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by The Concordian September 27, 2011

Keybored to death of Adele

To many, Adele’s “Someone Like You” is a beautiful piece of piano balladeering. To workers at the Opus ii instrument store in Dublin, however, it’s the worst thing to happen to them since “Chopsticks.” “It’s become the piano equivalent of ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ Everyone thinks they can play it,” an Opus ii shop assistant admitted to The Independent. This sentiment led to the posting of a “Strictly NO Adele” sign in the store’s front window after customers wouldn’t stop plinking out their amateur renditions of the pop ballad. “The sign was a bit of a joke, but the song can drive you mad.” Other songs on the store’s no play list include Beethoven’s “Für Elise” and anything by Michael Nyman (the composer behind The Piano.)

Clearly ‘Supporting act’ is a misnomer in this case

Jonathan Pierce, lead singer of Kings Of Leon supporting act The Drums, has recommended the band call it quits. In an interview with Clickmusic.com, the frontman said, “I would advise them to split up and stop making music. I don’t think they’re really helping anybody—they’ve never made a song that’s really touched me in any way. I think the less bands that are making bad music, the better.” Adding insult to injury, he claimed to have liked Britney Spears’ new record more than his touring partners’ latest effort, Come Around Sundown.

Now that R.E.M. is over maybe they’ll finally get some deep sleep

R.E.M., the band famous for hits such as “Losing My Religion” and “Orange Crush,” have decided to part ways amicably after more than three decades of making music. In a post addressed to “Fans and Friends” on the band’s official website, the group announced the split and expressed their gratitude: “As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” As far as reasons go, vocalist Michael Stipe justified the breakup, saying in his web post, “The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave. […] I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.”

Forget Queen for a day—you could be Queen for a whole tour!

Roger Taylor, drummer for iconic rock band Queen, says the band is looking for replacement look-alikes to go on tour and keep the music alive. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor said: “I’m quite convinced that there are tens of thousands of kids, of really talented people, in their bedrooms around the world playing drums, guitar, and singing. And I want to find some of those people.” Hopefuls can apply in the open auditions online at queenextravaganza.com until Nov. 7.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/piano-shop-tinklers-are-told-hands-off-adele-hit-2358134.html

http://www.clickmusic.com/interviews/article/the-drums-real-fans-will-understand-this-album-well

http://remhq.com/news_story.php?id=1446

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-queen-putting-together-own-tribute-band-for-2012-tour-20110919

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