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Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Packages with Journey, Ozzy Osbourne

Travis Shinn; MSO PRTwo exciting VIP packages are up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Journey and Ozzy Osbourne. The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy’s Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Journey package includes two tickets to one of the band’s upcoming summer concerts, to be chosen by the winning bidder, as well as the opportunity to spend some face time with the group’s members and get a picture taken with them.

As for the other offer, the winner will receive two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The package includes a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event’s soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself.

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb’ Mo’ and other stars. In addition, The Eagles‘ Joe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the packages through this Friday by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

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Neil Young’s New Album, “A Letter Home,” Available Now Online

Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans! A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for buy via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White‘s Third Man Records label. A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil. Among the songs are Bob Dylan‘s “North Country Girl,” Bruce Springsteen‘s “My Hometown,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Gordon Lightfoot‘s “If You Could Only Read My Mind.” Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young’s recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that’s located at White’s Third Man Records store in Nashville. The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc. A statement from Young describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

“Changes” (Phil Ochs)“Girl from the North Country” (Bob Dylan)“Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)“Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)“Reason to Believe” (Tim Hardin)“On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson)“If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)“Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)“My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)“I Wonder If I Care as Much” (Everly Brothers)

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Paul Rodgers, Mike Mills, The Zombies Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Store Day Events

Courtesy of Paul Rodgers; Anton CorbijnThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.

Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Paul Rodgers, R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills, The Zombies and longtime Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye.

Rodgers will be at Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he’ll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Mills will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he’ll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.’s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.

The Zombies will give an in-store performance at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

As for Kaye, he’s scheduled to perform at the Main Street Jukebox store in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, sometime after 3 p.m. ET.

A full list of in-store events can be viewed at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California. The musician’ wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes. Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn’t know his exact birth date.

Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band’s fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group’s releases through 1990′s Spirits Dancing in the Flesh. He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.

Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child. By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums. While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria. In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists. Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.

In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James. After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.

Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website. The homage reads, “My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight. He is now light only…no more in the body. He is free from gravity and time. Immortality is his playground. Infinity is his domain. Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza. Be with GOD and the angels Dear one. Peace.”

Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Exclusive Vinyl Releases

RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries. In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.

This year’s Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone. Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, The Ramones, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa and The Zombies.

Here’s some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:

- David Bowie’s “1984″ picture disc — a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.

- Creedence Clearwater Revival’s The 1969 Singles — a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.

- The Grateful Dead’s Live at Hampton Coliseum — a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.

- The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Live at Monterey — a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group’s landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.

- Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes’ Live at the Greek — a three-LP version of the 2000 album — on red, clear and blue vinyl discs — capturing performances from Page and The Crowes’ collaborative 1999 shows in Los Angeles.

- Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP — a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss’ latest album, 2014′s High Hopes.

Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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