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Bow Wow Wow Plans Mini-Tour

Original Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella Lwin and bassist Leigh Gorman have drafted No Doubt drummer Adrian Young for a handful of tour dates in July. Young will be filling the seat of original drummer Dave Barbarossa, who opted out due to commitments with the U.K. act Chicane.

On stage, the group will be rounded out by guitarist Phil Gough of the reggae band Common Sense, filling the role of the late Matthew Ashman, who died of complications relating to diabetes in 1995.

"I wouldn't call it a reunion, quite," Lwin tells Billboard.com. "It's more of a nostalgia trip. Let's put it that way."

Bow Wow Wow's mix of tribal drumming and surf guitar propelled the U.K. band's hit cover of the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy" into the MTV-powered spotlight in the early 1980s. Since splitting in 1983, Lwin and Gorman have reunited a few times over the years, most recently for a summer 2003 performance at KROQ Los Angeles' Inland Invasion festival, where Young first sat in with the band.

Lwin says she's not setting any long-term expectations for the reunion. "I always do shows with Bow Wow for fun," she says. "I don't have any other agenda other than just to say thank you to the audiences that come to see us."

Now based in Los Angeles, Lwin has contributed music to the 2003 independent production "Phoenix Point," a post-apocalyptic film that starred Fishbone lead singer Angelo Moore. She also has a cameo in the Miami-based feature "Hey DJ."

In addition, she's working on a solo album she says will tap into her Burmese/English roots and her Buddhist faith. [It's in a] world vein," she says. "It's going to be an interesting scenario because I don't do stuff that's strictly dance, strictly this or strictly that. I've been told I'm a pop singer, whatever that means.

"I'm more interested in the vibe and how the track feels, because I'm a water sign," she says with a self-conscious laugh. "I think if you're going to do something in this industry, it's got to be different from what everyone else is doing. Being from the 'old school,' I guess I can use that expression, I'm trying to bear in mind that having been there all that time ago, I'm using what I know from then and bringing it forward into the future.

Although there's no label deal in place, Lwin hopes to have the album out sometime in 2005. "I'm just leaving it up to the universe to decide my fate," she says. "I'm praying it will be out by this time next year. I'm hoping that will be the case, but who knows? We'll have to wait and see."

Here are Bow Wow Wow's tour dates:

July 16: New York (B.B. King's)
July 17: Boston (Middle East)
July 23: Los Angeles (Key Club)
July 24: Santa Ana, Calif. (Galaxy Theatre)


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.