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My Chemical Romance has finished recording its long-awaited follow-up to the 2006 album "The Black Parade," and may be considering some less-than-stadium-sized shows for the group's next tour. With songs like "Black Dragon Fighting Society" and "Light Behind Your Eyes," lead singer Gerard Way tells NME that "the record we've made reflects the size of the venues we're going to play them in. We can play these songs in stadiums; we can play them in arenas. But we can also play them in punk clubs, and maybe that's all people are gonna be able to go to next time around, who knows?"
Britney Spears has been causing consternation among the staff at L.A. Mondrian Hotel, allegedly wandering the halls babbling in a British accent in an impersonation of the "Family Guy" character Stewie. "She's been staying in the hotel's penthouse suite and has been watching box sets," a source told U.K. tabloid The Sun. "She really likes Stewie and has been trying to copy his British accent. It's a bit weird, especially when she's in the gym speaking like a camp Brit."
Following the success of its nationally televised New Year's Eve performance in Times Square, rock band Daughtry is heading out on the second leg second leg of its U.S. arena tour. For the upcoming shows, singer Chris Daughtry, bassist Josh Paul, drummer Joey Barnes, and guitarists Brian Craddock and Josh Steely will be joined by openers Lifehouse and Cavo.
The Village Voice "Pazz and Jopp" critic's poll results are in: topping the album list is indie-hippie fave Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion," while the top single on the survey is the ubiquitous "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z + Alicia Keys. The annual collection of music writers' picks included votes from 697 of the top rock critics.
Man or Astroman?, one of the hardest-touring bands of the 1990s, has emerged from an extended hiatus in its Alabama hometown for a new slew of liver performances. The band will kick of its reunion on March 6th at The Bottletree in Birmingham, Alabama. Later that month, the group will play several shows at the SxSW music festival in Austin, TX.
(Contributions from Monica Herrera and David J. Prince)