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Dhani Harrison likes keeping his plate full

For Journal Register Newspapers

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You might think that as the son of a Beatle, Dhani Harrison has seen and done enough to be a little blase about other bands.

But he's openly exuberant about his group, thenewno2, hitting the road this spring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

"Oh, that's brilliant," Harrison, 34, says. "I can't wait for that one. That's going to be a real properly bluesy tour."

It's also giving Harrison and the rest of thenewno2 gang -- named after a character in the British TV series "The Prisoner" -- a chance to visit the public again. The group was visible earlier this year via the soundtrack of the paranormal thriller "Beautiful Creatures," which it scored and wrote songs for. Harrison, whose father also did some film music (1967's "Wonderwall Music"), says thenewno2 would be happy to do more of that, but it's currently eyeballing its third album, a follow-up to 2012's "thefearofmissingout." Harrison, meanwhile, has other projects on his plate, one of which he calls "more of an art piece" with a visual artist he isn't naming yet and another assisting Steven Spielberg with a 360-degree photography projects.

"I'm doing so much that I really don't have time to do anything these days," Harrison says with a laugh. "I run around from meeting to interviews to rehearsal sessions and then go do it all over again.

"But you can't complain for being busy in this day and age. I'm very, very happy to be working so hard. I love being around all the different people I'm around. The best way to stay inspired, really, is just to stay busy."

thenewno2 performs with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on Friday, May 10, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Tickets are $30. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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