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Danny ClinchIn 1984, Bruce Springsteen recorded a pair of tales about the plight of the returning Vietnam veteran: the smash single "Born in the U.S.A." and its non-LP B-side, "Shut out the Light."Now, he pays homage to the book that inspired him.Rolling Stone reports that Springsteen has written and recorded a foreword for the new print and audio versions of Ron Kovic's classic autobiography Born on the Fourth of July. The new edition will be released, naturally, on July 4 -- which also happe
07/01/2016 07:00:00pm
Sire/Warner Bros.This week marks the 30-year anniversary of True Blue, Madonna's third studio album, and the one that truly launched her into superstar territory.One of the best-selling albums of all time, True Blue has sold seven million copies sold in the U.S. and an estimated 25 million copies sold worldwide. It was the top-selling album in the world in 1986, hitting #1 in a then record-breaking 28 countries around the world, and went on to become the best-selling album of the '80s by a
07/01/2016 07:00:00pm
CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThis doesn't happen very often.  A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia offered for auction didn't sell -- in this case, a Ludwig drum kit that was used on the recording of The Beatles' debut album.Apparently, no one ponied up the minimum bid of $150,000 for the kit, which was used on the September 11, 1962, recording of "Love Me Do." Newly hired drummer Ringo Starr had played on a version of the song in the studio the week before, according to Rolling Stone, bu
07/01/2016 03:00:00pm
Danny Martindale/Getty ImagesThe attorney whose courtroom behavior was in question during his recent copyright-infringement lawsuit trial against Led Zeppelin has been suspended from practicing law for his misconduct in another high-profile copyright case.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Malofiy's suspension of three months and a day from practicing in Pennsylvania, stemming from his actions in a 2014 infringement trial against R&B singer Usher, was upheld by an appellate pan
07/01/2016 03:00:00pm
ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Courtesy of Webster PRWhile The Monkees have a new song called "You Bring the Summer," the summer will bring a new AXS TV series featuring a performance by, that's right, The Monkees! The program, dubbed AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban, premieres August 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a full-length show by the 1960s pop-rock group.Each episode of the five-week series will feature a 90-minute concert recorded live at a state-of-the-art venue in Dallas called The Bomb
07/01/2016 11:00:00am
Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, kick off their first official U.S. tour tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The band's set list mainly consists of tunes by some of the late, great rockers that Cooper used to drink with at the Sunset Strip's Rainbow Bar and Grill during the 1970s.At a recent red carpet event, Cooper told reporters that despite the Hollywood Vampires' star-studded lineup,
07/01/2016 06:00:00am
© Shimpei Asai 2016Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles paid their first and only visit to Japan, where they played five sold-out shows at Tokyo's historic Nippon Budokan arena over the course of three days. To commemorate the anniversary, a new photo book featuring rare images of the Fab Four taken during their trip is being compiled for publication this fall.Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures snapped by Shimpei Asai, who was the only Japanese photographer
06/30/2016 07:00:00pm
Courtesy of ESSENCEThe 2016 edition of the annual ESSENCE Festival will feature a tribute to one of music's greatest performers -- Prince.The special performance will take place on the New Orleans festival's fourth and final day, Sunday, July 3. ESSENCE reports that among the performers participating in the Big Easy-themed homage are ex-Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, Kelly Price, Doug E. Fresh and members of Prince's band The New Power Generation.The 2016 ESSENCE Festiv
06/30/2016 03:00:00pm
ABCABC's new musical tribute show, Greatest Hits, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The debut episode will feature live performances from a variety of acts who had major hits from 1980 to 1985, including REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins, as well as from some contemporary artists.As previously reported, REO will play two songs on the episode -- a version of their 1980 chart-topper "Keep on Loving You," and a duet with rap star Pitbull on his new single "Messin' Around," whi
06/30/2016 11:00:00am
Credit: Kirk WestThe recently launched Allman Brothers Band spinoff group Les Brers has announced a new series of tour dates, kicking off with an August 11 appearance at the Allmans-curated Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The group's itinerary also includes four shows in various New England states in early September.Les Brers features founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as longtime Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quino
06/30/2016 06:00:00am
Credit: Sarah A. FriedmanR&B legend Aaron Neville has premiered a new track called "Stompin' Ground" from his upcoming studio album, Apache.The Grammy-winning singer tells Billboard that the horn-laden, head-swinging jam is "all about me growing up in New Orleans and a lot of the people that I ran across in my life." Among the local musicians Neville name-checks in the tune are Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair and Mac Rebennack -- a.k.a. Dr. John. Aaron says that the song i
06/30/2016 06:00:00am
Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning bass player Rob Wasserman, who co-led the band RatDog with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and recorded with rock greats Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, among others, has died.  He's believed to have been 63 or 64.Bob Weir announced the news on Facebook Wednesday.  Just hours after posting that Wasserman had been hospitalized, Weir wrote, "I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and
06/30/2016 06:00:00am