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-- October 29, 2002 --

Gavin FridayBono has reunited with Gavin Friday and written a song for Jim Sheridan film "In America". The track titled "Time Enough For Tears" was written in collaboration with his long time partner Maurice Seezer and will feature the vocals of Andrea Corr from The Corrs. Says Friday: "Bono saw the film and was blown away by it. He wanted to work with us and something happened, organically." The song has 40's Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald feel to it and is likely to surprise anyone who expects something along the line of the previous collaboraton, "In the Name of the Father". "The song is written from a girl's perspective. It's very poetic, very romantic. It's got that "You take away the sun" beauty and nakedness. "It's a beautiful song" Gavin tells fans at his website. "Bono saw the film and was blown away by it. He wanted to work with us and something happened, organically." "In America" is about an Irish family who move to New York after the death of one of their children. The movie will have a general release in May 2003.

Grease 3It's official. Grease 3 is definitely the word and Olivia Newton-John will star in the movie along John Travolta if it happens. she still needs to sign-off the final script. She says Didi Conn who played Frenchy in the original movie has been working on the script for about 5 years. When the cast got together for a party to launch the movie on DVD recently, the idea of doing Part 3 was presented to them and they all thought it was a fine idea. The movie is set in the present, 25 years on with Sandy and Danny (Olivia and John Travolta) the proud parents of an adult daughter. Olivia says rumours of Kylie Minogue playing the daughter at this point are false because the script hasn't been finished and no-one has been cast. However she does admit she will do and John Travolta will be in it too.
Human LeagueThe Human League's studio engineer David Beevers has posted details of some future UK TV appearances of the League as well as the welcome possibility of some live dates next year. It does seem that the Canadian promotional trip was a great success and he's hoping that League's Music will be in touch soon regarding the release of their next single taken from "Secrets" - "You'll Be Sorry". The League was formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh, who'd previously teamed as the duo Dead Daughters. following a brief tenure as "The Future", they rechristened themselves the Human League after enlisting vocalist Philip Oakey. The trio soon recorded a demo, and played their first live dates; they soon tapped Adrian Wright as their "Director of Visuals," and his slide shows quickly became a key component of their performances. Amazon.co.uk now have the "must have" new release "The Golden Hour Of The Future" available to pre-order. Amazon confirms that the release date is November 4th.
The CureThe Cure are recording a new album using the help of British electro-nu-metallers Vex Red. According to NME.com, Vex Red have been invited to join The Cure in studio in the new year. Guitarist Ant Forbes told the British mag that he wasn't sure what the band's contribution would be, but that he was obviously very excited. Vex Red were hooked up with The Cure by their producer/svengali Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn), who will also be producing the forthcoming Cure album. The Cure are about to play In Germany a special concert series called The Trilogy Concerts. The trilogy is The Cure's 1982's Pornography, 1989's Disintegration and 2000's Bloodflowers. The band will play all three albums in their entirety in chronological succession. There will be two concerts held in Berlin on November 11 and 12 and a third show in Belgium on November 7.

-- October 27, 2002 --

Marc & Dave have announced their rescheduled UK and European tour dates. The band was forced to pull out of their original tour this year after Marc Almond was taken severely ill with an aggravated hernia. Almond, who has previously avoided treatment for the condition due to heavy promotional commitments, was taken to the hospital in extreme pain requiring an immediate operation. Marc is doing fine and recovering well.

The new dates are as follows:
February 3 - Birmingham, Academy, UK
February 4 - Leeds, Metropolitan University, UK
February 5 - Manchester, University, UK
February 7 - London, Shepherds Bush Empire, UK
February 11 - Copenhagen, Vega Musikkenshus, Denmark
February 13 - Tilburg, 013, Netherlands
February 14 - Ghent, Culture Club, Belgium
February 16 - Zurich X'tra-Limmathaus, Switzerland

In America, the latest edition of Billboard magazine is carrying an interview with Marc and Dave.

-- October 23, 2002 --

80's HalloweenCheck out this amazing Halloween 2002 event taking place this Saturday in New York. "80's Wave Club Flashback" night featuring the legendary bands: A Flock Of Seagulls, Gene Loves Jezebel, General Publics' Dave Wakeling and The Romantics. Be there!!!!!!!!

VacuumThe date of scandinavian release for "Culture of Night" was the 14th of October for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. It looks like not a new album, but just scandinavian version of well-known "Culture of Night" released in 2000. The album was not released in Scandinavia before.

"Culture Of Night" is the third album by the Swedish act released after Alexander Bard (Ex-Army Of Lovers) left the band and consists of some re-recorded songs from their previous two albums - and three new ones. There is a warm atmosphere, even melancholic to the album but not in a dark way. Vacuum use electronic strings and acoustic guitars to give the melodies a non-synthetic character. It's really a great album that has the chance to attract attention to each listener who likes romantic Synthpop.

-- October 22, 2002 --

Gary Flanagan"Future Fashion" is the new amazing debut album from Gary Flanagan released today, October 22nd on Cohaagen Music. Gary Flanagan is Canada's premiere retro-electro artist. It is a sincere and authentic ode to the classic analog electro sound of yore, with enough freshness to make it relevant and hip in today's electronic music scene. "This disc is a little present for all the '80s children out there. We wrote some new songs and made full-fledged productions out of some of my demos. I'm sure that everyone will enjoy it!" The album was produced by acclaimed synthpop duo Ganymede. Also included are two club-ready remixes by fellow Cohaagen artists Fr/action and Simulator. The music of Gary Flanagan is a celebration of the warmer side of electronic music. It is catchy and positive, simple and direct. It is the attitude of 1981, an orchestration of 4/4 beats, night clubs, boys and girls and electronic sincerity.

For those fans in and around Gary's Canadian home turf of St. John, New Brunswick, Gary will be appearing on a special "on-air" radio release party for the CD this Friday night! It will air on CFMH 92.5 FM from 9pm to 10pm Atlantic time.

-- October 21, 2002 --

ChameleonsThe legendary Manchester band The Chameleons is on a 22 date tour in North America for the first time in 15 years. Formed in 1981 in Middleton, Manchester, England this highly promising but ill-fated band was formed by Mark Burgess (vocals, bass), Reg Smithies (guitar), Dave Fielding (guitar) and Brian Schofield (drums), who was soon replaced by John Lever. In 1985 they split following the sudden death of manager Tony Fletcher. They are quite happy to be together again and touring for their loyal fanbase. Their latest release is "Why Call It Anything" on Artful (UK)/Cleopatra (USA) from 2001 which proved to be a stunning reaffirmation of the brilliance of this unsung band. Those not able to attend their live gigs can check out their new 2CD titled "Live" on Paradiso Records. The Chameleons hope to tour Australia and Japan sometime soon.

Throbbing GristleTo celebrate the 25th anniversary of Throbbing Gristle, Mute Records and Industrial Records are proud to announce the release of a number of new and exclusive products that not only celebrate the 25th Aniversary of the company's formation but will hopefully bring information and enlightenment to a brand new generation. The first announced release is a boxed CD set called "24 hours of TG". Release scheduled for December 23rd, 2002. The new release consists of 24 individually packaged CD's which encompass the majority of TG's live output sensitively remastered by Chris Carter. The box set will also include a sealed file containing a myriad of new and unique artifacts and information provided by all four members of Throbbing Gristle. The collection is presented in a hand-made case of the highest quality, and represents one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited releases this year. The second Industrial Records release will be a new TG CD compilation entitled: "The World According To Throbbing Gristle". This is scheduled for release in 2003 and as an introduction to those previously unfamiliar with the sound and world that is Throbbing Gristle. More details to follow soon.

-- October 16, 2002 --

Cabaret VoltaireCabaret Voltaire Re-release one of the greatest and tuly innovative records of all time, their electro punk classic "Nag Nag Nag". Originally out in 1979 on "Rough Trade", the novamute release will be available on CD and 2 x 12" and features the timeless original version together with brand new mixes. Tiga and Zyntherius have contributed to the package with a re-vocalled rework which bears all the hall-marks of an intense "labour of love" approach to the project. Tiga's vocal punks-up the original whilst Zyntherius's backing track propels the track firmly into the 21st Century. Montreal's Tewchno wizz Akufen pushes the track into the stratosphere combining 2-step, techno, house, electro and bossa-nova. The Cabs' own Richard Kirk in turn has completed an intensely spot-on remix which retains all the excitement and atmosphere of the original.

Legendary Pink DotsThe Legendary Pink Dots release on the 21st of October "Curse" which is one of the most searched for albums by the band. Originally released in 1983, it contains dark, unpolished electronic sounds of that era. The Legendary Pink Dots are currently on a North American tour. Their supporting act is Origami Galaktika from Norway.

October 17: ATLANTA/ Cotton Club
October 18: ST. PETERSBURG/ State Theatre
October 19: ORLANDO/ The Social
October 21: NEW ORLEANS/ Shim Sham
October 23: NASHVILLE/ The Church
October 24: CINCINNATI/ 20th Century Theater
October 25: PITTSBURGH/ Rosebud
October 26: CLEVELAND/ Beachland Ballroom
October 27: DETROIT/ Magic Stick
October 29: MILWAUKEE/ Rave
October 30: MINNEAPOLIS/ First Avenue
October 31: CHICAGO/ Double Door
November 1: ST.LOUIS/ Galaxy
November 2: KANSAS CITY/ The Hurricane
November 4: AUSTIN/ Stubb's Bar
November 5: HOUSTON/ Engine Room
November 6: DALLAS/ Gypsy Tea Room
November 8: DENVER/ Bluebird Theater
November 9: DENVER/ Bluebird Theater (Different LPD set + Edward Ka-Spel solo) November 11: SALT LAKE CITY/ X-Scape November 13: LOS ANGELES/ The El Rey Theater November 15: SAN FRANCISCO/ Slim's November 17: PORTLAND/ Berbati's Pan November 18: SEATTLE/ Graceland

-- October 14, 2002 --

Howard Jones"The Peaceful Tour Live Deluxe Edition" by Howard Jones is now available in shops from US label Cleopatra Records. This is a very special and limited release of the original release "The Peaceful Tour Live" released early this year. The album was recorded live in the UK between September and November 2001. The "Deluxe Edition" contains 11 tracks among them the classic hits: New Song, What Is Love, Hide & Seek, Conditioning, Like To Get To Know You Well and many others - plus 2 new studio tracks recordings of "No One Is To Blame" and "Everlasting Love".

Nick CaveNick Cave And The Bad Seeds are to release a new album next year called "Nocturama". This will be the bands 12th studio album and is the follow up to last year's brilliant "No More Shall We Part". Recorded this year at Singsing studios in Melbourne by The Bad Seeds line up of Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos and Warren Ellis, the new album was produced by Nick Launay and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and mixed at The Olympic Studios in London. Nick Launay, best known for his work with PIL, Talking Heads, Gang Of Four and The Slits, first worked with Nick Cave and Mick Harvey in 1981 when he produced The Birthday Party's classic 45, "Release The Bats". The new album will be released on February 3. A new single "Bring It On" will go on sale on February 17. Photo by Karine Albano.
The Edge says U2's new album will sound similar to their early material. The Edge says U2 plan to have their next album recorded and ready for release by the middle of next year. He also says the new album will sound similar to their early material. He told Irish magazine "Hot Press" the band is enjoying itself in the studio, and the new recordings sound like U2's early days, with "simple, stripped-down arrangements." The band's sessions have already produced two new songs, "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America", both of which will appear on the new U2 compilation "Best Of 1990-2000", which is released next month. Other tracks from the recent U2 sessions include "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", "Original Of The Species", and a song called "All Because Of You", which Bono describes as: "The Who!" www.u2.com will stream the album release on November 4th so be sure to check it out to register and stream the new songs and mixes.

-- October 13, 2002 --

More news regarding the upcoming Depeche new double DVD as they arrive. "The Videos 86-98+" is to feature the rarely seen "Little 15" clip for the first time globally. The song was only ever released as a single in France. The DVD also includes two documentaries, the first featuring the band discussing the videos included, the second sees the band talking about the release of "Singles 86-98". Disc 2 features nearly one and a half hours of material including the US videos for "One Caress", "Strangelove "88", "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" and "But Not Tonight" from the Tamara Davis film "Modern Girls" together with three documentaries: "Violator", "Songs Of Faith and Devotion" and "Ultra".

DVD 1:
1. Interview (10 minutes)
2. Stripped
3. A Question of Lust
4. A Question of Time
5. Never Let Me Down Again
6. Behind The Wheel
7. Little 15
8. Everything Counts (Live)
9. Personal Jesus
10. Enjoy The Silence
11. Policy of Truth
12. World In My Eyes
13. I Feel You
14. Walking In My Shoes
15. Condemnation
16. In Your Room
17. Barrel of a Gun
18. It's No Good
19. Home
20. Useless
21. Only When I Lose Myself
22. A short film about Depeche Mode (20 minutes)

DVD 2:
1. But Not Tonight (from the film `Modern Girls')
2. Strangelove '88 (US Version)
3. One Caress (US Video)
4. Condemnation (Paris Mix)
5. Violator (Short Film - 13/11/90)
6. Songs Of Faith and Devotion (Short Film - 27/1/93)
7. Ultra (Short Film - 26/2/97)

Level 42Level 42 are about to release "The Ultimate Collection" on October 14th. This compilation is a Digitally Remastered Double Disc Collection of one of the UK's best pop exports. This includes hits like "Something About You", "Lessons in Love", "Running in the Family", "To Be with You Again" and "It's Over Now".

The Pet Shop BoysThings have been quiet for a bit as the Boys recover from their massive "Release 2002 Tour". Planning is under way for their 3rd single, "London", from their "Release" album. They will soon be shooting the video for "London" with photographer & documentary maker Martin Parr. "London" will be in stores across Germany on 14 October. The tracklisting for CD 1 & 2 are as follows:

1. London (Berlin radio mix)
2. Positive role model
3. London (Genuine piano mix)

1. London (WestBam in Berlin mix)
2. London (Thee Radikal Blaklite mix)
3. London (Thee Radikal dub)

"London" will be released for the UK and rest of Europe at a later date but this info is not yet confirmed, nor is the tracklisting. For more info you can check out the Boys official website at www.petshopboys.co.uk

-- October 12, 2002 --
BerlinAfter 16 years the long awaited BERLIN album "Voyeur" is in stores now! It's official title is "Voyeur" listed under artist "Berlin." It is under the Heavensake/iMusic label. Berlin has a new line up now, new attitude led by the only original memeber that survived the original line up - the powerfull hot presence of Terri Nunn's angelic strong vocals. http://www.berlinpage.com/

Here and NowHere And Now Christmas Tour Line-up: Human League, Kim Wilde, Five Star, Altered Images, Dollar, Belle Stars, Visage


Too bad this tour takes place only in the UK.

-- October 11, 2002 --
Annie LenoxAccording to Dave Stewart, a new Eurythmics compilation is planned for 2003. The album will feature 2 CD's of exclusive and rare tracks spanning the band's career. Nothing specific is known about the release at present nor the tracks involved, but the news was leaked by ethrill.net - which also features an interview with Dave in which he comments on Annie's upcoming album.

-- October 10, 2002 --

Depeche Mode's "The Videos 86-98" DVD is getting a re-release shortly, as an enhanced 2 DVD package entitled "The Videos 86-98+". DVD1 has the same content as the original DVD. Disc Two has the following tracklisting:

The Videos
1. But Not Tonight (from the Film 'Modern Girls')
2. Strangelove '88 (US Version)
3. One Caress (US Video)
4. Condemnation (Paris Mix)
The Films (EPKs)
1. Violator 13/11/90
2. Songs Of Faith And Devotion 27/1/93
3. Ultra 26/2/97

Running Time: 87 Minutes

Elton John is releasing a new greatest hits album next month. The double CD album, "Elton John Greatest Hits 1970 - 2002", is released worldwide on November 11, 2002, and in the USA on November 12. The cover is an illustration type image, inspired by an original photograph by Terry O'Neill from the 1970's. There will be a limited edition 3rd (bonus) CD that comes with the new compilation which will include the mega 80's hits: I'm Still Standing, I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Nikita among many many others.
Depeche's Andrew Fletcher has started his very own label under the Mute family. The aptly named "Toast Hawaii" label takes it's name from a much publicized "unreleased" solo album, which Fletch recorded during the mid 80's. First to be released on the label are Client, consisting of the mysterious Client A and Client B. The project is described as electronic and experimenting, but with more melody and actual lyrics.

Terence Trant D'ArbyTerence Trent D'Arby has announced details of a concert at London's Forum on November 23. This show is a part of a European tour to promote his latest album "Wildcard". D'Arby now prefers to be known as Sananda Maitreya.

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