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Music Notes Archives for 2023-07

Bruce Springsteen in Newest Gaslight Anthem

Bruce Springsteen appears as a guest on a new song by the New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem. ‘History Books’ is the first tune to be released from the band’s upcoming album, also titled “History Books”, out Oct. 27. 



The Dark Side of the Moon Reimagined to Release

Roger Waters will release “The Dark Side of the Moon Redux”, a reinterpretation of his former band Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, on Oct. 6. He calls it “a work that can sit proudly alongside the original, hand-in-hand across a half-century of time.” He has already dropped his new version of ‘Money’.




David Bowie's Guitar Riff in Chris Young Song

David Bowie The guitar riff from his 1974 single ‘Rebel Rebel’ is recreated in the new Chris Young single ‘Young Love and Saturday Nights’, creating the possibility that the avant-garde rocker could have his first-ever country hit as a songwriter.  



Fleetwood Mac to Release "Rumors Live"

Fleetwood Mac will release “Rumours Live”, on Sept. 8. It features a show recorded Aug. 29, 1977 at the Forum in Los Angeles, during the Rumours tour. Aside from ‘Gold Dust Woman’, none of the recordings have been released before. ‘Dreams’ is available to preview now.


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Slash to Release Blues Solo-Album

The Guns N’ Roses guitarist is putting together a “blues-oriented” solo album that will feature “a bunch of different singers”, one of which is Demi Lovato. He says it will “definitely” come out next year.

The Who's Box Set Coming Soon...

Sept. 14, The Who will release a massive box set featuring their classic “Who’s Next” album and their shelved “Life House” project. “Who’s Next/Life House” will contain 155 songs, including 89 that are previously unreleased, plus a book and graphic novel. It’s available to preorder now in a variety of formats. 


Paul McCartney to Launch a Podcast

Paul McCartney is launching a podcast. He has teamed up with poet Paul Muldoon on a companion pod to the book they released in 2 years ago. “‘McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” launches Sept. 20, to coincide with the release of the paperback edition of the book, which is titled: “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”. 



Beach Boys Book to be Released in 2024

The first-ever officially-commissioned book on the group, “The Beach Boys by the Beach Boys” will hit shelves in 2024. Told through the words of the main band members, it includes concert and behind-the-scenes pics, tour posters and programs, handwritten notes and lyrics, press clippings, and more. 500 signed copies are available for preorder now.


Rolling Stones to Make 2.1 Billion on Tour

With Mick Jagger set to turn 80 on July 26, Insider reports that the group is the world’s highest-grossing live act since 1980, taking in $2.1 billion. Two Stones tours are on the Billboard Boxscore’s top 10 list, and it’s the only act to appear twice. The group has also sold over 22.1 million concert tickets since 1980, second only to U2. (But look out – Taylor Swift is in the rear-view mirror!)

The Doors to Drop New Box Set

The new box set “Live at the Matrix 1967: The Original Masters” will drop Sept. 8. The limited collection will be available in 3-CD and 5-LP configurations, and is culled from 5 shows the group played while on the cusp of stardom. The performances have been bootlegged for years.



Judas Priest to Replace Ozzy in Power Trip Line Up

If case you haven’t heard. They’ve agreed to step in and replace Ozzy Osbourne as a headliner at “Power Trip”, the hard rock festival set for California in October. Ozzy announced on Monday that he would be pulling out of the festival due to his health.



Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie in Newest Released Track

An unissued song by Christine McVie called ‘Little Darlin’ was released Wed., on what would have been her 80th birthday. It was recorded during the sessions for her 2004 solo album “In the Meantime”, and is included in a new mix, available now. McVie died in November. 



Farm Aid Returns to Indy

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, the co-founders of Farm Aid, are bringing the annual benefit for US family farms back to the Midwest. They have announced that the 2023 Farm Aid will return to the Indianapolis, IN area on Sept. 23, for the third time in the event’s 38-year history. 


Rod Stewart's Sister Joins Him on Stage to Wrap up Tour

Rod Stewart wrapped up his UK tour in Edinburgh by performing a surprise duet – with his 94-year-old sister, Mary. Monday, the 78-year-old singer and his sister performed the 1975 hit ‘Sailing’, with their arms around one other, as the audience cheered them on.

Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen in Barbie Soundtrack

Both Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen appear on the “Barbie” movie’s star-studded soundtrack. Slash lends his talents to ‘I’m Just Ken’, written by Mark Ronson and sung by Ryan Gosling, who portrays Ken in the movie.  Van Halen tweeted that he plays on the same song, plus a “lot of textural stuff throughout the film. 




Ozzy Osborn Cancels Power Trip Festival Appearance

Ozzy Osbourne has pulled out of October’s Power Trip Festival, the 3-day California festival he was slotted to headline, alongside Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica and Tool. A statement reads: My body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly 5 years be half-assed.” A new co-headliner will be announced later. 




Elton John Talks Life After Farewell Tour

In case you’re wondering what his plans are following the end of his farewell tour, shortly after the Sat. show, he sent a note out to fans, reading in part: “While this tour may mark the closing of one chapter, it signals the beginning of a new one…there is lots to come so stay tuned for new surprises along the way…I am excited to embark on this next adventure with all of you by my side.”



Unheard Prince Songs Released

Friday, Prince's estate dropped 2 previously unreleased songs. ‘7 (E Flat Version)’ is a previously unheard remix of a song that appeared on 1992’s “Love Symbol”. ‘All A Share Together Now’ was recorded in 2006, and has not previously been released in any form.


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Foreigner Tour Companion Album

Foreigner kicked off their farewell tour on Thursday in Atlanta, and announced the release of tour companion album, “Farewell – The Very Best of Foreigner”, which will be available at tour stops and independent retailers. Only 5,000 individually-numbered stunning gold vinyl copies are available.



Creed Teases Reunion

Creed seems to be hinting at a reunion, 11 years after their last stint together. With singer Scott Stapp now sober and stable for the last few years, the group has updated its social media profiles with a new logo, and have blocked their website so that it’s only accessible with a password…for now…




Elton John Thanks Fans at End of Farewell Tour

Elton John told fans that they will remain in his “head, heart and soul” as he concluded his farewell tour in Stockholm with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. His 5-year “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” is now the top-grossing tour ever, grabbing $900 million-plus over 333 shows. But Taylor Swift is expected to exceed that number with her current “Eras Tour”.



Ringo Starr's New Song to Feature John Lennon & George Harrison Tracks

Ringo Starr has confirmed that the upcoming “new” song uses only authentic parts recorded by John Lennon and George Harrison before their deaths. Last month, Paul McCartney revealed that the unnamed song was completed with the help of AI, from an old Lennon demo tape. Ringo also said: “And it’s the final track you’ll ever hear with the four lads. And that’s a fact.”

Former Kiss Members Refuse Final Show Performance

Gene Simmons says he has asked former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to perform at the band’s last ever shows this year – but both have refused the offer. The group’s final shows on their farewell “End of the Road” tour are set for Dec. 1 and 2 in their hometown of New York City.