Big 95 Music News: U2, Bob Dylan

U2:  Bono opens up about the new album

After all the stops and starts with the new U2 album, Songs of Experience, it's fairly similar lyrically to its predecessor, 2014's Songs of Innocence. On that album, Bono sang about his and the band's early days in Dublin, and this time out he's singing to his family. 

He tells Rolling Stone, "I know U2 go into every album like it's their last one, but even more this time I wanted the people around me that I loved to know exactly how I felt. So a lot of the songs are kind of letters, letters to [my wife] Ali, letters to our sons and daughters."

Perhaps these letters were inspired by some world events since 2014 -- President Trump, Brexit, etc. -- but we'll have to wait to find out as they've yet to announce a release date, although December 1st has been floated.

BOB DYLAN:  Details on the next Bootleg Series release

The next installment in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series focuses on his Born Again phase.

Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Volume 13 / 1979-1981, out November 3rd, looks at the period where he wrote, recorded and performed "spirit-filled songs of praise, worship and devotion" that were released on the albums Slow Train Coming (1979), Saved (1980) and Shot of Love (1981).

This collection will be available in multiple configurations, most notably a nine-disc set with 100 previously unreleased live and studio recordings, including 14 that have never seen the light of day at all.

The deluxe box set also comes with a hardcover book and a DVD that includes Trouble No More: A Musical Film, a new feature-length documentary combining unreleased footage from Dylan’s 1980 tours with new material written by Luc Sante and performed by Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon. This is the film that will premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 2nd.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER:  40th anniversary reissue

A 40th anniversary reissue of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is coming this fall. 

It'll be available in a variety of formats, including a Super Deluxe box set. That includes both the remastered CDs with four bonus remixes by Serban Ghenea, the album on vinyl, Blu-ray discs with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut and theatrical version, and a 23-page book with photos and several essays -- including one written by Barry Gibb.

Gibb, whose Bee Gees songs became the album's best-known tracks, says, "40 years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released, and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable. It was inexplicable even then."

The original double-disc set spun off four number-one singles en route to winning the Grammy for Album of the Year.  The new packages will be out on November 17th.


Robert Plant and Lionel Richie will headline next spring’s Bluesfest at Byron Bay, Australia. The five-day extravaganza runs March 29th through April 2nd at the beachside town 90 miles from Brisbane.

Another member of the extended Allman Brothers Band family has died. Johnny Sandlin, who drummed with Duane and Gregg’s pre-Allmans group The Hourglass, engineered Live at Fillmore East and Eat a Peach, and co-produced Brothers and Sisters and Win, Lose or Draw, passed away of cancer at age 72 on Tuesday.

Burton Cummings will celebrate his 70th birthday -- New Year’s Eve -- onstage in his hometown of Winnipeg, Saskatchewan.

U2, Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and the late Chris Cornell are among the “creative category” nominees for NAMM TEC Awards, which honor technical achievement in music making. The 33rd annual show will take place in January in Southern California. The recipient of the annual Les Paul Award, which went to Joe Perry of Aerosmith last year, has not yet been announced.

Connie Francis will sell off her memorabilia via Heritage Auctions on October 1st. Items up for bid include jewelry, love letters between her and Bobby Darin, a bomber jacket worn while performing for U.S. troops in Vietnam and the gold record for "Who's Sorry Now."

Paul McCartney serenaded Jimmy Fallon with The Beatles’ “Birthday” at his show Tuesday night in Brooklyn, New York. It was The Tonight Show host’s 43rd go-round. Afterwards the two had a champagne toast backstage.

A release event for the David Bowie: A New Career in a New Town (1977 - 1982) box set will be live-streamed on Bowie’s Facebook page starting at 1pm (Central) on September 26th. There will be a panel that includes longtime Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar and previously unreleased music.

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