As pop pundits continue to get things wrong by consistently voting OK Computer, Pet Sounds or Something by the Beatles as the best album of all time we all know that Jeff Wayne's epic musical War Of The World's is in fact the greatest thing ever laid down on vinyl. Or even cd, but the booklet with the black plastic version rocked big time. So how excited were we to hear that he's taking it to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall next year? Answers on a post card to the usual address. On Tuesday April 18 Jeff Wayne conducts The Black Smoke Band and the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings featuring Special Guest Justin Hayward and, In Sight and Sound, Richard Burton as The Journalist. Holy Martian War Machines readers, is this not the best thing to come your way since, well anything really?
Elsewhere Bubblyshuffles get their act together for their WillWeWon'tWe tour with rescheduled dates at Brixton on Tuesday 11 October.
Later this year the Chemical Brothers play their 6th Brixton show of the year, another late one, 8 till 2, on the 10th December.
The wonderful Mercury Rev return to our shows to relieve us from our drab and miserable lives at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 8th December.
A few days later David Gray, no jokes please - the new album's getting some great reviews - fills out a full tour at Hammersmith on the 12th December and Brixton on the 14th.
Of course if you're not up for DG on the 14th, Brit grunge phenomenon Nine Black Alps will be making hordes of teenage girls go weak at the hoodies at the Astoria on the 14th.
Last of the new dates up this morning and in to next year Finnish rockers HIM play Brixton, Thursday January 26th. Expect much black in the audience.