Idol tryouts: Alice in Chains tour, High Fidelity on Broadway, Kanye gets hyphy

1. Every record store clerk's favorite novel, which then became every record geek's favorite movie, is now going to be . . . every record nerd's favorite Broadway musical? Boston gets first look at the $10 million production from the team behind Avenue Q -- are the good old days of the Hub as a tryout town back again for real?

World Premiere Pre-Broadway Engagement!
September 26 – October 22, 2006
The Colonial Theatre

The World Premiere of a new musical based on the novel 'High Fidelity'
By Nick Hornby (later a popular film by Touchstone Pictures) 

HIGH FIDELITY is a romantic musical comedy that follows the adventures of Rob, a record store owner who knows almost everything about pop music, but almost nothing about how to hang onto a girl.  Rob's love life, already a broken record of heartache, falls off the charts completely when he gets dumped by Laura... but that just sets him up for one of the top 5 romantic comebacks ever.  With a score by fast-rising songwriters Tom Kitt (music) and Amanda Green (lyrics) and a book by South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Rabbit Hole), HIGH FIDELITY is directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony Award® winning director of Chicago.

2. What? No reality-TV tryouts?

After making history with a string of rock hits, chart topping albums and legendary live performances, Alice in Chains are back with their first international tour in more than a decade. After kicking off the tour with a series of club shows in the United  States, the members of the Seattle rock outfit will cross the Atlantic for a round of shows at some of Europe’s most notable rock festivals. Joining them on the mike for this cross-continental trek will be Comes With the Fall singer William Duvall along with a few other special guests and musical friends honoring the legacy left behind by Alice’s late singer, Layne Staley. The tour will begin on May 18 in Los Angeles and will continue through June and July with more than 30 dates from San  Diego to Slovakia. In March 2006 Alice in Chains came together again at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City for VH1’s Decades Rock Live tribute to fellow Seattleites, Heart. This time they had William Duvall and Phil Anselmo from Pantera and Down sharing lead vocals with Jerry, paving the way for this summer’s tour.

Dates for Alice in Chains' Summer 2006 tour:

  18                                Los Angeles, CA                     The Roxy
  19                                San Diego, CA                        House of Blues
  21                                Chicago, IL                            Cabaret Metro
  22                                Boston, MA                            Avalon Ballroom
  23                                New York, NY                         Bowery Ballroom

3. Kanye tries hyphy on for size: way better than his official MI:3 soundtrack theme, 'Ye co-signs the early frontrunner for song of the year on the remix, now in official-release version, as opposed to the unfinished radio rip that surfaced last month) . . .

DOWNLOAD: E-40 with Kanye West and Ice Cube, "Tell Me When To Go Remix" (mp3)

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