When U2 felt they were veering too heavily into the realm of stadium rock, they made the brave decision to decamp to Leinster, in an effort to let the pastoral scenery wash over them, in their hope to create something more holistic sounding. So, they found a castle in Meath, and set up there, unintentionally making a medieval ruin more palatable to visit for legions of rock fans.
Famed more so for his impeccable costuming and unrelenting artistic expression, David bowie: the singer, is often forgotten. Far from being a classically trained vocalist, Bowie relied heavily on his heart and mind to take him over the line. Where icons such as Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant were capable of ungodly wails and unprecedented high notes, Bowie had to use his swaggering style to become a star performer.
Mick Jagger has many acting credits to his name but his most iconic performance came in a cult classic which was denounced as one of the most grotesque cinematic creations when it first came out. Thankfully, it has been rediscovered by critics and newer audiences who have recognised it to be one of the greatest British films ever made.
Vladimir Putin reportedly kept getting frustrated with Donald Trump while he was US president, with a former aide claiming the Russian leader had to 'keep explaining things' to him during their meetings. Fiona Hill, the former director for European and Russian affairs on the national security council under the Trump administration, told the Chicago Council of Global Affairs this week that despite the popular assumption that the two men were close, in reality Putin would frequently lose his temper with Trump during their personal meetings due to his attitude and poor knowledge of geopolitics.
It's been almost two months since the most extraordinary night of Will Smith's career. At the 94th Academy Awards on 28 March, the 53-year-old picked up the Oscar for best actor, in what should have been one of the most treasured moments of his life.
The liberating boom of rock ‘n’ roll changed the world, propelling the sixties from the monochrome past into a new tie-dye swirled future. Therefore, it comes as quite the retrospective surprise to hear that The Doors were actually banned from The Ed Sullivan Show simply for refusing to change the “Girl we couldn’t get much higher,” because of drug connotations.
John Lennon had a problem in the mid-1970s: he was being sued. Lennon had been sued before, but this was a particularly irksome lawsuit that wouldn’t go away. Morris Levy, an American businessman who owned the publishing rights to Chuck Berry’s ‘You Can’t Catch Me’, was suing Lennon for using the line “Here come ol’ flattop” as part of The Beatles song ‘Come Together’.
The football fan who was allegedly 'stamped' on by Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie claims he 'feared he was going to die' during the incident. Per The Sun, George Brinkley says he was dragged onto the City Ground pitch after Nottingham Forest's playoff semi-final victory over the Blades on Tuesday evening.
Fleetwood Mac remains one of the most iconic bands of all time. Formed in London in 1967 by Peter Green, the group has traversed numerous different iterations and given fans many timeless classics, releasing 17 studio albums to date. The last man standing from the original lineup is Mick Fleetwood, and we doff our cap to him, given what he has been forced to endure over the years.
Russia has claimed to have finally captured the besieged city of Mariupol, bringing an end to a bloody three-month assault that is believed to have left nearly 20,000 civilians dead or missing. The Kremlin announced on Friday (20 May) that it had finalised the 'complete liberation' of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol - the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance - and taken control of the strategic port city after months of fighting which had reduced most of the area to rubble.
Monkeypox cases are spreading across the UK and people are being urged to look out for symptoms - so what is the disease and how does it spread? In the UK 20 cases of monkeypox virus have been confirmed, though officials expect that number to rise. A top doctor is warning the outbreak in the UK could have an impact on sexual health services, as it can be transmitted from person to person through close physical contact - including sexual intercourse.
Two people were taken to hospital after a stand reportedly collapsed during a Trooping the Colour rehearsal in central London. Three others were treated at the scene by paramedics following the incident in Horse Guards Road at about 11am on Saturday, London Ambulance Service said. Dozens had turned up to watch the event, which is the Major General's review of the parade ahead of the full event on June 2 for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
Rebekah Vardy's ex-husband has challenged her courtroom assertion that he "forced" her into doing the interview about Peter Andre, as Coleen Rooney is reportedly "confident" about winning the Wagatha Christie libel case. Mrs Vardy's interview with the News Of The World - in which she described the singer as being "hung like a small chipolata" - became crucial evidence in the libel case between the two footballer's wives.
The legal smoking age could be raised to 21 under "radical" plans to make less than five per cent of Britons smokers by 2030. The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has reportedly commissioned an independent review into the legal smoking age in the UK, with new taxes also set to be slapped on tobacco company profits.
The legal smoking age could be set to rise in the UK, according to The Telegraph. The publication reports that an independent review commissioned by health secretary Sajid Javid is expected to be published in the coming weeks, and it will recommend raising the legal age from 18 to 21.
There could be a shortage of some of the UK’s favourite beers this summer as workers at the factory strike to demand better pay. A union representative warned that Brits could face going ‘thirsty this summer’ after confirming that employees at the Budweiser factory will walk off their jobs over concerns about money.
Russia has announced it will stop exporting natural gas to Finland this week, just two days after the Scandinavian country applied for membership to NATO in response to security concerns posed by the Kremlin following its invasion of Ukraine. Gazprom, the Russian gas giant, said on Friday it would be stopping all shipments of gas into the country this week, although the Finnish government has since reassured its citizens that there would be no disruption to its services.
Spain is preparing for an unprecedented heatwave that could trigger wildfires in what is being described as ‘the hottest May for 20 years’. According to the Daily Mail, a wave of hot and dry air is being pushed north from Africa, which is expected to push temperatures as high as 42C in southern and eastern parts of the country.
Bill Gates has expressed his thoughts on cryptocurrency during a Reddit Q&A. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist and ultra-billionaire took to Reddit this week to host an 'Ask Me Anything', during which he revealed he doesn’t hold any investments in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies because doing so isn’t 'adding anything to society.'