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Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."

Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online.  The collective's rendition of The Who's "My Generation" can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.

The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak Starkey -- Ringo Starr's son -- on drums.

As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name.  One of the shock rocker's fellow club members was The Who's Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.

Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project's VEVO channel -- an original tune titled "Dead Drunk Friends," a cover of Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" and a medley combining Cooper's own "School's Out" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2."

Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.  The album will be released on September 1.

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Credit: Mark HarriesOne of most famous props in the annals of rock history is about to go under the hammer.  The giant inflatable pig tied to London's Battersea Power Station that appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, will be auctioned off next month as part of a U.K. memorabilia sale. 

The floating pig, nicknamed "Algie," is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio that will be offered for sale September 15 via Durrants auction house.

Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

Creator Mark Harries tells BBC News he decided to sell the props -- which for years had been stored in his workshop -- because he changed his artistic direction toward sculpture rather than inflatable pieces.

"I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk," the artist says.  "The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I've been there and done that now, and it's time to move on."

Waters designed "Algie," and a dramatic composite photo of the 40-foot prop moored to the huge power station served as the cover art for Animals.  During the photo shoot, the helium-filled "Algie" infamously broke free and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

To find out more information about the auction, visit Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinCongratulations go out to U2 guitarist The Edge, whose oldest child, Hollie Evans, got married this past weekend in Tuscany, Italy.  The Irish Mirror reports that the rock star was on hand to walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle.

According to the paper, Hollie wed her childhood sweetheart, Jamie Hewitson.

Hollie is one of three adult daughters The Edge fathered with his first wife, Aislinn.  He also has a teenage daughter and his son with his second wife, Morleigh Steinberg.  The 54-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became a grandfather when his youngest daughter with Aislynn, Blue Angel, gave birth to a son.

Meanwhile, U2 has debuted a new official video for its Songs of Innocence single "Song for Someone" on its official Facebook page.  The visually striking black-and-white clip was directed by illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin.

U2 kicks off a European leg of its iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 next Friday, September 4, in Turin, Italy.  The trek runs through a November 15 show in Paris.

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Credit: Dr. James ThomasElton John's outrageous outfits have become legendary, and now one of them has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean, according to Phys.org.

While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands discovered the tiny crustacean, which lives inside another reef dweller.

Thomas, it turns out, is a big fan of the 68-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, and he named the amphipod Leucothoe eltoni for its unusual shape, which reminded him of a famous outfit John wore in the 1975 film adaptation of The Who rock opera Tommy.

As Thomas explained in his scientific paper about the crustacean, its name was "in reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod [a clawlike appendage] of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy."

Thomas' paper on the species was published in the journal ZooKeys.

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Credit: Danny ClinchIs there a new Pearl Jam album on the horizon?  In an interview with Vice, bassist Jeff Ament says the band may return to the studio in 2016.

"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," Ament says.  Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Ament didn't give any more details about the prospective new Pearl Jam album -- the interview mostly focused on his efforts building skate parks for youth communities in South Dakota and his home state Montana, which he pays for himself.

"The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money," Ament says.  "If I make more money I build more parks.  It helps me get more excited about touring because I'm usually not too excited about it."

Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in New York City's Central Park, and will kick off a South American tour in November.

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Nels Israelson; Marina ChavezJackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today honoring veteran music industry executive Joe Smith.  Browne and Raitt will serve as guest speakers at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  If you aren't able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

During his long career, Smith has served as president of Warner Bros. Records, chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and president and CEO of Capitol-EMI Music.  In addition, during the 1980s he interviewed more than 230 artists, producers and other music-industry figures for a book he wrote titled Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.  He later donated his collection of audio interviews from the project to the Library of Congress.  You can hear some of these interviews, including Smith's conversations with Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles and B.B. King, at the Blank on Blank official YouTube channel.

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Credit: James Minchin IIIRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger may not be the only rock star who is helping to develop a new HBO series focusing on the music business.  Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora tells ABC Radio that he's executive producing a show for the cable network that's based on a script he wrote and that focuses an up-and-coming rock band and "the toil, trials and tribulations" it goes through while trying to make it big.

Sambora claims that he got involved in the project after HBO contacted him about doing the music for a project that was being developed.  Instead, the New Jersey rocker explains, he showed the network reps a script he'd written three years earlier that was inspired by his own experiences in the music industry which they wound up liking better than the one they had.

Richie tells ABC Radio that his decision to write a fictional script came about after he kept being approached to pen a tell-all memoir, something to which he was very opposed.

"It's like, I don't want to do that clichéd thing about who slept with who, what substance happened here, what was going on there," he points out.  "I'm a Jersey guy so I keep everything to the chest.  I don't want to talk about anybody anyway, right?  Plus, I have a daughter...So I said, 'Why don't I write a teleplay?'"

Meanwhile, Sambora points out that he had a wide variety of experiences from which to draw for his script, beyond his many highlights as a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands.

As he recalls, "I went between [being a] record company president [at age 28,] and then I had another label.  I was a manager.  I'm a mentor.  I'm a songwriter for other artists.  I produce other artists…I have all that life experience."

According to Sambora, HBO was interested in more than just his script: The network actually wanted him to star in the show as well, but he maintains that he isn't interested.

"I don't like acting that much, so I'm not going to do it," he insists.  "It wouldn't leave me any time to do anything else too."

ABC Radio asked HBO for more info about the show, but couldn’t find anyone at the network who is aware of its existence.

Sambora is involved in a variety of other projects, with the main one being the new collaborative album he's been working on with his current girlfriend, Australian rock guitar whiz Orianthi, which he expects to release sometime next year.

No word on when we might see the series that Richie says he's executive producing.  As previously reported, the HBO show Jagger is co-producing, titled Vinyl, is a drama that centers on the music biz in New York City during the mid-1970s and is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

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RhinoDuring its initial run in the 1970s and early '80s, Bad Company released a series of memorable songs that are still heard on radio today.  Now, a new hits compilation titled Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company, culled from the U.K. rockers' first seven albums, is scheduled to be released on October 2 on CD and as a digital download.

The 19-track collection features most of the band's biggest hits and best-known tunes, including "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Ready for Love," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Shooting Star" and "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy."  The album also features previously unreleased alternate versions of "Easy on My Soul" and "See the Sunlight," songs which were recorded during the respective sessions for the group's 1974 self-titled debut and 1975's sophomore effort, Straight Shooter.

Bad Company was formed in 1973 by ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.  The band broke up in 1982, but re-formed in 1986 without Rodgers.  The original lineup reunited in 1999, although, sadly, Burrell passed away in 2006.  Since then, the surviving founding members have teamed up for several tours.

Here is the track list of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company:

"Can't Get Enough" (Single Edit)
"Bad Company"
"Movin' On"
"Ready for Love"
"Easy on My Soul" (Alternate Version)*
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Shooting Star"
"Weep No More"
"See the Sunlight" (Alternate Version)*
"Live for the Music"
"Simple Man"
"Honey Child"
"Run with the Pack" (Single Edit)
"Burnin' Sky"
"Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"
"Rhythm Machine"
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
"Electricland" (Single Edit)

* = previously unreleased.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a second new solo song online as part of the recently launched promotional campaign for his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which will be released on September 18.  The new tune, called "Substantial Damage," began streaming at CrosseyedHeart.com after a temporary commemorative plaque was unveiled at 33 Chastilian Rd. in Dartford, just outside of London, where the Rolling Stones guitarist lived when he was a baby.

The location of the heritage marker was revealed recently via Richards' Facebook page and Twitter feed, and the song was unlocked after a fan logged onto CrosseyedHeart.com and submitted a password that appeared on the blue plaque.

"Substantial Damage" is a mid-tempo tune featuring a bluesy, funky guitar riff and an insistent drum beat, with Richards delivering half-spoken lyrics about an apparently inattentive lover.  "What's that thing attached to your ear?" barks Keith.  "I'm talking to you but you don't seem to hear/ I'm paying for dinner and I might as well not be here/ Substantial damage, baby."

As previously reported, the promo campaign, which began last week, will feature a total of four temporary "Heritage" plaques that will pop up in London or South West England at significant sites in Richards' life.  One marker will be unveiled per week up until the album's release, and a new song will premiere after each plaque is discovered.  

The first plaque was introduced last week at 6 Spielman Road in Dartford, which is the address of a residence where Keith resided during his teenage years.  After it was unveiled, Richards debuted a song titled "Amnesia" online.  Check Richards' social media outlets and website next week for the next installment of the campaign.

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Danny Clinch; Timothy WhiteDon Henley and James Taylor are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming 41st season of the PBS live performance series Austin City Limits.  The fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will make their respective debuts on the show on episodes scheduled to premiere on October 24 and November 14.

As previously reported, Henley will release a new solo album on September 25, the country-flavored Cass County.  The Eagles star will tape his episode on September 1.  Taylor, meanwhile, continues to promote his latest studio effort, Before This World, which arrived in June.

Austin City Limits is taped at the Austin, Texas, venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  The show's new season premiere on October 3 with a special featuring highlights from the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Here's a list of confirmed Austin City Limits episodes and guests; more will be announced soon:

10/3 -- 2015 Hall of Fame Special
10/10 -- Cassandra Wilson
10/17 -- Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
10/24 -- Don Henley
10/31 -- Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett
11/7 -- TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs
11/14 -- James Taylor
11/21 -- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

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Arts Alliance/Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert in front of a crowd of 65,000 at London's famed Hyde Park.  The performance, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. performance on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, was filmed for a new movie that'll premiere in theaters around the world October 7.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park features the British rock legends playing a set packed with their memorable songs, including "I Can't Explain," "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The film also offers interview segments with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers, including Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a bonus featurette with extended interviews at the end of the film.

Townshend said of the experience of playing in Hyde Park, "It's a good gig.  You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd."

You can check out a trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  Further details about the screenings will be revealed soon at TheWhoFilm.com.

The Who will kick off a fall North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour on September 14 in San Diego.  The trek is scheduled to run through a December 13 concert in Oakland, California.

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Credit: John McMurtieIron Maiden's upcoming album will feature a surprising tribute to the late Robin Williams.  Frontman Bruce Dickinson tells Italian publication Corriere Della Sera that one of the songs off The Book of Souls is called "Tears of a Clown," and honors the comedian, who took his own life in August of 2014.

"My favorite song is one I didn't write," Dickinson says, according to a translation by Ultimate-Guitar.com.  "It's 'Tears of a Clown,' which talks about Robin Williams.  I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy."

The song was written by band members Adrian Smith and Steve Harris.

The Book of Souls, Iron Maiden's first double album, will be released on September 4.  The album's lead single, "Speed of Light," premiered earlier this summer.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe majority of Van Morrison's expansive album catalog is scheduled to be reissued digitally and also will debut on various streaming services this Friday, August 28, as part of a new deal with Sony's Legacy Recordings division.  Thirty-three of the prolific Northern Irish singer/songwriter's solo albums, spanning from 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview through the 2009's Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will be made available Friday.

A new compilation called Essential Van Morrison will be released the same day as a two-CD set and digital download.  The deal with Legacy Recordings also will feature the reissue of four titles from Morrison's pre-solo band Them sometime later this year.  In addition, the coming months will see the release a new single-disc compilation and deluxe expanded versions of select Van albums, including Saint Dominic's Preview, 1973's Hard Nose the Highway, the 1974 live album It's Too Late to Stop Now and 1990's Enlightenment.

The new agreement will mark the first time that most of Morrison's albums will be made available to streaming services, while many of the albums being reissued have been unavailable on any format for quite some time.

"Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music," says Legacy Recordings president Adam Block.  "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs.  Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world."

Here's the list of Van's albums that will be released digitally and made available for streaming on Friday:

Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (with The Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (two-CD outtakes compilation) (1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What's Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl (live) (2009)

And here are the Them albums that will be reissued later this year:

The Angry Young Them/Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1997)

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Images Courtesy of MSO PROzzy Osbourne co-wrote and sings a new original song called "Gods" on the upcoming second studio effort by Bill Idol/ex-Camp Freddy guitarist Billy Morrison.  The album, titled God Shaped Hole, will be released on October 23 via iTunes and Amazon.

On how his collaboration with the Metal Madman came about, Morrison says, "I got a text from Ozzy, wondering where I had disappeared to…I told him I had decided to record a solo album, and the next text back from him was 'Well I wanna sing a song on your record!'"

God Shaped Hole also includes contributions from Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and two of Morrison's Billy Idol band mates -- guitarist Steve Stevens and drummer Erik Eldenius.  Morrison and Eldenius co-produced the album, which was mixed by Mike Clink, who produced Guns N' Roses landmark debut, Appetite for Destruction.

Morrison's new studio effort features five original tunes and five covers, including renditions of songs by Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army and Flesh for Lulu.

A special discount pre-order deal on God Shaped Hole will be offered on Friday, October 16, when two of the albums tracks will be made available immediately for free download.  Also, a limited-edition "Art Pack" version of the album will be available on Friday, October 9, through the website BillyMorrison.BigCartel.com.  Priced at $175, the "Art Pack" edition features a CD copy of the album and a lithograph print of the cover art -- both numbered and signed -- handwritten lyric sheets, an autographed photo and four Morrison guitar picks.

Here the track list of God Shaped Hole:

"Goodbye Jimmy Dean" (Boys Wonder cover)
"Baby Hurricane" (Flesh for Lulu cover)
"Cinnamon Gin"
"Alone in a Crowd"
"Housewife" (Wasted Youth cover)
"Hold It Down" (Senseless Things cover)
"Methadonia"
"You Are in My Vision" (Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army cover)
"Ordinary Girl"
"Gods"

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Credit: Kevin WestenbergAs reported recently, the latest issue of the U.K. music magazine Mojo comes packaged with a CD featuring a previously unreleased cover of the classic Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere" by ex-Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour.  Now the track has made its way to YouTube.

Gilmour's rendition of "Here, There and Everywhere" is fairly faithful to the original tune, which was written and sung by Paul McCartney and appears on the Fab Four's 1966 album Revolver.  David's version features somewhat fuller instrumentation, with sweet female backing vocals giving the track a dreamy quality.  It also boasts a slightly blues-tinged guitar solo from Gilmour.

According to Mojo's website, David recorded the song with his son Joe two years ago.  The aforementioned CD is titled David Gilmour & Friends, and features various songs paying tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  Gilmour appears on six tracks on the disc, which also contains songs by David Crosby & Graham Nash, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and other artists who've collaborated with Gilmour in the past.

The CD was put together to accompany an in-depth interview with Gilmour that appears in the magazine, which went on sale today.  Gilmour will release his latest solo album, Rattle That Lock, on September 18.

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Anton Corbijn/Universal Music GroupEarlier this month, a batch of previously unreleased Nirvana demos and alternative mixes surfaced online.  Now, another new song has emerged.

A demo of a jam titled "E-Coli" hit the Internet recently.  The nearly nine-minute recording, which features wailing vocals and screeching guitars, is thought to be from either 1993 or 1994.

The track was uploaded by YouTube user RareNirvana, who claimed that the song was initially posted by an anonymous user on Reddit.

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Sony MusicToday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Born to Run, the album that helped make Bruce Springsteen a star.  Released on August 25, 1975, Born to Run features many of The Boss' best-known anthems, including "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Backstreets" "Jungleland" and, of course, the classic title track.

At the time Springsteen recorded Born to Run, he'd released two critically lauded albums that were commercial disappointments, and he was in fear of being dropped by his label, Columbia Records.  Bruce had an ambitious vision for his new album that he hoped would revitalize his career: combine the elements that made his earlier work compelling -- the poetic aspects of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison and the heart of classic rock 'n' roll -- while adding the complex, layered arrangements favored by production legend Phil Spector.  For the project, Bruce labored hard crafting heartfelt songs about blue-collar life and the desire to escape a dead-end existence.

Springsteen co-produced Born to Run with Mike Appel and Jon Landau, and the project took 14 months to record, six months of which were spent on the title track.  During the making of the album, a number of changes to the lineup of Bruce's E Street Band took place, with Roy Bittan replacing original keyboardist David Sancious and Max Weinberg taking over for drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter.  In addition, Springsteen's old friend Steven Van Zandt contributed to the album, and would soon join the group as a full-time member.

Born to Run won Springsteen both critical acclaim and commercial acceptance.  He landed on the covers of Time and Newsweek, while the album wound up reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.  The "Born to Run" single also became his first top 40 hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart.  It has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone, while the influence it's had on other artists and inspiration it's given to music fans are hard to calculate.

As Springsteen noted in the 2005 documentary Wings from Wheels -- The Making of Born to Run, the album "was the first record that really changed my life and the lives of my friends and band mates.  On this record were the beginnings of the characters whose lives I'd trace in my work for the next three decades."

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Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney continues to expand his fall North American tour plans.  The former Beatles star has just announced three new concerts that will take place during October, bringing his total of confirmed dates to five.

The newly added shows are scheduled for October 15 in State College, Pennsylvania; October 21 in Detroit; and October 22 in Buffalo, New York.  These dates join previously announced gigs October 13 in Columbus, Ohio, and October 17 in Toronto.

McCartney's shows in State College and Buffalo will mark the first time he's ever performed in those cities.  The last time Sir Paul played Detroit was in 2011, but his upcoming performance will be the first time he's ever played at the Motor City's Joe Louis Arena.

Tickets for the newly announced shows will go on sale to the general public starting Monday, August 31, at 10 a.m. ET.  American Express Card members will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning this Thursday, August 27, at 10 a.m. ET.

In other news, McCartney has made a "single edit" version of his 1982 hit "Take It Away" available as a free download at his official website in celebration of the upcoming reissue of his early-1980s solo albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, which will be released on October 2.  While the original version of "Take It Away" appears on the 1982 Tug of War album, the newly remastered single edit is only available, for free, at PaulMcCartney.com.

Here are all of McCartney's upcoming North American tour dates:

10/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/15 -- State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
10/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/21 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/22 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center

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Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityFor his upcoming solo album, Higher Truth, Chris Cornell wanted a more "intimate" sound -- so he didn't hire a band.

Instead, he tells Rolling Stone that he and producer Brendan O’Brien played the vast majority of the instruments on the album themselves.  Cornell previously worked with O'Brien on Soundgarden's Superunknown and Audioslave's Revelations.

"I wanted the album to be intimate and small and so I didn't want to hire a band," Cornell says of Higher Truth.  "I also know how Brendan works.  He's very focused and very quick and he always makes the right choices.  Some of it was a leap of faith for me, but everything I wanted to get out of our relationship I got and none of the fears I had came to fruition at all.  I feel like I got pretty lucky."

Ex-Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain, pianist Patrick Wong and violinist Anne-Marie Simpson also contributed to select tracks.

The album took a decidedly more stripped-down direction than his last solo studio album, the electronic-inspired and poorly received Scream.  Many of the tracks on Higher Truth have an undercurrent of sadness, which Cornell says is not unusual for him.

"Often times, especially in the context of an acoustic song, I'm motivated to write by some amount of melancholy," he says.  "I listened to a lot of other acoustic albums going into this.  There's a sort of chipper, up-tempo nature to a lot of records, like with Jack Johnson, where it sounds great and there's an intimacy to it.  But I don't have that in me."

The album arrives September 18, and the day before it's released, Cornell will kick off his solo tour in Phoenix.  But don't think all this solo work means the end of Soundgarden.

"We're already working on new material for an album," he says of the band.  "And then I've got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won't mention now.  There's a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album."

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