U2 TO DEBUT NEW TUNE DURING SUPER BOWL
As has been rumored for weeks if not months, U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” in a commercial during next Sunday’s Super Bowl. In addition, the song will available as a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the commercial for (RED) and Bank of America airs. Of the song, singer Bono told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s not what you expect. It’s not your typical love song. ‘Invisible is an anthemic number about leaving one’s hometown.” The track is destined for the band’s forthcoming, as-yet untitled 13th studio album.
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND ADD FOUR MORE BEACON THEATRE GIGS IN NYC
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Allman Brothers Band have announced they are extending their traditional residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City by four shows after the first 10 sold out immediately. The Southern rock stalwarts’ remarkable run gets underway on March 7 and now with the addition of shows on the 25th, 26th, 28th and 29th stretches to a total of 14. Tickets for the four additional shows go on sale January 31.
BOSS RESTRUCTURES CONCERT DOWNLOADS PRICING, PROCEDURE
Known as a man of the people, Bruce Springsteen has heard from his people that his recently announced concert downloads were too costly and the system too cumbersome, so he’s taken immediate action. Originally, fans wanting to download shows from his upcoming tour were required to purchase a USB bracelet for $40; plugging the wristband into a computer would activate a download manager that would take you to a website. Now, the shows will be available directly on MP3 for $9.99 and higher quality FLAC for $14.99. Also, you can still by the wristbands if you like. Finally, Springsteen debuted the video for “Just Like Fire Would,” a track off his new High Hopes album.
BEATLES, VANS BAN TOGETHER ON YELLOW SUBMARINE SHOES
Paraphrasing the title of one of the Beatles’ best albums, rubber soles will be featured on the Fab Four and Vans shoes new collection of Yellow Submarine inspired sneakers. Scheduled to be released on March 1, the four designs are inspired by the group’s 1968 animated movie, and will retail for $65 and $75, the most expensive being high tops featuring images of all four members of the band.
COLLINS WORKING WITH MULTI-GRAMMY WINNING POP STAR ADELE
Fans of Genesis hoping Phil Collins’ first post-retirement activity would include writing new music for and/or touring with the group will have to be more patient. In a recent interview on Florida television, Collins announced multi-Grammy winning superstar Adele “contacted me to write together.” He went on to confess, “I actually wasn’t too aware of her. You know, I live in a cave, I think. But she has achieved an incredible amount, and I really love her voice. I love some of that stuff that she’s done.”
KRIEGER, WHITFORD ADDED TO EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR LINEUP
The already impressive array of guitarists confirmed for the 2014 edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour just got more superstar six-stringers added to its lineup. The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Aerosmith axeman Brad Whitford and the Black Crowes picker Rich Robinson will all be paying tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix, starting March 8 in Shawnee, OK. Previously announced members of the lineup include Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Zakk Wylde. The 24-stop trek will come to a close in Minneapolis on April 8.