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In a rare personal appeal, Bob Dylan took to social media to formally apologize for the recent furor regarding fans paying big bucks for an autograph from him -- only to receive an auto-pen facsimile.

Publishers Simon & Schuster are sending $600 refunds to customers after their personally autographed editions of Dylan's latest book, The Philosophy Of Modern Song, turned out to not actually have been signed by the legend.

Dylan's Facebook post to fans reads in full:

To my fans and followers,

I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited-edition of Philosophy Of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem.

However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging. So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and the vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done 'all the time' in the art and literary worlds.

Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that.

With my deepest regrets,
Bob Dylan

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Coming on February 17th is Mötley Crüe's new limited-edition box set Crücial Crüe: The Studio Albums 1981-1989. Ultimate-Guitar.com reported the set, which features Crüe's first five albums on colored vinyl, will also be available on CD.

The set, which is available now for pre-orders, runs $174.98 for the vinyl and $49.98 for the CD collection

Crücial Crüe: The Studio Albums 1981-1989 features:

Too Fast For Love (1981) (White/Black Splatter)

Shout At The Devil (1983) (Yellow/Black Splatter)

Theatre Of Pain (1985) (Hot Pink Magenta/Black Splatter)

Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) (Cyan Blue / Black Splatter)

Dr. Feelgood (1989) (Coke Bottle Green / Oxblood Splatter)

When we last caught up with drummer Tommy Lee he recalled the sessions for Dr. Feelgood as being among his favorite Crüe sessions: ["It's a great record. The vibe was cool. Aerosmith was recording next door, I think they were working on Pump, and it was just that the energy was incredible. And we just like all went and focused, nobody was distracted, y'know how that goes, and it was just one of those good times."] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . those good times)

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Mick Jagger was photographed in the studio with pop star Dua Lipa. Lipa posted on her Instagram account several shots including a couple of Polaroids of her and Mick placed on the studio's mixing console. Dua Lipa is no starnger to teaming up with rock legends having scored a hit with her Elton John collaboration, "Cold Heart (Pnau remix)."

There's been no word whether the Jagger track will be used as a duet with Lipa, a solo Jagger release -- or possibly a collaboration for the next Rolling Stones album.

We recently asked Mick Jagger, who's always in tune to the pulse of popular music, what's he's currently listening to: ["Uh, I listen to a lot of stuff, y'know, I go out. . . and went out and bought some. . . see what was in the store the other day. I bought some new records. I listen to some jazz and things like that. I mean, I listen to a bit of everything, to be honest. I've been in India I listened to a lot of Hindi dance music (laughs). It's kind of popular in England, y'know?"] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . in England y'know)

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Journey's Jonathan Cain issued a statement regarding the lawsuit filed against him by his longtime bandmate and collaborator Neal Schon. Schon's suit is based around a corporate American Express account set up by Cain in which, "millions of Journey funds have flowed through," that Schon is unable to access nor ascertain how much money he is owed.

Schon's suit was filed in Contra Costa in the Bay Area of California and deals specifically with Nomota -- the jointly owned company Schon and Cain created to deal solely with Journey-related business matters. Schon's suit alleges he's been unable to access the financial statements of his co-owned company. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3rd.

Variety published a statement by Jonathan Cain, which reads in part:

This is a matter that should have been resolved privately but I am forced to publicly respond now to Neal's malicious lies and personal attacks on my family and (me) in an effort to garner public support for his ill-conceived lawsuit -- a lawsuit that has absolutely no merit.

Neal has always had access to the credit card statements; what he lacks -- and what he is really seeking -- is the ability to increase his spending limits. Since Neal decided to publicize what is going on, I can tell you we will present the evidence to the court that shows that Neal has been under tremendous financial pressure as a result of his excessive spending and extravagant lifestyle, which led to him running up enormous personal charges on the band's credit card account. When efforts were made to limit his use of the card to legitimate band expenses, Neal unfortunately decided to attack me rather than trying to get his reckless spending under control.

I am saddened by the situation -- for Neal and for our fans -- but since Neal filed a lawsuit, I suspect he will not be able to ignore the court like he has ignored the countless financial advisors and accountants he has fired over the past several years who have tried in vain to help him.

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Set for release on Friday (November 25th) is Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' four-CD / six LP-set, Live At The Fillmore (1997). The collection, which was produced by Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and longtime producer/engineer Ryan Ulyate, was culled from the band's legendary 1997 20-night stand at the San Francisco venue.

The shows from January and February 1997 have become legendary, with each night featuring a different setlist allowing Petty and the band to delve into their back catalogue and flex their muscles on old favorites and cover versions. The final night of the run -- February 7th, 1997 -- was broadcast live and proved to be the longest show of the stand, clocking in at a whopping three hours with the Heartbreakers tackling 40 songs.

According to the announcement:

Six of the shows were professionally recorded and this release features many of the high points of the residency. The small venue allowed the band to vary their sets each night; they included re-arranged and distinctive versions of their hits, deep cuts, and many cover versions - paying tribute to the artists that Tom and the band had been influenced by.

When we last caught up with Tom Petty he told us felt the Heartbreakers have beaten the odds by not only surviving as a unit -- but actually improving over the decades: "I think that right now it's actually better than I ever counted on it being. It's great to be improving this many years along the line with the band. Usually when a band's been around this long, it's just sort of paying lip service to itself. I think our music is actually improving. It's getting easier to do. It's not nearly the chore it's been. Those are nice things to have happen."

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Out on Friday (November 25th) is the Doors' new Record Store Day release titled, Paris Blues. The blues-themes set features the official premiere of the band's last unheard unreleased song -- "Paris Blues."

The title track is an original blues song written by the band; the track was recorded during one of the band's recording sessions for either The Soft Parade or L.A. Woman (no one seems to remember).

Paris Blues also contains a pair of outtakes recorded during the band's sessions for 1969's The Soft Parade -- "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" and "I'm Your Doctor." Both feature Ray Manzarek on vocals backed by Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. In 2019, bass by Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots was added to the songs, which were included on Rhino's 50th anniversary edition of the album.

Also featured on the set are a pair of previously unreleased live recordings of Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger performing as a duo at a benefit for Norman Mailer's mayoral campaign on May 31st, 1969 in West Hollywood. The first song is "I Will Never Be Untrue," a Doors original written for, but left off of, 1970's Morrison Hotel. The other is a cover of Robert Johnson's "Me And The Devil Blues."

The album is filled out by a trio of tracks first issued on the 2010 archival release Live in Vancouver 1970. These live tracks feature the band with legendary bluesman Albert King, who joined the Doors onstage during its June 6th, 1970 show at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum. Jim Morrison's introduction of King is included along with live versions of "Little Red Rooster," "Rock Me Baby," and "Who Do You Love?"

In 1968, while the Doors were on tour in Europe, Jim Morrison spoke about the type of music he'd like to see the band tackle: "I'd like to do a song, or a piece of music that's just a pure expression of joy. Like, a celebration of existence. Y'know, the coming of spring, or, like, the sun rising, or something like that. Just pure unbounded joy, y'know? I don't really think we've done that yet."

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Some Bob Dylan fans are receiving $600 refunds after their personally autographed books were send out using an auto-pen reproduction of his "John Hancock." Rolling Stone reported publishers Simon & Schuster are making things right after fans shelled out big bucks for the autographed limited edition of Dylan's latest book, The Philosophy Of Modern Song.

Simon & Schuster posted a message to fans on Instagram, stating, "To those who purchased The Philosophy Of Modern Song limited edition, we want to apologize. As it turns out, the limited edition books do contain Bob's original signature, but in a penned replica form. We are addressing this immediately by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund."

A while back, Bob Dylan discussed his fans' adulation with the BBC and explained that his desire to write, record, and perform has very little to do with filling some type of void in his personal life: "I got enough love around me, y'know? So I don't need no people's love. I don't need to go out and play to a crowd of 20, 30, 50,000 people for their love. Some performers have to, y'know? But I don't. I got enough love just in my immediate surroundings, so. . . It accounts for why a lot of entertainers do what they do, because they want the love of another group of people. And I don't do it for love. I do it, 'cause I can do it and I think I'm good at it, and that's all I do it for."

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On December 16th, Metallica will stream its 2022 Helping Hands Concert in benefit of the band's All Within My Hands foundation, live on Paramount+. The show will take place at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater and feature the third edition of the Helping Hands Concert & Auction with an opening set by Greta Van Fleet.

Variety reported, "The concert will be available to stream in the UK, Latin America, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France on Saturday, December 17th; Australia on Sunday, December 18th; and South Korea in 2023. The concert will also be simulcast on Pluto TV globally and on YouTube."

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Zayn appears to be teasing a collaboration with the late Jimi Hendrix on Instagram.

The former One Direction singer dropped a 15-second clip in his Stories Tuesday (November 22nd) that alludes to a collaboration on Hendrix's 1971 track, "Angel," from the posthumous studio album The Cry of Love.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. told Billboard, "We are pleased that Zayn has been inspired to use original music from Jimi Hendrix's ‘Angel' in his recording of the song. We're hopeful that this version of a Hendrix classic will enlighten a new generation of listeners about Jimi's genius and further propel his continuing legacy."

The song is scheduled to drop Friday (November 25th)

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Journey's inner-band squabbles continue to rage on with co-founding guitarist Neal Schon filing suit against the band's primary songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. PageSix.com reported that Schon's suit is based around a corporate American Express account set up by Cain in which, "millions of Journey funds have flowed through," that Schon is unable to access nor ascertain how much money he is owed.

Schon's suit was filed in Contra Costa in the Bay Area of California, and deals specifically with Nomota -- the jointly owned company Schon and Cain created to deal solely with Journey-related business matters. The long and short of Schon's suit is that he's been unable to access the financial statements of his co-owned company. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3rd.

The briefing states in part, "As a member and manager and founder and leader of Journey. Schon has the right to access and control Nomota's books and records. Schon must have unfettered access to Nomota's records so he can oversee and manage Nomota/Journey. . . Among other things, the American Express account of Nomota has been set up such that only Cain has control of the account and access to its records. On information and belief, millions in Journey funds have flowed through this AMEX account." Schon also claimed he only learned about the company credit card through American Express.

Elsewhere to suit claims: "Cain is interfering with Journey, refusing to respond to booking opportunities, blocking payment to band members, crew and vendors, refusing to execute necessary operating documents, and in other ways as well. Cain has obstructed Schon from viewing expenses incurred by Cain and his touring party on band tours."

The filing also states: "Cain has further refused to deal with critical, time-sensitive touring contracts for Journey's 2023 tour and ensure payment for band members and crew, who Cain contends are 'non-essential.' Schon believes those band and crew who are crucial to the band's success should be paid. Cain's conduct is inexplicable."

Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain are the lone members of the band's classic '80s lineup. After recently weathering the storm of their own personal, musical, and political differences, they buried the hatchet and joined forces against their now former-bandmates who attempted a hostile takeover of the band's corporate entity.

Not too long ago we caught up with Jonathan Cain and asked him if things were cool again with Neal Schon: "Yeah, we've mended our fences and moved on. Neither of us liked the way all that went and I think it was a matter of just, like, 'Wait a minute, y'know, there's a misunderstanding here.' He read it wrong and nothing was meant by what happened there. In a relationship that 40 years, you're gonna have bumps in the road. You're just gonna have that mess, y'know? There's a lot of misunderstanding, things were taken wrong. I think that it shows that our relationship is better than that. And that's brothers -- that's what brothers do."

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