19 Apr 2005
Happy Mondays to play Manchester MEN Arena? 
An article by Dianne Bourne in yesterday's Manchester Evening News hints that Happy Mondays may play the MEN Arena in Manchester as part of their ongoing comeback. The article also reveals that the band has been rehearsing in the basement of Turnmills, where Shaun and Bez have a residency as part of Get Loaded. As for the long-awaited new album, apparently it's still "early days" but with Shaun now free of the shackles of ultra-restrictive court order that saw him virtually unable to earn money it is now a distinct possibility.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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