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CLAPTON’S 2013 CROSSROADS GUITAR FEST COMING TO CD, DVD, BLU-RAY

Highlights from the 2013 edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival which took place last spring at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, and for the first time, on CD, on November 19. The individual collections feature performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Los Lobos, just to name a few.

SIR PAUL PLOTS SPECIAL “DRIVE-IN” NEW ALBUM LISTENING PARTIES

Looking for a new way to market his new album, New, Paul McCartney has announced special “drive-in” listening parties in New York and Los Angeles. The first 400 cars to grab spots at the Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry, east of Los Angeles, this Sunday at 7:30p will be able to listen to New in its entirety by tuning their radios to a specific FM frequency. Two similar events are scheduled at the Audi dealership on 55th Street & 11th Ave in New York City that same night at 7p and again at 8p. New will be available October 15.

BLACK SABBATH SERVE UP EXTENDED TEASER TRAILER FOR LIVE DVD

The upcoming Black Sabbath live DVD and Blu-ray, Black Sabbath Live…Gathered in Their Masses, will be available on November 26, but the band just released an extended teaser trailer video and the complete tracklist. The performances, captured at the band’s April 29 and May 1 shows in Melbourne, Australia, include classics “War Pigs,” “Snowblind,” “Iron Man,” “Symptom of the Universe” and “Children of the Grave” as well as new songs off their current album, 13, including “End of the Beginning” and “God is Dead?”

COOPER, KISS, OTHERS TO ROCK AT ROCK ACADEMY BENEFIT GIG

Legendary rockers such as Alice Cooper, Kiss, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and Rob Zombie are among the acts inked to perform at a benefit concert for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy located in Sioux Falls, SD, though the concert will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on December 5. Proceeds will help the academy continue its mission of providing free music lessons and instruments to kids who otherwise can’t afford them.

GALAXY OF STARS APPEAR ON WILLIAM SHATNER PROG ROCK ALBUM

Touting the album as “a match made, if not in heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy,” Star Trek icon William Shatner has assembled a star-studded lineup of guest musicians for his next expedition into the world of music with his forthcoming progressive rock album, Ponder the Mystery, due out this Tuesday. Among the musicians lending Shatner a hand are former Yes members Rick Wakeman and Billy Sherwood, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Nik Turner of Hawkwind, Steve Vai, Edgar Winter, Mick Jones of Foreigner and country star Vince Gill.

PEARL JAM TEAMS WITH VOLCOM ON ONE-NIGHT ONLY POP-UP SHOP

Fans of Pearl Jam on the younger end of their target demographic will be especially pleased to know the veteran Seattle band and youth-oriented Volcom clothing retailer have teamed on a one-night only pop-up shop in New York City on October 15 to celebrate the release that same day of the band’s Lightning Bolt album. Merchandise that will be offered at the Volcom shop on Broadway will include limited edition Pearl Jam X Volcom X Don Pendleton Collab T-shirts, Lightning Bolt on CD and vinyl and all merchandise to be sold at the October 18 and 19 concerts at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

NOVOSELIC TALKS 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF IN UTERO

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic says he listened to “a lot of Nirvana” ahead of working with Dave Grohl on the 20th anniversary reissue of the group’s 1993 album, In Utero (out now). Referring to all that time spent listening Novoselic confessed to Rolling Stone, “There is a lot of baggage that comes with it. It brings back a lot of memories – good memories, painful memories. But it’s good music – good rock music.” On In Utero specifically, he said, “It is a haunting record. I am not haunted by it. But there is imagery on there that I would never express to people.”

THE WINERY DOGS MOUNT NEW U.S. TOUR

Continuing their support of their self-titled debut album, The Winery Dogs – singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy – kicked off a new round of U.S. tour dates last night in Agoura Hills, CA, with dates set through November 6 in Fort Wayne, IN. Additional stops on the trek include Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Allentown, PA, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Finally, the trio just debuted the video for their latest track “Time Machine.”

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