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Bruce Springsteen Praises Kanye West

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Bruce Springsteen and Kanye WestBruce Springsteen says Kanye West is an "incredible" artist.

The rock icon has heaped praise on the rapper for his dedication to innovation, and for putting in "a lot of hours" to make his albums to the best of his abilities. "[He] is incredible. I mean, the record-making facility, there's a lot of hours in those records," he told NPR. "And I saw him on television, he did the song called 'Blood on the Leaves' on 'Later... With Jools Holland' - it was fantastic, you know."

While the "Born to Run" musician listens to Kanye's music because he finds it "fascinating," he admitted it's not something he puts on while he's driving, instead preferring songs he grew up admiring. "I still find him very interesting. I'm not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I'm driving around. But I do listen. I listen to [it] a lot because there's a lot of information in it and it's just fascinating record-making," he added.


Bruce Springsteen’s New Album Leaks on Amazon

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen's new album leaked on Amazon at the weekend.

The musical legend's upcoming LP High Hopes was briefly available on the online retailer's mobile website on Saturday for fans to download the tracks individually on MP3. The album originally wasn't due for release until January 13, and Amazon has since realized the error and taken down the album. However, it is believed fans have already placed the songs on a number of illegal file sharing sites.

High Hopes, which was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City, features Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello on numerous tracks, as well as a cover of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream."

Meanwhile, the 64-year-old star recently admitted the record was put together in an abnormal manner, unlike other artists who have a structure. "The best way to describe this record is that it's a bit of an anomaly. But not much. I don't really work linearly, like a lot of people do," he previously said earlier this month.

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Bruce Springsteen to Tour the US?

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen wants to tour the US next year.

The musical legend will embark on a five-week tour of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with his group the E Street Band in February, just five weeks after his LP High Hopes is released, but he admits he'd like to visit America at some point in 2014 as they haven't played there since 2012.

"I don't want to say yes because I don't want to disappoint people, but I certainly don't want to rule it out either. We're looking closely out at since there's places we missed on the last tour. We didn't get to Texas, where I love to play. We didn't get to Florida either. It might be fun to get back to some of those places," he told Rolling Stone.

Meanwhile, the 64-year-old star previously revealed that his new album will feature tracks he has played live or recorded in the past, but which had never made the cut - until now: "This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of 'Harry's Place,' the ill-prepared roomies on 'Frankie Fell In Love' (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of 'Hunter Of Invisible Game,' to the soldier and his visiting friend in 'The Wall,' I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing. Hope you enjoy it."

Paul McCartney’s Nirvana Reunion at Sandy Concert

Paul McCartney with Nirvana's Dave Grohl

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performed at the 12.12.12 concert in New York last night. The Beatles guitarist fronted a Nirvana reunion as he brought surviving members, drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear - who were with singer Kurt Cobain until his suicide in 1994 - on stage halfway through his set at Madison Square Garden.

Before introducing the group at the Concert for Sandy Relief - which raised money for people in the Caribbean and US who were struck by Hurricane Sandy in October - he said, "The penny finally dropped that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."

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Lady Gaga to Perform with Rolling Stones

Lay Gaga and Mick Jagger

Lady Gaga will join The Rolling Stones on stage in New Jersey. The "Bad Romance" hitmaker, Bruce Springsteen and The Black Keys will perform with the veteran rockers at their final 50 and Counting show at the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday, and the "Brown Sugar" stars are very "excited" at the prospect.

"We're excited these extraordinary artists, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and The Black Keys, have agreed to help celebrate our 50th Anniversary as we share the night live with our fans all over the world. Now the fun begins of trying to figure out the best songs to perform together," The Rolling Stones said in a statement.

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UPDATE: Overdose Cause of Springsteen Cousin’s Death

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Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen’s cousin died from an accidental drug overdose.

Lenny Sullivan, who was the “Working On A Dream” singer’s assistant road manager, died on October 26 and autopsy results released this week showed he passed away of “acute amphetamine and heroin intoxication.” Sullivan’s body was found in his hotel room shortly before Bruce was to take to the stage. The discovery forced Bruce Springsteen to cancel his concert in Kansas City that night.

A statement on the singer’s website posted soon after the death read: “Lenny Sullivan, Bruce’s cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last 10 years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family.”

Eric Clapton Sidelined with Gallstones

Eric ClaptonMusician Jeff Beck will be stepping in for Eric Clapton later this week during festivities for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 64-year-old guitarist was forced to cancel his Madison Square Garden performance after undergoing surgery for gallstones.

Beck is just one of several musicians lined up for the two-day benefit event in New York. Stevie Wonder, Sting, Paul Simon and Crosby, Stills & Nash are amongst those scheduled for Thursday while Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, U2 and Metallica are on the slate for Friday.

Bruce Springsteen - who canceled an appearance in Kansas City yesterday after a death in his family - is also supposed to appear on Thursday.

Clapton is reportedly doing well and is recovering from his operation in England.

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Family Death Reason for Canceled Springsteen Concert

Bruce Springsteen in concert

A death in ‘s immediate family resulted in the cancellation of his Kansas City concert tonight. The announcement came less than two hours before the show was to begin.

“Lenny Sullivan, Bruce’s cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away today at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family,” read the statement on Springsteen’s website.

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2009 Grammy Award Winners

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Lil’ Wayne may have had the most nominations going in, but he wasn’t the biggest winner coming out.

Next to Rihanna and Chris Brown, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest newsmakers of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration between the Led Zeppelin lead singer and the bluegrass artist earned the duo five awards last night including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year. Prior to yesterday, Plant, 60, had only racked up one Grammy in his career. (Krauss, on the other hand, is now up to 26.)

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Tour Notes: David Archuleta, Bruce Springsteen, Death Cab and More

Death Cab for Cutie

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • David Archuleta: The American Idol 7 finalist begins a 20-city tour in February.
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The group will begin a U.S. tour starting in April.
  • Madonna: More overseas stops have been added to the Sticky & Sweet tour.
  • Modest Mouse: The band will hit 12 cities beginning next month.
  • Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: Slayer, Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine will all be part of the 27-city festival.
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Boss’ Super Bowl appearance will kick off a world tour.
  • Taylor Swift: She will headline the Fearless tour beginning this April.