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News on Queens Of The Stone Age, Manic Street Preachers, Hierogylphics, Del The Funky HomosapienI

Police arrested Queens of the Stone Age vocalist/bassist Nick Oliveri Friday after he went onstage naked to play at the Rock In Rio music festival, Brazilian media reported. Globo television footage showed Oliveri being escorted off stage by officers. He was cited and asked to put on a pair of pants before being released and allowed to continue with the performance, Globo reported. The festival concluded on Sunday.

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"So Why So Sad," one of the two upcoming U.K. singles by multi-platinum Welsh rock favorites Manic Street Preachers, made its debut at lunchtime today (U.K. time), both at BBC Radio 1 and on the band's official Web site. In a typically bold ploy, the Manics are set to release both this track and "Found That Soul" as two separate singles on March 5, raising the distinct possibility that their huge fan base will give them the top two singles on the following week's chart.

The new track represents quite a change in style for the Manics, with something of a 1960s feel, harmony vocals, and a Phil Spector influence. As previously reported, the band is due to introduce these and other new songs when they play Havana, Cuba on Feb. 17, and have now confirmed U.K. dates at Manchester Apollo on March 27 and 28, Brixton Academy in London on March 30-31, and Barrowlands in Glasgow on April 2-3.

-- Paul Sexton, London

Bay-area underground hip-hop collective the Hieroglyphics are set to re-release their 1998 debut album "Third Eye Vision," on March 6, according to their official Web site. The group -- Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Domino, Casual, and Pep Love -- made the decision to re-release the album after recently landing a deal with RED Distribution, which will ensure the record will get into stores on a much broader scale.

The group has also announced that they are in the planning stages of a new album, to be released later this year. Pep Love has also recorded a single featuring Dilated Peoples, titled "Fight Club," which will appear on his upcoming album, "Ascension," due out in March.


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