Bruce Springsteen released the four song EP American Beauty on Record Store Day on vinyl only. The album is now available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon. Three of the tunes - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary" and "Hey Blue Eyes" - were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while a fourth track, "Hurry Up Sundown," comes from an unknown session.
A demo from the band Molimo, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, has been found in a collection of old vinyl in a barn in upstate New York. Molimo recorded a demo for RCA in 1971, but had it shelved. Two years later Ace would hook up with KISS. The disc was discovered by record collector Chris Reisman, who had to dig through thousands of LPs.
Neil Young has quietly released a new covers album A Letter Home exclusively on vinyl. A Letter Home, currently for sale via the Third Man website, features Young performing songs by the likes of Bruce Springsteen ("My Hometown"), Bob Dylan ("Girl From The North Country") and Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again," "Crazy").
Foreigner founder Mick Jones says that the material he and co-founder/vocalist Lou Gramm have been working on may be ready for release next year. The pair have been in contact after getting inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Jones tells Classic Rock magazine that Gramm uncovered some previously unreleased tracks.
A man who was convicted of stealing luggage belonging to Peter Frampton from the Denver International Airport carousel was sentenced last week. John Allen Papelbon, 52, pleaded guilty to stealing seven items of luggage (several of which belonged to Frampton) from the carousel.
Alice Cooper admits that he once considered taking up golfing full time. "There was a time when I really considered it. I thought it would be great to actually play the tournament as Alice. It would bring something to the whole game. But you have to be able to back that up," Coop told TMZ.
The Who have announced the impending release of a new concert film, Quadrophenia: Live in London. The footage is taken from the band's 40th anniversary Quadrophenia show at London's Wembley Arena in 2013. Quadrophenia: Live in London will come in Blu-ray, standard DVD and video download formats, as well as a deluxe edition.
A woman in the United Kingdom was charged £2,600 (approximately $4,300) for downloading Neil Diamond's Best Of collection. Katie Bryan, a math teacher from Lighthorne, South Warwickshire, downloaded the album while vacationing in South Africa and was unaware of the incurred roaming charges from mobile phone company Orange.
A French magistrate has dismissed the hate crime charges brought against Bob Dylan. The accusations came after Dylan made comments to Rolling Stone magazine regarding race, to which an organization called the Council of Croats took offense. "Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery — that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke . . ."
Carlos Santana has released "Indy," the latest single from his upcoming album, Corazon. The tune features a guest spot from R&B sensation Miguel. "Your body is a temple / It just might be the Temple of Doom / Got an Indiana Jones for ya, baby / There's no telling what I might do," croons Miggy over some choice guitar licks from Santana.
Work on Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, has resumed following the death of crew member Sarah Jones, who was killed in a train collision during the filming of the movie. Now, a Facebook page called "I Refuse to Work on Midnight Rider" has been started by surviving crew members. "Morally how can he continue, knowing that his decision cost Sarah Jones her life?"
Neil Young's Kickstarter for his PonoMusic Player has ended after raising over $6 million, eight times its original goal of $800,000. The campaign closed on April 15th with full backing on several pledges tied to rewards, including signature series Ponos with pre-loaded music and autographs from Metallica, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam and Young himself.
Pete Townshend has revealed that he's hoping to release some new material to celebrate the Who's 50th anniversary. He broke the news during a recent interview with Billboard, saying that he plans to dig through their archive to find anything that they may have missed in the past.
ESPN and Aerosmith plan on helping commemorate the 2014 Boston Marathon, one year after explosive devices were set off killing and maiming several people. ESPN will air Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest on Saturday at 4 PM EST, featuring a performance of Aerosmith's hit "Dream On." The group will get help on the cut from the Southern California Children's Chorus.
Aretha Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the satire news site News Nerd for publishing a story falsely claiming that Patti LaBelle punched her. In an official statement, Franklin claims that the story was not presented as satire and thus presented significant defamation of character.