NEWS: Spinal Tap to play Australian V Festival?

According to Australia’s News.com.au, Spinal Tap are going to headline the Australian incarnation of the 2009 V Festival.

The news isn’t yet on the V Festival home page, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody let the news slip in an interview.

Here’s part of the News.com.au article:

SNOW Patrol will be sharing the V Festival stage next March with The Killers, The Verve, Kaiser Chiefs, Duffy and dozens more but frontman Gary Lightbody told music editor Kathy McCabe he’s hanging to hang out with the legendary Spinal Tap, who will also join the bill.

“We played Live Earth before them and I gave them a shout-out, so they asked to see us later to say thanks,” he said yesterday.

“They are comic geniuses and more so, because I am such a Simpsons-ophile, Harry Shearer is a god. They gave me a hug – I could have held on forever.”

Read the rest of the article here.

I hope this is true and isn’t taken out of context somehow. I had the pleasure of meeting Harry Shearer at a charity event a few years ago where he performed a few Spinal Tap, Folksmen and Simpsons songs (“See …my …vest, see my vest, made of real gorilla chest”), and I never dreamed I’d get to see Tap in person.

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NEWS: New releases – 17/11/2008

Another quiet week for new releases, but not as quiet as last week when I couldn’t find a single new release worth writing about. As always, click on the title to buy the album.

Nickelback – Dark Horse Roadrunner
The new Nickelback album is produced by Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, mastermind of Def Leppard’s massive 80s ‘Hysteria’ sound, so expect lots of big vocals, sturdy beats and poppy choruses. The production on the first single, “Gotta Be Somebody,” reminds me of something by Pink. I’m just sayin’.

Sammy Hagar – Cosmic Universal Fashion Roadrunner/Loud N’Proud
Sammy’s latest album includes two tracks by his short-lived supergroup, Planet Us, featuring Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Deen Castronovo. Lots of dark grooves at the front end of the album, and more of the Party Sammy in the second half. A very solid album.

Belle And Sebastian – The BBC Sessions Matador
Fifteen tracks recorded between 1996 and 2001 by this gorgeously retro-minded group from the UK. The regular CD includes an additional four unreleased songs from their classic early Jeepster period. The limited, deluxe double CD contains an entire live show broadcast on BBC Evening Session in mid-2001 with another four never before heard songs. The first person to refer to them as ‘twee pop’ gets a punch in the throat.