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06/25/08

Bruce Springsteen appears on the first of a new series of tribute singles to New York experimental synth duo Suicide. The singles, which feature a veteran act and a new artist covering a Suicide song as well as a rarity from the band, mark the upcoming 70th birthday of singer Alan Vega. Springsteen's contribution is a live version of "Dream Baby Dream," a song that closed many of the shows on his 2005 solo Devils and Dust tour. The single with Springsteen's track is due out in late July.

Aerosmith will be at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square on Friday afternoon to unveil Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. This marks the first time Guitar Hero has built a game around a single band. The Hard Rock will be transformed into a Best Buy home theater / video game lounge where consumers will be among the first to play the game on PlayStation 3 before it hits store shelves on Sunday.

Kinks frontman Ray Davies will perform a handful of acoustic shows in support of his recent album, Working Man's Cafe, next month in Canada and on the West Coast. He tells us performing acoustically is "really energizing -- scary too because you got no one else to blame...you're it." The tour starts July 11th in Ottawa, Canada and ends July 22nd in Anaheim, California. This show will come to Portland, July 18th and the Crystal Ballroom.

Pink Floyd is the subject of a new photo book. Rex Features, London's top picture library for the performing arts, and Reynolds & Hearn have published Pink Floyd - Rex Collections, a 160-page book packed with rarely seen photographs. The first run, which is limited to a thousand copies, has sold exceptionally well and a soft-back edition, which is not limited in numbers, will be published in October. The photos span the years 1967 to 2007 and includes the band's 2005 reunion at Live 8.

Gary Glitter says he plans to resume performing once his jail sentence ends in August. The disgraced British rocker, serving time in Vietnam for a 2006 morals conviction (involving 10- and 11-year-old girls), tells a local newspaper, "I have an incomplete album that I want to finish." Best known for his ballpark anthem "Rock and Roll Part Two," Glitter is planning to settle in Singapore or Hong Kong after he's released. A newspaper report earlier this year said the disgraced musician would not want to return to Britain, where he would have to be listed in a Sex Offenders Registry.

Styx are on the road, opening for Boston. On the band's website, singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw writes, "After all these years, we have joined forces with this classic rock treasure and it's truly heartwarming to see and hear the response from the fans. For us to hear these songs sung and performed so pristinely is a feel-good distraction from the weight of current events that seems to bombard us the rest of the day. The familiar sound of Tom Scholz's guitar with the searing rock-choir voices delivering those unmistakable choruses is simply mesmerizing." So it sounds like that's a thumbs-up for new Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo, the former Home Depot credit manager. The two bands are in Oklahoma City tonight.

The Black Crowes have added even more dates to their long North American tour. Most of the new shows take place during the fall leg. And the band's concert in St. Louis on July 25th as part of the Live on the Levee series has moved to Soldiers Memorial Plaza because of the Mississippi river flooding this month. The tour kicks off Friday with an opening slot for Dave Matthews Band in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They'll be here in Oregon for two dates September 5th in Troutdale and September 7th in Jacksonville.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins says he's a perfect fit for the recently released re-issue of Pacific Ocean Blue -- the 1977 solo album from late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. Hawkins sings on the track "Holy Man," which was originally an instrumental track. Hawkins is a huge Beach Boys fan and tells Britain's Sun that he has a lot in common with Wilson, who also grew up on the beach and was a surfer. The Pacific Ocean Blue re-issue coincides with the 25th anniversary of Wilson's death. He drowned in Los Angeles in 1983.

Queen guitarist Brian May will publish his doctoral thesis as a book. A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud concerns the misty, diffuse cone of light seen in the west after sunset and the east before sunrise. May started on the thesis in 1970, but abandoned it for a career with Queen. He revisited it a few years ago and received his P-H-D last year. It will be available August 1st.