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Digest: Pearl Jam Plan 20th Anniversary; Cee Lo Records with Gwyneth Paltrow

Also: Members of the Flaming Lips and Tool cover Elton John

January 5, 2011 11:10 AM ET
Digest: Pearl Jam Plan 20th Anniversary; Cee Lo Records with Gwyneth Paltrow
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Pearl Jam to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
2011 marks Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary as a band, and the group plans to celebrate throughout the year. They are playing some of their plans a bit close to the vest on their official site, but the grunge icons have promised deluxe reissues of their albums Vs. and Vitalogy, the release of Cameron Crowe's film Pearl Jam Twenty along with an accompanying book and soundtrack, and a special weekend concert in the late summer. [Pearl Jam]

Cee Lo Records with Gwyneth
Cee Lo Green has confirmed that he has recorded a new version of his "Fuck You" — a.k.a. "Forget You" — with Gwyneth Paltrow, who sang the song on a memorable episode of Glee late last year. This bodes well for the chances of the two performing the song together when they appear on Saturday Night Live later this month. [Billboard]

Flaming Lips and Tool Members Team Up for Elton John Cover
Steven Drozd, multi-instrumentalist for the Flaming Lips, is set to release a score that he composed for The Heart is a Drum Machine, a documentary about how listeners connect with music. The soundtrack will include an unlikely cover of Elton John's hit "Rocket Man" with vocals by Tool's Maynard James Keenan. [Pitchfork]

Barbra Streisand Wants to Play Mama Rose in 'Gypsy' Remake
Barbra Streisand is in talks with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents about possibly starring as Mama Rose in a new movie version of their 1959 musical Gypsy. The singer was interested in directing the musical as well, but has since focused her goal to taking the role to the big screen. [NY Times]

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