Kanye West, Elton John to perform at the Bonnaroo music fest

Kanye West, Elton John to perform at the Bonnaroo music fest

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Kanye West, Elton John and Lionel Richie have been booked to perform at Tennessee's Bonnaroo music festival this summer, organizers said Thursday.

Gorillaz releases free album

ESSEX, England, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- British supergroup Gorillaz has released a new album -- produced mostly on an Apple iPad -- which can be downloaded for free, the band said.
Blur wins award for Glastonbury gig

Blur wins award for Glastonbury gig

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The alternative rock band Blur has won the award for best headline performance of 2009 for its closing-night set at the Glastonbury music festival last June.

Blur planning 2009 reunion gig

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The British pop group Blur, which hasn't released a new album since 2003, has announced plans to perform a reunion concert in London next summer.

Pink Floyd almost reunites at tribute

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- British rockers Pink Floyd gathered to honor their late bandmate Syd Barrett, but the concert in London stopped short of a true reunion.

Graham Coxon set to rejoin Blur

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Bassist Alex James of the band Blur has revealed to Gigwise.com that former band member Graham Coxon may rejoin the band to record a new album.

The Gorillaz release an autobiography

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Gorillaz have released a 296 page, fully illustrated autobiography called "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre," published by Riverhead Books. The band, which The Guinness Book of World Records named the "World's Most Successful Virtual Band," was thought up i

Blur's Albarn to tour with new band

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Blur lead singer Damon Albarn is set to launch a tour of Britain next year with his new band, The Good, The Bad, and the Queen.

The Who's mini-opera heads London festival

LONDON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- An 11-song mini-opera from rock legends The Who will be the featured event at the BBC's upcoming Electric Proms in London.

Ivor Novello Awards given in London

LONDON, May 25 (UPI) -- British singer/songwriter KT Tunstall's 2005 hit, "Suddenly I See," has been named best song at the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London.

No tour for Britain's Gorillaz

LONDON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Grammy Award-winning Gorillaz, has had to scrap its plans for a world tour because of the high cost of creating the animated musicians.

Osbourne moons Music Hall ceremony

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Pink Floyd, The Who, New Order John Peel, Jimi Hendrix, The Eurythmics and Black Sabbath have all be inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame.

Men's Health names men of the decade

LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Men's Health magazine's list of the Top 10 Men of the Decade includes U.S. cartoon dad Homer Simpson and Blur's Damon Albarn.

Rock News Two: The week in pop

As predicted in this space, the record industry made sure 2003 will be remembered as the Year of Norah Jones at the Grammy Awards gala.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Simon and Garfunkel fought bitterly during a rehearsal for their onstage reunion at the Grammy awards show, reports the New York Post.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Damon Albarn (English pronunciation: /ˈdeɪmən ˈɔːlbɑrn/, born 23 March 1968) is an English singer-songwriter and record producer who has been involved in many high profile projects and collaborations throughout his career. He is perhaps best known internationally for his current role as the frontman and songwriter of Gorillaz, whose first two studio albums had sold more than 20 million copies combined by 2007 and as the frontman and primary songwriter of Britpop band Blur, and has also helmed such lesser-known projects as The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Monkey: Journey to the West and Mali Music.

Albarn was voted the 4th greatest frontman of all time in a national 2010 Q magazine poll.

Albarn was born in Whitechapel, London in 1968, and grew up with his bohemian middle-class family in Leytonstone, later moving to Colchester, Essex. He attended the George Tomlinson Primary School, and studied piano, guitar, and violin, and became friends with Graham Coxon when he was aged 12, both being students at the Stanway Comprehensive School at the time. At 15, he won the regional heat in the Young Composer of the Year contest. He studied acting at the East 15 Acting School in Debden, leaving after the first year. On leaving drama school he performed as a mime artist, and worked as a tea boy at the Beat Factory studio. He then attended a part-time music course at Goldsmiths, University of London in London. His first band was the synth pop group Two's a Crowd. Other pre-Blur bands that he was involved with were The Aftermath and Real Lives.

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