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Patrick Swirc; Barry Plummer/Elektra RecordsMarianne Faithfull comes forth with a startling revelation in a new interview with U.K. music magazine Mojo: She says she knows who killed Jim Morrison.

In the article, the 67-year-old singer explains that back during the summer of 1971, she was in Paris with her then-boyfriend Jean de Breiteuil, a drug dealer who supplied heroin to various celebs. Faithfull claims that Breiteuil told her he needed to pay a visit to Morrison’s apartment, and she decided not to go along because she got a negative feeling about the situation.

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Warner Bros. RecordsFans can now pre-order Stevie Nicks‘ upcoming studio album, 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault, a collection of older tunes by the Fleetwood Mac singer that have never before seen the light of day. The album, which will be issued in multiple configurations on October 7, mostly features songs that Nicks wrote between 1969 and 1987, as well as two that were written in 1994 and 1995.

24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault will be available as a standard and deluxe digital download; as a Deluxe Photobook CD …read more

Image Courtesy of Arista NashvilleThe track listing for the new Doobie Brothers country duets album, Southbound, has been revealed. According to Rolling Stone, the record features Doobies members trading vocals with many of country’s hottest stars, including Zac Brown Band on “Black Water” and and Toby Keith on “Long Train Runnin’.” Another collaboration features Blake Shelton singing and Hunter Hayes playing guitar on a new version of “Listen to the Music.”

Southbound also marks the first time that longtime Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston and the band’s former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald have made significant contributions to the …read more

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429 RecordsThe self-titled debut album from The Empty Hearts, the new supergroup whose lineup includes founding members of Blondie, The Cars and The Romantics, hits stores today. The band features Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, and Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, as well as Andy Babiuk, bassist for the veteran garage-rock act The Chesterfield Kings.

The Empty Hearts’ music is inspired by classic groups of the British Invasion era like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, as well as other rocking acts of the mid-1960s. As Babiuk told Billboard in a recent interview, the band’s …read more

Universal/Republic RecordsSoundgarden will help the NFL kick off the new pro football season in early September.

The NFL has announced that the Seattle band will perform live outside of their hometown’s CenturyLink Field prior to the season-opening game between the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4. You’ll be able to catch Soundgarden in action during NBC and the NFL Network’s pregame coverage, which will also include a pregame performance from pop star Pharrell Williams.

NBC will also televise the game itself.

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Image Courtesy of Jim RaketeDeep Purple kicked off its first tour of the U.S. in more than three years last night in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trek will take the veteran British rock group across the entire country, and also will include a two-date trip north of the border to Canada.

Guitarist Steve Morse, Deep Purple’s only American-born member, says he’s “really glad” that the band finally is playing in his home country again. The tour also mark’s the group’s first U.S. outing since it released its latest studio album, Now What?!, which hit …read more

Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesArt Garfunkel appears to be fully recovered from the debilitating vocal problems that sidelined him from 2010 to last year. The legendary singer has played dozens of concerts already in 2014, and recently scheduled a new series of North American shows that will take place in September and October.

The gigs, which run from a September 18 performance in Newberry, South Carolina, through an October 12 stop in Midland, Texas, will take place after a brief U.K. trek that the 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will mount in early …read more

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe ashes of Alan Freed — the Cleveland DJ credited with coining the term “rock ‘n’ roll” some 60 years ago — were removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Monday by his son Lance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Lance Freed told the Plain Dealer he was informed several months ago by Hall President and CEO Greg Harris that he would have to remove his father’s ashes, which had been on display in a gold urn at the museum since 2002. Before then, they had been interred …read more