Short Takes - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Phil Spector, Duran Duran

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be active in next year's celebration of Liverpool as the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

Starr, along with Dave Stewart and the Liverpool Symphony Orchestra will perform at the January 12 opening ceremony. McCartney will play a June 1 concert at Anfield Stadium.

The Los Angeles District Attorney has indicated that he will retry Phil Spector on the charges that he killed actress Lana Clarkson. Spector's first trial was declared a mistrial on Wednesday when the jury became deadlocked at 10 to 2 in favor of conviction. A hearing on the case is set for October 3.

Duran Duran will play a two week run at Broadway's Barrymore Theater from November 1 to 13. The group plans on playing the new album, Massacre, it its entirety along with classics from their repertoire.

Radio legend Cousin Brucie Morrow has signed a multi-year contract with Sirius Satellite Radio. It had been rumored that Morrow would leave Sirius, where he hosts 50's and 60's themed shows, after his contract was complete to return to WCBS-FM in New York. Per Morrow, he's staying with Sirius as a "Commitment to a generation of music and a commitment to me."

The Sex Pistols will try out their reunion set at a private party at Los Angeles' Roxy on October 25. The party is sponsored by wireless carrier Helio and the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Bono received the Liberty Medal Thursday night in salute to his humanitarian work in Africa. The award was presented by former president George H.W. Bush. The award includes a $100,000 price which Bono said would be given to his group Debt AIDS Trade Africa.

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