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Noel Gallagher, The Cure and more supply handwritten lyrics to charity book

'Song Book' will raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust

By Charlotte Krol

Noel Gallagher and Robert Smith of The Cure pose in a composite image
Noel Gallagher; Robert Smith of The Cure. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/erintheredmc; Wikimedia Commons/ Mr. Rossi).

Noel Gallagher, The Cure, Blossoms are more acts have contributed handwritten lyrics to a new book that will raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

‘Song Book’ features lyrics from 19 songs performed by musicians at the trust’s charity concerts over the last two decades. The book, which includes illustrations by artist Pete McKee, features lyrics that have been written out by the acts and will be available to buy for £25 from March 21 here.

Other acts who have contributed to the book include Nile Rodgers, Paul Weller and Suede.

Gallagher‘s ‘Fade Away’, Marr‘s ‘New Town Velocity’ and The Cure‘s ‘Just Like Heaven’ are some of the song lyrics featured in the collection with accompanying illustrations.

The Cure pose for a press shot
The Cure. (Photo: Andy Vella)

The book also features lyrics from cancer survivor and singer of Ishmael Ensemble, Holly Wellington, who was helped by Teenage Cancer Trust. Her song ‘Empty Hands’ was written about her cancer experience and she also wrote the book’s foreword.

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran and Yungblud are among artists on the line-up for Teenage Cancer Trust concerts taking place at the Royal Albert Hall next month.

The annual series of charity gigs will also see MadnessThe Who and Don Broco take to the stage.

‘An Evening of Comedy’ will also be hosted with Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett and Rosie Jones among featured comedians.

“I’m so excited to be playin’ the Albert Hall for such an incredible and important cause,” Yungblud said.

“It’s gonna be the most mental show the Albert Hall has seen in 150 years, if you think you disagree – come and find out for yourself, I dare ya!”

Shows will take place from March 21-27, the first gigs the charity will have hosted in three years following numerous Covid-19 related disruptions.

The Who frontman and Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey said: “Live music has been hit hard by the pandemic and it has been particularly frustrating for me that we haven’t been able to get artists on stage to raise money for this vitally important cause.

See the full schedule below.

21 – Don Broco
22 – An Evening of Comedy hosted by Joel Dommett with special guests Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Rosie Jones, Romesh Ranganathan, Suzi Ruffell and Seann Walsh
23 – Yungblud
24 – Madness
25 – The Who (acoustic)
26 – Liam Gallagher
27 – Ed Sheeran