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(11/9/10):

Duran Duran are releaseing their Mark Ronson produced 2010 album, All You Need Is Now on Dec. 21 via iTunes. A Deluxe Edition is due out Feb. 2011... Those in the US can tune in to the Today Show Weekend Edition for an segment featuring Duran Duran airing November 13th!

U2 treated fans to a free concert on Friday (2/27/09) by performing on top of a building in central London.

The One hitmakers played a 20 minute set on the roof of the BBC's Broadcasting House in front of 5,000 fans gathered in the street below, to debut music from their new album No Line On The Horizon.

Police officers were forced to step in to control the crowds as the number of onlookers swelled.

U2 followed in the footsteps of The Beatles with the rooftop gig - the performance echoed the The Fab Four's 1969 concert at record label Apple's London headquarters.

Spandau Ballet are to reform, 30 years after they first got together.

The band, made up of Tony Hadley, brothers Martin and Gary Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble, will perform together on board HMS Belfast, the venue on the River Thames where they first played in 1979.

The reunion has been orchestrated by manager Steve Dagger. "It's true," he told the Sunday Express. "We're not making announcements yet, but yes, basically the boys are back in town. "Not just a nostalgic re-run of the old, but a fresh slant on what Spandau Ballet are all about."

Relations between the band members had been strained since 1999 when Hadley, Norman and Keeble sued Gary Kemp, claiming he owed them royalties.

Gary, 49, who starred with his brother Martin in the 1990s film The Krays, based on the lives of East End criminals Ronnie and Reggie, had single-handedly crafted all the songs and was the sole credited songwriter on the albums.

But it was Gary who first suggested their reformation, originally hoping the band was be back together in time for Live 8 in 2005. Spandau Ballet, whose hits include Gold and True, took part in Live Aid in 1985.

Liam Gallagher has said Oasis have already written half an album's worth of new material.

In an interview with Portuguese TV show 'Top+', which you can watch below, Gallagher said he's keen for the band to head into the studio shortly after their world tour finishes.

"I reckon we'd get half of it done [if the band went into the studio now]," he said. "Personally, after the tour I think we should have a couple of months off - not too long, maybe six months. Then I think we should go back in the studio, make another album."

He added: "But it's not down to me, you know what I mean, because I'm not a solo artist."

Depeche Mode's latest disc, Sounds of the Universe, has been confirmed for an April 20 release, with a new single (Wrong) dropping two weeks earlier. Producer Ben Hillier helped the band this time around, just like he did on 2005's Playing the Angel LP.

Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and P hil Selway, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotc he and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, singer/s ongwriter Lisa Germano and his son Liam for a sequel of s orts to his 2002 live album "Seven Worlds Collide."

The as-yet-untitled studio project will be taped "over th e next few months" in Auckland and will be released next year, with engineering by Jim Scott. Many of the guest ar tists will also join Finn for a concert series the first week of January at Auckland's Powerstation.

Save for the Wilco members, the other guests all particip ated in "Seven Worlds Collide," alongside Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. All proceeds from the new endeavor will benefit international development organization Oxfam.

Meanwhile, Finn and Crowded House will play five upcoming shows in Australia, beginning Nov. 29 in Hobart.

Paul McCartney is itching to release the most expe rimental track the Beatles ever put to tape -- but he'll need the permission of Ringo Starr and the estates of Geo rge Harrison and John Lennon to do it.

McCartney told BBC Radio 4 of "Carnival of Light," a 14-m inute piece recorded in early 1967, "the time has come fo r it to get its moment" and that it shows the Beatles "go ing off piste."

"I said it would be great to put this on because it would show we were working with really avant-garde stuff," he s aid of the recording, which has never been bootlegged.

"Carnival of Light" was recorded for the electronic music festival the Million Volt Light and Sound Rave and receiv ed its only public play there in early '67. McCartney tri ed to include it on the Beatles' "Anthology" in the late '90s but was vetoed by Harrison.

"I said all I want you to do is just wander around all th e stuff, bang it, shout, play it, it doesn't need to make any sense," McCartney said of the music. "Hit a drum then wander on to the piano, hit a few notes, just wander arou nd. So that's what we did and then put a bit of an echo o n it. It's very free."

A handful of Beatles experts have heard the song, the mas ter tape of which McCartney purports to have.

Author Mark Lewisohn says the song features "distorted, h ypnotic drum and organ sounds, a distorted lead guitar, t he sound of a church organ, various effects (water gargli ng was one) and, perhaps most intimidating of all, John L ennon and McCartney screaming dementedly and bawling alou d random phrases like 'Are you alright?' and 'Barcelona!' ," while Barry Miles has described it as similar to the F rank Zappa song "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet. "

THE CURE frontman ROBERT SMITH is already working on a DVD documentary to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary - even though the landmark doesn't take place until 2009.

The Boys Don't Cry singer has so much vintage footage of The Cure over the last three decades, he plans to broadcast much of it exclusively online.

Smith tells website Billboard.com, "We're planning on an hour per decade (for the documentary), but there's at least 20 hours per decade on videotape and other weird formats.

"The documentary will include interviews with everybody who has ever been in the band, and everybody who has been an important part of The Cure."




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