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Liam Gallagher to play Oasis’ Definitely Maybe next year to mark 30th anniversary

He’ll play the album in its original order at ‘a few biblical venues’

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Liam Gallagher will play Oasis’ Definitely Maybe album’s full track list next year to mark its 30th anniversary.

Liam Gallagher announced on social media, on Thursday May 11th, that he intends to play Oasis’s album Definitely Maybe in full to mark 30 years since its release.

He told his fans to expect to see him back on stage next year to play the entire iconic album in its original order to celebrate it.

‘Definitely Maybe’ was the first full-length LP from the iconic British indie-rock band, which Liam founded with his brother Noel. 

Tracks taken from the album to be performed live by the singer-songwriter include fan favourites ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Supersonic’.

Liam tweeted yesterday: “As it’s 30 years since [Definitely Maybe] was released next year I’m gonna be playing the album from start to finish in its original order at a few BIBLICAL venues.” 

Although it isn’t yet clear what ‘biblical’ venues the ex-Oasis frontman is referring to, the shows will undoubtedly sell out, especially as fans have been persistently calling for an Oasis reformation in recent years.

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Although Liam isn’t the only Gallagher brother celebrating three decades of Definitely Maybe. Just last month, Noel said that the band would be honouring 30 years of the breakthrough LP by sharing an anniversary reissue.

Alongside new artwork and the original tracks, the forthcoming reissue will also feature previously-unreleased songs – recorded at the same time that the album was made – as well as demo versions of their most famous hits.

According to the High Flying Birds frontman, this will specifically include acoustic versions of best-loved hits including ‘Live Forever’, ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Supersonic’.

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In the run-up to the anniversary, numerous Oasis fans have been hopeful that the band may reunite, even if just to perform on tour in honour of the milestone. 

These hopes were fuelled by suggestions made by Liam online and both brothers saying they would be open to the idea should the other one reach out.

According to NME, in February 2022, Liam said that Oasis ‘should never have split up’, and that he would ‘love’ the iconic band to get back together.

In response to Liam, earlier this year, brother Noel also explained that he would be open to the concept of reforming, and confirmed that he would ‘never say never’ to a reunion.

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In further Oasis news, the band’s former guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs offered his thoughts on a potential reunion, saying he is supportive of the idea because of how much it would mean for younger generations.

He told Radio X: “Some days you wake up and think ‘Nah, there’s no need for it. It’s been done’. But when I’m on stage with Liam Gallagher as a solo artist, and I come out and we play ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’, the place erupts. 

“People are bouncing higher and harder than they did at some of the gigs back in the day. I look at the first ten rows when I’m playing an arena with Liam, and they’re like 16 or 17 years of age. 

“These people weren’t even born until well into Oasis’ career. So if there was a reunion, wouldn’t it be worth it for them? … You hear that Liam? You hear that Noel?”

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Busted announce comeback with massive UK arena tour 

JUST IN: Busted are back!

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Iconic noughties band Busted have today announced a massive comeback UK arena tour.

The three-piece lad band had hits during the 2000’s with earworm bangers including Year 3000, Air Hostess and What I Go To School For. It’s been a couple of decades since the group  – comprising vocalists Charlie Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis, all 39 – burst onto the scene, and they have something very special ahead to celebrate.

Fans had a sneaking suspicion after the band had changed all of their social media banners to include the date of March 23rd — cryptically teasing that they are set to announce a comeback on that day.

Busted fans were exactly right as Busted made the announcement today, (Thursday March 23rd), revealing a massive 15-date UK arena tour kicking off in September, with tickets going on sale next week.

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The tour will see James, Charlie and Matt perform their biggest hits along with fan favourites with support from Mmmbop stars Hanson and New Hope Club. The good news doesn’t stop there — with the group preparing to release no fewer than 15 songs.

Rather than brand new tracks, Busted have created reworks of some of their most iconic songs and will perform them alongside some other major names from the scene. The first release is a new version of Loser Kid, from Busted’s debut album. The track will hit airwaves on April 14th and will feature pop-rock stars Simple Plan.

Other upcoming singles will have special guests McFly, All Time Low and more, with names to be released at a later date. Tickets for the tour will go on general sale at 9am on March 31, however fans who sign up to Busted’s mailing list will receive access to a pre-sale from 9am on March 29th.

As reported in The Metro, Rumours of a comeback for the group have circulated since Fightstar musician Charlie hinted to Lorraine Kelly, ‘there may be some plans’ for a reunion. ‘It is the 20 year anniversary for Busted this year,’ he added.

‘Sworn to secrecy again… but there may be some stuff in the pipeline.’

Busted formed in 2000 and released their first, self-titled album in 2002 before their 2003 album A Present For Everyone threw them into even wider fame. They split in 2005 and devastated fans, with many remembering genuine tears in the playground the day the news was announced; all three went on to form solo careers or front new bands.

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S Club 7 set to perform in Manchester in 25 year comeback tour

Their 25th anniversary tour is sure to ‘bring it all back to you’

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S Club 7 have announced they will reunite to mark 25 years in their UK comeback tour, and are set to perform in Manchester later this year.

The Brit pop group had hits throughout the late nineties and early noughties such as ‘Reach’, ‘Bring It All Back’ and ‘Don’t Stop Movin’’, which were popular with many youngsters at the time.

All seven original members: Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt and now solo singer Rachel Stevens, will come together once more to mark the quarter of a century milestone.

Fans can prepare to be transported back to their youth, and re-enact old dance routines, as the group will perform on stage together again at Manchester’s AO Arena on Saturday, October 21st.

In a statement released by the band, they said; “After eight years it feels amazing to announce that we’re reuniting and performing together again. We’re so excited to bring the S Club party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7.

“We can’t even believe it’s been so long. Music and friendship have always been at the core of everything that we’ve ever done. We hope everyone can join us for one big party.”

The seven-piece group were originally created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller in 1998 and first came to public attention in 1999, when they starred in their own television series, ‘Miami 7’.

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After they called it a day, the members went on to explore other pursuits, with Stevens pursuing a solo music career and competing on Strictly Come Dancing, as well as Dancing On Ice.

Spearritt became a TV actress and had roles in ITV’s Primeval, while Lee performed in West End shows including Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. McIntosh, O’Meara and Cattermole later became members of the spin-off group S Club Allstars, previously S Club 3, with Barrett joining them in 2014.

O’Meara, who also released solo music and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, where, alongside Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd she found herself embroiled in a racism row involving fellow competitor Shilpa Shetty. She has also gone through a number of back operations but says she now feels ‘ready’ to get back on stage.

Tickets for S Club 7’s comeback tour go on sale on Friday and can be purchased via the Ticketmaster website.

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Johnny Marr helps Salford 12-year-old achieve his dream

‘It’s a pleasure and privilege to give some assistance to a young musician.’

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Music legend Johnny Marr has helped a 12-year-old boy from Salford to achieve his dream of following in his footsteps after he won The Salford Foundation Trust Johnny Marr award.

John Denton, 12, began his music career busking on the rainy streets of Manchester city centre and became quite a sensation on social media through videos of him performing on Market Street.

The ambitious lad has already held a gig at the iconic Salford Lads Club — where The Smiths posed outside for an album cover photo in 1985.

With a little help from the guitar hero, John is hoping to make it in music as the next Marr. He he told the Manchester Evening News: “I’d love to be the next Johnny Marr and just keep going to see where music can take me.

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“It all started when my dad took me to a birthday party for one of his friends, and there was a karaoke machine. People were singing Highway to Hell by AC/DC.”

“I went home and just listened to them over and over and it all came from there. I started singing, took guitar lessons and then did my first gig at a coffee shop in Eccles when I was nine, where I also sang two of my own songs,” he added.

Now the former member of The Smiths is helping young John to kick start his career. John was selected for funding by the charity The Salford Foundation Trust, which operates the Johnny Marr Award to support talented youngsters in the city. He has been awarded £1,000 funding to pay for extra singing and guitar lessons to help him perfect his performances.

John and Johnny have already met once before – when John chatted to him at a record signing event at Manchester’s Piccadilly Records for the release of Johnny’s new album ‘Fever Dreams Pts 1-4’, where he asked him for advice about forming a band.

John has since gone on to form his own group called ‘The Height’ – named after Irlams o’ th’ Height, an area in Salford near where he lives – and the group released their first single just before Christmas.

He was selected for the award by a panel at the Salford Foundation Trust, a local charity which supports talented young people in the city. The Johnny Marr Award will run for three years, selecting another young musician from Salford each year for financial assistance.

His dad Phil said: “John’s ambition is to have a career in music. He will be using the funding to have music lessons to help both his guitar playing and his singing. In these tough times it’s a massive help and means that he can progress in his passion.”

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“Music is not a hobby for John but just who he is and a creative outlet he hopes to enjoy for the rest of his life. He is incredibly grateful to Johnny and the Salford Foundation Trust who have provided this opportunity. It is a real privilege to get this award and he is determined to make the very most of the opportunity he has been given,” he added.

Johnny said: “It’s a pleasure and privilege to give some assistance to a young musician especially when they’re as dedicated as John. Well done brother.”

Peter Collins CBE, from The Salford Foundation Trust, said: “There couldn’t be a more worthy recipient of the Johnny Marr Award. Even though John is only 12 he’s already proven he’s committed to making a future in music and we’re delighted the Trust can give him a helping hand on this journey.”

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