First Call, Last Call
Monday 15 February 1999
UNTIL LAST year's album Up appeared, a question mark hung over the future of REM (right) and it certainly seems as if Michael Stipe is now leading the band in a new direction. Having campaigned vigorously on behalf of Tibetan monks and done some production work on Velvet Goldmine, it may be that Stipe is tiring of rock stardom. But whatever the future holds, fans are sure to flock to this summer's gigs to hear the full repertoire of hits from this blockbuster indie band.
Earl's Court, London SW5 (0870 9039033) 23-24 Jun; Manchester Evening News Arena (0161-930 8000) 17 Jul
SCOTTISH AUTHOR Irvine Welsh brings stomach- churning action to a stage-frightened audience with You'll Have Had Your Hole. Directed by Ian Brown, the play is set in an abandoned recording studio and centres around the kidnap of a small-time gangster, and includes drug-taking, torture and, of course, passion. Gratuitous or provocative; the critics may be divided, but Welsh has enough sparkle in his writing and a sufficient cult following to ensure success.
Astoria 2, Charing Cross Road, London WC2 (0171-434 9592) to 27 Mar
Arts & Ents blogs
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Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role to marry Natasha Richardson
Jessica Alba interview: From Hollywood superwoman to household product CEO
Captain Phillips actor Barkhad Abdi struggles financially despite Oscar nomination
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Academy members voted for Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave 'without watching it'
- 3 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role to marry Natasha Richardson
- 5 Livr: A social network only for drunk people