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LIVE ON DEMAND: In response to fan demand, the Dave Matthews Band is starting a series of live concert releases. The first two-CD set, which captures the group's Aug. 15, 1995 show at Red Rocks, near Denver, is due out this week on RCA. Another set, taken from a 1993 show at a Richmond, Va., club, the Flood Zone, will likely follow in January. Price for the double set is $19.98. "We wanted to go back to the shows we've taped and find the ones we like the most, the ones that were special nights, and not take out any of the flaws or the doozy notes and just put them out as real as they came to us," Matthews says. The band, which built its reputation on its stellar live show, will continue to permit audiotaping by fans at all its shows. "I don't ever want to ask people to stop taping the shows and trading tapes among their friends; that would be biting the hand that feeds us," says Matthews. A third studio album from the Dave Matthews Band is expected in April.
JOEL ON BROADWAY: Is a Broadway musical based on the music of Billy Joel in the works? The Piano Man says that anything is possible, but not to expect anything in the immediate future. "I have discussed the possibility of a Broadway musical based on my songs with several Broadway production people," Joel says. "Anything that has transpired to date is purely exploratory and preworkshop. Accordingly, we are not encouraging speculation right now, but don't rule anything out."
JOBIM TRIBUTE: Sting, Al Jarreau, Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, and Joe Lovano are among the artists who will appear at All Jobim, a salute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, taking place today at New York's Carnegie Hall.
COWARD TRIBUTE: Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant is set to participate in an album paying tribute to the great composer Noel Coward. The as-yet-untitled set is scheduled for release this coming spring. Pet Shop Boys disciples who cannot bear to wait so long to bask in the distinctive deadpan of La Tennant will find pleasure in the import release of Believe, a cover of Elton John's 1995 hit that will feature a guest vocal by the pop superstar. Look for that one on Parlophone U.K. at year's end.