The musician said he was currently 'feeling fine' and joked his farewell tour could get 'embarrassing' if it extends into next year
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Friday 10 May 2013
'Brian Wilson has the most melodic bass lines ever'
Tuesday 03 April 2012
The people's favourites show they're still in a different class
Friday 02 December 2011
The week in culture
Tuesday 01 November 2011
Friday 02 September 2011
With the Faustian frenzy of the first "Mephisto Waltz" and the macabre extravaganza of the Totentanz, tonight the BBC Proms winds up its celebration of the music of Franz Liszt. Born 200 years ago, the son of a farm manager on the Esterhazy estates in Hungary, the piano virtuoso and revolutionary composer debuted aged nine. At 11, he played for Beethoven, who kissed the boy's forehead and blessed him as "one of the fortunate ones" who bring "joy".
Thursday 07 July 2011
"Whispering" bob Harris is to host The Old Grey Whistle Test once again in a radio revival of the classic BBC music show.
Tuesday 31 May 2011
Never one to shy away from highlighting hypocrisy, readers may recall I was quick to note criticism of certain "quality" newspaper editors who seemed intent on publishing giant photographs of Mad Men's Christina Hendricks whenever given the slightest excuse. Indeed, I was careful to ensure my own written assault was accompanied by a sizeable picture of the said actress, just to drive home the point. (Disappointingly, certain readers later saw fit to question my motives, but that's another story).
Tuesday 24 May 2011
A man whose case became part of criminal folklore after he was jailed for armed robbery finally had his conviction overturned today after decades of protesting his innocence.
Friday 29 April 2011
There have been few harsher critics of Simon Cowell's influence on pop than Roger Daltrey, who last year declared TV talent contests a "joke", saying: "The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe."
Monday 28 March 2011
If Tommy was made of bricks and mortar it would be Grade I listed by now. The tale of the deaf, dumb and blind kid with messianic tendencies is heritage rock, as safely establishment as the Albert Hall itself.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Pete Townshend wishes he had never joined The Who.
Friday 18 March 2011
Roger Daltrey is performing The Who's 1969 hit rock opera Tommy at the Royal Albert Hall next week, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Liam Gallagher doesn't do proper vocal warm ups because he doesn't want to sound like Chris Martin.
Friday 25 February 2011
Books: As usual, I have several books on the go. The current crop includes Kishwar Desai's 'Witness The Night', which won the Costa first novel prize; George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda', which I'm re-reading skipping most of the ponderous faith/Jewish culture bits; and Colin Thubron's 'A Mountain in Tibet' – he's such a writer, and my late pa got halfway to Lhasa from Delhi in 1944, when he hadn't enough wartime leave to come home in.
Thursday 24 February 2011
The question of whether George Davis, armed robber and East End legend, really was "innocent, OK?" was finally being considered in the Court of Appeal yesterday. The notorious slogan, daubed on walls, bridges and emblazoned across the shirts of rock stars came to symbolise the breakdown of faith in the police and criminal justice system in the 1970s.
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