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(Above: No Doubt light up Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Mo. on July 6, 2009.)

Tickets to see No Doubt on their first tour in five years weren’t cheap. But the band has done their best to alleviate part of that sting by giving everyone who bought a ticket a free download of their entire catalog.

Three weeks after covering No Doubt’s energetic, fan-friendly set at Starlight Theater, I received an e-mail providing me access to the following albums:

The Singles 1992-2003 (2003)
Everything In Time (B-Sides, Rarities, Remixes) (2003)
Rock Steady (2001)
Return Of Saturn (2000)
Tragic Kingdom (1995)
The Beacon Street Collection (1995)
No Doubt (1992)

The download also includes No Doubt’s first recording since reuniting, a cover of Adam and the Ant’s “Stand and Deliver.”

The hidden message in this goodwill statement is that 13 years of recordings aren’t worth as much as a ticket to a 95-minute concert. I’m sure decision wasn’t met with open arms at Interscope, the band’s label.

While No Doubt fans are delighted and Interscope is disgusted, I am mostly apathetic. Although the show was a blast, I haven’t found myself pining to play any No Doubt material since the concert. This might be short-sighted of me, but my musical shortcomings, dear readers, are your gain.

I am giving away my access code to the entire No Doubt discography. To win everything the band has recorded, reply to this post with your best No Doubt story, or why you feel you deserve to win. After 10 days, I will contact the person with the best story and give them my download code.

Good luck, now start typing!

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(Above: This could be you – or one of your really drunken friends.)

Be it Jimi Hendrix with a broom stick or Eddie Van Halen and a tennis racket, every music fan has gone through an air guitar phase, whether he (or she) wants to admit it or not.

If you’ve kept practicing your air guitar moves or like to laugh at those who have, then make plans to be at the Record Bar, on Tuesday, June 9 for the Air Guitar Championships.

Tickets for the competition run $10 online (plus TicketBastard fees), but The Daily Record is giving a one of its loyal readers the chance to get in free.

Here’s how this will work: If you live in the Kansas City area and want to go, simply leave a comment for this entry describing your favorite air guitar song or greatest air guitar moment. Be sure to leave your e-mail address, because that’s how I’ll contact the winner to let them know they’ve won a two tickets to witness or participate in the Air Guitar Championships.

Originality counts, folks, so don’t inundate us with stories about “Eruption” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

The people throwing this competition are serious about finding the ultimate air guitar hero. Winners at the 23 regional showcases will have the chance to compete in the championship round this August in New York City. There they will be judged by reigning U.S. and World Air Guitar Champion “Hot Lixx” Hulahan (I know, but that’s what it says in the press release) and Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones.

For complete rules, videos and other information visit the Air Guitar Championships Web site.

Commence sending your stories … now!

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