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Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch sings at Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder’s funeral



Echo and The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch has sung at Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder’s funeral.

Ryder, who was the bassist of the Happy Mondays and brother of frontman Shaun, died last month at the age of 58.

Posting the news on social media, the band wrote: “The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning. A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed.”

Alan McGee, who was in attendance at the service, described it as an “amazing send off” and recalled how he spoke at the beginning of the funeral, which took place in Manchester yesterday (August 4). McGee also shared that both McCulloch and Rowetta later sang at the funeral in tribute.

“Amazing send off for my friend Paul Ryder of @happymondaysofficial today in Mancunia .. ian brown / bez and me all shared our memories of Horse ..,” McGee wrote. “Rowetta and Ian [McCulloch] both sang .. I’m glad I spoke at the beginning as the service went on it seemed to get heavier .. at one point I looked up [and] every member of the band was crying .. we loved you Paul Ryder.”

Rowetta added her own tribute to Ryder on social media writing “we love you so much”.

Others paying their respects at the funeral included Stone Roses’ Ian Brown, Happy Mondays bandmate Bez and former New Order bass player and now solo artist Peter Hook.


Ryder formed the band alongside brother Shaun in 1980, playing through until their initial split in 1993. While not joining a reunion the band held in 2004, he did rejoin Happy Mondays for a further set of reunion dates in 2012, which had continued for the following decade to the present day.

Tributes from those in the Manchester music scene and beyond poured in for Ryder online at the time of his death. Brown wrote: “REST IN PEACE PAUL RYDER A GREAT FRIEND A GREAT MUSICIAN A GREAT FELLA BIG LOVE TO AMELIA JACOB SONNY CHICO AND THE FAMILY AND BAND LOVE YA LONGTIME PABS X”

Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam added: Really very sorry to hear of the death of Paul Ryder – he made a massive contribution to Happy Mondays and was good company and a top fella RIP.”

Last month, the Happy Mondays also released a new EP, ‘Tart Tart’, in tribute to Paul.

Shaun said of the EP: “This special release of ‘Tart Tart’ showcases the unique musical talent of our brother Paul Ryder who passed from this world … we will all miss you Horse.

“He brought the funk and the rock n roll to Happy Mondays … love you long time R kid.”

You can listen to the EP above on Spotify, or tune in via other streaming platforms here.

Additionally, fans can pre-order a special seven-inch vinyl edition of ‘Tart Tart’ from Happy Mondays’ official store. The physical version is due to arrive on November 18.

All profits from the release will be donated to MusiCares, a charity chosen by Paul’s daughter Amelia, who explained: “MusiCares is a charity that helps people in the music industry who are struggling with addiction issues.

“Fourteen years ago, Paul was given help and support from the organisation who helped fund extended outpatient care and therapy that enabled him to have 14 subsequent happy and productive years.”

She added: “Just two weeks ago he mentioned them in an interview and often expressed his gratitude and desire to pay their support forward so others could be helped too.”

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Mel B teases Spice Girls 2023 Glastonbury reunion



Mel B has teased that Spice Girls could be set to reunite once again for a performance at Glastonbury 2023.

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During a recent episode of The Big Narstie Show on Channel 4, Narstie – real name Tyrone Mark Lindo – asked the singer whether he could appear as a “hype man” if the girl group played at Worthy Farm.

“Yeah, I would like that. That would be cool,” Melanie Brown (aka Scary Spice) responded.

Mo Gilligan then tried to get Brown to confirm Spice Girls’ slot at Glasto ’23. “So you are playing Glastonbury?” he said. The singer replied: “Yes, I think so! But I’ve got to convince the other four bitches to do it with me!”

Gilligan added: “The Spice Girls are playing Glastonbury?!” Brown said: “Stop it! Shut up! I never said that…”

You can see a video clip of the moment in the tweet below.

During a subsequent interview of last weekend’s edition of Sunday Brunch (December 4), however, Brown’s bandmate Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) said Spice Girls’ reported appearance at next year’s Glastonbury was “not happening”.

“Unless [Mel B’s] going on her own…” she added.

Spice Girls, who embarked on a huge UK/Ireland reunion tour in 2019, have been rumoured to be taking on the coveted Legends Slot at Worthy Farm next summer. In April 2019, Bunton said that the group had been asked to perform at Glastonbury.

This October, Bunton claimed that Victoria Beckham would be “up for” joining the Spice Girls for a set at Glastonbury. However, the singer said “no one’s asked” the band to play at the 2023 event.

Victoria Beckham then explained that she “couldn’t commit” to a full Spice Girls reunion tour, “with everything else that I’ve got going on with my fashion, and my beauty line, four children.”

Glastonbury 2023 is set to take place between June 21 and June 25. Last Friday (December 2), it was confirmed that Elton John will headline the Sunday night (June 25) with what’s being billed as his final-ever UK show.

No other acts have yet been confirmed. eFestivals‘ line-up page currently lists Arctic Monkeys and Harry Styles as two other possible performers. The first wave of artists traditionally arrives around March.

Tickets for next year’s Glastonbury sold out last month. General sale tickets were snapped up in one hour, while coach packages went in under 25 minutes. According to organisers, “demand far exceeded supply”.

Last month saw Spice Girls – minus Mel B – reunite at Geri Horner’s belated 50th birthday party.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante announces new electronic double album ‘I’ and ‘II’



John Frusciante has shared details of a double electronic music album, ‘I’ and ‘II’.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist is releasing two versions of the record. ‘I’ (pronounced “one”) features seven tracks on vinyl while ‘II’ (pronounced “two”) features a higher number of songs for CD and digital formats.

There is a bonus track on ‘I’ that doesn’t feature on the CD/digital version but overall there are fewer songs because “some of the tracks have sounds that cannot be pressed on vinyl”.

It’s not clear if ‘I’ and ‘II’ together make up a double album or if each version is a double album in itself. A tracklist is yet to be released.

‘I’ and ‘II’ will arrive via Avenue 66, a sub label of Acid Test Records, in early 2023.

Frusciate said in a statement (via Mixmag): “After a year and a half writing and recording rock music, I needed to clear my head. I listened to and made music where things generally happen gradually rather than suddenly.

“I would set up patches on a Monomachine or Analog Four and listen to them, hearing one sound morph into others, making changes to a patch only after having listened for quite a while, gradually adding elements, and finally manipulating the sounds on the fly.”

He continued: “Music being a solitary sculpture in sonic space was the main motivating thought. I was looking at pictures of sculptures and trying to make music that simultaneously conveyed both movement and stillness.

“I’ve been listening to music like this since I was 13 or so, but I felt that making it was out of my reach because of the amount of restraint I imagined it required. Once I found myself making this music, it did not feel like a matter of restraint at all.

“The music seeks to just exist, and is not attempting to manipulate or grab the listener in any way. I believe it works well if one listens loud and focuses on it, but also works well at soft volumes and in the background.”

Frusciante released his latest solo album, ‘Maya’, in 2020. ‘I’ and ‘II’ will mark his 12th and 13th solo albums.

Red Hot Chili Peppers receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a 2023 tour of North America, the UK and Europe, with The Strokes, Iggy Pop and more all set to support.

The band, who returned in 2022 with two new albums – ‘Unlimited Love’ and follow-up ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’ – will continue their global tour from next March, which will see them head out on a run of dates which begin in Vancouver, Canada.

North American dates run until the end of May, before the band head to the UK and Europe in June.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday, December 9 at 10am local time. Buy UK tickets here and buy North American and European tickets here.

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Tory Lanez released from house arrest for Megan Thee Stallion trial



Tory Lanez has been released from house arrest at a judge’s discretion in order to prepare for a trial over an allegation that he shot Megan Thee Stallion in 2020.

The rapper (real name Daystar Peterson) is accused of shooting Megan Peet in the foot in July of that year during a drunken dispute that unravelled following a pool party at reality star Kylie Jenner’s house in California.

Peterson has denied the assault charge. Yesterday (December 5) the songwriter was freed from house arrest, which he’d been placed under following allegations that he assaulted musician August Alsina in Chicago in September, as the jury selection opened.

The rapper has denied assaulting Alsina (via AllHipHop).

Rolling Stone reports that there were strenuous objections by prosecutors to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Herriford’s decision.

Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta objected, arguing that Peterson allegedly tried to “sway” or “intimidate” witnesses previously in the case. She said once testimony begins and everyone is in the same jurisdiction, witnesses might have their “concerns magnified” and “fear” being “in reach of him”.

Jude Herriford said: “I will terminate the house arrest at this point. The main reason is that during trial, it’s difficult to have a client who’s not accessible. I’m doing this mainly for the trial preparation aspect.”

Herriford also rejected Ta’s request that Peterson at least keep his ankle monitor on.

The 10-day trial has now started, with opening statements to begin next Monday (December 12).

Defence lawyer George G. Mgdesyan told the court yesterday that his client never attempted to bribe or intimidate anyone despite Megan telling authorities that Peterson apologised, offered her money, and begged her to stay quiet in the aftermath of the shooting because he purportedly was on probation at the time.

“She says that my client told her to lie and offered her money because he’s on probation and didn’t want to get arrested. My client has never been on probation,” Mgdesyan said.

“If he’s required to have a monitor on his ankle in front of jurors, I think it’s just punitive. It doesn’t serve any purpose. If he’s going to dissuade a witness, all probation is going to know is where he is. It doesn’t mean he can’t meet with that person,” he added.

Lanez has denied trying to buy Peet’s silence following the incident.

Earlier this year, Megan Thee Stallion told Rolling Stone that the other woman with her during the shooting – her former close friend Kelsey Harris – told her after the incident that Peterson offered to invest in her business in exchange for her silence.

Harris was riding in the SUV with Peet and Peterson the night of the alleged firearm assault. She appeared at a hearing in September and was ordered to return this month under a subpoena from prosecutors.

At a preliminary hearing in 2021 a police investigator said that Peet claimed that she heard Peterson shout, “Dance, bitch”, as he allegedly opened fire with a semiautomatic 9mm handgun on a residential street in the Hollywood Hills.

Prior to the gunfire, the detective testified, the group had allegedly got into a verbal fight inside the vehicle over Peterson’s claim that he’d been romantic with Peet behind Harris’ back.

Peterson was formally charged in late 2020 with one count of assaulting Peet with a semiautomatic firearm in a manner that “personally inflicted great bodily injury” and one count of carrying a concealed, loaded, and unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

A protective order bars Peterson from contacting Peet in person or otherwise.

If he’s found guilty as charged at the trial, he could serve a maximum prison sentence of 22 years and eight months.

Last month, Megan Thee Stallion responded to a lyric on Drake and 21 Savage’s new collaborative album ‘Her Loss’ that appears to reference her being shot.

She posted a series of tweets demanding unnamed rappers stop referencing her shooting, beginning by demanding that they “stop attaching weak ass conspiracy theories in bars to my name”.

In a separate tweet, she wrote: “Stop using my shooting for clout… Since when tf is it cool to joke abt women getting shot!”

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