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25 Jun 2005 - Again... 80's News

HOWARD JONES will be playing a handful of US dates with THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS at the end of July. Meanwhile there will be a new HJ compilation released in the UK on July 4th featuring all the usual tracks but with the addition of the videos for 'What Is Love' and the US video for 'Like To get To Know You Well'.

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have announced a couple of US dates, their first for many years, in August. The band are expected to play two House Of Blues shows with more US appearances in the pipeline.

A-HA will play their first US concert since 1986 when they play at New York's Irving Plaza in September... more dates are expected soon.

THE CURE are to be reunited with former member PORL THOMPSON for their forthcoming festival dates this summer... Thompson's return (his second as he was part of the band from 1976-1978 and then again from 1983-1993) comes on the back of the exit of longterm bandmembers ROGER O'DONNELL and PERRY BAMONTE at the end of last month.

PETER MURPHY
has announced three low-key UK dates in July; the former BAUHAUS frontmanwill play shows in Dublin, London and Nottingham in support of his new album 'Unshattered'.

SIOUXSIE SIOUX
has been awarded the prestigious Mojo Icon Award at the UK magazine's annual awards. Other winners include PAUL WELLER who took the Songwriter Award, GANG OF FOUR who received the Inspiration Award, MADNESS who got the Hall Of Fame award and THE POGUES whose album 'Rum Sodomy & The Lash' was awarded the Classic Album award.

ERASURE
's ANDY BELL has announced that the first single from his forthcoming solo album will be called 'Crazy' and will feature a mix from VINCE CLARKE...

DEPECHE MODE will be the first act to play at the new Wembley Arena in London with a show on April 3rd next year, the final date in a planned 39-date European tour which starts in January following a six week US tour between October and December this year which will be released shortly.

TEARS FOR FEARS are planning an anthology of their work for later this year. The project was originally going to be a collection of previously released material put out by the band's former label, but the duo themselves have got involved to upgrade the release to a double album which will also feature a new track 'Floating Down The River') as well as solo material and live tracks. The band are also considering recording one of their forthcoming US concerts to be released as a live video.

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