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The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt Says He’s Helping Darlene Love Record Star-Studded Solo Album

The E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he’s overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love. During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he’d make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he’s excited about finally getting the project off the ground.

Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune. In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he’s contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the ’60s — including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame — about lending their talents to the record.

“Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I’m talking to,” said Steven. “We’re hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves.”

He added that he’s planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed “in time for Christmas” or by “the first of the [new] year.”

Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector‘s Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and The Crystals’ “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love.” She also was one of the stars profiled in last year’s Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.


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Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971′s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973′s Houses of the Holy. The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

The new releases will be available in a variety of formats. These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the “companion” audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover. The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

Led Zeppelin IV topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.


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Extended Version of Woodstock Video Documentary Due Out on Blu-ray This Tuesday

A new limited-edition Blu-ray featuring the Director’s Cut of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, the Oscar-winning documentary about the historic 1969 rock festival, will hit stores this Tuesday. The updated Woodstock video will include all of the content featured in 2009′s 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, plus a bevy of previously unreleased performances from the concert.

Among those newly added performances are songs by Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Baez, Melanie and Sha Na Na. In addition, the updated collection comes packaged with replicas of Woodstock festival tickets, a reproduction of a Life magazine article about the event and an iron-on patch of the Woodstock logo.

Like the 2009 version of the video, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray includes a four-hour-plus-long Director’s Cut of the film, 18 bonus performances and a number of documentary featurettes offering up interviews with a variety of celebrities.


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Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie

Jimmy King; ABC/Randy HolmesIn the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars — David Bowie. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few “famous, pretty interesting” stars with whom she’s gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, “He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary.” She adds, “Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright. He’s a talent, and a painter, and…he’s great.”

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during “a really interesting period” in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri. She recalls about that time, “I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family.”

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.


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Elton John Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries

Elton John‘s upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover his life story “from birth to rehab.” That’s according to Lee Hall, the man who’s writing the film.

Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with John to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be “an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair.” While also dealing with Elton’s childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won’t shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer’s self-confessed “monstrous” behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.

Hall says John provided him with plenty of material for the movie, and gave him “incredible free rein.” He explained, “One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff.”

Hall added, however, that Elton has “never commented once on the script,” and “hasn’t interfered at all” in terms of how he’s being depicted.

John will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014. Elton’s original music will be used, but it’s not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync. Either way, Hall says of the movie, “It’s fantastic, it’s all singing, all dancing.”


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