SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM MISTAKENLY MADE AVAILABLE THEN PULLED
Fans of Bruce Springsteen briefly had high hopes of being able to snag the Boss’ forthcoming album High Hopes earlier than its January 14 release date when Amazon accidently made the album available on its mobile site on Saturday. But it didn’t take the online retailer long to realize its mistake of making the individual tracks available two weeks ahead of the official release date. Nevertheless, the album did show up on some file-sharing sites through those who bought the individual tracks during the short window they were available on Amazon.
KISS TO REISSUE 10 ALBUMS ON VINYL IN 2014
About one month before Kiss gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the group will reissue nine classic albums on vinyl in March 2014, and make their 1998 record Psycho Circus available on wax for the first time. Classic Kiss collections returning on 12” LPs on March 18 include their self-titled debut, Hotter Than Hell, Alive!, Destroyer, Dynasty, Unmasked, Lick It Up, Animalize and Revenge.
DEF LEPPARD’S COLLEN DIGS DEEP INTO BLUES, SOUL FOR NEW SOLO SET
Already a key member of Def Leppard and his own side project band Manraze, guitarist Phil Collen has found enough time and energy to start a third unit named Delta Deep. Collen has been cutting tracks steeped in the blues and soul with singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook (godmother to Collen’s wife), Manraze members Paul Cook and Simon Laffy, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and Toto drummer Forrest Robinson. Collen hopes to issue Delta Deep’s debut sometime in 2014.
EX-MOP TOP TOPS FINAL BILLBOARD HOT TOURS TALLY
In a case of what is old is new again, Paul McCartney supported the release of his new album, New, with an extended tour that has landed the former Beatle at the top of the final Billboard Hot Tours survey of 2013. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s final six shows of his Out There! Tour grossed $40.6 million, beating out rapper Kanye West (($25.2M) for the top spot. In all, Sir Paul’s worldwide trek took in an eye-popping $105.8 million.
R&R HALL OF FAMER NICKS OFFICIATES SINGER/SONGWRITERS’ WEDDING
Singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton married musician John McCauley of the rock band Deer Tick last Friday at a ceremony officiated by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame. The “A Thousand Miles” singer shared photos of the hilltop ceremony at sunset and tweeted: “Married this gentleman two hours ago… Thank you to the Honorable Reverend Stevie Nicks for doin’ us the deed!!!”