XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen | still from A Black & White Night

30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: The Black Keys now on Spotify, plus 8 songs Bruce Springsteen would take to a Desert Island


The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney officially Tweeted the news today that The Black Keys discography has finally made its way onto Spotify.

As recently as 2014 The Black Keys made it very clear how they felt about the streaming service. Continue reading →


This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

Alice in Chains

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

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Watch JFK Stadium freak out in 1987 as Bruce Springsteen and U2 cover “Stand by Me”

Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video
Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video

A live music treat for your Sunday morning: it was 29 years ago today that U2’s heralded Joshua Tree tour made its way to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, and the show  concluded with an incredible cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” featuring the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

As we can see in the video below, Bono slyly asks the crowd “Anybody else want to play my guitar? Would Bruce Springsteen like to play my guitar?” The crowd goes wild as The Boss struts to the stage, and Bono cracks “I guess you guys know him. Is he a local boy or something?” Continue reading →