Merrymouth's follow-up LP, Wenlock Hill, will be released on 5 May with Simon singing and writing, backed up by Dan Sealey of Ocean Colour Scene, Adam Barry and a host of distinguished collaborators.
You want to be at the front of the gig? Good. Get to the venue early and queue up like everyone else. Don't wait until the gig has started and then push your way through the crowd to the front - especially if you end up hurting people, knocking them over and splitting up people who want to be able to enjoy the gig together.
I have been asking listeners to share their memories of that time and specifically, when they realised they were part of the 90s movement which became known as Britpop. One listener in particular had the most incredible reason for vivid memories of that time - his wedding day. A day immortalised on the iconic cover of Pulp's album, A Different Class.
You've probably heard a few things I've done, maybe 'Teardrop' by Massive Attack, the title song for the TV show 'House MD', or the track I did with David Bowie for the movie 'Moulin Rouge'. You might even have a copy of an album by Massive Attack and played the video game 'Halo 4'.
She has captivated millions with her powerful singing on Strictly Come Dancing and has echoed the thoughts of many when expressing her views on the X Factor phenomenon.
I feel betrayed. Not that she was an important part of my every day life- I just feel deflated and disappointed that another role model has given in to the stigma of carrying the LGBT tag. Perhaps she just didn't understand the knock on effect it would cause to her younger LGBT fans - many regarding her as a hero to look up to.
Prog style was a visual reflection of the music. An eclectic, over-the-top, mind-expanding mix of historical and future influences, it blended science fiction/fantasy, surrealist art and the penetrative psychiatry of R D Laing.
Double acts might be easy to name in the worlds of comedy or music, even in film, but in the visual arts the myth tends to run more to trouble than double.
Together with Sean Ashmore, Michael runs North Star Opera, and they have recently released an album "A La Voix" and a charity single, "Softly As I Leave You" in aid of cancer charities.
This Saturday, series three of The Voice UK came to a close, crowning Jermain Jackman as the winner. But in my eyes this series there were lots of winners this series not only the contestants, - the show has won, with audiences topping the Saturday night ratings almost every week.
Blues and rock musicians like this are a dying breed. The Wilko Johnson Band with Roger Daltrey on lead vocals is the sound of icons in their element, their musical flame still burning bright.
When Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson announced that he would be joining 'The Voice', he divided opinions and fans of his band went scuttling in various directions, with few supporting the move. But now that the band's latest album 'Education, Education, Education And War' is sat firmly at number one, it's pretty clear who the real winner of the talent show is.
The fact of the matter is that since Linkin Park and Slipknot, no other viable festival headliners have emerged. Muse are too big a deal and they aren't "metal enough" for such events and the jury is currently out on Avenged Sevenfold. There is little to add to the 'there won't ever be another Metallica' argument...
Courtney Love has told the NME it's "very likely" that her late husband's story and music will be adapted for the Broadway stage. At last, Nirvana fans will have the chance to pay more than £50 a ticket to watch some jobbing hoofers projectile defecate over Kurt Cobain's legacy.
Those epic BOOMS you hear in blockbuster trailers, those suspenseful drones, those laser guns from Star Wars... what are they? The sounds have to come from somewhere, right? Yes, and they're usually derived from ridiculous and unexpected sources... well they are in my case anyway.
Last night I decided to listen to Education, Education, Education & War, the new album by Kaiser Chiefs... I haven't done that in ages, just listened to an album all the way through, without doing anything else at the same time. No texting, no cooking, no reading, just listening.