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Friday 26 November 2010
"I don't get recognised much – well not until recently." So joked Jason Manford of his recent trials at the hands of the tabloid press. If he looked at all peaky tonight, it was more to do with the blue stage lighting than the after-effects of the exposure of his blue Tweets to female fans which led to him stepping down from The One Show. Here was a clubbable man determined to go about his business as usual. And he was duly firm with the inevitable hecklers. "You paid £20 and you brought your own jokes!" Manford riposted, after leaving a silence for his heckler to elaborate on an obvious, albeit well-timed cry of "Twitter!"
Thursday 28 October 2010
"Ordinary Life" is a somewhat ironic choice of opener for Amy Macdonald. The Glaswegian sings: "I don't care about the spotlight" in a voice that matches Dolores O'Riordan for stridency and adds KT Tunstall's huskiness. Amy, there is a spotlight 40 feet above your head, pointing right at you. It is not the only odd moment in a slick but ultimately underwhelming set.
Friday 15 October 2010
On the airwaves, Mumford & Sons are no longer a band – they're a phenomenon. Just try and listen to a commercial radio station without hearing one or more of their songs in an hour, and you'll have your work cut out.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
There was some debate over Nick Cave's shadow at this outing of the much-discussed "supergroup" comprising Cave and long-time collaborators Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The spotlight banged into Cave's mangled frame and cast a huge silhouette across one wall of the venue. It seems interesting that, because of the sometimes limited views of the stage, this shadow is all some audience members saw of the singer. It wasn't so much an image, as a negative impression of the real performer.
Tuesday 05 October 2010
Friday 23 July 2010
There is a point well into this two-hour concert when Nas and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, arms crossed, stand back-to-back and take in the applause. It is a triumphant moment and one that shows the chemistry that has developed between these two stars of their respective genres.
Thursday 22 July 2010
"Lie, cheat, swindle, rip off, that's what we do!" Comedy-magic pairing Penn & Teller may offer illusions, but they are not under any about what they do.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
Monday 17 May 2010
"There is no such thing as a naked man," says shirtless frontman Simon Neil, as if quoting from some mysterious book of Biffy logic.
Monday 10 May 2010
If you had told me last August that I would be seeing John Bishop's Edinburgh show performed at the Hammersmith Apollo nine months later, I would have bet against it, even after Bishop was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award later that month. Still, the award nomination has precipitated much television work, Bishop's stock is most definitely up and a new TV vehicle beckons in the autumn.
Wednesday 05 May 2010
Still crazy after all these years
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Wednesday 17 February 2010
Wednesday 10 February 2010
To a certain generation of former furry freaks, now bald retro-rockers, Todd Rundgren inspires fierce devotion. The American eccentric's success as a producer, supervising sessions for the Ramones, Meat Loaf, etc, gave him financial independence. Hence, if he wanted to make something as off-kilter as A Wizard, A True Star, a concept album with no concept, he could. Now he's touring the LP for the first time – 37 years late. Rundgren may be an oddball, but there are 3,500 elders here who see him as a True Star. And they have a point.
Wednesday 20 January 2010
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
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- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 5 Fearne Cotton quits Radio 1 after ten years for 'family and new adventures'