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Paul Rodgers, Mike Mills, The Zombies Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Store Day Events

Courtesy of Paul Rodgers; Anton CorbijnThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.

Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Paul Rodgers, R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills, The Zombies and longtime Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye.

Rodgers will be at Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he’ll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Mills will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he’ll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.’s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.

The Zombies will give an in-store performance at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

As for Kaye, he’s scheduled to perform at the Main Street Jukebox store in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, sometime after 3 p.m. ET.

A full list of in-store events can be viewed at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Neil Young’s New Album, “A Letter Home,” Available Now Online

Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans! A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for buy via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White‘s Third Man Records label. A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil. Among the songs are Bob Dylan‘s “North Country Girl,” Bruce Springsteen‘s “My Hometown,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Gordon Lightfoot‘s “If You Could Only Read My Mind.” Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young’s recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that’s located at White’s Third Man Records store in Nashville. The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc. A statement from Young describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

“Changes” (Phil Ochs)
“Girl from the North Country” (Bob Dylan)
“Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)
“Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Reason to Believe” (Tim Hardin)
“On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
“If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)
“My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)
“I Wonder If I Care as Much” (Everly Brothers)

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Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance “Good Tribute to Kurt”

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled “Punk Rock Gender Parity,” Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band’s set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction — in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain — a “good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

“I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well,” Novoselic writes. “This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

He continues, “It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way.”

As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana’s surviving members, Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” St. Vincent performed “Lithium,” Sonic Youth‘s Gordon performed “Aneurysm” and Lorde sang “All Apologies.”

The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic. “I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing,” he noted.

HBO will air an edited version of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.

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New Version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” Featured in TV Special Marking Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary

Courtesy of E:60Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded an updated version of their band’s classic song “Dream On” for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon. The two rockers teamed up with the Southern California Children’s Chorus for a unique live performance of the tune that will be featured on Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, which will premiere Saturday on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, and then will air again Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of the attacks — on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

The hour-long program, which is the spring 2014 premiere episode of ESPN’s E:60 news magazine series, will focus include five profiles of people who survived the bombings. The show is hosted by ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff and narrated by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Three people lost their lives and more than 260 others were injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of last year’s marathon.

In a clip of a video interview with the Aerosmith stars posted on ESPN’s YouTube channel, Tyler explains why he feels “Dream On” is a special song for Boston following the 2013 tragedy. “‘Sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears’ — it’s almost like it was written for this unfortunate event,” says the frontman.

Adds Perry, “It’s one of those rare songs [that] can apply to a lot of different things. You can interpret it how you want, which is really the magic of music…It can apply to something very personal and small or…a big event like what happened in Boston.”

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Robert Plant Among Stars Set to Rock 2014 Glastonbury Festival

Photo: Oli PowellThe initial lineup for the 2014 edition of the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival has been announced and while the bill doesn’t include any acts quite so famous as last year’s headliners The Rolling Stones, a number of renowned veteran artists will be rocking the stage. Among this year’s performers will be Robert Plant and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as well as Blondie, Bryan Ferry, the late Bob Marley‘s backing group The Wailers and ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who just released a collaborative album with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey.

The 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is scheduled to take place from June 25 to June 29 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Other major acts on the lineup include Dolly Parton, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Suzanne Vega, The Pixies and The Black Keys. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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