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Beyonce holds girl band auditions
Beyonce Knowles
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R&B star Beyonce Knowles is holding open auditions for an all-girl band to play on her forthcoming world tour.

The singer will audition musicians - including drummers, keyboard players, bassists, guitarists, horn players and percussionists - from across the US.

The tour, which starts this month, will support the release of her second solo album, B'Day, released in September.

Knowles has enjoyed global success as a solo artist as well as with her band Destiny's Child, who split last year.


The open auditions will be held on Monday in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Burbank, California, and Weehawken, New Jersey.

Finalists from the local auditions will have to travel to New York to perform for Knowles later in the week and to begin performing on tour by 20 June, Columbia Records said.

Aspiring band members must be 18 or older and will be asked to play Knowles' Work It Out, as performed on the Beyonce: Live At Wembley DVD.

Knowles, 24, won five Grammy Awards for her debut solo debut Dangerously in Love, which was released in 2003.

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