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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
Grateful Dead reunion battle
The first reunion concert by Grateful Dead members since the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995 has been blocked by authorities in Wisconsin.

The two-day concert dubbed Terrapin Station - A Grateful Dead Family Reunion, would reunite Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir on stage for the first time since Garcia - founder and leader of the band - died of a heart attack.

But the highway committee in Wisconsin's Walworth County has denied the promoters a licence to hold the concert, saying the area's 80 sheriff's deputies would not able to handle the crowd.

The promoters plan to appeal against the decision on the gig, which was expected to draw a crowd of 200,000.


Charlatans head back to the intimate

The Charlatans are to turn back the clock with a one-off show at a stomping ground from the early days of their career.

The act are to play an intimate show for just 500 fans at Manchester Debating Hall, one of the venues they played on a tour to plug their debut single 12 years ago.

The show is the latest in a series of Carling Homecoming gigs, which have already included Jamiroquai performing at a tiny west London venue.

The Charlatans are more used to huge arena crowds nowadays, and are among the headliners for Glastonbury Festival later this month.


Indian film critic honoured

Distinguished Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev will be honoured with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters award by the French Government.

The prestigious award is in recognition of her contribution to co-operation between India and France in cinema.

France gives the award to "persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of the arts in France and throughout the world".

French ambassador Bernard de Montferrand will give away the award to Mr Vasudev on Wednesday.


Star Wars says top

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones is still favourite with cinema-goers, as it continues to top the UK box office chart.

Richard Gere's new thriller Unfaithful failed to topple the sci-fi epic in its first week of release, entering the chart at number two.

Star Wars has now taken more than 2m in the UK alone since it was released four weeks ago.

Monster's Ball, which earned Halle Berry a best actress Oscar, debuted at number six, with box office receipts worth 488,466.


Pellow makes West End debut

Former Wet Wet Wet lead singer Marti Pellow has hit stage in West End musical Chicago, where he has taken over the role of lawyer Billy Flynn.

Pellow, 36, who has fought back from a heroin addiction, learned how to act and dance for his 15-week run in the show.

His only previous acting experience was a cameo role in an episode of TV soap Emmerdale last Christmas.

Pellow, whose former band were in the charts for 15 weeks with Love is All Around, released his solo album, Smile, last year and has also played solo concerts since overcoming his drug difficulties.

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