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    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Kick Off World Tour

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kicked off its world tour Friday night in Sacramento with the elegant wall of fuzz that is "War Machine," the heady, droningtrack from the band's fifth and latest studio album, Beat the Devil'sTattoo. And as the small, sold-out Harlow's Night Club crowd twisted and turned in frenzy,the somber but frenetic mood of the night was set before the song was done. The trio, led by singer Robert Levon Been, spent ample time during the blistering two-hour set playing tunes from the new album. Tracks like the raucous "Mama Taught Me Better" and "The Toll," a moody country-tinged ballad, led to raised beers and high-fives. The album's title song, with its poetic chant and melody that gives way to a drum stomp, upped the pace from there. As the grinding bass line and forlorn hook of "Aya" rang out, it became evident that B.R.M.C. have come full-circle.

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    Blondie, Pat Benatar Kick Off U.S. Tour

    The opening show of Blondie, Pat Benatar, and the Donnas' Call Me Invincible Tour Tuesday night in Saratoga, CA, was like a riot -- a nicely organized riot with a seating chart, vigilant security, and lots of Chardonnay. The sold out amphitheater was packed with the 50-something punks and new wavers of yesteryear. Rockers-turned-soccer moms came in droves, toting their Tommy Bahama-ed husbands who seemed to keep a close eye on the beer vendors. The show's momentum took a while to set in motion. While the Donnas played a loud, tight, 30-minute set, the majority of the crowd still hadn't been to their seats, choosing instead to mill around the winery, schmooze, sip beverages, and check Blackberries by the concession stands. But most everybody sat down once Blondie hit the stage.

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    Manson, Slayer Kick Off Mayhem Fest Tour

    Would it really be a heavy metal festival without a sweaty mass of devil horns, flying fists, and bleary-eyed drunkards lumbering recklessly toward the bathroom? Friday's first stop of Marilyn Manson and Slayer's Mayhem Festival at Sacramento's Sleep Train Amphitheater had those and more, as a 16-band bill played to some 9,000 fans. Slayer's show is always less of a spectacle than a simple,blistering sonic experience; there are no grandiose special effects, only well-timed blasts of guitar, drum, and growl.When the white curtain dropped, the band unleashed a punishing set thatsped through classics like "Hell Awaits," "Born of Fire," and "DeadSkin Mask." They also played the new track "Psychopathy Red,"from their forthcoming album World Painted Blood, which vocalist-bassist Tom Araya referred to backstage as "classic fucking Slayer." Guitarist Jeff Hanneman emerged briefly fromhis veil

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