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  • Bruce Springsteen releases new song "Ghosts," and companion video featuring early footage of The Boss
    by ABC Audio on September 24, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has released a second advance track from Letter to You, the forthcoming studio album he recorded with The E Street Band that will hit stores on October 20. "Ghosts" is a soaring, melodic rock song that's available now as a digital download and via streaming services. "'Ghosts' is about the beauty and joy of being in a band, and the pain of losing one another to illness and time," Springsteen explains in a statement. "'Ghosts' tries to speak to the spirit of the music itself, something none of us owns but can only discover and share together. In the E Street Band, it resides in our collective soul, powered by the heart." In conjunction with the song's release, a companion lyric video has premiered at Bruce's official YouTube channel. The clip, which was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, features new footage of Bruce and The E Street Band in the studio mixed with archival film of The Boss playing with some of his earliest groups. You can pre-order Letter to You now. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Artist claims ownership of Nirvana smiley-face logo in ongoing Marc Jacobs lawsuit
    by ABC Audio on September 24, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesA third party has joined the ongoing legal battle between Nirvana and Marc Jacobs. You may recall that, way back in December 2018, Nirvana LLC -- an entity consisting of former band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, plus Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain -- sued fashion designer Jacobs over his company's Bootleg Redux Grunge collection, which the band felt copied their signature smiley-face logo. Following various files to dismiss and countersuits, the Los Angeles Times reports that artist Robert Fisher has entered the fray, claiming he was the one who originally created the logo. Fisher, a former art director at Geffen Records, filed a motion seeking to be credited as the creator and copyright owner of the logo. Lawyers for Nirvana LLC have stated that Kurt Cobain is the design's author, but Fisher maintains he created it in 1991 as a "favor" to the band's management. "Since I drew it, I want to be known as the guy that drew it. It's as simple as that," Fisher tells the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think it's fair that they try and take out a copyright and say Kurt did it." Indeed, the exact story of the logo's creation has been blurry throughout the case -- in depositions, both Grohl and Novoselic testified that they didn't know who first came up with it before Nirvana LLC "filed a declaration that all parties within the band's company agree that it was created by Cobain," the Times reports. A lawyer for Nirvana LLC tells the newspaper that Fisher's claims are "factually and legally baseless." A ruling on Fisher's motion is set to come in the next few months. Nirvana LLC's suit against Jacobs is set to go to trial in 2021. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Linda Ronstadt stars in new documentary, plans to release archival live performances
    by ABC Audio on September 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Courtesy of PCH Films Linda Ronstadt may have retired from singing, but she's pretty busy.  She and her friend Jackson Browne both star in a new documentary arriving next month called Linda and the Mockingbirds. The doc features Ronstadt revisiting her Mexican roots, and she and Browne travel to Mexico by bus with the students of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy, of which Linda's been a patron since the '90s.  "Cenzontle" means "mockingbird." The group visits the town in the Mexican state of Sonora, where Linda's grandfather grew up. Linda hopes the documentary will strike a blow against anti-immigrant rhetoric. "It will make people aware of what they're discriminating against so vigorously," she tells Rolling Stone. "Anti-Mexican discrimination has been one of the main planks in the platform of Donald Trump," Ronstadt notes. "It's one of the things that got people energized." She adds, "It was like, 'We aren't going to let these people in here. They'll get something for nothing and they're going to take away our jobs.' It's a total myth that they impact the economy in a negative way. They're actually adding to the economy tremendously." Linda and the Mockingbirds will be released digitally and on demand on October 20. In addition to the documentary, Ronstadt plans to release some live archival performances, similar to last year's Live in Hollywood, from 1980. Among the recordings are concerts she did in support of her standards albums What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons, and her Mexican album Canciones de Mi Padre. "I don't do any social media, but I was convinced this year to put up a website because we have found a lot of board mixes of old live performances," she tells Rolling Stone. "We’re going to put a selection of those out." By Andrea DresdaleCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • BBC Radio special to feature Paul McCartney, Elton John chatting about John Lennon with John's son Sean
    by ABC Audio on September 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; ABC/Craig SjodinAn upcoming two-part BBC radio show, "John Lennon at 80," will feature Lennon's younger son Sean chatting about his late dad with Paul McCartney, Elton John and brother Julian Lennon. The program, which will commemorate what would've been John Lennon's 80th birthday, will air on the BBC Radio 2 channel on October 3 and October 4, and each episode will run an hour. Episode one will feature Elton and Julian. According to a description posted at BBC.co.uk, for the first time ever, Sean and his brother will jointly share their recollections of their famous father publicly. Julian will discuss being on hand for the sessions for John's 1974 album Walls and Bridges, while Sean will share memories of spending time in the studio during the making of 1980's Double Fantasy album. The siblings also will reflect on how their father influenced their own music careers. Elton will talk about his teenage love of The Beatles and then meeting, becoming friends with and collaborating with John in the '70s. He'll also discuss how he ended up being Sean's godfather. Elton played piano and sang backup on John's #1 hit "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," while John played guitar and sang on Elton's #1 cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." John's final major on-stage appearance was at Elton's November 1974 concert at Madison Square Garden. Part two of the program will feature Sean chatting with McCartney, marking the first time the two have spoken together about John for a broadcast event. "John Lennon at 80" also will include Sean sharing personal memories about his dad, and discussing John's life and incredible musical and cultural contributions. Had he lived, Lennon, who was killed in December 1980 at age 40, would have turned 80 on October 9. By Matt Friedlander and Andrea DresdaleCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Bruce Springsteen shares details about new album, other music projects, in new 'Rolling Stone' interview
    by ABC Audio on September 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Danny Clinch for Rolling StoneHappy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen, who turned 71 today. The Boss is featured on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone issue, and he took part in an in-depth interview with the magazine in which he discusses his upcoming studio album, Letter to You, and other planned musical projects. Springsteen recorded Letter to You, due out October 20, with his E Street Band over the course of just five days. "It's the only album where it's the entire band playing at one time, with all the vocals and everything completely live," says Springsteen, who added guitar overdubs to just a few tracks. Bruce tells Rolling Stone that Letter to You marked the end of a long period where he felt unable to write specifically for the E Street Band. Springsteen says the change was sparked by the 2018 death of George Thiess, the last other surviving member of his 1960s band The Castiles. The Boss' reflections on mortality spurred him to write many of the new record's tunes, including "Last Man Standing." The respective deaths of E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, in 2008 and 2011, also partly inspired the new tunes "Ghosts," "One Minute You're Here" and "I'll See You in My Dreams." Letter from You also features new versions of three unreleased Springsteen songs that date back to the early 1970s. He says he decided to record them with the band now because it allowed him "go back and sing in your adult voice but with ideas of your youth." A documentary about the making of Letter to You, directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, will be released in conjunction with the album. Meanwhile, Springsteen reveals that he has another album in the can, and he's preparing a second Tracks rarities box set. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Album and video documenting Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival due in November
    by ABC Audio on September 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    RhinoA new concert album and video featuring highlights from Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place September 20-21 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, will be released in a variety of formats on November 20. The collection, titled Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019, can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on three CDs, six vinyl LPs, two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs. It features nearly four hours' worth of music. The star-studded, two-day event featured performances by Clapton, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Gary Clark Jr., Vince Gill and many others. Bill Murray served as the emcee. Throughout the shows, various artists teamed up for special collaborations, including Clapton and Frampton joining forces for a version of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and Raitt and Crow duetting on a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Everything Is Broken." The final featured Clapton joined by the ensemble of musicians to play covers of Prince's "Purple Rain" and Joe Cocker's "High Time We Went." A PBS special featuring footage from the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival also is scheduled to premiere in November. The festival raises money for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the drug-dependency treatment facility that Clapton co-founded in 1998. Here's the full track list for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019: Introduction"Native Stepson" -- Sonny Landreth"Wonderful Tonight" -- Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low "Lay Down Sally" -- Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low "Million Miles" -- Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo' & Alan Darby "Son's Gonna Rise" -- Citizen Cope with Gary Clark Jr. "Lait/De Ushuaia a la Quiaca" - Gustavo Santaolalla "I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band "That's How Strong My Love Is" -- Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band "Lift Off" -- Tom Misch "Cognac" -- Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang"Everything Is Broken" -- Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt "Every Day Is a Winding Road" -- Sheryl Crow with James Bay"Retrato" -- Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins "B-Side" -- Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins "Baby, Please Come Home" -- Jimmie Vaughan with Bonnie Raitt "How Long" -- The Marcus King Band "Goodbye Carolina" -- The Marcus King Band "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Peter Frampton with Eric Clapton"Space for the Papa" -- Jeff Beck"Big Block" -- Jeff Beck "Caroline, No" -- Jeff Beck "Cut Em Loose -- Robert Randolph "Hold Back the River" -- James Bay "When We Were on Fire" -- James Bay "Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos "Am I Wrong?" -- Keb' Mo' "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" -- John Mayer "How Blue Can You Get?" -- Tedeschi Trucks Band "Shame" -- Tedeschi Trucks Band "Is Your Love Big Enough" -- Lianne La Havas "I Say A Little Prayer" -- Lianne La Havas "Feed the Babies" -- Gary Clark Jr. "I Got My Eyes on You (Locked & Loaded)" -- Gary Clark Jr. "Pearl Cadillac" -- Gary Clark Jr. "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" -- Vince Gill with Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Tulsa Time" -- Vince Gill with Albert Lee, Bradley Walker, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Drifting Too Far from the Shore" -- Bradley Walker with Vince Gill, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Badge" -- Eric Clapton "Layla" -- Eric Clapton with John Mayer & Doyle Bramhall II Encore Finale"Purple Rain" -- Eric Clapton & Ensemble "High Time We Went" -- Eric Clapton & Ensemble By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.