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By Andy Argyrakis
Elvis Costello Weekend Report: One final farewell for The Police, Blind Melon is back
Friday, July 25, 2008

It seems The Police can't stay off the road these days, which is especially strange considering the band is about to break-up for the second time. But then again, there is a giant pool of cash at stake in this endless reunion run, which is nothing more than nostalgia at this point even if the players are still remarkably precise. Perhaps more intriguing than Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland is opening act Elvis Costello, who's joined by his latest backing band the Imposters, promising to play a mixture of old tunes and those off the new Momofuku. (Worth a shot - Friday at Marcus Amphitheater- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

Alternative rock and rollers Blind Melon may have struck gold with the single "No Rain," but the band was instantly immortalized with the unexpected death of singer Shannon Hoon. After his passing, the group earned a cult-like following, despite minimal mainstream attention, and has since had several posthumous reissues and compilations. These days the band is back with new singer Travis Warren (formerly of Rain Fur Rent), though at this stage of the game its nothing more than retro redux without the original ringleader. Time will tell if new material will match Blind Melon'sBlind Melon meaningful beginnings, but the moniker should be shifted considering Hoon was such a major factor in the act's rise to fame, especially following his multiple collaborations with Guns N' Roses. (Skip or be sorry - Friday at Lincoln Park Zoo- Chicago, IL and Saturday at Austin's Fuel Room- Libertyville, IL: www.lpzoo.org or www.austinsaloon.com).

He may never shake the stigma of the cheesy "America" or the hokey "Heartlight," but Neil Diamond sure gets extra credit for trying. The current CD *Home Before Dark* is his second consecutive collection produced by Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty) that features an impressive session band, including guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench (both from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers), bassist Smokey Hormel (Cash, Beck) and guitarist Matt Sweeney (Zwan). Though it's unclear who will comprise his concert band, those intriguing new selections mixed with classics like "Sweet Caroline" and "Kentucky Woman" could be kind of cool. (Worth a shot - Saturday and Sunday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Paul Weller Street Week: Weller's latest solo CD, Bowie live in 72
Monday, July 21, 2008

Between time fronting iconic punkers The Jam, turning soulful in The Style Council and entertaining his ever changing solo moods, it's never easy to guess the sounds on the next Paul Weller project. Coming off the celebrated, '60s-inspired guitar rock record As Is Now, anticipation was certainly high for 22 Dreams and the singer-songwriter attempts to deliver with one of his most eclectic discs to date. Though respectable in concept, the results contained within the 21 track epic are generally scattered between his aggressive origins and soulful sidestepping, plus forays into funk, free jazz, classical, and even spoken word.

For David Bowie die-hards, the Live in Santa Monica '72 concert has been David Bowie 72a treasured bootleg from his first American tour. But now for the first official time, the collection lands on Virgin with a set list heavy on tunes from Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The 70-minute show also features two classic covers (Jacques Brel's "My Death" and the Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man"), plus the ten minute epic "The Width of a Circle."

U2 also runs to the re-issue well this week, offering remastered editions of its first three CDs in single disc and deluxe editions. Boy kicks off the list from 1980, including the group's debut single "I Will Follow," along with fan favorites "The Electric Co." and "Out of Control." The following year's *October* found the group gaining additional popularity thanks to "Gloria" and "Fire," though 1983's War proved to be the band's biggest mainstream breakthrough of the era thanks to the smashes "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "New Year's Day" and "40."

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