The Twitter feeds of Bruce Springsteen fans exploded with shock tonight (May 2) when fans attending his show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. reached for their phones to tell the world that he performed the obscurity ‘Bishop Danced.’ Springsteen had not sang the song since an opening slot for Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Berkeley Community Theatre on March 2, 1973.
Today (May 1) saw the release of the DVD of ‘Living in the Material World,’ the Martin Scorcese-directed documentary about George Harrison that debuted on HBO last October. A companion CD, ‘Early Takes, Vol. 1,’ which compiles ten Harrison demos that were used in the film, also came out. In a new interview, Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, and Harrison’s wife Olivia discussed the previously unreleased material.
Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin are being sued for copyright infringement over John’s 1985 hit ‘Nikita.’ TMZ is reporting that papers filed in a federal court in Illinois state that Guy Hobbs claims that lyrics are very similar to his own composition ‘Natasha,’ which he wrote in 1982.
Once again news continues to swirl from the Rolling Stones‘ camp over whether or not they will record again. Last week, Ron Woodretracted his original retraction on the subject, with sources saying he was overheard telling somebody that he, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would be going into the studio very soon. Now, there is talk that bassist Bill Wyman may return to the fold.
In news that could only be described as “miraculous,” it’s possible that Robin Gibb could be released from the hospital next week. The Daily Mirror quoted a family friend who says that his condition is improving every day, and is now sitting up and talking after having regained consciousness from a week-long coma on April 21.
Back before he became famous, Bruce Springsteen, like many acts, was often booked as the opening act for such established artists on his label as Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Playing to half-filled halls for people who had no knowledge of his music bothered the young, idealistic singer, and he vowed that he would never allow other bands to suffer the same indignation.
In the last decade of his life, Levon Helm opened up his home in Woodstock, N.Y. for his Midnight Ramble concerts. Therefore, it’s fitting that it will be the site of a memorial for him. Rolling Stone is reporting that the service will take place on April 26 from 10AM to 3PM. Helm passed away on April 19 at the age of 71 after a lengthy bout with throat cancer. Friends and fans are invited to attend.
Good news for vinyl enthusiasts and Van Halen fans. Beginning May 4, the group is giving away a limited-edition seven-inch single of ‘She’s the Woman’ with the purchase of their new album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’
Even though they’re doing fine as a touring act with new singer Arnel Pineda, Journey remain open to the idea of working again with original lead singer Steve Perry. In a new interview with the Huffington Post, guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain spoke about the band’s decision to continue without him, and what would happen if Perry ever decided he wanted his old job back.
When Aerosmith announced its ‘Global Warming‘ tour with Cheap Trick last month, most people expected that the shows would be in support of a new album. Hopes were high that the new album would be out in July. The band was even talking it up in interviews. However, bassist Tom Hamilton recently said that the album would not be released in time.
Stick around long enough and someone will put you in a museum. That old saying is true even when you’ve made it your life’s mission to never slow down. On Saturday (April 28), the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle will host the American premiere of ‘AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels,’ an exhibit about the legendary band. The exhibit will run through September 29.
It’s been nine years since ZZ Top’s last album, ‘Mescalero.’ However, the Texas blues-rock group recently recorded an album with Rick Rubin, although, according to guitarist Billy Gibbons, nobody has any idea when it is coming out.
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