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Listen to Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil guest on a new version of Goldfinger’s ‘Superman’

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Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has guested on a new version of Goldfinger‘s classic song ‘Superman’ – you can listen to the track below.

The song, which originally featured on Goldfinger’s 1997 album ‘Hang-Ups’, is part of a new deluxe edition of the band’s 2020 LP ‘Never Look Back’, which was their eighth studio album.

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This extended version of ‘Never Look Back’ also features a collaboration with Avril Lavigne in the form of a reworking of ‘Here In Your Bedroom’, the lead single from Goldfinger’s 1996 self-titled debut studio album.

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker – who has co-written four new songs for the deluxe edition – plays drums on both of the tracks, as well as on an updated version of Goldfinger’s popular cover of Nena’s ’99 Red Balloons’.

You can listen to Goldfinger and Neil collaborating on ‘Superman’ above.

Last month, Simon Neil was presented with an honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.

The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter received a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University for “his continued inspiration to all creatives the world over”.

Speaking about the honour, Neil said in a statement: “To receive this doctorate is an honour I could never have expected. To receive it in Glasgow, a city which has featured so long and so supportively in the band’s story, is the stuff of dreams.

“I am also proud to be connected to such a forward-thinking institution as Caledonian University, and accept this honour gratefully.”



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Britney Spears deactivates her official Instagram account

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Britney Spears has once again deactivated her official Instagram account.

The singer’s profile is no longer visible on the social media platform. It comes after Spears appeared to end her feud with her younger sister Jamie Lynn by sharing a gushing tribute on Instagram last week.

In the post Britney told her followers that she was “thinking about” Jamie Lynn, whom she described as her “heart”.

Referencing her sibling’s upcoming reality TV show Special Forces: The Ultimate Test, the star continued: “Congratulations on being so brave, inspiring, and showing guts and glory in your show!!! You ain’t alone… if anybody knows what that feels like… I get it. My baby sister!!! I love you!!!”

Many fans were confused by the message in question given Britney’s widely publicised dispute with Jamie Lynn in recent years. This January the latter was sent a cease and desist letter by Britney’s lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, demanding that she stop talking about her sister “derogatorily” while promoting her memoir Things I Should Have Said.

Britney also recently paid an emotional tribute to her estranged sons Jayden James and Sean Preston on Instagram.

Some of Britney’s fans have since expressed their concern following the artist’s recent posts and subsequent departure from Instagram.

As Contact Music reports, the singer temporarily departed Instagram last month after refusing to appear in her husband Sam Asghari’s live broadcast on the site. She quit the platform in August too, following the release of her Elton John collaboration ‘Hold Me Closer’.

At the time Britney said that she had been feeling “overwhelmed” as she prepared to return to music after a six-year hiatus.

“I’m learning everyday is a clean slate to try and be a better person and do what makes me happy … yes I choose happiness today,” she wrote. “I tell myself every day to let go of the hurt bitterness and try to forgive myself and others to what may have been hurtful.”

Britney has since explained that it’s unlikely she’ll ever perform live again after past experiences left her “traumatised”.

Over the summer she shared a lengthy voice memo about her 13-year conservatorship and life since it was terminated in November 2021.

This year has seen Britney publicly express numerous grievances against members of her family including her brother Bryan. In January she said: “My family loves to pull me down and hurt me always so I am disgusted with them.”

In July, she accused her mother, Lynne, of being abusive to her in the past. Last year, the star stated that she wanted to have her father, Jamie, charged for conservatorship abuse.



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Mel B teases Spice Girls 2023 Glastonbury reunion

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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’

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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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