MUSIC: All the week’s news

Blink-182 make bid for freedom

ROCKERS Blink-182 have split from their record label.

Guitarist Tom Delonge took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal that the band is now independent, uploading a snap of Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheart and a still from alien movie Independence Day.

‘‘Freedom!! Blink as of today, is now an independent Artist! You know what today is? Blink-182’s very own Independence Day!’’ Delonge wrote.

The group was signed to Interscope Records for the release of last year’s album Neighborhoods.

Ahlborn-Galanti arrival celebrated

SCOTS Kirk on the corner of Tudor and Murray streets, Hamilton, will host a concert at 2pm on November 4 with guest organist Peter Guy to celebrate the recent installation of a three-manual Ahlborn-Galanti organ, generously donated by Scots organist, Peter Newey.

There will be a demonstration of organ features by Ian Sell, of Pipeless Pipe Organs.

Admission by gold coin donation – all proceeds to Westcott Aged Care.

Last concert for band association

THE Hunter Regional Band Association is organising its last major event for this year. Bands in the Park will be held in King Edward Park from 11am to 3.40pm on Sunday, November 11. There will be three community brass bands, two community concert bands and two high school concert bands that will each present a program of music for free.

Doin It For The Kids event looms

DOIN It For The Kids, a concert to raise awareness of cuts to education funding, will be held at Speers Point Park on Sunday, November 11, from 10am to 8.30pm.

Organiser David Forbes has put together a line-up that includes Dave Gleeson and the Rock and Roll Brothers (Izzy Osmanovich, Steve Mac, Craig Foster and Dave Forbes will play hits from the Screaming Jets and The Angels).

Also playing will be The Blues Bombers, KISStory, Backfire, Milestones, Mr Kite, The Viper Creek Band, Punkfish, Steely Diva’s, Brian McVernon, Dave Carter, Bob Corbett and Angie Burgess.

There will also be jumping castles for the kids and food and drink vans on site.

Voices of Christmas here

ARTISTS from The Voice have collaborated for The Voices of Christmas, to be released on November 9. The artists recorded the tracks with The Voice producer, Eric J. Dubowsky.

The album includes Karise Eden singing Merry Christmas Baby, Sarah De Bono delivering All I Want For Christmas Is You, Darren Percival’s rendition of Winter Wonderland, Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes’s version of Sleigh Ride and Rachael Leahcar’s cover of Jingle Bell Rock.

Another release for Rihanna

RIHANNA will release her seventh studio album Unapologetic on Island Def Jam on November 16.

The first single from the album, Diamonds, has reached the No.1 position on iTunes in 27 countries and hit the No.1 spot on the US Billboard’s Hot R&B songs chart.

The recipient of six Grammy Awards and seven Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna has sold more than 37million albums and 146million digital tracks worldwide, and holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time.

Example to launch fourth album

ENGLISH singer and rapper Example will release his fourth album The Evolution of Man on November 19 ahead of his appearance at Stereosonic on November 24.

The first single from the album Say Nothing hit No.2 on the UK charts and he will release the album’s second single, Close Enemies, on November 11.

Example, whose real name is Elliot Gleave, embraced his rock side for this album and drew inspiration from music idols including adolescent heroes Blur.

He built a friendship with Graham Coxon after meeting him backstage at a War Child gig.

Coxon’s distinctive guitar playing can now be heard on four tracks on the album.

Example is dating Australian model and actress Erin McNaught and said in August he planned to propose to her within the next six months.

OperaMania coming to Newcastle

ONE of Russia’s best opera companies, Moscow Novaya Opera, will bring its theatrical production OperaMania to Newcastle next year.

With a selection of music by the world’s most celebrated composers including Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Bellini and Johann Strauss, Moscow Novaya Opera will take you on a journey highlighting some of the most loved operas of all time including The Magic Flute, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, Tosca, The Barber of Seville and Carmen.

The show features 10 dynamic soloists and four dancers from the Russian Imperial Ballet in full costume and a brilliant 44-piece symphony orchestra.

There will be performances at 3pm and 7.30pm on April 14, 2013, at Civic Theatre Newcastle.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.

CAROLS: Karise Eden will join with other artists from The Voice for an album of Christmas carols being released next Friday.