Pete Waterman is celebrating 35 years of PWL hits with a special Hit Factory show at Blackpool’s Livewire Festival.
And it includes a dedication to the Dead Or Alive singer, who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest last October.
Pete told me: “I still can’t get my head around that he won’t be there. I will play You Spin Me Round because you can’t have a PWL do without Pete Burns.
“I’ll play the original record, because how can you ask anybody else to sing Pete Burns?
“He was so different and unique that I can’t imagine anyone else being able to do it.”
“I will play You Spin Me Round because you can’t have a PWL do without Pete Burns”
Dead Or Alive gave hitmakers Stock, Aitken & Waterman their first No1, but there could have been many more had Burns not erased it all.
Waterman said: “If you said you liked something then he would deliberately destroy it. I think we lost, in hindsight, a couple of tracks that to me were absolutely fantastic and better than the tracks he did finish.”
A glass will also be raised to the late George Michael thanks to Wham! girls Pepsi & Shirlie.
The producer, who remixed George, teased: “I would be very surprised if they didn’t do some kind of tribute.
“But it’s a weird one. I didn’t think we would be paying tribute to George Michael this year.”
Sam Fox, Undercover, Brother Beyond and Sinitta will be on hand to sing PWL classics.
But the biggest star of the lot is Jason Donovan, who helped bring Stock, Aitken & Waterman back together last year.
Pete explained: “We went to Guildford, all three of us, to see Jason on tour last year.
“It was the first time the three of us ever ever went to a gig because Jason is a great friend.”
The first single released on Pete Waterman Ltd was Divine’s You Think You’re A Man 35 years ago – not that Pete will be playing it.
He laughed: “I’ll only be playing the artists that are there and a couple of bits and pieces.
“Say I’m Your No1 (by Princess) was important because it was our first hit, but Mel & Kim are more special to me because they challenged us and gave us a sound that was new at that point.”
Pete Waterman has also had a long affiliation with Simon Cowell, but he’s still waiting for the call to do X Factor.
Pete, who famously judged ITV’s Popstars before X Factor existed, said: “I’m still hopeful that one day I will get asked to go back on his show.
“He never put in an offer, so ‘Simon I’m waiting still’.”
Go to livewirefestival.co.uk for tickets to the Headlands Arena event on August 26.
Grime king Stormzy will perform live at the Hyundai Mercury Prize next month.
The star will be joined on stage at the Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith, London, by fellow nominees alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, The Big Moon and The xx.
That means Ed Sheeran is the only nominee who is not playing the September 14 event.
Go to mercuryprize.com for tickets.
After weeks of teasing, Nicki Minaj has dropped the scandalous music video for Rake It Up.
In the promo, the rapper, dressed in pink PVC, and a bunch of her girls, roll around in a kids’ paddling pool – only it is filled with $100 bills.
Then Nicki does her best impression of a domestic goddess as she rakes the garden, while squatting…
I doubt she’s ever gardened in her life.
Britney Spears spiced up her Las Vegas show with some new sexy outfits.
During her latest Piece of Me residency gig, Brit unveiled a saucy costume during a rare rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s Something to Talk About.
And she gave the crowd something to talk about by ranting about how the media treats her: “One minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible and the next you’re on top of the WORLD world.”
Rockers Kodaline were inspired to busk on behalf of the Campaign Against Living Miserably charity.
The guys performed in the streets of London yesterday to raise money for the mental health charity and preventing suicides.
Frontman Steve Garrigan told me: “You’ve seen Chester Bennington from Linkin Park and as well Chris Cornell (Soundgarden).
That showed that no-one is immune.”
Queen Bey is continuing to flaunt her incredible post-pregnancy body.
Beyoncé had her followers eating out of the palm of her hand yet again as she flaunted her famous curves ahead of another date night with Jay-Z.
After a rocky few years, the power couple are working on their marriage with regular nights out after welcoming twins two months ago.
And Beyoncé kept things casual, sporting an affordable non-designer dress that only set her back £139.
Those twins must be bleeding them dry!
Pop princess Taylor Swift makes a welcome return to music this week.
After breaking the internet on Monday with a 10-second teaser clip, it’s believed her new single will be called Timeless and will drop on Friday.
Fans are expecting Tay to call out all her enemies on the track, mainly taking aim at Kanye West after she posted mysterious snake imagery.
And everyone in the music industry is holding their breath, with The Vamps star James McVey tweeting: “Can’t wait for new @taylorswift13 music…
“Time for her to change the entire sound of the industry again. #timeless”
Will there be an Arctic Monkeys shape in our stockings this Christmas?
The Sheffield rockers have been holed up in a studio working on a follow-up to 2013’s AM.
Drummer Matt Helders confirmed their new album will drop “hopefully by the end of the year”.
Backstage: Channing Tatum at Logan Lucky Premiere
Hollywood megastar Channing Tatum traded his signature Magic Mike washboard abs, for a more rounded tum in his latest role as an out-of-work builder who attempts to pull off the ultimate heist.
We chat about piling on the pounds, and working alongside 007.
So you decided to come off the Magic Mike kale diet for the film?
“I just saw in the script that my character has a limp. He’s not on the elliptical cross-trainer on the weekends, he comes home and has beer.”
How much did you gain?
“By the end of the movie I’d put on like 35 or 40 pounds. It was horrible and I felt terrible.”
How was Daniel Craig on set?
“It’s a testament to his character to be able to get thrown into a Deep South Atlanta park. We were having beers and bourbon. You can put the guy anywhere, in any scenario he’s comfortable.”
Apparently you both did some 007 stunts between filming?
“Yeah, he rode like a four-by-four dune buggy. He trusted me enough to go down and do some dumb stuff.
“He was going harder than most of us.”
Were you thinking ‘Oh my god, I’m hanging out with James Bond’?
“Yeah, all the time. Even the first scene, I think Adam Driver and I were completely mesmerised in general by him.”