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GreenA hard-rocking lineup is on tap for the second night of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. To be held Dec. 12 at Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the show will feature Green Day, Chevelle, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Hoobastank, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, the Used, Social Distortion and Velvet Revolver.

As reported yesterday, the previous night's lineup is a who's who of modern rock, including Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, the Shins, Modest Mouse, Snow Patrol, the Killers, the Music, Jimmy Eat World, Keane and Taking Back Sunday.

Tickets for the first night are already sold out but seats for night two go on sale today via Ticketmaster. Both shows will be cybercast on KROQ's official Web site.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

FranzInitial on-sales for the first dates of the Eagles
spring 2005 tour of the Northeastern U.S. and Canada were a major success, will all shows at or near sellout. Concerts in North Charlotte, N.C. (March 5), Greenville, S.C. (8), Duluth, Ga. (10), Montreal (28), Toronto (29), East Rutherford, N.J. (31), Uniondale, N.Y. (April 3) and New York (11) all sold out, with shows likely to be added in East Rutherford and Uniondale.

The Eagles are in the midst of an Asia Pacific run that includes five nights in Melbourne, three of which will be taped in an 11-camera shoot for a DVD to be released next spring by Eagles Recording Co. II. The project will include two new songs debuted in Australia, the Glenn Frey composition "No More Cloudy Days," and the Joe Walsh-penned "One Day at a Time."

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville

SteveFilmmaker Jonathan Demme ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Philadelphia") will direct the video for Steve Earle's "Rich Man's War," the second single from his latest Artemis album, "The Revolution Starts... Now." Footage for the clip was captured during a performance at legendary New York club CBGB's on the night of the U.S. presidential election.

"Steve Earle is the youngest master American singer/songwriter working today and it is a simultaneous blast and honor to be collaborating with him on a visualization of his incredibly moving and deeply patriotic new song," Demme says.

Released in September "The Revolution Starts... Now" debuted at No. 89 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 53,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Earle's is in the midst of a European tour that plays tonight (Nov. 17) in Leeds, England. He plans to tour Stateside early in the New Year.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.