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Sugar Ray Sweetens TC

Kristi Kates - April 22nd, 2004
Sugar Ray will be participating in “On The Road,“ a new reality series for Spike TV on which contestants will go on tour with the band to learn the ropes of the music industry - everything from guitar teching to promotion - to compete for a brand new Kia car and a job with a music label. Much like the format of the already-popular reality show “The Apprentice,“ Sugar Ray will fire one person at the end of each of the show‘s episodes until one emerges as the big winner...

Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance in London last week at a show by retro rockers The Stands - Gallagher unexpectedly hopped onstage to add a little guitar to The Stands‘ tune “Some Weekend Night,“ a track from their recently dropped debut disc *All Years Leaving.* Also in the audience for the show were fellow Oasis bandmate Gem Archer, Sean Lennon, Ringo Starr offspring Zak Starkey, and Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman...

Blur mastermind Damon Albarn is currently working on three different projects, all of which will most likely be of interest to Blur fans - first of all, Albarn and his Blur bandmates are prepping to record a brand new Blur EP, and are scheduled to return to the studio this week with producer Ben Hiller to begin work on it. Albarn is also returning to Africa (Nigeria, specifically) to record an album with the surviving members of Feta Kuti‘s pioneering Afro-beat band, and, last but certainly not least, Albarn is tapping The Bees to serve as the “house band“ for a new set of tunes by his other side project, Gorillaz...

George Michael is reportedly considering several offers to present a stage musical about his days in the popular ‘80‘s pop group Wham!, much like recent Broadway hits *Movin‘ Out* (Billy Joel), *Mamma Mia* (Abba), and *We Will Rock You* (Queen.) Michael‘s partner-in-Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley, whose career stalled while Michael went on to release successful solo albums, is reportedly already pushing for the musical to happen...

MINI BUZZ:
Mandy Moore and Michael Stipe have collaborated on a cover of the Beach Boys‘ tune “God Only Knows“ - the song will be heard in the upcoming movie *Saved,* starring Moore herself...
Taking Back Sunday are wrapping work on their second album, which is expected in July on Victory Records...
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Gomez have joined the lineup for this year‘s Lollapalooza...
A music video for the hit UK Gary Jules single “Mad World“ (from the Donnie Darko soundtrack) has finally been released - Jules‘ Universal Records debut CD was also released just last month...
Curve will release a best-of album, *The Way of Curve,* on May 17th - the two-CD set will include tracks from the band‘s first three EPs and also from their debut disc *Doppelganger,* plus several collaborations and a cover of a Donna Summer song...
Punk rock queen Siouxsie Sioux has announced a short early fall tour that will serve as a showcase for a set that will feature two hours of Sioux‘ work with The Banshees and The Creatures - the tour will hit Chicago on September 2nd and will also make stops in San Francisco and at The Majestic Theatre in Detroit...
And Jet marked the 1-year anniversary of their first live show in Los Angeles last week, celebrating by selling out L.A.‘s Wiltern Theatre, which holds over 2000 people...

New this week ON CD: Local H asks *Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?*... The Vines drop *Winning Days*... Subdudes present *Miracle Mule*... Ben Jelen drops *Give It All Away*... and Modest Mouse has some *Good News For People Who Love Bad News*... ON DVD: Soft Machine‘s *Live In Concert*... *Weezer: Video Capture Device - Treasures From The Vault 1991-2002*... No Doubt: *Live in the Tragic Kingdom*... and *Iggy Pop - Iggy in Paris*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!

 
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