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THE EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA MADE WORLD’S LARGEST VINYL RECORD

To celebrate the reopening of the famous Forum in Los Angeles and Southern California legends the Eagles’ six-show residency at the revamped venue, the group’s Hotel California album has been recreated as the world’s largest vinyl record. A video shows how a crew of 75 people worked day and night to construct the massive album on the roof of the Forum, where it will spin at a rate of 17 miles per hour during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s six concerts, January 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25.

BRUCE’S HIGH HOPES GETS DEBUT ON CBS.COM AND TV’S THE GOOD WIFE

The forthcoming Bruce Springsteen album High Hopes won’t be officially released until January 14, but starting at 10p ET this Sunday the album will be streaming in its entirety at CBS.com/springsteen. The record can be heard online through 7p ET on January 13. In addition, the January 12 episode of the CBS drama The Good Wife will feature snippets of three tracks found on the new record, including the title track, “Hunter of Invisible Game” and a reworked version of “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND ANNOUNCE 10-DATE NYC RESIDENCY

The Allman Brothers Band will be celebrating their 45th anniversary this year and the festivities will include their annual New York City residency at the Beacon Theatre. This year’s run will get underway on March 7 and will wrap on March 22. In addition, the band will mark their milestone year with a series of new live CDs and DVDs, and on April 11 and 12 will host and headline their 10th annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL. The full list of acts on the lineup will be announced soon.

LED ZEPPELIN REISSUES STRETCH IN THROUGH 2014 AND OUT TO 2015

The release schedule for the Led Zeppelin remasters overseen by guitarist Jimmy Page will include three reissues in 2014 followed by more in 2015. Page posted the following update on his website: “The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues – comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III – will be released this year. I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014.”

AUTOGRAPHED BEATLES SINGLE SELLS FOR $13,350 ON EBAY

A signed seven-inch of the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” recently sold on eBay for $13,350. The 1962 Parlophone release features the autographs of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr and is described by the seller as “one of the most historic signed records there is,” adding that it was signed by the Fab Four on October 6, 1962 at Dawson’s Music Shop in Widnes, England.

YOUNG GIVES YOUNG BAND AGE-OLD ADVICE ON RECORDING ALBUMS

During a recent interview, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler shared some advice given to him by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young, whose classic 1970 album After the Gold Rush Butler cites as one of the most important albums in his life. Butler says the band was still recording their current album Reflektor when Young told him, “Well, guys, have fun making your album. Or it can not be fun at all, that’s fine too. Doesn’t matter if it’s fun.” Butler added, “There’s conflict that’s supposed to be in making something good. It’s not something to be scared of.”

TEN YEARS AFTER LOSE TWO OF ITS FOUR MEMBERS

Using simple math, 50 percent of Ten Years After has left the band after original bassist Leo Lyons and guitarist Joe Gooch, who replaced founding guitarist and frontman Alvin Lee who died last March, announced their exit. The double defection leaves the band with two original members, drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill, both of whom vowed to carry on “with two new members whose names will be announced in the near future” in a message posted on the band’s website.

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