Backstage Pass

Music, concerts, musicians and more.

Latest posts from

Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa is Newsday's chief pop music critic and has been writing about music for more than 20 years.

A winner of several national awards, he headed the paper's team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

He has appeared as a music industry expert on the BBC, NPR, MSG Network and several other radio and TV stations, as well as numerous newspapers and magazines.

A native of Cleveland, Gamboa currently lives in Brooklyn.

Edgar Winter sets tribute to brother Johnny at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Guitarist Johnny Winter performs at the XII Jazz

(Credit: Getty Images / Diego Tuson)

Edgar Winter has stepped in to replace his brother Johnny as the headliner of the Rock ‘n’ Brews Fest at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Aug. 1, following the death of Johnny Winter last week in Zurich, Switzerland.

The concert, sponsored by WBAB-FM, will now be called “Rock ‘n’ Brews Fest: A Tribute to Johnny Winter,” with Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and...

Read more »

Lady Antebellum, Sarah McLachlan in this week's G2M2

Lady Antebellum perform at the "American Idol" grand

(Credit: Fox / Ray Mickshaw)

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, you can tap into ‘90s nostalgia before Sarah McLachlan hits the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday...

Read more »

Taking Back Sunday's triumphant Great South Bay show

Taking Back Sunday, from left: bassist Shaun Cooper,

(Credit: Natalie Escobedo)

It’s only fitting that the Great South Bay Music Festival would draw its biggest crowd ever with Long Island’s biggest band.

Taking Back Sunday rose to the challenge of rocking the densely packed, capacity hometown crowd of 5,500 with a sneak preview of the Rockville Centre-based band’s upcoming tour that starts next month in Baltimore and ends in the United Kingdom in December to support...

Read more »

Queen + Adam Lambert = Odd night at The Garden

Singer Adam Lambert, left, performs with guitarist Brian

(Credit: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano)

Queen guitarist Brian May asked the question everyone at Madison Square Garden Thursday night was asking: “What do you think of the new lineup?”

He was hoping for a big response, considering Queen + Adam Lambert had just completed a rousing version of “Under Pressure,” with drummer Roger Taylor handling David Bowie’s vocals on the classic. And he got one, sort of, though, if we’re being honest,...

Read more »

MTV Video Music Award nominations: Beyoncé leads with 8

Beyonce performs on the opening night of the

(Credit: PictureGroup for Parkwood Entertainment / Jeff Daly)

The surprises from Beyoncé's unexpected "Beyoncé" album keep piling up, as she landed eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations Thursday to lead all artists.

Beyoncé racked up four nominations for her "Pretty Hurts" video, including best video with a social message, while her steamy "Partition" video landed two nods. However, it's "Drunk in Love," with hubby Jay Z, that nabbed the biggest nomination...

Read more »

Bruno Mars, Taking Back Sunday in the launch of G2M2

Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl

(Credit: Getty Images / Jamie Squire)

Got a minute? Well, starting today, you can 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, you can get ready for Bruno Mars’ shows...

Read more »

Beyoncé, Jay Z stun in 'On the Run' tour at MetLife Stadium

Jay Z and Beyonce perform at MetLife Stadium

(Credit: Parkwood Entertainment)

The complicated explanation of what Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour is about involves esteem issues, drunk dialing etiquette, feminist theory, art appreciation and a deep exploration of the roles of hip-hop and R&B superstars in popular culture.

The simple explanation? It was awesome.

And the power couple's first tour together, which filled MetLife Stadium Friday night and...

Read more »

Katy Perry's 'Prismatic' Madison Square Garden show

Katy Perry performs during "The Prismatic World Tour"

(Credit: WireImage / Kevin Mazur)

To fully enjoy the finale of Katy Perry’s “Prismatic” tour, fans had to put on a pair of special glasses handed out around Madison Square Garden, a pink pair, sponsored by Cover Girl.

The “PrismVision” glasses simulated looking through a prism, which made the light show and fireworks during, you know, “Firework” seem much more impressive than they really were.

It’s a strategy that Perry...

Read more »

Jay Z, No Doubt to headline Global Citizens Festival

After Jay Z wraps up his "On the

Jay Z will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 on the Great Lawn in Central Park, along with Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiesto.

Tickets to the concert are free, but only are available to those who join in “campaigning for positive change” with the event’s sponsor the Global Poverty Project on a series of issues. Fans can register at the Global Citizens...

Read more »

Idina Menzel set to sing All-Star Game national anthem

Idina Menzel attends the 68th Tony Awards at

(Credit: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris)

Once again, Major League Baseball has turned to Long Island for All-Star Game performers.

Syosset native Idina Menzel, 43, will perform the national anthem before Tuesday's game as well as Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," as a nod to Dylan's home state of Minnesota, which is hosting this year's game.

Menzel follows Brookville's Marc Anthony, who performed "God Bless America" at last year's...

Read more »

advertisement | advertise on newsday


Follow Newsday music writer Glenn Gamboa for the latest from pop's biggest voices.
Twitter | Blog

Follow Newsday Entertainment

advertisement | advertise on newsday