The following is the Intelligence Chemical Brothers News archive for 2002. See also the 2003 archive, the 2001 archive or the history section. For current 2004 news, go to the intelligence home page. Alternatively search Planet Dust.
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|intelligence report 13.12.2002 Chems to play Manchester club night|
|The Chemical Brothers are to play Bugged Out! in Manchester in early February. Tom and Ed are to appear at the Sankeys Soap venue in Manchester on February 7. It's been four years since The Chemical Brothers last played Bugged Out! in Manchester.|
|intelligence report 11.12.2002 "Glint" Night only three days away!|
|With only three days to go to their much anticipated "Glint" club night in Turnmills, Ed Simons from The Chemical Brothers tells Planet Dust to expect new material. Ed tells us the Chems will play a four hour set, and they have some rough original tracks and an edit to play for the occasion. Ed goes on to tell us the Chems are going to play "Buzz Tracks", Star Guitar", "Chemical Beats" and their remix of the Manic's "Everything Must Go".|
|intelligence report 06.11.2002 Slant Magazine Greatest Electronic Albums|
|"Exit Planet Dust" and "Dig Your Own Hole" have been included in Slant Magazine's Greatest Electronic Albums of the 20th Century. Read more about the inclusion here.|
|intelligence report 01.11.2002 Chemical Brothers to headline one-off Christmas Club Night|
The Chemical Brothers are to headline
a special one-off club night at Turnmills, London, UK, by playing a
five hour DJ set. Turnmills is the home of The Chems famous old
Heavenly Social residency. The event will be part of the occasional
Glint series of club nights. The Chemical Brothers will be spinning
discs in Room One in Turnmills on December 14th 2002. Nathan Detroit
will also share the decks on the night. Room Two is headlined by
Justin Robertson, supported by Moonbots. Room Three will feature Vegetable
Vision, who are long time Chemical Brothers visual effects contributors.
According to a Turnmills statement the night will be a festive celebration, and hint broadly that they will be playing "some new stuff". It is unclear whether they are referring to material of their own, but they are understood to have been working on new songs according to the NME. The statement reads: "We’re treating it as our Christmas party and it’s at a venue we love, with a line-up of our favourite DJs on board for the night. We’re really looking forward to playing some new stuff and getting stuck in."
According to the Chems' official website "If previous Glint's are anything to go by, it is
likely that those attending will also be treated to early airings of
Chemical Brothers' 'work-in-progress'."
More information about Vegetable Vision can be found here in Planet Dust features.
|intelligence report 24.09.2002 New US-only EP to be released|
The Chemical Brothers are to release a seven track US-only EP in November.
The EP will be called "American EP", and will feature
rare and unreleased mixes from the "Come With Us"
album. It will feature 5 audio tracks and 2 enhanced video
of the tracks are previously unreleased including a new mix of
"Star Guitar", a rare remix of "Hoops"
(entitled "Electronic Battle Weapon 6") and a live
track (the hybrid of "Star Guitar" and New Order's
"Temptation"). Also included is the "Come With Us
(H Foundation Mix)" making its debut appearance on CD, the
B-side H.I.A. and the award winning videos for "The
Test" and "Star Guitar". Tracklisting:
Star Guitar (Trisco LA Funk Dub)
The EP will be released in North America on November 19th 2002.
|intelligence report 14.09.2002 CMJ Music Marathon 2002|
Astralwerks have announced an
event during this year´s CMJ conference in New York.
Astralwerks along with CMJ and Phillips will present the closing
night party for the 4-day music conference. The event will take
place at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday November 2nd and will
be headlined by The Chemical Brothers in their final US
appearance in support of Come With Us.
Also on the line up will be Simian doing their mobile disco Dj set up, Erlend Oye of Kings of Convenience (singing DJ set), and the US premier of Audio Bullys (DJ).
|intelligence report 21.08.2002 Chemical Brothers Prepare for new album & new production opportunities|
After finishing their world tour, The
Chemical Brothers are heading back to the studio to begin work on a
new album. Although the group has worked with famous artists in the
past, including members of Oasis, New Order and the Verve, they are
considering using unknown vocalists for their new project.
Meanwhile, the duo is considering two production opportunities, one with Blur and the other with Jeff Beck. The Chemical Brothers are the latest in a string of acts to be linked to the Blur recordings, after Fatboy Slim was recently rumoured to be set to work with Damon Albarn and co.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in the US about their plans for the future and the follow-up to this year's 'Come With Us', Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands dropped a big hint about Blur. Ed Simons explained: "They want us to listen to some music they're making with the possibility of producing or co-producing with them". Speaking about their plans for new recordings, Simons suggested the Chemical Brothers were keen to move away from working with established music heroes and introduce some fresh talent to the world. "I think it'd be great to find someone - to get someone strange out of Rough Trade Records and pursue it from there rather than work with these big iconic figures", suggested Simons. "I loved working with Richard Ashcroft, Noel Gallagher and Bernard Sumner, but it'd just be cool to do someone people have never heard of".
|intelligence report 01.08.2002 Chemical Brothers late addition to bill of V2002|
The Chemical Brothers are to
replace Travis as the headline act for V2002 on 17 August.
Travis have been forced to
cancel their headline slot on the V stage after drummer Neil
Primrose injured his spine. Festival
organiser Bob Angus says V2002 moved as quickly as possible
to ensure the quality of the programme did not drop and a
further big act is now to be announced on August 2.
|intelligence report 23.05.2002 Extra Summer Tour Dates Added|
The Chemical Brothers have announced a
series of extra live dates mainly in Europe, but also Asia, to add
to their current Summer schedule. Many of these extra dates are at
festivals. The extra summer dates are listed below, for a full list
of summer concert appearances, go to Planet Dust
Saturday 15th June - Italy Imola
Thursday 20th June - Finland Rentarock
Saturday 29th June - Switzerland St Gallen
Sunday 30th June - Austria Vienna @Spark7.com
Tuesday 2nd July - Poland Warsaw
Thursday 4th July - Czech Rep Prague
Saturday 6th July - France Eurockennes
Sunday 7th July - Italy Torino
Thursday 25th July - Hong Kong HKCEC
Saturday 27th July - Japan Fuji
Friday 2nd August - Portugal Musica No Coracao
Sunday 4th August- Spain Benicassim
Friday 16th August - Germany Bizarre
|intelligence report 04.05.2002 New Single For The Summer?|
to MTV News, The Chemical Brothers wish to go back into the studio
shortly to record a new single. Tom and Ed have been working on
developing some new material live, on their recent world tour, and
now want to go into the studio and record it. Planet Dust can
confirm that The Chems have already booked studio time in the Miloco
studios, where the "Come With Us" album was
The Chems will more than likely try to release it in time for the Ibiza season. Tom Rowlands told MTV Playing live is good because it shows you what people react to, what works. Our music is very energetic. It's made to be listened to by a lot of people. Sometimes it just reminds you of the certain power."
Tom and Ed are also interested in producing an album for another artist, although the "right one" has not yet cropped up. According to Ed "We would have to find an artist who we're really excited about so there would be a point to it. I'm very intrigued to hear this Fatboy Slim / Blur thing. I can't imagine what it will sound like."
Tom and Ed recently produced Beth Orton's "Daybreaker" track from her new album, and New Order's fantastic "Here To Stay" single.
|intelligence report 28.04.2002 "Come With Us / The Test" Enters UK Top 40|
|The latest Chemical Brothers single, the double-A sided "Come With Us / The Test" has made its debut in the UK singles chart at Number 14. The Sugababes topped the chart with "Freak Like Me". Their two previous singles, "Star Guitar" and "It Began In Afrika" both reached Number 8.|
|intelligence report 12.04.2002 New Chemical Brothers Album in Pipeline / Beth Orton album|
The Chemical Brothers are planning to
release an album of b-sides and remixes. According to the NME
"The duo have been doing
remixes for artists since 1993, and in the last nine years have
amassed a large selection of rare tracks and B-sides. Speaking
in a recent webchat, group member Tom Rowlands said
that a compilation will be released either later this year or in
2003. He commented: "We're
definitely going to do it at some stage because the body of music we
have collected over the years is really good. It would be such a
cool thing to have for a party or in your car, or just to listen to
all these pieces of music put together. So yeah, either this year or
next year – watch this space."
Also according to the NME, Beth Orton, whom has performed vocals on three Chemical Brothers albums in the past, has recruited the Chems on her new album, called "Daybreaker". The album is due out in late July, and the Chems provide the instrumentation on the title track.
|intelligence report 11.04.2002 Irish & French gigs announced plus Revised "Come With Us / The Test" Tracklisting.|
Chemical Brothers will play the Witnness
festival in Ireland In July, along with headliners Oasis, and
also Mercury Rev, Groove Armada and Badly Drawn Boy. Tickets go on
sale on 27th April.
The Chemical Brothers have also announced they will play a gig in Paris in July, with Fatboy Slim supporting. Details are as follows (thanks Stargoet!):
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS LIVE IN BERCY
BUY TICKETS www.ticketnet.fr
The tracklisting originally listed on Planet Dust for the "Come With Us" CD single has been revised for the final release, to include "The Test". The revised tracklisting is as follows (12" and DVD remain the same):
Single goes on release on April 22nd.
|intelligence report 31.03.2002 Two More Tour Dates Added|
Chemical Brothers will play Plaza Toreo in Mexico City on Tuesday
April 30th as part of their 2002 World Tour.
The Chems have also been confirmed
for the V2002 festival in August. They will play at the Hylands Park
in Chelmsford venue on Saturday August 17th, and the following
night, Sunday August 18th, at Weston Park Stafford. Other acts
confimed include Groove Armada, Primal Scream, Supergrass and Badly
|intelligence report 17.03.2002 More World Tour dates confirmed|
The Chemical Brothers have announced
additional tour dates for their Spring/Summer World Tour, including
some festivals. The extra dates are as follows:
Wednesday, April 17th -
Go to Planet Dust Live for complete tour schedule.
|intelligence report 10.03.2002 Chems to play T In The Park / Japan, Australia & NZ Tour / The Test|
Chemical Brothers are to headline this years T In The Park festival
along with the Foo Fighters. The annual event takes place in Balado,
Perthshire, Scotland, on July 13th & 14th. The event last year
attracted 100,000 festival goers.
The Chemical Brothers have also completed their first series of concerts in Japan, Australia and New Zealand as part of their 2002 World Tour. The setlists have been a mixture of old and new tunes, and was similar throughout the venues. The setlist from Brisbane, Australia, on Monday 4th March, was as follows (may not be exact order):
Come With Us
Music : Response
Block Rockin' Beats
Song To The Siren
It Began In Afrika
The Sunshine Underground
Under The Influence
Out Of Control
Hey Girl Hey Boy
The Private Psychedelic Reel
"The Test" may now also appear on the "Come With Us" single, to be released on April 15th, as a double A sided single. More details of revised tracklisting as it becomes available.
|intelligence report 04.03.2002 "The Private Psychedelic Reel" voted Best Chemical Brothers Track Ever|
"The Private Psychedelic
Reel" was voted the best Chemical Brothers track of all time by
visitors to the www.planet-dust.laserjay.net website. Visitors to the site
voted in the poll over the course of January and February, and chose
from a list of four tracks. "Life Is Sweet", "The
Sunshine Underground" and "Morning Lemon" were also
on the shortlist.
The four tracks had been whittled down over the preceding four months from every Chems track ever released. Back in September 2001, visitors to the site voted for the best track on "Exit Planet Dust", which turned out to be "Life Is Sweet". In October, "The Private Psychedelic Reel" was chosen as the best track on "Dig Your Own Hole". November saw "The Sunshine Underground" top the "Surrender" poll. Finally in December, fans voted for the best non-album Chems track, which turned out to be "Morning Lemon".
The final poll was extended to be open for two months. "The Private Psychedelic Reel" received 44% of the vote. "The Sunshine Underground" was second, but quite a bit behind, at 22%. "Morning Lemon" took 19% of the vote, and "Life Is Sweet" 16%.
While the quest to find the best Chemical Brothers track ever is now over, the Planet Dust polls continue. The March 2002 poll looks at what the best Chems video ever made is. To vote, go to Planet Dust Poll.
|intelligence report 03.03.2002 "Come With Us" To be Released As Single in April|
|"Come With Us" will be released as a single on April 15th. It will be the third single from the album of the same title, following "It Began In Afrika" and "Star Guitar". Like "Star Guitar", it will be also released on DVD. The tracklistings are below, click on a track title to hear a 60 second sample from that track (Windows Media Player Required).|
|intelligence report 01.03.2002 Chemical Brothers to headline Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem|
The Chemical Brothers will headline this year's
Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem, to be held in Turweston Aerodrome,
UK, on June 22nd 2002. Sasha, Groove Armada, Paul Oakenfold, Pete
Tong, Paul Van Dyk and John Digweed are among the other names which
will be appearing at the event. For more information and full line
up, check Gatecrasher's
website, or the web
|intelligence report 27.02.2002 "Come With Us" FBS Remix Now Available for Streaming on Planet Dust|
Slim remix of "Come With Us", the title track on
the latest Chemical Brothers album, is now available on Planet
Dust, as a 60 second streaming audio sample. To hear the sample,
(Windows Media Player required).
H-Foundation have also remixed the track, sample available on Planet Dust soon.
|intelligence report 23.02.2002 North American Tour Dates Announced|
Chemical Brothers have announced the first series of North
American tour dates. Support with comes from some of the world's premier
league DJ's, including John Digweed and Paul Oakenfold. As
previously reported in Planet Dust, the Chems will once again play
the Coachella festival. The new dates are as follows, with support
April 15 Washington,
DC Nation (w/
Astralwerks, the Chems US record label, will have internet presale tickets going on sale on Wednesday next, February 27th. For more details, go to http://www.astralwerks.com/chemical/latest/na_tour.html. For a full listing of the 2002 World Tour Dates which have been confirmed so far, go to Planet Dust Live. More North American tour dates are pending, keep an eye on planet-dust.laserjay.net
|intelligence report 20.02.2002 Fatboy Slim Remixes "Come With Us"|
|Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, has remixed the title track from the current Chemical Brothers album "Come With Us". The track has received some airplay on BBC Radio 1. It is not yet known when the remix will see a proper release. To hear a short sample of the remix, click here to listen to a Real Audio sample of the track, from BBC Radio 1.|
|intelligence report 05.02.2002 "Come With Us" Tops UK Charts / Blade 2 Soundtrack / Coachella 2002|
new Chemical Brothers album, "Come With Us" has debuted in
the UK album charts at Number One, selling over 100,000 copies in the
first week of its release.
As previously reported in Planet Dust, the b-side to "It Began In Afrika", called "Hot Acid Rhythm", is being reworked with a vocal from US rap star Eve. The track is now set to appear on the soundtrack to the Blade 2 film, which stars Wesley Snipes. Also on the soundtrack will be collaborations between Ice Cube and Paul Oakenfold and also Mos Def and Gorillaz.
The 2002 Coachella Festival, a US dance music festival, will be taking place this year on April 27th. The Chemical Brothers are rumoured to be headlining the event with a live performance.
|intelligence report 29.01.2002 Chemical Brothers Vs New Order Single / "Come With Us" Looking Good for Number 1 / Extra Live Dates|
previously reported in Planet Dust intelligence last October, the
collaboration between The Chemical Brothers and New Order, entitled
"Here To Stay", will be released as the next New Order single
later in the Spring. The track will also be part of the soundtrack to the
"24 Hour party People" film about Manchester club The Hacienda,
according to the NME.
The Chemical Brothers are very likely to be Number 1 in the UK album charts come next Sunday, with their new album, "Come With Us". It is currently selling almost double the amount of copies of the next highest seller this week, "Just Enough Education To Perform", from the Stereophonics.
Some extra tour dates in Japan,
Australia & US confirmed today, see Live
section for complete tour dates:
|intelligence report 28.01.2002 The Chemical Brothers Launch "Come With Us"|
Chemical Brothers have released their fourth studio album, entitled
"Come With Us".
On Friday night last, January 25th, The Chemical Brothers attended one of the two official launch parties, in Barcelona, Spain. David Vidal was there, and submitted this review to Planet Dust:
I was surprised with this
presentation and how the Chems choose only Paris and Barcelona for this
"Come With Us" launch party. The event was only for press and
also around 250 people who got tickets through local radio stations
winning some competitions. So it was not really difficult to got in if you
worked it out well.
(Thanks to David Vidal / sonorate.com for report & images)
|intelligence report 23.01.2002 Chemical Brothers to appear on XFM|
Chemical Brothers will appear on Tim Lovejoy's show on the UK's XFM on
Wednesday 30th January 2002, between 6pm and 8pm. Fans from outside the UK
can listen in via the web, by clicking on the "listen live" link
Also, on Friday, January 25th, The Chemical Brothers will be officially launching the "Come With Us" album in Barcelona, Spain. The Chemical Brothers will also be DJ'ing on the night as part of the launch. However, it appears that the event is only for the press.
|intelligence report 21.01.2002 "Star Guitar" Debuts at Number 8 in UK Singles Chart|
|"Star Guitar" has entered the UK singles chart at Number 8, equaling the performance of previous single "It Began In Afrika". "Star Guitar" is the sixth top ten hit for The Chemical Brothers in the UK.|
|intelligence report 12.01.2002 Muzik Lists "Exit Planet Dust" As 2nd Best Dance Album of All Time|
the UK dance music magazine has named "Exit Planet Dust" from
The Chemical Brothers as the second best dance album of all time. The Top
50 Best Dance Albums ever released was compiled by Muzik's writers, and is
published in this months magazine. DJ Shadow's seminal "Entroducing"
topped the chart, with Orbital's Brown album at Number 3. Read the article
about "Exit Planet Dust" here. The Top 20 is as
1. DJ Shadow - 'Endtroducing' (1996)
|intelligence report 10.01.2002 NME Review "Star Guitar" single|
NME have reviewed
"Star Guitar. Full text is as follows:
The other one and Dougal are back. While their short spell at the vanguard of the movement they called 'indie-dance' may have long since drawn to a close, the Chemicals remain fiercely committed to making dance records for people whose idea of a club is something wrapped in chocolate with raisins in it. Snobbish abuse aside, 'Star Guitar' actually isn't all that bad. It goes up, up, up, wiiinnnddddsss dooooowwwwnnnnn dramatically and gradually develops into the sort of blissful Balearic bobbins Paul Oakenfold used to slap on to the wrong side of rubbish indie records in the early 1990s. They won't thank us for this, but it's really, really nice.
|intelligence report 09.01.2002 More Details of Amsterdam gig announced, plus Japanese live dates|
has turned out that the Chemical Brothers gig set for March 30th at the Heineken
Music Hall, Amsterdam will not be just the Chemical Brothers. The Chems
show will form part of a larger bill. Club Risk and Mojo have
organized the first edition of "Supreme" in the
Heineken-Music-Hall. The line-up will be:
- The Chemical
The Chemical Brothers have also announced
extra dates on their forthcoming World Tour to promote the "Come With
Us" album. The extra dates in Japan are as follows:
|intelligence report 03.01.2002 Chemical Brothers Ultimate DJ Set & Johnny Moy to tour with Chems|
The Chemical Brothers will reveal their ultimate DJ set for MTV Dance's
Ultimate Set program in February. The show will broadcast on MTV Dance
on Thursday 21st February 2002, where the Chems will discuss the tunes
which have influenced them. The premise of the show is for the guests
to imagine they are playing to a crowd of 100,000 clubbers and to construct
their ultimate set accordingly (report from
Johnny Moy, the Irish DJ, will tour with the Chemical Brothers this coming Spring, on their forthcoming world tour (dates previously reported on Planet Dust intelligence). Moy will be the Chems support DJ, as he was in the past during the "Surrender" tour.