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TLC lights up rare Super Bowl week show

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas

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TLC’s rare concert appearance Thursday night at the Beacon Theater, part of VH1's Super Bowl Blitz, felt like a new beginning for T-Boz and Chilli.

The duo hasn’t toured much since TLC’s rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in 2002 and their concerts have made it clear why. Left Eye’s rhymes were such an integral part of so many of TLC songs that they still use tapes of them in...

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Fall Out Boy joined by Paramore's Hayley Williams at VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy performs onstage

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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz promised there would be surprises at the band’s Brooklyn Bowl show last night, part of VH1’s Super Bowl Blitz concerts leading up to the big game. And the band certainly delivered: Paramore’s Hayley Williams joined them for “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” the show’s mascot Iggy the Penguin body surfed, and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates showed off his bowling skills.


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Taking Back Sunday unveils tour, video

Band: Taking Back Sunday, formed in 1999

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        Taking Back Sunday will launch an international tour next month in England to promote its upcoming “Happiness Is” album, due out March 18.

        The Rockville Centre-based band will play Best Buy Theater on April 15 as part of the American leg of the tour, which they will co-headline with The Used. (UPDATE: They've...

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Billy Joel launches Madison Square Garden residency

Billy Joel opened his groundbreaking run as a Madison Square Garden franchise like a defending champion.

After all, he already holds The Garden record for the most sold-out shows in a single run for his 12 concerts in 2006. His monthly residency, which started Monday night and is already essentially sold out through September, is set to continue as long as the public is interested, Joel says.


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Queen Latifah will sing 'America the Beautiful' at Super Bowl

Queen Latifah introduces a performance of "Same Love"

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Fresh from her surprise appearance at The Grammys, Queen Latifah is set for another high-profile appearance. She will sing “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl XLVIII pre-game festivities at MetLife Stadium.

Latifah presided over a wedding ceremony during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” at Sunday’s Grammys, even seeking special dispensation from California...

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Barry Gibb set for Jones Beach

Musicians Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb of the

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Barry Gibb, the only surviving member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Bee Gees, will do a rare tour this summer, which includes a stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on May 23.

The show “Mythology: The Tour Live,” which he designed as a salute to his brothers and their decades of hits together, will also feature Gibb’s son Stephen and niece Samantha, daughter of his late brother Maurice....

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Intro 1.27.14: Videos from Bruno Mars, Billy Joel, Fray and more

Bruno Mars performs during the 2012 Victoria's Secret

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Welcome to Super Bowl Week. Wonder what surprises Bruno Mars has planned for his Halftime Show Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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


BRUNO MARS, “Treasure.”...

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Zedd, Matthew Koma to unveil 'Find You' in Grammys ad

DJ Zedd performs at MTV's 2013 Artists to

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It’s a big night for collaborators Zedd and Matthew Koma.

Not only is the song they co-wrote “Clarity” up for the best dance recording Grammy, but their new single “Find You” will make its debut Sunday night during the Grammy ceremony in a Bud Light Platinum commercial.

“Every night has that 'turn up moment,' as does every song,” Zedd said in a news  release. “Bud Light Platinum...

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Pepsi crafts #Pepcity, free Austin Mahone show

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Austin Mahone

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Get ready for #Pepcity.

PepsiCo is creating a 10,000 square-foot space in Bryant Park to celebrate the Super Bowl. And, yes, Mahomies, your man Austin Mahone will be part of it.

Mahone, the reigning best new artist from MTV’s Video Music Awards, will perform a free concert at #Pepcity on Jan. 29. The catch is that you need tickets to get in, and they will be available on a first-come,...

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Grammys finale: Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails teaming up

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs at the Global

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Not sure whether this is actually supposed to still be a Grammy ceremony secret -- like, you know, whether Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together or Madonna is going to appear -- but as of Tuesday morning, word is out about how the awards show will end Sunday night.

The finale will feature nominee Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl alongside the Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails,...

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