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Peter Hook to perform complete works of Joy Division

Salford musician Peter Hook will perform the complete works of Joy Division at a one-off concert in Macclesfield.

The date marks exactly 35 years since the death of the band's singer Ian Curtis.

Hook and his current band, The Light, will play every single song the band recorded in chronological order, including both studio albums 'Unknown Pleasures' and 'Closer'.


John Lennon long-lost letter inspires Hollywood film

A long-lost letter John Lennon wrote to folk singer Steve Tilston has inspired a Hollywood film starring Al Pacino.

The letter John Lennon wrote to Steve Tilston Credit: ITV Granada

Steve Tilston started out in the music scene in Liverpool in the 1970s at the time when the Beatle legend was making a name for himself as a world star, penning hits such as Imagine.

But Lennon still made time to write a personal letter to Tilston with his phone number on it, but Steve never actually received this letter until 10 years ago.


Mourners pay tribute at funeral of Blackpool entertainer

A floral tribute from the Nolan sisters inside a hearse near the Sacred Heart RC Church in Blackpool, Lancashire for the funeral of Keith Harris. Credit: Press Association

The ventriloquist Keith Harris was laid to rest today in Blackpool, following his death from cancer last month.

Family, friends and fans turned out in numbers to pay tribute to the children's entertainer, who was most famous for his puppet alter egos Orville, a green baby duck, and Cuddles, a surly monkey.

Mourners turned out in large numbers to celebrate Harris' life Credit: Press Association

At the height of his popularity in the 1980s, Harris was a fixture on Saturday night television. In 1982, he had a top five hit with 'Orville's Song', which sold more than 400,000 copies.

The coffin of Keith Harris is carried into Sacred Heart RC Church in Blackpool, Lancashire for the funeral of the 67-year-old entertainer. Credit: Press Association

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher tweets support for old enemy Blur

Liam Gallagher, former lead singer with Oasis, Blur's big rivals 20 years ago, has paid tribute to the band's new track Lonesome Street.

He tweeted: "Lonesome St by BLUR song of the year LG x".

Oasis and Blur dominated the headlines with their "Battle of Britpop" in the mid-1990s, with no love lost between the groups.

Gallagher also hinted recently that relations have improved with brother Noel, who walked out of Oasis in 2009 after regular rows between the two.

Liam tweeted a picture of himself in March with a backstage pass around his neck to Noel's High Flying Birds' Keep It Dangerous tour, writing "Keeping it in the family...LG x".

Blur's album The Magic Whip was announced out of the blue in February and is inspired by their travels in Asia.

It is the sixth number one album for the four-piece, comprising frontman Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Paul O'Grady threatens to leave country for Venice if Conservatives win election

Birkenhead comedian threatens to leave the country if the Conservatives win the election Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Liverpool comedian Paul O’Grady has said he will move to 'a Lido in Venice' if the Tories win Thursday's general election.

The TV presenter fro Birkenhead, who's supporting Labour in the election, threatened to leave the country during a rally for the party in London yesterday saying:

'I cannot live under this Conservative...this coalition anymore.'

He also complained about the treatment of working class people and the state of hospitals in the country.

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