Music News Digest: Week Of July 14, 2013

July 21, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 14, 2013, Bruce Springsteen dedicated a song to slain teen Trayvon Martin while giving a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

Also that week, David Bowie released a music video for "Valentine's Day," one of the songs from his latest album, "The Next Day."

Alice Cooper announced that his upcoming classic rock covers album is nearing completion. Also, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison will be releasing box sets later this summer, and Rick Springfield released another new video in a series of classic rock song covers.

Steely Dan just launched a 53-date tour, and there is some speculation that the band may record a new album. Also, Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden last April, will be hitting theaters this August.

For the first time, the late and great Bob Marley made the top 10 on the Billboard Social 50 Chart. He has one of the largest followings of any posthumous band or artist.

Finally, a video of Elvis Presley's last concerts, along with other memorabilia, is set to be auctioned off later this month.

July 15, 2013: Alice Cooper Upcoming Covers Album Almost Complete

Alice Cooper is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album of covers of various classic rock songs, most of which are from the late 1960s and early 1970s. He says this album is about three-quarters complete, and he plans to begin recording in the studio this September.

Source: Alice Cooper Almost Done With New Covers Album

July 16, 2013: Bob Dylan Box Set To Be Released This August

Bob Dylan will soon be releasing a 4-disc set that will include previously unreleased sessions and outtakes from his 1970 album, "Self Portrait," some tracks from his "Nashville Skyline" (1968) and "New Morning" (1970) albums, and other material. This collection, entitled "Another Self Portrait," is slated to hit stores on August 27, 2013.

Source: Bob Dylan Revisits 'Self Portrait' on Next Edition of the Bootleg Series | Music News | Rolling Stone

July 17, 2013: Bruce Springsteen Dedicates Song To Trayvon Martin

The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin sparked a series of nationwide protests and also inspired a number of in-concert tributes to the slain teen by various bands and artists. While giving a concert in Limerick, Ireland on July 16, 2013, Bruce Springsteen performed "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song he originally wrote in response to the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo, which he dedicated to Trayvon Martin. Springsteen decided to play this song after spotting a fan's sign in the audience that read "American Skin (41 Shots)."

Source: Bruce Springsteen dedicates "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Trayvon Martin - CBS News

July 17, 2013: Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival Hits Theaters

On August 13, 2013, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York City’s Madison Square Garden from last April will be released in theaters across the nation for one night only. The Crossroads Guitar Festival is an annual event dedicated to raising money for the Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility in Antigua founded by Eric Clapton. This year's concert featured jam sessions with the Allman Brothers Band, Booker T., Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and many other top bands and artists. For more info and tickets, go to

Source: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival To Hit Theaters On August 13

July 17, 2013: David Bowie Releases New Video

David Bowie just released a video for "Valentine's Day," the fourth track from his latest album, "The Next Day." As to whether or not he will be touring or performing in 2013, Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick seems pretty sure that won't be happening.

Source: David Bowie Releases 'Valentine's Day' Video

July 17, 2013: Van Morrison To Release Box Set This September

Van Morrison will be releasing a 5-disc set that features remastered versions of songs from his critically acclaimed 1969 album, "Moondance." This set, which is scheduled to be released on September 30, 2013, will also include 50 previously unreleased tracks and studio outtakes, plus some songs recorded for "Moondance" that were not included in the original album.

Source: Van Morrison to Release Five-Disc Reissue of 'Moondance' | Music News | Rolling Stone

July 18, 2013: Steely Dan Interviewed By Rolling Stone

Longtime Steely Dan members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were interviewed by Rolling Stone. The band is getting ready to launch a 53-date tour, which starts July 19, 2013 in Atlantic City and ends on October 8 in New York. Among the topics also discussed was the possibility of a new album.

Source: Steely Dan Might Make New Music | Music News | Rolling Stone

July 18, 2013: Rick Springfield Covers Fleetwood Mac Song In Video

Rick Springfield just released a new video in which he performs an acoustic guitar cover of Fleetwood Mac's 1969 hit, "Oh Well." This video is the most recent in a series in which Springfield covers rock classics by various bands and artists such as John Lennon, Foreigner, and Gerry Rafferty.

Source: Rick Springfield Covers Fleetwood Mac

July 18, 2013: Bob Marley Reaches Top 10 on Social 50 Chart

The Billboard Social 50 is a chart launched in December, 2010 that ranks the most active musical artists on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other top social networks. Such factors as the number of artist website views, friends, fans, followers, and song plays all figure collectively into an artist's ranking. The late and great Bob Marley hit the top 10 on this chart for the first time, and he has one of the largest followings of any posthumous band or artist.

Source: Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart for First Time | Billboard

July 18, 2013: Video of Elvis Presley's Last Concerts To Be Auctioned

A video from Elvis Presley's last concerts, which took place in Omaha, NE and Rapid City, SD just before his passing in 1977, is set to be auctioned off on July 26 and 27 in Santa Monica. The concert footage, which runs over four hours, includes 27 songs and many backstage scenes with Presley's then-girlfriend Ginger Alden and his father. Other items to be auctioned off include some rare autographs, photos, and slides, Presley's 1958-1960 U.S. Army Induction and Discharge Papers, and his 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon.

Source: Elvis Presley's Last Concerts: Raw Footage to Be Auctioned in Santa Monica