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12 Jun 2005 - 80's News Once More

WET WET WET, ANNIE LENNOX and THE PROCLAIMERS will appear on MIDGE URE's Scottish bill of the forthcoming Live 8 series of concerts. The concert - the sixth Live 8 event - which will take place at Murrayfield on July 6th to coincide with the G8 Summit will also feature Travis, Texas and Damon Albarn.

DURAN DURAN will start work wrtiting a new album, the follow-up to their reunion set 'Astronaut', in August. The band will then start recording in January for release later in 2006.

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD have put four UK concerts on sale. The shows, in Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and London are part of a new era for the band who will also be appearing at summer festivals in Europe.

DEPECHE MODE have been talking about their forthcoming album which may be released as soon as October. The currently untitled album is said to be the band's 'darkest' album yet and song titles are expected to include 'Pain', 'Suffer Well' and 'Sinner in Me'...

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
have been added to the bill of London's Wireless Festival which will take place in Hyde Park on June 29th...

TOYAH has begun to line-up live shows for 2006... the singer has seven shows scheduled for 2005 including a gig with NICK HEYWARD and LIMAHL at the South Shields Cookson Festival, and has announced a further four for 2006.

JASON DONOVAN has confirmed that he will return the London's West End on June 21st to rejoin the cast of the musical 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Donovan will remain in the show until it closes in the West End on September 4th.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE and FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD have both been added to the bill of London's Big Gay Out which will take place in Finsbury park on July 23rd.

JOHN FOXX will release a new album 'Cathedral Oceans III' on August 8th. The former ULTRAVOX singer will releasse this third part of his 'Cathedral Oceans' series through his own Metamatic label.

VISAGE
will release a new single - thir first since 1984 - entitled 'In The Dark' this summer.

HOWARD JONES has been a last-minute addition to the line-up of the US version of the TV show 'Hit Me Baby One More Time'. The show featuring Howard will air on the NBC network this thursday and will feature him performing 'No One Is To Blame' as his hit and Dido's 'White Flag' as his cover version.

SIMPLY RED
will release a new album 'Simplified' on October 17th with a new live DVD to follow.

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