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The Evening Standard

Evening Standard, The

The Evening Standard, since May 2009 named the London Evening Standard, is a local, free daily tabloid newspaper, published Monday to Friday.

65 articles

The Beatles: Why The Beatles Create All That Frenzy

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 2 February 1963

THE BEATLES are the darlings of Merseyside. The little girls of Merseyside are so fiercely possessive about their Beatles that they forced Granada to put ...

The Crystals, The Ronettes, Phil Spector: Phil Spector: Fifteen hits in a row — and if that's not genius, well what is?

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 25 January 1964

THERE WAS a time when Phil Spector would have been Beau Spector and the rage of Bath. His clothes alone would have made him famous. ...

The Rolling Stones: This Horrible Lot – Not Quite What They Seem

Report and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 21 March 1964

"BUT WOULD YOU LIKE your daughter to marry one?" is what you ask yourself about the Rolling Stones. They've done terrible things to the musical ...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: How Sister Rosetta gets them rolling

Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 9 May 1964

THEY CALL her the Holy Roller. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is indeed a holy lady but she does roll in a way that would do credit ...

The Rolling Stones: But would you let your daughter marry one?

Report and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 11 May 1964

Take A Middle-Class Value, Stand It On Its Head: You've Got A "Stone ...

Burt Bacharach: The man who put neurosis into top pops

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 29 August 1964

THE INTRODUCTION of the Neurotic Ballad to British popular music is the responsibility of an American called Burt Bacharach. We first developed a taste for ...

Marc Bolan: Knit Yourself A Pop Singer — Marc and Mike Will Tell You How

Report and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 23 October 1965

HUMILITY AMONG POP SINGERS used to be all the rage. "Mr. Presley," the interviewer would ask, "is it to luck or to talent that you ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger: Bad Joke into Social Lion

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 4 February 1966

THE ROLLING STONES WERE PLAYING in the Station Hotel, Richmond, two-and-a-half years ago when their two prospective managers came to take a look at them. ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: How Does a Beatle Live? John Lennon

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 4 March 1966

ON A HILL IN SURREY... A YOUNG MAN, FAMOUS, LOADED AND WAITING FOR SOMETHING ...

The Beatles, Ringo Starr: How a Beatle Lives, Part 2: Ringo Starr — So Who's Afraid of Dogs and Babies! (Especially Babies)

Report and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 11 March 1966

RINGO LIVES in Weybridge at the bottom of the hill of which John lives on top. His house, too, is large and Tudor-ish. It has ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: How A Beatle Lives Part 3: George Harrison — Avocado With Everything…

Report and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 18 March 1966

GEORGE HARRISON is 23, the youngest Beatle and the least well-known. He isn't one of the two who sing and he isn't Ringo; indeed some ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: How A Beatle Lives, No. 4: Paul All Alone: Running Hard To Catch Up With The Music

Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 25 March 1966

THE SCENE SHIFTS FROM WEYBRIDGE TO LONDON ...

The Beatles, Cilla Black: Brian Epstein: The Man Behind The Beatles And How He Lives

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, The Evening Standard, 1 April 1966

Many theories developed about Brian Epstein: he was crooked, he was straight; he was a tough businessman, he was a lousy businessman; it was all ...

Kate Bush: Bringing It Back Home

Interview by James Johnson, The Evening Standard, 26 September 1978

THE feverish quality of the pop world barely intrudes into the calm atmosphere of the large comfortable family house on the edge of the Kent ...

Kate Bush: The Things Kate Doesn't Tell Mother

Interview by James Johnson, The Evening Standard, 5 September 1980

KATE BUSH would be less than human if she did not sometimes marvel at the attention she has received over the last three years. ...

Eastie Boys: Real Life in London's East End

Report by Paul Wellings, The Evening Standard, 24 July 1987

IT IS A HOT day in London’s East End. I’m sitting in my home of Stepney, sipping an ice-cool lager outside the infamous Blind ...

The Badder the Better: Soulboy Life in London

Report by Paul Wellings, The Evening Standard, 31 March 1988

IN LONDON TOWN, they’re funking till they’re raw. From badland clubland they’ve voted with their feet for black soul music. Pirate stations like ...

Lenny Kravitz: 'Don't Call Me A Sex Symbol'

Interview by Precious Williams, The Evening Standard, 27 November 2000

LENNY KRAVITZ is late. His "people" (a personal chef, band manager, tour manager, personal manager, publicists, fixers, press officers and assorted attractive but apparently purposeless ...

Jaheim: Soul Boy Not Short On Confidence

Interview by Precious Williams, The Evening Standard, 14 March 2001

Jaheim Hoagland's smooth, soulful vocals have been likened to those of music legends Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross – but he's not too happy about ...

Destiny's Child: The Joys Of Child-ish Behaviour

Interview by Precious Williams, The Evening Standard, 23 April 2001

THE SASSIEST girl group in the world are slumped on a sofa lamenting the "awfulness" of how they look. Destiny's Child – Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly ...

Lisa Roxanne: My London

Interview by Precious Williams, The Evening Standard, 1 June 2001

Fifteen-year-old singer Lisa Roxanne. South London’s answer to Beyonce Knowles, wants to abolish rain, racism and boring people ...

Fatboy Slim

Interview by Ian Watson, The Evening Standard, September 2001

THE INSTRUCTIONS are clear but minimal. Get to Ibiza Town and wait for an email with a mobile phone number. Try the number just after ...

Garbage: White Trash: Shirley Manson

Interview by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 8 November 2001

Shirley Manson, pop's most famous redhead, has suddenly gone blonde. A new look to match her new outlook. ...

Taraf de Haïdouks: Johnny and the outlaws take Hackney by storm

Report by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 29 January 2002

IT IS not every day you find a Hollywood superstar slumming it in the East End. But last night Johnny Depp came to deepest Hackney ...

Mis-Teeq

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, The Evening Standard, October 2003

"WHEN WE WERE younger, we were always entertaining people," says Su-Elise Nash, at 22 the youngest member of the UK's most urban girl group, Mis-Teeq. ...

David Bowie: "I've beaten vices thanks to my daughter"

Interview by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 20 November 2003

He is free from fags, booze and drugs. But clean-living David Bowie admits that staying that way will still be hard work in 30 years' ...

James Brown: Soul Survivor

Interview by Ian Watson, The Evening Standard, June 2004

At 71, James Brown shows no signs of slowing down musically — or in his capacity for getting into trouble. Ian Watson meets the Godfather ...

Angie Stone

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, The Evening Standard, July 2004

ANGIE STONE breezes into the bar at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester apologising for the burger in her hand and explaining that she's just flown ...

Anastacia: Sprock Chick

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, The Evening Standard, 12 November 2004

"I'M LOOKING FORWARD to my 40s," declares Anastacia, a tiny woman with big hair, bold glasses and a big, big voice. "I want lines in ...

My Morning Jacket: Astoria, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Evening Standard, 25 September 2006

JAMMING IS A justly maligned practice in rock, too often the last refuge of self-indulgent musos running low on inspiration. ...

Amy Winehouse, My Bloody Valentine: Bestival, Isle of Wight ***

Report by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 8 September 2008

Still bloody loud and clear at Bestival ...

Soul II Soul's Jazzie B: "Ride what you've got until the wheels fall off"

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, The Evening Standard, 11 June 2014

Some people already know that Jazzie B is a London Legend but tonight at the first London Music Awards he takes the title officially. The ...

La Roux: Conway Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 3 July 2014

IT'S BEEN five years since La Roux's Elly Jackson announced she was going in for the kill. The intervening period has seen the south Londoner ...

Justin Bieber: O2, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, The Evening Standard, 12 October 2016

WHEN JUSTIN BIEBER most recently played the O2 in 2013, he arrived two hours late, broke the hearts of his young audience and was shoddiness ...

Warpaint: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, The Evening Standard, 28 October 2016

OVER THE COURSE of three albums, Los Angeles-based Warpaint have risen from strugglers (albeit well connected strugglers — bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg's sister is actress ...

Wretch 32: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 10 November 2016

Though there were strong moments, the break-out grime star sometimes blurred the line between touching and naff, says Rick Pearson. ...

Wilco: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 21 November 2016

CAPABLE OF BEING as sombre as a Sunday night in with Bob Dylan or as wild as a Friday night out with the Pogues, Wilco ...

Rag'n'Bone Man: Electric, Brixton

Live Review by John Aizlewood, The Evening Standard, 25 November 2016

FAR FROM slender, festooned with tattoos which suggest he's spent the past few years at her majesty's pleasure, the wrong side of 30 and blessed ...

Why I made a 15,000-mile trip to a jazz festival when I don't even like jazz

Report by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 10 March 2017

THIS WEEK I made a round trip of 15,000 miles to go to a jazz festival on the other side of the world.  ...

Young Fathers: Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 12 June 2017

GIVEN THAT THIS year's Meltdown is curated by MIA, an artist who's made a career out of being as contrarian as is humanly possible, Friday night's ...

Feist: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 28 July 2017

JARVIS COCKER joined Feist on stage at the Empire, ambling on during 'Century' to ask: "How long is a century? Almost as long as a ...

Chase and Status: Chase & Status: Tribe

Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 August 2017

Bereft of originality ...

Interpol: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 4 September 2017

There's a charisma vacuum where the flamboyant Carlos "D" Dengler used to be, says Rick Pearson, but this show was a reminder of the importance ...

Phoenix: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 2 October 2017

ALLY PALLY IS a ruthless venue that chews up and spits out all but the best of live bands. To succeed in this cavernous space, ...

Madonna: Another view: My night with Madonna (and Sean Hughes)

Memoir by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 20 October 2017

BACK IN THE LATE 1990s I used to run into Sean Hughes all the time at parties. He was a Perrier Award-winning stand-up comedian and ...

The War on Drugs: War On Drugs: Alexander Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 15 November 2017

IN AN ERA of instant gratification, the slow-burning pleasures of the War On Drugs provide the perfect antidote. ...

U2: Another view: The thing with Bono and Apple...

Comment by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 24 November 2017

I HEAR THAT U2 have a new album coming out. I know this not because I have received a press release (though I have) but ...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Who Built the Moon? (Sour Mash)

Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 24 November 2017

FOR ALL ITS commercial success Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis output has hardly been a study in boundary-pushing experimentation.  ...

David Bowie: Meet Chas, he's been mad about Bowie since he was a lad

Report by Tim Cooper, The Evening Standard, 1 December 2017

From diehard to recent fans, Tim Cooper spends the night immersed in Bowie fanatics. ...

Queen & Adam Lambert: O2, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 13 December 2017

HOW DO YOU replace the greatest rock singer of all time? That was the issue facing Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor when Freddie Mercury ...

Paramore: O2, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 15 January 2018

FORGET WHAT you think you know about Paramore. No longer are the Tennessee band all about angst, eyeliner and power chords. Paramore in 2018 are ...

Bastille: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 17 April 2018

"AS YOU CAN see," said Bastille's Dan Smith, looking round at the orchestra and choir, "we're doing things a little differently tonight." That's something of ...

Courtney Marie Andrews: Islington Assembly Rooms, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 25 April 2018

PICKING UP THE gong for International Artist of the Year at the recent UK Americana Awards, Arizona's Courtney Marie Andrews came to Islington with expectations ...

Beyoncé, Jay-Z: Beyoncé and Jay-Z: London Stadium

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 June 2018

STILL CRAZY in love? That's the message that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are keen to project during their On The Run II tour, which came to ...

Flight of the Conchords: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

BRET MCKENZIE and Jemaine Clement were supposed to play their first London tour dates in seven years in March but then Bret rather inconsiderately tumbled and ...

Lisa Hannigan and Stargaze: Barbican, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 5 October 2018

LISA HANNIGAN is still best-known for her work alongside Damien Rice: her voice was the ethereal counterpoint to his earthy tones on multi-platinum-selling O in 2002.  ...

George Ezra: SSE Arena, Wembley

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 16 November 2018

Upbeat Ezra wraps arena in a cuddly cardigan with his big-hearted balladry. ...

Florence and the Machine: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 22 November 2018

Quiet moments resonate loudest as Florence fills arena with love. ...

Mabel: O2 Academy Brixton, SW9

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 13 December 2018

MABEL MCVEY's mother is Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry (she of '7 Seconds' fame); her father is Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. But she's a star ...

Lily Allen: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 December 2018

Singer shares her thoughts exactly in brave confessional ...

Lily Allen: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 December 2018

EYEBROWS WERE raised earlier this year when Lily Allen's latest album, No Shame, was nominated for the Mercury Prize but it fully deserved its place ...

Chvrches: Alexandra Palace, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 8 February 2019

ALLY PALLY is an unforgiving venue that will swallow up all but the hardiest of bands, so credit to Chvrches (pronounced churches) for proving they ...

Nicki Minaj: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 12 March 2019

Rap's royal highness is as exciting as she is infuriating. ...

Burt Bacharach, Joss Stone: Burt Bacharach and Joss Stone: Eventim Apollo, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 18 July 2019

"THE QUESTION I always get asked is, 'Why are you still doing this?'" The answer for Burt Bacharach, 91, is love, sweet love. "It makes ...

Coldplay: Natural History Museum, London

Live Review by Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard, 26 November 2019

Arena mainstays downsize for whale of a night at the Natural History Museum ...

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