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11 Mar 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!

SPANDAU BALLET's reissues of their first two albums 'Diamond' and 'Journeys To Glory', in remastered and expanded editions, will now be released on March 8th. Both albums will be available as a 2CD package with a bonus disc of rare 12" mixes and previously unreleased BBC recordings. See NEWS for the full tracklisting of both albums.

BERNARD SUMNER's new project BAD LIEUTENANT have announced a short run of UK shows in March, see GIGS for all the dates.

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN have announced US dates for April and May to follow their appearance at the Coachella Festival on April 16th. See GIGS for all the dates.

BELINDA CARLISLE has announced an intimate London show at Camden's Jazz Cafe on May 4th.

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD have announced the tracklisting of their forthcoming 'Welcome To The Pleasuredome' reissue which is scheduled for release on April 26th. See NEWS for the full album tracklisting.

A-HA have announced nine UK dates in October as part of their forthcoming final tour, see GIGS for all the dates.

CHRIS DIFFORD, THE WOODENTOPS' ROLO MCGINTY and THE GODFATHERS will all appear at a special benefit concert at London's 100 Club on March 14th to raise funds for the Haiti Appeal.

BANANARAMA will release their new single, 'Love Don't Live Here', on April 12th.

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS will release a new album in the Spring. 'Mojo' will be the first new material from the band since 2002 and will be promoted by a massive US tour which starts in May and runs through to August, see GIGS for all the dates.

SIMPLY RED have announced the first UK dates of their farewell tour which will see them play shows in South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK this year before splitting to allow frontman MICK HUCKNALL to pursue a solo career. The band will also release an album of their best known love songs next week, entitled 'Songs Of Love', which will feature two new songs 'I Have The Love' and 'Beside You'. See GIGS for all the dates.

BOY GEORGE, RICK ASTLEY, PAUL YOUNG, NIK KERSHAW, MIDGE URE, HEAVEN 17, KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS, T’PAU, HAZEL O’CONNOR and TOYAH will all appear on the bill of 'The Greatest Eighties Party Ever' which is to take place at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on July 31st.

SCRITTI POLITTI have recorded two new songs - 'A Place We Both Belong' and 'Day Late and a Dollar Short' - to appear on a forthcoming compilation, 'Absolute (Best of Scritti Politti)', which is expected to be released at the end of March.

ROXY MUSIC have announced that they will appear at the Isle of Wight's Bestival in September as well as London's Lovebox - alongside GRACE JONES, Empire Of The Sun, Hot Chip and Cut Copy - in June.

GO WEST have re-recorded their classic 1985 hit 'Call Me' to be released - alongside a new track entitled 'Skin Deep' - in early April to coincide with the start of their 25th Anniversary tour. Meanwhile Go West frontman PETER COX will release a new solo album, 'The S1 Sessions', on March 22nd. See GIGS for all the dates.

THE SPECIALS have been awarded the NME's Outstanding Contribution To Music award for 2010 at last week's NME Awards, where PAUL WELLER received the year's 'Godlike Genius' honour.

SPANDAU BALLET fans have started a campaign to raise money to help victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti and are being supported by the band themselves who have donated a number a special items for auction. See NEWS for more details.

IT BITES have re-recorded their biggest hit 'Calling All The Heroes' to benefit victims of the Cumbrian floods. The new version is available to download from next week.

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