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06 Jun 2005 - 80's News!

BOB GELDOF has confirmed the forthcoming Live 8 shows for July 2nd. There will be shows in London, Philadelphia, Rome, Paris and Berlin and artists playing include DURAN DURAN, A-HA, THE CURE, MADONNA, REM, ANNIE LENNOX, STING and STEVIE WONDER.

NEW ORDER are to release a download album 'Best Remixes' from online digital retailers on June 7th.

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN will release their new album, 'Siberia', on September 5th and will play a very special show on the day of release at Liverpool's Tate Modern gallery. The band have also been added to the bill for the forthcoming Carling Festivals in Leeds and Reading, in Leeds on August 26th and Reading on August 28th.

THE CURE have become a three-piece following the departures of ROGER O'DONNELL, DARYL BAMONTE and PERRY BAMONTE in a reshuffle instigated by frontman ROBERT SMITH. O'Donnell will release a solo album, 'The Truth In Me' in Autumn and the new streamlined Cure will play festivals over the summer...

ANNIE LENNOX and PETER GABRIEL are among artists on the bill for a very special concert on the Arctic Circle on June 11th. The concert, in aid of Nelson Mandela's 46664 charity, will take place in Tromso, Norway and other artists on the bill include QUEEN's BRIAN MAY and ZUCCHERO.

KILLING JOKE have annouced some UK shows for October. The band have already put tickets on sale for shows in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol with more shows expected to be added shortly.

DURAN DURAN have announced another UK date this year at London's Earls Court on December 21st. The band have also been awarded the 'Outstanding Contribution To British Music' award at this year's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriters awards. THE CURE's ROBERT SMITH won the 'International Achievement Award' and U2 got 'International Hit Of The Year' for 'Vertigo'. BAND AID's 'Do They know It's Christmas' got 'Best Selling UK Single'.

, TIFFANY, WANG CHUNG, VANILLA ICE, IRENE CARA and THE MOTELS are among artists lined up to appear in a US version of the recent UK TV show 'Hit Me Baby One More Time'...

's forthcoming album is thought be called 'Defying Gravity'. The album will be released in January 2006. Apparently eight tracks have been completed for the record, including one reported to be called 'I Love New York'.

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