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Joining the Dead

New York City -- The Dead is getting a new member, albeit temporarily.

Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes will perform with The Dead as the band heads out on the road this summer. The guitarist, whose band toured with The Dead in 2002, will begin performing with the band next month, including a Feb. 9 performance at the Dead's Second Annual Winter Jam in San Francisco.

In a statement, Haynes said "getting to sing some of the Hunter/Garcia songs will be a real honor."

"Every time you play with different players it changes from listening to the musicians on stage," said Haynes, who will be handling vocals and guitar for the band. "Playing with three guitar players will be more sensitive. It's a challenge I am very much looking forward to."

NAACP announces honor for Dave Matthews Band

Los Angeles -- Dave Matthews Band will receive the special Chairman's Award at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards for its devotion to social and environmental causes and its "dignified representation of people of color," the civil rights group has announced.

With the awards, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honors people and companies that support positive change for people of color in arts and entertainment. The honor will be given at the March 6 awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Fox will broadcast the program March 11.

The racially mixed music group includes drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessard, vocalist-guitarist Dave Matthews, saxophonist Leroi Moore and violinist Boyd Tinsley.

For those who think young

London -- There were pop stars, cameras and lights, but the excitement wasn't for a movie premiere. It was the world debut of a Pepsi commercial -- starring Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles and Pink.

The trio were at the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square on Monday for the first screening of the soft drink manufacturer's "New Gladiator" ad, in which they play gladiators and Enrique Iglesias plays an evil Roman emperor.

The three have reworked the old Queen hit "We Will Rock You" for the ad, and band members Brian May and Roger Taylor also were at the event.

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