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Pamela Springsteen, Bruce’s photographer sister, attended Wednesday night’s L.A. opening of Bruce Springsteen - Further Up the Road: A 40-Year Photographic Retrospect by Frank Stefanko at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in the Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Mick Jagger is reportedly dating 22-year-old film producer Noor Alfallah. They were introduced by director Brett Ratner, who was recently accused of sexual misconduct.

The seventh KISS Kruise sets sail this Sunday from New Orleans with stops in Costa Maya and Cozumel.

Stevie Van Zandt‏, who lives in New York City, has spoken out on Tuesday’s terrorist attack there, saying, “We must terrorist-proof every city now. Metal spikes or whatever, protecting pedestrians and bike paths. This is not going to stop.” Jon Bon Jovi, who lives part time in New York, says, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families affected by this heartbreaking act of terror. My continuing thanks and respect for our first responders for making us all feel safe.”

Drummer Kenney Jones, who has been in The Small Faces, The Faces, The Who, The Law and The Jones Gang, has written an autobiography. He says the “first draft went to the publishers... Hopefully not too many rewrites! Scheduled release is around April. Now I need to sift through photos and think of a title. Got one milling about but we shall see.”

Mark Knopfler has made 48 shows from his 2015 European tour available for sale through his website.

Echo McGuire, who dated Buddy Holly while both attended high school in Lubbock, Texas, died Sunday from complications of Alzheimers. She was 80.

Now that Halloween is over, Walmart has replaced its TV spot featuring The Who’s “Who Are You” with one that uses Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.”

Dennis O’Regan, who photographed David Bowie’s 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour, will publish a book of never-before-seen shots from it in May. Only 2,000 will be printed, with reproductions of handwritten lyrics, tickets, set lists, three large prints and a 12-inch picture disc of “Ricochet” and “Let’s Dance.” It won’t come cheap, though: just under $4,000.  

Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti Smith and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe are among the artists who will play the Pathway to Paris benefit tomorrow (Friday) at New York's Carnegie Hall. The event takes place just before COP23, a United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

The University of Washington Husky Marching Band paid tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 during halftime of the school’s Homecoming football game versus UCLA Saturday. They played Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow,” Journey’s “Separate Ways,” ELO’s “Turn to Stone” and Yes’s “Roundabout” with Alan White of Yes, a Seattle resident, playing drums. The band also spelled out the iconic Yes logo.

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