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NellyLast week's pair of sold-out Dixie Chicks performances at Los Angeles' Kodak Theatre will serve as the basis for the trio's upcoming television special, which will air sometime in December on NBC. Tickets to the Thursday and Friday shows were offered first to subscribers, and then to the general public.

Along with past favorites, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire performed tracks from their third album, "Home." As previously reported, the Open Wide/Columbia/Monument album will be released Aug. 27. First single "Long Time Gone" is No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 13 on the Hot 100.

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Dionne Warwick will headline ABBA - The Tribute, a three-day homage to the legendary Swedish supergroup at Stockholm's Globen Aug. 22-24. "She loves ABBA, is really extremely enthusiastic about the show and will perform two of the most vital ABBA songs," said Bjorn Persson, vice president of Real Entertainment Group AB and Lundin & Co, the event's producers in conjunction with the Swedish Tourist Council. Warwick will perform "SOS" and lead the finale of "Thank You for the Music" with all the event's performers. Also slated to perform are Barbara Hendricks, LaGaylia Frazier, and five members of ABBA's band: Rutger Gunnarsson, Lasse Wellander, Ola Brunkert, Per Lindvall, and Roger Palm. Fifteen well-known Scandinavian acts will also pay tribute, including Meja, Eskobar, Alcazar, Peter Joback, and Paralive.

Veteran rock act Chicago will perform Sept. 5 in a New York studio for an episode of A&E's "Live By Request." Hosted by CBS "Early Show" personality Mark McEwen, the show will air live on the cable channel beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and on the Jones Radio network. A&E will rebroadcast the episode Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Chicago will take requests via a special 800-telephone number and E-mail submitted through the Live By Request Web site . The site will also offer a Chicago biography, discography, and song lyrics. As previously reported , Rhino is in the midst of reissuing expanded and remastered versions of the albums in Chicago's extensive catalog. "Chicago V" and Chicago VI," originally released in 1972 and 1973, respectively, will hit stores tomorrow (Aug. 20).