Peter Hook and his former bandmates in New Order have thrown plenty verbal jabs at each other over the years, but now the disagreements look set to go nuclear with the former bass player suing the band.
He’s claiming £2.3m in unpaid royalties and a judge has given the thumbs-up to a full trial. The remaining members of the Manchester outfit have expressed their disappointment, pointing out that Hook still gets his full share of royalties for material he worked on with the band. Perhaps those warring parties should take a leaf out of the book of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
The songwriter has been telling Rolling Stone about his 48-year partnership with Elton as they prepare to release yet another album. Describing Elton as having “more hooks than a tackle box”, Taupin reiterates how he’s happy to be the nonfamous one. “I couldn’t live Elton’s life,” he says. “I would rather drill myself in the head with a nail gun than do what he does.”
By the time you read this, it’s quite possible that the Adele frenzy is already over and tickets to her four Irish concerts were snapped up in a nanosecond this morning. Early birds queuing on a cold street or a worrying website may be lucky enough to pay £38-£100 (plus booking fees) for the SSE Arena in Belfast on February 29 and March 1; or €54-€121 (+ bf) for the 3Arena on March 3 and 4.
Yes Adele, yes. pic.twitter.com/hC6Y338FMn— Mano (@Uthmano) December 3, 2015
If you don’t make Adele, perhaps some compensation could be found in seeing one of the greatest albums of all time being played live by Lee Scratch Perry.The 79-year-old Jamaican will play his 1976 classic Super Ape in its entirety at the Academy in Dublin on March 3.
In Cork, upcoming gigs include Karen Underwood and friends singing gospel songs and Christmas favourites at the Everyman on Wednesday; and a benefit for Médecins Sans Frontières at Triskel Christchurch on Thursday headlined by Stargazers and the Lee Valley String Band. Mick Flannery is doing his traditional New Year’s Eve gig at Cork Opera House, and is also playing at the High Tide Club in Castletownbere on December 18. Early bird tickets have also been released today for Indiependence (July 29-31) in Mitchelstown, at €90 (+bf).
You’ll be seeing a lot of Quentin Tarantino, below, over the next few weeks as he ramps up the PR drive for The Hateful Eight, due for release on January 8. One of the significant collaborations for the western was with soundtrack legend Ennio Morricone. It wasn’t a marriage made in heaven.
The 84-year-old Italian composer stated earlier this year that he’d never work with Tarantino again, saying he “places music in his films without coherence”. But even the spat between those two giants will pale into significance with the release of the latest Star Wars instalment on December 17. This weekend is part of the quiet before the storm in cinemas, but Pixar’s animated offering, The Good Dinosaur, is well worth a watch. Triskel has Brooklyn and Macbeth.
Everything Must Go is the recently opened exhibition at the Glucksman in UCC and explores the explores the relationship between contemporary art, economics and value. Over at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork Printmakers have their annual Christmas exhibition with work for sale from about €100 upwards.
At VISUAL Carlow, an exhibition by Niamh McCann features an 8m-high modular sculpture mimicking the skin of the moon. It was developed with Limerick architects Jack Byrne and Séamus Bairead.
After already selling out two dates at the Olympia in March, Frankie Boyle has added a March 27 appearance. Jinx Lennon and Wasps vs. Humans join forces for a Punk Poetry double headliner at the Crane Lane in Cork next Friday.