It's against that backdrop that the former Gordon Sumner delivers a Broadway musical, The Last Ship, which opened Sunday night at the Neil Simon Theater.
I get the lowdown from on the UK's hottest new talents, John J. Presley to discuss the blues and the current state of the UK scene. Ask any rock fan ...
Returning to Britain, I joined another band and hey presto, two of the members were Swedish. Perplexingly we never got round to playing a gig in their home country, but we did manage to all go to a wedding in Stockholm which is the first and only time I've ever seen a wedding cake being thrown across a dancefloor. It ended up, quite literally, in the best man's face.
Drawing on musical influences from all genres, hip-hop to soul to punk, it's this fusion, energy and drive that makes watching Sanchez vs. Fighter Pilot live such a joy. It's undeniable that these guys are talented musicians, but for Markie when writing the songs, it's always about how it feels over technical ability.
The four women who comprise Warpaint certainly work hard. After 10 years as an entity, this Los Angeles-based collective certainly seems to have a telepathic connection on stage.
Sometimes I find it hard to conceive that records about going to a club, getting drunk and doing drugs are more celebrated, and obviously sell more, than tracks trying to tackle serious issues in the world.
All U2 and Apple needed to do was ask - to invite people to opt in. Then what turned out to be a PR nightmare for Apple could have been a coup. Thanks, U2 fans would have said. The rest of us meanwhile would have nodded in appreciation at the idea, hoping that it would be followed by a similar deal from Megadeath or Michael Buble depending on our tastes.
I remember Elaine saying to me 'You look like John Clarke' and thinking ' what is she talking about?' Then she continued to explain that she had been writing a film, for the last 10 years about a coming of age story in which John Clarke was the lead. The film was called Northern Soul.
There is a fine line between drawing upon things in the past, as indeed anything creative does, and moving so much into an era where everything is a pseudo version of something else. Whoever straddles that balance remains something truly original.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim teamed up to create their version of Evita, only with Imelda Marcos the rags to corrupted riches hero. The show debuted last year in New York and has transferred to London as the debut show for the National's brand new Dorfman Theatre.
Soprano Laura Wright is used to combining her two passions, sport and music and in fact, her new album is the result of those two passions.
The Stamford born singer/songwriter's music exists in a place between the introspective acoustic pop of Ben Marwood, and the punkish folk of acts like Jim Lockey and Beans on Toast.
This weekend saw Steadfast, the new classical single written by Howard Goodall, help Global make history to raise more than £1 million for their brand new charity, Make Some Noise.
MTH have risen to mainstream success in their native country thanks to their insane live shows and avant garde approach to song writing and western audiences are finally taking note.
I have witnessed him perform to local crowds and key influencers in the music world, and there are whisperings behind the scenes akin to him being the new coming, with his return to a more ''conscious, positive'' moment for hip hop content. Talking about his first official release, his EP The Chicken and the Egg (released on 20th October) he explains his musical philosophy.
Set in 1974 and shot on location in Burnley, Blackburn, Bury and Bolton, Northern Soul is Elaine Constantine's directorial film debut and comprises a British cast who share her fond remembrance.