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Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971′s Led Zeppelin IV and 1973′s Houses of the Holy. The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.

The new releases will be available in a variety of formats. These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the “companion” audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover. The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.

Led Zeppelin IV topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country.

Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release.


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Ext Version of Woodstock Documentary Out on Blu-ray This Tuesday

A new limited-edition Blu-ray featuring the Director’s Cut of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, the Oscar-winning documentary about the historic 1969 rock festival, will hit stores this Tuesday. The updated Woodstock video will include all of the content featured in 2009′s 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, plus a bevy of previously unreleased performances from the concert.

Among those newly added performances are songs by Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Baez, Melanie and Sha Na Na. In addition, the updated collection comes packaged with replicas of Woodstock festival tickets, a reproduction of a Life magazine article about the event and an iron-on patch of the Woodstock logo.

Like the 2009 version of the video, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray includes a four-hour-plus-long Director’s Cut of the film, 18 bonus performances and a number of documentary featurettes offering up interviews with a variety of celebrities.


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Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie

In the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars — David Bowie. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few “famous, pretty interesting” stars with whom she’s gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, “He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary.” She adds, “Bowie’s just a really interesting person, and so bright. He’s a talent, and a painter, and…he’s great.”

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during “a really interesting period” in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri. She recalls about that time, “I wasn’t supposed to have kids, and I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family.”

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.


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Robert Trujillo Reforms His Pre-Metallica Band Mass Mental? for Two Summer Shows

When Jason Newsted was still Metallica‘s bassist, he tried to get his Echobrain side project off the ground, but it was reportedly frowned upon by frontman James Hetfield.

There appears to be more freedom these days within the Metallica camp to pursue outside interests, as current bassist Robert Trujillo will be reviving his band Mass Mental? later this summer for two concerts.

Tickets for the first Mass Mental? show, taking place August 26 at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, are on sale now through TicketWeb.com.

The other concert is set for September 6 in Markneukirchen, Germany, as part of Warwick Open Day 2014.

Mass Mental? began as a Trujillo side project in the late 1990s, when he was still a member of Suicidal Tendencies. He became Metallica’s bassist after Newsted departed in 2001.


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Eric Clapton’s Upcoming JJ Cale Tribute Album, The Breeze, Online Now

Eric Clapton‘s star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won’t be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Train to Nowhere,” which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White. The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.

Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming “Don’t Wait,” which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.

The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.

Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric. He’s probably best known for writing the Clapton hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.

Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he’s planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.

“I have to finish them. It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point,” notes Eric. “So that’s the next thing. I’ve got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with Christine‘s (his widow) permission and (manager Mike Kappus’) permission I’ll put them on albums…I’ll just include them in any other things I carry on doing.”


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