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GLAD TIDINGS: Weird Al Yankovic will be...

GLAD TIDINGS: Weird Al Yankovic will be back for Christmas with a greatest-hits compilation--and a comical new version of “Peter and the Wolf” in which the pop parodist teamed up with Wendy Carlos on a goofy rewrite of Prokofiev’s classic. . . . Guitar great Jeff Beck is putting together a new band, which so far includes drummer Terry Bozzio and keyboardist Tony Hymas. Watch for an album next year. . . . Local rockers Broken Homes can count actor Keith Carradine as a major fan. In fact, you can even hear him on the band’s current song, “Seeds I’ve Sown,” where Carradine plays the hurdy gurdy. . . . How’s this for a mystery? Chicago’s Jimmy Pankow has been bedeviled by an Oregon-based imposter, who’s been bilking fans out of money and stealing their cars while posing as Pankow. Pankow has been helping police in their attempts to catch the thief, though he admits, “In a strange way, it’s reassuring to know that my fans would give me money and their cars if they found me wandering around their town.” . . . Our Band Name of the Week goes out to ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey, whose new group is called Shakespeare’s Sister (an obvious homage to a Smiths song of the same name). . . . Ginger Baker will be at the Country Club Thursday. It’s his first L.A. appearance in more than 15 years. . . . And congrats to ex-"Tour of Duty” music coordinator Art Fine, whose choice of ‘60s hits for the TV series were compiled on a pair of “Tour” albums that both recently showed up in the Top 10 of the Australian charts.


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