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The Streets’ Mike Skinner says he “shouldn’t have played” Bristol’s Colston Hall



Mike Skinner, The Streets

The StreetsMike Skinner has said he “shouldn’t have played at” Bristol venue Colston Hall.

The space is named after former slave owner Edward Colston, but is set to be renamed later this year.

Speaking to the Independent, Skinner said he felt “a bit guilty” about performing at the venue. “Massive Attack haven’t been playing there for years,” he said. “At the time, I just thought it was just a name.”

A statue of Colston was recently pulled down by protestors and dumped in Bristol Harbour, which Skinner called a “fantastic moment”. “It was driven as much by white guilt as black power,” he said. “Even Piers Morgan backs it. If he backs it, I’m pretty confident that we’re good to go.”

Bristol’s Colston Hall (Picture: Alamy)

The musician also commented on the recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world, calling them “incredibly moving”. “It’s easy for me to say, but I don’t think racist people are the problem, even though they are being quite vocal on Twitter,” Skinner added.

“I think racist systems are by orders of magnitude more damaging. I think what’s going on at the moment is people are starting to understand the difference between racist people and racist systems.”

The Streets shared their latest new song ‘Falling Down’ last month (June 23) – the latest track to be taken from their upcoming mixtape, ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’. The record will be released on July 10 and will feature IDLES, Ms Banks, Greentea Peng and more.

Meanwhile, the group are also one of a number of artists who are set to play the UK’s first drive-in gigs this summer. The Utilita Live From The Drive-In series will see artists including The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs and Dizzee Rascal perform across 12 venues as fans watch on from their cars.

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Brian May reeling from ‘shocking TRAUMATIC’ weekend ‘I never imagined it would happen’




Brian May has shared shocking pictures and a passionate message online for his fans. The Queen legend had a traumatic weekend and, clearly still upset, wrote, “to see this happen in my own home county has been shocking and traumatic.” Major forest fires engulfed the area around his Surrey home and the star was worried about the threat to his home and studio and all “the fond relics of my life.” He warned “the danger is not over.”

The wildfire erupted on Cobham Common on Friday. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said the outbreak was reported at 12.30pm and six fire engines were dispatched. The smoke was visible for miles and up to ten hectares were alight, with the fire already starting to spread.

Over 100 local residents were evacuated from their homes. Sunningdale Golf Course was evacuated in the middle of a tournament.The fire spread to rail tracks and trains between Reading and London were suspended.

Brian May was at home at the time and has spoken of his fears, his devastating at seeing the destruction afterwards and his anger at the recent cuts to the fire service.


May wrote: “I never imagined it could happen here in leafy, and normally damp, Surrey, England.

“We supported the fight against the immense fires in Australia, and watched sadly as fires ravaged California, but to see this happen in my own home county has been shocking and traumatic.

“These pictures show Anne Brummer and I this afternoon, surveying the forest fire which is still smouldering less than a mile from my own house and studio, and the fond relics of my entire life. 

“Today we were able to begin to thank the amazing firefighters who risked their lives to contain this huge and treacherous wild furnace on the heath land of Sunningdale Golf Course – which actually adjoins my property.

“Yesterday, I was rescuing as many precious things from my house as was practicable, under threat of the whole thing going up in flames, but praying that the horror would not happen. Today my prayers were answered – the fire is under control, but the danger is not over.

“While this dry heatwave lasts there is still a massive risk of a flare-up leading to disaster.

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One Direction REUNION: Odds on band reforming improve following anniversary event




Last month, Coral gave Zayn a healthy 5/4 on returning to One Direction.

If this wasn’t enough of a tease, fans were also given odds on the band dropping a new album.

Considering everyone has been stuck indoors this year due to the lockdown, it would make sense for them to have written and recorded a brand new album.

But, now that all of the team have taken on solo careers, the music could be drastically different.

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Johnny Cash wife: Who was Johnny Cash’s first wife? When did he marry June Carter?




Johnny Cash’s music is iconic in the country and folk worlds. Along with his wife, June Carter, he made some incredible music, as well as on his own. Before June became his wife, however, Johnny was married to someone else, with whom he had children.

Who was Johnny Cash’s first wife?

Johnny Cash’s first wife was called Vivian Liberto, and their meeting was rather adorable.

According to Robert Hilburn’s 2013 biography Johnny Cash: The Life, Johnny and Vivian met in July 1951, when he and a friend in the Air Force stopped by a local skating rink.

He saw Vivian and, in the biography, is said to have described her as “the prettiest girl he had ever seen.”

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After his return from abroad, Johnny and Vivian married on August 7, 1954, at St. Ann Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, despite Johnny being a protestant.

However, their relationship was not to continue in such harmonious terms.

In 1961 the family moved to California, however, this and Johnny’s career started to cause the family unit to break down.

Despite this, the couple had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, but divorced in 1966 after 12 years of marriage.


Vivian eventually filed for divorce in 1966, claiming Johnny’s constant tour, drug and alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law were behind their split, and she gained full custody of the children.

While this has not been suggested as the reason for their divorce, Johnny had, sometime before, met his long-term love, June Carter.

While married to Vivian, Johnny met June backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1955.

They started touring together with Johnny as a solo artist while June was part of The Carter Family in the early 1960s, and became very close.

On February 22, 1968, which was 13 years after they met and two years after his marriage split, Johnny proposed during a live performance in Ontario.

The couple married on March 1, 1968, in Kentucky, and had their only child together, John, on March 3, 1970.

Johnny also became step-father to June’s daughters from her first two marriages, Carlene and Rosie, who lived with the family.

The couple continued to work and tour together for years, right up until June’s death in May 2003.

Johnny died four months later in September 2003.

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