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05 Nov 2009 - 80's News

BOY GEORGE will headline a HERE AND NOW show at the Bay Festival on The Isle on Man on June 20th next year. The rest of the bill will feature RICK ASTLEY, KIM WILDE, BELINDA CARLISLE, CUTTING CREW, THE REAL THING and CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT.

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD have announced the tracklisting for their forthcoming new compilation 'Frankie Says Greatest' which will be released on November 2nd. The album will come out as a 2-CD deluxe edition, a single-CD standard edition and via digital download. See NEWS for the full deluxe edition tracklisting.

GEORGE MICHAEL will release a one-off Christmas single via Island Records on December 13th. The track will be a brand new version of 'December Song' the track he made available as a free download last year and will be available on CD and via download.

THOMAS DOLBY will play a special show at London's Union Chapel on February 28th next year. The show will be an impromptu evening and will see the touring band from Dolby's 1983-84 tour reunite onstage. See NEWS for more details.

BRYAN FERRY has teamed up with DJ Hell for a single release 'U Can Dance' which will be released in January.

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK will be part of the line-up for the forthcoming Act Art event in London on November 6th. The 'Children Of The Damned' event will feature 100 artists and SSS will be performing updated electronic versions of classic tracks from 'Flaunt It'. The band will also play at Camden's Underworld on December 6th.

BAD LIEUTENANT, the new band put together by NEW ORDER's BERNARD SUMNER, have announced that they will be supporting the PET SHOP BOYS at their forthcoming UK shows in December. See GIGS for all the dates.

THE CLASH will reissue their 'London Calling' album on December 14th in a 2-disc CD and DVD set... the full tracklisting is expected to be announced shortly.

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN will release a live album 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' on November 23rd. The release will feature the band's 2008 show at London's prestigious venue during which they played their classic 1984 album 'Ocean Rain' in its entirety, alongside a selection of their hits. The band also has a short run of UK dates scheduled for December, see GIGS for more details.

GO WEST frontman PETER COX has joined Manfred Mann's Earth Band as their new vocalist, however the role will not affect his work with Go West who are currently lining up a 25th anniversary tour for next year.

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED have announced a further London show at Camden's Electric Ballroom on December 23rd. The band will also play the venue on December 22nd instead of playing Brixton Academy as originally planned. See GIGS for all their dates.

ELTON JOHN and BILLY JOEL have announced another run of co-headlining 'Face 2 Face' shows in the US in November and December. The shows will see both singers perform separately and together and continues the series of shows the pair started in 2003. See GIGS for all the dates.

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