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Rock News; Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

STARS REMEMBER ELVIS

Dennis Hopper, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Sheryl Crow and Britney Spears are among the celebrities featured on the NBC-TV Thanksgiving Day special "Elvis Lives." The show also will include live performances by the Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, No Doubt and LeAnn Rimes. Hopper relates a memorable anecdote: "I remember going and seeing him once and there were about six girls waiting. These were all young starlets. I saw three of them go in. They went in for about 15 minutes and then I was invited in. I said, 'Elvis, are you having sex with these girls?' He said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'How do you do that?' He said, 'It's easy, they're all different.'"

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SEX MOB TAKES A BREAK

Sex Mob played the newly renovated Sweet Rhythm (formerly Sweet Basil) in New York over the weekend, showcasing material from their album of James Bond soundtrack covers as well as new compositions. In addition to the show being the first time Sex Mob played the club, it marked the band's last New York City performance before they head into the studio in December to record their next album with special guest musician/arranger Roswell Rudd. The album will be released on Ropeadope Records and once again be produced by longtime collaborator Scotty Hard.

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NEW ZAPPA LABEL

Frank Zappa's son Dweezil announced the formation of a new label dedicated to releasing material from the deep vaults at Zappa's Barking Pumpkin Studios in Los Angeles. The label, Vaulternative, plans to put out several live recordings. The first release, "FZ:OZ -- Frank Zappa Live in Australia," currently is available only through the Zappa family's Zappa.com Web site. The double-CD set is from the mid-1970's Zappa concerts in Australia. Also in the works is the legendary 1978 Halloween concert from the Palladium in New York, which will be released in conjunction with DTS Entertainment. Dweezil intends to release recordings that concentrate on unusual configurations of his father's backing groups.


MANU CHAO DVD

World music star Manu Chao will release "Babylonia En Guagua," his first concert CD, Jan. 28, 2003, featuring 25 songs from his Sept. 4-5, 2001, concerts at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. The elusive artist and his band are subjects of a 52-minute "behind the scenes" road movie directed by Raphael Frydman, which also is included on the DVD, along with a 10-minute short directed by Marc Boucherot and Nicolas Menet, and a 26-minute film directed by Enzo. Manu Chao also makes his debut as a director on "Babylonia En Guagua," contributing a 26-minute film to the DVD. In a nod to Manu's multicultural and pan-hemispheric appeal, the DVD will be released around the world with English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish subtitles.

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ROGER WATERS IN THE PINK

The New York Post reports former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters and his American wife Priscilla are separated but both living in Manhattan, where the couple's son just began the academic year at St. Bernard's school. The Post reports they are in the process of getting a divorce and that Waters, who also has a house in Southampton, England, has been living for over a year with filmmaker Laurie Durning.

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