East 17 are set to release their brand new album Dark Light later this year and they have confirmed that it is set to have a much rockier edge, along the lives of Kings of Leon. The current members of East 17 have claimed that they wish to get away from their old pop style and have gone for a more rock ‘n’ roll approach to the album.
A press release explained, “It showcases the band’s new transatlantic rock sound, reminiscent of bands like Kings of Leon and U2 and even artists like Brian Adams and Billy Joel. It’s a brave move and one that’s paid off on a record that’s as catchy as Summer Of 69 and as soft rock and big-sounding as it gets.” Meanwhile, East 17 songwriter Tony Mortimer admitted that the band wanted less trickery in the music.
He added, “I think everyone is subconsciously inspired by American music and rock ‘n’ roll and this time around we wanted to do something more live with less tricks.” East 17 reunited last year without former member Brian Harvey, who has been replaced by Blair Dreelan, aka Sparx. It will be the first album from East 17 since their 1998 record Resurrection, which charted at a high of 43 in the UK Album Chart.
It appears that the brief blip in the Kings Of Leon greatness on stage has ended, as they have completed their tour of Canada with a sensational final performance. Kings Of Leon made it clear that they did not want the media at the gig at Scotiabank Place on Saturday but they still brought the house down.
Caleb Followill was certainly back to his vocal best as he sent the crowd wild with that famous voice that so many have come to love. In between songs he connected with the audience saying, “This is our last show for a while so we’re going to hang out and have a good time with y’all,”
He later added, “I know it’s cold and dark out there but it’s getting hot in here. I just want to keep on playing for a long time.” Whatever the real reasons were for that meltdown in Dallas in July does not even matter anymore as Kings Of Leon are clearly back to their best.
It seems that last year’s winner of The X Factor, Matt Cardle has achieved all that he wants to in the world of music and is happy to commit career suicide. Matt has taken every attempt possible to be dumped by his record label Syco and now he has had a direct pop at the label.
Previously, Cardle has stated that he is annoyed that Simon Cowell is putting more effort into One Direction that he is into him. He has also had a pop at The X Factor, saying that he will be happy when people stop associating him with the show. However, his latest outburst could be the final nail in the coffin.
Matt Cardle has slammed Syco by saying that they are just a pop label and not a label for real artists. He said, “You’ve got people like Kings of Leon, John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen on Columbia, as opposed to Syco where you’ve got your Cher Lloyds and your One Directions. Columbia is a real artist’s label.”
Matt Cardle is set to release his debut album Letters on October 17 but if he continues with his constant diva style outbursts, it could be his last. It seems to us that Matt Cardle seems to be angling for a move away from Syco, however that is just our interpretation of it. Let us know what you think.
As expected the rest of the US tour for the Kings of Leon has been cancelled following the bad press from the weekend when Caleb Followill walked off stage citing illness the band have taken it on themselves to cancel the remainder of their US tour.
A spokesperson for the band said ”We are so sorry to say Kings of Leon are canceling their entire US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. The band is devastated, but in order to give their fans the shows they deserve, they need to take this break. Unfortunately, the US dates cannot be rescheduled due to the band’s international tour schedule.”
Caleb Followill walked off stage at the Kings of Leon’s last gig saying ”My voice is completely 100-percent wrong, I’m sorry, I’m about to fall down here because I’m so goddamn hot…I’m gonna go backstage for a second. I’m gonna vomit, I’m gonna drink a beer and I’m gonna come back out here and I’m gonna play three more songs.” However, the plot thickened when he never returned. The following day, bassist for the band, Jared Followill issued an apology over the show ending early.
It looks like all fans who had tickets for the now cancelled shows will get an immediate refund, but no promise of a reschedule as the band have a tough schedule on the International stage for the coming year.
The spokesperson was keen to make a point of the issue that this doesn’t mean Kings of Leon are splitting up because of the constant band unrest rumours.
Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill has apologised to fans for the recent cancellation, half way through a gig in Dallas. Jared also revealed that there are some serious issues going on within the band and that these needed to be solved before Kings Of Leon could continue together.
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill walked off stage during the Dallas gig last night (July 29), claiming that he was unwell. However, many fans are convinced that the singer was too drunk to continue and now Jared has apologised for the upset that it may have caused fans.
Followill took to his official Twitter page to issue his apology, saying, “Dallas, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. No words.” He then revealed that the issues in the band go deeper than the fans could imagine.
Jared tweeted later, “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” It is still unclear whether the band will split up following the events or whether these problems can be overcome. Watch this space.
Beyoncé headlined the pyramid stage at Glastonbury last night (Sunday June 26) and treated the crowd to a whole host of covers during her sensational set. Beyoncé also paid tribute to her former band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, by performing a Destiny’s Child medley.
Before producing some impressive Rock covers Beyoncé said, “I always wanted to be a rock star, and tonight we are all rock stars!! I want to make beautiful memories and be free tonight.” Beyoncé’s covers included ‘Sex is on Fire’ by Kings Of Leon, ‘You Oughta Know’ by Alanis Morrissette and ‘Beautiful Ones’ by Prince.
Beyoncé’s medley of Destiny’s Child hits saw her perform the tracks ‘Say My Name’, ‘Survivor’ and ‘Independent Women (Part 1)’ The singer also performed some of her new material from her latest album ‘4’, while being beamed live to the BET Awards in the US.