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DAVID BOWIE is to make a rare live appearance at a US AIDS benefit show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on November 9th. The singer is expected to perform 'a couple of songs' at the event which is being organised by his wife Iman. T'PAU and CHINA CRISIS will play a show together at the Southport Theatre in October. T'Pau singer CAROL DECKER is also to duet with Eurovision song contest hopeful Daz Sampson on a track, 'Goodbye', which Sampson hopes will be featured in next year's contest and China Crisis have also announced a Liverpool show on September 30th in aid of Heartrock, a charity that helps children with heart conditions. See GIGS for all the concert information. FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION singer EDDI READER will play alongside Willie Nelson and Damian Dempsey as part of next year's Fleadh Tour which will play four arena shows in Cardiff, London, Manchester and Glasgow in January. Reader will then play two solo shows, in London and Portsmouth, in February. See GIGS for all the details. ROXY MUSIC are back in the dance Cool Cuts chart with remixes of their classic tracks 'Angel Eyes'. 'Rain Rain Rain' and 'The Thrill Of It All' from Tiefschwarz, Mandy & Bookashade, Frank Tope and Kaos.
SHEENA EASTON's 1988 album 'The Lover In Me' will be reissued with bonus tracks by Cherry Pop next week. See NEWS on the website for the full tracklisting.
DAVE STEWART will host a new TV show for US network HBO early next year. The channel has commissioned the former EURYTHMICS star for six thirty-minute shows which will feature Stewart 'interviewing fellow musicians about their craft'. SCRITTI POLITTI have made changes to their forthcoming US and Canadian dates:
29th October 30th October 1st November 2nd November 4th November 6th November 8th November 9th November 10th November 12th November
Los Angeles, Roxy Anaheim, House Of Blues Los Angeles, UCLA Royce Hall San Francisco, Slims Chicago, Double Door Toronto, Opera House Baltimore, Sonar Philadelphia, North Star Bar New York, Bowery Ballroom Boston, Paradise
All shows are now onsale, except the UCLA show with Brian Wilson which is sold out. Tickets for Hollywood, Anaheim, Chicago, Toronto, Baltimore and Boston are available at ticketmaster.com; Philadelphia and New York are at www.ticketweb.com, and San Francisco is at www.tickets.com.
DURAN DURAN have been recording a collaboration with Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland which will be included on their forthcoming, and currently untitled, studio album which is expected to receive a 2007 release. INXS have been forced to cancel shows in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, France, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland and Spain because guitarist TIM FARRISS needs to undergo surgery on his knee after damaging it onstage in Australia. The band hope to reschedule the cancelled shows. JOHN FOXX and LOUIS GORDON will release a new album on November 6th entitled 'From Trash'.
IT BITES will play three UK shows in December. The shows - in Birmingham, London and Manchester - will take place on December 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. See GIGS for all the details. ADAM ANT's new autobiography 'Stand & Deliver' may be turned into a film according to an unconfirmed story in the UK press this week... you can win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book on the WEBSITE this week! THE SUGARCUBES are to reunite for a one-off Icelandic show on November 17th to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut single 'Birthday'. The show will be used to raise funds for Smekkleysa SM, a non-profit organisation dedicated to 'the future betterment of Icelandic music and artists' accoring to a statement on singer BJORK's website. TONY HADLEY and PETER COX will both release new albums on October 2nd. Hadley's 'Passing Strangers' will be an eighteen-track album of jazz and swing covers, while Cox plays tribute to Motown on his twelve-track 'Motor City Music' collection. See NEWS on the website for the full tracklisting of both albums. REM are preparing to start work on a new album and bassist MIKE MILLS has already said that he expects the record to head in a rocker direction than 2004's 'Around The Sun'. THE UNDERTONES, WAH!, THE SMITHS, NEW ORDER, GRANDMASTER FLASH, THE CURE, THE JAM and SCRITTI POLITTI are among almost thirty artists who have tracks featured on a new compilation paying tribute to John Peel and featuring some of the acts who owe some of their success to the legendary DJ. 'Right Time, Wrong Speed - 1977-1987' will be released on October 9th as a double CD pack and features a cover by legendary Beatles designer and artist Peter Blake.