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Bob Dylan's handwritten 'Like a Rolling Stone' lyrics sell for $2 million

Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyric sheet for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction earlier today for a record $2 million. Scrawled in pencil on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. (“One block from The White House”), and crammed with annotations and sketches of, among other things, a hat and a chicken, Dylan’s cryptic poem would eventually be shaped into a shambolic, six-minute-long pop epic that would become not only an unlikely worldwide hit, but one of rock music’s most influential compositions. It would go on to be covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Bolton.

The final price is nearly double the previous record for lyric sheets sold at auction. The previous record holder was John Lennon’s handwritten contribution to the Beatles’ “A Day In the Life” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which sold for $1.2 million back in 2010.

AC/DC might do 40th anniversary tour

On Thursday, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson posted a message on his website that thanks his fans for supporting his new TV series, Cars That Rock (which airs on the Quest channel in the UK.) The post also casually drops that it “looks very likely” that the band will be touring sometime this year. This follows an appearance on a Palm Beach, Florida radio station back in February, in which Johnson said the band was hoping to play a series of 40 shows to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Johnson’s offhand announcement didn’t mention whether rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young would be joining the tour. Back in April, Young announced that he was in “ill health” and taking a break from AC/DC. While Young doesn’t have the iconic stature of Johnson or his brother Angus, his unflashy, rock-solid rhythm playing is an essential element of the group’s sound—and along with Angus, he’s one of the only two members of the band who’s been a member through all four decades.

Andrew WK wants to 'Party On Your Grave' -- EXCLUSIVE

On July 4, TV comedy mavens Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers (Tonight Show, Comedy Central) will release 2776, a time-traveling concept album about America, robots, aliens, philosophy, the future, and a bunch of other stuff, performed by an eclectic cast of 82 actors and musicians—including Patton Oswalt, Aubrey Plaza, Reggie Watts, Right Said Fred, Neko Case, Ed Helms, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. It’s probably the only album coming out this year where you’ll hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog working with the Rebirth Brass Band, or k.d. lang collaborating with Alex Trebek.

Andrew WK contributes a track called “Party On Your Grave” that combines the epic power and guitar shredditude of a vintage Judas Priest track with lyrics about getting revenge on an enemy, Andrew WK-style: by partying as hard as possible. According to producer Joel Levinson, “Andrew WK came to my garage on a late morning with a bottle of whiskey ready to rock, and we recorded with the door open, you know, for awesomeness’ sake. About the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced was seeing the looks on neighborhood people’s faces as they walked past hearing his absurdly powerful voice screaming, ‘we’ll watch while the vultures pick clean your liver/and we’ll shtup your wife while she’s still sitting shiva.’” READ FULL STORY

Summerland Tour preview: Everclear's Art Alexakis on playing the hits and choosing food over sex

In 1995, Everclear released their second album Sparkle & Fade, which not only contained the band’s breakout hit “Santa Monica” but also a ruggedly dreamy composition called “Summerland.” Nearly two decades later, Summerland is more than just a song. It’s a franchise, and it serves as the name of Everclear frontman Art Alexakis’ touring mini-festival, which is about to kick off its third consecutive year on the road (and fourth overall). Starting this Friday, June 13, in Pompano Beach, FL, Everclear will take Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog across North America for a healthy series of doses of alt-rock nostalgia. “These are still real bands,” Alexakis notes. “They’re not bands coming out of the mothballs to play the hits. That’s the difference between our tour and some of the other ‘90s tours. If that’s what you want to see, that’s totally cool, but that’s my thing. A lot of those bands are starting to sound like karaoke bands. I want to hear rock bands.”

Enjoy EW’s conversation with Alexakis about the new trappings of rock stardom below, and check out the official Summerland site for the full list of tour dates.

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks Bonnaroo

Nearly a decade after they achieved buzz-band status in America with arch Britpop ditties like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” Arctic Monkeys have become bona fide stadium stars—literally.

Armed with a fuller, Josh Homme-assisted sound and a long-nurtured fan base, the band has graduated to sell-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s Staples Center, both of which they’ll be playing on a massive tour this summer that includes a stop at Tennesee’s Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.

We tracked down frontman Alex Turner, 28, on the road in Germany and got him to talk tequila, two-way pagers, and how .
EW: How have the Germans been treating you?
Alex Turner: I just got here. Did a sound check. Then a very nice German lady served me some beef stroganoff, and I was absolutely famished, so that went down a treat. I’m going to talk to you, then take a nap, and I’m going to go play a rock show. It’s not that bad a day, really. READ FULL STORY

Kinks to reunite for new album and tour

You really got them — or you will soon. Brit rock icons the Kinks have reportedly reconciled and are returning with a new album and tour, nearly 20 years after their last split.

Frontman Ray Davies told London’s Sunday Times that he and his bandmate/brother Dave Davies — famously the most volatile sibling duo this side of the Gallaghers – have mended fences enough to begin collaborating again on new material. (The recent marking of the band’s 50th anniversary and the homeland success of biographical musical Sunny Afternoon may have helped.) READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 2: Jack White, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells go big

At any weekend festival, Saturday is typically the most important day; it also tends to be the best attended. (Friday gets cut off because it’s still a work day; Sunday gets truncated because of exhaustion.)

With that many people going all-in, everything gets heightened: the weather hits harder, the choices made about who to watch and what to skip become more dramatic, and the pressure gets ratcheted up for everybody on stage, especially the closers.

Such was the case on Saturday, the second day of Governors Ball 2014, and luckily, headliner Jack White is no stranger to pressure. White has headlined many a festival before, so he’s an old hand at commanding the whims of tens of thousands at a time, and he stuck to the biggest meat-and-potatoes riffs in his catalog to keep the crowd stirred after a long day of baking in the sun.  READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 1: OutKast, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis in a New York state of mind

Sure, it wasn’t completely underwater this year, but Governors Ball remains one of the more problematic three-day festivals on the summer calendar: it’s in too remote a location, the layout is cramped, and the lineup too schizophrenic for the volume of acts on the bill.

The bulk of those negative vibes got washed away the second the curtain dropped on the GovBallNYC Stage, revealing OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who immediately tore into a neck-snapping rendition of the blistering Stankonia single “B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad).” READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey stumbles on album chart, Coldplay reign for second week

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Apparently no amount of riding the subway in a sparkly ball gown could overcome the lack of heat on Mariah Carey’s latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

Carey’s 14th studio album only managed to shift 56,000 copies in its opening week on the Billboard 200, placing her third behind country star Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which spent a second week in the top spot with 85,000 copies sold. READ FULL STORY

Chris Cornell tells EW the stories behind classic 'Superunknown' songs -- EXCLUSIVE

Today marks the release of the deluxe 20th-anniversary edition of Soundgarden’s landmark 1994 album Superunknown.

The band celebrated the release of the two-disc (or five-disc, if you’re fancy) monster with a show at New York City’s Webster Hall last night—cleverly, tickets were $19.94—where they ran through the album top to bottom, with an encore of “Outshined” and “Rusty Cage” tossed in for good measure.

To properly celebrate one of the crowning achievements of the grunge era, EW caught up with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who shared the stories behind some of the tracks from Superunknown.

Read on to find out how Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament led the band to “Spoonman,: and exactly what the heck a “Black Hole Sun” really is (or not).  READ FULL STORY

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