Later Live … With Jools Holland returns tonight with Muse

by Lisa McGarry

Later Live … With Jools Holland returns for a new, 10-week series tonight.

The first show in this run features Devon’s stadium rock lords Muse, who perform tracks from their new, fifth album, The Resistance; Mercury-nominated pop powerhouse Florence & The Machine; Gossip, fronted by the formidable Beth Ditto, whose recent album, Music For Men, was produced by Rick Rubin; Texan legend and Grammy-winning Lyle Lovett, who performs a number or two from his upcoming album, Natural Forces, the follow-up to 2007’s It’s Not Big It’s Large; Jimmy Cobb’s A Kind Of Blue @ 50, featuring the only surviving musician from the original line-up on Miles Davis’s landmark album, A Kind Of Blue (Jimmy was the drummer); and Nevada singer-songwriter Alela Diane, who has toured with The Decemberists, Vashti Bunyan and Iron & Wine, and who makes her Later debut with tracks from her To Be Still album.

As a taster of some of the 60-plus artists appearing on this upcoming series, Later Live … with Jools Holland features the likes of fast-rising king of pop, East London’s own Dizzee Rascal; inspiration to Bob Dylan, Brooklyn’s Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; Mika, who returns to consolidate his 2007 success with a second album; Alabama’s “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight; arguably the most important man in hip hop, Jay-Z; the mighty Foo Fighters, who pay a return visit to the show; US neo-soul pioneer Maxwell; Latin pop queen Shakira, who makes her Later debut; and one of the kings of easy listening, Andy Williams.

Tuesday 15 September
10.00-10.30pm BBC TWO

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