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Cher reschedules Nassau Coliseum concert

Cher's farewell "Dressed to Kill" tour will now

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Cher has rescheduled her area concert dates to give her more time to recover from what doctors are calling an acute viral infection.

The Nassau Coliseum date of her “Dressed to Kill” tour has been pushed back from Sept. 22 to Dec. 8. The Madison Square Garden shows, originally set for Sept. 19 and 20, will now be held Dec. 10 and 15. The show at the Prudential Center will be held Dec. 12 instead...

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Tom Petty reveals rockin' escape plan at Madison Square Garden

Tom Petty on stage at Madison Square Garden

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Forget what Gene Simmons says.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers know better.

“Rock and roll is alive,” Petty said at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, as he introduced the band’s version of the classic “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” as an encore. “Rock and roll can set you free.”

Petty & The Heartbreakers, especially guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench,...

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New U2 album 'Songs of Innocence' falls flat

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets the crowd

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The most surprising thing about the new U2 album "Songs of Innocence" (Island) wasn't its unusual release Tuesday -- given free to all of iTunes account holders worldwide after Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch.

It wasn't that the much-delayed album, which has gone through a series of high-profile producers that included Rick Rubin and Danger Mouse, was finally finished.

No,...

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Stevie Wonder playing Madison Square Garden

Stevie Wonder performs at the Grammy Awards in

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Stevie Wonder will launch his new “Songs in the Key of Life” tour at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6.

Though he hasn’t announced how he will recreate the songs from arguably his most beloved album – the 1976 release that included hits “Sir Duke,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “I Wish” – he has previously performed the album with a full string section and several musicians from the original recording...

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Hoodie Allen set for Theater at Madison Square Garden

Long Island rapper Hoodie Allen, seen in 2013,

It may sound like a movie, but this is for real.

Hoodie Allen -- the Nassau County rapper building his career on his own, purposefully staying on his own label -- is set to play the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28. Tickets are $35-$45 and go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.

Allen’s biggest New York area show yet is part of his tour supporting the upcoming “People...

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Twisted Sister, Bleachers in this week's G2M2

The band Twisted Sister will be playing a

Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

Happy Labor Day! Celebrate the holiday with new music from Bleachers and Modern Baseball, as well...

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Fitz & The Tantrums rock U.S. Open opening ceremony

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrum sings

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For Fitz & The Tantrums drummer John Wicks, playing at the U.S. Open's opening ceremonies Monday night was a combination of his two passions -- music and tennis.

Wicks finished second in the state in doubles when he graduated from high school in Bainbridge Island, Washington., and always dreamed of playing on the stadium court.

He just thought it would be with a tennis racket...

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Zedd, Motley Crue in this week's G2M2

Zedd is set to headline Electric Zoo 2014

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Got a minute? Use that time to plan out your music week. On Glenn Gamboa’s Music Minute (G2M2 for short), we’ll fill you in on the week’s biggest concerts, show you some must-see videos and let you know about the songs you need to buy. Check it out here at Backstage Pass every Monday morning.

This week, check out Electric Zoo all weekend at Randall’s Island with headliners David Guetta, Kaskade...

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Arcade Fire lights up Barclays Center

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler take

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Arcade Fire’s surprising success makes complete sense after seeing their heartwarming, energetic live show.

The Canadian cooperative — which featured 13 main band members at Barclays Center Friday night, though it swelled to 25 for the encores — has managed two No. 1 albums and an Album of the Year Grammy for “The Suburbs” without the benefit of a major label. It is currently on the tail end...

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Billy Joel, Garth Brooks land ASCAP Centennial Award

Billy Joel is one of the performers set

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Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim and Joan Baez will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award to celebrate the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary.

The awards will be handed out at a gala fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 17.

"Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her...

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