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David Byrne’s Meltdown: books, bikes and Brian Eno

The Planet of the Apes will also be screened on August 28, with the BBC Concert Orchestra playing the soundtrack live.

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Drone-metal band Sunn O))) will perform, as will double Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter Anna Calvi, accompanied by a 12-piece choir. Matthew Herbert will play music from his new album and rising soul singer Benjamin Clementine will return to the Southbank Centre for a gig.

Away from the stage, Byrne is lending his personal collection of 500 books about music to The Saison Poetry Library, allowing the public to read and borrow them.

The musician has also included his appreciation of cycling into the festival. Bike racks designed by Byrne and a valet service will be available to those ticket holders who have cycled to the gig.

 
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Mötley Crue’s farewell UK tour

Alice Cooper will be joining Mötley Crue for part of the tour. Drummer Tommy Lee said: “This will be the largest production we’ve ever done. One of the things will be a ginormous rollercoaster which goes out about 200ft out into the audience and about 60ft into the air. We’ve also got a new addition called the cruise vest and at the beginning of the show we’ll perform a number where a bunch of seats around the stage will rise up with us about 40ft into the air as we’re playing.”

The Los Angeles band, notorious for the antics and drug use, said they had no clear memories of their first visit to the UK. Singer Vince Neil told PA reporter Jack Hardy: “First time we came to the UK was for Download Festival (then Monsters of Rock), I think, we did a lot of drugs so we don’t remember. The tour is kind of bittersweet. Sometimes I will be on stage, looking out and singing, and I will get a little choked up.”

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Bassist Nikki Sixx, who was once declared legally dead after a heroin overdose, said: “We think about everything we shared together, it’s something very few people get to experience. We got to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows together, we’ve been best friends, we’ve been at odds with each other and we’ve done stuff we didn’t even have any idea was possible.”

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Cooper, famed for heavy metal classics such as Poison and School’s Out, spoke of his admiration for Mötley Crue’s work. He said: “Our generation of bands wrote songs which will appeal to kids aged 16, 30 years from now, who will still go ‘oh yeah, that’s me’. The state of rock and roll right now is so limp. There’s not a lot of rock and roll bands out there, so that’s why you see bands like Motley Crue still killing it.”

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Mötley Crue will be appearing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on November 2, Manchester Arena on November 3, Birmingham Genting Arena on November 4 and London SSE Arena on November 6. Tickets will be on sale at 9am on Friday, June 19.

 
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Queen Debut Official App Featuring Quizzes, Band History

Queen have launched a new app, Queen: Play the Game, that allows fans to win various prizes through quizzes and puzzles while exploring the band’s history through archival images and re-sampled sounds from their extensive catalog of music.

Developed with Soshi Games, the new app is available to download for iOS and Android, and costs approximately $3. Play the Game comes with a handful of puzzles and more than 900 trivia questions; developers promised the app would be updated regularly with new features and games.

Play the Game will also host monthly competitions where users will be able to win Queen merchandise and prizes. The first competition ends June 30th and includes a mini-Freddie Mercury statue as part of a prize.

Users must have reached a certain level within the game in order to be eligible. For instance, the first competition will be open to those who have achieved two stars. Per the Play the Game site, there are various challenges within each category (such as “The Songs”), and stars are awarded at various checkpoints (one when 25 percent of the category is complete, two at 50 percent and three at 100 percent).

As for their non-app related activity, Queen are taking some time off after a busy 2014, which saw the release of a new compilation, Queen Forever — that included several previously unreleased songs — and a 24-date North American tour with Adam Lambert serving as frontman (the band will return to the road this September for several South American shows).

Despite the near-impossible task of filling Mercury’s shoes, Lambert told Rolling Stone at the time that he was up for the challenge: “I think a lot of the apprehension has faded because we’ve done this a number of times in the past couple of years. That’s not to suggest I’m getting cocky at all, because I will never compare to Freddie Mercury. He’s one in a million. At this point, I know how to strike a balance between honoring the way these songs were originally meant to be sung and my own instincts, my own choices.”