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Gibson to Release Limited-Edition Bob Dylan Acoustic Signed by Folk-Rock Legend


Image Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson will be releasing two new acoustic guitars based on the SJ-200 model played by Bob Dylan and designed with input by the legendary singer-songwriter.

The first is the limited-edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector's Edition, which exactly replicates Dylan's custom-made SJ-200.  Only 175 on the instruments will be produced, each one boasting a label autographed by Bob.  The guitar features a headstock with an inlay of Dylan's "eye logo," as well as fancily decorated double pick guards.  The instrument will come with a hard-shell carrying case featuring an embroidered version of the aforementioned eye logo.

The second guitar is called the SJ-200 Player's Edition, and features a design similar to that of the Collector's Edition, but made with different types of wood.  This model comes with an an LR Baggs brand Anthem pickup.

"After years of design and development overseen by the artist's personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting," says Gibson Brands chairman Henry Juszkiewicz.  "Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob's personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history."

No release date has been announced for the guitars.

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Roger Daltrey Says He's Considering Recording a Beyonce Song for Upcoming Solo Album


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who's Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers?  Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.

In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he's actually considering recording one of her songs. 

"Class," Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar's name was mentioned.  "I'm making a solo album at the moment and I'm toying with doing one of her own songs -- a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male."

Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group's music would not be considered significant over time.  Roger explained that he'd been "rather misquoted with One Direction," and that he hadn't been attacking the band.  "They've done incredibly well, and you can't knock that, that they've become the biggest pop band in the world," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed.  "We were a pop band once, and there's nothing wrong with that...but I don't know what music will have significance in the future."

The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles.  "What a shame.  The boy needs help," said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, "Justin, give me a call, otherwise you're gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it'll be 'Goodnight, Vienna,' and I've lost too many friends.  You don't need to go. You've got a lot to offer."

Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a "good country artist" and a "good-looking girl," and Kings of Leon, which he said are a "good" American rock ''n' roll band.

Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay.  He praised Chris Martin's melodies and said that the sound that the band created "was totally original in its day," but noted that he isn't a fan of Martin's stage antics.

"I just wish he wouldn't run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music.  It doesn't make the music stronger.  It weakens it," Daltrey maintained.  "He doesn't need to do it.  When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?"

Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger.  "Stop it!" he declared.  "Stand still and dance."

The Who launch the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Billy Joel Denies He Smoked Cigarettes with Obama


Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement.  It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.

The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?”  According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer. 

The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.

However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."

But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is?  Likely the other half of The Hill's report.  It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was in Rep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”

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Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert


Image Courtesy of Badman Ltd.On February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and country legend Willie Nelson.

The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.

More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.

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Foo Fighters Announce Intimate Show in Seattle


Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrBy now, the pattern of the Foo Fighters announcing a last-minute show in the city that will be profiled on that week's Sonic Highways episode has become quite apparent, so it comes as no surprise that the band has announced a concert for this Friday, November 28, at Seattle's The Showbox.

Tickets will be available at three locations throughout Seattle starting at 3 p.m. PT today.  The locations are at The Showbox, Easy Street Records and Sonic Boom Records.  Tickets will not be sold online.

This week's Seattle-themed episode of Sonic Highways will feature appearances from Heart's Nancy Wilson, ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.  It also will inclue archival footage of Nirvana.  After this week, the series will have only one episode left, which will focus on New York City.  The Sonic Highways finale will air on December 5.

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Metallica to Headline UK's Reading & Leeds Festivals


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressThe U.K.'s Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced that Metallica will headline the 2015 events.  The metal legends together with Pierce the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra and are among the first confirmed performers.  A full lineup for Reading & Leeds has yet to be revealed.

"We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement.  "We are practically the house band.  Bring it!"

Metallica just finished up its week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  The band powered through five nights of performances, including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Enter Sandman," "Hit the Lights," "Sad but True" and "Fuel."

Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- Reading at Richfield Avenue and Leeds at Braham Park.  The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30.  Tickets to both events are on sale now.

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First Official Kurt Cobain Documentary to Air on HBO in 2015


Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnThe first fully authorized documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is coming next year.  Titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary will be the first made with the full cooperation of Cobain's family.

"[Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck] is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks," reads a press release.  The statement also promises that the film will contain Nirvana songs and performances, as well as never-before-heard Cobain originals.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, will write, direct and produce Montage of Heck.  Cobain's daughter, visual artist Francis Bean Cobain, will be the film's executive producer.

"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen.  "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.  However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was most likely titled for the recently rediscovered Cobain mixtape of the same name, will air on HBO next year.

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Sting & John Mellencamp Join Billy Joel Onstage at Madison Square Garden


Myrna Suarez/Getty ImagesBilly Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.

According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street."  Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards.  Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on Setlist.fm.

The show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January.  He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015.  If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Shows Up Late for Court Appearance


Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who's charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana, appeared in a New Zealand court Wednesday, but things didn't get off to the best of starts.

Rudd, 60, showed up late to court, prompting the judge to order a warrant for his arrest, according to SunLive.co.nz. Rudd arrived soon afterward.  He did not enter a plea and remains free on bail until a December 2 court date.

Outside the courthouse, Rudd was seen taking a piggyback ride on one of his security guards.

The drummer initially also faced a murder-for-hire charge following his arrest earlier this month, but it was quickly withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

AC/DC releases their new album, Rock or Bust, December 2.

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Rolling Stones' Muscle Shoals Sessions to Be Commemorated with Historic Marker


Image Courtesy of RankinThe 45th anniversary of a historic recording session by The Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, will be commemorated with a marker next week in the nearby town of Florence.  The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5, at the site of a former Holiday Inn where the band stayed while working on several of their classic songs at the renowned studio.

In early December of 1969, the British rock legends recorded "Wild Horses," "Brown Sugar" and "You Gotta Move," which all eventually were released on the group's 1971 album, Sticky Fingers.  Studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson, who also was the guitarist of the famed group of Muscle Shoals session musicians known as The Swampers, engineered The Stones recordings, and will be in attendance at the ceremony.

"The Stones' visit was a major turning point," says Johnson.  "I am very excited about the marker and appreciate the state support for our efforts to preserve and promote Muscle Shoals Music."

The acclaimed 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter includes footage of the some of the band's members recording in Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and also listening to a recording of "Brown Sugar" in a room at the Holiday Inn, which was torn down during the 1970s.  Some of those scenes also appear in the 2013 Muscle Shoals documentary, as do new interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recalling the sessions.

The Alabama Tourism Department was responsible for producing the marker.

"Because the Muscle Shoals documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones' recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” says Tourism Department director Lee Sentell.  "This should be…a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones."

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New Supergroup Revolution Saints Features Members of Journey, Night Ranger, Whitesnake


Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints.  Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.

Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24.  The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known.

Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints.  Schon is featured on a song titled "Way to the Sun," while Pineda sings on a tune called "You're Not Alone."

"Revolution Saints, to me it's '80s-vibe rock with nuts," says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel.  "I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians."

Adds Deen, "Nobody really played it safe on this.  It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this."

Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download.  The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.

Here's the track list for Revolution Saints:

"Back on My Trail"
"Turn Back Time"
"You're Not Alone" (featuring Arnel Pineda)
"Locked Out of Paradise"
"Way to the Sun" (featuring Neal Schon)
"Dream On"
"Don't Walk Away"
"Here Forever"
"Strangers to This Life"
"Better World"
"How to Mend a Broken Heart"
"In the Name of the Father (Fernando's Song)"

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
"You Are Not Alone" (Arnel Pineda version)
"Way to the Sun" (Doug Aldrich version)
"You Are Not Alone" (Deen Castronovo version)

DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
Making of the Album documentary
"Turn Back Time" (promo video)
"Back on My Trail" (promo video)
"Here Forever" (promo video)
"Way to the Sun" (lyric video)

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Paul Simon, James Taylor Performing at NYC Benefit Show Honoring Late Saxophonist Michael Brecker


Mark Seliger; James O'MaraTwo of America's all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker.  "The Nearness of You" benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS).  Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.

Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael's widow, Susan Brecker.

"When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband's legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert," says Susan in a statement.

Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now.  You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.org.

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Steven Tyler to Perform at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert


Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway.  The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education."

Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists."

Other performers on the concert's lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle.  Queen Latifah will also host the event.

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area.  Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.

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Dave Grohl Remembers Jamming with Prince


Image Courtesy of ABC/Travis BellRemember when Prince covered the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" during the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show?  As it turns out, that wasn't the last time Dave Grohl and the Purple One have crossed paths.

"Three years ago, Prince books 21 nights at the Forum [in Los Angeles].  I can't f**king wait.  I go to the first show, in a party bus with all my friends, boozing it up," Grohl tells Rolling Stone.  "I walk into the Forum Club and bump into somebody from a road crew I'd work[ed] with before.  He says, 'Prince knows you're here.  He wants to jam.'  The end of the night, I'm standing next to this black curtain.  I pull it back -- there's Prince with Sheila E.  I go, 'Hey, man, great show.'  He says, 'When do you want to jam?  How about Friday?'  All right, cool!"

The next week, Grohl shows up at the Forum only to be told Prince was feeling under the weather. However, before he's about to leave, "Prince just appears," Grohl says, and invites Dave to play drums with his band.

"We start playing.  He's got the whole band up there, throwing chord changes with his fingers, conducting the band as we're jamming," Grohl remembers.  "I can't believe this is happening.  And it's happening in a completely empty Forum.  Then he puts on a guitar and starts playing [Led Zeppelin's] 'Whole Lotta Love'.  It's f**kin' bad-ass.  We do that for 10 minutes.  It slays.  He says, 'We should do that, man.  What are you doing next Friday?'"

"I never heard from Prince again," he says.  "But I swear it happened.  I swear.  And nobody saw it."

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Joni Mitchell to Discuss New Box Set, "Love Has Many Faces," During "Tavis Smiley" Appearance Tuesday


RhinoJoni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS' Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night.  The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada's Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.

In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.

Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.

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Watch Official Lyric Video for The Who's New Song, "Be Lucky"


Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, "Be Lucky," streaming now at VEVO.com.  The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.

The video features a montage of archival clips -- both rare and recognizable -- from throughout the band's career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50!  Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band's promotional videos for "Happy Jack," "Who Are You," and "Don't Let Go the Coat."

All royalties from sales of "Be Lucky" are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band's first-ever concert in the Middle East.  The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Surviving Beatles Sign Antique Piano to Help Raise Money to Aid Louisiana Veterans


Image Courtesy of Kim Bergeron for East St. Tammany Habitat for HumanityThe two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity.

Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, was instrumental in getting the rock legends to sign the piano -- no easy task since McCartney and Starr rarely autograph items these days.  NOLA.com reports that Bergeron contacted McCartney first, hoping that Sir Paul would lend his signature when he played an October 11 show in New Orleans.  That couldn't be arranged, but she was able to get Ringo to agree to sign the instrument when he and his All-Starr Band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 17.

Getting McCartney's John Hancock took a bit more doing.  His reps contacted Bergeron to tell her that Paul would be able to sign the piano if the instrument could be brought to Louisville, Kentucky, where he performed on October 28.  What was supposed to be a 10-hour journey turned into a 30-hour ordeal when the truck hired to transport the piano broke down multiple times along the way.  Eventually, the piano was brought to Louisville's KFC Yum! Center, where Macca signed it, and treated Bergeron and some of her associates to a meet-and-greet too.

The story behind the piano also is interesting.  The antique, upright instrument, which dates back to the late 1800s, was donated to the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in August by a Mississippi woman.  The piano was then restored and painted by Slidell artist Lori Gomez, and the initial plan was auction it at East St. Tammany Habitat's "Home Is Where the Art Is" gala this past Friday.  However, when McCartney's and Starr's signatures were procured, it was decided to make the instrument available for bidding via a national auction, the details of which are still being finalized.  The piano was put on display at the Slidell charity event.

Funds raised by the sale will go toward the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build initiative, which will supply housing to one or more local veterans.  Bergeron tells ABC News Radio that now that the piano has been autographed by the Beatles band mates, the organization is hoping it can bring in enough money to fund homes for as many as 10 vets and their families.

You can read the story behind the piano and Bergeron's quest to get it signed by the rock legends at her personal blog, RightBrainDiaries.com.

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Soundgarden Unveils Video for "Storm"


Image Courtesy of Geffen/Universal MusicToday is a perfect storm for Soundgarden fans.  In addition to releasing their new rarities collection, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, the band has unveiled the video for "Storm," one of the tracks from the compilation.  Directed by frequent Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham, the moody "Storm" video essentially amounts to an incredibly ominous Rorschach Test. You can watch the video via NME.com.

Soundgarden originally recorded "Storm" in the mid-'80s as a demo, but was never released.  Earlier this year, the band teamed up with producer Jack Endino to re-record the track specifically for the Echo of Miles collection.

Echo of Miles features 50 tracks across three themed discs -- "Originals," "Covers" and "Oddities." "Storm" is the closing song on the "Originals" disc.

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Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Person, Show Filmed for YouTube Documentary


Columbia RecordsOn Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he's ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person -- a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.  The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam -- translation: Experiment Alone -- which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds.

Wikingsson tells Rolling Stone that Dylan's set featured renditions of Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," Chuck Willis' "It's Too Late (She's Gone)" and a blues jam that he couldn't identify.

"I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy," he admits.  "My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling."

To make the amazing private show happen, Wikingsson says the filmmakers set things up through Dylan's representatives and paid the legendary singer/songwriter an undisclosed fee.

Fredrik doesn't know how much, but guesses "it was probably more than he gets for a normal gig."

Wikingsson was chosen to take part in the flick because he's friends with Experiment Ensam director Anders Helgeson, although he tells Rolling Stone he had to lobby hard for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"I had an endless series of meetings where I managed to convince people my extreme fandom made me the best candidate for the enviable task," the 41-year-old explains.

Wikingsson also says he was skeptical that the performance would actually take place right until the time Dylan stepped on stage.

"I thought some a**hole would walk onstage and just laugh at me," he admits.  "I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this."

Wikingsson reveals to Rolling Stone that he chose to sit in the second row in front of the middle of the stage.  He also notes that he initially felt awkward about responding to the performance, but decided to yell out something after the second song.

"I realized I had to say something.  It was just too weird," he points out.  "I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!'  That caused Dylan to burst out laughing."

Following the third song, Dylan played an impromptu harmonica solo that Wikingsson says touched him so much that he almost began crying.  After Bob finished his last song, he jokingly said to Wikingsson, "Swing by anytime."

The show was captured by eight cameras, and the documentary about the event, which will be 15 minutes long, will premiere on December 15 on YouTube.

Wikingsson has been sharing stories about his amazing experience on his popular iTunes podcast, The Filip and Fredrik Podcast.  He tells Rolling Stone, that he has one more dream related to the show: "I want Dylan to release an official Columbia EP of the concert called Songs for Fredrick."

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AC/DC's Video for "Rock or Bust" Title Track Debuts Online


Image Courtesy of James MinchinAC/DC has premiered an official video for the title track to its upcoming studio, Rock or Bust.  The clip, which can be viewed online now at the group's official website and VEVO YouTube channel, features footage of the band perform the riff-heavy, mid-tempo tune on a circular stage surrounded by a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.

According to RollingStone.com, the video was shot early last month at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, U.K.  The clip was directed by David Mallet, who also was behind the camera for AC/DC's "Play Ball" video.  Absent for both clips is the band's longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, who -- as previously reported -- was recently arrested on several criminal charges in his adopted home of New Zealand.  Filling in behind the kit in the videos is Bob Richards.

"'Rock or Bust' was greatly, greatly, greatly helped by the wonderful fans," says Mallett in a behind-the-scenes video posted online.  "One chap, complete with an Angus [Young] outfit flew all the way from South America to watch AC/DC make a video for three-and-a-half hours.  And then he flew home to South America."

Rock or Bust will be released on Tuesday, December 2.

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