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Digest: AFI Singer Joins 'American Idiot'; LCD Soundsystem Tickets

Also: Rihanna announces new tour; Broadcast singer makes posthumous appearance on new Prefuse 73 record

February 10, 2011 10:50 AM ET
Davey Havok of AFI performs during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
Davey Havok of AFI performs during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

AFI Singer Joins the Cast of 'American Idiot'
Davey Havok of AFI is the latest rocker to join the cast of American Idiot on Broadway. Havok will take the role of St. Jimmy from Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong for a two-week engagement beginning March 1st. Former American Idol contestant Justin Guarini will also join the cast at that time as the character Will. [Wall Street Journal]

LCD Soundsystem Presale Tickets Scalped For $1,500
Tickets for LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden haven't officially gone on sale yet, but tickets from yesterday's presale are already being offered by scalpers for up to $1,500 each. Frontman James Murphy is furious about this, tweeting "Fuck you, scalpers. You are parasites. I HATE you." [Village Voice]

Rihanna Launches 'Loud' Tour
Rihanna has announced seven North American dates for her arena tour in support of her latest album Loud. The tour will kick off in Baltimore on June 4th. [Rap-Up]

Broadcast Singer to Appear on New Prefuse 73 Album
The late Broadcast vocalist Trish Keenan will make a posthumous appearance on Prefuse 73's new album The Only She Chapters, due out April 27th. The record will also include collaborations with Zola Jesus and Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian. [Guardian]

MORE: Justin Bieber Preview Screenings Sell Out; Beatles' First Concert to be Screened for First Time in 47 Years

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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