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Linkin Park Tap Coheed for ’08 Tour; Interpol Dispatch ‘Live’ EP

Don’t-call-’em-nu-metal rockers Linkin Park will take their new sound on the road in early 2008, touring behind the release of chart-topping new album Minutes to Midnight. Toting prog-rock outfit Coheed and Cambriaas the opening act, Linkin Park’s 15-date tour will kick off in OmahaFeb. 12 and hit an assortment of cities throughout America’s midsectionincluding Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, and Oklahoma City. The twobands will also trek east and hit New York and Baltimore, as well asperform a handful of gigs north-of-the-border.

And bootleggersshying away from illegal download services these days are in luck,Linkin Park will offer fans the opportunity to purchase a DigitalSouvenir Package providing a live audio download of the entire show,exclusive concert photos, and a digital tour program.

Linkin Park/Coheed and Cambria tour dates:

2/12, Omaha, NE (Qwest Center Omaha)
2/13, St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
2/15, Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena)
2/16, Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena)
2/18, Manchester, NH (Verizon Wireless)
2/19, Baltimore, MD (1st Mariner Arena)
2/21, New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
2/22, Montreal, QC (Bell Center)
2/23, London, ON (John Labatt Centre)
2/25, Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena)
2/26, Nashville, TN (Sommet Center)
2/29, Oklahoma City, OK (Ford Center)
3/1, Albuquerque, NM (Tingley Coliseum)
3/2, El Paso, TX (Don Haskins Center)
3/8, West Valley City, UT (E Center)

Interpol Dispatch ‘Live’ EP

In an effort to aid independent record shops, Gotham’s gloomiest rock purveyors Interpol have unveiled a six-track live EP, the band’s first-ever official live offering aptly titled Interpol Live, available now exclusively via,a site representing sovereign U.S. music stores. The new set, recordedduring a sold-out performance at London’s Astoria July 2, places songsfrom 2002’s debut Turn On the Bright Lights, such as “Obstacle 1” and “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down,” aside four tracks from the band’s latest LP, Our Love to Admire; “Pioneer to the Falls,” “Mammoth,” “Rest My Chemistry,” and “The Heinrich Maneuver.”

Morrissey Signs Record Deal with Polydor/Decca

After much speculation, and a period of no label representation or distribution contract, Morrissey has inked a deal with Polydor/Decca for those forthcoming albums of his, for which efforts are now underway. Speaking to NME.comon the proverbial prospect of pulling “a Radiohead” and dispatching hisalbum as a pay-what-you-want download, Moz said, “If they [Radiohead]think that can work that that’s a wonderful world. And yes, you canlook at record companies and you can easily assess that they’ve beenripping people off for years and years and years. The whole process isa gigantic rip off. But then there are people like me who need to beinstitutionalized… and I don’t mean in an asylum!”

He added:”Believing that several thousand people are working to get your musicheard is more inspiring to me than anything else.”

Lolla/Glasto Producers to Launch New U.S. Festival

NewJersey: home to the Sopranos, birthplace of Bruce Springsteen and BonJovi, and naturally, the scene of potentially the Shins’ favoritemovie, Garden State. And now, in terms of rock’n’roll fiestas, residents can add another weekend outing alongside Bamboozlefor Festival Republic and C3 Presents, producers of U.K.-based eventslike Reading and Glastonbury and stateside extravaganza’s Lollapaloozaand ACL, respectively, have teamed for the Vineland Music Festival.The new event, slated to hit — you guessed it — Vineland, NJ Aug.8-10, will, much like its sister events, offer “a weekend of pureunadulterated rock’n’roll pleasure,” claims a statement.

Thougha lineup has yet-to-be announced for the forthcoming festival, astatement confirms the bill will arrive “with a heady mix of thegreatest bands in the world” as well as “new rising stars and thefreshest acts hitting the stages before the press have had a sniff ofthem.” And if Glastonbury, Reading, Lollapalooza, or ACL’s past lineupare any indication, Vineland concertgoers could be in for a treat.