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Madonna has apparently signed up to play a transvestite in a forthcoming movie.

Today's Sun newspaper reports that the singer is lined up to play the role of cross-dresser Candy Darling who was a face around Andy Warhol's Factory in the late 60s and early 70s. Darling was supposedly the inspiration for Lou Reed when he wrote the tracks "Candy Says" and "Walk On The Wild Side".

An insider on the project told the newspaper that Madonna is so desperate for the part that she has agreed to do it for nothing. They said: "Madonna has been desperate to make a film where she can earn respect for her acting abilities. She is still trying to shake off the bad publicity from the movie "Swept Away". She sees this as her big chance." The insider added: "She has wanted to play this part for so long because she feels so strongly about the character. She said she would do anything for the part and has agreed to work for free."

Darling, whose real name was James Lawrence Slattery, starred in the Warhol films "Flesh" and "Women In Revolt". He died of leukemia in 1974.
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Morrissey has announced details of new live DVD and CD sets.

The DVD, titled "Who Put The "M" in Manchester?", is released on March 27th and features the ex-Smiths man recorded live in concert at Manchester's MEN Arena in May 2004.

The occasion marked the singer's 45th birthday and the first time he had played his hometown in more than 12 years.

The CD, titled "Live at Earls Court", captures Mozza's appearance at the 18,000 capacity London venue from last December. It will be released a week earlier, on March 21st.

Both the DVD and CD include a mixture of Smiths classics and solo material, while the CD also includes a cover of Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach".

The full tracklistings are as follows:

"Who Put the "M" in Manchester?":

"First of the Gang To Die"
"Hairdresser on Fire"
"Irish Blood, English Heart"
"The Headmaster Ritual"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday"
"I Have Forgiven Jesus"
"I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"
"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?"
"Rubber Ring"
"Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference"
"Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"
"The World Is Full of Crashing Bores"
"Let Me Kiss You"
"No One Can Hold a Candle To You"
"Jack the Ripper"
"A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours"
"I'm Not Sorry"
"Shoplifters of the World Unite"
"There is a Light That Never Goes Out"


"Live at Earls Court":

"How Soon Is Now?"
"First of the Gang To Die"
"November Spawned a Monster"
"Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"
"Big Mouth Strikes Again"
"I Like You"
"Redondo Beach"
"Let Me Kiss You"
"Munich Air Disaster 1958"
"There is a Light That Never Goes Out"
"The More You Ignore Me"
"Friday Mourning"
"I Have Forgiven Jesus"
"The World is Full of Crashing Bores"
"Shoplifters of the World Unite"
"Irish Blood, English Heart"
"You Know I Couldn't Last"
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
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Garbage have revealed that they will be playing a single warm-up show in London in preparation for their appearance at Download 2005. The band will play the Brixton Academy on Thursday June 9th and are expected to debut material from their forthcoming album "Bleed Like Me". The album, released on April 11th, will be preceded by a single, titled "Why Do You Love Me", on March 28th.

Speaking to XFM, singer Shirley Manson described the album as being more like the band's live sound. She said: "When people come to see us, nobody expects us to be that loud. It's like, 'oh my god, a rock band!' I don't think we've ever captured that on a record, but this one is the closest we have gotten."

The album will also include an appearance from Dave Grohl on the track "Bad Boyfriend".

The full tracklisting is as follows:

"Bad Boyfriend"
"Run Baby Run"
"Right Between The Eyes"
"Why Do You Love Me"
"Bleed Like Me"
"Metal Heart"
"Sex Is Not The Enemy"
"It's All Over But The Crying"
"Boys Wanna Fight"
"Why Don't You Come Over"
"Happy Home"
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20 Feb 2005 - Again 80's news!

TEARS FOR FEARS have reissued their compilation of classic hits 'Tears Roll Down' with an additional bonus CD of new mixes.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE have announced two irish dates in September. The trio will play at Killarney NEC on the 3rd and the Electric Picnic on the 4th.

TOYAH is about to publish a new book which will also be serialised in the Dailty Telegraph from 12th March. 'Diary Of A Facelift' will be a controversial autobiographical work which examines the issues surrounding cosmetic surgery and tells the story of Toyah's own 'reinvention'. Toyah, who is about to reissue her classic albums 'Warrior Rock' and 'Love Is The Law' has also lined up more live shows for 2005.

HOWARD JONES has announced another UK show in June. The singer will play at the Invention Arts Centre in Bath on June 25th in support of his forthcoming album 'Revolution Of The Heart' which is expected to be released in May.

A-HA
's MAGNE F will be a panellist on BBC2's music quiz 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' on March 6th...

MARC ALMOND is well on the road to recovery following his near fatal accident in October last year. The former SOFT CELL singer has already been able to work in the studio and is planning a return to the live stage in late-Spring...

KYLIE MINOGUE has added a seventh concert to her run of London shows at Earls Court. The new date will take place on May 7th.

BILLY IDOL
will play a rare UK show in June when he joins the bill of the Download Festival which also features BLACK SABBATH and Feeder. The three-day festival starts on June 10th.

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Morrissey fans have launched a desperate bid to persuade the singer to return home to his native Manchester.

The ex-Smiths frontman has been living in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles since 1997. He recently returned home for a triumphant concert at the MEN Arena on his 45th birthday last May.
Now a petition has been launched by a group of fans who say that the time is now ripe for Morrissey to return to his roots.
Organiser, Carl McDonald told the Manchester Evening News that the idea came to him after communicating with other Morrissey fans on the Internet.

McDonald, who is himself returning home to Manchester later this year after spending four years in Dublin, explained to the newspaper: "We were talking about the wonderful changes in recent times in Manchester and how the one thing missing from the city is it's most famous and most talented son.
"We discussed ways of tempting him home, such as promising to force all butcher's shops in a five mile radius of his home to close down. But we settled on the Internet petition idea so that fans from all over the world could join in and help to end this terrible situation."
He continued: "There's no point in trying to hide from the truth. It is up to the people of Manchester to get online to sign the petition and let Morrissey know that we miss him and need him to make the city complete."

Fans wishing to sign the petition can find it at: www.petitiononline.com/mancmoz/petition.html.
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