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Stevie Nicks Says "Half the Songs" on New Album Are About Lindsey Buckingham


Warner Bros. RecordsOver the years, many of Stevie Nicks' songs have documented her love life, including, perhaps most famously, her years with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.  The couple broke up during the 1970s, but on Nicks' new album, she's revisiting their relationship: a good portion of the songs, she says, were inspired by Buckingham.

The album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault, is made up of songs that Stevie wrote years ago, but never recorded, and some date back as far as 1969.  She tells Rolling Stone that nobody in Fleetwood Mac has heard the album yet, but she predicts, "Lindsey will love it.  Half the songs are about him!"

For example, she tells the magazine that "Lady," a tune on the album for which she recently released a lyric video, "captures the mood of me and Lindsey being scared to death when we moved to L.A. in 1971."  She adds, "Our producer...gave us this white carved piano -- I wrote 'Rhiannon' on it.  But I didn't know how to play.  'Lady' was me figuring it out."

Nicks reveals that she only had two months to make 24 Karat Gold because she had to start rehearsing for Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour with Christine McVie, which starts September 30.  Her friend Dave Stewart, the former Eurythmics member who produced her last solo album, In Your Dreams, advised her to make the record in Nashville because the musicians there work very quickly. 

Stevie took his advice, and she says she was shocked at just how fast everything came together: They did 17 tracks in three weeks, and there was no drama involved.

"I'm used to bands where we argue over how to do the song," she tells Rolling Stone.  "These Nashville guys just say, 'Yes, ma'am.'"

24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is in stores on October 7.

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Remastered Versions of George Harrison's First Six Solo Albums Coming this Month


Capitol/UMeDigitally remastered versions of George Harrison's first six solo albums -- released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label -- are hitting stores later this month.

The albums -- Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse and Extra Texture (Read All About It) -- will arrive September 23.  They'll be available both as individual albums, and as a deluxe, eight-disc boxed set called The Apple Years 1968-1975. 

In addition to the six albums, including the double disc All Things Must Pass, that boxed set includes an exclusive DVD featuring videos, promos and unreleased footage, as well as a book with an introduction written by George's son, Dhani, who oversaw the project.

In a statement, Dhani says, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."

All the albums feature previously-unreleased or rare additional tracks.  They're available for pre-order now.

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Yes' Steve Howe Talks About Band's "Unusual" New Album, Praises New Frontman


Rob Shanahan/MSO PRYes recently wrapped up a North American summer tour during which the band debuted some material from its latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, the prog-rock legends' first with their new lead singer Jon Davison.  Guitarist Steve Howe tells ABC News Radio that the record is "a different sort of album" for Yes.

"It's an unusual album in a way.  It has a light element to it," Howe explains, noting that he agrees with some fans who have described the record as being "accessible."

Davison has only been an official member of Yes since 2012, but he played a big role in the creation of Heaven & Earth, co-writing six of the project's eight songs with the other Yes members and writing a seventh tune by himself.  Howe explains that the singer took the initiative when it came to collaborating with his new band mates.

"Jon Davison, being a new guy, put his hand up and kind of said, 'Well, I'd be happy to circulate,'" he says.  "And, basically, 'cause we all live in different parts of the world, Jon visited everybody and found out what he could do with them a little, and then compared notes."

Howe says he was very pleased to find out that beyond coming up with catchy song ideas, Davison was able to create complex parts that challenged the Yes members' abilities, and while also displaying his own musical talents.

One such tune was "Light of the Ages," the song Davison penned alone.

"I think 'Light of the Ages' is the kind of song that Yes needs to play," Howe maintains.  "I play just steel guitar on that one, and Jon plays rhythm guitar.  I like his rhythm work.  It's really good to have a great rhythm guitarist in the group."

Another song Howe enjoyed was the album closer, "Subway Walls," a nine-minute-plus epic that Davison wrote with Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes.

"There's a song [that's] got lots of complexity," Steve points out.  "As we got to know each other and as I got to know [Jon's] available material, that piece was really scary -- complex, almost, like, 'Where is the beat?  Where's the beat gone in this?'"

Howe explains that Davison's musical talents aren't just limited to vocals and rhythm guitar, noting that he also "wrote massive bass lines for this album, which you wouldn't expect."

The multifaceted aspects Davison brings to Yes seems to fit in with what Howe wants the band to strive for moving forward as a recording entity.

"If Yes make albums where none of us have to think, it must be…really appalling," he tells ABC News Radio, "because it's only when you have to work on music that you're doing something of value."

Yes will return to the road on November 10, when the band kicks off a tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan with a concert in Auckland, New Zealand.  As on their North American trek, the new outing will feature Yes performing the Close to the Edge and Fragile albums in their entirety, plus selections from Heaven & Earth and various hits by the group.

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Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for Survivor, Dies at 63


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionJimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the band’s official Twitter account.

The post reads, “Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family.”

Jamison’s booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.

Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the group’s lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords.  The change came after the band scored success with the tune “Eye of the Tiger,” which was featured in the 1982 movie Rocky 3.

According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs “Burning Heart” from the movie Rocky 4 and “The Moment of Truth” from the film The Karate Kid.  The band also scored a hit with “Is This Love.”

Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song "I’m Always Here,” which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.

Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer.  The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name.  After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.

According to the band’s official website, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.

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Founding Jethro Tull Bassist Glenn Cornick Dies at 67


Jethro Tull; Glenn Cornick, far right (Chrysalis Records Ltd.)Glenn Cornick, Jethro Tull's original bass player, died Thursday at his home in Hilo, Hawaii.  He was 67.  The British-born musician's family told The New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Cornick appeared on Jethro Tull's first three studio albums, 1968's This Was, 1969's Stand Up and 1970's Benefit and played on the group's early tours.  He exited the band in 1971, after forming the group Wild Turkey and before Tull recorded of its classic 1971 album Aqualung.  Prior to Jethro Tull's formation, Cornick played with frontman Ian Anderson and the band's founding guitarist Mick Abrahams in the John Evan Band.

After Wild Turkey disbanded in 1974, Cornick played in the short-lived group Paris with ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch.

Anderson paid tribute to Cornick in a message posted on Jethro Tull's official website.  "Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone -- especially fellow musicians, wrote the singer.  "Always cheerful, he brought to the early stage performances of Tull a lively bravado both as a personality and a musician…His background in the beat groups of the North of England and his broad knowledge of music were always helpful in establishing the arrangements of the early Tull."

Anderson also noted that Cornick continued to play music with various groups throughout his life, and pointed out that he frequently took part in Tull fan conventions, "where he would join in with gusto to rekindle the musical moments of the early repertoire."

Cornick is survived by his wife, Brigitte, and three children -- son Drew, daughter Molly and son Alex.

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Sting Set to Perform at NYC Concert Supporting Equality for LGBT Community


Image Courtesy of Patti HintonSting is among the stars who will perform at a September 15 fundraising event in New York City supporting organizations and activists fighting for the rights of those who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).  Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, and will feature a variety of artists and speakers from around the world sharing inspiring songs and stories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice's Fueling the Frontlines campaign.  The organization is committed to improvement of the LGBTI community's rights throughout the world.

The concert, which also will feature an appearance by Broadway legend Patti Lupone, is timed to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to bring attention to the equality issue.  Visit UprisingofLove.org for more information.

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Get Texts from, Tune In for Bret Michaels & Other Stars on Today's MDA Telethon


Image Courtesy of Muscular Dystrophy AssociationJust a reminder that Poison frontman Bret Michaels is among the stars who will appear on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The two-hour broadcast starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  But if you don't want to sit through the whole thing waiting for your favorite celebrities, don't worry: they'll text you.

If you go to MDA.org right now and register at the Telethon Star Tracker, you'll be able to select which stars you're interested in seeing during the broadcast, and you'll receive a text alerting you that they're coming up so you can turn on the TV then. 

Michaels is one of the many music artists that will be giving "one-of-a-kind" performances of their songs on the telecast.  Other performers include Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

The telethon also will feature a bevy of celebrity presenters including Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Jordin Sparks and Ludacris, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville's Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at MDA.org. This is the 49th installment of the telethon: The first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City.  It's since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.

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Kurt Cobain Loved Motley Crue, Says Vince Neil, and the Feeling Was Mutual


Universal Music Group/Anton Corbijn; Tenth Street EntertainmentTo hear Vince Neil tell it, you'd never know that there was ever any hard feelings between heavy metal and grunge.

The Mötley Crüe singer tells the U.K.'s Q magazine that he and his band mates weren't threatened by the early grunge movement; in fact, they were totally into it.  "We went on [MTV's] Headbanger's Ball and we'd had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind, he says.  "We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out."

In addition, Neil slags metal rockers who bad-mouthed grunge.  "Only people whose careers were on the way out said that," he says.  "We supported that whole thing.  I don't know why people say grunge killed rock."

Apparently, the love between Mötley Crüe and Nirvana was a two-way street.  Neil says, "I was talking to Courtney Love one time and she told me that one of Kurt [Cobain]'s favorite records was [Mötley Crüe's 1981 album] Too Fast for Love."

The entire interview is available in the new print version of Q magazine.

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Turtles Hits Get Boxed in New Vinyl Singles Collection


FloEdCo/Manifesto RecordsThe music of the legendary 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles will be celebrated with a special box set featuring a series of 7-inch vinyl discs boasting the band's biggest hits.  The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection, which will be released on September 16, will include eight discs boasting a total of 16 tunes.

Among the songs featured are all five of The Turtles' top 10 singles, including the 1967 chart-topper "Happy Together"; "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year; and the group's first hit, a 1965 cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" that peaked at #8.

The collection also features several gems from the Turtles catalog that weren't hits, including the Warren Zevon-penned "Outside Chance" from 1966 and 1969's "Love in the City," which was produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies.

After the original Turtles broke up in 1970, founding members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan -- a.k.a Flo and Eddie -- briefly joined Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and also established themselves as premiere session singers.  In recent years, they've been performing under the name The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie and headlining the annual Happy Together Tour.

Here's the track list for the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection:

"It Ain't Me Babe"/"You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain"
"Let Me Be"/"Love in the City"
"You Baby"/"You Know What I Mean"
"Happy Together"/"Grim Reaper of Love"
"She'd Rather Be with Me"/"Story of Rock and Roll"
"She's My Girl"/"Can't I Get to Know You Better"
"Elenore"/"Outside Chance"
"You Showed Me"/"Sound Asleep"

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Neil Young Recording with Orchestra for Project Reportedly Titled "Storytone"


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAccording to multiple online reports, Neil Young has been working on a new music project that involves an orchestra.  German composer Chris Walden has revealed on his website that he contributed arrangements to a new album from the folk-rock great called Storytone, which is due out on November 4.

A series of messages that appeared over the last couple of weeks on the Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting Facebook page offer some additional details about the sessions.  A photo posted on August 19 shows Walden conducting an orchestra at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Culver City, California, while Young sings and veteran studio musician George Doering plays guitar.  A caption attached to the pic reads, "First day recording Chris Walden's fantastic arrangements for Neil Young."

A message posted on August 23 shows another photo of Walden at work, this one taken at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.  The caption for this pic reads, "2nd day of recording with Neil Young and producer Niko Bolas - this time for some awesomely loud big band arrangements by Chris Walden composer-arranger!"  Bolas has worked as an engineer and producer on numerous Young records over the years, including Landing on Water, Life, Freedom and Living with War.

The most recent Facebook post regarding Young appeared on Thursday.  It shows a photo of Neil's LincVolt hybrid car and reveals that the rock legend was back at the Sony studio "for more days of recording with orchestra and arranger Michael Bearden."  Bearden collaborated with an impressive list of music stars over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and many others.

Back in March, Young told Billboard that he was considering making "a record with a full-blown orchestra, live -- a mono recording with one mic."  He added, "I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past."

Stay tuned as more information emerges about the upcoming album.

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Watch New Trailer for "Led Zeppelin IV" Reissue; Robert Plant Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Atlantic/Swan SongA new teaser trailer has premiered online offering a short preview of the forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.  The clip, which runs for a minute and seven seconds, features an early mix of "Black Dog" that will be appear on the bonus "companion audio" disc included in the deluxe versions of the release.

The promo video also features footage of Led Zeppelin performing in concert, and glimpses of different images from the package, including the cover art, vintage concert posters and gig announcements and photos of the band members.  You can watch the trailer at Led Zeppelin's official website and YouTube channel.

The remastered Led Zeppelin IV packages will be released on October 28 as part of the second installment the band's reissue campaign.  Revamped versions of the group 1973 album Houses of the Holy also will hit stores the same day.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, Robert Plant has joined the droves of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A video clip, which can be viewed on Robert's YouTube channel, shows the rock legend standing in a nicely landscaped yard or park, ringing a little green bell.  Plant reveals that he was nominated by British comedy group Kiddy Lad, and then calls on "Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and my favorite commoner, Peter Gabriel" to take the challenge also.  He adds, "Come on lads, get wet.  Please don't forget to donate," before two men empty buckets of ice water over his curly locks.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within a day or two or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Friday, more than $100 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

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Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at "End of Summer" Bash at UK Mansion Next Week


Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The "End of Summer Party" at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt.  In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun -- if you've got the cash.  Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The "End of Summer Party" replaces Elton's long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he's discontinued.

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The Beatles Finish in Top Five of "Time" Magazine's List of Ultimate Pop Stars


CBS Photography 1965While a recent Harris Poll found that The Beatles are the most popular music act in the U.S., the Fab Four weren't quite fab enough to reach the top of a new list from Time magazine determining the ultimate pop star.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The Beatles finished at #4 on the tally with 1,537 point, although they were the highest-ranking rock band.  Topping the list was Mariah Carey with 1,901 points, followed by Rihanna with 1,800 points and Usher with 1,778 points.

Other veteran rock artists who made it into the top 50 of the tally include Elton John in 11th place with 999 points, The Rolling Stones at #22 with 776 points, Elvis Presley at #26 with 727 points, Phil Collins in 38th place with 549 points and Santana at #48 with 457 points.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see if your favorite artist made it onto Time's chart.

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Ex-Styx Singer Dennis DeYoung Releasing New Concert Video and CD in October


Frontiers RecordsIn March of this year, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and his backing group rocked the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a set featuring many classic tunes from his old band's catalog.  The show was captured for a CD and video package titled Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, which will be released on October 21.

The performance, which was filmed with eight high-def cameras, includes such memorable Styx songs as "Lady," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Mr. Roboto," "Babe," "Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," as well as a rendition of DeYoung's 1984 solo hit "Desert Moon."  Live in Los Angeles will be available as a two-CD/DVD set and a Blu-ray disc.

The show also will premiere as an AXS TV special on the same day that Live in Los Angeles is released.

"If you are a Styx fan, this DVD/CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience," says DeYoung.  "The intimate setting of the historic El Rey Theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin' these tunes."

A teaser trailer offering some highlights from the concert video, as well as some interview footage with DeYoung can be viewed now at the official Frontiers Music srl YouTube channel.  In the clip, Dennis says, "I am constantly amazed…that the music has touched so many people for such a long time.  It really is a testament to songs because, strip it all away, it's the songs that matter to people."

Here is the list of songs featured on the Live in Los Angeles two-CD/DVD set:

CD 1:
*"The Message"
"Grand Illusion"
"Lady"
"Lorelei"
"Blue Collar Man"
"Show Me the Way"
"Mr. Roboto"
"Desert Moon"
"Don't Let It End"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"

CD 2
*"Rockin the Paradise"
"Crystal Ball"
"Babe"
"Fooling Yourself"
"Suite Madame Blue"
"Best of Times"
"Renegade"
"Come Sail Away"

* = does not appear on the DVD.

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Robert Plant Says Jimmy Page "Should Get On and Do Something"


Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant says he's completely enthralled with the music he's making with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he collaborated him on his soon-to-be-released studio album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  He tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that his desire to explore new sounds is among the reasons why he isn't interested in taking part in a Led Zeppelin reunion, and he suggests that guitarist Jimmy Page also consider looking forward rather than backward.

"He should get on and do something, he's a superb talent," says Plant.  "That's the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I'm his guy, I'm his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it's all there.  Come on and give it to us."

Regarding his desire to create music with musicians other than the fellow members of his famous band, Robert notes, "Why do it the way you always did it?  Why think like that?  You never think it could possibly work. And yet, you can take off all your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world."

Plant praises Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams, whose playing is heavily influenced by world music, for opening him up to the blend of sounds featured on his upcoming album.

"His contribution, as a positive force in my time, has been second to none," the singer maintains, adding that "he doesn't think the guitar begins and ends with [Eric] Clapton, [Jeff] Beck and Page."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar offers up a blend of English folk, Americana, African, Middle Eastern, blues, hard rock and electronic music.  "What we've done is consolidate our strengths," Plant says of his collaboration with the Sensational Space Shifters.  "[T]hey've gone into the cauldron, spun around and come out with absolute ease.  I guess the only thing missing are the words hocus pocus."

Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer characterizes himself as one of a dwindling breed of singers.

"There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that's me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger," he tells The Telegraph.  "But the only important thing is, can you contemporize your gift?  Can I knock myself out, or am I just going through the motions?  Because if I'm going through the motions, I'm f***ed."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar arrives in stores on September 9.

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Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" to Be Published in November


Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen's 2009 song, "Outlaw Pete," is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss' tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

"'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book's text.

The epic song, which appeared on Bruce's 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

"When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," says Caruso.  "The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, "This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen's unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso's illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen's work."

Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

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Mark David Chapman Says He Was "Such an Idiot" for Murdering John Lennon


NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman's current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's parole board, Chapman said he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

"My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums," Chapman explained.  "It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That's why I pled guilty."

Noting that he wasn't "trying to make excuses" for his actions, Chapman admitted, "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn't resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."

Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn't agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he's now "interested in one thing and that's ministering prisoners."

The 59-year-old murderer said he was "sorry for this crime," adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer's family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

"Many, many people loved him," he said.  "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting."

Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he's been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  "There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God's hands," Chapman said.  "I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him." 

During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn't think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.

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Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"


Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.

While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the '90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- the singer is featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.

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Twelve-Disc Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Collection Coming in October


Epic Records/Legacy RecordingsFrom 1983's first studio album, Texas Flood, through numerous posthumous releases, it's often been difficult to keep up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's complete discography.  Now Epic Records is making it easier for fans to do that.  This October will see the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.

The 12-disc set will include the complete Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble studio discography, from Texas Flood through 1989's In Step, plus the first commercial release of a promotional recording, A Legend in the Making, which captured the late blues guitar legend's performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in July of 1983.  That performance has previously been released on video as as Live at the El Mocambo.

The set also includes the five live albums from the canon, as well as two discs of rarities.  Apparently missing from the set are 1990's Family Style, Vaughan's studio collaboration with his brother, guitarst Jimmie Vaughan, as well as the initial 1991 posthumous release The Sky Is Crying.  However, many of the tracks from the latter are included on the rarities discs.

Legacy Records will release The Complete Epic Recordings Collection on October 28. Check out the full track listing at SRVOfficial.com.

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Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone Says Band's New Album Should Be Ready by Early 2015


Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI ArtistsThe Zombies just wrapped up a U.S. summer tour this past Sunday and now the band has headed back home to the United Kingdom, where the influential pop-rock group plans to turn its focus on working on a new studio album soon.  During the trek, the band gave its American fans a taste of the upcoming record by premiering a brand-new tune titled "Moving On" that was written by founding keyboardist Rod Argent.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC News Radio that the group already has begun preparing several tunes for the project, including the aforementioned "Moving On."

"We've recorded two brand new songs, and we've rehearsed a couple of others," he reveals.  "So, we've got four songs in pretty good shape, and then there are two or three other songs that we're sort of talking about and just starting to rehearse."

As for when the album might be completed, Blunstone says he hopes it will be finished by early next year.  He points out, however, "[A]n album takes as long as an album takes.  We're always doing this, sort of setting some kind of deadline and we never make the deadline."

The 69-year-old singer tells ABC News Radio that the band originally intended to keep 2014 "quite quiet as far as concerts are concerned" so that they could spend more time writing and recording the album but, as it turned, The Zombies pretty much have been on the road since January.

Colin says that should change "[a]fter the middle of September," when the group's major touring commitments will be complete, "so we can really get stuck into recording and writing."

As previously reported, The Zombies recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledge Music website that will allow those who contribute money to check out some of the new tunes, as well as watch exclusive videos of the band in the studio.  The initiative also offers a variety of incentives to participating fans, depending on how much they spend, including early access to the new album; rare and signed memorabilia; T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise; and the chance to appear in an official Zombies video.  Visit PledgeMusic.com to find out more details about the campaign.

The upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Zombies' 2011 effort, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

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