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Leonard Cohen says he has big plans for his 80th birthday on Sunday.
No, they don’t involve the release Tuesday of his 16th album, “Popular Problems” (Columbia), a nine-song collaboration with producer Patrick Leonard, best known for his work with Madonna.
“In my family, we have a very charitable approach to birthdays,” the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter told journalists...Read more »
Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints — from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s singer-composer-multi-instrumentalist Matthew Friedman, who currently plays keyboards in his band Stiletto...Read more »
Blake Shelton was worried about doing “The Tonight Show.”
At a recent press lunch with reporters for the upcoming season of “The Voice,” which returns for its seventh season on NBC on Monday, Shelton was wondering how he ended up agreeing to do a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Gwen Stefani.
When I asked him what songs he was doing, he said he was doing Taco’s version of “Puttin’...Read more »
Elton John will ring in the new year at Barclays Center.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will celebrate his first New Year's Eve concert in New York City at the Brooklyn venue.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can purchase pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Monday.
And if you're one of the many Billy Joel fans holding out...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »