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Hollywood Bowl 2008 Season Preview: Petty, Python, Diana... Radiohead???

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Last August, Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Rob Laufer, Ian Ball from Gomez, and Al Jorgensen joined Cheap Trick and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to recreate Sgt. Peppers on it's 40th Anniversary. They'll do it again June 28th.

We're four months out from the official start of the 2008 Hollywood Bowl Season and the schedule is nearly complete. Single tickets won't go on sale for a couple months but the Bowl is offering 16 different series packages, each containing 3-5 genre-specific performances.

Radiohead has yet to confirm dates and venues for their summer tour but we've found a nice run of mid-summer dates that remain "open" on the Hollywood Bowl calendar. And we can dream.

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Here's a shortlist of the performances we're most looking forward to:

Pre-season (not available as part of any package):
April 16: Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z (pre-sale begins tomorrow, 2/8 as mentioned earlier today)
May 29: R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The National (no on-sale date announced yet).
May 31: The Cure (rescheduled from last year) tix.
Jun 14-15: Playboy Jazz Fest (program to be announced Feb. 27)