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Today’s Music News: Bruce Springsteen plays surprise bar show in Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen jumped on stage with longtime friend and collaborator Joe Grushecky on Saturday night at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey—and stayed onstage for two hours and 15 songs that began with Grushecky’s “There’ll Never Be Enough Time” and ended with Springsteen’s “Light of Day.” (Rolling Stone)

It was a big weekend for Midwest music festivals, with the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Wisconsin and the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Watch for our coverage of Eaux Claires, coming up on the Local Current blog. At Pitchfork, headliners Wilco played every one of the 11 songs on their surprise free album Star Wars. (Billboard)

Phil Rudd, formerly the longtime drummer for AC/DC, has been arrested—again—in New Zealand while serving a home detention sentence for threatening murder and possessing illegal drugs. Authorities aren’t saying what provoked the latest arrest. (Rolling Stone)

The Grateful Dead‘s “Fare Thee Well” shows turned out to be the biggest music pay-per-view event ever, with 175,000 paying viewers. (Billboard)

CeeLo has released a song and interactive video in tribute to the late Robin Williams. The song is expected to appear on CeeLo’s new album, Heart Blanche, when the album is released this fall. (Billboard)

Don Henley has released two tracks from his forthcoming solo release—a country album. Cass County is out Sept. 25. (Billboard)

David Gilmour has released “Rattle That Lock,” the title track to his forthcoming solo album. The song, Gilmour acknowledges, was inspired by the four-note sequence that precedes announcements at French railway stations. The album will be released on Sept. 18, and a deluxe edition will include a jam with the late keyboardist Richard Wright, Gilmour’s Pink Floyd bandmate. (Rolling Stone)

Alice Glass is going solo after parting ways with Crystal Castles. She’s just self-released a song called “Stillbirth,” and Pitchfork reports that “all proceeds from the song’s digital sales will help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and incest.”

On their Beats 1 radio show, Run the Jewels premiered “Meowrly,” the first full song from their cat-centric remix album Meow the Jewels. (Pitchfork)