to say that 2015 was a good year for Grimes. She released ‘Art Angels’, the highly-anticipated follow up to 2012’s ‘Visions’, to critical acclaim and appeared on many an end of year list as a result. She also supported Lana Del Rey on her US Endless Summer Tour. However, it’s time for Grimes to take centre stage on a headline slot, and that’s exactly what she’s going to do in 2016 when she hits the road in March for her Acid Reign tour. The Canadian artists will call in Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Support will come from LA pop-artist HANA.

Rihanna

Everyone loves a bit of RiRi but that lady does love to make us wait. It’s been nearly three years since she popped across the pond for her Diamonds World Tour and despite a few teasers, the follow up to 2012’s ‘Unapologetic’ is yet to be seen.  So, who wants to place a bet on if ‘Anti’ will arrive before Rihanna does in June? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but we recommend you grab those tickets while you can because you won’t want to wait another three years to see pop’s favourite bad girl in the UK.

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