Monday Music News Jun18

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MUSE took a break from their recording sessions in London last week to carry the Olympic torch through their Devon, England hometown. Around 7,000 people watched as all three members of the band ran with the torch over Shaldon Bridge, a local landmark, as part of the torch’s 70-day relay on its way to this year’s Olympic Games in London. Once Muse – who were shown grinning wildly in photos taken during their honorary torch run – return to the studio, they’ll be collaborating with composer David Campbell, who’s previously worked with U2 and Radiohead, on what are said to be “more orchestral” and “radically different” songs than their previous efforts.

MORRISSEY is busy scheduling a U.S. tour set to kick off in early October in Boston, with the trek planned to keep him on the road through the beginning of December. The former Smiths singer is planning to include both some of his best-known tracks as well as a short set of new, previously-unheard songs in his performance, with no opening acts scheduled yet save for one appearance by Iggy and the Stooges, who will support Morrissey’s November 24 show in Los Angeles. Other stops on the Morrissey tour will include NYC (10.10), Chicago IL (10.27), Denver CO (11.3), Las Vegas (11.23), and El Paso TX (11.27) – the tour will wrap on December 8 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ.

IN MORE OLYMPICS-meet-music news, Beatle Paul McCartney is set to rock the Games this summer, as he’s been booked to perform at the opening ceremony on July 27, and the closing ceremony both. McCartney got a bit of practice in with his recent gig at the Queen’s Jubilee concert, where he performed a five-song set in front of Buckingham Palace, including his revitalised takes on “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Live and Let Die.”

PYXIS POINTS | And, in other Muse news (hey, that rhymed…), they’ve titled their upcoming sixth studio album The 2nd Law | The Smiths’ Morrissey is threatening to retire from the music business in two years | Radiohead has been performing several brand new songs, “Full Stop” and “Identikit” being two of them, at their recent live shows | Bon Iver will be performing two UK concerts later this year,  namely in Glasgow on November 10 and Belfast on November 11, as part of their upcoming autumn European tour | Foster the People (“Pumped Up Kicks”) are reportedly writing songs for what will be their next record, even as they’re continuing to tour this summer | and The Shins’ James Mercer says that fans can likely expect a new Broken Bells side-project album before The Shins start working on another new set  – Kristi Kates