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25 Oct 2008 - 80's News

ULTRAVOX are the subject of reunion rumours following the appearance of a series of teaser videos on YouTube including the most recent which shows former member Chris Cross playing 'Passing Strangers' at home while refusing to answer questions about a possible reunion... see NEWS for the link and more information.

RICK ASTLEY is to headline a HERE AND NOW Christmas Party concert at Dublin's RDS on December 13th. Astley will be joined on the bill by BANANARAMA, NIK KERSHAW, BELINDA CARLISLE, KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS, CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT and T'PAU.

PREFAB SPROUT will release a new album in the early part of next year. The album is??the band's first since 2001. See NEWS for the working title of the album plus a selection of the titles of new tracks...

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN will appear at a charity show in Glasgow on November 28th. The show, at the SECC, will raise money for the Versus Cancer organisation and will also feature PETER HOOK, The Fratellis, Travis and Alphabeat.

TOYAH has announced that she will be starring in the forthcoming seven-night London run of the 'Vampires Rock' musical next year. The show will take place at The Shaw Theatre in late February and early March, see NEWS for more details.

DEAD OR ALIVE singer PETE BURNS has won his legal battle for compensation following a series of botched lip injections at the hands of a Harley Street surgeon. Courts will decide next year on the level of compensation Burns will receive.

THE SMITHS will not be reuniting for next year's Coachella Festival despite rumours that MORRISSEY and JOHNNY MARR have been considering a financial offer thought to be well in excess of £3 million to perform together.

BANANARAMA will headline Pontin's 80s-themed '48-hour Party' in Camber Sands next year. The duo will be joined by GO WEST, HAZELL DEAN, TOYAH, CUTTING CREW and ODYSSEY as well as DJs and Madonna and Culture Club tribute acts. See NEWS for more details.

MORRISSEY has said that he is to write an autobiography to set his story straight for once and for all, saying "So much crap is written about me, it's hard to live with sometimes. It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy". There is currently no information on a publisher or possible publishing date.

REM are to release a 25th anniversary edition of their 1983 album 'Murmur'. The 2-CD edition will feature the original album in a remastered version on one disc and a live concert, recorded in Atlanta after the release of the original album, on the other. The deluxe edition is scheduled for the end of November. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting..

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