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Up-and-coming U.K. rock acts Maximo Park, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists and Mystery Jets will team up for the 2006 ShockWaves NME Awards Tour, which will begin Jan. 24 in Dublin.

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Up-and-coming U.K. rock acts Maximo Park, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists and Mystery Jets will team up for the 2006 ShockWaves NME Awards Tour, which will begin Jan. 24 in Dublin. Last year’s trek was headlined by the Killers; previous outings have featured Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs. Maximo Park is touring in support of its Warp debut, “A Certain Trigger,” which has spawned four top 20 hits on the U.K. singles chart: “Graffiti,” “Apply Some Pressure,” “A Certain Trigger” and “Going Missing.” Before the NME tour, the group will be on the road in the United Kingdom through a Dec. 11 show in London. Arctic Monkeys recently played a series of lavishly praised live gigs in North America and has been the subject of overwhelming hype in the United Kingdom, despite having yet to release a full-length album. With its debut due for release via Domino in February, a new single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” will arrive Jan. 18 U.K. release. Here are the 2006 ShockWaves NME Awards U.K. tour dates: Jan. 24: Dublin (Ambassadors) Jan. 25: Belfast (Ulster Hall) Jan. 27: Glasgow (Academy) Jan. 28: Edinburgh (Corn Exchange) Jan. 29: Newcastle (Academy) Jan. 31: Nottingham (Rock City) Feb. 1: Leeds (University) Feb. 2: Liverpool (University) Feb. 4: Manchester (Academy) Feb. 7: Sheffield (Octagon) Feb. 8: Birmingham (Academy) Feb. 9: Norwich (UEA) Feb. 11: Cardiff (Great Hall) Feb. 12: Cambridge (Corn Exchange) Feb. 13: Bristol (Academy) Feb. 15: Portsmouth (Guildhall) Feb. 16: Brighton (Dome) Feb. 17: London (Carling Brixton Academy)

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Posted: Sat Nov 5 14:19:40 2005 by Andrew Reilly

The tunes from the Toon keep on coming.

Maximo Park arrived playing second fiddle to the Kaiser Chiefs but safe in the knowledge that they have a large headlining tour of their own to look forward to before the year is out. Playing to a large crowd primarily there for the Kaisers, Maximo Park seized the chance to gain new fans with a fizzing, energetic set. Lead singer Paul Smith was as enigmatic as ever with his nerdy but cool Jarvis Cocker movements and lyrical style remaining the key focus of the group. He is, though, being challenged in the strangeness stakes by the keyboard player whose dancing skills should be a concern for his parents. New song 'A19' featured early in the set and was easily a match for the debut records best material. With an aggressive beat and electro-fizz keyboard sounds, the band once again explored the sense of alienation and change. The crowd warmly received the news that the reissue of 'Apply Some Pressure' had charted in top 20 and the version that followed was the highlight of the set. With 'Graffiti' also featuring early in the set, there was a good pace throughout indicating strength in depth of the bands song writing skills. They may well be a group of people that looks as though they would struggle to survive in normal society but Maximo Park were the big winners on this leg of the NME Tour and should continue their upward rise.

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A Timeline of Toby Keith’s Biggest Songs and Career Moments

The singer-songwriter was known for anthems, and political stances, that alternated between confrontation and big-tent populism.

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By Hank Shteamer

Toby Keith first drew recognition beyond country music as the artist behind the divisive post-9/11 rallying cry “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” But the singer-songwriter, who died Monday at the age of 62 after a battle with stomach cancer, appeared to view himself as a unifying force. “As far extreme as I seem,” he said in 2003 , “I’m probably catching the average Joe in the middle better than anybody.”

Keith topped the country chart 20 times with a catalog of sturdily built anthems including those that romanticized the cowboy’s life and traded on the big-tent appeal of a favorite bar and the charms of drinking beer out of a “Red Solo Cup.” His robust voice was just as adept at conveying rueful heartache as it was at carrying riled-up swagger, and his surprisingly shaded political stances showed a similar range and savvy. Here’s a look back at some of his biggest hits and most prominent moments during a three-decade career.

‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’

Keith topped the U.S. country chart with his debut single, in which he longed for a life spent “wearing my six-shooter, riding my pony on a cattle drive,” and tipped his Stetson hat to legendary screen cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon of “Gunsmoke.” But the song was hardly the first rodeo for Keith, who had spent years playing the honky-tonk circuit in and around his native Oklahoma after high school. The 6-foot-4 musician also worked at an oil field — an experience that, he later reflected , “made a man out of me” — and played semipro football. He would come to view his winding path to success as a blessing.

“If I’d come out of the box with my first No. 1 hit at 21, instead of when I was 29, I probably wouldn’t have appreciated it because I wasn’t mature enough then,” he said in 2012 .

‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’

After Keith’s then-label Mercury rejected his sixth album two separate times, he bought it back and sold it to DreamWorks. The company chose the somber “When Love Fades” as the first single, but the song foundered. Keith stepped in and suggested an alternative: the album’s defiant title track, a bold rejoinder to the girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day in high school. The song became his fourth country No. 1 and showed him the value of trusting his own instincts. “I said, ‘Man, you guys aren’t giving me a chance to fire my biggest missile,’” he later said of pushing for the swap. “So they pulled the single in five days, put out ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’ and my career exploded.”

‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’

In the days after Sept. 11, Keith wrote this tough-talking battle cry of vengeance, American-style, in a sudden burst just one week after the attacks. The lyrics levied numerous threats against the perpetrators, none as indelible as Keith’s promise, backed by a solo-acoustic hush that is punctuated by a fiery full-band kick-in, that “you’ll be sorry you messed with the U.S. of A. / ‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”

Keith originally envisioned the song as one he would perform exclusively for U.S.O. tours, but said he was swayed on a visit to the Pentagon when Gen. James L. Jones told him, “You have to release it. You can serve your country in other ways besides suiting up in combat.” In a time when many were denouncing George W. Bush’s war on terror, Keith was criticized for the song’s unapologetic jingoism, notably by Peter Jennings, who barred Keith from performing it on an ABC Fourth of July special. Keith retread the territory on the follow-ups “ American Soldier ” and “ The Taliban Song .”

Feud with the Dixie Chicks

Keith’s anthem also drew the ire of the singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks (now the Chicks), who slammed it in a 2002 interview. “It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant,” she said. “It targets an entire culture and not just the bad people who did bad things.”

Keith responded at his concerts by projecting a doctored image of Maines cozying up to Saddam Hussein. Maines clapped back by wearing a shirt featuring the initials “F.U.T.K.” to the 2003 ACM Awards. (At first she claimed the shirt wasn’t a dig at the “Angry American” singer, but in a 2006 documentary, admitted that it was. Keith eventually backed down, saying he was “embarrassed about the way I let myself get sucked into all of that.”

‘As Good as I Once Was’

Keith topped the country chart again with this playful romp about the hard truths of aging — when it comes to romance, bar fights or all-purpose hell-raising — and the battle between humility and hubris. Inspired by a line that Keith’s friend and co-writer Scotty Emerick heard Burt Reynolds say, one which Keith’s father also favored (“I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”), the song offered a look at the star’s self-deprecating charm.

It would earn Keith his longest stay at the top of the country chart: six weeks, tied with “Beer for My Horses.” Shortly after the single’s release, Keith got in early on the trend of country singers opening bars when he launched his chain of I Love This Bar & Grill locations (riffing on an earlier hit: “I Love This Bar” ).

Supporting Barack Obama

Keith was never easy to pin down politically. Though his call for post-9/11 retribution seemed to peg him as right-leaning, he would later call himself a “lifetime Democrat,” who valued patriotism above all. In 2008, he spoke favorably about Barack Obama, praising the then-candidate’s trip to Afghanistan. “I think he’s the best Democratic candidate we’ve had since Bill Clinton,” Keith said. “And that’s coming from a Democrat.”

Performing as Part of Donald Trump’s Inauguration

President Donald Trump had a tough time booking performers for his 2017 inauguration, but Keith showed up at a preconcert, playing “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” and dedicating the number to his father, who, as he sings early in the song, lost an eye while serving in the Army. Responding to the criticism around the performance, Keith said in a statement that “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military. I performed at events for previous presidents Bush and Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the U.S.O.” Speaking to The Atlantic, he said, more pointedly , that if “the president of the frickin’ United States asks you to do something and you can go, you should go.”

Cancer Diagnosis and Final Performances

Keith first shared the news of his stomach cancer diagnosis in a June 2022 post on Instagram, reporting that he had already been receiving “chemo, radiation and surgery” for six months. After the release of his 19th, and final, studio album “Peso in My Pocket” (2021), Keith returned to the stage last year, playing two shows at Hollywood Corners, a former ’20s-era roadhouse in Norman, Okla., that he owned. He topped the country digital sales chart in October 2023 after an emotive performance of “Don’t Let the Old Man In” at the People’s Choice Country Awards.

Last December, he made his last live appearances during a three-night stint at the Park MGM in Las Vegas, and in January he opened up about the ordeal of his cancer battle. “It’s a lot of dark hallways,” Keith said .

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The Killers, Bloc Party, The Futureheads and Kaiser Chiefs play amazing sets – but which band almost didn’t make it to the gig?…

The SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS TOUR got off to a storming start last night (January 19) in NEWCASTLE with fantastic sets by The Killers , Bloc Party , The Futureheads and Kaiser Chiefs .

Queues snaked around the Northumbria University venue hours before doors opened whilst touts were asking for as much as £200 for a ticket.

A homecoming set by The Futureheads was the night’s crowning glory, made all the more triumphant due to the fact lead singer Barry Hyde had spent the morning in hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to medication.

“I was really scared,” he told NME.COM, “Everything was swelling up – my fingers, my tongue, I couldn’t breathe properly. I went straight to hospital and was put on a drip. It’s not nice watching someone pump water into your arm I can tell you. And it really hurt.”

Despite missing an acoustic set at HMV that afternoon, Barry was back to full fitness to play a set which included ‘Decent Days And Nights’, ‘Hounds Of Love’ and new song ‘Area’.

The Killers drew the night’s most frenzied reaction as well as the most impressive stage get up. Playing against a glitzy, flashing band logo, they treated the crowd to full-throttle renditions of ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’.

Opening band Kaiser Chiefs maintained the high standard set by Franz Ferdinand on last year’s tour, leading the crowd through manic versions of ‘Oh My God’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’.

Speaking to NME.COM, The Killers singer Brandon Flowers said “To be an American band and headlining is an honour. And it’s really exciting playing with all these new bands that I haven’t had the chance to check out yet. Everyone seems really nice – you can usually tell when there’s a bad attitude around.”

The ShockWaves NME Awards Tour continues tonight in Glasgow (January 20), and continues throughout the month, ending on February 9 with a show at London Carling Brixton Academy. All dates have sold out.

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