Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Friday Flash. It’s Friday baby, so show em’ if ya’ know em’.

We start this weekend’s roundup of music news with everyone’s favorite rap-rockin’ political rabble rousers Rage Against The Machine. You might recall a few weeks back when we brought you the news that Rage had scheduled a Sept. 3rd Minneapolis concert to coincide with the Republican convention that same week in nearby St. Paul.

Well, it seems that the ever volatile Rage boys are equal opportunity political offenders, and have now scheduled a free show Aug. 27 at the Denver Coliseum during the Democratic National Convention. According to Billboard, the concert is part of the Tent State Music Festival to End the War, and will also feature Flobots, the Coup, State Radio and original MC5 radical rocker Wayne Kramer. Tickets will be given away for free by lottery.

Earlier this week, we also reported that Britney Spears may be headed back to the MTV Video Music Awards for a return engagement. While that has yet to be confirmed, we can report that the VMAs have announced that Kid Rock will perform his mega summer hit “All Summer Long” for the event. Kid joins a thus far Britney-free lineup that also includes Lil’ Wayne and The Jonas Brothers. The rumor that Tommy Lee will sit in with the band on drums has yet to be confirmed.

Finally, from Rolling Stone comes the rather strange story of how Ben Folds leaked a fake version of his upcoming Way To Normal album (due Sept. 30) to the internet. Folds leaked the “fake” tracks, which include songs like “Bitch Went Nutz” back in July. "They sound like roughs because they haven't been worked over and ruined like everything else that gets released these days," Folds told Rolling Stone. "I figured a lot of people would get it and a lot of people wouldn't, but that's the way it is with my music in general."

Here are all the weekend’s best concert bets:

Backstreet Boys 8/16/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Laconia, NH
Billy Idol 8/16/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN
Dolly Parton 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Rod Stewart 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON
Anita Baker 8/16/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM Ntelos Pavilion Harbor Center in Portsmouth, VA
Eddie Vedder 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Warner Theatre (Washington D.C.) in Washington, DC
Steve Miller Band with Joe Cocker 8/16/2008 Saturday7:00 PM Reno Events Center
Poison 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Metal Masters Tour featuring Judas Priest, Motorhead and more 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA
Def Leppard 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA
American Idols Live 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Kid Rock with Lynyrd Skynyrd 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Verizon Wireless Music Center (Indy) in Noblesville, IN
Projekt Revolution featuring Linkin Park 8/16/2008 Saturday 2:00 PM Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI
Nine Inch Nails 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Toyota Center in Houston, TX
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with Steve Winwood 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
Allman Brothers Band 8/16/2008 Saturday6:00 PM Comcast Center (MA) in Mansfield, MA
Bob Dylan 8/16/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM The Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:30 PM North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC
Queens of the Stone Age 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Music Box at the Fonda in Hollywood, CA
Neil Diamond 8/16/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Jonas Brothers 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ
Dave Matthews Band 8/16/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Superpages.com Center in Dallas, TX

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