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Barry Manilow launches Broadway show

Singer Barry Manilow preforms during the curtain call

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Barry Manilow, after canceling a week of performances including his opening night due to illness, finally launched his first Broadway show since 1989 Tuesday night.

“What a week!” Manilow said of his bout with bronchitis and the flu, after “Give My Regards to Broadway.” “I have hacked up enough phlegm to float Fire Island.”

He hasn't fully recovered from the strain – as well as the “Jewish...

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Intro 1.28.13: Videos from fun., Ed Sheeran, Cat Power, Keane and more

The fun. guys return for a triumphant hometown show at Radio City Music Hall Saturday, as they warm up for a big Grammy night with six nominations. Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


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Fleetwood Mac set for Jones Beach

From left, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks

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It's no longer a "rumour." Fleetwood Mac is set to play Nikon Theater at Jones Beach on June 22.

The band is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its classic “Rumours” album on the tour, which launches April 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and already includes an April 8 show at Madison Square Garden. However, Stevie Nicks told me recently that the band is working on new music as well and may...

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NKOTB, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees head to Nassau Coliseum

The musical group New Kids On The Block

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Boy band mania doesn't just afflict tweens.

And New Kids on the Block set out to prove that once again Tuesday by announcing a national arena tour, dubbed “The Package Tour,” that includes a stop at Nassau Coliseum on June 1. The shrieks of approval at “The View,” where the “Right Stuff” group broke the news along with openers Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, confirmed it.

“If we learned...

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Kanye West, Kings of Leon headline Governors Ball

Kanye West poses backstage at the 2011 CFDA

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Kanye West and Kings of Leon are set to headline the Governors Ball Music Festival June 7-9 on Randall's Island, positioning the third edition of the event as the East Coast's answer to Coachella.

The festival will mark West's first New York solo headlining show since 2008 and Kings of Leon's first New York show since 2010. A third headliner will also be added.

Three-day passes for the...

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Inauguration 2013: LI'ers perform at Obama events

Singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, who was signed by Interscope

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President Barack Obama's inauguration playlist, featuring artists who performed at official concerts throughout the weekend and others who will hit the stage Monday, includes superstars Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and a bit of the Long Island sound.

Brookville's Marc Anthony, who will perform at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball on Monday, is represented by his song “Mi Gente.” Far East...

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Intro 1.21.13: Videos from Pat Benatar, Olly Murs, The XX and more

Pat Benatar, pictured with husband Neil Giraldo, will

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Pat Benatar returns to Long Island with Neil Giraldo to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy with a benefit at the NYCB Theater at Westbury Friday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


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Blake Shelton to play Jones Beach

Singer Blake Shelton speaks during the panel discussion

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Blake Shelton is already planning his summer vacation from “The Voice.”

The Country Music Association's reigning Entertainer of the Year has announced his “Ten Times Crazier” tour, which starts in July and runs through October, including a July 21 stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.

Tickets for the tour, which will support his still-untitled upcoming album that features his current...

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Hoodie Allen set for Roseland Ballroom

Local rapper Hoodie Allen plans to release a

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Hoodie Allen plans to start 2013 off with a bang.

The Long Island rapper, whose first commercially released album “All American” topped the iTunes album chart and debuted in the Top 10 last year, plans to release a new mixtape, “Crew Cuts,” in February, before embarking on his “Cruisin' USA Tour” in March.

The spring tour is set to wrap up with a show at Roseland Ballroom on April 13....

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Jake Bugg rocks Bowery Ballroom

Jake Bugg will release his American debut on

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Jake Bugg has no business singing the Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison Blues.”

The 18-year-old from Nottingham, England, looks about as likely to shoot a man in Reno “just to watch him die” as Taylor Swift. Actually, even less so – especially last night, with Bugg dressed in his Fred Perry track suit top, looking slightly nervous at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom for his first American performance...

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