More Top Stories: Weezer, Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey

September 21, 2010 4:05 PM ET

Weezer Bring 'Hurley' Onstage at LA Gig
At a secret show last night in Los Angeles, actor Jorge Garcia — whose charcter on Lost, "Hurley," inspired both the title and cover of Weezer's new album — joined the band onstage. Reyes and Rivers Cuomo shared the microphone for the Make Believe track "Perfect Situation." See video of the duet here. [Weezer.com]

Susan Boyle Picks 'Perfect Day' as First Single
Despite being denied permission to perform Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" on America's Got Talent, Susan Boyle has still chosen the Transformer track the first single off her second album The Gift, due out November 9th. [ Billboard ]

Lady Gaga Comments on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Vote
Lady Gaga took to her official website yesterday after the Senate refused to overthrow the filibuster allowing a vote on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." "Today was an enormous disappointment, for myself, and for many young American people," Gaga wrote, adding "I will keep fighting, I will not give up." [Lady Gaga]

Def Jam Not Firing L.A. Reid
Contrary to reports, L.A. Reid has not been fired from his post as CEO and Chairman of Island Def Jam. A spokesperson for the label denied the rumors, calling them "completely untrue." [All Hip Hop]

Wyclef Officially Ends Presidential Bid
A month after Wyclef Jean was found ineligible to run for president of Haiti, the singer announced yesterday he is giving up his political dreams to refocus on his music career. [BBC]

Mariah Carey Announces Christmas Album
Sixteen years after Merry Christmas, Mariah Carey will once again celebrate the holidays with Merry Christmas 2 You, which will feature a re-recording of her Xmas hit "All I Want for Christmas is You." [ Billboard]

Dr. Dre Readies Cognac Line
Dr. Dre is launching his first line of alcohol, Aftermath Cognac, in October. [All Hip Hop]

Plus: Lynyrd Skynyrd's namesake teacher dies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs celebrate 10th anniversary and more.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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