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Tuesday, 18 April, 2000, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Microsoft man's music debut
Grown Men homepage
The album is being promoted online
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has unveiled his latest project - the debut album by his band Grown Men.

Allen, who is said to be worth $46 billion, plays rhythm guitar in the group, which got together in 1996.

The group do not have a record label, but the album, also titled Grown Men, started selling online on Friday.

The band's website lists The Eagles and Pink Floyd as inspirations, as well as Jimi Hendrix, who came from Allen's home city of Seattle.


Paul Allen
Paul Allen: Rock lover and fan of Jimi Hendrix

Singer Terry Davison said: "It just started off as a bunch of guys getting together to jam and took off from there.

"Paul has a very nice little studio, we had enough material, so we decided, let's make an album."

So far, the band have played club gigs and corporate events in the Seattle are, although it did also open the House of Blues club and restaurant in Las Vegas in March 1999.

Allen plays some guitar solos on the album as well, and his billions have enabled them to spend two years working on the record in professional studios.

But Davison says the richest member of the band - who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 - doesn't dominate it.

"I think we created a monster. He tends to dive in and go for it, but everybody contributed. This wasn't just Paul's band."

The album is being sold through Seattle-based e-commerce outfit Mercata.com, in which Allen is a founding investor.

Allen is well known of his love for rock music, and especially Jimi Hendrix.

He is opening an interactive music museum, the Experience Music Project, in Seattle on 23 June.

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