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Bruce Springsteen Still Haunted By Embarrassing Paris Gig

Bruce Springsteen has been forced to relive his most embarrassing onstage moment for a new DVD box set of Amnesty International concert movies.

The Boss agreed to sit down and talk about his experiences with the human rights organisation for a new DVD box set product, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and he reveals he was left cringing after agreeing to be part of a star-studded 1998 Paris gig at the last minute.

Springsteen recalls, “We were in Europe somewhere and they (Amnesty bosses) got in touch and said, ‘Hey, they’re doing the anniversary show, do you wanna do it?’ and I said, ‘I don’t have my band together at the moment but I’ll come over with my guitar’.

“They said, ‘We’d like you to go on after Led Zeppelin!’ I said, ‘I’m playing by myself. I don’t think I wanna go on right after Led Zeppelin. How about I go on before Led Zeppelin?’

“So we gave the guitar to one of the road  guys… and I went out and he came and he handed it to me and I went to the mic and it was completely out of tune, like, horrendously, unbelievably, horrifically, embarrassingly, you’re-finished-go-home out of tune.

“There was an enormous commotion. I handed it back and I think I sat down on the stage for a while. The difficulty was it was a French audience, so I had nothing to say. Peter Gabriel comes out, who speaks French pretty well, and launches into obviously some excuse for me; what that was I don’t know, and I’m sitting on a speaker watching him.

“The guitar comes back, it’s still pretty badly in shape, but I manage to get it somewhat in tune and if you ever see all the footage… it was hilarious.”

The footage exists but it won’t feature among the 12-hours of Amnesty concert footage in the six-DVD box set, released next week.

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Lock of Mick Jagger’s hair sells for $6,000 at auction

An anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for 4,000 pounds ($6,000) after bidders pushed the price to double its pre-sale estimate, auction house Bonhams said.

The clump of hair was sold by the Rolling Stone’s former girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton, who is also the sister of 1960s English model Jean Shrimpton and first met Jagger when he was still an unknown student at the London School of Economics.

The hair, which comes in an envelope bearing the message “Mick Jagger’s hair after being washed + trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm”, was sold on Wednesday to raise money for the Changing Faces charity, which works with people who have suffered facial disfigurements.

A set of handwritten lyrics by British singer David Bowie for his song “The Jean Genie” sold for 18,750 pounds at the auction where a guitar owned by rock group Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page also sold for 26,250 pounds alongside other music, film and entertainment memorabilia.

Jagger, who is due to turn 70 this month, was in fine form on Saturday as the Rolling Stones made their debut at Glastonbury music festival. The band is due to play again this weekend in Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time festival.

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Beth Hart Returns with Bang Bang Boom Boom

Beth Hart, armed with one of the most unique and heart-wrenching voices of the 21st century, and a backstory packed with incredible opportunities and lamentable loss, will return with a new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, on April 9, 2013 (Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group).

Produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Page/The Black Crowes, Dream Theater), Bang Bang Boom Boom features eleven stunning blues, cabaret, rock, jazz and soul-influenced tracks, all written by Hart and recorded live at Shirley’s Malibu, CA studio in early 2012. Bang Bang Boom Boom is a life-changing endeavor for the Los Angeles-born singer, songwriter and musician, who brought her life experiences, both positive and negative, together for what one European outlet called “a career-defining album.”

“We’ve covered a gamut of styles on this record,” said Shirley, “and it explores what Beth loves to sing. There are some jazzy influences and some hard rock influences, even some vaudeville in there. We’ve got a little bit of reggae, and some songs that are reminiscent of that West Coast sound of Tom Petty or the Eagles. I think she’s made a classic album, it’s really amazing.”

For the Bang Bang Boom Boom recording sessions, Shirley assembled a extraordinary group of musicians: long-time “Late Show with David Letterman” drummer Anton Fig (Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen), bassist Michael Rhodes (the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill), keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum (Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt), guitarist Randy Flowers (Meat Loaf, Wynonna Judd), and drummers Curt Bisquera (Josh Groban, Mick Jagger, Elton John) and Herman Mathews (Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion).

Bang Bang Boom Boom gives Hart’s eclectic influences free rein, spinning from the brassy gospel of “Spirit Of God” to the sparse “Thru The Window Of My Mind,” with her first-ever piano solo on “Swing My Thing Back Around,” and an impossibly tender vocal on the Billie-Holiday-flavored “Baddest Blues.”

Beth Hart’s story is one of intense highs and extreme lows. In the late 90s, she was on the cusp of a promising music career, signed to a major label, with national television bookings, hit singles, and great press, but her career careened out of control due to her substance abuse. Healthy, happy and substance-free now for nearly a decade, Hart has rebuilt her career one brick at a time, touring extensively in the UK and Europe, playing bigger and bigger venues each time, scoring hit singles and critically-acclaimed albums, while watching the buzz grow. Recent musical alliances with artists from Jeff Beck to Slash to Joe Bonamassa have helped cement her ongoing comeback, and the North American release of Bang Bang Boom Boom is the next step on her road to redemption.

“I was so nervous before we began recording,” admitted Beth. “But once I came in and met everyone the night before, it was just so great. I thought, ‘OK, this is going to be one of those life experiences where you are in the moment and aware of how lucky you are.’ It’s like starting over, it’s like the beginning of music again for me. “