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New Sound Label, Then it's off to Rio

New Sound Label, Then it's off to Rio

Who: Silverchair

SILVERCHAIR has parted ways with its record company Sony Music. The band's manager JOHN WATSON said the six-year relationship with Sony had 'run its course'. Singer/guitarist DANIEL JOHNS confirmed silverchair would record a new album in 2001. 'I've been writing lots of new songs and I'm really pleased with how they're coming together,' he said. 'BEN (GILLIES), CHRIS (JOANNOU) and I am looking forward to playing in Rio and to making more music together.' The band will play in Rio in January with the RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS. silverchair will reveal its new record label in the next three weeks.

CRUES BLUES: THE MOTLEY CRUE gig planned for the Newcastle Entertainment Centre later this year has been cancelled. Replacement drummer SAMANTHA MALONEY from HOLE was only available for a limited time, prompting organisers to scale the tour back to take in capital cities only. Maloney had been brought in to replace drummer RANDY CASTILLO, who has taken the rest of this year off to recover from an operation.

GUITAR STAR: NEWCASTLE-based classical 'guitar recitalist' GARETH KOCH will deliver a recital at the Conservatorium of Music this Friday night on a custom-built eight-string guitar. The 'revolutionary' instrument 'redefines the technical and interpretive possibilities of the guitar' according to the musician, and 'opens up totally new musical horizons'. The recital, featuring two sets of classical pieces arranged by the University of Newcastle lecturer, begins at 6pm.

FLYING HIGH: KINGS comedy restaurant is taking it to the skies for its latest production BINGLE JELLS a live-music romp set aboard a whacky passenger liner. The KINGS COMEDY BAND, under the musical direction of PETER WALL, takes the audience through tracks such as I'M OUTTA LOVE, WILD THING, I GO TO RIO and ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD, as 'voluptuous hostesses' and a quirky crew try to convince the audience (that's you the passengers) that the 'rust bucket' is airworthy. Bingle Jells will run until New Year's Eve.

FAB 30S: THE REGAL CINEMA at Birmingham Garden will guide cinema goers through THE FABULOUS THIRTIES this Friday night, when special guest ALAN RICHARDS will present everything he knows about this fabulous decade. Organiser SUE LEASK has advised that '1930s costumes are preferred' for the evening. Tickets are $20, including 'hot dogs, popcorn, Fantales, a choc top and plenty of real coffee'. A celebration of 1930s musicals, including 'clips, stories and gossip' will be seen and heard, on and off the silver screen. Inquiries 4925-2939.

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