Will Amy Winehouse marry Blake Fielder-Civil in Miami this weekend? (The Sun)
Jerry Hall called Mick Jagger a tightwad who made her pay all family-related expenses. Jagger says she’s FOS in today’s Times: “I find her remarks absurd. I have always paid all expenses for the children as well as the lion’s share of the costs relating to her lifestyle, and been more than happy to do so.”
Arctic Monkeys have announced that a Japanese Beatles tribute band will support them at a gig in Manchester. The dudes from Sheffield discovered The Parrots while in Tokyo. (NME)
Ozzy Osbourne talks to The Daily Telegraph about his new album, the first he’s ever made off drugs. “I thought it was the booze and the dope that was making me creative, and if that’s what it takes, I’m finished making records, because I do not want to go there again. I really thought I wouldn’t get it back this time. I’m living on borrowed time anyway because of my wild years.”
Travis‘ Fran Healy says they won’t be eclipsed by Snow Patrol and Coldplay. “We’re far closer to the heart, there’s something more human. You know what it is? Our songs are smaller. Coldplay and Snow Patrol, they go for the big, massive stadium vibe, and that’s great. I’ve seen them live and when you’re in the audience you go, ‘Wow, that’s mega.’ And it is awesome – that full stadium vibe.”(Telegraph)
Everyone, including Hot Chip, is working with Kylie Minogue these days. The Guardian‘s David Pollock wonders what all the fuss is about. As usual at the Guardian blogs, the most interesting viewpoints come from the commenters. I like this one: “Basically because she’s one of the few pop stars who realizes what their role is and knows what it’s all about. In a world where Johnny Borrell is allowed out in public in unspeakable cowboy boots and The Killers deem Dire Straits an acceptable reference point, a general air of giddiness about the countdown to Kylie’s comeback is ever more essential. Plus her dancers are quite nice too.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.