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NEW YORK (AP) _ After spending more than two years touring with the musical ``Sunset Boulevard,'' Petula Clark says it's nice to be able to sing her own songs again.

The British singer, best known for hits such as ``Downtown,'' is featured this week in her own PBS special, ``Petula Clark in Concert: A Sign of the Times'' (check local listings). Clark finished up a U.S. tour of ``Sunset Boulevard'' last year.

``In the (United) States over the last few years, I've been doing more sort of like theater than concerts,'' Clark told The Associated Press. ``The idea of doing a concert, a live concert show in the States seemed to be quite appealing.''

Besides the concert, Clark has been working on a new album she hopes to release sometime next year, and plans to perform several shows with Richard Carpenter.

More recently, Clark appeared at another concert: She was among the dozens of stars who were called on stage for the ``We Are the World'' finale at friend Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary bash at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 7.

Critics said the finale was disorganized, an assessment Clark laughingly agrees with.

``That was totally, totally unrehearsed; none of us had any idea of what we were doing on there,'' she said. ``I asked Michael what we were supposed to do, and he said, `Don't look at me, I don't know.'''

``Apart from that, it was a pretty amazing evening.''

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