Vocals - Bob Marley
I listened to a lot of his music when I was younger and still do. He’s a constant in my life and he’s a great singer and he really inspires me. He made beautiful songs.
Background vocals - Michael Jackson
We just thought it would be funny to have him in there. Imagine him as the background singer for Bob Marley; it would be crazy. But actually, I think it would kind of fit because he can sing in so many different ways; he can go really high. And he’s obviously got the dance moves.
Drums - Stewart Copeland
The Police’s drummer is great and he is able to play in a reggae style, so Bob Marley and him will work well together.
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
1/5 Mark Lanegan Band - touring from 20 January
The most intriguing performance prospect of a fairly docile January is the arrival of the Mark Lanegan Band for a clutch of shows in support of the recent masterly album Phantom Radio. Expect soul-ravaged blues fatalism as Lanegan confronts dark memories and apocalyptic visions with apparent sangfroid, his baritone croon traversing soundscapes of chugging electropop, spiralling guitars and courtly pop melancholy.
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2/5 Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night released 2 February
An album on which Dylan sings Sinatra, a performer in whose voice he claimed to hear "death, God, the universe, everything". He's eschewing the usual swaddling orchestrations in favour of relaxed small-combo versions, recorded with his own band. They're not cover versions, he explains: "They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
3/5 The War on Drugs - touring from 16 February
2014's breakout US indie band will arrive for a string of British dates. Songwriter/frontman Adam Granduciel's blending of Dylanesque vocals, stadium-pop melodies and guitar drones should appeal to fans of Neil Young and My Bloody Valentine alike, and these shows offer the perfect opportunity to check whether they’re as loud and overbearing as Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek claims in his amusing song "War on Drugs: Suck My Cock". Thankfully, music is big enough to accommodate both.
4/5 The Jesus and Mary Chain - touring from 16 February
Having bowed to the demand to perform their debut Psychocandy in its entirety – a move that places them firmly in the rock-heritage classicist ranks, rather than the punk-nihilist cadre of their original 1980s inception – the re-formed Mary Chain take their sweet white whine around the country. Expect: great tunes; loud feedback. Don’t expect: a revolution.
5/5 Nicki Minaj - touring from 28 March
Initial reaction to Nicki Minaj's new album The Pinkprint is mixed, but however its more assertively autobiographical songs transfer to the live arena, bangers like "Want Some More" and "Anaconda" suggest that her upcoming shows should pack some punch. And the flamboyant diva can surely be relied on to put on a show. But what will be the colour-scheme? Think pink.
Guitar - Jimi Hendrix
To me he was one of the best guitar players to ever live. Well, not just to me, really. Everyone thinks that, don’t they? It would be very interesting to see how he played with other people outside his own band.
Bass - Bootsy Collins
He had the best style. You see pictures of him wearing sunglasses in the shape of stars and crazy hats, and he’s a funky guy. A crazy bass player. He played with James Brown sometimes, too, so that’s a pretty good musical education, isn’t it?
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