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Elvis Costello revives his spinning songbook

Published 7:32am Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — Elvis Costello is dusting off his “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” for a concert tour this spring.

The device, a huge game show-like wheel filled with the names of 40 songs, is spun by invited audience members to help select part of the concert playlist that Costello and his band, the Imposters, will perform.

Costello used it on a mid-1980s concert tour. It was filled with a combination of well-known songs like “Alison,” a handful of obscurities and covers like Prince’s “Sign O’ the Times.”

He’s put out about a dozen albums since then.

Selected audience members will also be invited to the onstage “Society Lounge,” where light refreshments will be served.

The “Revolver” tour starts May 7 in Reno, Nev., and hits seven other cities.

Jason Lee offers reward for stolen Hopper photo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Jason Lee is offering a $25,000 reward for the return of a stolen photograph of the late Dennis Hopper.

Lee’s black-and-white Polaroid of the iconic “Easy Rider” actor and director was on display as part of an exhibit in Los Angeles when it was swiped Saturday night.

Lee’s publicist, Nancy Iannios, said Sunday that an unidentified person grabbed the 8×10 photo from the wall and ran out the front door of the gallery in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Iannios says the “My Name is Earl” star has a sentimental attachment to the picture and will pay $25,000 for its safe return, no questions asked.

The photo of Hopper, who died last year, was included in an exhibit by a six-person artist collective called THIS Los Angeles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the collective.

Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore dead at 58

LONDON (AP) — Bandmates say rock guitarist Gary Moore, a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, has died. He was 58.

Manager Adam Parsons told the BBC that Moore was found dead Sunday at a hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where he was on holiday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey said Moore’s death was a “total shock,” and guitarist Scott Gorham said he was “a great player and a great guy.”

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1952, Moore was a member of Dublin band Skid Row before joining Thin Lizzy in 1973, playing on tracks for the “Nightlife” album. He left after four months, but rejoined four years later and played on the band’s “Black Rose” album before going solo once again.

He had a successful solo career, and his accomplished, bluesy playing won plaudits from other musicians.

Thin Lizzy had global hits in the 1970s with songs like “The Boys are Back in Town” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” Frontman Phil Lynott died in 1986, but with a different lineup the band continues to tour today.

Funeral details were not immediately available.

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