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26 Jan 2010 - 80's News

PAUL YOUNG, TOYAH, CAROL DECKER, BROTHER BEYOND and THE CHRISTIANS will appear across two special 48 HOUR PARTY events taking place at the Southport and Camber Sands Pontins sites in March, see the event website for all the details!

REM's classic single 'Everybody Hurts' has been chosen by Simon Cowell to be covered by a host of artists to benefit those affected by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.

A-HA have confirmed four more shows in Brazil and shows in Belgium and Holland as part of their forthcoming 'Ending On A High Note' farewell tour. See GIGS for all the dates.

SIMPLE MINDS will see 'Collector's Editions' of their classic 'New Gold Dream' and 'Sparkle In The Rain' albums released in April.

VISAGE are to be the subject of a new compilation entitled 'The Very Best of Visage' which is scheduled for release on March 8th. The collection will feature all the influential band's best known hits alongside original and new remixes. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

PAUL WELLER and BRUCE FOXTON have collaborated together on two songs which will appear on Weller's forthcoming 'Wake Up The Nation' album. The recordings are the first time the duo have worked together since THE JAM split.

THE SPECIALS will release a live DVD on March 1st. The release will feature a show at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall, recorded during last year's reunion shows alongside backstage footage of the band, rehearsal footage and interviews with fans. See NEWS for the full live tracklisting.

DURAN DURAN will continue their catalogue album reissue series with 3-disc (2-CD and 1-DVD) editions of 'Big Thing' and 'Notorious' scheduled for release in April, following the previously reported editions of 'Duran Duran' and 'Seven & The Ragged Tiger' which will be released on March 15th.

THE CURE's ROBERT SMITH has covered 'Very Good Advice' for the soundtrack to Tim Burton's forthcoming adaptation of Alice In Wonderland which will be in cinemas on March 5th. The soundtrack album will be available from March 2nd and also contains tracks recorded by Avril Lavigne, Franz Ferdinand and Tokio Hotel among others.

MADNESS are to follow their recent 'One Step Beyond' album reissue with expanded editions of their 'Absolutely' and 'Seven' albums on April 12th. Both releases will feature a host of extra content including live tracks, b-side, videos and radio session versions. The series will continue in June with 'The Rise & Fall' and 'Keep Moving' and August with 'Wonderful' and 'The Madness'. See NEWS for the full tracklisting of 'Absolutely' and 'Seven'.

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED, THE SPECIALS, GARY NUMAN, DEVO, FAITH NO MORE, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN and GRACE JONES have all been confirmed for the bill of the forthcoming Coachella Festival in the US.

SPANDAU BALLET are to release special expanded 2-CD editions of their 'Diamond' and 'Journeys To Glory' albums on March 1st with 3-disc editions (2-CD and 1-DVD) of 'True' and 'Parade' scheduled for May release.

TEARS FOR FEARS' CURT SMITH will release a new solo single entitled 'All Is Love' this week. In addition to touring with Tears For Fears this year Curt Smith will be playing solo shows throughout 2010 starting with a show at LA's Cornonet in March. See NEWS for more details.

808 STATE will reissue four albums on March 22nd. '808:90', 'Ex:El', 'Gorgeous' and 'Don Solaris' are all coming out in remastered editions, each with a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased tracks.

GO WEST frontman PETER COX will release a new solo albumm 'The S1 Sessions' on March 22nd.

LEVINHURST - the band LOL TOLHURST started with his wife after leaving THE CURE - have announced a run of European shows in March to support their third album 'Blue Star' and featuring former Cure bassist MICHAEL DEMPSEY in the line-up. See GIGS for all the dates.

TRACIE YOUNG's 1984 album 'Far from the Hurting Kind' will be reissued, with bonus tracks, later this year.

JASON DONOVAN is set to star in a stage adaptation of The War Of The Worlds which is scheduled to tour through Holland, Belgium and the UK in November and December 2010.

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