• Sean Lennon will be on hand today (September 7th) at 11 a.m. the Naumburg Bandshell in New York's Central Park for the dedication of the United States Postal Service's (USPS) John Lennon Commemorative Forever Stamp. Joining Sean will be photographer Bob Gruen, Postmaster General/CEO Megan J. Brennan, and legendary New York City DJ Dennis Elsas.
  • The stamps will be issued in a pane of 16, with a design aping a vinyl picture sleeve. The stamps themselves use a famed 1974 photo by Gruen, with the photo on the rear using the iconic 1971 Lennon shot of him at his English Tittenhurst Park estate recording "Imagine," captured by Peter Fordham.
  • Forever Stamps, which while purchased at the current first class rate, will always be accepted as a first class stamp throughout the years and never need additional postage as rates increase. Back in 2015, the USPS issued its first new Elvis Presley stamp in 23 years when it introduced "The King's" "Forever Stamp." (Press release)

  • Steve Van Zandt is raving mad at being misquoted by Britain's Daily Star regarding the future of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Van Zandt, who keeps things pretty close to the vest regarding "The Boss" and the band, was quoted as saying that Springsteen has one more E Street Band tour in him before calling it quits.

The Springsteen magazine/website Backstreets.com posted:


We believe strongly that the free press is not the enemy of the people... but still, there are times when you can't believe everything you read. Despite what The Daily Star reported yesterday, Steven Van Zandt does not believe that Bruce Springsteen has just "ONE more tour in him." On Twitter, Stevie calls this "the real FAKE NEWS!"

The site then copied Van Zandt's tweets on the topic:

  • "Quotes" from Daily Star. "It’s been an amazing run for him and then he’s going to take some time off." I didn’t say that. I said he DESERVES TIME OFF. "I think the E Street Band has one more tour then maybe that will be that." Completely made up! 100% fiction. F***ing amazing.
    - Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) September 5, 2018
  • It was bull***. They made that sentence up. Completely. Pure bull***. We will tour forever.
    - Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) September 5, 2018
  • Billy Joel has just announced his first hometown New Year's Eve concert on Long Island in 25 years. The "Piano Man" will return to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 31st to ring in 2019. Tickets for this event will go on sale on Friday, September 14th at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. Citi Cardmembers can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, September 12th at 10 a.m. (Press release)
  • Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach will be on hand to salute his brother and sister-in-law Joe Walsh and wife Marjorie on October 8th when they are honored by both the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and Facing Addiction. The event will be held at Manhattan's Rainbow Room & Bar 65 at Rockerfeller Plaza with private performances by Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, and others yet to be announced. (Press release)

  • David Crosby will release his latest solo album, titled Here If You Listen on October 26th. The collection, which marks Crosby's fourth new album in as many years, is a collaboration with Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. Crosby has already released the album's first single, called "Glory." (Jambase.com)

  • Set for release on October 19th is R.E.M. At The BBC. The set, which spans studio and live recordings culled over the past 35 years, will be released as a Super Deluxe eight-CD/one-DVD box set -- as well as a double disc, two-album set. The in-studio performances include a John Peel Session from 1998, Drivetime and Mark And Lard appearances from 2003, and a Radio 1 Live Lounge performance from 2008. Live broadcasts include a "rough-and-tumble" show from Nottingham's Rock City in 1984, a 1995 performance at Milton Keynes during the Monster Tour, their 1999 Glastonbury headline set, and an invitation-only 2004 show at London's St James's Church.
  • The DVD includes an hour-long retrospective of the band's BBC performances at the BBC in the Accelerating Backwards film -- previously broadcast only in the UK and available commercially for the first time on the set. The DVD also features "a complete 1998 Later. . . With Jools Holland episode uniquely dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top Of The Pops and more." (Press release)

  • Out today (September 7th) is Lenny Kravitz' 11th studio album, Raise Vibration. The set, which features Kravitz performing most of the instruments himself, is his followup to 2014's Top 20 hit, Strut.