• On September 14th, Jackson Browne will receive the prestigious 2018 Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace in New Haven, Connecticut at the United Church. Browne is the first artist ever to receive the award and is being honored for "extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice." The Gandhi Peace Award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles.
  • Previous high profile recipients of the award are Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Benjamin Spock, Daniel Ellsberg, Cesar Chavez, Marian Wright Edelman, and Sen. George McGovern, among many others. (Press release)

  • Steven Tyler has recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones' 1971 classic "Brown Sugar." Tyler appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and reveled that he cut the Sticky Fingers track with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt during his recent solo sessions at the legendary FAME Studios in Mobile, Alabama. There's no word as to whether Tyler's cover of "Brown Sugar" or any of the tacks he laid down last April in Muscle Shoals are geared for an upcoming release.
  • Famously, the Rolling Stones cut the original version of the tune only two miles away from FAME at the rival Muscle Shoals Sound on December 3rd and 4th, 1969 -- just prior to the band's tragic appearance at the Altamont Speedway. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Bruce Springsteen fans are advised to act quickly. Although there have been no plans to release the recent vinyl box set Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996 on CD domestically -- Backstreets.com reported: "We've just imported a stack of the Album Collection Vol 2 CD box set, out this month from Sony Japan, which contains all the same albums and EP's on compact disc, in cardboard mini-LP sleeves (with mini obi strips, too)." The collection, which features the long out of print vinyl albums, marks the first time the albums have been remastered and transferred from the original analogue masters.
  • The boxed set includes 1988's live EP Chimes Of Freedom, Springsteen’s 1993 MTV Plugged special, and the 1996 Blood Brothers EP. All of this material comes in recreations of the original packaging, "accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the period." (Backstreets.com)