The Week In Review (23-29 Jan)

29 January, 2017 in News

The Week In Review (23-29 Jan)

Metallica: “The Beatles of metal”

We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week

Dear readers, we don’t want to turn our Sunday chats with you into a weekly summation of the latest actions of the Trump administration. However, yet again it’s the man with the perma-tan whose been keeping our minds occupied this week. Why? Watch the video below and you’ll see…

If that wasn’t enough for you, we also have our weekly round-up. Enjoy.

Classic Of The Week

‘Ride The Lightning’ by Metallica (1984)

We had to get to them eventually; The Beatles of metal, the Brazil 1970 of riffery and the Star Wars of stratospheric sales, there’s almost nothing left to be said about Metallica. There will no doubt be much debate on what their best song is. However, the title track of the legendary quartet’s second album is not just a stone-cold-classic (one that Austin 3:16 no doubt approves of) but it’s been getting repeat listens in the Songwriting office throughout the last week.

News this week


  • Kasabian will co-headline Reading and Leeds with Muse, while British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park has announced an extra date on 8 July, with The Killers joined by Elbow, Tears For Fears and White Lies.
  • Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 album Tango In The Night is to be reissued in deluxe edition format, in 1CD, 2CD and 3CD+LP+DVD formats. The two-disc version includes a disc of demos and alternate takes, while the third disc in the 3CD package features all the 12-inch remixes.
  • It’s a good time to be a gig-goer in the US, with Queen+Adam Lambert, The 1975 and Pixies all announcing major North American tours this week. As did Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, who’ll be undertaking an 18-date joint trek this summer. See the artists’ websites for dates.
  • Here in the UK, meanwhile, Ed Sheeran is heading out on the road in April, with two shows apiece in Dublin (12/13 April), Glasgow (16/17 Apr), Newcastle (19/20 Apr), Manchester (22/23 Apr), Nottingham (25/26 Apr), Birmingham (28/29 Apr) and London (1/2 May).
  • Also hitting British motorways in April is Tame Impala bassist and solo singer-songwriter Cameron Avery, who’s got five gigs lined up in Glasgow, Manchester, London, Leeds and Brighton in support of his big band-influenced album Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams (out 10 March).
  • The late David Bowie is to be celebrated by the UK’s Royal Mail with the issue of a set of 10 commemorative stamps on 14 March. The Beatles and Pink Floyd are the only other musicians to have been honoured in this way.

Songs Of The Week


Song: Liberation
Artist: Andy Quick