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Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson has written extensively for The Guardian, as well as for Melody Maker, i-D, Uncut and many other publications.

List of articles in the library by artist

808 State: Castlefield Amphitheatre, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1996

IS THIS THE way the future's really meant to feel? Or just 20,000 mutants standing in a cobbled amphitheatre? Either there's an extremely mad scientist ...

Alabama 3: Olympia, Dublin

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, November 1997

THESE ARE the sort of men my mother warned me about as a small child, and — metaphorically, at least — they want me to ...

Erykah Badu: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2001

I HAVE SEEN Bowie atop a giant glass spider and U2 stuck inside a lemon, but I cannot recall an entrance like Erykah Badu's. ...

Natalie Cole: King and I

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, February 2001

Natalie Cole has been a prostitutes' tout, a junkie and the winner of no fewer than eight Grammys. She tells Dave Simpson about scandal, success ...

The Dandy Warhols: A Toast To The Wasted: The Dandy Warhols: The Cockpit, Leeds

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2000

AS IGGY POP would testify, you can always rely on the British public to take a drug-frazzled American wacko to their hearts. ...

Celine Dion: Up Too Close And Personal: Celine Dion: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 1999

THREE SONGS IN, a smiling Celine Dion decides she wants to talk to us, "personally". ...

Pete Doherty: Peter Doherty: Fez Club, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2004

IN recent weeks, Peter Doherty has been reported as having racked up a heroin/crack addiction costing £250 a day, skipped out on three attempts at ...

Estelle: "The only way I'm going on the cover of FHM is in a body bag"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, September 2004

Estelle, the loudest new voice in hip-hop, talks to Dave Simpson ...

Foo Fighters: Foo Man Chew

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, November 1997

In our occasional Tour Diary series, we find out why Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS always chews gum onstage, loves punk rock and why he ...

Girls Aloud: Sheffield Arena ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2009

THE RECESSION does not appear to be affecting Girls Aloud, whose entrance involves pyrotechnics, hydraulic platforms and the whipping-off of glittering white ballgowns to reveal ...

Har Mar Superstar: Welly Club, Hull

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, August 2004

THE WELLY isn't a place you'd expect to find a "superstar". Its name implies somewhere you'd only really want to step into when it's raining; ...

The Horrors: Academy 3, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2011

THE HORRORS are true pop chameleons. ...

Ian Brown, The Stone Roses: The Rise And Fall Of The Stone Roses

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Simpson, Uncut, February 1998

In his first major interview since The Stone Roses split, Ian Brown looks back on the career of a band who could have had it ...

John Grant: Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)

Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2010

JOHN GRANT used to front the Czars, whose failure to translate acclaim into sales no doubt further fuelled his supersized self-loathing. ...

John Martyn: The Lowry, Salford

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2004

IF JOHN MARTYN hadn't become a folk/blues/rock legend, he could have knocked out a career as a mimic. At one point, he perfectly impersonates Alf ...

Joy Division: Torn Apart: Joy Division and the death of Ian Curtis

Retrospective and Interview by Dave Simpson, Uncut, December 1997

Joy Division were the most crucial of all the post-punk bands. But, on the eve of their first US tour, lead singer Ian Curtis committed ...

Justin Timberlake: Arena, Sheffield

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2007

LATELY, pop has been dominated by guerrilla gigs and scruffily clad bands — but no one told Justin Timberlake. ...

Kasabian: "We're for all the people stuck in crap jobs"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 2006

Kasabian have crossed swords with Keane, the Stones and even Showaddywaddy. But really they're just a bunch of ordinary lads who want to be loved. ...

Kasabian: Field Of Dreams

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2004

The true spirit of Glastonbury is alive and well — but you'll find it at a farm in Leicester not Somerset. Dave Simpson meets Kasabian ...

The Killers: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool ****

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, September 2006

YOU CAN ALMOST imagine the delight when some bright spark suggested the Killers launch their big comeback in the "Vegas of the North", and the ...

Lady Gaga: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, July 2009

THE 23-year-old formerly known as Stefani Germanotta must be pop's most ruthlessly effective self-promoter since Madonna. ...

Manic Street Preachers: Richey Edwards: Vanishing Point

Report by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, January 1998

It's now three years since Richey James disappeared — and he's still "The Most Sadly Missed" in The Maker Polls. We trace his early, confused ...

MGMT: "We want to scare the squares"

Interview by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, February 2008

MGMT make "future '70s" music, want to be produced by Barack Obama and have played gigs as giant snowmen. Confused? You should be, says Dave ...

Kylie Minogue: Camping with Kylie: Kylie Minogue: Manchester Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, March 2001

HAVING RECOVERED FROM the pretensions of duets with Nick Cave and songwriting with the Manic Street Preachers, Kylie has returned to the fluffy pop we ...

Morrissey, The Smiths: Manchester's Answer to the H-Bomb: How It All Blew Up For Morrissey and The Smiths

Report by Dave Simpson, Uncut, August 1998

THE PHONE RINGS at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Los Angeles. ...

One Direction: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, May 2014

There may be yet more trouble ahead but it will clearly take more than a whiff of controversy to blunt 1D's appeal ...

Pulp: Fame Fatale

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, March 1996

So Jarvis Cocker is innocent. But that doesn't mean he's got off the hook — we still want a word or two with Michael Jackson's ...

Pulp: Lower Refectory, Sheffield University, Yorkshire

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, December 1992

IT HASN'T BEEN a great year for the pop iconoclast. For most of '92, prime movers from Ashcroft to Robinson have defined themselves by the ...

Republica: Ace of Pace

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, September 1998

REPUBLICA are now so successful that Cher asks permission to copy Saffron's hairstyle. We talk to them about their lengthy climb to the top, fame, ...

Damien Rice: Metropolitan University, Leeds ***

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, October 2003

DAVID GRAY achieved his first major success in Ireland, something else he has in common with Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. They share the same management ...

Royal Trux: Bang, Crash Brilliance: Royal Trux: Scala, London

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 1999

ROYAL TRUX don't give a damn and don't care who knows it. ...

Shed Seven: The Italian Mob!

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, February 1998

All we wanted was to have a few laughs, japes and capers in Venice. But oh no, SHED SEVEN say they're now serious musicians. Aha, ...

The Spice Girls: Robotic Neurotics: Spice Girls: Evening News Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, December 1999

YOUR BAND may take a year off, but if you are a Spice Girl you just can't keep out of the headlines. ...

The Thrills: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, November 2004

WHEN THE THRILLS first blazed out of Dublin in 2002, there was something sweetly charming about a bunch of naive Irish lads writing eulogies to ...

The Verve: Northern Soul Asylum

Interview by Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, July 1995

The Verve have split the voters ever since they appeared in '92 as The Band Most Likely To after Suede. Some loved their experimental prog-rock ...

Amy Winehouse: Carling Academy, Newcastle

Live Review by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, November 2007

FORTY-FIVE MINUTES after Amy Winehouse is due on stage, there is still no sign of the singer, which offers an opportunity to ponder the latest ...

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