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LETTERMAN LISTS ACTS SET FOR BEATLES WEEK ON THE LATE SHOW

CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Tonight, indie rock duo Broken Bells will sing “And I Love Her;” Sting will perform “Drive My Car” on Tuesday; Lenny Kravitz will tackle an as-yet undetermined Beatles classic on Wednesday; Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon, will join rockers the Flaming Lips for a rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Thursday, and Friday’s lineup will be announced later this week.

JOHN AND YOKO INTERVIEWS COLLECTED IN 8-CD BOX SET

The exhaustive eight-CD box set, I’m Not The Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews with Howard Smith 1969-1972, will be released on April 14. As its title implies, the collection contains John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s five extensive conversations with Village Voice journalist and radio host Howard Smith, discussing “music, love, creativity, peace and politics” post-Beatles, none of which have ever been available on CD.

BONO INSISTS “INVISIBLE” PAINTS PICTURE OF NEXT U2 ALBUM

After taking the wraps off U2’s new song “Invisible” during Sunday’s Super Bowl, singer Bono said the song isn’t actually the first official release off the band’s forthcoming album. He told Rolling Stone, “’Invisible’ is not the album’s first single. We have another song we’re excited about to kick off the album. This is just sort of a sneak preview – to remind people we exist.” U2 will serve as the first musical guest when Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on February 17.

NEIL NOTES MOTLEY CRUE “NOT BREAKING UP”

During a radio interview last week, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was careful to make the distinction between the band announcing it will never tour again following its “Final Tour,” and the band breaking up. The singer said, “Here’s the thing.” Motley Crue’s not breaking up. We’re still gonna be making music. We’ll probably…do songs for certain things. Motley Crue will still be around, we’re just not gonna tour anymore. That’s really kind of it.” The band’s The Final Tour kicks off on July 2 in Grand Rapids, MI, with Alice Cooper opening the shows.

DYLAN DOES SB CAR AD; PROVES THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

You could call it Dylan goes eclectic: Bob Dylan surprised many fans watching the Super Bowl on Sunday by not only providing the voiceover, but starring in a Chrysler car commercial. In the two-minute commercial, the counterculture icon provided the soundtrack and made the pitch for the all-new Chrysler 200, while extoling the virtues of America, Detroit and American labor, saying, “Detroit made cars, and cars made America.”

ANDERSON ANNOUNCED THIRD CHAPTER IN THICK AS A BRICK SAGA

It appears Jethro Tull’s 1972’s classic concept album Thick as a Brick is about to get even thicker. Ian Anderson, who in 2012 released Thick as a Brick 2, has announced he will issue a third Thick as a Brick, expanding on the fantasy world of the album’s principal character, Gerald Bostock. Anderson said the upcoming album, Homo Erraticus (due April 14), is his “next epic voyage into the progressive rock pantheon of strangeness.”

STANLEY SETS SCHEDULE FOR SERIES OF BOOK SIGNINGS

Now that he’s finally put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard?), Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley will support the April 8 release of his long-awaited autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, with several book signings. Stanley will be signing copies of his memoir at Barnes and Nobles locations in New York City on April 7 and Staten Island on the 8th, Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ on the 9th, Barnes and Noble in Los Angeles on April 16 and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on April 25. Meanwhile, Kiss will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

PEARCY SAYS RATT READY TO CRAWL BACK INTO OUT OF THE CELLAR

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Ratt’s 1984 debut album Out of the Cellar, and according to frontman Stephen Pearcy, he hopes to turn back the clock on the band’s next studio effort. The singer said, “[Guitarist] Warren [DeMartini] and I are spearheading the next record to be what it should be: a more Out of the Cellar thing. Just real hardcore, basically. We have so much good music we haven’t even tapped into. It’s good stuff.”

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