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Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone dies of cancer

Warner RecordsMark Stone, the original bassist of Van Halen, died Sunday of cancer.

The news was announced by Stone's brother Brad, who wrote on his Instagram page, "My beloved brother Mark passed this morning. #markstone #vanhalen #fanhalen."

Fan site Van Halen News Desk recently reported that Mark's wife had revealed that Stone had entered hospice.

Stone began playing with Eddie and Alex Van Halen in 1972 in a band called Genesis that later changed its name to Mammoth. In 1974, after David Lee Roth had joined Mammoth as its lead singer, the group changed its name to Van Halen.

Stone was replaced as Van Halen's bassist by Michael Anthony in 1974, but he is featured on a series of demos that the band recorded in 1973 and '74.

In the 2003 documentary The Van Halen Story: The Early Years, Stone discussed his departure from the group.

"I was a straight-A student in school, and doing the band, and I was, like, split between these two things, and basically, I just couldn't keep up with them," he admitted.

He added, "We met one day, and they actually asked me to leave. For a long time it really hurt…It was tough leaving that band, 'cause I knew they were destined for greatness...They say, 'Don't leave before the miracle happens,' and I did."

Current Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son, paid tribute to Stone in a post on his Twitter feed that reads, "Heartbreaking news to hear of Mark's passing. Met him a few times and he was a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his family."

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Mariah Carey reveals she had an alt-rock "alter-ego" in the mid-'90s

Andy Cohen BooksCan you picture Mariah Carey with an alternative rock album? It almost happened in the mid ‘90s.

On Sunday, Mariah tweeted a “fun fact” from her upcoming memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, revealing there was a time when she experimented with another musical genre.

“Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream,” she wrote. “Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days.”

Mariah then posted an excerpt from the book, where she talks about working on the album with the band Chick.

"I would fully commit to my character," she writes of the alt rock recording sessions. "I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time.”

She adds, “I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery -- but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night."

Along with the excerpt, Mariah includes a snippet of one of the ‘90s alt rock tunes featuring her background vocals.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey comes out September 29.

By Andrea Tuccillo
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 

Fun fact: I did an alternative album while I was making Daydream 👀 Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days. Here's a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey 🤟 S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ me as a hidden layer #Chick #TMOMC pic.twitter.com/Re23t5whcd

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 27, 2020

 


Ex-Joan Jett guitarist Ricky Bryd says new recovery-themed album 'Sobering Times' is " all rock 'n' roll"

Kayos RecordsFormer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd has just released his third solo album, Sobering Times.

Like Byrd's previous album, 2017's Clean Getaway, the new record features songs focusing on the struggles of addiction and maintaining a sober lifestyle.

"[I]t follows the same theme [as Clean Getaway]," Ricky tells ABC Audio. "[I]t's about addiction, recovery, hope, change for the better. But make no mistake, it's all rock 'n' roll."

Byrd has personal experience with the subject, and he decided to release Sobering Times on the 33rd anniversary of the start of his own sobriety.

Ricky says making a concept album also gave him the luxury of jumping around to a variety of musical styles he loves.

"Look at it this way: Yeah, I'm on Highway 61 [or] Route 66 or whatever, but I'm making stops in different towns that have different music," he explains. "So, I could do a little bit of acoustic, folky kind of stuff there. There's a little R&B over here. Yeah, there's some Faces over here. Some juke joint over here…Some little bluesy [song].

A variety of musical guests contributed to Sobering Times, including ex-Wings drummer Steve Holley, longtime Blackhearts drummer Thommy Price, former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes keyboardist Jeff Kazee.

The album also features a duet with veteran New York singer/songwriter Willie Nile on a song called "Recover Me" that Byrd and Nile co-wrote. Ricky says its among the only duet recordings he's ever done.

"I wanted it to be like a [rocking] Sam & Dave kind of thing," he tells ABC Audio. "And that's what it turned out like."

Sobering Times is available now on CD and digitally. You can purchase signed CDs and special bundles at RickyByrd.com.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 


The Romantics' Wally Palmar reflects on 40th anniversary of band's debut album & "What I Like About You"

Nemperor RecordsRomantics frontman Wally Palmar has been busy lately promoting the just-released second album from his supergroup side project, The Empty Hearts, but he took time recently to reflect on the 40th anniversary of his main band's self-titled debut record.

Released in January 1980, The Romantics features the enduring power-pop classic "What I Like About You," as well as the gem "When I Look in Your Eyes" and a memorable cover of The Kinks' "She's Got Everything."

Palmar recalls that leading up to recording the album, The Romantics had been working hard playing gigs, writing songs and making demos, and by the time they hit the studio in late 1979, they had about 15 to 20 tunes to choose from, including "What I Like About You."

Wally says "What I Like About You" stood out as soon as the band recorded it.

"When we heard the playback, we said, 'Don't even touch [it], don't even f*** with it…'cause it sounds good right now,'" he recalls. "It just sounded good right out of the…cannon. It really did."

Like most of the songs on The Romantics, "What I Like About You" was co-written by Palmar, guitarist Mike Skill and drummer Jimmy Marinos. Unlike most songs on the album, Wally didn't sing lead on "What I Like About You," Jimmy did. Marinos left the group in 1984.

Palmar tells ABC Audio that any plans The Romantics had to mark their debut album's 40th anniversary were put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"So, we'll have to make up for it at some point," he says, "put our heads together."

Wally also reports that The Romantics were hoping to "put some type of [reissue] package together, which is still not out of the question at this point."

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


New David Bowie biopic 'Stardust' to premiere in theaters and on demand in November

Courtesy of IFC FilmsThe new David Bowie biopic Stardust, which focuses on the events that inspired the rock legend to create his Ziggy Stardust persona, will premiere on November 25 in theaters and on demand.

The film stars Johnny Flynn, an actor and singer-songwriter whose credits include roles in 2018's Emma, the Netflix series Lovesick and the Albert Einstein-themed season of the National Geographic channel series Genius. Stardust also features Jena Malone as Bowie's first wife, Angie, and Marc Maron as Mercury Records publicist Ron Oberman.

The movie is set in 1971 and follows a 24-year-old Bowie as he travels across the U.S. with Oberman, trying to promote his then-latest album, The Man Who Sold the World, and finding that American audiences don't appear ready to embrace the singer or his music.

Flynn contributed music to the film's score and also performs an original Bowie-inspired song, and two covers by artists who influenced David -- The Yardbirds and French composer Jacques Brel.

Stardust was directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, whose credits include the award-winning 2006 docudrama Death of a President. Range also co-wrote the film with Christopher Bell.

The movie originally was scheduled to premiere this past April at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival, but the event was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Rolling Stones' archival concert film and album, 'Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City,' released today

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe previously unreleased 1989 Rolling Stones concert film and album Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City, New Jersey hit stores today in multiple formats.

The show, which took place in December 1989 at Atlantic City's Convention Hall, featured guest appearances by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton, and blues legend John Lee Hooker. The concert, which was part of the tour supporting The Stones' Steel Wheels album, featured a long set that included renditions of five songs from the record, as well as classics and select covers.

Rose and Stradlin joined The Stones for a version of the 1968 gem "Salt of the Earth," Clapton and The Stones played the blues standard "Little Red Rooster" together, and then Eric and Hooker accompanied the band on a version of John Lee's "Boogie Chillen."

Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a standard-definition Blu-ray/two-CD collection, a limited-edition four-LP colored-vinyl set, and in various digital formats.

In addition, there's a limited-edition six-disc version that features the Steel Wheels Live DVD, SD Blu-ray and double-CD, as well as a DVD featuring The Stones' performance at the Tokyo Dome during the same tour, and the Steel Wheels Rare Reels CD, which includes live versions songs that weren't part of the trek's core set list.

Also, a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl picture disc featuring a version of "Rock and a Hard Place" from Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City, and a performance of "Almost Hear You Sigh" from the Tokyo Dome concert will be released this Saturday, September 26, in conjunction with the 2020 Record Store Day campaign.

Here's the Steel Wheels Live -- Atlantic City track list:

Intro
"Start Me Up"
"Bitch"
"Sad Sad Sad"
"Undercover of the Night"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Miss You"
"Terrifying"
"Ruby Tuesday"
"Salt of the Earth -- featuring Axl Rose & Izzy Stradlin
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Midnight Rambler"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Little Red Rooster" -- featuring Eric Clapton
"Boogie Chillen" -- featuring Eric Clapton & John Lee Hooker
"Can't Be Seen"
"Happy"
"Paint It Black"
"2,000 Light Years from Home"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Gimme Shelter"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Listen to Patty Smyth reclaim "Downtown Train" from Rod Stewart

Credit: Melanie DuneaRod Stewart had a big hit with his 1989 rendition of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," but did you know that former Scandal singer Patty Smyth recorded it first? Well, now she's done a new version of the tune, and it will be featured on her forthcoming solo album. It's About Time.

Smyth first recorded "Downtown Train" for her 1987 solo album Never Enough. It reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100. But when Stewart released his cover of the tune in late 1989, it became a massive hit, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100, topping two other Billboard charts and earning him a Grammy nomination.

Patty has now re-recorded "Downtown Train" for It's About Time, her first new album in 28 years. The single is out now, and the album will arrive on October 9.

In addition to "Downtown Train," It's About Time also includes another cover: Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe." The other six songs are brand-new originals, many inspired by Smyth's 25-year relationship with husband John McEnroe.

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Deluxe reissue of Lou Reed's classic 1989 album 'New York' available now

RhinoA deluxe, expanded reissue of the late Lou Reed's critically acclaimed and popular 1989 album New York was released today.

New York is Reed's only studio effort to be certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. The collection of gritty tunes includes "Dirty Blvd.," which topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, as well as other standouts like "Busload of Faith," "Romeo Had Juliette" and "Last Great American Whale." Lou's former Velvet Underground band mate, drummer Mo Tucker, contributed percussion to two songs -- "Last Great American Whale" and "Dime Store Mystery."

The New York: Deluxe Edition set features three CDs, a concert DVD and two vinyl LPs.

The CDs include a newly remastered version of the original album; a disc with previously unreleased live renditions of all of New York's 14 songs recorded at various shows; and a disc featuring unreleased demo versions and rough mixes of many of the album's tunes, a non-LP track and live performances of two classic earlier Reed songs -- "Sweet Jane" and "Walk on the Wild Side."

The DVD features The New York Album concert video, which previously only was available on VHS and laser disc; it documents a 1990 show Lou played in Montreal that included a performance of the entire album. The DVD also offers an archival audio interview with Reed.

The LPs feature the remastered New York album pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

New York: Deluxe Edition comes packaged with a hardcover book featuring new liner notes by respected music journalist David Fricke, essays and more. Fans who order the collection from Rhino.com will receive a cassette version of the album.

Here's the track list for the New York: Deluxe Edition set's CDs:

Disc One: Original Album (2020 Remaster)
"Romeo Had Juliette"
"Halloween Parade"
"Dirty Blvd."
"Endless Cycle"
"There Is No Time"
"Last Great American Whale"
"Beginning of a Great Adventure"
"Busload of Faith"
"Sick of You"
"Hold On"
"Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"
"Xmas in February"
"Strawman"
"Dime Store Mystery"

Disc Two: New York -- Live
"Romeo Had Juliette"*
"Halloween Parade"*
"Dirty Blvd."*
"Endless Cycle"*
"There Is No Time"*
"Last Great American Whale"*
"Beginning of a Great Adventure"*
"Busload of Faith"*
"Sick of You"*
"Hold On"*
"Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"*
"Xmas in February"*
"Strawman"*
"Dime Store Mystery"*

Disc Three: Works in Progress/Singles/Encore
"Romeo Had Juliette" (7" Version)
"Dirty Blvd." (Work Tape)*
"Dirty Blvd." (Rough Mix)*
"Endless Cycle" (Work Tape)*
"Last Great American Whale" (Work Tape)*
"Beginning of a Great Adventure" (Rough Mix)*
"Busload of Faith" (Solo Version)*
"Sick of You" (Work Tape)*
"Sick of You" (Rough Mix)*
"Hold On" (Rough Mix)*
"Strawman" (Rough Mix)*
"The Room" (Non-LP Track)
"Sweet Jane" (Live Encore)*
"Walk on the Wild Side" (Live Encore)*

* = previously unreleased.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Cher to receive the "Spirit of Katharine Hepburn" award next month

Katja Ogrin/RedfernsCher has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Kennedy Center Honor, but she's about to receive a truly unique tribute: the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award.

The award is given annually by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center to "an individual who embodies the bold spirit, fierce independence and distinctive character" of Hepburn, the Oscar-winning icon who died in 2003. 

Cher will receive the award October 3 at the Center's annual gala -- which will be held virtually, of course. The theme of this year's gala is "Believe," in honor of Cher's signature hit and Hepburn's "positive belief in the future of the arts." Cher is being honored for not only her work in TV, film, music and Broadway, but for her humanitarian efforts as well. She's long cited Hepburn as one of her inspirations.

Among the stars who'll be sending video messages congratulating Cher are past recipients of the award, including Dick Cavett, Glenn Close and Christine Baranski.  She'll also receive video tributes from Lucie Arnaz, Sheila E., Ed Asner, songwriter Jimmy Webb and music producer Peter Asher. In addition, her son Chaz will tape a congratulatory message.

You can wash the gala for free at  TheKate.org, the Kate's YouTube channel and the center's Facebook page.  In addition to being able to watch Cher's acceptance speech, you'll also get to see an interview with her, conducted by broadcaster Ann Nyberg, a past winner.

Just a few weeks ago, Cher's perfume, Cher Eau de Couture, won an honor at the 2020 Fragrance Foundation Awards.  At the time, the 74-year-old legend tweeted, "SO WEIRD.... I’M...WAY...PAST SELL BY DATE...& YET I  HAVE STILL HAVE SO MANY SURPRISES 4 U...PS..I SMELL REALLY GOOD [TOO]."

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Mick Fleetwood releases new version of 1995 Fleetwood Mac song "These Strange Times" he co-wrote

Warner RecordsFleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has released an updated version of "These Strange Times," a song he co-wrote that originally appeared on his band's 1995 album, Time.

The nine-minute track, which is credited to Mick Fleetwood's Da*da*ism, is available now digitally and via streaming services. It features Fleetwood's poetic spoken-word vocals, and African-influenced percussion and singing, plus gospel and blues elements. The new version of the tune ends with a newly added segment of Fleetwood Mac's classic 1968 instrumental "Albatross," which was written by the band's late founding frontman Peter Green.

A companion video for "These Strange Times" has premiered at Rhino's official YouTube channel. The clip features captivating black-and-white and color footage of natural scenes from around the world, as well as cityscapes, the night sky, and people from various cultures enjoying different activities. The video also includes artistically shot photos of Mick.

According to a press statement, the video and the new single's artwork were "inspired by an 18th-century painting," and "are centered around the idea of something greater than us, which lies at the core of our very human struggle to be our best selves."

He adds, "When I first encountered the painting that inspired the photoshoot, it was a soul-searching exercise that I was driven to do but I didn't know when would be the time to release it. Now I know why: the when is now."

As for what he hopes people will get from the song and video, Mick says, "My hope is that by sharing these thought-provoking moments in my world that I can somehow open the eyes of others to things in their world and to the existence we all share, which is more and more endangered with each passing day."

By Matt Friedlander
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Sting honored at real -- not virtual -- red-carpet gala in Monaco

ABC/Matt StroshaneWhile most charity events and award ceremonies have gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sting was honored at one Thursday night, in person.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event was the fourth annual Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health, hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco in that country.  Sting was honored for his decades of work via the Rainforest Foundation, the charity he co-founded in 1989 with his wife Trudie Styler and others.

As per the Hollywood Reporter, strict protocols were enforced during the event to keep everyone safe.  The guest list included Johnny Depp, Helen Mirren, Andy Garcia, Kate Beckinsale, Rebel Wilson, Leona Lewis, Maisie Williams, Sienna Miller and Tommy Hilfiger.

As for why the event took place in person, Prince Albert said, "The commitment of all the individuals involved in protecting our planet and of all of you...led us to make this decision..Our health depends on the health of the environment in which we live. That is why more than ever before we need to continue our efforts and actions to protect our planet for future generations."

In other Sting news, he'll appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight with singer/rapper GASHI; the two have collaborated on a song called "Mama."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Van Morrison releases "Born to Be Free," first of the three new songs protesting UK lockdown restrictions

Exile RecordsAs promised, Van Morrison released a new tune titled "Born to Be Free" today, the first of three themed songs he's planning to debut in the coming weeks that reflect his opposition to the lockdown restrictions that the U.K. government has enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a post on Morrison's Facebook page, proceeds from the new track "will support musicians impacted by the ongoing UK lockdown restrictions." The song is available as a digital download and via streaming.

The melodic, upbeat tune kicks off with Van singing, "Well, the birds in the trees, know something we can't see/ 'Cause they know we were born to be free/ Don't need the government cramping my style/ Give them an inch, they take a mile/ Take you in with a phony smile, wouldn't you agree?"

Last week, Morrison posted a message online explaining that he feels the U.K. government's actions are destroying the country's live-music industry and have "taken away personal freedoms."

"I'm not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already," Van said in a statement. "It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves."

Morrison also believes performance venues should be allowed to open at full capacity.

The message announced his plans to put out the aforementioned singles: The just-released "Born to Be Free" will be followed by "As I Walked Out" on October 9, and "No More Lockdown" on October 23.

Last month, Morrison posted another message on his website, which has since been removed, that called on musicians and others in the music industry to to join him in his quest against government restrictions. He added, "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."

By Matt Friedlander
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Forty Years Gone: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham died on this day in 1980

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageToday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin's John "Bonzo" Bonham, widely considered one of the greatest rock 'n' roll drummers of all time.

Bonham was just 32 years old when he died on September 25, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. Rather than find a replacement drummer, Led Zeppelin decided to disband after Bonham's passing, announcing their decision in a joint statement issued in December of that year that read in part, "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."

During the group's 12-year history, Bonham's incredibly powerful yet groove-heavy playing drove one classic song after another. Among the classics on which his heavy-hitting style is on full display are "Rock and Roll," "Moby Dick," "Immigrant Song," "When the Levee Breaks," "Kashmir," and "The Ocean."

Bonzo is cited as a major influence on and inspiration for other rock royalty drummers, including Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Rush's Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, KISS' Peter Criss, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.

In 2016, Bonham topped a Rolling Stone list of "The 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time."  "At his most brutally paleolithic he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery," the magazine declared.

John's only son, Jason Bonham, has followed in his father's footsteps. He's served as Led Zeppelin's drummer at most of the band's few reunion shows, led his own bands, and played with other rockers including Foreigner, UFO and Sammy Hagar.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Doobie Brothers politely tell Bill Murray to pay up or face the music

Warner Records; Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesBill Murray has been using The Doobie Brothers' 1972 hit "Listen to the Music" to sell his line of golf shirts, without the band's permission, and their lawyer wants the actor to pay up.

However, rather than using a bunch of legal threats, attorney Peter Paterno took a couple of light-hearted jabs at the Caddyshack star to get his message across.

"The Doobie Brothers perform and recorded the song Listen to the Music, which Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers wrote," noted Paterno in a letter to Murray obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's a fine song," he continued. "I know you agree because you keep using it in your ads for Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven't paid to use it, maybe you should change the company name to 'Zero Bucks Given.'"

Adds Paterno, "It seems like the only person who uses our clients' music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump."

"This is the part where I'm supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying some subparagraph that I'm too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so," he continued. "But you already earned that with those Garfield movies."

In a nod to Murray's character in Caddyshack, Paterno signs off with "We'd almost be okay with it if the shirts weren't so damn ugly. But it is what it is. So, in the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au devoir Golfer. Et payez!'"

As of Thursday night, Murray's camp hasn't responded to Paterno's letter.

By George Constantino
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Bruce Springsteen gushes about new album, reveals favorite new music in new 'AARP' article, video

Credit: Danny Clinch/AARP the Magazine Oct.-Nov. 2020Bruce Springsteen is the subject of AARP the Magazine's latest cover story, and in the article, the New Jersey rock legend talks at length about his upcoming studio album, Letter to You.

In a video that accompanies the article's online version, The Boss notes that the album is the first one he's made with The E Street Band "in a long time," and explains that it was recorded "in five days" with "the band playing completely live in the studio."

He adds, "I'm not sure if we ever did [that before], because it's totally live, including all the vocals."

Describing his new music, Springsteen says, "It sounds current, and yet it sounds very much like the E Street Band. And there's a focus on keyboards. Jake [Clemons] came in and did a beautiful job with the saxophone. And, [there's] just something about the way the material is constructed and the emotional construction of the songs."

Also in the clip, Springsteen reveals some of the music artists he's been listening to lately. He mentions Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, rapper Kendrick Lamar, young R&B artist H.E.R., alternative rockers Bleachers and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey.

In the AARP article, Springsteen says that the "you" he's referring to in Letter to You is "you…whoever is listening," adding that "it is a summing up of what I've tried to do over the course of my 45, 50 years now, working."

Reflecting on keeping passionate about creating music as he grows older, Bruce says, "I've continued to make some exciting and interesting work. And I continue to take my story and move it along further. And you don't know when wonderful things are going to happen...that I would write this record at this late date for the E Street Band."

By Matt Friedlander
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Welcome to My Hot Sauce: Alice Cooper introduces new line of spicy sauces

Courtesy of Primary Wave/Hot ShotsAlice Cooper is known as one of the music world's most famous shock rockers, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is set to shock your taste buds with his own line of hot sauces.

Cooper has partnered with hot sauce distribution company Hot Shots to create three different versions of the spicy condiment based on three of his best-known songs -- "Welcome to My Nightmare," "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Poison."

All three hot sauces are available for purchase now online at UnitedSauces.com and at select stores.

"Welcome to My Nightmare" is a mild sauce, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is medium, and "Poison" is labeled "reaper hot." A description of the "Poison" sauce reads, "The intense heat of this sauce will put you in Alice's straight jacket. Your senses will tell you to stop when you feel the Reaper chiles running through your veins with…Poison!"

Alice says in a statement, "In general I don't believe food should be painful. But in the case of my hot sauces it is PAIN, PLEASURE, PAIN, PLEASURE! Just repeat until satisfied!"

In May, Cooper released a new single titled "Don't Give Up" that focuses on life during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a companion video that features photos submitted by many fans across the globe. Alice finished recording the tune while working on his upcoming studio album in self-quarantine.

By Matt Friedlander
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Goo Goo Dolls welcome fall with "Autumn Leaves" video

Warner Records After announcing their holiday album It's Christmas All Over, Goo Goo Dolls are now backing up a bit and acknowledging the arrival of fall. The group has just dropped a music video for "Autumn Leaves," a song from their most recent album Miracle Pill.

The clip follows an old man, a young woman and a boy as they discover symbols of time passing: a fallen leaf, a pocket watch and a dead bird.

At the end of the clip, they all go from dark, foreboding landscapes to bright and sunny surroundings.

As previously reported, It's Christmas All Over is due out October 30. It features the band's take on classics like "Let It Snow," as well as a few new original songs.  The first single, "This Is Christmas," is out October 2.

By Andrea Dresdale
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New Bee Gees documentary to debut on HBO and HBO Max this year

Courtesy of HBO/Lennox McClendon/AP/ ShutterstockHBO Documentary Films has secured the North American rights to a new feature-length documentary about pop legends The Bee Gees that will get its TV premiere later this year on HBO and HBO Max.

The film, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, will focus on the history of the band -- featuring brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb -- their rise to international superstardom, how their music evolved over the years and the lasting impact their songs have had.

The movie was directed by Frank Marshall, whose previous directing credits include Arachnophobia and Alive, and who has produced such classic films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, The Color Purple, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cape Fear, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

"Like so many people, I've loved the Bee Gees' music all my life," says Marshall in a statement. "But discovering their uncanny creative instincts and the treasure trove of music, their humor, and loyalty was a great two-year journey. We are very happy and proud to be with HBO, and it has been an honor to work on this project."

The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart had been selected to be screened at the 2020 edition of Colorado's Telluride Film Festival, which was scheduled to take place this month before being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Friedlander
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Reissue of Pink Floyd's 'Delicate Sound of Thunder' live album and film due out in November

Sony MusicAn expanded edition of Pink Floyd's 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder and a restored and re-edited version of the record's companion concert video will be released on November 20.

The collections, which you can pre-order now, will be available as two-CD and three-LP sets, on Blu-ray, on DVD, and as a four-disc box set featuring the CDs, the Blu-ray and the DVD.

The two-CD reissue of Delicate Sound of Thunder boasts eight songs that didn't appear on the original live album, while the three-LP set has nine extra tunes. The audio has been remixed with input from Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour.

The 2020 version of the Delicate Sound of Thunder film was created by restoring the original 35-millimeter negatives, transferring the footage to the 4K high-def digital format and completely re-editing it. The sound was remixed from the original multi-track tapes.

The Delicate Sound of Thunder box set comes with a 40-page photo booklet, a tour poster and postcards. The other versions include a 24-page booklet.

The updated editions of the film and album both were included in Pink Floyd 2019 box set The Later Years. Screenings of the movie at select theaters had been announced for October 15, but they've been postponed.

Delicate Sound of Thunder captured Pink Floyd on tour in support of 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the band's first studio album following the departure of founding bassist/singer Roger Waters. Most of the movie and album were recorded during a series of shows that Pink Floyd played in August 1988 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Here's Delicate Sound of Thunder's two-CD track list:

Disc 1
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5"
"Signs Of Life"*
"Learning to Fly"
"Yet Another Movie"
"Round and Around"
"A New Machine Part 1"*
"Terminal Frost"*
"A New Machine Part 2"*
"Sorrow"
"The Dogs of War"
"On the Turning Away"

Disc 2
"One of These Days"
"Time"
"On the Run"*
"The Great Gig in the Sky"*
"Wish You Were Here"
"Welcome to the Machine"*
"Us and Them"
"Money"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2"
"Comfortably Numb"
"One Slip"*
"Run Like Hell"

* = did not appear on 1988 version of album.

By Matt Friedlander
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Dolly Parton wrote one of her biggest hits during "waiting-around time" on the set of '9 to 5'

ABC/Image Group LAThe old saying goes that "idle hands are the Devil's workshop," but in Dolly Parton's case, idle hands sometimes result in a massive hit.

In the singer's new book, Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics, she remembers how she wrote her 1980 hit "9 to 5," while on the set of the 1979 movie of the same title. The film starred Dolly alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it remains one of the singer’s best-loved acting appearances to this day.

According to a preview from the new book in People, Dolly says that she got just a little bit bored backstage while she was waiting for her character’s scene to be filmed.

"The thing I hate about the movies is all the waiting-around time," she writes. "I realized on the set of 9 to 5 in 1979 that I had to do something besides just sitting there. I couldn’t play my guitar -- I didn't want to disrupt everything on the set by making music."

Instead, Dolly found another way to make music.

"I would just click my nails making them sound like a typewriter. Then I used that sound as my music. I started writing '9 to 5' on the set of the movie that way," she continues. "I'd go back to my hotel every night and put down what I had written that day, playing my guitar and getting it on tape. Over a long period of time, I wrote the song on my nails."

Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics will be out on November 17.

By Carena Liptak
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