Definitely Maybe - Liam Gallagher has said the chance to tour "the most important album of the '90s" in its entirety has left him "bouncing around the house". The ex-Oasis singer has announced a series of shows in 2024 which will see him perform the whole of his former band's debut Definitely Maybe. Released in August 1994, the album shot the Manchester band to superstardom and sold millions of copies worldwide.
Gallagher said he "wouldn't be anywhere without it". The announcement of the tour, which will open in Sheffield before visiting Cardiff, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin, ends fan speculation that the much-loved band would reform to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary.
Concrete Concerns - A Cardiff concert venue has announced it will remain closed until the new year over concrete concerns. St David's Hall was closed in September after reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) was found. Reopening had been planned for early October, but had been pushed back to later in the month, while some shows in November and December were cancelled.
Cardiff Council said a decision would be made by cabinet about the type of work needed to reopen the hall. "Early indications have made it clear that work will be required if the hall is to reopen," it said in a statement. The council said exactly what the repair work is will depend on the report findings as well as long-term and short-term cost implications - as well as how long "remedial works" would last before "a full replacement of the Raac panels in the roof" was needed.
On Thursday, the venue confirmed on social media a December gig by Stereophonics' Kelly Jones new band, Far From Saints, would now take place at the Utilita Arena - formerly the Cardiff International Arena.
In The Sale Room - A jacket once worn by Michael Jackson is set to go up for auction in London in November. The item featured in a Pepsi commercial in 1984 and is among more than 200 pieces of music memorabilia being sold. The black-and-white leather jacket, which was custom-made for Jackson for the commercial, is listed for between £200,000 ($245,000) and £400,000.
It came from the first in a series of ads for the soft drink that featured the superstar. The commercials are chiefly remembered now because, during one filming session, Jackson's hair caught fire and he suffered burn injuries after a pyrotechnic malfunction. However, he was wearing a different jacket on that occasion. The item will be auctioned by costume and prop vendor Propstore, along with George Michael's La Rocka jacket, which he wore while duetting with Aretha Franklin in 1987.
Closing Time - The musical Jersey Boys has announced it will end its current run at the Trafalgar Theatre next year, after 1,000 performances. The production will close on 4 January 2024, after three years in London’s West End - and will incorporate additional performances over the Christmas and New Year season. The musical, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, was one of the first shows to be staged after COVID restrictions were lifted, opening at the refurbished Trafalgar in July 2021.
Farewell - Rudolph Isley, whose smooth vocals graced Isley Brothers hits including Summer Breeze and That Lady, has died at the age of 84. The musician, who also co-wrote many of the band's biggest songs, died in his sleep, his brother Ernie said. "There are no words to express my feelings and the love I have for my brother," added Ronald Isley in a statement. RIP.
(Jim Evans)
17 October 2023

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