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LouLou Reed, the Kinks' Ray Davies and vocalist Antony have joined the lineup for the 15th annual Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 9 at New York's Carnegie Hall. They join a bill that already includes the Black Keys, Patti Smith, Trey Anastasio, Nellie McKay, Chocolate Genius, the Drepung Gomang Monks and longtime artistic director/Tibet House VP, composer Philip Glass.

In other news, Reed has unveiled plans for a 21-date European tour, kicking off April 14 in Oporto, Portugal, and wrapping May 13 in Helsinki. The artist has also split with longtime label Reprise and signed a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary. His final release for Reprise was the 2004 live set "Animal Serenade," which featured material from his 2003 Edgar Allen Poe-inspired studio album "The Raven."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

StatesOakland, Calif.-based rock act the Heavenly States will become the first American band to play live in Libya when it performs five shows in the country next week. The journey was arranged with assistance from the band's Australian-based label, Baria Records, which will issue the Heavenly States' as-yet-untitled new album in May.

"Rock music at its purest expresses both the desire to break down walls as well as the consequences of that desire," says group member Genevieve Gagon. "Nothing could be more pure than to take rock music to place where it may not belong."

National Public Radio has drafted lead singer Ted Nesseth to document the Feb. 1-5 shows, which include a performance at the Roman ruins at Leptis Magna and a private concert at the home of a British diplomat, proceeds from which will be donated to Asian tsunami relief.

Afterward, the band will play shows in Cairo on Feb. 6-7, then head to England for a 10-date run. Also on tap are performances at San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival and the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, to be followed by an Australian tour that begins March 23 and a full U.S. run that begins April 17.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CheapDiscLive will sell instant live CDs of the Feb. 5 Musicians 4 Disaster relief concert to be held at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. A special double-disc edition of the concert will be available in a numbered collector's set and will represent the debut release on DiscLive parent Immediatek's Moving Records imprint.

As previously reported, the concert will feature appearances by Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen, Eddie Money, Twisted Sister, Grand Funk Railroad singer/guitarist Mark Farner, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, guitarist Rick Derringer, former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts and singer Michael Bolton.

After the show, the artists will team to record a newly penned Derringer original, "Dawn of Love," which will be featured on the DiscLive CDs and made available for digital download. Proceeds will benefit the John Entwistle Foundation, which will in turn donate them to the American Red Cross and Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.