Things We Love This Week: Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Bohemian Rhapsody, Beirut

This week, it seems that the cool things are Fleet based. If the things that we loved this week were a group of ships instead of a listicle-style blog post, they would definitely be a fleet. Excuse my ramblings. It’s been a long week.

Fleet Foxes – Icicle Tusk

Indie-folk band Fleet Foxes are releasing a special edition collection of rarities, b-side, and early records. For the die-hard mega fans who say they liked the band before they were cool (you know who you are), this will be a dream come true.

‘First Collection 2006-2009’ will consist of the band’s self-titled debut LP, ‘The Fleet Foxes’ EP on 10″, the ‘Sun Giant’ EP on 10″ vinyl, and a handful of b-sides and rarities on 10″. Check out the full track listing of what’s involved here. For now, you can listen to Icicle Tusk, one of the early songs from their debut. It’s b.e.a.u.t.

Fleetwood Mac

Lindsay Buckingham was dropped from the line up just a few months ago, but the remaining members of the band have announced they will touch down in London, Dublin and Berlin in June 2019. You can kick out one of the lead singers, but you can never break the chain.

Bohemian Rhapsody

A biopic based on the meteoric rise of Queen was released this week. Original plans were for Sacha Baron Cohen to take the lead role, but it is Rami Malek (of Mr Robot) who takes over the God-like role of Mr Mercury. It’s had mixed reviews. Is this the real life? Uh, no. Is this just fantasy? Nope, not quite that either. You’ll just have to find out yourself.

Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’

Beirut are back! A new album, their first since 2015’s ‘No No No’ is due for release on February 11.

‘Gallipoli’ has an extensive back story behind it, which details Zachary Condon’s falling out of love with New York, recording crunchy noise through only broken amplifiers, uprooting to Berlin and a priest-led, brass band procession in a small village in rural Italy. Do give it a read, it’s very interesting.

First up from the new album is its title track, featuring not only those scraps of fuzzy brass and a pulsing beat to mirror the procession but also Condon’s soothing vocals that fans have become so familiar with over the past decade or so. The track was recorded in one 10 hour studio frenzy.

Beirut also announced UK and European tour dates – check them out here.


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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: TRNSMT, Queen And Adam Lambert, Editors, Blossoms, Travis, Bluesfest, John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Jeff Beck, Tom Jones and more…

TRNSMT with Queen and Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert have been announced as the final headliners for this year’s TRNSMT at Glasgow Green on July 6, with Texas, the Darkness and The Temperance Movement also set to appear. TRNSMT will also host Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher and the Killers. Tickets are on sale at 9am on March 9.

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Editors will tour the UK and Ireland in October, following up the release of their new LP, ‘Violence’, which is out on March 9 through Play It Again Sam. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 9.

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The band will follow up the release of their new album, ‘Cool Like You’, out on April 27, with shows in Stockport, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester and Norwich in May. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 9.

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Travis will celebrate their 1999 album, ‘The Man Who’, at shows in June and December, with shows planned in Liverpool, London, Folkestone, Plymouth, Brighton, Ipswich, Birmingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Cambridge, Newcastle, Nottingham, Hull, Manchester and Glasgow. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 9.

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BLUESFEST with John Fogerty and Steve Miller Band

John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band will share the 2018 Bluesfest bill at London’s O2 Arena on October 25. Tickets go on sale at 10am on March 9.

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Jeff Beck will play four UK shows this summer, including a headlining appearance at this year’s Live At Chelsea, alongside shows at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on June 12, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on June 13 and the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on June 16. Tickets for all dates go on sale at 10am on March 9.

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The legendary vocalist has announced further summer shows, with new performances confirmed at Powderham Castle and Chester Racecourse in July, alongside stops at Hampton Court Palace Festival and the Edinburgh Summer Sessions, plus dates in London, Thetford, Reading, Alcester, Alnwick, Chichester, Grantham and York. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 9.

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Also announced this week

James Bay, D’Angelo, James Taylor, Lionel Richie, Bananarama, the XX, Elf: A Christmas Spectacular, the Smith Street Band, Halestorm, Steve Earle, Everything Everything, Hunter and the Bear, Soccer Mommy, the Stranglers, Ben Caplan, The British Sound Project with Franz Ferdinand, Indigo Husk, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Sir Way, Bhad Bhabie, Spector, Fish, Anderson East, Kyle Craft, Lucius, the Milk, Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Cardiff Festival of Voice, Gwenno, Elvis Costello, Sea Girls, Snail Mail, Raging Speedhorn, the Feeling, IAMDDB, Dylan LeBlanc, Dane Baptiste, Big Ups, Levison Wood, Craig David, Paloma Faith, The Big Feastival, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, Oh Sees, Mona, Stylistics, Beach House, Peach Pit, Zucchero, Team Picture, Paw Patrol Live!, Katie Von Schleicher and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Paul Simon, Hollywood Vampires, Queen And Adam Lambert, G-Eazy and more…


In addition to his previously confirmed British Summer Time Hyde Park show in London, Paul Simon will perform at Manchester Arena on July 10, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena the following day and Dublin’s RDS Arena on July 13 as part of his Homeward Bound Farewell tour. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 9.

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The band, which features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, will play arena shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London in June. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 9, while the Darkness and the Damned have been confirmed as openers.

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Having already announced a show at the O2 Arena on July 2, Queen and Adam Lambert will now play the SSE Arena Wembley on July 1 due to demand. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 9, priced from £69.00 plus fees.

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G-Eazy will bring his The Beautiful & Damned tour to Glasgow, Manchester, London Birmingham and Dublin towards the end of May and into June. Stefflon Don and newcomer Yung Pinch are confirmed as special guests, with tickets on general sale at 9am on February 9.

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Also announced this week

Justin Timberlake, Friendly Fires, Beck, the Menzingers, Lagwagon, Sleaford Mods, Broken Social Scene, Shame, Idles, The Psychedelic Furs, The Wonder Years, Volbeat, The Lovely Eggs, We Are Scientists, Faith Evans, Lil Uzi Vert, Nadine Coyle, Puddles Pity Party, FM, Dare, Stella Donnelly, Pillow Queens, Port Cities, Father John Misty, Pete Tong, Nick JD Hodgson, Kris Kristofferson, G-Eazy, Peter Hook and the Light, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Portugal. The Man, Movements, City Calm Down, Taylor Bennett, Ginger Snaps, Cub Sport, Nilüfer Yanya, Kristian Bush, Colter Wall, S Club, Five, Zoe Lyron, Kevin Bridges, Rob Brydon, Wreckless Eric, Dr. Feelgood, Freya Ridings, Adam French, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Frankie Cosmos and more.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Queen And Adam Lambert


Queen and Adam Lambert will play the O2 Arena in London on July 2 as part of their European tour.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on February 8, 24 hours ahead of general sale at 9am on February 9.

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On This Day In Music: Goodbye, Freddie

On November 24, 1991, Freddie Mercury died, aged 45. The Queen frontman, one of music’s greatest performers, had announced that he had been living with AIDS the previous day and died of bronchio-pneumonia resulting from the illness.

With Queen he became one of rock’s most treasured showmen and songwriters, perhaps reaching his iconic peak at Live Aid in 1985, having earlier rewritten what could be expected from a hit single with Bohemian Rhapsody.

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This Week’s New Releases: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Morrissey And Sia

Today sees the release of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ final LP. ‘Soul Woman’ arrives almost a year on from the soul vocalist’s death at the age of 60.

We also have a new offering from Morrissey, who has finally followed up 2014’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, and Sia, who has put out her first Christmas album.

If that isn’t enough for you there’s plenty more to shake a stick at below.

Aquilo – ‘ii (Side A)’ (Island)

Barenaked Ladies – ‘Fake Nudes’ (Vanguard/Concord)

Brooke Bentham – ‘This Rapture’ EP (AllPoints)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Rest’ (Because Music)

Fieldy – ‘Bassically’ (Fieldy)

GBH – ‘Momentum’ (Epitaph)

Ghost Atlas – ‘All Is In Sync, And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About’ (Ghost Atlas)

Godflesh – ‘Post Self’ (Avalanche)

Green Day – ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’ (Warner)

In Flames – ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ (Nuclear Blast)

Jaden Smith – ‘SYRE’ (MSFTSMusic/Roc Nation Records)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – ‘Wembley Or Bust’ (Columbia)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Polygondwanaland’ (self-released)

L Devine – ‘Growing Pains’ EP (Warner Bros.)

Mavis Staples – ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (Anti-)

Milk Teeth -‘Go Away’ EP (Roadrunner)

Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ (BMG)

Omar Souleyman – ‘To Syria, With Love’ Remixes EP (Mad Decent/ Because Music)

Paloma Faith – ‘The Architect’ (RCA)

Queen – ‘News Of The World’ (40th Anniversary Edition) (Universal)

Robyn Paige – ‘Genesis’ EP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – ‘Soul Of A Woman’ (Daptone)

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic)

Talib Kweli – ‘Radio Silence’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’ Collectors Edition (Caroline)

Tigertown – ‘Warriors’ EP (Neon Gold/Atlantic Records)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ (Sony)

Tokio Myers – ‘Our Generation’ (Syco)

Tom Chaplin – ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’ (Island)

Tove Lo – ‘Blue Lips’ (Polydor)

T-Pain – ‘Oblivion’ (Nappy Boy/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records)

Trudy and the Romance – ‘Junkyard Jazz’ EP (B3SCI)

Virgil and Steve Howe – ‘Nexus’ (InsideOutMusic/Sony)

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On This Day In Music: Queen Film Bicycle Race Video

The video for Queen’s single ‘Bicycle Race’ was filmed at Wimbledon Stadium on September 17, 1978. The video features 65 naked professional models racing around the stadium on hired bicycles. The rental company requested payment for all the saddles once they found out how the bikes had been used.

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On This Day In Music: Freddie Mercury Was Born

On September 5, 1946 Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury was born. Sadly, he died on November 24, 1991 aged 45. Today would have been his 71st birthday.

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