Britney Spears's first tour of China got the green light from the country's Ministry of Culture, but first officials want to see her outfits, the official China News Service reported yesterday. Concerned about Spears's racy image, ministry officials plan to have the singer's performance wardrobe strictly reviewed before she hits the stage to make sure she doesn't reveal too much skin, said CNS. Spears, who is touring to promote her latest album, "In the Zone," will perform five concerts in Shanghai and Beijing next year. . . .
Irish rocker Bono denied rumors that he and friends in the music industry were planning a second Live Aid concert to raise money to fight AIDS, debt and poverty. Speaking to reporters as he entered a meeting of EU development ministers in Dublin, Bono said: "Right now we're after billions of euros, not millions. A Live Aid 2 would help, but it wouldn't fix the problem.". . .
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are looking for unsigned bands to compete for an opening slot on the Ozzfest main stage alongside Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer and others. The winning band will also land a coveted spot on the second stage of Ozzfest 2005 as well as free music equipment and cash prizes. Auditions will be held in Los Angeles on June 11 and in New York on June 18. For more information, go to www.ozzfest.com or call the audition hotline at 800-688-5251.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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