Black Friday will get a new meaning in record stores the day after Thanksgiving this year. The "black" in this case refers to vinyl; the special edition offerings featuring music from U2, Metallica, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Dr. Dog, among others. Many of the releases are live recordings.
While "Jersey Boys," "Rock of Ages" and "Mamma Mia" continue to do business around the world, theater producers have largely put the brakes on jukebox musicals, effectively shunting them into theater limbo.
Bob Dylan's latest box set will include the reissue of his first eight albums on nine discs (two for "Blonde on Blonde") covering his debut through 1967's "John Wesley Harding." Using first generation monaural mixes, the set is enhanced with vintage photographs and an essay from Dylan aficionado Greil Marcus. The sleeves faithfully replicate the artwork -- complete with labels and stickers -- from the original albums.
John Mellencamp has added February and March dates to his "No Better Than This Tour," taking his intimate show down along the East Coast. Tickets purchased for the new dates include a digital download of his recent release of the same name.
A rainy Labor Day Monday -- the final day of the 40th installment of Bumbershoot -- showed just how accustomed to wet weather Seattlites are. Fans simply took out their parkas and carried on, enjoying the music.
"The Bootleg Series Volume 9 - The Witmark Demos," the latest collection of previously unreleased Bob Dylan recordings, will be in stores on Oct. 19 -- the same date that Columbia Records plans to release a box set containing mono versions of Dylan's first eight albums.