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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 10:28

Pulp Festival Dates Are Not FictionFollowing rumors that the band would headline Glastonbury last summer, Pulp has confirmed that it shall reform for 2011 festival dates. The dates will include the Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May and the Wireless Festival at London's Hyde Park in July. It will be the first time the band has played a festival since announcing an "indefinite hiatus" in 2002.

Pulp's most stable and successful line-up consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals), Mark Webber (guitar), Russell Senior (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Candida Doyle (keyboard), and Nick Bands (drums). This line-up last shared a stage together in 1996. "Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. The shows will involve all the original members of the band and they will be playing songs from all periods of their career. (Yes, that means they'll be playing your favourites)," the band's statement said. "In the meantime, ask yourself this: 'Do You Remember The First Time?' Thank you for your attention."

Cocker previously fueled rumors of a Glastonbury 2010 reunion in an interview with the People in 2009. "Glastonbury means an awful lot to me, I would love to play there again. We've talked about it, there we go, there'll be a band reunion," Cocker said.

Cocker also previously stated that the paycheck was the prime factor in any reformation of the band. "It all depends on how much money is on the table," Cocker told The Sun in 2009. Commenting on the reunion of 90's Britpop peers Blur, Jarvis added, "It'll be interesting to see if it's a nostalgia thing or if it's valid."

The organizers of the Primavera Sound Festival made an announcement through their website. "The mythical British band Pulp has decided to make a comeback after almost a decade of silence. Their first show will take place at the next edition of the San Miguel Primavera Sound," they said. "This awaited reunion will include all the original members (Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber) and the Sheffield band will play songs from all periods of their career. The band will be back with a concert at the San Miguel Primavera Sound 2011 on Friday 27th May, a comeback that will take place at the festival where Jarvis Cocker and his band last played in our country, in the year 2002 in the Poble Espanyol."

A similar announcement appeared on the Wireless Festival website. "We're excited to reveal that Britpop legends Pulp will be returning to the stage for a headline slot at Wireless with Barclaycard on Sunday 3 July," they revealed. "Now ten years after their last album We Love Life, the original members of the band will return for one extra special headline performance in Hyde Park on Sunday July 3rd! We can’t wait!"

Emails from the official Pulp mailing list stated, "As you might know, Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. This will be the first time that all the original Pulp member have been on stage together since 24th August 1996."

The Sheffield band were together for more than 20 years before calling it a day in 2002.

Briefly called “Arabacus Pulp” and formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, Pulp achieved success some thirteen years after their formation and gained notoriety as much for frontman Jarvis Cocker’s antics as for their music.

Cocker conducted a stage invasion during Michael Jackson’s performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards because of the "pomposity of Jackson's performance." Last year, Cocker told David Dimbleby, host of BBC's Question Time, "He was pretending to be Jesus - I'm not religious but I think, as a performer myself, the idea of someone pretending to have the power of healing is just not right."

The group enjoyed success at the height of the 90's Britpop era, particularly with fifth album Different Class which won the Mercury Prize in 1996. They headlined Glastonbury in 1995, after the Stone Roses canceled at the last minute. The band's 1995 single "Common People" charted at number 2 in the UK charts.

In November 2009, Universal Music reissued albums His 'n' Hers, Different Class, and This is Hardcore in the US.

Tickets for the Wireless Festival go on sale on Friday, November 12.

[Added November 16: “And so it grows…" Pulp will appear on the main stage at the Isle of Wight Festival on Saturday 11th June 2011.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th - 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Tickets go on sale this Friday from:
www.ticketzone.co.uk - 0844 499 9955 www.redfunnel.co.uk - 0844 844 9988
www.wightlink.co.uk - 0871 376 1000 www.eventim.co.uk]

Further information about Pulp and its reunion may be revealed on Pulp's official website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 15:42
 

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Wednesday's first ever concert at Orlando's Hard Rock by British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack was notable as much for what was omitted as for what was played. The Bristol band concentrated on its February 2010 release Heligoland, the first studio album from partners Robert "3D" del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall in seven years, making time for only one track from its 1991 debut album Blue Lines and playing nothing from 1994's Protection. There was no “Unfinished Sympathy” and no "Protection" from this Massive Attack.

Massive Attack's unyielding light show was also a significant part of the event. Distracting at times, synchronized bars of LED lights extended the width of the stage, flashing financial and socio-political statistics accompanied by apparently random text messages. The projections offered everything from statistics on global water usage, wars, and immigration, to famous quotes on civil liberties from free-thinkers, headlines from Florida news sources, and the names of multinational corporations. A relentless visual display that lent the music some gravitas, the backdrop emphasized the band's ideology, the political nature of the songs, and their enduring relevance to today's economic and political climate.

Through rising smoke and purple lighting, spotlights danced in the dark as five backing musicians (a keyboard player, two guitarists, and two drummers) played the opening bars of “United Snakes.” Founding member del Naja took center stage. Originally released as a 2006 single with "False Flags," this was dark music for dark times. As del Naja sang, the names of social drugs flashed across the screen in rapid succession.

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