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Bob Dylan to Release New Album, “Shadows in the Night,” Next Year

Image Courtesy of John ShearerBob Dylan will release a new studio album called Shadows in the Night sometime in 2015, according to a rep for Sony Legacy. Initial reports about the project emerged this past May, when the lauded singer/songwriter posted a stream of a rendition of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” on his website.

At the time, a Dylan spokesperson told Rolling Stone, “The track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year,” although the release obviously has now been pushed back. Rolling Stone has now reported that the entire record will be made up of cover tunes. Shadows in the Night will be a follow-up to Bob’s 2012 studio effort, The Tempest.

Meanwhile, Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete six-CD package and the companion The Basement Tapes Raw two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets will hit stores this Tuesday. Several websites are hosting exclusive premieres of various songs from the collections, including BrooklynVegan.com, DeathandTaxesMag.com, Esquire.com, Noisey.Vice.com, RollingStone.com, SPIN.com, Stereogum.com and Yahoo! Music.

Dylan recently launched a new North American tour leg that’s mapped out through a December 3 show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Check out his full itinerary at BobDylan.com.

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Bob Dylan to Release New Album, “Shadows in the Night,” Next Year

Image Courtesy of John ShearerBob Dylan will release a new studio album called Shadows in the Night sometime in 2015, according to a rep for Sony Legacy. Initial reports about the project emerged this past May, when the lauded singer/songwriter posted a stream of a rendition of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” on his website.

At the time, a Dylan spokesperson told Rolling Stone, “The track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year,” although the release obviously has now been pushed back. Rolling Stone has now reported that the entire record will be made up of cover tunes. Shadows in the Night will be a follow-up to Bob’s 2012 studio effort, The Tempest.

Meanwhile, Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete six-CD package and the companion The Basement Tapes Raw two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets will hit stores this Tuesday. Several websites are hosting exclusive premieres of various songs from the collections, including BrooklynVegan.com, DeathandTaxesMag.com, Esquire.com, Noisey.Vice.com, RollingStone.com, SPIN.com, Stereogum.com and Yahoo! Music.

Dylan recently launched a new North American tour leg that’s mapped out through a December 3 show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Check out his full itinerary at BobDylan.com.

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Bob Dylan to Release New Album, “Shadows in the Night,” Next Year

Image Courtesy of John ShearerBob Dylan will release a new studio album called Shadows in the Night sometime in 2015, according to a rep for Sony Legacy. Initial reports about the project emerged this past May, when the lauded singer/songwriter posted a stream of a rendition of the 1945 Frank Sinatra hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” on his website.

At the time, a Dylan spokesperson told Rolling Stone, “The track is definitely from a forthcoming album due later on this year,” although the release obviously has now been pushed back. Rolling Stone has now reported that the entire record will be made up of cover tunes. Shadows in the Night will be a follow-up to Bob’s 2012 studio effort, The Tempest.

Meanwhile, Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete six-CD package and the companion The Basement Tapes Raw two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets will hit stores this Tuesday. Several websites are hosting exclusive premieres of various songs from the collections, including BrooklynVegan.com, DeathandTaxesMag.com, Esquire.com, Noisey.Vice.com, RollingStone.com, SPIN.com, Stereogum.com and Yahoo! Music.

Dylan recently launched a new North American tour leg that’s mapped out through a December 3 show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Check out his full itinerary at BobDylan.com.

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Bruce Springsteen Shares Favorite Authors, Talks Reading Habits in “New York Times” Q&A

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen is the author of a new illustrated book titled Outlaw Pete, based on the epic song of the same name from his 2009 Working on a Dream album, which will be published on Tuesday. In celebration of the book’s arrival, the Boss was interviewed by The New York Times about his own literary interests, including his favorite books and authors.

One interesting tidbit that Springsteen reveals to The Times is that when he wrote the song “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” he had yet to read the famous book that inspired it, John Steinbeck‘s The Grapes of Wrath. When he finally did, he says “it ended up being everything I’d hoped it to be.”

Asked to name his favorite novelists of all time, Bruce says, “I like the Russians, the Chekhov short stories, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I never read any of them until the past four years, and found them to be thoroughly psychologically modern.”

Springsteen admits that he “didn’t begin reading seriously until” the age of 28 or 29, but once he did, writers such as Flannery O’Connor, James M. Cain, John Cheever, Sherwood Anderson and noir author Jim Thompson became influences on his songwriting starting in the late 1970s.

“They brought out a sense of geography and the dark strain in my writing,” he explains, “broadened my horizons about what might be accomplished with a pop song and are still the cornerstone literally for what I try to accomplish today.”

The Boss also discusses his favorite memoirs by musicians, listing Keith RichardsLife, Eric Clapton‘s autobiography and Bob Dylan‘s Chronicles, the latter of which he says “made me proud to be a musician.”

Bruce also says Richards and Dylan would be among the people he’d invite to a dream literary dinner, along with Tolstoy and Philip Roth. “A lot of life experience there, and the babbling in different tongues would be wonderful,” he notes.

Springsteen also reveals that the first book he ever read was L. Frank Baum‘s The Wizard of Oz. “I remember being thrilled by the book and the act of reading,” he points out. “Over time my most beloved character became the great and powerful Oz himself.”

As for what books currently are on his nightstand, the Boss lists the Herman Melville classic Moby-Dick and Gabriel García Márquez‘s Love in the Time of Cholera. He says he just finished reading Moby-Dick, which he admits “scared me off for a long time due to the hype of its difficulty.”

He describes the tome as “a beautiful boy’s adventure story,” and says he found it “not that difficult to read” after all.

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Metallica Asks Fans for Help with Reissues of “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride the Lightning”

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is planning deluxe reissues for their first and second albums, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning, and they’re asking for fans to help them put it all together.

“We’re back again hoping you can dip into your personal archives and find some gems from the Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning eras as we prep deluxe remastered versions of those two albums coming in 2015,” reads a post on the band’s website. “We’re looking for anything and everything…audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time.”

Metallica had asked for similar contributions from fans for a book on Master of Puppets by author Matt Taylor.

“Nothing is too small or too trivial…share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane,” the post continues. “By submitting it, you’re saying we can use it should your piece of history land on a release (yes, the lawyers made us add this part!).”

Anyone who wishes to submit anything can do so by emailing submissions@metclub.com.

Earlier this week, Metallica announced a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to celebrate the 10-year reissue of their documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, as well as to pay tribute to the show’s departing host.

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Sammy Hagar Says He Would Sing with Van Halen Again Under the Right Circumstances

Frontiers Records/UniversalSammy Hagar acrimoniously parted ways with Van Halen about a decade ago, but the Red Rocker says that under the right circumstances he would be willing to reunite with his old band mates.

“I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love’s not there right now,” Hagar tells Rolling Stone. “I do love those guys, [although we] really bumped heads on the last tour.”

Hagar says Van Halen’s 2004 reunion tour “was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again.” He adds that the trek “was just about the most dysfunctional thing I’ve ever done in my adult life, times 10,” while suggesting that the bulk of the blame rested on guitarist Eddie Van Halen shoulders.

That being said, Sammy says that a Van Halen tour featuring both him and David Lee Roth trading off on vocals “would be the coolest thing for the fans ever.” He adds that he “would do it for the fans” but that [e]verybody would have to be cool and have their hearts in it.” Not surprisingly, Hagar says, “I just doubt it’ll ever happen.”

First and foremost, Sammy says he’d like to see his friend and the band’s original bass player, Michael Anthony, rejoin the group.

“I would like to just see Mike back in the band with Dave,” Hagar maintains. “If that works, all right, I’ll come in next.”

He also tells Rolling Stone that he misses drummer Alex Van Halen, who says he hasn’t spoken with since the end of the 2004 tour.

“He’s the most fun, that guy,” Sammy declares. “There was something about Al and I, we had a real special relationship, even more than Ed and I.”

Asked whether it bothers him that rock fans know him more for his tenure as Van Halen’s frontman than for anything else he’s done in his long career, Hagar says, “No. Man, if you put that whole Van Hagar catalog together and listen to the body of work it’s incredible…I’m honored to be a part of that. I’m sorry about the bad blood, but I’m totally honored. That’s the peak of my freakin’ musical career, no doubt about it.”

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