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PinkPink, Evanescence, Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down and Rod Stewart have joined the performance lineup for the 31st annual American Music Awards. Set for Nov. 16, the event will air live from Los Angeles on ABC.

As previously reported, Ashanti, Sheryl Crow, Hilary Duff, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, Metallica, OutKast, Britney Spears, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken will also perform. Comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host the show.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

radioheadRadiohead has announced its first dates for 2004. The group will play April 14-15 at INTEX in Osaka, Japan, and April 17-18 at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe. Tickets go on sale Dec. 20 in Japan; members of the group's W.A.S.T.E. fan organization will also be able to purchase tickets around that date.

Having just wrapped a North American tour in support of this summer's "Hail to the Thief" (Capitol), Radiohead is taking a break before
resuming activity Nov. 10 in Oberhausen, Germany. A commercial single for "2+2=5" is due Nov. 10 internationally in CD, DVD and 12-inch vinyl forms, augmented by remixes, a video for "Sit Down. Stand Up" and a demo for "There There."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SkynyrdGibson Guitar's Custom Division has created a signature model dedicated to late Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins. Crafted to replicate the 1958 Gibson Explorer that Collins used, the edition is limited to 100 guitars and carries a suggested list price of $11,716. Full details can be found on the
Gibson Web site.

In other news, Warner Bros. Publications has just published the "Lynyrd Skynyrd Bass Anthology." The book features full lyrics and complete notation to 15 of the Southern rock band's best-known songs, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Gimme Three Steps," and "Simple Man."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.