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HDNet & Zippo present 'Hot Tour' Concert Series

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Nine-Week Original Series Features Interviews, Shows, and a

Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Nationwide Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - LOS ANGELES/Bradford, PA - March 1, 2005 -

HDNet, the leading high-definition television network, premieres the

9-part Zippo Hot Tour Concert Series beginning Sunday, March 6, 2005 at

10:00 PM EST. The series chronicles the 2004 ZIPPO HOT TOUR and

features interviews and performances from the hottest unsigned rock

bands from eight U.S. cities competing for a showcase with Island

Records in New York City.

In the premiere episode, host Katie Daryl introduces the Zippo Hot Tour

and takes in a performance by the 2004 kick-off band, Abloom. Each

week, HDNet travels to the eight cities of the tour, including Austin,

Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, W. Palm Beach, Raleigh, Detroit and San

Diego, known for their live music scene, to meet the bands in the

competition. Katie introduces the performances and interviews band

members as they tell their struggles of getting signed by a record

label. She then takes viewers on a tour of each city's bustling club

scene. In the final episode, HDNet will feature the winner's showcase

as San Diego's 3against1, voted by fans as the best unsigned rock band

in America, performs for Island Records in New York City.

The 2005 ZIPPO HOT TOUR, which is the only nationwide competition where

the fans choose the bands, kicked off this month and bands from Austin,

TX, Cincinnati, OH, Denver, CO, Memphis, TN, Orlando, FL, Philadelphia

and Pittsburgh, PA, Phoenix, AZ, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC, have until

April 14, 11:59:59pm EST, to register at www.zippohottour.com to qualify

for the first round of online competition, and a once-in-a-lifetime

opportunity. The winning prize packages, valued at nearly $100,000,

includes a showcase performance with Capitol Records A & R executives in

Hollywood, CA, a full equipment package from partners, Peavey

Electronics, TAMA Drums, ESP Guitars, PureVolume, Discfarm, Sonicbids,

and Pro-mark, cash, customized Zippo lighters, and a decked out tour bus

for an all-expense paid 10-city Zippo Hot Tour with a national

headlining band in November.

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About HDNet

HDNet provides viewers with exciting and topical news, sports, music and

entertainment programming. The network features up to 20 hours of

original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality

1080i HDTV format - more original high-definition programming than any

other network. HDNet news and entertainment includes original series

"HDNet World Report," "Face 2 Face with Roy Firestone," "Art Mann

Presents," "HDNet Concert Series," and "True Music," as well as every

episode of the acclaimed Warner Bros. series "Smallville." Live sports

productions include NASCAR auto racing, National Hockey League and Major

League Soccer games. HDNet Movies, the company's second network,

features a wide selection of major studio's theatrical releases - all

uncut, unedited, and appearing in their original aspect ratio - as well

as features produced and finished in true 1080i high-definition.

Co-founded by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and General

Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on Adelphia,

Charter, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and

more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. For more information visit

About Zippo Hot Tour

The Zippo Hot Tour is a promotional marketing initiative to support the

local music industry and provide rock groups with a platform to bring

their music to a national audience. The program consists of a series of

online and offline activities, including a music tour visiting Austin,

Charlotte, Cincinnati, Raleigh, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Orlando,

Pittsburgh and Memphis. For more information on the Zippo Hot Tour

contact Los Angeles based promotion agency, FUSE, at 323-871-9900.

About Zippo

Zippo Manufacturing Company was founded in 1932 in Bradford, PA. The

Zippo windproof lighter has become an international icon of American

ingenuity and tradition and is a treasured collectible throughout the

world. The Zippo windproof pocket lighter - in addition to the

traditional chrome finish - features millions of designs depicting

hobbies, activities, logos and lifestyle interests. More than 400

million Zippo lighters have been manufactured in Bradford since 1932,

and all are backed by Zippo's unparalleled lifetime guarantee. For

more information on Zippo, please visit the company's web site
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