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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OFFERS 6-DVD/2-CD HUMAN RIGHTS GIGS SET

Human rights organization Amnesty International has set a November 5 release date for ¡Released!, a colossal six-DVD and two-CD box set featuring four shows from the celebrated Human Rights concert treks that took place from 1986 through 1998. In all, the DVDs feature 120 songs and almost 17 hours of material, while the CDs hold 30 tunes culled from four shows. Acts included in the compilation include U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Joni Mitchell, among others.

BOSTON REPORTEDLY READIES FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 11 YEARS

Patience is certainly a virtue – and a necessity – for fans of Boston who have been waiting, well, patiently, for a new studio album from the historically deliberate Tom Scholz and company for almost a dozen years. But according to Musictap.net, on December 6, the band will finally issue its sixth set of songs, Life, Love & Hope, its first since the 2007 suicide death of singer Brad Delp and first since 2002’s Corporate America.

AEROSMITH’S ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN CONCERT FILM TO HIT THEATERS

Boston’s finest Aerosmith has partnered with SpectiCast to show their latest concert film, Rock for the Rising Sun, in theaters worldwide, starting October 17. Released on DVD and Blu-ray in July, the film focuses on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s autumn 2011 tour of Japan following the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami that caused extensive damage. Worldwide screening dates and times will be up at Aerosmithonscreen.com soon.

HAYNES SETS DATES FOR 25TH CHRISTMAS JAM

Longtime Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes has locked down the dates for the 25th edition of his Christmas Jam series. This year’s two-day affair will take place December 13 and 14 at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC and will include jam band stalwarts such as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Phil Lesh Quintet, OAR, the John Scofield Uberjam Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keb Mo and of course his own Gov’t Mule, plus more acts to be named soon.

TALKING HEADS’ BYRNE YEARNS FOR LATTER DAY NEW YORK CITY

In a new op-ed written for Creative Time Reports, Talking Heads mainstay David Byrne fears New York City is losing its once vibrant creative energy due to a seemingly unstoppable influx of the super wealthy. Byrne writes: “The cultural part of the city – the mind – has been usurped by the top one percent.” He goes on to say that “most of Manhattan and many parts of Brooklyn are virtual walled communities, pleasure domes for the rich (which, full disclosure, includes me)…there is no room for fresh creative types. A culture of arrogance, hubris and winner-take-all was established.”

IRON MAIDEN PLAYED TO OVER ONE MILLION FANS IN 2013

International hard rock heavyweights Iron Maiden wrapped their exhaustive 2013 worldwide tour last week with a show in Santiago, Chile in front of 60,000 fans. To mark the milestone end of the massive global trek, the band’s tour manager posted some fun facts on Facebook, which read in part: “Since rehearsals started 131 days ago with one band and 102 crew, there have been 46 shows, 1,175,714 Maiden fans, 45,350 miles traveled, 44 cities in 25 different countries on three continents, 3,853 hotel rooms…3,380 dinners…and we have made it to the end of another tour.”

METALLICA RACE THROUGH THE NEVER INTO NEW “FRONTIER”

Fresh on the heels of releasing their 3D movie, Metallica: Through the Never, the members of Metallica appear to be on the verge of moving into a new “frontier,” according to drummer Lars Ulrich, who during a recent radio interview hinted something big would be coming in December. Ulrich was deliberately cryptic when he said, “There’s a very interesting thing coming our way in December. There’s another frontier heading in Metallica’s direction in December.” He went on to add that if band management found out he was even hinting about this mysterious new “frontier” “they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we’re very excited about.”

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – High Rise EP; Patty Griffin – Silver Bell; William Shatner – Ponder the Mystery.

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