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July 7, 2021

“There’s no doubt she’s very talented, but she’s also, from my perspective, so divinely rock…

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Henry Bruce-Jones Seoul Community Radio Presents: Y2K92 x Nose Studio (Live @ onit.life)

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Graeme Thomson Krist Novoselic on Nevermind’s impact: “So much was going on. And then it all just spectacularly blew up”

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As part of the cover story in the August 2021 issue of Uncut and in celebration of Nevermind’s impending 30th anniversary, we revisit the era-defining classic in the company of its surviving creators. In this brand new interview, Krist Novoselic traces the album’s remarkable journey from a rented barn in Tacoma to the stage of Seattle’s Paramount Theatre and beyond.

What do you remember about the first time you, Kurt and Dave played together?

Krist Novoselic: It flowed, it sounded good, it was immediate. It just fell into place, there was no awkwardness. Dave is such a good musician, he rose to the occasion – or we rose to him, whichever way it happened. It just seemed natural and Dave was easy to hang out with. I think he moved in with Kurt. That took a lot of courage, to move into an apartment with him! Dave knew the Bleach material, but we were already writing songs for Nevermind. We had some songs: some we would just make up on the spot, others Kurt had some ideas for. We were really serious about rehearsing. We had this barn in Tacoma that we rented. Somebody had tried to make it into a studio and hadn’t got very far, but it was a decent place to rehearse. We went in there and we were serious about working on the songs.

Did you have any doubts about leaving Sub Pop and signing to a major label?

I was never conflicted about it. We all made the decision; Kurt and Dave and me all wanted to do it. I remember when we signed those contracts in the lawyer’s office, we were like, “Yeah, let’s get promoted and let’s do it.” It was like there was the music, which was one thing, and then there was this whole other part of it that was a completely new situation, with things not being in Olympia or Tacoma any more. It was this whole big world and us trying to adjust to that.

What do you remember about the preparation for Nevermind?

[Geffen A&R] Gary Gersh came up from the label and we were shopping producers. I remember [Neil Young producer] David Briggs came up, but we decided to go with Butch. We just felt more comfortable, he was what we were used to. In the meantime, we just kept working on the songs, keeping them tight. By the time we went to LA, we had a couple of days of pre-production with Butch and he helped with some arrangements. It wasn’t big changes. It was, “This song is too long,” or “Maybe you should have a bridge here.” Stuff like that.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN UNCUT AUGUST 2021

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Will Richards Damon Albarn shares new track “Polaris” alongside performance video

Damon Albarn Polaris

Damon Albarn has shared a brand new track and performance video – watch him perform “Polaris” below.

The song and performance was teased earlier this week in a short video that saw Albarn tuning up with an ensemble who are readying themselves for a live performance.

The “Polaris” video has now arrived, alongside the studio version of the track, which is available on all streaming services. The song will appear on the Blur frontman’s second studio album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, out on November 12 via Transgressive.

Watch the performance video and listen to the studio version of “Polaris” below.

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Will Lavin Former Uriah Heep singer John Lawton has died aged 74

John Lawton, best known as the former frontman of Uriah Heep, has died aged 74.

The singer’s death was confirmed by Uriah Heep, who shared a statement on social media revealing that Lawton passed away unexpectedly on June 29.

“It is with deep regret that we share the devastating and tragic news of the sudden and totally unexpected passing of John Lawton on 29 June 2021,” the band wrote on Facebook.

“Contrary to reports, there was no illness involved, which makes his passing incomprehensible. He went peacefully with his wife at his side. John will be greatly missed.”

They added that a “private funeral service to celebrate John’s life will be held following his wishes, with only family and close friends attending.” You can see the statement in full below.

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Lawton was Uriah Heep‘s singer from 1976 to 1979, appearing on three of the band’s studio albums: Firefly (1977), Innocent Victim (1977) and Fallen Angel (1978).

In 2013, Lawton rejoined the group for a few European tour dates, including stops in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Paying tribute to his former bandmate, Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box shared a message via the band’s Facebook page.

“The passing of John Lawton on the 29th of June came as a complete shock and has left me numb,” Box wrote. “John was a big part of the Heep family, and on stage when he was covering for Bernie, who was having hospital treatment at the time, he said over the microphone ‘you can check out, but you never leave Heep.’ That was our John and he was one of the good guys.”

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He continued: “On a personal note we had some fantastic times in Heep, and some fantastic times too outside of Heep. On filming the movie Love Dot Net and playing shows with him in Bulgaria we never stopped laughing, and I will always remember those joyous times.

“I enjoyed the songs we wrote together, and he had an amazing voice that was both powerful, soulful and with a bluesy edge. Rock music has lost one of the great rock voices of all time and his legacy will live on forever.”

Aside from Uriah Heep in 1976, Lawton sang with German rock band Lucifer’s Friend (1969-1976, 1979-1995) and recorded nine studio albums during his time with the band.

In the early ’70s, he also joined the Les Humphries Singers, with whom he recorded more than 20 albums and took part in 1976’s Eurovision.

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Daniel Seah Rick Laird, founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, has died aged 80

Rick Laird Mahavishnu orchestra jazz bassist dies

Rick Laird, the bassist and founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, has died at the age of 80.

News of his death was made known through several social media tributes by his bandmates. No cause of death has been announced, but a Reddit post, purportedly written by Laird’s daughter, alleged that he had been in hospice care since January 2021.

Mahavishnu Orchestra bandleader John McLaughlin wrote on Twitter on Monday (July 5): “RIP brother Rick Laird. What great memories we have. Miss you!!!”

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Laird’s Mahavishnu Orchestra bandmate Bill Cobham also shared a heartfelt tribute on Facebook yesterday: “He played what was necessary to keep the rest of us from going off our musical rails.”

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Posted by Bill Cobham on Sunday, July 4, 2021

“He was my rock and allowed me to play and explore musical regions that I would not have been able to navigate without him having my back! Rick Laird bid this world goodbye at sun-up this morning. Already I miss his likeness and voice that was featured in the powerful quietness and authority he projected on and off stage. The body is going but the persona will remain as an influence on whatever I play for the rest of my days. I miss him already.”

Laird was an original member of the pioneering fusion group, Mahavishnu Orchestra, alongside McLaughlin, Cobham, keyboardist Jan Hammer and violinist Jerry Goodman.

He played on the band’s first three studio albums, The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds Of Fire and Between Nothingness & Eternity. Laird’s work with the group can also be heard on B-side collections such as The Lost Trident Sessions and Unreleased Tracks from Between Nothingness & Eternity.

Born Richard Quentin Laird in Dublin, Ireland, the bassist began his career after his family relocated to Auckland, New Zealand. At the age of 18, Laird performed upright bass with a local group and started touring the country.

At 21, he enrolled in London’s Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, simultaneously performing in The Brian Auger Trinity before leaving the group due to his refusal to switch to electric bass.

Laird then took up the mantle as house bassist of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where he performed alongside giants the likes of Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt.

After earning a scholarship to study at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Laird finally studied electric bass guitar, inspired after hearing the Tony Williams Lifetime – which featured McLaughlin on guitar – in concert.

McLaughlin would then ask Laird to join the first incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971.

Outside of his musical work, Laird was also celebrated as a music photographer; he has snapped images of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Elvin Jones, Keith Jarrett and many others.

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Posted by Gary Husband on Sunday, July 4, 2021

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Will Lavin Elton John vows to help new artists tour Europe despite “disastrous” Brexit deal

Elton John

Elton John has vowed to help new artists tour Europe despite the UK government’s “disastrous” Brexit trade agreement.

The legendary singer has been very vocal about the government jeopardising the future of touring for UK artists, after its Brexit deal with the EU failed to negotiate visa-free travel and Europe-wide work permits for musicians and crew.

He even called the government “philistines” and accused them of “crucifying” the careers of young artists.

Yesterday (July 6), John and his husband David Furnish took part in a virtual meeting with Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, and a number of others, to discuss free movement and visa-free arrangements for artists.

“Very happy to meet & discuss today with @eltonofficial, who despite #Brexit, is fighting for free movement and visa-free arrangements for artists,” Barnier tweeted, sharing a screenshot from the meeting. “Citizens, artists, students are the first to lose out from #Brexit. It didn’t have to be this way.”

John then shared Barnier‘s tweet, writing: “David & I will continue to fight for all artists, especially those at the start of their career, who are losing out because of the gaping holes in the UK Government’s disastrous trade agreement with Europe.”

He concluded: “We need to act now to save the music industry and support future talent.”

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This comes after last month saw a new poll show that the majority of UK voters want the government to be doing more to solve the post-Brexit touring fiasco for musicians and crew, while campaigners have vowed that their “anger is not going away until they find a solution”.

The government has often been accused of treating the sector like “an afterthought” in Brexit negotiations compared to the £1.2billion fishing industry.

Responding to the criticisms at the time, a government spokesperson from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport claimed that they “had always been clear that the end of freedom of movement would have implications for professional mobility”.

A controversial issue throughout the continent, European festival promoters have said that they could be likely to book fewer UK acts as a result of Brexit, while figures from the UK music industry have expressed concern that the impact of the deal on musicians who might not be able to tour Europe could also potentially prevent them from acquiring a visa to play in the United States.

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