MTV News Round-Up 22/04/2004
*** Kylie Minogue's Hammersmith Apollo gig from November 2003 is being released on DVD on June 28. The 'Money Can't Buy' concert cost 1million to stage and coincided with the release of Kylie's 'Body Language' album. The DVD contains 13 tracks including 'Slow', 'Spinning Around' and 'Chocolate', plus a behind-the-scenes documentary.
*** The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins is to undergo throat surgery to correct a recurring heartburn problem. "I'm going to have an operation on my oesophagus because I get acid reflux, which comes into my throat and is the reason why I had to cancel a couple of shows this tour," the singer explained. "They don't anticipate that it'll be any permanent damage but it will take a while to get it back to normal."
*** Robbie Williams has rubbished reports that Take That are set to reunite. Gary Barlow recently claimed that all five members of the band would reunite at Christmas for a one-off event, but Robbie is apparently furious that a possible comeback was touted. The Sun quotes the superstar as saying: "A Take That reunion? I'm afraid there's more chance of Hell freezing over."
*** Orbital are to play their last ever gig at Glastonbury Festival. The duo has announced they will call it a day with a headlining set on the Other Stage on Sunday, June 27. "I think we feel that Orbital has run its course. We're both pursuing different avenues with our music," Paul Hartnoll said. "And we've been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now... I think it's time for a change." Their last LP, 'The Blue Album', is released on June 21.
*** Ex-Suede frontman Brett Anderson will pay a solo gig in Copenhagen on May 7. The singer will perform old Suede hits alongside solo material at the Rock 'N' Royal event, to coincide with the royal wedding on HRH Crown Prince Frederik, as a way for younger people to join in the Royal celebration. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will also perform.
*** Geri Halliwell and Blue singer Duncan James will host this year's Party In The Park on July 11. The annual event, to raise money for the Prince's Trust, will be attended by Prince Charles. Speculation is rife that the pair hope the gig will lead to more work as a presenting duo, fuelling rumours that Blue are set to split.
*** Usher has added another London date to his UK tour. The 'Truth' tour will wind up with a gig at Wembley Arena on July 8, after his earlier performances at the venue on June 24-25. The tour also includes dates in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow; tickets are on sale now. Usher's fourth album, 'Confessions', debuted at No 1 on the UK chart, as did 'Yeah', the album's first single.