The Week In Review (13-19 March)


R.I.P. Chuck Berry. Image by nico7martin, Creative Commons

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

Folks, were sorry to say that this week has closed on a very sad note. Late yesterday evening it was announced that Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock music and a true one-off, had died, aged 90.

Berry leaves a legacy that has already stretched out over 60 years and which will continue to leave its imprint on music for as long as the electric guitar remains pop music’s most visceral weapon. Our thoughts are with the Chuck Berry’s family and friends.

Classic Of The Week

‘Johnny B. Goode’ by Chuck Berry (1958)

Who else and what other song? Chuck Berry’s most recognisable riff still holds up nearly 60 years since it was first released. Listen to it now and your hips will demand that you give it the attention it deserves.

News this week

  • The Who have announced a residency in Las Vegas. They’ll play six dates at Caesars Palace from 29 July to 11 August, though as these shows are billed as a “first run’ there may be more to follow.
  • Staying Stateside a minute, look out for North American tours this summer from Paul Simon (17 dates in June), Tool (eight dates in May/June) and My Morning Jacket (13 dates in June/July/August).
  • Back here in the UK, Happy Mondays are to undertake a massive 30-date ‘greatest hits’ tour in November and December to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album. The tour starts in Bristol on 14 November and ends in Glasgow on 23 December.
  • Meanwhile the support acts have been announced for Mondays contemporaries The Stone Roses’ gig at Wembley Stadium on 17 June. Stand up Blossoms, Sleaford Mods and The G-O-D.
  • Congratulations this week to Kinks legend Sir Ray Davies. His knighthood was announced in the New Year’s Honours list and Prince Charles tapped him with a sword, making it official, on Thursday (16 March).
  • Finally on a sadder note, RIP this week John Lever, drummer with Manchester post-punk/indie stalwarts The Chameleons, who passed away on Monday after a short illness. He is survived by his sister, mother and two children.

Songs Of The Week

Song: Killing Me
Artist: Luke Sital-Singh

Song: White Noise
Artist: Cajsa Siik

Song: Sounds Good To Me
Artist: Thea Gilmore

Song: Fletcher Bay
Artist: HarryPaneMusic

Song: My Own Way
Artist: Atlas Road Crew

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