Music News Digest: Week Of October 7, 2012

October 15, 2012 by Amy Gold

During the week of October 7, 2012, The Rolling Stones released their much-anticipated new song, "Doom And Gloom."

Also this week, the nominees for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced, and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame is getting ready to honor the legendary Chuck Berry later this month.

October 8, 2012: Deep Purple To Release Reissued 'Machine Head' Boxset

Deep Purple will be releasing a 4-CD/DVD box set of their 1972 album, "Machine Head," to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Also included in this box set are a concert recorded live at Paris Theatre, London on March 9, 1972.

Source: Deep Purple Release Reissued Machine Head Boxset

October 9, 2012: Neil Young, Foo Fighters Concert Nets 1.3 Billion In Pledges

Last month's Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park, headlined by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys, raised 1.3 billion in donations. The money will be going to charities aimed at ending extreme poverty worldwide.

Source: Neil Young, Foo Fighters Concert Nets 1.3 Billion in Pledges | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 10, 2012: B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, And Others Nominated For 2013 Songwriters Hall Of Fame

B.B. King, Elvis Costello, and Ray Davies are among the performing artists and songwriters who have been nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies will take place in New York City on June 13, 2013.

Source: Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees include Elvis Costello, B.B. King - CBS News

October 10, 2012: Brian Epstein Subject Of Upcoming Beatles Movie

Vivek J. Tiwary is working on a big-screen adaptation of his upcoming graphic novel, "The Fifth Beatle," about the life of Brian Epstein, the Beatles' famed manager. The novel is slated to be published in 2013 by M Press Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics.

Source: NY Comic-Con: Beatles Manager Getting Biopic From Broadway's Vivek J. Tiwary - Hollywood Reporter

October 10, 2012: Johnny Cash Museum Is Planned For Nashville

Nashville is slated to be home to the Johnny Cash Museum. This monument to Cash will house over 1,000 items and will be the world's largest collection of memorabilia dedicated to the legendary singer.

Source: A Johnny Cash museum is planned for Nashville -

October 10, 2012: Pete Townshend Interviewed At Barnes & Noble

Pete Townshend was interviewed on October 9, 2012 outside of Barnes & Noble at New York's Union Square by Rolling Stone Magazine to celebrate Townshend's newly published autobiography, "Who I Am: A Memoir." Among the many topics discussed were Townshend's difficult childhood and how the Who have dealt with the loss of Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

Source: Pete Townshend on the Future of the Who | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 10, 2012: John Lennon's 72nd Birthday Brings Fans To His Hollywood Star

Some 32 years after his slaying, fans of John Lennon gathered together on October 9, 2012, the day he would have turned 72, at the site of his Hollywood star on Vine Street, outside Capitol Records. For years, fans have gathered together each year at his star on both his birthday and December 8, the anniversary of his death.

Source: John Lennon's 72nd birthday brings fans to his Hollywood star - Los Angeles Times

October 10, 2012: Paul McCartney Previews Video Cut From His Upcoming DVD

Paul McCartney is scheduled to release a new DVD, "Live Kisses," on November 13, 2012. He has previewed a video cut from the DVD in which he performs the jazz standard, "Iím Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."

Source: Paul McCartney Previews ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ From ‘Live Kisses’ DVD

October 11, 2012: Rolling Stones Release New Single, 'Doom And Gloom'

The Rolling Stones have released their first new song in seven years, "Doom And Gloom." This song will be included on the band's long awaited album, "GRRR! Greatest Hits," which is scheduled to be released this November.

Source: Rolling Stones Mix Past and Present on 'Doom and Gloom' | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 11, 2012: Alice Cooper Kicks Off South Dakota Rock Academy

To help keep kids off the streets, Alice Copper launched a new rock and roll academy for local Boys & Girls Club members in Sioux Falls, SD. The center will have a recording studio and performance space and will also be offering lessons.

Source: Alice Cooper kicks off South Dakota rock academy - Businessweek

October 11, 2012: Rick Springfield Gives Impromptu Performance In NYC Subway

Rick Springfield gave a crowd-stopping performance in a New York City subway on October 10, 2012 during the morning rush hour. The 1980s pop icon performed his signature hit, "Jessie's Girl," and a couple of other songs.

Source: Rick Springfield -- Now a Subway Performer ... AND HE ROCKS!!! |

October 12, 2012: Barbra Streisand Performs At Barclays Center As Part Of Her 'Back To Brooklyn' Tour

As part of her 'Back To Brooklyn' tour, Barbra Streisand gave a show at Barclays Center on October 11. She is slated to perform at six other locales as part of her tour.

Source: Barbra Streisand returns home to Brooklyn to play at Barclays Center 50 years after leaving borough to chase fame - NY Daily News

October 12, 2012: Chuck Berry To Be Honored At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be paying tribute to the legendary Chuck Berry later this month in a weeklong celebration. A new exhibit, "Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry," will be unveiled on October 18th, on Berry's 86th birthday. The festivities will end on October 27th with a concert in tribute to the oldies icon at Cleveland's State Theater featuring Merle Haggard and many others. Berry is also slated to perform.

Source: Chuck Berry Exhibit, Tribute Concert Coming to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | Music News | Rolling Stone

October 13, 2012: New Book Release: Who I Am: A Memoir - Pete Townshend

"Who I Am: A Memoir" is an autobiography by the Who's lead guitarist and songwriter, Pete Townshend. In this long-awaited memoir, Townshend recalls various events in his life and how they affected him as an artist. He also discusses the Who and life without Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

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October 13, 2012: New DVD Release: Live in Texas 75 - The Who

This DVD is a video of a live concert by the Who that took place at the Summit in Houston, Texas on November 20, 1975. Some 25 songs were performed, including some of the band's early hits, material from their rock opera, "Tommy," and later songs from their album, "By Numbers."

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October 13, 2012: New CD Release: Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr. B.B. King - B.B. King

This 10-CD box set by the blues legend, which commemorates his 50th Anniversary signing to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962, covers his entire career from his first recordings in 1949 through his most recent studio album. King continues to tour and perform, and among his many honors and accolades, he has just recently been nominated to the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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October 13, 2012: New CD Release: Songs for the End of the World - Rick Springfield

"Songs For The End Of The World" is the latest studio album by singer, songwriter, actor, and 1980s heartthrob Rick Springfield. Highlights on this highly-rated album include "Wide Awake," "Our Ship's Sinking," "I Hate Myself," and "You & Me."

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October 13, 2012: New CD Release: Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary - Various Artists

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Agent 007, this 2-CD set contains 50 songs from all James Bond movies made to date, starting with the music from the first Bond movie, "Dr. No."

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