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BOSS BOOKS 15 MORE 2014 U.S. TOUR DATES

Fans of Bruce Springsteen holding out high hopes of seeing the Boss live at least one more time in 2014 will have 15 more chances to do so. Springsteen and the E Street Band will begin a fresh round of 15 more U.S. dates in Cincinnati on April 8. The run will hit cities such as Columbus, OH, Nashville, Charlotte, NC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans and Houston before finishing up with a two-night stand in Uncasville, CT on May 17 and 18.

HENLEY HOLDS INDIE BAND’S FEET TO FIRE FOR COVERING HIS 80S HIT

The Eagles co-founder and drummer Don Henley is not a man to be messed with when it comes to the protection of the copyrights to his hits. According to indie band Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff, Henley had his legal henchmen hit Sheff with a cease-and-desist letter ordering him to delete a cover of Henley’s “The End of the Innocence” which Sheff slapped onto a free online mixtape. Sheff told Australia’s The Music he thought Henley having him remove the track was “a real d*ck move”

QUEEN’S GREATEST HITS FIRST ALBUM TO SELL 6M COPIES IN UK

The 1981 Queen Greatest Hits album now has the distinction of being the first album to have sold over six million copies in the UK, adding to its previous distinction of being the biggest selling album of all time in the UK. Queen guitarist Brian May reacted to the news by saying, “Great news, AMAZING news…incredible. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years, we hope to continue to serve you.” Queen’s Greatest Hits has sold over 8 million copies in the U.S.

BOY BAND MEMBER COMPARES HIS GROUP TO THE BEATLES

With America having spent the past few weeks in the throes of a second wave of Beatlemania by marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first visit to the U.S., One Direction member Harry Styles hinted his group is in some ways on par with the Fab Four. Styles told UK’s NME, “We all sat and watched the film of the Beatles arriving in America. And, to be honest, that really was like us. Stepping off the plane, the girls, the madness.” Styles backtracked a bit, adding, “But none of us think we’re in the same league as them music-wise. We’d be total fools if we did. Fame-wise, it’s probably even bigger, but we don’t stand anywhere near them in terms of music.”

KRIEGER UPDATES QUEST TO PUT ON MANZAREK TRIBUTE CONCERT

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said he’s working hard to organize a special tribute to late bandmate Ray Manzarek, who died last year. Krieger said, “We want to bring together those who Ray either idolized or guys who idolized Ray, maybe at the [Los Angeles] Greek [Theatre] of the Hollywood Bowl for a big concert this summer.” Krieger assured that fellow surviving doors member drummer John Densmore will be at the memorial show.

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD PREP THIRD ALBUM, SET U.S. DATES

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has circled April 29 as the release date for the group’s third studio offering, the 10-song set Phosphorescent Harvest. The Black Crowes frontman and his band of brothers will kick off a fresh crop of tour dates to shed light on the album’s release, starting April 29 in San Rafael, CA. The road trip will come to a close on May 24 in Pioneertown, CA.

LOOK-A-LIKES SMITH, FARRELL TO FACEOFF IN DRUM-COWBELL BATTLE

The physical resemblance between Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell is undeniable, but how well will Ferrell do when he and Smith go head-to-bell in a way in a drum-meets-cowbell contest? That question will be answered when the look-a-likes battle in a friendly duel proposed by Smith last week when he jokingly said, “His cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film.” Ferrell then challenged Smith to “the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen,” and added that the event could be a fundraiser for “Cancer For College” and that it could take place “on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library.”

MEGADETH BAILS ON SOUNDWAVE FEST AMID NEWSTED ISSUE

The he said-he said surrounding the mysterious dropping of Jason Newsted’s eponymous band from Australia’s Soundwave Festival bill continued on Tuesday with Megadeth, who according to promoters insisted Newsted be axed, announcing they’ve pulled out of the festival. In addition, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has asked for an apology from the promoters for accusing him of being the mastermind behind Newsted being asked to leave the lineup. Meanwhile, festival organizers insist they were merely following orders given to them by Megadeth management.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Def Leppard – Slang (Deluxe Edition); Neil Finn – Dizzy Heights.

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