Bruce Springsteen was on hand on Saturday night (September 28th) to help launch the Springsteen: His Hometown archival exhibit in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. “The Boss” was a surprise guest, hopping onstage with good friends Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers to tackle his 1987 classic “Light Of Day.” Springsteen told the crowd: “I can’t stay long, I’ve got my family in the city, but I just wanted to come down and thank everybody for supporting the (Monmouth County) Historical Association and for coming out tonight. I want to thank the kind folks who put the exhibit together — it’s nice to be honored in your hometown. I hope you guys have a great night — enjoy yourselves!” (Backstreets)
The Springsteen: His Hometown will display over 150 unique items featuring selections from both the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. (Press release)
Pete Townshend took to social media to address the fact that several of the Who‘s shows on their ongoing “Moving On!” tour have been postponed due to Roger Daltrey being diagnosed with bronchitis. A message was posted on TheWho.com which read, “Unfortunately due to illness, The Who concerts in Dallas on Friday, September 27th and Denver on Sunday, September 29th must be postponed. Fans should hold on to their tickets for the Dallas and Denver shows, as well as Wednesday night’s postponed Houston show, as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates. Please stay tuned for further information.”(TheWho.com)
The Who are next scheduled to perform on October 9th at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
Pink Floyd has dropped an “early version” of its 1994 Division Bell standout “High Hopes” on YouTube. The track is a teaser from the band’s latest box set, The Later Years, which is due out on November 29th. The Later Years consists of 16 discs of material from 1987 on, including an updated and re-mixed version of A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.
Also included are full unreleased audio and remastered films from 1989’s Venice concert and 1990’s special Knebworth concert, footage of Pulse rehearsals and full-length Ian Emes film of The Endless River, the first ever release of Pink Floyd’s last live performance with David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright together at the 2007 Syd Barrett Tribute Concert.(Press release)
Rod Stewart and former bandleader Jeff Beck reunited on Friday night (September 27th) at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl. Beck, who had opened the show, returned to join Rod and close out the concert with a string of crowd pleasing favorites and Jeff Beck Group nuggets, including “Blues Deluxe,” “I Ain’t Superstitious/Morning Dew,” “People Get Ready,” and “Rock My Plimsoul.”
Blondie’s Debbie Harry publishes her long-awaited memoir, titled Face It, on Tuesday (October 1st). In the book, the now-74-year-old iconic singer recalled being rock’s top pinup of the day, admitting, “I like that I was on the fans’ bedroom walls, helping them to entertain themselves. Sex is what makes everything happen. Sex is why people dress nice, comb their hair, brush their teeth and take showers.”
Harry told The New York Times that she’s still interested in having fun, revealing, “I usually just say that I’m up for grabs, but I date. I have a couple of really great friendships, one in particular, but I don’t want to talk about that.” (The New York Times)
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will air live next year, breaking the tradition of having only a truncated edit of the show broadcast at a later date. In a new interview with The Los Angeles Times, John Sykes, co-founder of both MTV and VH1, and now the President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. shed light on some of the Rock Hall’s changes. Sykes, who’ll replace Jann Wenner as chairman of the Rock Hall, said, “My mantra for my entire career has been, ‘If you want to win, follow the artists,’ because they are the blood that flows through the veins of all our business. We will be celebrating those artists, whether fans go to the physical building in Cleveland or see what we’re doing on Instagram or YouTube, we want to be everywhere.”
Sykes explained: “We have new board members. The induction ceremony will be live next year instead of taped. We’re also looking to do a lot more in California, because it is a cornerstone of the music business. The best time to reinvent is when you’re on top of the game. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is setting new attendance records, it has gained recognition as a true cultural institution. I think now is our chance.” (The Los Angeles Times)
A new official line of Bob Dylan clothes is now available under the “Rolling Thunder Starring Bob Dylan” product line. Among the garments now for sale are the standard Dylan-inspired t-shirts featuring famous poses over the years — but also iconic reproduction of actual garments Dylan has worn. Some of the more eye-catching pieces in the collection are the “Village Corduroy Bomber” as worn on his 1962 self-titled debut album, repros of Dylan’s 1975-era “Rolling Thunder Revue Hat” and “Plymouth Shawl Sweater,” among others. Orders begin shipping on October 15th. For more info, log on to http://bit.ly/2nBiEnn
Huey Lewis & The News have just released their first new track in over a decade, called, “Her Love Is Killin’ Me.” The tune will be featured on the band’s upcoming album for BMG due out in the near future. Lewis, who is focusing on an upcoming jukebox musical built around the News’ classic ’80s hits, was forced off the road indefinitely last year after being diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, which has rendered Lewis unable to hear music well enough to sing. The lower frequencies distort violently making it impossible for the vocalist to find their pitch. (NME)
Set for release on November 15th is the 50th anniversary edition of the Band‘s 1969 self-titled second album. The Band, which has lovingly been referred to as the “Brown Album” over the years, featured such instant classics as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “Rag Mama Rag.”
The newly remixed and expanded “50th Anniversary Edition” package includes a Super Deluxe two-CD, Blu-ray, double-LP, 7-inch vinyl boxed set with a hardbound book. Also available is a limited edition 180-gram double LP “tiger’s eye” color vinyl package, as well as two-CD, digital, 180-gram double LP black vinyl.
The box set configurations also include 13 outtakes, featuring six previously unreleased outtakes and alternate recordings from The Band sessions, as well as the Band’s legendary Woodstock performance, which has never been officially released. (Press release)