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Appetite for Destruction, G N’ R Lies (1987–1989) lineup Reading Festival

May 10, 2010
The band’s first album, Appetite for Destruction was released on July 21, 1987. The album underwent an artwork change after the original Robert Williams cover design (a surrealist scene in which a dagger-toothed monster vengefully attacks a robot rapist) spawned the album.The revised cover was a design by Bill White, a tattoo artist, who had originally designed the artwork for a tattoo Rose had acquired the previous year. The artwork featured each of the five band members’ skulls layered on a cross. Rose later insisted that the Gold and Platinum plaques issued by the RIAA be set using the original cover art, which can be found in the booklet of the CD release. In the US, “Welcome to the Jungle” was issued as its first single, with an accompanying music video. Initially, the album and single lingered for almost a year without performing well, but when Geffen Records founder David Geffen was asked to lend support to the band, he obliged by personally convincing MTV executives to play “Welcome to the Jungle” during their afterhours rotation. Even though the video was initially only played one time at 4 a.m. on a Sunday, rock and punk fans took notice and soon began requesting the video and song en masse.In Japan, an entire EP entitled Live from the Jungle was issued, containing the album version of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” along with a selection of numerous Marquee Club recordings.
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” was the album’s second US single co-written by Axl Rose as a poem for his girlfriend and future wife, Erin Everly. Due to the growing grassroots success of the band and the cross-gender appeal of the tune, the song and its accompanying music video received heavy airplay on both radio and MTV, becoming a smash hit during the summer of 1988 and reaching the top of the charts in the US. Slash stated on VH1’s 100 Greatest songs of the 80s, “It was actually my least favorite song we ever wrote…I hate it, but it turns out to be our greatest song ever”. “Welcome to the Jungle” was then re-issued as a single, with new pressings of records and tapes and new artwork. It was a successful re-release, as the single reached No. 7 in the US. The UK re-release was backed with an acoustic version of “You’re Crazy”, recorded much earlier than the one featured on the G N’ R Lies EP.
By the time “Paradise City” and its video reached the airwaves and peaked at No. 5 in the US, the band’s touring success and fame had catapulted the album to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Paradise City” were all top ten singles in the US. To date, Appetite for Destruction has sold over 28 million copies worldwide.It has been certified as 18X Platinum in the U.S.
Guns N’ Roses began opening shows for major acts, but as their fame began to take hold, a world tour in support of Appetite for Destruction was scheduled. The band traveled across the United States, and in spring 1988 were invited to the notorious Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England, where they shared the bill with groups like KISS and Iron Maiden. At the start of the Guns N’ Roses set, the capacity crowd of over 100,000 began jumping and surging forward. Despite Rose’s requests that the crowd move away from the stage, two fans were trampled to death. The media largely blamed the band for the tragedy, and reported that the band had continued playing even when there were dangerous crowd conditions. In fact, the final report on the Donington incident filed by the head of security at the venue noted that the band had not been aware of the extent of fan injuries, had immediately halted their set when requested to do so, and had attempted to calm the crowd.Nonetheless, events such as these during the Appetite for Destruction tour earned the group the title of “the world’s most dangerous band”. In addition, the behavior of the band members also garnered negative attention from the media. Duff, Slash, Izzy and Adler were often seen intoxicated both on and off stage.

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Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide lineup Reading Festival

May 10, 2010
Geffen Records released an EP in late 1986 to keep the interest in the band alive while the band withdrew from the club scene to work in the studio. The four song EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide came out on the ostensibly independent “Uzi Suicide Records” label (which was actually a Geffen subsidiary). Only 10,000 vinyl copies of the EP were produced. On Halloween night in 1986 Guns N’ Roses performed at UCLA’s Ackerman Ballroom as the opening act to Thelonious Monster, The Dickies, and the headlining Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The record was billed as a live recording, although Rose would reveal years later, that it was simulated. The EP consisted of four songs from the band’s demo tapes with overdubbed crowd noise. It contained covers of Rose Tattoo’s “Nice Boys” and Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin”, along with two original compositions: the punk anthem “Reckless Life” and the classic rock inspired “Move to the City”, both of which were co-written by Hollywood Rose’s founding member Chris Weber.
The original vinyl Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP has become a valuable and sought after collector’s item, even though the tracks were re-issued two years later on the G N’ R Lies album.

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Gun N’ Roses Formation (1985–1987) lineup 2010 Reading Festival

May 8, 2010
The group was formed in early 1985 by Hollywood Rose members Axl Rose (vocals) and Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), and L.A. Guns members Tracii Guns (lead guitar), Ole Beich (bass) and Rob Gardner (drums).The new band created its name by combining two of the group members’ names. A short time later, bassist Ole Beich was fired and replaced by Duff McKagan. After a short time Tracii Guns was replaced by Slash because he did not want to show up to rehearsal. Slash had played with McKagan in Road Crew and with Stradlin during a short stint in Hollywood Rose. The new line-up came together quickly, but after deciding to go on a “tour” from Sacramento, California, to Duff’s home town of Seattle, Washington, drummer Rob Gardner quit and was replaced by Slash’s close friend Steven Adler.The band, which continued to be called Guns N’ Roses even after the departure of Tracii Guns, established its first stable line up on the so-called “Hell Tour”. In an interview, Slash stated, “That [trip to Seattle] is really what cemented the band” and established its chemistry.

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Guns N’ Roses lineup 2010 Reading Festival Tickets

May 8, 2010
Guns N’ Roses (sometimes abbreviated as GN’R or GNR) is an American hard rock band. The band formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1985. Led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.), the band has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since its formation. The band has released six studio albums, three EPs and one live album during its career.
The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, including over 46 million in the United States.The band’s 1987 major label debut album, Appetite for Destruction, has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide and reached No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200. In addition, the album charted three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Sweet Child o’ Mine” which reached No. 1.The 1991 albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II debuted on the two highest spots on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 14 million copies in the United States alone and 35 million worldwide. After over a decade of work, the band released their follow-up album, Chinese Democracy. A greatest hits album was released in 2004.
The current lineup comprises lead vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarists Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and DJ Ashba, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.
Guns N’ Roses’ mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described by individuals in the music industry as the period in which “they brought forth a hedonistic rebelliousness and revived the punk attitude-driven hard rock scene, reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones.”

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Arcade Fire Personnel lineup Reading Festival

May 7, 2010

In addition to founders Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, members include Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. Touring lineups have included Marika Anthony-Shaw, Colin Stetson, Kelly Pratt, Owen Pallett, and Pietro Amato.

Howard Bilerman, who played drums on Funeral, has since moved on to other projects. During the Funeral shows, the touring band included horn player Pietro Amato, cellist Mike Olsen and violinist Owen Pallett. Neufeld, Parry, and Amato also play in the instrumental band Bell Orchestre. Pallett, though not listed as a band member on the band’s official site nor in the album sleeve notes, has been a member of their touring lineup, and, according to the album sleeve notes, co-wrote the orchestral and string arrangements with Régine Chassagne for both albums. Other members of the touring band are Marika Anthony-Shaw – a violist and former Lindsay Place High School strings teacher who played on Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light with Bell Orchestre and Set Yourself on Fire by Stars – as well as horn players Colin Stetson and Kelly Pratt, who have also played with Beirut. These musicians bring the Neon Bible touring band to ten onstage members.

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Arcade Fire Present (2008–present) lineup Reading Festival

May 7, 2010
In February 2008, Win Butler announced on the band’s journal that the Neon Bible tour had come to an end, after one year of touring and a total of 122 shows (including 33 festivals) in 75 cities and 19 countries.
Win Butler has been a vocal supporter of Barack Obama since the end of the New Hampshire Primary. The Arcade Fire performed two free concerts for Obama in Cleveland and Nelsonville, Ohio on March 2, 2008 and March 3, 2008 before the state’s March 4 primary. The band, with Super chunk, performed another two free concerts for Obama on May 1 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and on May 2 in Carrboro, North Carolina before the state’s May 6 primary.On January 21, 2009, the Arcade Fire and Jay-Z were the musical guests at the Obama Campaign Staff Ball at the DC Armory. Butler thanked President Obama for his stated intent to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and repeatedly thanked the Obama staffers for their work during the election.
The band was rumored to be working with producer Markus Dravs on the soundtrack for the Richard Kelly film The Box.Win Butler denied the claims, but stated that he and Owen Pallett “may do an instrumental piece or two” for the film.
In December 2008, Pitchfork reported the band set up the website miroir-noir.com to foreshadow the release of a concert film with the same title, reporting, “Miroir Noir will feature live footage from the Neon Bible tour.” The upcoming film was directed by Vincent Morisset.It was made available to pre-order on December 15, 2008 with the digital version available to download immediately, and the DVD shipping March 31, 2009.
A re-recorded version of the band’s song “Wake Up” from their 2004 debut album, Funeral, has been used for the trailer of the Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are, which was released on October 2009.The song “Wake Up” has also become popular on sports radio talk shows in the U.S. In 2009, two nationally syndicated shows—The Dan Patrick Show and the Petros and Money show—frequently used the song as “bumper” music. The NFL featured this recording in commercials throughout the broadcast of the 2010 Super Bowl. The band donated the proceedings from licensing the song to the NFL to the charity Partners in Health.
The band have finished work on their third album, due for release mid- to late summer of 2010. The band’s booking agent has also stated that live shows will be expected in the summer and will most likely begin with seasonal North-American festivals. The first show announced was actually in Europe and is Oxegen 2010 which takes place in Ireland in July, announced on the 8th of March 2010. Rock Werchter, which is one of the biggest festivals of Europe is also confirmed. The album is being produced by Markus Dravs, who produced their previous album, 2007’s Neon Bible and engineered by Marcus Paquin, who has also previously worked with the band.
Arcade Fire has announced that they will play songs from the new album in their headline performance at the dual Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2010, with Will Butler noting “We’re really looking forward to playing the new songs live…[it’s] like an inventor emerging from his basement after a year’s work.”

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Arcade fire Neon Bible (2006–2008) lineup Reading Festival

May 6, 2010
During the downtime between Funeral and the beginning of recording sessions for Neon Bible, the band purchased a defunct church in the small Quebec town of Farnham, approximately 70 kilometres (45 miles) outside of Montreal, and spent the early part of 2006 converting it into a recording studio.
The first track officially released from Neon Bible was “Intervention” in December 2006 on iTunes. Proceeds from this release were dedicated to Partners in Health.An error resulted in a second song, “Black Wave/Bad Vibrations”, appearing on iTunes for a short time. The album was leaked to peer-to-peer networks on January 26, 2007, and was officially released March 5, 2007 in the UK and March 6 in North America. Neon Bible premiered at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart and the Irish Album Charts, and number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts and the UK Top 40 Album Chart for the week of March 12, 2007.The album was also number 1 on the Rock and Indie album charts. The first proper single, “Black Mirror”, was announced in January 2007. Displaying echoes of British band Echo & the Bunnymen, “Black Mirror” reached the #1 spot on CBC Radio 3’s R3-30 chart for five consecutive weeks, from March 22 to April 19, 2007, and was the first single by any band ever to spend more than two weeks atop the chart. The album gained much critical acclaim (even being mooted as a strong contender for album of the year), and because of its success saw the band proclaimed the most exciting act on the earth by British music magazine Q. Paste voted it one of the five best albums of 2007.Trouser Press writer Jason Reeher ranked Neon Bible “among the best indie rock recordings of all time.”
The Arcade Fire played on Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2007, performing “Intervention” and “Keep the Car Running”.Owen Pallett was not present because he was recording for his own project, Final Fantasy. During the performance, one of Win Butler’s guitar strings broke, prompting him to rip the strings from his acoustic guitar and smash it on the floor until it shattered. On this guitar, “sak vide pa kanpe” was written in duct tape across the front. A Haitian proverb meaning “An empty sack cannot stand up” in Creole, this was a reference to the extreme poverty of Haiti, the country of origin of Régine Chassagne.
On July 10, 2007, Neon Bible was named to the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. Patrick Watson was announced as the winner at a gala ceremony on September 24, 2007. However, due to the band’s preference not to participate in compilation albums, they were the only nominee not to have a track on the Polaris promotional compilation 2007 Polaris Music Prize. Some media initially reported that the Polaris committee had snubbed the band by excluding them, leading the band and the committee to issue a joint press release confirming that the band chose not to have a track included on the album.
The Neon Bible tour continued into September 2007 with 25+ dates scheduled in North America and Europe through mid-November. In Paris the band did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon.The band toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in early 2008 as part of the 2008 Big Day Out festival. On October 14, 2007, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne made a surprise guest appearance at a Bruce Springsteen show in Ottawa, playing “State Trooper” and “Keep the Car Running”.The band committed to give Partners in Health $1.00, £1.00, or €1.00 of every ticket sold on its 2008 European and North American tours.

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Funeral Arcade fire(2004–2006) lineup Reading Festival

May 6, 2010
Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in the UK. The title of the debut album referred to the deaths of several relatives of band members during its recording. These events created a somber atmosphere that influenced songs such as “Une année sans lumière” (“A Year Without Light”), “In the Backseat”, and “Haïti”, Chassagne’s elegy to her lost homeland.
The album was critically and commercially well-received. It appeared on many top ten album lists for 2004 and 2005 (due to delayed international releases), with Pitchfork, Filter, and No Ripcord crowning it the album of the year. The MTV2 2005 Review named Funeral the Album of the Year, and NME named Funeral second in their list of 2005’s best albums, and “Rebellion (Lies)” the second best track. By November 2005, Funeral had gone gold in both Canada and the UK, and sold over half a million copies worldwide, a very large number for an independent release with minimal television or radio exposure. The album became Merge Records’ first in the Billboard 200 chart and the label’s biggest selling album to date, surpassing Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
The band booked small clubs for their 2004 tour, but growing interest forced many venue changes, far beyond the band’s expectations, and the tour continued into mid-2005 throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the SummerSonic Festival in Japan, and the Hillside Festival in Guelph. Taking much of the summer of 2005 off, the band made key festival appearances at the Halifax Pop Explosion, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK, Electric Picnic in Ireland and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.
The Arcade Fire was featured on the April 4, 2005 cover of Time’s Canadian edition. On May 1, 2005, the band performed for 15,000 fans at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.In May 2005, the band signed a short-term publishing contract with EMI for Funeral, and in June the band released a new single, “Cold Wind”, on “Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends”. The BBC used the track “Wake Up” on an advertisement for their autumn 2005 season, and the tracks “Rebellion (Lies)” and “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” on adverts in January 2006. On September 9, 2005, the band appeared on the UK/U.S. television special “Fashion Rocks”, on which David Bowie joined them for “Wake Up”. This recording, as well as recordings of the band’s collaboration on Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and “Five Years,” were made available on the iTunes Music Store in a virtual live EP. The same trip to New York City took them to the Late Show with David Letterman and a concert in Central Park. The Central Park show featured a surprise appearance by Bowie. On September 11, 2005, the Arcade Fire appeared on the long-running BBC music series Top of the Pops, performing “Rebellion (Lies)”. The band also performed to a TV audience in Paris for Canal+, and the show was later screened on UK television’s Channel 4. The band scored two number one songs on MTV2 (UK) NME Chart Show, with “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” and a three week run with “Wake Up”. This success followed Rough Trade Records’s last-minute decision to release “Wake Up” only on 7″ vinyl.
“Wake Up” was played immediately before the Irish rock group U2 opened their concerts on their 2005–2007 Vertigo Tour; the Arcade Fire subsequently opened three shows for that tour, and at the third appeared on stage during U2’s encore to join in a cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.Additionally, the Dan Patrick Show, a daily national sports talk show in the US, plays the song as a lead-out every Friday to signify the end of their show. The song was also heard numerous times during the Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2010.
Funeral and the single “Cold Wind” were nominated for Grammys in the Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media categories (Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends), respectively. On April 2, 2006, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Arcade Fire received the Juno Award for Songwriters Of The Year for three songs from Funeral: “Wake Up”, “Rebellion (Lies)”, and “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”.The band was nominated for three BRIT Awards: Best International Group, Best International Album, and Best International Breakthrough Act.
The Arcade Fire made an appearance on the BBC show Later with Jools Holland on May 12, 2005, performing “Power Out” and “Rebellion (Lies)”. On December 27, 2005, Funeral was ranked #1 on MTV2’s “50 Greatest Albums of the Year” in the United Kingdom. On October 22, 2007, Funeral was ranked #8 in Bob Mersereau’s book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.In late 2009, Pitchfork Media ranked the album #2 in their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.
‘Wake Up’ is also used as the entrance music for English Premier League football team, Burnley FC.

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History of Arcade fire Formation and early work (2003) lineup Reading Festival 2010

May 5, 2010
The current band was formed in 2003 in Montreal by the future husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Win’s brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry and Tim Kingsbury. Together with drummers Dane Mills and Brendan Reed, this line-up self-released an EP later that same year. The eponymous release (often referred to by fans as the Us Kids Know EP) was sold at early shows. After the band achieved fame, the EP was subsequently remastered and given a full release.
The promise shown by the band in its early live shows allowed it to land a record contract with the independent record label Merge Records before the end of its first year together.
When asked about the rumour that the band’s name refers to a fire, in an arcade, Win Butler replied: “It’s not a rumour, it’s based on a story that someone told me. It’s not an actual event, but one that I took to be real. I would say that it’s probably something that the kid made up, but at the time I believed him.”

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Arcade Fire lineup Reading Festival

May 5, 2010
Arcade Fire is an indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and fronted by the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. In addition to instrument mainstays guitar, drums and bass guitar, members play piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy. The band takes most of their instruments on tour, and the multi-instrumentalist band members switch instrumental duties throughout their shows.
Arcade Fire has won numerous awards, including both the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year award for Neon Bible. It has also been nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy in 2005 for Funeral and in 2008 for Neon Bible.

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