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News Ticker: Lady Gaga, Phoenix, Daniel Johnston, Dave Grohl

March 24, 2010 8:33 AM ET

 

  • Sting, Elton John and Lady Gaga will perform together at the Rainforest Fund's 21st annual Carnegie Hall benefit on May 13th, Reuters reports.

     

     

  • Phoenix are offering up a free download of their Live in Sydney disc on their official website. The eight-song set was recorded at a show earlier this month and features the band's recent hits "1901" and "Lisztomania."

     

     

  • Daniel Johnston has a surprise new disc due in just three days. TwentyFourBit reports that Beam Me Up!, a 12-track LP recorded with a Dutch orchestra, includes three previously unreleased solo acoustic tracks.

     

     

  • Dave Grohl has clarified that the caffeine overload he joked about in the "Fresh Pots" video Them Crooked Vultures unleashed via YouTube was an indication of a medical problem. He told Absolute Radio (via Spinner) that his coffee OD landed him in the hospital with chest pains.

 

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