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Frank Stefanko
September 21, 2017
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RELEASES 1978 HOUSTON SHOW FOR TEXAS HURRICANE RELIEF

Bruce Springsteen has released his December 8th, 1978 concert from The Summit in Houston, Texas with all proceeds going to go to MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. An announcement was posted on the official BruceSpringsteen.net, which read in part, "Bruce Springsteen is releasing an entire 1978 show with the E Street Band in Houston, Texas. The release will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will aid those affected by the recent devastation in Texas as well as in Florida. The Houston show originally appeared as part of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town box set. It captures the final leg of the Darkness tour, including the extended intro version of 'Prove It All Night,' the rarely performed 'Streets Of Fire,' and Darkness outtakes 'Fire' and 'Because The Night.' It also features prototypes of The River’s 'Independence Day,' 'Point Blank,' 'The Ties That Bind,' along with 'Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town.'"

Nugs.net CEO Brad Serling added: "Fans had been asking for a stand-alone audio release of Houston '78 since the Darkness box set came out several years ago. Its release-ready availability gave us the opportunity to move quickly to support people in Texas and Florida." For ordering info, log on to: live.brucespringsteen.net.

  • The biggest surprise of Springsteen's box set The Promise: The 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' Story, was the full in-concert video from the Houston concert. Amazingly, the show remained one of the few videos of the '78 tour to never make the collector's rounds over the years.
  • Springsteen's manager/producer Jon Landau told us that after the music portions of The Promise started to take shape, he and Springsteen turned their attentions to the visual aspect of the box set: "As time developed, then we started having ideas, y'know? And so the next idea was, 'let's get a concert that really shows how we approached the music live at that time' -- and that's the bootleg from Houston. And to do that, we sort of went through all the existing bootlegs. We never filmed a show from beginning to end ourselves, for whatever reason. And so all that exists are the (venue's) house camera work, and y'know it was generally in those venues that would have some really crude jumbo-tron system and it would have a house director and a couple of cameras, y'know?" :
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Bruce Springsteen has released his December 8th, 1978 concert from The Summit in Houston, Texas with all proceeds going to go to MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. An announcement was posted on the official BruceSpringsteen.net, which read in part, "Bruce Springsteen is releasing an entire 1978 show with the E Street Band in Houston, Texas. The release will benefit the MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which will aid those affected by the recent devastation in Texas as well as in Florida. The Houston show originally appeared as part of...+ more
Parlophone/WMG
September 21, 2017
DAVID BOWIE INSIDERS TO APPEAR AT BERLIN RELEASE PARTY

Key figures in David Bowie's recording career will be on hand on Tuesday, September 26th to commemorate the latest Bowie box set, A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982), which will be released on September 29th. The event at Berlin, Germany's Hansa Studios -- or "Hansa By The Wall" as it's known by fans, served as Bowie's studio for parts of his ground-breaking Low album along with 'Heroes'.

The event includes Q&A session with guests including Carlos Alomar -- Bowie's guitarist from 1974 to 1987, Edu Meyer -- the former sound engineer at Hansa Studios, and Chris Duffy -- the son of photographer Brian Duffy and director of the Duffy Archive, who will be discussing Bowie's work from 1977 to 1982. Bowie's official Facebook page will "also be featuring previously unheard audio streams on the day of the event."

  • David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) covers Bowie's legendary "Berlin" trilogy, including the "Heroes" album and a new EP -- featuring the German and French album and single versions of the title track; Stage in both its original and 2017 remix; Lodger in both its original and 2017 remix by producer Tony Visconti; Scary Monsters -- and making its CD debut, Bertolt Brecht’s Baal.
  • The new set follows the recent collections, David Bowie - Five Years (1969-1973) and David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976).
  • As history has proven, John Lennon was following David Bowie's late-'70s career very closely during his self-admitted "House Husband" phase: "I must say, I admire him for his vast repertoire of talent the guy has, y'know? I was never around when the Ziggy Stardust thing came, 'cause I'd already left England when that was going on, so I didn't really know what he was -- and meeting him doesn't give you much more of a clue, y'know. I think he's great!"
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Key figures in David Bowie's recording career will be on hand on Tuesday, September 26th to commemorate the latest Bowie box set, A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982), which will be released on September 29th. The event at Berlin, Germany's Hansa Studios -- or "Hansa By The Wall" as it's known by fans, served as Bowie's studio for parts of his ground-breaking Low album along with 'Heroes'. The event includes Q&A session with guests including Carlos Alomar -- Bowie's guitarist from 1974 to 1987, Edu...+ more
Rick Diamond
September 21, 2017
PETE TOWNSHEND IS TAKING A YEAR SABBATICAL

Pete Townshend will be taking a year off. The Who guitarist posted from Sao Paulo, Brazil where the band will close out the year with a handful of South American dates, and filled fans in with where he's at after a year of touring with both the Who and as part of his Classic Quadrophenia project. Townshend, who despite the news being out for some time, finally acknowledged he married his girlfriend of 20 years, orchestrator Rachel Fuller, and posted a photo on Facebook of the pair getting hitched last December in Twickenham, England.

Townshend addressed fans about his plans for 2018, writing, "This has been a varied year for me. A lot of the usual things happening, and there are many new things a fairly long way in the future for me. I am preparing to take a one-year ‘sabbatical’ from all the things I normally do in my career. The dictionary describes this thus: a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked. I very doubt I will get paid as much as I do when I work with The Who, but this is really necessary for me. I so desperately need to do something new and different -- and yet I don’t really have a plan for what I might do. It will emerge I suppose."

  • He went on to post: "The obvious problem for me working in The Who is that I am constantly playing music I wrote a long time ago -- most of it over 35 years ago. I’m lucky in many ways, but there is little piece of me that has an unusually loud voice. When I’m on stage it sometimes says '…..you were so brilliant young Pete……' At other times it says '…..when are we going to play something difficult…….?'
  • Townshend signed off by saying: "Don’t worry, I know I’m lucky."
  • The current Who dates mark the band's first in South America. A while back Pete Townshend admitted that the band hitting new territories is always invigorating for him and Roger Daltrey: "In the past, what has happened when we did the last tour, that tended to roll on a bit. We actually went to Japan and to Australia, New Zealand -- but we never ever cracked South America, we never got to Mexico. We didn't play in any of the European countries outside of, y'know, the Latin ones. But we did play in Spain for the first time on the last tour, and that was something that we waited a long time to do. And it was fantastic when we did it." in Sao Paulo, Brazil with support by The Cult and Alter Bridge
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Pete Townshend will be taking a year off. The Who guitarist posted from Sao Paulo, Brazil where the band will close out the year with a handful of South American dates, and filled fans in with where he's at after a year of touring with both the Who and as part of his Classic Quadrophenia project. Townshend, who despite the news being out for some time, finally acknowledged he married his girlfriend of 20 years, orchestrator Rachel Fuller, and posted a photo on Facebook of the pair getting hitched last December in Twickenham,...+ more
Sony/CBS
September 21, 2017
BOB DYLAN EXPLORES LEGENDARY 'GOSPEL' PERIOD ON MASSIVE NEW 'BOOTLEG SERIES'

As expected, Bob Dylan's late-'70s/early-'80s "born again Christian" phase is the subject of his latest archival release. Rolling Stone announced the November 3rd release of Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981, which will be available as a two-disc sampler along with a deluxe package containing eight CD's and a DVD of previously unseen live footage. BobDylan.com is offering an exclusive two-disc live album from Dylan's November 28th, 1979 show in San Diego as a bonus if ordered directly through the website. The material on the box focuses around Dylan's three groundbreaking sets -- 1979's Slow Train Coming, 1980's Saved, and 1981's Shot Of Love -- which saw Dylan beginning to return to secular music. The new Bootleg Series features countless live tracks, outtakes, and rehearsals from the legendary period. The "Deluxe Box" includes an exclusive DVD of Trouble No More: A Musical Film, a new feature-length film incorporating never-before-seen footage from Dylan’s 1980 Tours.

Noted Dylan historian and author Clinton Heylin explained, "The set demonstrates, that, in fact, this was probably second only to the great creative burst in the mid 1960's in terms of the amount of material he was writing and the quality of the material he was writing. And, again, like the mid 1960's, that he was the live performer at the absolute peak of his powers."

  • An unnamed source close to Dylan said, "Once you strip away all the time and all the uproar it caused at the time, you can appreciate all this as wonderful, impassioned music. . . Where Bob often shines the most, I think, is not when he initially records songs. For instance, think of the Rolling Thunder tour (of 1975 and '76). The songs from Desire grew and exploded onstage, becoming much more nuanced and much more electric. The same is true of these songs. They were well-recorded with an incredible band."
  • It's safe to say that among all of the rock legends still walking this Earth, Bob Dylan has historically been the one least concerned with the cult of celebrity and keeping up public appearances. A while back he admitted that he's clueless to all of that type of business: "I don’t know what people think of me, see, I only know about what record companies say to you and managers and people like that; y’know, people watchin’ you do things. I only know. . . I only hear about that stuff."

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As expected, Bob Dylan's late-'70s/early-'80s "born again Christian" phase is the subject of his latest archival release. Rolling Stone announced the November 3rd release of Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981, which will be available as a two-disc sampler along with a deluxe package containing eight CD's and a DVD of previously unseen live footage. BobDylan.com is offering an exclusive two-disc live album from Dylan's November 28th, 1979 show in San Diego as a bonus if ordered directly through...+ more
RSO/Polydor
September 21, 2017
'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER' GETTING 40th ANNIVERSARY OVERHAUL

Coming on November 17th is the 40th Anniversary "Super Deluxe Edition" box set of the Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack). The collection includes two CDs featuring the remastered original album, four new remixes by Serban Ghenea, the remastered album on heavyweight 180-gram two-LP vinyl in a gatefold jacket "with faithfully replicated original album art, and a Blu-ray disc with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version, plus bonus features."

The box set also includes a 23-page book with newly-written essays by Barry Gibb, Saturday Night Fever music supervisor and soundtrack producer Bill Oakes, director John Badham, and the film’s score composer and musician David Shire, "as well as Bee Gees photos and stills from the film, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat, a set of five art prints, and a reproduction of the original Saturday Night Fever movie poster. "

  • Barry Gibb explained that his late brothers -- Robin and Maurice Gibb -- served as both their greatest critics and mutual sources of inspiration: "They drove me as much as I drove them, and they drove each other. And there were many situations in our lives where we didn't agree and there were any situations in our lives where we completely were on the same page. We just had 45 years of hit records, and I don't think we could've done that if it had just been one of us. No way."
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Coming on November 17th is the 40th Anniversary "Super Deluxe Edition" box set of the Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack). The collection includes two CDs featuring the remastered original album, four new remixes by Serban Ghenea, the remastered album on heavyweight 180-gram two-LP vinyl in a gatefold jacket "with faithfully replicated original album art, and a Blu-ray disc with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and Theatrical Version, plus bonus features." The box set also includes...+ more
PRPhotos.com
September 21, 2017
HUNDREDS DENIED ENTRY TO FOO FIGHTERS CONCERT IN LONDON

Foo Fighters have blamed "unscrupulous secondary ticket agencies" for widespread confusion before a show in London on Tuesday night (September 19th) that led to hundreds of fan being denied entry to the concert. The band, promoter SJM and the O2 venue issued a statement saying that they were "frustrated and saddened" that tickets wound up on the secondary ticket market, "despite their best efforts."

The statement added, "Unfortunately, this meant a small number of fans purchasing bogus tickets from these unscrupulous outlets did not get into the sold-out show. Foo Fighters, The O2 and SJM strongly advise and sincerely hope that in the future ALL fans buy tickets only from legitimate sites to ensure they are not defrauded out of their hard-earned money."

  • Numerous fans were reportedly turned away by the venue after failing to present a photo ID that matched the name on their booking. After customers complained, security eventually allowed entrance to ticket holders without matching ID -- but many disappointed fans had already left.
  • The promoters said, "We implemented a policy from onsale to limit secondary reselling of tickets. The only official outlets were the venue box office and SEE Tickets and all purchasers were clearly informed that ID checks would be in place on entry."
  • Some fans who were turned away had paid the equivalent of $270 in U.S. dollars for their tickets, only to be refused admission. Even some fans who purchased tickets through official resale partner Stubhub were denied entry.
  • An arena spokesman told the Evening Standard, "At the request of the band, all tickets are being verified for tonight's show at The O2. All fans are required to show proof of ID. This does mean that some who have bought through secondary sites, including our partner Stubhub may not be able to see the show."
  • Stubhub said fans who had bought tickets through their service would be eligible for refunds, calling the ID policy "not fair to customers."
  • Foo Fighters are out promoting their ninth studio LP, Concrete And Gold, which arrived last week.
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Foo Fighters have blamed "unscrupulous secondary ticket agencies" for widespread confusion before a show in London on Tuesday night (September 19th) that led to hundreds of fan being denied entry to the concert. The band, promoter SJM and the O2 venue issued a statement saying that they were "frustrated and saddened" that tickets wound up on the secondary ticket market, "despite their best efforts." The statement added, "Unfortunately, this meant a small number of fans purchasing bogus tickets from these unscrupulous outlets did...+ more
PRPhotos.com
September 21, 2017
METALLICA RELEASES PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD LIVE TAKE OF CLASSIC TRACK

Metallica has released a previously unheard live recording of its classic song "For Whom The Bell Tolls." The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on August 3rd, 1986 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band's landmark third album, Master Of Puppets. The concert, which was part of Metallica's U.S. tour as the support act for Ozzy Osbourne, was unusual in that it featured guitar tech John Marshall on rhythm guitar, as frontman James Hetfield had broken his arm earlier that summer.

  • The deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets will arrive on November 10th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings.
  • The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.
  • The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book containing never-before-seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
  • The reissue is available for pre-order at Metallica.com, where fans can see the full package details and track listing.
  • Master Of Puppets was released in February 1986 and reached Number 29 on the Billboard album chart, although it has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.
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Metallica has released a previously unheard live recording of its classic song "For Whom The Bell Tolls." The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on August 3rd, 1986 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band's landmark third album, Master Of Puppets. The concert, which was part of Metallica's U.S. tour as the support act for Ozzy Osbourne, was unusual in that it featured guitar tech John Marshall on rhythm guitar, as frontman James Hetfield had broken his arm earlier that summer. The...+ more