Bruce Springsteen spoke with the New York Times recently to talk about his favorite books. He said he just finished Herman Melville's Moby Dick and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, while also talking about his old favorites. "I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky . . ."
A Paul Simon-themed exhibit has opened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. "Paul Simon: Words & Music" includes over 80 items from the folk legend's career. "I was very curious to see this Paul Simon exhibit," said longtime friend Graham Nash. "I think every musician worth his salt is going to want to see how Paul did it."
The Rolling Stones have announced the release of an autographed photo book that retails for $5,000. The book is named after the band and features over 500 photos from photographers like Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz and Helmut Newton. "This book isn't just rock 'n' roll, it's a roller coaster through 50 years of memory lane," the band says.
After the Foo Fighters invited Heart to join them for a song during their week-long residency on the Late Show With David Letterman, Heart repaid the favor by covering the Foos cut "No Way Back." Heart played an acoustic rendition of the song while backstage.
Ray Davies says Kinks fans shouldn't hold their breath for a reunion. During a recent interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph, Ray revealed that, while he and brother Dave Davies could be convinced, they couldn't move forward as the Kinks without drummer Mick Avory.
Aretha Franklin has released her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, a collection of her covers of some monumental tunes, including Etta James' "At Last," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and a couple of more recent-vintage songs, like Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and Alicia Keys' "No One."
David Gilmour says that he's in the midst of recording a new album. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the Pink Floyd guitarist noted that he is making good progress on the LP. "It's coming along very well," he began. "There are some sketches that aren't finished, and some of them will be started again. There's a few months' work in it yet . . ."
A new Genesis documentary, Sum Of the Parts, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 13. Eagle Rock, who is releasing the DVD, says that Sums Of The Parts will feature "contributions from key members past and present" as well as "previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage from across their entire career."
The Allman Brothers Band will broadcast their final concert at NYC's Beacon Theater on SiriusXM's Classic Vinyl channel (26) on October 28 at noon ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for the same day at 6 PM ET; October 30 at midnight ET; October 31 at 6 AM and 10P M ET; November 1 at 4 AM and 1 PM ET; and November 2 at 8 AM and 7 PM ET.
Count Who frontman Roger Daltrey among those who are not fans of today's music. "Here we are with the world in the state it is in, and we've got One Direction," he told the Daily Mail. "Where are the artists writing with any real sense of angst and purpose?"
Gene Simmons thinks that women around the world should stop depending on men. Speaking on Fox News to promote his new book - Me, Inc: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life And Business - Simmons offered advice to the female population. "This is a very complex and difficult question to answer so I'm going to put it as simply as possible."
"Bohemian Rhapsody," the 1975 hit from Queen, was named the most uplifting song in a recent BBC poll. According to the news source, 26 percent of respondents say it's the song that makes them "feel perkier when they are sick or faced with hard times." "Dancing Queen" by ABBA came in second (22 percent) and "Happy" by Pharrell Williams tied for third (21).
Cheap Trick are set to play the Classic Rock Festival in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, which goes down from December 11 to 15. Other acts booked include Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Foghat, Gary Wright, the Spencer Davis Group, Poco, Steve Augeri (Journey), Firefall and more.
After shelving several dates across Australia and New Zealand earlier in the year, the Rolling Stones began the make up shows on Saturday, October 25 at the Adelaide Oval. "We're sorry we kept you waiting so long," frontman Mick Jagger joked with the 53,000 strong crowd before launching into the set.
Allman Brothers Band paid tribute to the late Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who passed away on Saturday, October 25. They covered the band's song "Politician," working the cut into their own song of "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." The full set included Allman classics like "Don't Keep Me Wondering," "Statesboro Blues," "Woman Across The River," and "Ain't Wasting Time No More."