Friday, June 5, 2009

Music Notes: Noel Gallagher promises refund, The Pretenders announce tour dates

- Noel Gallagher promised 70,000 Oasis fans their money back after power cuts plagued their show in Manchester last night. It was the first time the band had performed in Manchester in four years. After tech issues stalled the show for half an hour, Gallagher told the audience, "Thank you very very much, this is a free gig - let's have it. Anybody who has kept their ticket will get a full refund." [BBC]

- The Pretenders have announced details of their upcoming North American tour, which will kick off on August 4. Cat Power and Juliette Lewis will also join the band for select dates. More details here. [NME]

- Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 will be out on September 11, eight years after the original Blueprint came out. [MTV]

- August 18 will see the release of the Woodstock - 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm box set. The six-CD, 77 song set will feature 38 unreleased recordings from the original Woodstock festival. Performances by The Who, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez and more. Research has allowed the compilers to put the songs and artists in the correct order of performance. [Billboard]

- Coldplay might follow up last year's Viva La Vida with a concept record. That could be bad. Straight from Chris Martin's mouth. [SPIN]

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