Hotzone: Katy's revealing new flick; Stone Roses rock Manchester and other music news


Hotzone: Katy's revealing new flick; Stone Roses rock Manchester and other music news

Ive been working with Rod, hes the coolest ever. Hes rocking Rod

Katy Perry’s revealing new flick
Fans are set to get a glimpse into the life of Katy Perry, with a new 3D pop flick that delves into her career.

Katy Perry: Part Of Me gives fans an intimate glimpse into her life, loves and music, and proves it’s not all glitz and glamour.

The fly-on-the wall doc — which opens on Friday — follows Katy (27) on her sell-out world tour, and delivers insights into personal traumas.

Cracks in her partnership with ex-hubby Russell Brand (37) are clear as he awkwardly manoeuvres a pre-show huddle with Katy’s band. And viewers squirm during interviews with her minister father, who initially blasted Katy’s racy image before lapping up her success.

Party antics are the main feature, but the film also shows Katy taking time out for meet-and-greets with sick children. It’s all set against a backdrop of an inspiring candy pop show, and she really means it when she thanks punters for “believing in [her] weirdness”. But the film culminates in a forced smile as she struggles to hit the stage during a pit of depression as she struggles to reconcile the fairy tale with her career.

Fall for The Fall
Seminal punk outfit The Fall will visit Dublin this month to bring their acclaimed live show to The Button Factory on July 19. Led by Mark E Smith, the prolific post-punk legends are touring their 29th studio album Ersatz GB — a fresh take on their ageless sound. Tickets are priced at €24.50 and are available from Ticketmaster.

Rod Stewart signs with Universal Music Group
Rod Stewart has signed a long-term, worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group in a multi-album deal. Rod (67) is to team up with producer David Foster to record a Christmas album featuring star-studded duets.

Good days for the Roses
In a triumphant return to their home city, Ian Brown and The Stone Roses have spent the last three nights wowing sold-out crowds at Manchester’s Heaton Park. The Madchester icons rolled back the years as they performed hits like I Am the Resurrection and She Bangs the Drums from their classic first album. Next stop on the band’s reunion tour is Phoenix Park in Dublin, where they play this Thursday.

They’ve Struck gold
Irish pop punk band Struck have released their second EP, Wake Up, Make Up. With influences ranging from Green Day to Katy Perry, the young Castlebar-based trio said the tracks on the new record are inspired by their own coming-of-age story. Struck embark on a headline tour of Ireland from July 12-16, with shows in Limerick, Castlebar, Dublin, Cork and Wexford.

Capital idea for Charlatan Tim
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, due to release his solo album Oh No I Love You this September, is set to play the capital in October. The tour will feature the 45-year-old’s new band — including The Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins. Tickets for The Workman’s Club, Dublin, gig on October 26 cost €20 and are on sale at

Talent-ed lads set for Ireland
Punk rockers Billy Talent have announced a tour date in Ireland as they prepare to release their as-yet-unnamed new album. The Canadian band will play The Academy in Dublin on August 22 with tickets priced €25 available from Ticketmaster.

Michael Bauble
King of festive swing Michael Buble promises a rockin’ Christmas, thanks to Rod Stewart. The veteran rocker asked Michael to sing on his first ever Christmas album. The cool Canadian said: “I’ve been working with Rod, he’s the coolest ever. He’s rocking Rod. He was always very nice to me.”

Van the Man to return to Blue Note Records
Van Morrison is set to return to Blue Note Records for a new studio album, Born To Sing: No Plan B, to be released on September 28. The Belfast musician released the Grammy-nominated album What’s Wrong With This Picture? with the label in 2003.

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