As we wrote yesterday, Elbow are unable to return to the States to fulfill a tour they had planned, due to kick off next week. They were, however, able to play a charity gig last night in their hometown of Manchester. The event, which benefited the National Deaf Children's Society, was held at The Roadhouse, a venue well-known in the area as a breeding ground for up-and-coming acts; Elbow were actually thought of as the "house band," according to nme.com, due to their constant gigging earlier in their career. The band produced a cover of Black Sabbath's "The Wizard" and celebrated bassist Pete Turner's birthday, having the crowd sing "Happy Birthday" to him, as part of the festivities. The quintet now head back to the studio to get their sophomore album on.
In other gig charity news, Doves will play a benefit entitled "Love Music - Hate Racism." Other acts on the September 1 bill include The Shining and Billy Bragg, amongst others. The free show, which is also being held in Manchester, hopes to raise awareness for the Anti-Nazi League, an organization that fights against racist and violent activities of the British National Party (BNP), which recently had three of its members elected to the city council of nearby Burnley. To learn more about the Anti-Nazi League and its battles against assholes, click here.