Newsbits round-up…

Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts CD Newsbits: Placebo are re-releasing their latest album Sleeping With Ghosts (Hut Recordings) on September 22nd with a bonus CD of cover versions, Running Up That Hill included, apparently something that their fans have been requesting. According to The Sunday Mail in the UK, they will feature cover versions of songs by Boney M, Robert Palmer and KaDavid Nicholls - Starter For Ten - book coverte Bush when they play T on the Fringe at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on August 25th. Read morehere. (thanks to Michael Leitz, Marinus De Goederen, Kevin Tachman and Stewart)…David Nicholls, a writer on the popular UK TV series ‘Cold Feet’ is about to publish a new novel entitled “Starter For Ten“. Described as “painfully funny” by Elle magazine, the film rights have apparently been snapped up by Tom Hanks’ production company. The Kate connection? The central character Brian is a big Kate Bush fan (the novel is set in 1985) and the story is about his attempts to get onto the popular BBC quiz show University Challenge. The book can be ordered from Amazon. (thanks to Amanda Harrold)

Tracy Story says that those of us into jazz might want to check out the new project from Kate’s drummerCharlie Morgan here. (we hear that Tracy has been out and about playing some KB covers himself!)…Rolling Stone report that Greg Dulli returned to the stage for the first time in three years on 21st August at Los Angeles’ Spaceland to debut the new lineup of his band the Twilight Singers and their album, Blackberry Belle, due October 14th. They played seven of the album’s eleven tracks, as well as material from the first Twilight Singers disc and some of the eclectic covers (Kate Bush’s “Cloudbursting,” the instrumental portion of Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla”) fans have come to expect.” Read more here. (thanks to Michael Leitz)…On Monday August 11th VH1Classic in the US ran the Suspended In Gaffa video and a 1985 interview with Kate describing her religious upbringing and the impact purgatory had on her and the song. (thanks to Bill Richotte)…On August 5th, Charlotte Martin (see July 30th newsbits) covered ‘This Woman’s Work’ at her show at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, you may be able to download the track here. (thanks to Mike Gray)

Tricky - Back To Mine CD Kate at the 1994 conventionKate & David Cross at the 1994 Convention“If you’re looking for a chillout compilation with substance, check out the Back to Mine series of mixes.” – Rolling Stone. Tricky will be offering fans an insight into the workings of a unique musical mind when he releases a compilation of favourites in the ‘Back To Mine‘ series. The Bristolian trip-hop innovator has frequently confounded expectation by citing the likes of Kate Bush as influences on his redefinition of hip-hop with the mid-nineties classic, ‘Maxinquaye’. The CD includes Kate’s Eat The Music and will be released on 15th September. Read more here. Actor Guy Pearce mentions Kate again in this interview. (Thanks to Marco)…Janet Tyson has written a book which may be of interest to anyone intrigued by The Song Of Solomon to be published in November, by EcceNova Editions in Canada. Read more here… Finally, Peter Chow has very kindly decided to share two never published photosthat he took of Kate at the 1994 fan club convention at the Hippodrome in London. (big thanks Peter! – click on the pics above for the larger versions)

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