Emerging young musician Bruce Springsteen, 64, is widely rumoured to be following up last year’s Wrecking Ball album and zillion-date tour with a new long player early in the new year. A new track from the Boss, featuring guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, is already available online. With the annual Record Store Day approaching next Friday, one of the more interesting releases for the occasion is the Flaming Lips’cover of the Stone Roses eponymous debut album.
Who has made the most money in the music world this year? While most people would throw in such names as Lady Gaga, One Direction or Springsteen, according to Forbes magazine, it’s Madonna. Again. Apparently her MDNA tour, along with merchandise, clothes and perfume, earned the 55-year-old about $125m. Finally, Lou Reed fans may be interested in the screening at Triskel Christchurch in Cork next Thursday of Lou Reed’s Berlin, a film of his performance of his classic album in New York in 2006.
GIG WISE: Tickets for Bryan Adams at the Marquee in Cork on Jun 28 go on sale next Thursday. With bookings also open on Dec 11 for Electric Picnic, the Body&Soul festival is another of next year’s events hoping to shift some units before Christmas. Early bird weekend tickets for Jun 20-22 festival start at €79.50 + booking fee. The Saturday of the Fish Go Deep 25 celebrations at the Pavilion is already sold out, but some tickets do remain for the Friday of what should be a feast of house music next weekend. Other upcoming club events in the southern capital include the visit of Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points to the Pavilion on Dec 13, and A.Skillz to Havana Browns next Friday. In Dublin, Austra’s live gig at the Button Factory tonight is fully sold out, but the Toronto trio will also perform a DJ set at the venue immediately after the concert.
COMEDY CAPERS: Paul Merton’s Impro Chums at Vicar Street in Dublin on May 3 will have the popular British funnyman being joined by four other comedians for an improvised show based on audience suggestions. Veteran standup Sean Hughes brings his autobiographical Penguins routine to Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin on Apr 10. In Cork, Jason Byrne is at the Opera House on Feb 6, while Andrew Stanley is at City Limits tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: Enough Said at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday has both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette, but the romantic comedy will probably be remembered as James Gandolfini’s last film. Julian ‘Downton’ Fellowes is the latest screenwriter to take on Romeo And Juliet, and the Triskel audience will possibly include Junior Cert students eager to get familiar with a story that’s on their syllabus. In Dublin, the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival continues until Dec 1. The Hobbit 2 goes on general release on Dec 13, while the next live ballet screening at various Omniplexes is the Bolshoi’s Sleeping Beauty on Dec 22.
VISUAL ART: The Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin mark their 20th anniversary with an open day next Thursday in which members of the public can see various art demonstrations. At the Crawford in Cork, the Micheal Farrell exhibition continues until Jan 4.
ON THE TELLY: One for the diaries for next Friday on BBC Four is Blues America: Woke Up This Morning, the first episode of a two-part series exploring the history of the blues. Contributors include Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Chuck D. And when that’s over, if you have a quick squiz at the Late Late Toy Show before flicking onto Graham Norton, you might just catch a live performance from Arcade Fire.
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