NEWS: Weekly recap – L’Wren Scott, Metallica’s new song, Go Violets go solo

L’Wren Scott passes away, The Rolling Stones Australian tour is postponed
American fashion designer and long term partner of Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott passed away in a rumoured suicide. The Rolling Stones frontman had just landed in Australia to commence the ’14 On Fire’ tour with his iconic band. The first gig was scheduled to kick off in Perth on March 19. Jagger’s bandmates have since released a statement.

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Source: ARIA Charts

Despite a sad minority of ticket holders who seemed to believe that death is not a good enough reason to pull out of a performance, promoter Frontier Touring have urged people to hold onto their tickets, with replacement shows looking promising for the end of the year. Refunds are available from the ticket supplier they were purchased from.

Metallica show off “Lords Of Summer”
Lucky residents in Columbia were amongst the first to hear Metallica‘s new song “Lords Of Summer”, during the first set of the ‘By Request’ tour. It heralds the first new album material from the group (not counting Lulu with Lou Reed) since their 2008 album Death Magnetic. If the reception on the internet is anything to go by, the four piece’s next album is definitely heading to the right direction.

The Preatures grab a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Sydney band The Preatures have become an unstoppable juggernaut over the past year. They’ve toured in the States and in Europe, reached number nine in Triple J’s Hottest 100 2013, and have now appeared on the famous Jimmy Kimmel Live! show – performing their big hit “Is This How You Feel?” as well as new track “Ordinary.”

The Dandy Warhols announce Australian tour
For the fifth times in just six years, The Dandy Warhols will return to Australia to perform. Last year the group celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of their acclaimed third album, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia.  The album was re-issued across CD and vinyl, with the band playing the full album at shows. Tickets go on sale March 27 at 9am, and can be sourced here.

The tour dates are:
Friday August 22: Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Tuesday August 26: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Friday August 29: Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Saturday August 30: The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD
Sunday August 31: HQ, Adelaide SA

Aussie’s battle for top spot on ARIA Charts
Whilst INXS were dethroned from the top spot last week by Pharrell‘s Girl (read: “Happy”), Aussie artists are back in charge with Kylie‘s latest album Kiss Me Once. INXS stubbornly sit at number two, whilst the latest offering from gifted singer Kate Miller-Heidke sees her enter at number four.

The bizarre smiling alien of Skrillex‘s Recess sits happily at number five, whilst Lorde has slipped from the top ten. Architects labour of love Lost Forever, Lost Together could only manage to enter at number thirteen. Unlucky for some.

Go Violets go solo
Barely had the news of Snakadaktal‘s breakup sunk in, when Brisbane girl group Go Violets announced that the four members are going their separate ways. The tweet was almost nonchalant, but the band posted a heartfelt goodbye on their Facebook page.

Don’t worry Go Violets, there’s still the wonderfully talented She Rex out there. And whilst the ‘lemon-pop’ four piece will be gone, we have indeed been promised future “artistic endeavours” by the members, so watch this space. In the meantime, Go Violets will be playing two final Brisbane shows: at Trainspotters on Saturday March 29, and at the Brisbane Youth Week Launch on Friday April 4.

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