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Bruce Springsteen has rush released a new video for the title track of his new EP, American Beauty. The performance clip, which was directed by "The Boss'" longtime in-house filmmaker Thom Zimny, was shot last Saturday (April 19th) prior to the E Street Band's Charlotte, North Carolina show.

Bruce Springsteen says that 50 years into his performing career, hitting the stage every night never fails to excite and inspire him: "It's like you come out and you fall in love every night in some way. When you're doing it right, it's like a rebirth, y'know? It's not a repetition -- it's a renewal -- so that involves something happening every night for the first time. And, amazingly enough, it's like your first kiss in that there's something in playing. There were thousands of other times, but still when you come out there's some element of the first time that's very, very present. And it keeps you very open and present and it's what people feel." :
April 24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
April 26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood
April 29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
May 1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 3 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Fairgrounds Racecourse
May 6 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
May 14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
May 17, 18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena


Despite Robert Plant revealing last year that he wasn't the one keeping a Led Zeppelin reunion from happening -- it now seems that he is. While promoting the June 3rd reissues of Zeppelin's first three albums, both Plant and Jimmy Page spoke to BBC Radio, and when the question of another Zeppelin reunion concert -- like their 2007 London gig -- came up, Page said, "I'm sure people would love to hear it. I'm not the one to be asking, I don't sing." When Plant was asked what the chances were for a Zeppelin reunion, Plant simply offered up: "Zero."

It certainly was a change of tune from Plant's 2013 interview with Australia's 60 Minutes when he revealed: "Y'know, the two other guys are Capricorns and they keep schtum. They don't say a word. But they are quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. . . and I'm not the bad guy." When reminded that the fans long believed him to be the "bad guy," Plant said, "Well then, you need to see the Capricorns -- 'cause, I've got nothing to do in 2014."

  • During Led Zeppelin's 2012 New York City press conference to publicize Celebration Day, Robert Plant admitted that the pressure of making music under the Led Zeppelin moniker is tremendous: "I think expectations are horrific things. I mean, if you go off and play in North Africa, or something like that, you just, you know you're going to have a good time and you're going to work with people and there's nothing else about it. That's how we started, in a little room with Jason's dad all that time ago. So, to actually, to do anything at all together is such a kind of incredible weight, because I think we were really propelled by Jason and his enthusiasm."

Peter Frampton has just added four new dates to his summer itinerary. The famed guitarist, who'll release his new studio set, Hummingbird In A Box on June 24th, has just tagged on shows in Sterling Heights, Michigan; New Lenox, Illinois; Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; and Littleton, Colorado. Hummingbird In A Box, which was co-written by Frampton and longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy, marks the first new Frampton music since the 2010 release of Thank You Mr. Churchill. The piece was commissioned by and performed with the Cincinnati Ballet in April 2013.

Frampton told us that it's very easy for fans to think that an artist is doing nothing in between albums and tours: "There's high-profile periods, and there's low-profile periods. And people think when you're writing and composing and recording a, a new record, they think you've disappeared off the face of the earth. I'm constantly working, but now I realize you can't always be putting out. You have to have times when you have to take a break, so that you can take in, y'know, recharge." AUDIO: PETER FRAMPTON SAYS DOWN TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HIM

It was 38 years ago tonight (April 24th, 1976) that John Lennon and Paul McCartney last saw each other. Over the course of the previous two years, relations between the two chief Beatles had warmed considerably, with the pair spending time together both in Los Angeles and in Manhattan. Prior to returning to Yoko Ono after their infamous 14-month separation, in early 1975, Lennon was planning to travel to New Orleans to record with McCartney, who was then working on Wings' Venus And Mars album. Paul and Linda McCartney had last visited the Lennon's at their apartment in the Dakota apartments around Christmas, 1975.

On April 24th, 1976, Lennon and McCartney -- with Yoko and Linda -- watched Saturday Night Live as producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a whopping $3,000 to reunite on the show. They briefly considered heading to Rockefeller Center where the show was being performed, as a gag, but in the end passed due to being too tired. The two last spoke on the phone in early 1980.

  • In 2011, Paul McCartney went on recall to The Express the last time he saw Lennon: "I was at John's place and Saturday Night Live was on and John said to me, 'Have you seen this?' I hadn't, I was living in England, he was living in America. He said, 'No, they're offering us money to get back together -- Lorne Michaels came on the show last week.' And John said, 'We should go down, just you and me. We'll just show up. There's only two of us, we'll take half the money.' For a second we were like, 'Shall we do it?' I don't know what stopped us. It would've been work and we were having a night off so we elected to not go to work. It was a nice idea. We nearly did it."
  • Sadly, the following day, McCartney turned up again at the Dakota to hang out with Lennon, who dismissed him, explaining that he was busy with his young son Sean, and that it wasn't "like 1956, and could you please call before stopping by?" The pair's relationship once again became strained following the incident.
  • A fictionalized account of Lennon & McCartney's final meeting, called Two Of Us, was premiered on VH1 in 2000. The movie, which was directed by Let It Be's Michael Lindsay-Hogg, starred Aidan Quinn as McCartney and Jared Harris as Lennon.
  • The end of the Beatles came in late 1970 when McCartney sued the other Beatles to dissolve their partnership -- which ultimately saved the group their fortune. McCartney admits that Lennon quitting the Beatles in September 1969 left him devastated on multiple fronts: "The biggest trouble for me, I mean, there's no denying it, was the breakup of the Beatles, y'know? It totally screwed my head for years -- and it would yours, too. In fact, I'm lucky to have survived it, in truth. 'Cause, it really isn't easy having the top job one second, the next day someone just says, 'We're breaking the group up.' And you haven't got a job. And I mean, I actually got with it to Scotland for a while, 'cause I just couldn't handle being around London and the music business and the people saying, 'Well, when are you getting together with the lads, Paul?' That was the big question."

Coldplay has announced that it will perform songs from its upcoming album Ghost Stories in an hour-long special set to air on May 18th at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC. Titled Coldplay: Ghost Stories, the special was filmed in-the-round in front of an 800-person audience in Los Angeles this past March. While focusing on material from the new album, the set list for the show also includes past hits like "Viva La Vida" and "Clocks."

  • A trailer for the special has been posted at
  • Meanwhile, the band unveiled a new song called "Oceans" live on BBC Radio One.
  • Ghost Stories will be out on May 19th.
  • Coldplay also recently announced a handful of intimate live shows in support of Ghost Stories. The band will play Cologne, Germany on April 25th, New York City on May 5th, Los Angeles on May 19th, Paris on May 28th, Tokyo on June 12th and London on July 1st.
  • The group will also be the musical guests on the May 3rd edition of Saturday Night Live.

The Revolver Golden Gods Awards took place on Wednesday night (April 23rd) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where various rock and metal acts were honored for their talents and achievements and both Axl Rose and Joan Jett were given lifetime contribution awards. The show opened with a surprise performance from thrash metal veterans Slayer, while other acts who performed included Jett, Guns N' Roses, The Pretty Reckless, Suicide Silence and A Day To Remember.

Ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan performed with the band at the event, marking the first time that McKagan has performed with the group on U.S. soil in 20 years. He joined Guns onstage in London for the first time in 17 years at an October 2010 concert in London, followed more recently by shows in Vancouver and South America.
  • Axl Rose took home this year’s Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, while Joan Jett became the first female recipient of the Golden God Award.
  • VH1 Classic streamed the show live and will also air an edited version on Saturday, May 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Also appearing at the show were members of Black Sabbath and Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Alice Cooper, Ace Frehley and others.
  • Golden Gods Awards list of winners:
    Best Vocalist: Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age
    Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
    Most Devoted Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
    Best New Talent: Twelve Foot Ninja
    Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple
    Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch
    Best Film & DVD: Pierce The Veil
    Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold
    Song of the Year: Five Finger Death Punch, "Lift Me Up"
    Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
    Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
    Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, 13
    Golden God Award: Joan Jett
    Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose


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