Today saw the sad news that Ari Up of the Slits has died aged just 48 from a serious illness. The news was first announced on John Lydon‘s website, he is married to Ari’s mother Nora. Her real name was Arianna Forster and she started the Slits aged just 14 in 1976. The band released two albums; ‘Cut’ in 1979 (one of my favourite albums) and ‘Return Of The Giant Slits’ in 1981. The band split up shortly after that although they did recently reform. Their drummer has been playing with Lydon’s reformed Public Image Limited (aka PIL). Ari released a solo album in 2005, entitled ‘Dread More Dan Dread’. Read the NME report here. She will be sadly missed. Ari Up RIP.
In some less important news the current wave of public sector strikes in France have meant the cancellation of a series of gigs in the country by Lady Gaga. There were concerns that the trucks with all the equipment, instruments and costumes would not be able to get to their destinations owing to many roads being blockaded by strikers. Ticket holders are being offered refunds and Gaga has apologised to her fans. The BBC story is here.
Finally a rather strange bit of news, well I think so anyway, Liverpool FC flew to their Europa League match in Naples in a plane piloted by Bruce Dickinson off of Iron Maiden! Appropriately enough the scousers skill and talent has “Run To The Hills” this season. It didn’t bring the Reds a great deal of luck, they only managed a nil-nil draw. Read the story on the BBC.