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Fleetwood Mac Cancels Tour Plans for Cancer Treatment
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Fleetwood Mac have cancelled their touring plans as founding bassist John McVie undergoes treatment for cancer.

The band has been forced to cancel their 2013 Australian and New Zealand tour, which was due to begin on November 10, while McVie seeks treatment. Associated Press reports that band spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg did not specify the type of cancer McVie is treating.

“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates,” the band said in a post on their official website. “We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”

The band recently wrapped up a successful European tour in support of their latest release, a four-track EP titled Extended Play. The EP was released independently by the band as a digital download, and is their first new music since 2003 full-length album Say You Will.

A planned date for December 30 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas has not been mentioned in the list of cancelled shows.

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Ronnie Montrose Tribute Coming to DVD
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When the great Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists.

The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits. Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD also includes interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T, recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

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Lou Reed Tributes
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Rock legend Lou Reed has passed away on Long Island aged 71.

Reed is reported to have died on Sunday morning, and while the cause of death has not yet been released some news outlets are speculating that Reed suffered complications from a liver transplant he underwent in May.

Reed’s Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale said, “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy,” while David Bowie said: “He was a master.” Billy Idol tweeted: "U were my inspiration in the '70's, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock.” The Who tweeted: "RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side." Iggy Pop called it "devastating news".

And many would agree: Brian Eno once said that the Velvet Underground’s debut album only sold 30,000 copies, but that every one of those fans went on to form a band.

Reed was born Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed in Brooklyn in 1942, and by his early ‘20s was melding together two great loves - poetry and rock & roll - as a staff songwriter for novelty label Pickwick Records before forming the band that would eventually become The Velvet Underground.

VU were adopted by pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, and their debut The Velvet Underground & Nico is a virtual audio verite document of the dark side of New York’s creative scene. Reed’s discography is full of daring works that push against the mainstream: 1975’s Metal Machine Music was a forerunner of industrial rock and sound art, and Reed’s final album was Lulu, his collaboration with Metallica.

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Frampton on Humble Pie
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Humble Pie's double live album Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings will be available in a n new re-mastered version on October 28.

The release features all four of the concerts the band recorded at the Fillmore East on May 28-29, 1971, with the re-mastering overseen by band members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.

"It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” said Frampton about the reissue of the live album. “The beauty of it is that you get three completely different performances of most of the songs. It’s great to hear Steve Marriott’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with 'It's really been a gas!' for 40-odd years, and now there’s more."

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Paul McCartney Still “Has A Conversation” with John Lennon
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Speaking in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine (out 25 October), Paul McCartney says he still has “a conversation” with John Lennon if he is struggling to get a song right.

“If I’m at a point where I go, ‘I'm not sure about this,’ I’ll throw it across the room to John,” McCartney tells Rolling Stone. “He’ll say, ‘You can't go there, man.’ And I'll say, ‘You’re quite right. How about this?’ ‘Yeah, that’s better.’

“We'll have a conversation. I don’t want to lose that.”

McCartney’s new New album is aided by a host of younger production talent - Adele collaborator Paul Epworth, Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George) and frequent Kings of Leon partner Ethan Johns.

In the interview, McCartney also says that his sometimes-bitter relationship with Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, is now good. Describing Ono as a “badass,” McCartney says he’s moved on from any bad blood. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’”

“It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?” His also takes wisdom from the words of another late Beatle, George Harrison. “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’”

McCartney debuted his new video October 24. The piano-led “Queenie Eye” features a host of A-list acting celebs, including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Sean Penn, Alice Eve, plus designer Tom Ford and U.K. supermodels Kate Moss and Lily Cole. The video was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

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The Who Will Quit Touring in 2015
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The Who will tour in 2015. But then, that’s it. 2015 will mark the band’s 50th anniversary.

Guitarist Pete Townshend told London’s Evening Standard at the screening for their documentary Sensation, which tells the story of the band's rock opera Tommy, that they will use the tour to visit places they have rarely played in their five-decade history.

“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits,” Townshend said.

In summer 2013, The Who played their 1973 double album Quadrophenia in full alongside their classic hits at a string of arena dates in the U.K, Ireland and the U.S.A.

Released in 1973, Quadrophenia was The Who's sixth studio album and second “rock opera” after 1969's Tommy. A special-edition box set of Tommy is out on November 11. The Super Deluxe box includes a disc containing a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on the new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format, plus a poster and a hardcover 80-page book.

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Vivian Campbell: “Def Leppard In the Studio in January”
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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has spoken to Atlantic City’s WZXL radio station about the band’s new Viva! Hysteria live DVD. The show was recorded during the band’s Las Vegas residency of March 2013, and is out now.

Campbell says: “We had dinner last night – Rick Allen [drums], Phil Collen [guitars] and myself – and we agreed we’re kind of embarrassed about how long it’s been since Def Leppard had new music out. We have been writing, but we’ve now set a date. We’re going to get together in January [2014] and crank out something. So next time we go on tour, we’ll have at least one new song to play.”

Phil Collen tells Rolling Stone the plan is agreed. “We've got a sh*tload of new songs,” Collen explains. “it’s just implement them and then, 'What direction are we going take? Who are we going get to produce it? Are we going do it ourselves? Are we gonna do multiple stuff?'

“An album would obviously take too long, so we’re going to do about four or five songs, get those out and then next year have an album come out, so it'll be an EP and an album.”

Any new Def Leppard music would be the first since 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. Campbell has just finished a course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer), but says he is now “feeling really, really good.”

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Roseland Ballroom Closing
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One of Manhattan’s most historic concert venues, Roseland Ballroom, has announced that they will be closing its doors for good at the end of April 2014. It marks the end of over 50 years on 52nd Street. Roseland Ballroom originally opened in 1919 on 51st Street before moving to its current day location in 1958.

A spokesperson for the venue told NME in an interview: “The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated the Roseland Ballroom for over three decades. Managing Roseland has been a labor of love, which is why the owners have deferred major changes for all these years. Though final plans for the property will not be made until next year, redevelopment of the property is the likely outcome. Roseland will cease operations at the end of April 2014.”

Legendary bands like The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana are among the acts that have played at the Roseland Ballroom. It is sad to see these classic music venues disappearing. In 2006 CBGB, another Manhattan staple, closed down, marking the end of an era that had helped spawn the careers of bands like The Ramones and Blondie.

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Pearl Jam No. 1 Again
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Pearl Jam are still hot. The legendary Seattle grunge band has topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth time with the group’s tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt.

The new album entered the chart at No. 1 this week, pushing over 166,000 copies, reports Nielsen SoundScan. The band’s first No. 1 album was 1993’s Vs., followed by 1994’s Vitalogy, 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer.

Lightning Bolt also delivered the highest-selling album debut of any rock release since Phillip Phillips’ The World from the Side of the Moon offering last November. That album pushed 169,000 its first week out.

Meanwhile, Paul McCartney’s new studio album, New, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 67,000 copies.

Did you pick up either Pearl Jam or Paul McCartney’s new albums? Let us know what you think about the releases in the comments section below.

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Led Zeppelin Concert Film to Get U.S. TV Debut
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Led Zeppelin’s 2012 concert film, Celebration Day, is coming to the small screen. AXS TV has announced that the network will hold the U.S. television premiere of Led Zeppelin’s 2012 concert film, Celebration Day, the week of Thanksgiving.

The movie, which follows the band’s famed December 2007 reunion show in London, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 24. Encore broadcasts will play every night of the week at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from Monday, Nov. 25, through Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving evening.

“Led Zeppelin is such an integral part of the musical landscape and evolution of rock ‘n’ roll,” AXS TV founder Mark Cuban said in a statement. “Making such a landmark performance accessible to millions of households is one of the ways AXS TV intends to bring music back to television.”

Celebration Day brings together surviving Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones with late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason.

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Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert Streamed Live
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Fans unable to make the trek to Mountain View, California on Saturday (Oct. 26) to see this year’s Bridge School Benefit will be able to watch the first night’s festivities on the Internet. Scheduled to perform are Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Fun., Heart, Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. The shows will be streamed here beginning at 5:00 PM PST.


Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young organized the first Bridge School Benefit in 1986, to raise money for a school that educates children affected by severe speech impairment and physical challenges.

Staged every year since then, with the exception of 1987, the benefit features all-acoustic sets by an array of high-profile artists. “Neil came up with the acoustic format idea,” Pegi Young told Rolling Stone. “It was genius. Nobody was doing that at the time. This is before MTV Unplugged or any of that. It keeps costs down, and it took artists outside their comfort zone. Looking back, that first concert was an exercise in simplicity compared to what it is these days.” This year’s benefit will include the first performance by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young since 2006.

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Paul McCartney Unveils Behind-the-Scenes Film
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Paul McCartney has released a behind-the-scenes film created during the making of the video for a new track titled “Queenie Eye,” from his NEW album. The six-minute clip features a large cast of celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Jude Law and Meryl Streep.

In one segment, McCartney explains how “Queenie Eye” was inspired by a children’s game he played when he was growing up in Liverpool. He also shares memories of working with Sir George Martin and The Beatles at Abbey Road studios, where the current film footage was recorded. His recollection of recording “Love Me Do,” The Beatles’ first single, is especially enchanting.

The lead vocal line had originally been Lennon’s—but Martin insisted McCartney sing it in order to free Lennon up on harmonica. “I’m in Abbey Road, first time ever, and I've got to take this lead vocal line, and I know that all the guys back in Liverpool in all the other groups are going to kill me, because it's not my line,” says McCartney. “It's John's line. So, I can still hear, [in a nervous voice] ‘Love me do-oo--o,’ because I'm standing right here, terrified out my wits, trying to pretend I'm not.”

Watch the full clip below.

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Neil Young Preparing New Live Album
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Neil Young is gearing up for the release of Live At the Cellar Door, a live album made up of material from his six shows at the Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30 and December 2, 1970.

Among the highlights are a rare version of "Cinnamon Girl" on piano instead of guitar, and "Old Man," which wasn't officially released until 1972 on the Harvest album. All songs are performed either on acoustic guitar or piano.

Live At the Cellar Door will be released on November 26 through Reprise Records. The album is part of Young's Archives Performance Series, and will be released digitally as well as on CD and 180-gram vinyl.

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Metallica To Play Antarctica?
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Last month we reported on an interview that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich did with radio station 107.7 the Bone. In the interview Ulrich mentioned that “There's another frontier heading in Metallica's direction in December. Which, if anybody [from Metallica management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we're very excited about.”

Now we might have the explanation to the drummer's cryptic statement. The Colombian Coca Cola Zero website has just announced that Metallica is set to play a special concert in Antarctica sometime between December 2 and December 15. Coca Cola apparently go on annual trips to Antarctica with a group of employees.

It is unclear who will be the audience at the event, presumably Coca Cola employees. The first concert ever held in Antarctica back in 2007 had an audience of 17 people. It was the band Nunatak, made up of a bunch of scientists stationed on the icy continent that put on a show that was broadcast worldwide as part of the Live Earth event.

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Tom Scholz on New Boston Album
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More than a decade in the making, the new Boston album, due in December, features 11 classic tracks.

Tom Scholz said: "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston’s harshest critic. Me. The songs have been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston’s hits for the past 35 years."

Life, Love & Hope features lead vocals from Brad Delp and prodigy Tommy DeCarlo, as well as Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and songwriter Scholz himself. "I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others I let my imagination run wild," said Scholz.

Photo Credit: Kamal Asar.

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Brian May Explains Sacha Baron Cohen's Exit
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Queen legend Brian May says Borat/Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen just wasn't right for the planned Freddie Mercury biopic because he would ultimately be distracting to the audience.

May tells Classic Rock magazine that Cohen had plenty of enthusiasm for the project, which helped the band "kick it into the start position."

But in the end they felt that his presence in the movie would draw attention to his Cohen rather than Freddie.

"What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances," May said. "And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t that could really happen with Sacha."

May added that the realization was not a criticism of Cohen's talent whatsoever. "It’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore. But we parted company on very good terms."

May adds that a replacement for Cohen in the movie is already close to being locked in, although he can't yet say who it is.

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Rush Debut DVD Clip of “The Garden”

Rush have released a teaser of their forthcoming DVD via Rolling Stone.com. Rush toured through 2012-13 to support their latest album, Clockwork Angels, and added an eight-piece string ensemble to their shows.

The band recorded a show in Dallas for a Clockwork Angels Tour DVD/CD that will be out on November 19. Here’s a preview clip of the band playing “The Garden,” the grand finale of the Clockwork Angels album. The clip also demonstrates the powers of Alex Lifeson’s Les Paul Axcess in “acoustic” mode. Lifeson also plays keyboards on the live track.

Rush are now on a break. 2014 is their 40th Anniversary and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee says their management wanted an anniversary tour. “That's not going to happen, though,” Lee told Rolling Stone in September. “My attitude is that as much as I’d like to celebrate 40 years, we need a break more than we need a 40th anniversary celebration. There's nothing wrong with celebrating 42 years.”

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Kirk Hammett Says Social Networking Destroys Music
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According to Ultimateclassicrock.com, Metallica’s Hammett feels that social networking has not been good for music. The guitarist was interviewed by Brazilian site R7 and made feelings known.

“There haven’t been a lot of really, really great bands that have shown that kind of promise,” he said. “I think it’s a concern. Because of things like iTunes and streaming and social networking, it’s destroyed music. It’s destroyed the motivation to go out there and really make the best record possible. It’s a shame.”

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Led Zeppelin Boxsets Coming... With John Paul Jones Singing?
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According to Classic Rock, Robert Plant has found some long-lost Led Zeppelin recordings – including two tracks with bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones singing lead. Plant jokes that he now faces a fight with Jimmy Page to get them on to forthcoming Zeppelin boxsets.

Plant says: “I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy, and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things.

“I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far [Jimmy] is up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album.

“Oh, John, wherever you are… you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la la…”

In 2012, Page told Mojo, “There are a number of Led Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album so there will be boxsets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one boxset per album with extra music that will surface.”

A more likely release date is now 2014.

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Black Sabbath Debut “Loner”
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Black Sabbath have posted the official live video for their track “Loner” – watch it below. The original song features on the band’s current album 13, their first full studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die!

The video will be part of the forthcoming Black Sabbath DVD, Live…Gathered in Their Masses, which features footage filmed over two dates in Melbourne, Australia. Live…Gathered in Their Masses will be released on November 25 and a live CD of the gigs will also be released on the same date.

Black Sabbath are currently touring in South America before they return to Europe in November and December.

The tracklisting for Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses is:

“War Pigs”
“Into The Void”
“Loner”
“Snowblind”
“Black Sabbath”
“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
“N.I.B.”
“Methademic”
“Fairies Wear Boots”
“Symptom Of The Universe”
“Iron Man”
“End Of The Beginning”
“Children Of The Grave”
“God Is Dead?”
“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)”
“Paranoid”

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David Bowie Declared Best-Dressed Person in British History
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It’s official: David Bowie is the best-dressed person in British history. That’s the determination of a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine. Bowie was one of 10 individuals nominated by leading academics and fashion experts in recognition of their impact on British fashion history. Bowie garnered 48.5 percent of the votes, far outdistancing such fellow nominees as Queen Elizabeth I and Beau Brummell.

Designer Wayne Hemingway, who nominated Bowie, told Historyextra.com, “Bowie has profoundly influenced so many of us. The first concert I went to on my own was David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane tour at King George’s Hall in Blackburn in 1973. After the gig, I went out and got my hair feathered [and] bought a tight-fitting canary yellow T-shirt from Clobber and Bowie's album from Ames Record Bar. Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment. All these attributes lead to things that drive humankind forward.”

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Rock Hologram Museum to Open in London
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Rock fans will soon be presented with a chance to “perform” live with some of their heroes. Set to open next year is The Music Hall of Fame, a museum located in Camden, north London, that will feature interactive holograms of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain and other music icons. Attendees will be able to interact with the holograms, with footage of their “meetings” available for purchase on DVD.

The innovative idea was triggered by the “appearance” of rapper Tupac Shakur—in hologram form—during a performance staged by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at the 2012 Coachella festival. “You could be transported back to a specific moment of music or play with artists who are no longer alive, even playing back-to-back with a hologram,” said project manager Lee Bennett, speaking to the London Evening Standard . “I was at Coachella watching Tupac and it blew people's minds."

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Nirvana, YES, KISS Among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
 
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The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out, and the list includes a bevy of first-time nominees, including Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, YES, Hall and Oates, the Replacements, the Zombies, Link Wray and Linda Ronstadt.

Fleshing out the rest of the 16 nominees are artists who have been nominated in previous years, but didn’t quite make the cut, including KISS, Deep Purple, Cat Stevens, Chic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Meters, LL Cool J and N.W.A.

Fans can support their favorite bands by heading to www.RockHall.com and voting in the Hall’s fan poll. The five artists that score the highest will comprise a special “fans’ ballot” that will stand alongside the regular ballots to pick the inductees.

The 2014 Rock Hall class will be revealed in December. The induction ceremony will take place next April in New York City.

The 2013 Rock Hall class included Rush, Heart, the late Donna Summer, singer and songwriter Randy Newman, Albert King and Public Enemy.

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Lennon, Bon Jovi, Petty Songs Raising Funds Special Olympics
 
A Very Special Christmas
This collection features a collection of classic rockers, including Christmas-themed songs by John Lennon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart. Proceeds from the release will go to the Special Olympics.

Icon: A Very Special Christmas , available now via Universal Music Enterprises, includes Lennon and wife Yoko Ono’s tune “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over,” Bon Jovi’s “Please Come Home for Christmas” and Stewart’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Other artists appearing on the collection include Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Sting and Elvis Presley. Check out the track listing for the set below.

The A Very Special Christmas series has proven very successful, raising over 116 million dollars for the Special Olympics programs since 1987.

Icon: A Very Special Christmas Track Listing:

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” -- John Lennon and Yoko Ono/The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” -- Rod Stewart
“I Saw Three Ships” -- Sting
“Winter Wonderland” -- Aretha Franklin
“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” -- Josh Groban
“Please Come Home for Christmas” -- Jon Bon Jovi
“Christmas All Over Again” -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Run Rudolph Run” -- Sheryl Crow
“Blue Christmas” -- Elvis Presley
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” -- Carrie Underwood
“Last Christmas” -- Wham!
“O Holy Night” -- Nicole Scherzinger (available on international version only)

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New U2 Album in Spring Says Clayton
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U2 bassist Adam Clayton recently delivered some good news for U2 fans who are eagerly awaiting a follow up to the band’s 2009 album No Line On The Horizon. Clayton, who appeared on the Irish radio station 98 FM’s Dermot and Dave show, had the following to say about the status of U2’s current recording sessions: “We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh . . . sometime early next year," said Clayton. "But it's a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment . . . it's just about to be finished, so it's hard to know which way they'll go."

Adam went on to talk about the number of songs that would make it on to the final product, as well as what type of sound the band is aiming for: "I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid," said the bassist. "We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."

Is it too early to hope for a U2 tour next summer?

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Super Heavy: The 10 Greatest Supergroups

The notion of the “supergroup” has always held a special fascination for rock fans, who relish the prospect of hearing what top tier artists can achieve when they join forces. True, superstar egos often clash, but when talent and chemistry come together in the right way, the results can be pure magic. Recently, the supergroup concept has taken on a new life – witness the latest entry, SuperHeavy – but through the years many major artists have attempted such projects. Below are 10 supergroups who have done proper justice to the concept.

Blind Faith

Formed in 1969, in the wake of Cream’s dissolution, Blind Faith at first seemed to push the “supergroup” concept to spectacular heights. Comprised of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood (fresh off his tenure with Traffic) and Rick Grech (formerly of the band, Family), the gifted quartet released just one album, but through the years the disc has attained a prominent place in the rock pantheon. Had Winwood’s ambitions prevailed – he was striving toward something akin to a “rock” version of jazz ensemble – Blind Faith’s legacy might have reached epic proportions.

 

Asia

Rising from the rubble of prog rock, which had been hammered to bits by the punk explosion, Asia boasted a spectacularly talented lineup in the persons of Steve Howe (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), Carl Palmer (ELP) and Geoff Downes (The Buggles). Releasing their debut album in 1982, the band scored a massive hit – as well as endless rounds of MTV airplay – with the arena-ready pop song, “Heat of the Moment.” Critics were never enamored of Asia, but the band’s debut remains emblematic of a certain brand of ’80s rock. The group has survived in myriad incarnations through the years.

 

Traveling Wilburys

No band dispelled the notion that ego clashes were an inevitable component of supergroups quite like the Traveling Wilburys did. Consisting of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, the group came together initially in 1988 to record a Harrison B-side. In the end, the makeshift quintet had so much fun recording together, they decided to make an entire album. Fans and critics alike loved the band, which went on to earn a Grammy in 1989 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. In the wake of Orbison’s tragic death, the remaining members released a second album in 1990.

 

The Firm

Founded in 1984, The Firm centered on Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, with bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Chris Slade (formerly of Uriah Heep) rounding out the lineup. Released in 1985, the band’s self-titled debut album failed to light up the charts, but The Firm’s music has aged well and fits comfortably alongside the varied accomplishments of both Page and Rodgers. A second album, Mean Business, was released in 1986, before The Firm closed its doors. Subsequently, Page said the group was never meant to last for more than two albums.

 

The Highwaymen

Predating the Traveling Wilburys by three years, The Highwaymen proved that country music stars could participate in the “supergroup” concept as well. Comprised of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson – all close friends and “outlaw” pioneers – The Highwaymen came roaring out of the chute in 1985 with a chart-topping single titled, fittingly, “Highwaymen.” The group’s debut album hit #1 as well. The band went on to record two more albums, each spaced five years apart, but Jennings’ death in 2002 put an end to hopes for more Highwaymen fare.

 

Them Crooked Vultures

It’s hardly surprising that Them Crooked Vultures’ music splits the difference between grunge, hard rock and prog. Consisting of the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme (with guitarist Alain Johannes included in the touring band), the group performed their first gig in August 2009, before embarking on a hugely successful world tour. A 2009 single, “New Fang,” was quickly followed by the release of Them Crooked Vultures’ self-titled debut album in September of that same year. Earlier this month (November 2011), Johannes confirmed that the group has plans to record a second studio disc.

 

Chickenfoot

Although frontman Sammy Hagar brushes aside the “supergroup” designation, it’s hard to deny that a band that includes Hagar, Van Halen’s Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and shredder extraordinaire Joe Satriani is exactly that. Springing to life in a jam session at Hagar’s club in Cabo Wabo, Mexico, Chickenfoot released their debut album in 2009, and have garnered raves from critics and fans. Having refined their chemistry on the road, the group have gone on to release a second album, titled Chickenfoot III. “We decided to skip making a second album,” Hagar jokingly explained, during an interview on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Rising from the ashes of The Byrds, The Hollies and Buffalo Springfield, the teaming of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young yielded music remarkable for its sweeping influence on American music and American culture. Having already recorded an album as a trio, Crosby, Stills and Nash brought in Young as an equal partner just in time to make a splash at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Despite their small body of work as a quartet – nearly 20 years passed before CSN&Y recorded a studio follow-up to their 1970 debut – the band remains legendary for their intricate vocal harmonies and their stylistic range.

 

Bad Company

Formed in 1973, Bad Company generated a tremendous buzz among rock fans when they announced their lineup would include former Free members Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell and former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs. As the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song imprint, the group struck gold right away with their self-titled debut album. A supergroup with staying power, Bad Company’s original lineup released six albums together, scoring such hits as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star.” Various incarnations of the band have carried on to this day.

 

Cream

In contrast to their relatively brief period together – the group disbanded after a little more than two years – Cream’s influence and enduring legacy have been monumental. Formed in 1966, the power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker journeyed through incendiary blues, searing hard rock and melody-driven (though still hard-hitting) psychedelia. Tracks such as “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room” helped pave the way for Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and similarly heavy bands that emerged at the dawn of the ’70s.

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10 Greatest-Ever Singing Bass Players

Ten of the finest ever bass player-singers who we think are deserving of recognition.

10. Phil Lynott

As the creative force behind Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott’s vocals, bass playing and songwriting were prime ingredients in such classic hits as “Jailbreak” and “The Boys are Back in Town.” A charismatic frontman, Lynott gave voice to working-class sentiments in a manner similar to that of Bruce Springsteen and Lynott’s Irish literary heroes. His death, at age 36, constituted a grievous loss for rock and roll.

9. Kim Gordon

The twin-guitar interplay of Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo gets all the attention, but Kim Gordon’s bass playing and vocals are crucial to Sonic Youth’s sound as well. Often playing a Gibson Thunderbird or an EB-3, Gordon readily admits that playing bass and singing at the same time can be a challenge. “Unless you’re singing something that’s kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it’s just difficult,” she told Popmatters.com, in 2006. With a laugh, she then added, “I think … playing punk-rock bass with a pick wasn’t meant to be done for 25 years.”

8. Troy Sanders

More than a decade into their career, Mastodon are now regarded as one of America’s premier metal bands. Much of the group’s power derives from singer-bassist Troy Sanders, whose vocal style ranges from clean and crisp to a low, menacing growl. Metallica’s Cliff Burton, KISS’s Gene Simmons and Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott are among the bass players Sanders cites as influences.

7. Benjamin Orr

As The Cars’ bass player, and as singer of such hits as “Just What I Needed, “Let’s Go” and “Drive,” Benjamin Orr tempered the band’s jittery New Wave pop style with a large dose of heart. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that Ric Ocasek, whose singing was laced with irony, could have plausibly conveyed the poignancy at the center of “Drive.” The outpouring of fond remembrances that came in the wake of Orr’s death – he succumbed to pancreatic cancer, at age 53 – attest to the mark Orr left on fans and peers.

6. Sting

Sting’s celebrity status, coupled with his distinctive talents as a singer, often overshadow the fact that he’s a terrific bass player as well. Favoring economy over virtuosity, Sting once said that a chord lacks dynamics until “the bass player has put his note in it.” He cites Motown music, Stax recordings, and Paul McCartney as prime inspirations. “As a child, I would play my Beatles albums at 45 rpm’s, so I could hear the bass better,” he once said. “[McCartney] is the Guv’nor.”

5. Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister’s guttural voice and distinctive bass playing – which derives from his early experiences as a rhythm guitarist – helped shape the direction of both thrash-metal and punk rock. Often modifying his bass with Gibson Thunderbird pickups, the veteran Motorhead leader embraces volume (as in “loud”) as his primary sonic doctrine. Expressing his admiration for Kilmister, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl once said, “Lemmy’s the king of rock and roll. He’s a living, breathing … legend. No one else comes close.”

4. Roger Waters

At times it seems Pink Floyd fans fall squarely into either the David Gilmour camp or the Roger Waters camp, but there’s no denying that, following the sad disintegration of founding frontman Syd Barrett, Waters became the band’s conceptual leader. It’s also true that Waters’ vocals and his approach to bass were integral parts of the group’s distinctive sound. At times riff-based (“Money”), other times textured and ambient (“Us and Them”), Waters’ stylistic versatility fit snugly into the group’s varied compositional approach.

3. Geddy Lee

From Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris to Primus’ Les Claypool, countless bass players have been inspired by Geddy Lee’s style and technique on the instrument. Moreover, Lee’s trademark tenor is a prime factor in what has made Rush one of rock’s most instantly recognizable bands. “There was a time when fast playing and fretboard pyrotechnics were important to me …,” Geddy once said, in an interview with GlobalBass.com. “[But now] I am moved more by melodies, song structure and evocative textures.”

2. Jack Bruce

Even if Jack Bruce’s career had begun and ended with his tenure in Cream, his stature as one of rock’s most formidable vocalists and bass players would be assured. Decades after they were recorded, classics such as “White Room,” “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine of Your Love” remain essential listening for any player making his way in the blues-rock genre. Often playing an EB-3, Bruce has been cited by the likes of Geddy Lee and Sting as a major influence.

1. Paul McCartney

What can be said about Paul McCartney’s extraordinary musical gifts that hasn’t already been said? Simply put, any rock or pop musician who’s strapped on a bass in the past 40 years owes an incalculable debt to McCartney’s approach to the instrument. No player has ever been more adept at serving the composition at hand with fluid, melodic lines. Did we mention that he’s a pretty fine songwriter as well?

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SoCal Rocks – Ten Best Rockers from Southern California

Ever since the Beach Boys started singing about surfing and California, the rest of the world has had a fascination with “the golden coast.” Many bands have followed in the wake of Brian Wilson and his bandmates. Here’s an eclectic top ten of some of the best rockers to emerge from the SoCal area over the years, from legends like The Doors, to newer bands like Switchfoot - enjoy and add your own in the comments!

Guns N’ Roses

With the release of Appetite For Destruction Guns N’ Roses personified all that the mid eighties rock scene in Los Angeles was all about. The album is raw and dirty while still having some of the best melodies ever in the genre. Slash is, as you all know a Les Paul man all the way. In 2010 the Gibson Custom Shop released the Slash Appetite for Destruction Les Paul , which is an exact replica of the guitar Slash used during the recording of Appetite. For those of us unable to fork out the big bucks for the Appetite Les Paul, there’s the Slash Signature Rosso Corsa Les Paul , which feature Slash Signature® humbuckers which are based on the Gibsn PAF humbuckers from the late fifties. Check out Slash in action back in 1992:



Van Halen

How could you do a list of SoCal rock bands and ignore Van Halen? When Eddie Van Halen along with brother Alex, Michael Anthony, and David Lee Roth released their first album in 1978 it completely changed rock music. Not since the height of Jimi Hendrix’ career a whole decade earlier had anyone pushed the limits of what you could do with an electric guitar. After hearing “Eruption” every budding guitarist on the planet wanted to learn Eddie Van Halen’s tapping technique.

Mötley Crüe Just like Guns n’ Roses, Mötley Crüe got their start in the clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Crüe made it big a few years before GN’R and sort of paved the wave for the genre. Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars told Guitar World that he used a ’72 Les Paul Custom for most of the recording of the albums Shout at the Devil and Theatre of Pain: “That was all my black ’72 Les Paul Custom guitar. I bought it for 400 bucks and sold it years later for 25 grand. That was a good investment!”

Stone Temple Pilots

They've had their ups and downs, but there's no question that Stone Temple Pilots, along with Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains, were at the head of what was referred to as grunge rock in the early nineties. Having since turned in to a straight-ahead rock act, STP enjoyed three successful albums in the nineties. Although later releases did not do as well as their first three, the band has released six studio albums to date, and recently parted ways with singer Scott Weiland. Guitarist Dean DeLeo is often seen playing Gibson Les Paul guitars. In an interview with MusicRadar he talked about one of his favorite Les Pauls: "Yeah the black Les Paul has some interesting wiring to it. I hope that Gibson will one day re-create this guitar, I'm kind of talking to them about putting this guitar on the market. It really is very special. You know when you plug in a wah-wah pedal and you find that really sweet spot to solo with? Well, when you pop the tone knob on this, it allows you to get that wah thing." Check out an awesome solo from DeLeo on his black Les Paul:



Rage Against The Machine

When Rage Against The Machine arrived on the scene with their self-titled debut in 1992, they paved the way for the rap-rock genre. More importantly, guitarist Tom Morello changed the way a whole generation of guitarists looked at the instrument. Not since the first Van Halen album had someone challenged the boundaries of what you can do on a guitar. You can instantly spot Tom Morello's playing, whether it's with Rage, his solo project The Nightwatchman, or playing with Bruce Springsteen. Morello has made it his trademark to use pitch shifters and Whammy effects, making the guitar sound like something from outer space.

Jane's Addiction

Jane’s Addiction was basically the antidote to bands like Guns n’ Roses and Motley Crue. Their moody alternative rock took over MTV in the early nineties with songs like “Stop!” and “Been Caught Stealing.” A few years back, Navarro designed an acoustic guitar together with Epiphone - The Dave Navarro Signature . Navarro told Gibson.com that the design on the pickguard is his homage to the Gibson Hummingbird: “I decided to go with my version of that, which is a tipping of the hat to the Hummingbird history with a goth sensibility to it. So you have the crows and the trees as opposed to the flowers and the birds.”

The Doors

Jim Morrison and his bandmates in The Doors paved the way for rock bands from Los Angeles. Formed in 1965, the band gained success with “Light My Fire” from their self-titled debut in 1967. During a hectic period of only 4 years, the band released no less than six albums, culminating with L.A. Woman, which was released only three months before Morrison’s death in 1971.

P.O.D.

San Diego rockers P.O.D. achieved worldwide success with their 2001 album Satellite. But after the initial success guitarist Marcos Curiel quit, and the band slowly dropped off the radar. Since 2006 Curiel is back and the band has had quite some success in the past year with their latest album Murdered Love, and the single "Beautiful." An interesting fact about Curiel is that he apparently used a '57 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop for part of the recording of Satellite that had previously been used by John Lennon, according to an interview with Guitar Center.

Switchfoot

When San Diego rockers Switchfoot aren't touring you can be sure they're out surfing by one of San Diego's beautiful beaches, just like the boys in P.O.D.. That's just what you do when you live in Southern California. Guitarist Drew Shirley's guitar collection includes a 2004 Les Paul Junior and a Goldtop, among various other Les Paul models.

Weezer

For some reason Weezer feels more like an East Coast band to me. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe it has to do with singer Rivers Cuomo’s much talked about studies at Harvard University. What’s clear though, is that Weezer is very much a California band, having formed in Los Angeles back in 1992. Weezer is the kind of band whose albums have a tendency to grow on you years after they are released, and perhaps that is why albums like Weezer, and Pinkerton still sound so fresh and relevant to me.

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Paul McCartney Delivers Surprise Performance

Paul McCartney delivered a surprise performance in New York’s Times Square yesterday afternoon (Oct. 10).

As reported by Rolling Stone, the former Beatle arrived in a convoy of yellow taxi cabs, and then stepped onto a makeshift stage constructed on a flatbed truck. “I'll put a little hat out here later--we're basically busking,” he said, joking with those who had gathered for the impromptu show.

McCartney performed four songs from New, his forthcoming album slated for release October 15. “Let's try and do this the same time tomorrow,” he said. “We only have 15 minutes up here. Andy Warhol predicted I would get 15 minutes of fame.” A large crowd witnessed the performance, alerted by a message McCartney tweeted earlier in the day. You can check out footage from the show below.

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Rolling Stones 2014 Tour in the Works?
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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has dropped a strong hint the band might reunite again for a string of shows next February.

“While the big wheel is rolling we are going to capture it before it stops totally,” Woods told London’s The Sun.

Wood went on to say the Stones were overwhelmed by the response to their 50th anniversary gigs, which included a headlining slot at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival. “Everybody had a smile on their face, which was brilliant,” the guitarist said.

In the wake of Wood’s comments, a spokesperson for the Stones told NME.com “no firm plans” are in place as of yet.

Meanwhile, the band is set to release Sweet Summer Sun – Hyde Park Live, a film that captures their performance at London’s Hyde Park this past July. The film will be available of DVD and Blu-Ray on November 11.

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Nikki Sixx Discusses the End of Mötley Crüe
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It’s sad but true: Mötley Crüe are making plans for their farewell tour. Band members have been saying that the legendary ‘80s band is nearing its end, and now, bass player Nikki Sixx has confirmed that the group is currently plotting out that final big tour.

“It’ll happen, but we don’t know when it will happen,” he told Rolling Stone. “The most important thing about a farewell tour is that the band doesn’t lie to the fans, and the band doesn’t tour and then come back years later. That’s what’s important for us: planning what’s the right time to go out.”

Of course, Sixx has plenty to keep him busy outside of Mötley Crüe. Right now, he’s looking to record Sixx: A.M.’s follow-up to their 2011 release, “This Is Gonna Hurt.”

“The album is so rich and we have so much music, we’re deciding on which pieces of that music we want to put together to make an album,” he said. “We still think it’s important to make records, full-length records that somehow all tie together, that you want that whole body of work, all 10 or 12 songs, because they do something for your life.”

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New Bob Dylan App Available
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Bob Dylan fans, get your iPhones ready: A new app is out that builds on the just-released 10th volume of Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971).

The new Bob Dylan Bootlegs app is available for download via the Apple App Store, and it’s available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Best of all, it’s free.

Fans will find a bevy of Bob Dylan goodies in the app, including photos, videos and historical details that compliment the songs of Another Self Portrait. Additional features include video interviews, song lyrics, track-by-track timelines and more.

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 -- Another Self Portrait arrived last month. The collection features a variety of previously unreleased recordings, demos, outtakes and alternative takes that were collected from the recording sessions for Dylan’s Self Portrait and New Morning albums.

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 -- Another Self Portrait is offered as a two-CD package, a deluxe four-CD package and a digital download.

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Robbie Robertson Writes Rock’n’Roll Primer for Kids
 
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The Band’s Robbie Robertson reckons kids need less twerking and more classic rock’n’roll and soul. He has co-authored Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World, a new book aimed at children to introduce them to some of the world’s most influential music artists. The 128-page book profiles The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and many others.

Robertson co-wrote Legends, Icons & Rebels with his son, Sebastian, and his respective current and former managers, Jim Guerinot and Jared Levine. The book comes packaged with two CDs that include 27 classic recordings — one by each of the music greats profiled.

Robertson is scheduled to make a couple of TV appearances to promote Legends, Icons & Rebels. He is a guest on CBS Saturday Morning, which airs at 7pm ET (October 12) and he’ll also appear on an upcoming episode of PBS’s Tavis Smiley.

Robertson and his three co-authors take part in a discussion and signing event at a Barnes & Noble store on Grove Drive in Los Angeles on October 16, at 7pm PT.

To find out more about Legends, Icons & Rebels, visit TundraBooks.com.

The 27 CD tracks Robertson has handpicked are:

Disc One

1. Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode”
2. Johnny Cash “Get Rhythm”
3. Aretha Franklin “I Say a Little Prayer”
4. The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun”
5. Bob Marley “Three Little Birds”
6. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”
7. Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue”
8. Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”
9. Ray Charles & The Raelettes “Hit the Road Jack”
10. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog”
11. Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions “People Get Ready”
12. Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

Disc Two
1.
Little Richard “Lucille”
2. Hank Williams “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
3. Frank Sinatra “Fly Me to the Moon”
4. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
5. Sam Cooke “Wonderful World”
6. Carole King “So Far Away”
7. Louis Jordan “Caldonia”
8. The Beach Boys “In My Room”
9. Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
10. James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
11. Patsy Cline “Crazy”
12. Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
13. Nat King Cole “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
14. Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”
15. Bob Dylan “Forever Young”

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New Metallica Album Has “800 riffs!”
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Metallica’s James Hetfield has spoken to the Oakland Press about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.

“Hopefully [we will return to the studio] soon,” Hetfield said. “I'm itchin’. We have tons of material to sift through. That takes a lot of time, because there’s a lot of great stuff. I know we only need a few songs, but there's 800 riffs we're going through. It’s kind of insane. We have sifted through a lot of the stuff and pulled the cream of the crop — it’s just sitting there waiting for us to take it to the next level.”

Hetfield hopes to record in Spring 2014, but drummer Lars Ulrich reckons it will be 2015 before a new album is finally done. Ulrich tells Kerrang! magazine, “Obviously, there are a lot of people asking where the next record is. We’re going to make another record, but like I said before, we don’t really feel this kind of… what’s the word? I guess ‘responsibility’ is probably the right word.

“We don't feel this inherent responsibility to just churn out records whenever people want them… If I was betting on this, I would say 2015 — that's where my money is.”

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Boston Getting Ready to Release New Music
 
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According to MusicTAP the new Boston album, which will be called Life, Love & Hope is scheduled for a December 3 release.

Boston released their latest album, Corporate America in 2002. The new album will be the first without original singer Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007.

It is not known if all the vocal duties on Life, Love & Hope will be handled by Delp’s replacement, Tommy DeCarlo. The band said in a statement in 2011 that the album would also include vocals by Delp.

Life, Love & Hope will only be the band’s sixth studio album over all. Boston’s self-titled debut was released in 1976, and spawned the massive hit “More Than A Feeling.” The album has been certified platinum seventeen times by the RIAA, indicating a staggering seventeen million copies sold.

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New David Lee Roth Greatest Hits on the Way
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David Lee Roth. The voice of Van Halen, the master of ceremonies who presided over such classics as "Unchained," "Running With The Devil" and "Panama" as well as new stompers like "China Town." Yep, Dave's place in music history would be assured if he only ever recorded with Van Halen.

But we all know Dave's musical output didn't stop there. His solo work introduced the world at large to such previously underground guitar heroes as Steve Vai and Jason Becker, and led to several more classics in the rock pantheon. Now a new Greatest Hits album brings a cherry-picked selection of Dave's solo hits together.

The CD, titled Greatest Hits/The Deluxe Edition, includes Dave's entire Crazy From The Heat EP as well as tracks from his albums Eat 'Em And Smile, Skyscraper, A Little Ain't Enough and Your Filthy Little Mouth. It's packaged with a DVD which includes nine of Dave's classic MTV-era videos, including the entire Dave TV Warner Home Video release, which is appearing on DVD for the very first time. There's also new artwork and photos, and of course printed lyrics to all songs, which is great if you'd like to sing along at home or to remind Dave of the correct lyrics next time he shouts out "I forgot the [bleep] words, man!"

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Eric Clapton “Unplugged” Deluxe Edition Coming
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Eric Clapton releases an expanded and remastered version of his smash acoustic album Unplugged on October 15. The set includes two CDs and a DVD of his entire MTV Unplugged set, as well as never-before-seen rehearsal footage.

Unplugged has already sold over 19 million copies worldwide and won Clapton six Grammy Awards, including “Record of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” On the expanded version, the second disc will include several songs not featured on the original such as a cover of Big Maceo Merriweather’s “Worried Life Blues,” an alternate take of “Walkin’ Blues” and early versions of “Circus” and “My Father’s Eyes” that later appeared on Clapton’s album Pilgrim.

Eric Clapton - Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered is out October 15. Rolling Stone magazine is hosting a video of EC’s rehearsal for Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out .”

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“Fleecing Led Zeppelin” – Want to Invest?

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Two filmmakers are seeking funding to complete work on a short movie titled Fleecing Led Zeppelin, say Classic Rock. The proposed movie explores the aftermath of the theft of $200,000 from the band in 1973.

The cash disappeared from a hotel bank vault while Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones were playing at Madison Square Garden, New York. No trace of the money – worth $1.1m today – has ever been found.

“The Drake Hotel is long gone,” say screenwriter Jackie May Tolliver and director Gabe Tolliver. “There’s no sign of the money. But somebody took it. Was it manager Peter Grant? Road manager Richard Cole? Housekeeping?

“It’s a fan movie, for lovers of history, or for folks who just want to know what happened to that money.

“We need your help to finish the film – we need $35,000 for editing, sound design, music rights, DVD, advertising and film festivals, which ain’t cheap.”

Want to pledge money to fund a movie about stolen money? Go to Fleecing Led Zeppelin.

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Jett: Writing with Dave Grohl was a “Fun Thing”
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“Any Weather,” the opening track from Joan Jett’s new album, Unvarnished, came from an invitation she got from Dave Grohl to visit his studio. Jett says working with the Foo Fighters frontman was a lot of fun. “I wanted to write with Dave for a while,” she told Rolling Stone. “I think he's a great songwriter, but I don't think he does a lot of writing with people outside of the Foos. [It was] just the two of us … in the studio. He played the drums. I played the rhythm guitar, and I just kind of hummed the melody and sang the chorus. Then he went and put on some bass and lead guitar and rhythm guitar. It was a really fun thing.”

Asked if she feels young women in rock and pop are in a better position today than they were in the mid ‘70s, when she first entered the business, Jett replied that nothing “has changed much at all.” “I can't speak to the pop thing,” she said, “[but] it seems to me it's pretty focused on the sexuality and making sure that's a big part of the presentation.”

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Metallica Hint at Major Event in December
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Metallica are on a roll at the moment, with Metallica: Through The Never having the biggest opening for a concert film released to IMAX, earning $1.7 million. Fresh off the movie release, it seems like the metal giants have another surprise in store for their fans towards the end of the year.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently spoke to our sister station, 107.7 the Bone (via Ultimate-Guitar), where he hinted at an upcoming major event: "There's a very interesting thing coming our way in December," Ulrich said. "Nobody knows that, so ... There's another frontier heading in Metallica's direction in December. Which, if anybody [from Metallica management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we're very excited about."

While we still don’t know what the band is about to announce, one can assume that it does not pertain to a new Metallica album, since Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has already said the band will be working on new music in 2014 in a recent interview with Classic Rock: “In 2014 it’ll be all about getting new music – without any interruptions, hopefully.”

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Metallica Concert Film Breaks Records
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Metallica's Through The Never concert movie has smashed records to establish itself as the biggest opening for a concert film ever at IMAX theaters, and came in as the third biggest film in North America on limited release.
 
According to The Wrap, the film opened to an estimated $1.67 million, appearing on 308 3D IMAX screens and taking $780,000 on its first day, giving it a per-location average of $5,482. It'll bump out to 650 theaters next week.
 
The film is also screening in dozens of countries, with more to be announced. For a full list of release dates, visit throughthenevermovie.com.
 
A double live CD soundtrack for the film is out now, shipping with an exclusive Through The Never guitar pick from Metallica's online store.
 
"I think that Metallica fans that are really into action films and movies with a lot of energy are going to be blown away," drummer Lars Ulrich told Revolver magazine. "This is a very unique film. I don’t know what people are going to think of it. I like it. But obviously I’m biased."

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