This Week’s Top Tickets: Bon Jovi, KISS, Bryan Adams, Busted, Rita Ora, The Courteeners, Massive Attack, The Specials, Mark Knopfler and more

Bon Jovi

The rock legends will bring their This House Is Not For Sale tour to Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium on June 19, Wembley Stadium in London on June 21 and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on June 23. It’s their first UK tour in six years and they will be joined by special guests Manic Street Preachers. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 2.

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KISS

The rock icons will cross the Atlantic in summer for the European leg of their End of the Road farewell tour, including UK arena shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and London, where they’ll take over the O2 Arena on July 11. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on November 2.

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Bryan Adams

The Canadian pop-rock legend will bring his Shine A Light tour to Belfast, London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bournemouth in spring. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 2. The run takes its name from Adams’ new LP, which is out next year.

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Busted

The boyband will accompany the release of their new album, ‘Half Way There’, out on February 8, with arena shows in Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 2. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Rita Ora

The pop vocalist will support her long-awaited ‘Phoenix’ album, out on November 23, with arena shows in Cardiff, Bournemouth, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow. Tickets are on sale at 9am on November 2.

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The Courteeners

The indie band, who released ‘St. Jude Re:Wired’ in April to celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary, will play a huge homecoming show at Manchester’s Heaton Park on June 15. Tickets go on general sale at 9:30am on November 2, while James and Pale Waves are set to open.

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Massive Attack

Massive Attack will celebrate 21 years of their seminal ‘Mezzanine’ LP with UK and Ireland arena shows in January, February and March. A remastered version of the 1998 album is set to arrive on November 16. Tickets are on sale at 10am on November 2.

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The Specials

The ska legends will release ‘Encore’, their first new music for 37 years, on February 1, followed by an extensive tour during spring. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 2.

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Mark Knopfler

The former Dire Straits lead singer and guitarist will be joined by expanded 10-piece band for arena shows in Leeds, Newcastle, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Birmingham during May. The dates will support his upcoming LP, ‘Down The Road Wherever’, which is out on November 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on November 2.

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Also announced this week:

David Gray, the Beach Boys, Steve Aoki, Drenge, Hayley Kiyoko, Ministry Of Sound presents The Annual Classical, Tokio Hotel, Gary Numan, While She Sleeps, Escape The Fate, Sundara Karma, Lucy Spraggan, Ten Tonnes, Sea Girls, Four Tet, Seafret, Skinny Lister, Spielbergs, Still Game and many more! Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Paul Stanley And Nicky Wire!

On January 20, 1952, Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was born. On the same day in 1969 Manic Street Preachers bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire came into the world. Happy birthday both!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Paul Stanley And Nicky Wire!

On January 20, 1952, Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was born. On the same day in 1969 Manic Street Preachers bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire was born. Happy birthday both!

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Staff Picks: Simon Ramsay

I can’t really think about anything musical without first noting that, in many ways, 2016 has well and truly sucked donkey balls.It’s certainly been one of the most shocking and surprising years in recent memory. Forget about Brexit and Donald Trump, what about Leicester City winning the Premiership and Beyoncé somehow getting nominated for a rock Grammy? Yet it’s the beloved legends we’ve lost that has made the last 12 months feel like the equivalent of a cruel, and repeated, kick to the nether regions.  

It was bad enough beginning this annum with the news about Lemmy ringing in the ears he’d been abusing for decades, but then David Bowie passed and it was clear the Grim Reaper wasn’t fucking about. Since then he’s taken Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard and way too many more to mention without blubbing like a baby.  

So how do we rally ourselves in the face of such mortal misery? What can resurrect our spirits and allow our sense of purpose to be refreshed and reborn? No, not a chat with David Icke, but the healing power of music. Here’s some things that have helped make the rock ‘n’ roll year of death a bit more bearable.

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  • The Struts – Everybody Wants
  • The Cadillac Three – Bury Me In My Boots
  • Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor – Wild
  • Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
  • Brian Fallon – Painkillers
  • Neal Morse Band – The Similitude Of A Dream
  • Another Long Year – Alien Architect
  • Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Greek Theatre
  • The Temperance Movement – White Bear

SONGS OF THE YEAR

  • The Cadillac Three – Graffiti
  • Another Long Year – He Took Beautiful Away
  • Panic! At The Disco – Crazy=Genius / The Good The Bad And The Dirty
  • Eden’s Curse – Jericho
  • Neal Morse Band – All The Ways Of A Fool / The Man In The Iron Cage
  • Alter Bridge – My Champion
  • Miranda Lambert – Tin Man
  • Kenny Chesney – Rich And Miserable / Setting The World On Fire
  • Blossoms – Charlemagne
  • Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone
  • Blackberry Smoke – The Good Life
  • Whiskey Myers – Stone
  • Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
  • The Temperance Movement – Oh Lorraine
  • Joe Bonamassa – Mountain Climbing / How Deep This River Runs
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor – No Reason To Stay
  • Dan Patlansky – Run
  • John Paul White – Hope I Die
  • Maren Morris – My Church
  • Albany Down – Feeding The Flame

BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS

Listening to a lot of country this year so here’s a shout out for some very strong records if you’re also that way inclined:

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Not to be confused with Homer.

Margo Price – Farmer’s Daughter

Thankfully unrelated to Katy.

Miranda Lambert – The Weight Of These Wings.

Possibly married to Rickie.

Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah

Not the one and only

ALBUMS I’VE PREVIOSULY MISSED, EITHER BY A YEAR OR A NUMBER OF DECADES

  • Eric Church – Mr Misunderstood
  • Neal Morse – Momentum
  • Kansas – Leftoverture
  • Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park
  • Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
  • Cam – Untamed
  • Little Big Town – Tornado and Painkiller
  • Lady Antebellum – 747
  • Zac Brown Band – Uncaged and the Grohl Sessions
  • Everything by the wonderful Gov’t Mule.
  • The Top Gun Soundtrack!

COMEBACKS OF THE YEAR

Cheap Trick – Bang Zoom Crazy….Hello

Best album title ever.

The Rolling Stones – Blue And Lonesome

It’s easy to take them for granted, but this showed exactly why the venerable rock n’ roll rascals are one of the all-time greats. We should really value them while they’re still going as they won’t be around forever. Apart from Keith. Obviously.

Metallica – Hardwired….To Self-Destruct

Assuming we just pretend that most of the second disc doesn’t exist.

THE YEAR’S BEST MEAT LOAF IMPERSONATION

Avantasia – Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose

It’s hard to believe Jim Steinman didn’t write this intoxicating slab of overblown, bombastic brilliance in the late 1970s.

THE YEAR’S WORST MEAT LOAF IMPERSONATION

Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are

Seemingly unaware his voice is now more fragile than a neurotic actor’s confidence after a scathing review, the big man claimed this is one of the best things he’s ever done. What’s the auditory equivalent of Specsavers?

ELSEWHERE…

HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR:  

Liverpool 4- 3 Borussia Dortmund

Unbelievable Jeff.

LOWEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR:

Sevilla 3 – Liverpool 1

Unbelievable Jeff.

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR

3:  Donald Trump

The world is doomed.  The hair piece industry is thriving.

2:  Nigel Farage

Redefining the word serpentine. Send him to America and don’t let him back in. Like, ever.

1:  Alberto Moreno

Even Dracula is less afraid of crosses than Liverpool’s lobotomised full back.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR

All the internet trolls on the latest season of South Park being locked away by the Danish and subjected to constant Rick-rolling. Oh, and Mr Garrison becoming President of The United States on the back of a campaign that involved an endless tirade of racist, misogynist rhetoric.  Then donning a blonde wig once in power. Like that could ever happen.

FAVOURITE TV SHOWS

Game of Thrones Season 6

Hold The Door. Holy shit.

12 Monkeys Season 2

Gripping, surprising and much better than you might expect given that it’s derived from a hit movie.

The Americans Season 4

Imagine something really tense and then multiply it by the highest number you can think of.  Then triple that. Finally getting recognition and it’s about time.  

Westworld – Season 1

A bit narratively wonky and, at times, too clever and convoluted for its own good, but looked fantastic and was one hell of a fun ride.

Person Of Interest Season 4

If you gave up early on in season one that was a mistake as this swiftly became the most original, intelligent and terrifyingly prescient show ever. While still delivering superbly directed – and narratively crucial – action set pieces. And this season’s spine tingling finale?  Welcome To The Machine indeed.  

HOPES FOR 2016

  • That Kiss are as brilliantly over the top as ever when I see them in Manchester.
  • A new Bruce Springsteen album.
  • A new album from the recently reformed Live.
  • Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart’s third album is as good as the last one.
  • Certain bands from America come over here and play outside of bloody London.  I’m looking, or rather glaring, at you Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
  • An older James LaBrie doesn’t die while attempting to hit all the insane high notes on Dream Theater’s forthcoming ‘Images & Words’ tour.
  • That Liverpool pull out of their mini- slump and win the league. Or Man Utd get relegated.  Either one will do.
  • Channel 5 show the fifth and final season of Person Of Interest. Assuming they find time to squeeze it in between documentaries on body mass and anal lice.

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Adele Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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Stereoboard Hot Ticket Chart: November 28 – December 11

We had a few glitches last week so weren’t able to bring you the chart on time. But we’ve doubled up so you can rest easy because you haven’t missed a thing.

Having announced The Finale shows at London’s Wembley Stadium Adele has found herself back at #1 on the chart. Following closely behind are Guns N RosesOlly MursPaul Weller and  Micky Flanagan.

Meanwhile, the last chart’s top spot holder, Bruno Mars, has dropped to #7, Bryan Adams has entered the chart in an impressive sixth position, Little Mix are up four places, Strictly Come Dancing are down four and we’ve got a bunch of new names joining us, including Emeli SandeRicky GervaisKISS and Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow.

In the lead up to Christmas there are a lot of big shows for the new year going on sale, including Justin Bieber, Bob Dylan, Tom PettyAlice Cooper and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. Come back and see us next week to see if any of them have what it takes to dethrone the chart queen.

1. Adele
2. Guns N Roses
3. Olly Murs
4. Paul Weller
5. Micky Flanagan
6. Bryan Adams
7. Bruno Mars
8. Coldplay
9. Robbie Williams
10. Ricky Gervais
11.Emeli Sande
12. The Weeknd
13. Little Mix
14. KISS
15. Still Game
16. Drake
17. Phil Collins
18. Strictly Come Dancing
19. Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow
20. Jack Whitehall

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Justin Bieber

2. Bob Dylan

3. Tom Petty

4. Alice Cooper

5. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

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Tour Of The Week: KISS

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KISS will return to the UK and Europe in spring. KISS tickets are on sale now, priced £45.00/£37.50 plus fees.

The legendary glam-rockers have confirmed four UK arena shows, with stops planned at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on May 27, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena the following day, Manchester Arena on May 30 and the O2 Arena in London on May 31, as part of a wider European tour.

KISS Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat May 27 2017 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Sun May 28 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Tue May 30 2017 – MANCHESTER Arena
Wed May 31 2017 – LONDON O2 Arena

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Bruno Mars Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart

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We’re a little late with it, but below is Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart for November 21 to 27.

Bruno Mars has risen to #1 and knocked Cockney comedian Micky Flanagan down into second place. Following closely behind to make up the rest of the top five are The xxUB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey and The Kooks.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has gone from #3 to #6, Coldplay are up three places, Phil Collins is holding strong at #8 and James Arthur has dropped eight places. Little Mix have also done well to protect a top 20 position, going from last place on the last chart to #17 this week.

There are a shedload of shows going on sale soon, including tickets for Adele at Wembley, KISS‘ UK arena shows, Olly Murs‘ summer tour, new Bryan Adams dates and Richard Ashcroft‘s spring UK arena run. Check back in with us later this week to see if any of them have bumped Bruno off the top spot.

1. Bruno Mars
2. Micky Flanagan
3. The xx
4. UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey
5. The Kooks
6. Robbie Williams
7. Coldplay
8. Phil Collins
9. Drake
10. WWE Live
11. Still Game
12. Justin Bieber
13. Craig David
14. Strictly Come Dancing
15. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
16. Rod Stewart
17. Little Mix
18. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
19. Jeff Lynne’s ELO
20. James Arthur

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?

1. Adele

2. KISS

3. Olly Murs

4. Bryan Adams

5. Richard Ashcroft

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Adele, KISS, Olly Murs, Bryan Adams And Richard Ashcroft

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ADELE

Adele will wrap up her current world tour with two performances at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 29 and July 1. Both will be 360° shows, performed in the round. Tickets are on general sale at 10am on Friday December 2, priced from £45.00 to £95.00 seating, and £75.00 standing plus booking fees. A golden circle area around the stage is also being created, with tickets starting at £175.00 plus fees.

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KISS

KISS will play four arena shows in the UK next spring, with stops planned at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on May 27, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena the following day, Manchester Arena on May 30 and the O2 in London on May 31, as part of a wider European tour. Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on December 2, priced £45.00/£37.50 plus fees.

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OLLY MURS

Olly Murs will follow his spring arena run with summer open air shows in Lincolnshire, Carlisle, Colchester, Tetbury, Wrexham, Thetford Forest, York, Canterbury, Scarborough, Northampton, Sussex, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Exeter, Bournemouth, Sandown, Swansea and Newbury during June, July and August. He will also appear at Jersey’s Big Gig In The Park on July 15. Tickets for the new dates will go on general sale at 9am on December 2, prices start at £39.50/£42.50 plus fees.

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BRYAN ADAMS

The Canadian pop-rocker will bring his Get Up tour back to the UK next summer, with open air shows confirmed at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Cornbury festival at Oxford’s Great Tew Park, Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Stadium, Powderham Castle, Sixways Stadium in Worcester and Britts Park in Carlisle between July 7 and 15. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 2, priced £49.00/£50.00/£55.00 plus fees.

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RICHARD ASHCROFT

Richard Ashcroft has lined up a trio of arena shows alongside his set at Manchester’s Sounds of the City series, with stops planned in Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds during April before his set at the Castlefield Bowl in June. Tickets on sale at 9.30am on December 2, priced from £35.00 plus fees.

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Top Tours This Week!!

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Adele

Adele will perform at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 29 and July 1 as ‘The Finale’ for the pop giant’s tour in support of ’25’, which came out last year. Both will be 360° shows, performed in the round.
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Tickets are on general sale at 10am on Friday December 2, priced from £45.00 to £95.00 seating, and £75.00 standing plus booking fees. A golden circle area around the stage is also being created, with tickets starting at £175.00 plus fees.


KISS

KISS will play four UK arena shows next spring, with stops planned at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on May 27, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena the following day, Manchester Arena on May 30 and the O2 in London on May 31, as part of a wider European tour.
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Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on December 2, priced £45.00/£37.50 plus fees.


Olly Murs

Olly Murs will follow up his spring arena run with summer open air shows in Lincolnshire, Carlisle, Colchester, Tetbury, Wrexham, Thetford Forest, York, Canterbury, Scarborough, Northampton, Sussex, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Exeter, Bournemouth, Sandown, Swansea and Newbury during June, July and August. He will also appear at Jersey’s Big Gig In The Park on July 15.
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Tickets for the new dates will go on general sale at 9am on December 2, prices start at £39.50/£42.50 plus fees.


Bryan Adams

The Canadian pop-rocker will bring his Get Up tour back to the UK in summer, with open air shows planned at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Cornbury festival at Oxford’s Great Tew Park, Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Stadium, Powderham Castle, Sixways Stadium in Worcester and Britts Park in Carlisle between July 7 and 15.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 2, priced £49.00/£50.00/£55.00 plus fees.


Richard Ashcroft

Richard Ashcroft has announced a trio of arena shows alongside his set at Manchester’s Sounds of the City series, with stops planned in Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds during April before his set at the Castlefield Bowl in June.
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Tickets on sale at 9.30am on December 2, priced from £35.00 plus fees.


Laura Marling

Laura Marling will accompany the release of her new album, ‘Semper Femina’, out on March 10, with a UK tour. Stops include Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Brighton, London and Salisbury.
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Tickets will go on sale at 10am on December 2, priced £20.50/£21.50 plus fees.


The Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Australian Pink Floyd Show will return to the UK for shows in Cardiff, Birmingham, Bristol, Plymouth, Cambridge, Newcastle, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, Grimsby, Ipswich, Oxford, Southend, Bournemouth, Leicester, Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London between September 29 and October 28.
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Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 1, prices start at £29.50 plus fees.


Green Day

The pop-punk giants will be joined by Rancid for sets at Belfast’s Ormeau Park and Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 28 and 29, following their trio of UK arena shows earlier in the year.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 2, priced £49.00/€58.65 plus fees.


Little Mix

Little Mix have added a fresh batch of UK dates due to demand, including further stops in Aberdeen, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester and London during October of next year. The group recently put out their new album, ‘Glory Days’.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am December 1, priced £25.00 plus fees.


Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne has lined up five open air performances next summer, including a stadium date at Llanelli’s Parc y Scarlets before Jockey Club Live shows at racecourses in Aintree, Wincanton, Carlisle and Newmarket.
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Tickets on sale at 9am on December 2, priced £28.00/£35.00/£45.00 plus fees.


Penn And Teller

Penn & Teller will bring their Direct From Vegas show  to the O2 Apollo Manchester on June 10 and Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on June 15, before a five night run at the Eventim Apollo in London.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 2, priced £37.50/£38.75/£42.75 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Ghost, ZZ Top, Kid Ink, Enter Shikari, Counterfeit, Against The Current, Aphex Twin, Circa Waves, Norma Jean Martin, Fleet Foxes, Barry Adamson, Kadhja Bonet, Leo Stannard, Christopher Cross, Wilko Johnson, Tom Walker, Teenage Cancer Trust shows feat. Olly Murs, Romesh Ranganathan, The Who, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Sons Of Pitches, The Dears, Jojo, Gabrielle Aplin, Vant, Cabbage, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Palace, The Big Moon, Spring King, Sango, Devendra Banhart, The Moonlandingz, The Rifles, Dan Owen, Royal Republic, Hellions, The Japanese House, Greywind, The Mission, Marillion, Jordan Rakei and many more!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Paul Stanley, Gary Barlow And Will Young!

On January 20, 1952, Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley was born. 19 years later, on the same day, Take That frontman Gary Barlow was born, followed by Will Young in 1979. Happy birthday all!

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