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429 RecordsMembers of three bands that achieved major success during the late 1970s and into the 1980s are rocking together as one in the 21st century.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and Romantics singer Wally Palmar are three-quarters of The Empty Hearts, and the new band’s self-titled debut album is due August 5 on 429 Records.

Rounding out the lineup is bassist Andy Babiuk of The Chesterfield Kings. He tells Billboard that the idea for The Empty Hearts came up while he was assisting E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt with …read more

Genesis PublicationsThere have been plenty of Led Zeppelin books through the years, but the only one to date by a member of the band has been Jimmy Page‘s limited-edition photographic autobiography, which was released in 2010.

In October, Genesis Publications will issue what it describes as “a more accessible and affordable printing” of the Zeppelin guitarist’s book.

Just like he was with the upcoming Zeppelin deluxe album reissues, Page was also deeply involved with multiple aspects of this project. He selected the 600-plus photos included in the book, composed the accompanying text, arranged the narrative, …read more

Rock Against MSGuitars and drum heads autographed by The DoorsRobby Krieger, Guns N’ Roses alum Gilby Clarke and former KISS member Bruce Kulick, among others, are being auctioned online to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

Krieger, Clarke and Kulick all participated in the Rock Against MS organization’s benefit concert on March 26 at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go club in Los Angeles. The lineup that night also included longtime John Fogerty drummer Kenny Aronoff and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, both of whom also signed the items up for bid.

The auction runs on …read more

Union Square RecordsNazareth‘s Dan McCafferty may have retired from the stage last year due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but the singer and the band have not retired from making new music.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone, the first new Nazareth studio album since 2011, is due June 3. The main album contains 11 songs, among them the title track. The deluxe digipack and vinyl editions come with a second disc featuring two additional studio songs, plus five concert tracks that were recorded in Canada and England between 2000 and 2008.

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Rhino RecordsIn researching and selecting the bonus tracks that will appear in the upcoming reissues of Led Zeppelin‘s albums, guitarist Jimmy Page says he “left no stone unturned” and made a point to avoid previously circulated material.

“I didn’t want to put together a compilation where 90 percent of it had been bootlegged,” Page explains to Rolling Stone. “I asked a guy that runs one of the fanzines if he’s heard any of this material before. He told me he hadn’t. That was a really good feeling.”

The Zeppelin reissue roll out begins …read more

Live NationUsing the same Los Angeles studio where the band recorded 1979’s Tusk, Fleetwood Mac recently wrapped up nearly two months of sessions that included tracking new material written by returning member Christine McVie.

“We got in the studio not knowing what to expect, and the chemistry was just unbelievable,” singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham tells Billboard. “We got eight tracks very far along, like, 75 percent done. It just played out really organically in a way that seemed appropriate.”

McVie, whose return to Fleetwood Mac was officially announced in January after a 16-year break, adds, …read more

Tuff Gong/IslandToday marks 30 years since the release of the Bob Marley compilation Legend, which contains such signature songs as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “No Woman, No Cry” and “Three Little Birds.”

Now Legend itself became legendary: Legend holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard‘s Catalog Albums chart at 1,110 weeks spent on the chart and counting. That period included a run of 1,058 consecutive weeks — that’s 21 years. The album has also spent 274 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart and currently sits at #105 there. Legend has …read more