Noel Quits Overseas Touring With Oasis

NOEL GALLAGHER has effectively pulled a Brian Wilson this morning, with his announcement that he is to quit all overseas touring with OASIS effective immediately. The band cancelled their gig Saturday night, claiming tendonitis in the wrist of drummer Alan White. However, as the band cancelled tonight's show, the Daily Mirror reported that yet another band fight (supposedly caused by Liam's excessive behavior on the road) had caused the elder Gallagher to catch a flight home.


Bjork Goes Both Ways

Congratulations go out to Icelandic chanteuse BJORK, who scored a rather major coup for picking up the Best Actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Our favorite elf won for her portrayal of a Czech immigrant in Lars Von Trier's forthcoming film, "Dancer in the Dark." Bjork's character in the film is afflicted with a degenerative eye disease, and as she slips closer to blindness, she escapes by imagining her life to be a musical.


Gene to Record a Live DVD

It's being reported today that GENE's live shows in the States next month are to be recorded for the band's first live album. CDNow is reporting that the album, tentatively titled "Rising Before Sunset," will also coincide with a concert DVD culled from the same shows.

Supergrass and Sonic Youth Tour With Perl Jam

Supergrass have been tipped, along with Sonic Youth, as openers on Pearl Jam's upcoming U.S. tour this summer. Full venues and details are forthcoming - we'll post them as soon as we receive confirmation.

Darren Emerson Leaves Underworld

NME is confirming this morning that UNDERWORLD have split. Though the group will be continuing under the Underworld name, it will be without Darren Emerson, who has officially left the trio. The reasons behind the split apparantly involve both financial issues (Emerson made less money than programmer Rick Smith and vocalist Karl Hyde) and the birth of Emerson's first child last May. The break-up will not affect any of Underworld's festival commitments this summer.

Radiohead Finish Recording

RADIOHEAD have confirmed via their website that recording of their next album has finally finished. The album, originally scheduled for release right about now, has been held up until late summer/early fall due to the band's extensive time in the studio. The album currently remains un-named.

Nick Drake Releases a US Single

It's about stinkin' time that people have begun to notice UK folkie NICK DRAKE. Regardless of the fact that poor Nick died of an overdose over 25 years ago, he's about to have his very first ever U.S. single. The track in question is "Pink Moon," which you might recognize from the latest Volkswagen ad campaign for the Cabrio convertible.


Primal Scream US Dates

PRIMAL SCREAM have announced a quick 10-date tour of the United States, in support of the Stateside release of their new record, "Xtrmntr." The album is expected in late May on the band's new US home, Astralwerks Records. The band has also confirmed that the wondrous Kevin Shields (he of My Bloody Valentine) WILL be playing with the band on all North American dates. We've got the entire itinerary - just click on TOURS!

Marr's Healers Are Finishing Debut Album

THE HEALERS, the new band led by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, are beginning to take shape with the announcement that former Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan has joined the ranks. The band are readying their debut album, to be entitled "Play Dumb," for a likely fall release. The Healers are set to make their large scale live debut opening for Oasis in Europe beginning late May.

Leeroy Quits Prodigy

LEEROY has quit THE PRODIGY. In an interview with the BBC, Leeroy confirmed his departure to embark on a solo career. This is only mildly astounding, given the fact that Leeroy simply DANCED for the Prodigy (hey, at least Bez could shake a mean pair of maracas!) The rest of the band, meanwhile, are working on their follow-up to "Fat of the Land" and will reportedly take the festival season off.