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Photo Courtesy: Columbia Records

Photo Courtesy: Columbia Records


Bruce Springsteen fans will not have to wait any longer.  The Ties That Bind: The River Collection will be released on December 4.

According to an official release, the collection is described as a “comprehensive look at the River era,” containing 52 tracks on four CD’s, which include unreleased tracks and four hours of never-before-seen video spread out over three DVDs.

While the set includes the original double album, bonus goodies include the unreleased The River: Single Album, a CD of 1979/80 studio outtakes; a two-DVD film of never-released concert footage from the band’s 1980 show in Tempe, AZ; rare tour rehearsal footage of what was then new songs; a brand new documentary The Ties That Bind about The River; and a coffee table book of 200 rare or previously unseen photos and memorabilia with a new essay by Mikal Gilmore.

The River, Springsteen’s fifth album, was released on October 17, 1980 as a double album and reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.  In his notes, Gilmore calls The River Springsteen’s “pivotal album— [the] hinge between the ambitious commotions that had preceded it and the more succinct musical riots, and sometimes terrifying storytelling, that followed.”

Photo Courtesy: Mercury Records

Photo Courtesy: Mercury Records


Eighties rock band Def Leppard dropped its self-titled album on October 30, a record guitarist Phil Collen promises is the best since 1987’s Hysteria.

“It’s the freest, most liberating thing we’ve ever done,” Collen told Billboard.  “It’s the first time we’ve ever done an album where there weren’t any constraints.  We didn’t have a record company or an executive at a label going, ‘OK, we need this, we need that’ or ‘OK, the concept of the album is gonna be blah, blah, blah…’  It was the first time we were allowed to be an artist, going back to the Zeppelin, Beatles, Bowie, Stones thing. When the Stones did Wild Horses and Brown Sugar, they just had some great ideas and were like, ‘Oh shit, we want to go record this,’ so they did.  That’s really refreshing.  So we pretty much did that and just followed the muse.”

The CD was recorded earlier this year at frontman Joe Elliott’s studio in Dublin, Ireland.  Collen said the band was eyeing a single or possible EP release, and ended up with over a dozen tracks.

Elliott told North Dakota’s Grand Forks Herald that the band’s new album is a self-titled affair “because that’s what it sounds like.  It doesn’t sound like any one specific era of Def Leppard.  It’s got everything.  You’ll listen and go, ‘Oh, that sounds like Def Leppard,’ or you’ll go, ‘That is Leppard, but it sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin or Queen, but you can hear the AC/DC or the Crosby, Stills & Nash coming through.’  We have not shied away from anything that’s influenced us in our growing up periods of our life.  Just because we’ve made the kind of music we’ve made doesn’t mean to say we don’t like all of this other stuff.”

In other news, the band has just extended its massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand.  The trek, supported by STYX and TESLA, begins in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 27, 2016 and will include stops in Fort Lauderdale, FL, San Antonio, TX, Allentown, PA, and Atlantic City, NJ to name a few.

Photo Courtesy: Roy Nachum

Photo Courtesy: Roy Nachum


It’s been almost three years since Rihanna fans have been anticipating a new record.  And word has it that the long-awaited eighth album ANTI will not be dropping November 6, a source close to the singer told Billboard.

The album was announced last week at Los Angeles’ Mama Gallery where the record’s artwork, painted by Roy Nachum, was unveiled.  The painting depicts a young Rihanna holding a balloon with a gold crown covering her eyes and with a braille poem serving as her background.

“Sometimes the ones who have sight are the blindest,” Rihanna said at the event.

Three singles expected to be on Rihanna’s new album have been released so far.  FourFiveSeconds peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100, Bitch Better Have My Money hit No. 15 and recent single American Oxygen stalled at 78.  Rihanna has topped the survey 13 times, tying Michael Jackson for third-most Hot 100 No.1’s ever.


Local Vibe


The Riverside Blues Band is a group that came together in 2002. The accomplished musicians play the classic rock of the 60s, 70s and 80s, including everything from high energy dance music to classic blues covers and reggae. With inspirations like The Eagles, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Ray Charles and much more, the Riverside Band entertains and puts a spin on the sounds of yesterday.  Catch up with the Riverside Blues Band on:

– November 20: 6 pm at Fathoms in Cape Coral, FL.


Renee Hose is an organic singer/songwriter with a primarily gospel and spiritual musical background.  Recognized as “a voice of an angel raised on Janis,” Hose performs covers including everything from Alannis Morrisette to BB King, Alicia Keys to the Rolling Stones.  Jam with Renee Hose on:

– November 3: 8 pm at the Lobster Lady in Cape Coral, FL.
– November 4: 6 pm at the Hurricane Charley’s in Punta Gorda, FL.
– November 6: 5:30 pm at the Cork Soaker’s Deck & Wine Bar in Cape Coral, FL.


Calypso Magic is a tropical music performance act featuring Skip Elliott Bowman on the steel pan.  Skip is a seasoned musician that has played around the world and delights in personally researching his instruments and genres.  With an enjoyable blend of island sounds and pop/country favorites mixed with a Caribbean groove and even classical music, Calypso Magic shares the sounds of paradise!  Take in some relaxing tunes with Calypso Magic on:

– November 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 19 & 24 – 26: 12 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.
– November 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29: 12 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.