NEW SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM HIGH HOPES DUE JANUARY 14
Rumor became reality this weekend when Bruce Springsteen confirmed he will release a new album, High Hopes, on January 14. The album’s title track arrived yesterday, as did the singles official video. A previous version of the song, originally recorded and released in 1990 by the Havelinas, appeared on Springsteen’s 1996 EP Blood Brothers. As for the forthcoming 12-track album, it features several songs that should be familiar to Springsteen devotees, including reworked versions of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin (41 Shots)” as well as previously unreleased tracks featuring late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici left off previous albums. As Springsteen says in the album’s liner notes, “This is music I always felt needed to be released.”
BON JOVI PUNTS (FOR NOW) ON EYEING PURCHASE OF BUFFALO BILLS
Scores of news outlets Sunday reported that Jon Bon Jovi was huddling up with potential partners and local decision makers about making a run at purchasing the NFL’s Buffalo Bills once the team went on sale after 95-year old owner Ralph Wilson passes. On Monday, the Bon Jovi frontman’s publicist said the singer would love to quarterback an NFL franchise front office one day, but, “The Bills are not for sale, and he has too much respect for Mr. Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team. It’s preposterous to say he’s had any discussions with the Bills and Erie County.” At 4-7, the Bills are currently all alone in last place in the AFC East.
U2’S BONO, COLDPLAY’S MARTIN HELP RAISE $26M FOR CHARITY
Two of the world’s biggest rock stars joined forces last Saturday to help raise millions to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. U2 frontman Bono and Coldplay singer/keyboardist Chris Martin dueted on a medley of U2’s “Beautiful Day” and the late Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” at a star-studded auction in New York that raised close to $13 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The final tally ballooned to $26 million after Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to double the amount of money raised.
REUNITED BLACK SABBATH’S RECORDING CAREER MAY GO DARK
The three original members of Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – put aside their disagreements, drinking and drug-taking long enough to record their long-awaited reunion album, 13, but fans are encouraged not to hold their breaths for a follow-up. In a recent interview, all three were very guarded about committing to reenter a recording studio, with Butler saying, “I think we’ll know if we can do it or if we can’t. If we have to force it, then we won’t be doing it.” Iommi added, “I don’t know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album. I don’t know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one’s done so well.” Finally, Osbourne offered, “I have three albums to deliver of my own solo thing to my record label. It’s been a lot of fun doing it with Black Sabbath, and I’m not sorry at all for getting back together.”
THE BAND’S ROBERTSON CONFLICTED ABOUT THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Even though The Band scheduled its farewell concert The Last Waltz on Thanksgiving Day, Robbie Robertson, who is understandably proud of his native American heritage, is equally understandably conflicted about the history of the holiday. In a recent interview, he said “because I have heritage in Indian country, there’s a real conflict of celebration…the pilgrims came over and the Indians embraced them…and then they were treated very badly by those people after that. On Canadian Thanksgiving, I’m going to be celebrating with some Canadian friends. And the American Thanksgiving I’m not going to think about the mistreatment of people, I’m just going to go ahead and give some thanks.”
SOUNDGARDEN’S THAYIL UP FOR YEAR OF “TENDING TO THE CATALOG”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil said next year won’t see the Seattle band touring much, but he’ll stay busy with what’s inside the band’s music vault. He said, “Right now, a couple of guys are commited to other tours, Chris [Cornell] is doing a solo acoustic tour and Matt [Cameron] is out on the road with Pearl Jam. So this year  is going to be tough for touring. But I will be tending to the catalog, compiling the B-sides records, which I first announced back in 1995… And…the reissue of Screaming Life, and the eventual remixing and re-release of Ultramega OK.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath Live…Gathered in Their Masses; Soundgarden – 5 Classic Albums; Tower of Power – Hipper Than Hip (Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow) Live on the Air & In the Studio 1974; Billie Joe Armstrong-Norah Jones – Foreverly.