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This Sunday’s kickoff to Inauguration Week will look like a night at the . The January 18 ceremony - titled “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” - boasts a lineup that most people would have to pay big bucks for. But for this one time, it will be free to everyone.

The event is just one of many being held next week for ‘s January 20 inauguration. The incoming president will be honored at a number of ceremonies over several days.

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Okkervil River

played Brooklyn’s newest bar The Bell House on Tuesday.  Playing to a sold out crowd, they played most songs from their last two outstanding albums The Stage Names and The Stage Ins

Will Sheff and band were in fine form this night.  Songs such as “Black Sheep Boy and “For Real” are blistering live.  I love the pairing of these two songs which is how it also appears on their album Black Sheep Boy.  “Black Sheep Boy” starts off with just Will and guitar, but then it goes into “For Real” which is dark, loud, and wonderful. 

The scariest moment might have been a drunken fan that barreled through the front of the stage and started dancing wildly.  Thankfully, he was taken away by security after one song.  It was a bit of a frightening moment in otherwise a fantastic show.

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Grateful Dead

Although is still weeks away from officially taking office, the President-elect can take partial credit for accomplishing one task: getting the Grateful Dead back on the road again.

Speculation about a possible tour began brewing last year after the bandmates reunited for February’s “Deadheads For Obama ‘08” concert in San Francisco. That performance was followed up several months later by another fundraising appearance at October’s “Change Rocks” concert/rally in Pennsylvania.

In a statement, guitarist/singer Bob Weir said the crew had some “unfinished business” to take care of. Bob added, “Everybody has a whole new bag of tricks; we have the body of material we worked up over the years and we have a mind meld going on here and it would be a sin to let that just wither and die.”

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Clearly the economic woes have not been felt by all.

In 2009, Madonna earned over $280 million in ticket sales worldwide. (That’s enough to pay several divorce settlements.) The success of the Sticky & Sweet tour made the singer the best solo draw of all time. (She beat the previous record set by herself in 2006.) The 50-year-old also became the top concert attraction in North America this year.

Here are the Top Ten North American tours of 2008:

  1. Madonna ($105 million)
  2. Celine Dion ($94 million)
  3. The Eagles ($73.4 million)
  4. Kenny Chesney ($72.2 million)
  5. Bon Jovi ($70.4 million)
  6. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($69.3 million)
  7. Neil Diamond ($59.8 million)
  8. Rascal Flatts ($55.8 million)
  9. The Police ($48 million)
  10. Tina Turner ($47.7 million)

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Bruce SpringsteenSpringsteen fans will be celebrating a belated Christmas in early 2009. In addition to a high-profile concert in February, the legendary musician will have two new albums in stores next month.

On January 13, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be offering up a Greatest Hits edition. The disc - which will be exclusively sold in Wal-Mart stores - will focus solely on songs Bruce recorded with the band. (You can see a track listing after the jump.) Two weeks later on January 27th, Working on a Dream will then make its debut. The album will consist of entirely new songs produced by four-time collaborator Brendan O’Brien.

Both releases will lead up to Springsteen’s primetime appearance during Super Bowl XLIII’s halftime show. The game will be held in Tampa, FL on Feb. 1.

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Beatles fans might get a thrill when they see endorsing a philanthropic campaign from the grave…or, they might be a little weirded out.

In a new ad spot, Lennon’s voice and image are used to promote “One Laptop per Child,” a project that offers solar-powered computers to poverty-stricken kids. As we all know, John Lennon died from gunshot wounds in 1980 (almost exactly twenty-eight years ago). His widow Yoko Ono approved the endorsement for the “Laptop” foundation.

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Could Fall Out Boy be looking for a new manager?

Although the band had intended to give a free acoustic concert earlier this week, poor planning forced the group members to awkwardly improvise. Someone neglected to file the necessary paperwork for the Washington Square Park appearance, which meant the use of instruments would not be allowed.

Fearing they would be arrested by the New York police department if they chose to rebel, the group members elected to do an a cappella performance instead. (The show must go on, right?)

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Fleetwood Mac

Five years after packing up their equipment, Fleetwood Mac is ready to hit the stadiums once again.

Beginning in Spring 2009, four of the group’s main band members - Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie - will kick off their Unleashed tour. The reunion is their first since wrapping up their Say You Will concert gigs back in 2005.

At this time, only 15 locales have been announced for the month of March. (More dates will be added later.) Tickets for the current stops will go on sale starting December 15. American Express Cardmembers will have early access to most of the cities beginning December 8th through Ticketmaster.

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ColdplayLeona Lewis

Earlier this year at the 2008 Oscars, American actors walked away empty-handed. Now American musicians are being pushed aside by the British Invasion.

According to the Associated Press, this year’s best sellers were performers from across the pond. Topping the album charts was Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. Although the company does not reveal actual sales numbers, a majority of the band’s digital sales (500,000 since June) were apparently purchased through iTunes. (More than 2 million copies of Viva have been sold overall.) The other artists in the Top 5 include Jack Johnson (Sleep Through the Static), the Juno soundtrack, Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III) and Sara Bareilles (Little Voice).

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No Doubt

What should you do just months after giving birth to your second child? Start preparing for another world tour, of course!

Over the weekend, Gwen Stefani and her bandmates from No Doubt officially announced plans for a new tour and album. The group - which had been on hiatus since 2004 - delivered the news via their joint website.

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