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Wednesday, 10 October
Pete Townshend says if it had been left up to him The Who would never have existed. Speaking around the publication of his autobiography Who Am I, the guitarist says he would have been happy at the time to do art instead. "To be completely honest, I think if I hadn't been bullied into the band, I would have been happier as an art student," he declared. "I would have been happier in a Brian Eno world. That was the stuff I was trained to do - to think differently, to think outside the box, about installations, the coming of computers, the way that computers would change the language, blah blah fucking blah." He admits he had one major obstacle in this: "I was quite brilliant on stage, and I found it incredibly easy. I could see Keith Moon found it incredibly easy as well."
Green Day's Mike Drint has spoken about singer Billie Joe Armtstrong's rehab for substance abuse, explaining the band were exhausted and had to quit touring for a while. "I'm sure Billie's had it really rough. There's been very little contact between us, so I guess I'm just generalising, but it's a pretty heavy-duty process," he said. "This is probably the longest time we haven't seen each other - I haven't seen Billie in weeks. It's an awkward position to be in, but we're going to pander this out. We'll get there." Meanwhile the trio have announced they will release the second record in their album trilogy, DOS!, on 12 November.
The Rolling Stones will unveil new song Doom And Gloom at 8.15am (BST) tomorrow. The track, taken from forthcoming collection GRRR!, will be aired on Radio 2, after which it will be available from iTunes.
Glastonbury's revenues increased by 5.2 per-cent in 2011 according to newly published accounts. The festival, which donates heavily to charity, had a turnover was £32.2m.
Despite Mike Love insisting he didn't sack Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys following their 50th anniversary dates, Wilson insists that's exactly what it feels like, declaring: "It sort of feels like we're being fired... I'm still left wondering why he doesn't want to continue this great trip we're on... I welcome Mike to call me."
Stevie Nicks has spoken about Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's alleged feud on American Idol, explaining how she would have dealt with the situation. "If I had been Mariah I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there," she explained. "I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it."
Relaxed Muscle, Jarvis Cocker's slightly spooky side-project, have submitted new music for a dance show by the Michael Clark Company at the Barbican. The performance will run from 17-27 October and also feature music by Scritti Politti in a double bill. In case you've forgotten, this Relaxed Muscle...
Peter Hook has written us a guest column about, er writing. The bassist explains why he's put pen to paper about Joy Division - plus win a sign copy of his new book.
Girls Aloud look set to reunite. "We have seen each other quite a lot recently," Kimberley Walsh says. "We haven't started rehearsals for anything yet but once we've got plans set in stone we'll let people know." A countdown has also appeared on the band's website, suggesting an announcement is coming within the next ten days.
Led Zeppelin took exception to journalists' questions at a New York press conference to mark the impending release of their 2007 concert film. Robert Plant called one reporter a "schmuck" after questions turned to whether or not the band would play live again. "I mean, we've been thinking about all sorts of things," he said curtly. "And then we can't remember what we were thinking of." He later clarified his position on the band doing more, though made it clear he was still not happy with the line of enquiry, explaining: "If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second."
Music by Elbow's Guy Garvey and Massive Attack's 3D will feature in new theatrical production King Kong. The soundtrack for the play, which opens in Mebourne next year, is being put together by producer Marius de Vries and also sees Avalanches, Justice and Sarah McLachlan contributing.
Guns'N'Roses are working on new material according to guitarist DJ Ashba. "Axl's put together such a talented group of musicians and there are so many songs that are already worked out," he explained. "So we've got a good jump on it, for sure."
T Rex's album The Slider will be the subject of a 40th anniversary boxset edition, out on 26 November.
Seye Adelekan - broher of Metronomy's Gbenga - has a new single out this week (below), so to celebrate has compiled us a Playlist (and mini plot) of modern tracks that would be perfect for a Brat Pack movie soundtrack, including The Killers, The Temper Trap, Ryan Adams and more.
Listen a sampler of Bat For Lashes forthcoming album, The Haunted Man (out Monday).
The Black Keys are releasing a live EP. Tour Rehearsal Tapes will be available via iTunes.
Rage Against The Machine will release a 20th anniversary boxset on 26 November. Along with a remastered version of their self-titled debut album, the release will include early concert footage, demos, videos and the 2010 Finsbury Park gig the band staged after clinching the previous year's Christmas Number 1.
Man City striker Mario Balotelli has invited Jay-Z to go motor racing with him. The striker has reportedly asked Tinchy Stryder to set up a meeting.
Today's Track Of The Day is Rizzle Kicks with Mama Do The Hump as we preview all of this year's nominees ahead of the Q Awards on 22 October
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
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