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“Back for Good”? Robbie hints at Take That return


robbieRobbie Williams has hinted that he may finally get together with his old bandmates from Take That. The 35-year-old walked out on the group in 1995 amid reports of an acrimonious rift, and has had nothing to do with the band’s successful comeback since 2005.

“I’m in regular contact with them and it’s looking more likely by the week,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror tabloid. “The lads all seem up for it. I think it would be fun.”

Spandau Ballet, who famously took each other to court 10 years ago over a row about royalties, announced this week that they were reforming for a tour, so why not Take That?

Perhaps there is something in the air. Perhaps Robbie may be missing the fame and fortune that his former bandmates have been enjoying in recent years.

Former bands of the world, reunite!


PEOPLE-JACKSON/spandauSpandau Ballet have added their name to the ever-lengthening list of disbanded bands announcing they are banding together once more. Like their music or loathe it, who can blame the quintet famous for 1980s quiffs from jumping on the reunion bandwagon? Some people believe reforming groups should be banned outright, but most, it seems, are welcoming them back with open arms and, more to the point, open wallets.

What I want to know is when our appetite for Bands Reunited will finally be satisfied? Take That have stormed the British charts since reforming, Michael Jackson has sold out no less than 50 concerts in London as he attempts his long-awaited comeback and The Police made a mint from their world tour of 2007 and 2008. Even Blur are getting back together later this year. After a string of success stories, is someone heading for a flop?

Beautiful Day for U2, tour to come


bono1U2 played a few tracks from their new album, and an old favourite from an earlier record, to a small crowd at the BBC in London this afternoon. It was part of a hectic promotion schedule for the Dubliners as they publicise their 12th studio album “No Line on the Horizon” which comes out next week.

Bono announced a tour starting this summer, without giving much else away, and assured punters that there would be cheap seats available in these dire economic times. There would, however, still be expensive ones.

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The music stops for ‘Waltz’


In one of the biggest surprises on Oscar night, the animated Israeli documentary Waltz with Bashir did not walk away as many expected with the famed statuette in the Foreign Film category, which instead went to Japanese film Departures.

Even the star of Departures acknowledged he was expecting Waltz with Bashir to win the Academy Award.

Coldplay in greatest encore ever?


coldplay2Coldplay may have performed one of the greatest ever encores, or so says the charity which benefitted from the English rockers’ largesse last night.

The band performed at a double bill with the Killers late on Wednesday/early on Thursday at a gig following the BRITs music awards in London. While the BRITs was, to put it politely, a somewhat staid affair, the concert was much more rock’n'roll. The Killers stormed through a 45-minute set and the rowdy crowd of 2,000 loved every note. One downer was the nearly hour-long wait for Coldplay, which sucked some of the goodwill out of the air.

Robert Plant blanked at BRITs


plant As the BRITs music awards got underway at Earls Court in London, one name stood out as a major absentee from the nominations announced last month — Robert Plant.

The ex-Led Zeppelin frontman was the big winner at the Grammys 10 days ago, scooping five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss. And yet the Englishman notched precisely zero nominations at the BRITs, the showcase for British music.

“Slumdog Millionaire” director plays radio DJ


GOLDENGLOBES/Danny Boyle, the director of Golden Globe winner for best dramatic film “Slumdog Millionaire,” played guest DJ at an L.A. radio station on Wednesday, picking his favorite songs to play on the air.

Boyle, who also won the best director Golden Globe this week, is not just any filmmaker digging into his CD collection. He is known for his ability to electrify his movies with timely tunes.

No escaping the crunch for arts, entertainment in 2009


bonoThe world of entertainment, especially film, tends to benefit when times are tough, as people seek to escape worries about their job, mortgage, children’s education or heating bills. But 2009 is likely to be a tough one for movies, music, theatre, art, books and most other forms of diversion you can think of.

Hollywood has already seen studios downsized and movie projects ditched thanks to budgetary concerns, a trend which some experts expect to continue into the new year. Raising finances to fund new pictures has become more complicated, and despite major releases like Harry Potter, Watchmen, Wolverine, Transformers, Angels & Demons and Star Trek to name but a few, there is no guarantee that box office attendances will reverse this year’s decline.

NY Fashion Week music goes live


Fashion week is defined as much by the music on the runway as it is by the clothes, and several designers in New York this week have moved from DJ’s spinning tracks to live ports61.jpgperformances for their shows.

Canadian alternative country music and rock band Cowboy Junkies played hits “Misguided Angel,” “Blue Moon” and “Sweet Jane” at the Ports 1961 show, while Brazilian singer Seu Jorge serenaded models on the runway at the Carlos Miele show.

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn talks about lyrics


Buzz band The Hold Steady combines a classic-rock sound with druggy coming-of-holdsteady.jpgage tales set in singer Craig Finn’s native Minneapolis. Characters with names like Gideon and Hallelujah stagger through nightclubs and parties, cropping up from song to song and album to album. 

We talked to Finn recently for a story, and below he answers some additional questions about his creative process.