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TOURING NEWS: Over 900 Bands Performing at CMJ (Click on More to view all articles)

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — The CMJ Music Marathon 2003 will take place October 22-25th in New York at the Hilton New York. The final showcase line-up will feature performances by over 900 bands at over 50 venues, once again transforming New York City into one large stage. This year's performers include Adam Green, Andrew W.K., Anti-Flag, Black Box Recorder, The Blood Brothers, Broken Social Scene, Creeper Lagoon, Death Cab For Cutie, Dieselboy, Dirt McGirt A.K.A. Ol' Dirty Bastard, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Echo &The Bunnymen, Elbow, Enon, Falguni, The Fever, The Gossip, Jet, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Josh Wink, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, Killing Joke, Lake Trout, Les Savy Fav, Longwave, Love w/ Arthur Lee, The Mars Volta, My Morning Jacket, The New Deal, Platstikman, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Project Logic, Radio 4, Rainer Maria, The Rapture, Rye Coalition, The Shins, Shonen Knife, Starlite Desperation, The Stills, Superchunk, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Thermals, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Waco Brothers, and The Weakerthans among others.

Over 60 labels will present their artists including Absolutely Kosher, Ace Fu, Aezra, Arena Rock Recording Co., Art Rocker, Arts &Crafts, Astralwerks, Badman, Bar/None, Bardic, Barsuk, Big Wheel, Recreation, Bloodshot, Burnt Toast Vinyl, Cold Crush, Converge, Dim Mak, Eyeball, Fat Wreck Chords, Ferret, French Kiss, Ghostly International, GSL, Hydra Head, Jade Tree, K, Kanine, Kill Rock Stars, Kimchee, Kindercore, Lookout!, Mental Monkey, Merge, Metal Blade, Militia Group, Parasol, Pehr, Polyvinyl, Psychopathic, Rainbow Quartz, RCA, Relapse, Rope-A-Dope, Rough Trade, Rubric, Seven Heads, Silverthree, Slowdance, Small Stone, Social Registry, Solid State, Some, Star Time, Strummer, Sub Pop, Tarantulas, Tee Pee, Teenbeat, Telegraph, Third Earth, Tiger Style, Tooth &Nail, Troubleman, Trust Kill, Velour and Virgin.

In addition to the nightly showcases, CMJ will host the Day Stage at the Hilton New York with exclusive performances by Turin Brakes and Portastatic. Other Day Stage performers include Broken Social Scene, Carlsonics, Creeper Lagoon, Elbow, Jamison Parker, The Joggers, Julia Darling, Revl9n, Rosebuds, Runner & The Thermodynamics, Soviet, Stars, The Stills, Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players, Ulysses, Under Byen, and The Vexers. –by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Simon & Garfunkel Open 'Old Friends' Tour

WILKES-BARRE, PA (AP) — When Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel began to play "The Sound of Silence" midway through their concert, fans grew so frenzied it froze the singers.

The two shared a smile as Simon improvised on guitar until the din died down.

Breaking a two-decade drought without a concert tour, Simon and Garfunkel took the stage Thursday night before an enthusiastic audience that seemed happy to relive the popular songs of their youth.

Before the concert, a video montage showed scenes of Simon and Garfunkel and news events from years past — the duo in their youth with full heads of hair, a shot of the first moon landing, a peace sign made of airplane contrails.

When the lights came up, Simon, with guitar in hand, and Garfunkel, wearing his signature black vest, took the stage to a standing ovation to kick off their 40-date tour — their first since 1982-83.

The two opened the show with the song "Old Friends" — also the title of the tour — whose lyrics could serve as a reminder that their friendship, strained at times, dates back to childhood.

The audience of 9,000 was more balding heads and graying hair than 20-something rockers, but there were lots of smiles, bobbing heads and clapping hands all around.

The duo, which has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, played crowd favorites "Scarborough Fair," "America" and "Mrs. Robinson." Simon belted out "Bridge over Troubled Water" and Garfunkel easily hit the high notes on "The Boxer."

"They sound as good now as they did back then. Unbelievable," said Tony Stringent, 43, of Hazleton. "I'm going to see them again in 20 more years."

Until a performance at the Grammy Awards in February, the pair hadn't played together since 1993. That their friendship has been rocky is no secret.

"We met when we were 11, we started to sing when we were 13, and we started to argue when we were 14," Simon joked to the crowd.

Garfunkel said the two met in the sixth grade in 1953. "And it occurs to me that it's been 50 years of this thing we do," he said.

"The Sound of Silence" was released in 1966. Simon turned 62 on Monday and Garfunkel turns on 62 on Nov. 5.

In a line from "Old Friends," the singers ask: "Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a park bench quietly? How terribly strange to be 70."

The band's management called Thursday night's show in Wilkes-Barre, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, a warm-up concert. They next play in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Saturday and Sunday, and are scheduled to hit 29 cities over the next two months.

As he introduced "Slip Slidin' Away," Simon told the crowd he's recorded many songs as a solo artist "that I wished I had Artie's voice on."

Before the end of their final song, officially "The 59th Street Bridge Song" but better known as "Feelin' Groovy," the duo shadowboxed before holding each other's hands above their heads.

The concert was punctuated with mini-standing ovations, both when familiar tunes began and when they ended.

"I thought Art was absolutely fabulous. Paul was good too, but Art was wonderful," said Fran Pantuso, 42.


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Everlys to Tour With Simon and Garfunkel

NEW YORK (AP) — Simon and Garfunkel aren't saying bye, bye to the Everly Brothers just yet.

After performing a surprise set during Thursday's opening-night concert, Don and Phil Everly have agreed to sing in Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's entire "Old Friends" tour.

"Art and I learned to sing as a duo by listening to Everly Brothers records and practicing their harmonies," Simon said Friday. "We're both great fans of their singing and guitar playing."

Garfunkel added, "When it comes to the magnificent sound of Don and Phil, I'm just a wannabe."

The Everly Brothers were introduced midway through the show and sang three of their hits — "Wake Up Little Susie," "Dream" and "Let it Be Me" — before Simon and Garfunkel joined them on "Bye Bye Love."

The sold-out concert at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes Barre, Pa., kicked off Simon and Garfunkel's first tour in 20 years. The Grammy-winning duo performed hits including "Homeward Bound," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Boxer."

The North American tour ends Dec. 21 in Tampa, Fla.


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blink-182 Unveils DollaBill Tour

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — blink-182 is back with a new, untitled CD, on Nov. 18, and to support the release, blink-182 presents the "DollaBill Tour," featuring: blink-182, Bubba Sparxxx and The Kinison. This all-ages club tour marks the band's first return to small venues in several years. To compare, their last tour, "The Pop Disaster Tour" sold over 500,000 tickets for a 40+ date run.

On October 23 the $1 tickets go on-sale exclusively at With the small venue sizes, tickets will sell out in a matter of minutes, though a percentage of seats have been held for each show. On October 25, additional tickets will go on sale, without Ticketmaster charges, at ticket outlets. These ticket locations will be announced at

"For years we played in small clubs and that's where you can really connect with your fans," says singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge. "We're super stoked that we're at the point in our career that we can bring a tour like this around for only a dollar."

blink-182 itinerary:

November 6 Boston, MA Avalon
November 7 Philadelphia, PA TLA
November 8 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
November 9 New York, NY Irving Plaza
November 12 Detroit, MI St. Andrews

November 13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
November 14 Minneapolis, MN Quest
November 17-18 Los Angeles, CA Avalon

November 21 San Diego, CA SOMA

Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen