The Ultimate Friends Experiences

Did you know that a musical version of cult TV series Friends will debut at the Triad Theatre (New York) in autumn?!

Written by Bob e Tobly McSmith, Friends! The Musical will include songs inspired by some of the funniest and most popular quotes, like Oh. My. God., Janice! e We Were on a Break!

Good news for the British fans as well: the Comedy Central will bring Friendfest – “the ultimate Friends experience”-  to the UK for a 12 weeks tour in 6 different locations.

What to expect:

  • a full-scale Joey & Chandler’s apartment set
  • memorabilia and props from the show
  • Monica & Rachel’s apartment
  • Recreate the Titles
  • Ross & Rachel’s Vegas chapel of love
  • grab a coffee in Central Perk
  • eat in Monica’s Moondance Diner
  • drink at the Chick & Duck Bar

…And much more!

London and Manchester venues are already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the other tour dates:

Sheffield: 7-16 July

Cardiff: 21-30 July

Oxfordshire: 18-27 August

Essex: 1-10 September

A tribute to the gentle giant: Joey Ramone

16 years ago, today, the Rock World lost a major Star 🌟, Jeffrey Ross Hyman, aka Joey Ramone, lead singer of The Ramones, who died of lymphoma in New York on April 15, 2001, a month before his 50th birthday.

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“For me, punk is about real feelings. It’s not about ‘Yeah, I’m a punk and I’m angry.’ That’s a lot of crap. It’s about loving the things that really matter: passion, heart and soul.”

In this occasion, I would definitely recommend the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, which includes interviews with former and later members, people close to the band (Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Riche Ramone, Elvis Ramone) and fellow musicians like Debbie Harry and Joe Strummer.

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The interviews reveal details about the relationship between the band members and aspects of their personalities that show what a kind person Joey was.

The Ramones, formed in 1974, pioneers of the punk rock, were a source of inspiration for a lot of  great musicians: this article – and many other-  appeared on the Miami New Times reckons bands like Green Day, Metallica,The strokes, Nirvana wouldn’t exist without the Forest Hill’s band.

Here’s a cover of The Ramones’ song Life is a Gas by The Strokes

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Looking forward to this event! Perfect location and perfect music 👍

22 April, 20.00 – 1.00

MOTH CLUB, Vallette Street, E9 6, Hackney, London

 

Meanwhile…

We know how great the quintessential NYC bands are (Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, Interpol…) But why don’t you also check out these new bands from the Big Apple:

The Britanys

Unsigned Rock&Roll band from NYC, founded in 2014

They’ve got a similar charm to that found in Pete and Carl’s early ramshackle stuff according to the NME Magazine, and like the early The Strokes according to DIY Magazine.

 

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A New York duo that sounds like the Velvet Underground, Public Access TV and Interpol, says NME, and I would add Adam Green.

Liam vs Noel, as usual

The Adidas shoe model designed and signed by Noel Gallagher for the spring collection SPEZIAL range is out and apparently already a big success, based upon the shares on Instagram.

The indigo leather shoes named Garwen SPZL are on sale for £99 and they have Noel’s face on the tongues.

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Even better than the shoes, though, is Liam’s comment on them:

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Never ending bickering between the Gallagher’s brothers 😊

I’ve been waiting patiently

Mando Diao are back!!!

The first single from their new album Good Times was released yesterday. It’s been three years since their seventh album, Ælita.

Shake is very catchy, and the official video is pretty funny too, with quite unusual cheerleaders.

It’s a bit sad not to see Gustaf Norén, though, who left the band in 2015. ☹

It’s a pity that the release day of the new single for the Swedish band coincided with a very bad news for their Country, where at least three people died and several were left injured after a truck rammed into a crowd on a main shopping street in central Stockholm.

The band has paid a tribute to the victims on the Facebook page.

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When the cover version is ALMOST better than the original song

10. The Beatles – You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me

Cover of a song by Smokey Robinsosn & The Miracles

9. Julian Casablancas – White Light White Heat

Velvet Underground song.  Julian covering one of his idols. This version was recorded for one of the TV series I enjoyed the most: Vynil,  created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter. Unfortunately, it was not renewed after the first season ☹, but it is worth watching it!

8. Babyshambles – Janie Jones

A cover of the 1977 original Clash’s song from the band’s eponymous debut album.

7. Arctic Monkeys – Love Machine

In this case, I didn’t know the original version by Girls Aloud, I only knew it was not an Arctic Monkeys song. Even now that I heard the original song, I still much prefer the cover!

6. Oasis – I Am The Walrus

Oasis released a live version of this Beatles song as a B-side to their single Cigarettes&Alcohol. This single peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

5. Sid vicious – My Way

A classic. Not a very bright singer or bass player, but Sid certainly had stage presence. This video is brilliant.

4. Blossoms – Manic Monday

I Fell in love with this video recently. Original song from The Bangles, included in the 1986 album Different Light.

3. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

A cover of a David Bowie song from the same named album, which had a bigger commercial and critical success in the US than in the UK when it was first released. The song was performed during the MTV Nirvana Unplugged in New York.

2. The Runaways – Rock and Roll (Live in Japan 1977)

Another Velvet Underground cover, from their 1970 album Loaded. The song was written by Lou Reed, who subsequently continued to perform the song as a solo artist.

1. Howie Back – Reptilia

Cover of The Strokes’ song from the album Room on Fire (2003).

JUST AMAZING.

 

MoKee :)

Sheffielder artist Pete McKee has opened his first pop-up store in London, at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. The exhibition will run from the 1st till the 23rd of April.

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Pete’s love of music is at the heart of his work. He’s a member of ukulele band The Everly Pregnant Brothers and his peculiar style has earned him the admiration of many artists. Noel Gallagher chose Pete to design Oasis’ tour posters and he afterwards collaborated with other creatives and brands like The Arctic Monkeys, Rega, XFM, Richard Hawley, Disney, ACME studios, Warp Films and Clarks. Since 2011 Pete also works with designer Paul Smith.

The artist is also a proud patron of The Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s art charity Artfelt and ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Record Store Day.

The London’s shop is called MoKee and exhibits new and classic artworks and a collaboration with Liam Gallagher’s clothing company Pretty Green and Clarks, it includes a limited edition of Parkas, military jackets and t-shirts, hand-painted, printed and sprayed by Pete.

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In addition to the artworks, at Mokee you can also buy limited edition prints, books, t-shirts, mugs, a tea set, tea towels, canvas bags, brooches and pins.

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You can also take a picture on the scooter with the gang and share it on Instagram for a chance to win one of the artworks!

keep an eye on this venue, it always hosts interesting exhibitions and sample sales.