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Intro 3.24.14: Videos from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Rakim and more

Who knows what Lady Gaga will have in store for Roseland Ballroom’s final hurrah, starting 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


LADY GAGA, “G.U.Y.” At Roseland Ballroom...

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson joins Billy Joel in surprising MSG show

Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden in

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Billy Joel is keeping his Madison Square Garden residency interesting, as he really seemed to settle into his new home for the third show Friday night.

The addition of a four-piece string section allowed him to play “Surprises” from 1982’s “The Nylon Curtain” album for what he said was the first-time ever live. Then, after a lovely sing-along for “She’s Always a Woman,” he introduced AC/DC’s...

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Ryan Star on Billy Joel's 'epic moment' at MSG

Billy Joel performs on stage at Madison Square

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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-songwriter Ryan Star, the Dix Hills native whose album “Angels + Animals” hit stores in January....

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'American Idol 13' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 10 week

"American Idol" season 13 contestant Alex Preston.

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Harry Connick Jr., is admirably trying to educate viewers of “American Idol” on the basics of music theory.

On “Top 10 Night,” where the Top 10 finalists picked songs that reached the Top 10 from the last four years, Connick even sang sharp to show C.J. Harris what he was doing wrong. (C.J. was doing much more than that wrong, though.)

The problem, though, is that Connick sometimes overreaches...

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Eminem, Rihanna set for MetLife Stadium

Eminem performs at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

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Eminem and Rihanna are taking their “Monster” collaboration to the next level.

The superstars will launch “The Monster Tour” of stadiums in August, including a stop at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 16.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 28 through Live Nation. However, American Express cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Both of Eminem and...

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'The Voice' recap: Delvin Choice is 'The Man' in battle rounds Night 2

Delvin Choice, left, and Caleb Elder compete on

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Night Two of "The Voice" Battle Rounds confronts one of life's basic questions: Spread out your chores and balance them with fun stuff or pile them together and just plow through one bad day to finish them? "The Voice" producers apparently went for the latter option last night, cobbling together an afterthought of an episode to deal with some of the lesser competitors.

Here’s how the night...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis rules first battle rounds night

So far this season, “The Voice” hasn’t developed a crop of front-runners the way it has in the past. That makes the battle rounds seem that much more important at creating the kind of star they desperately want.

Here’s how Night 1 shook out:

TEAM USHER: Biff Gore vs. T.J. Wilkins, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

“Don’t dial back the emotion,” Usher tells them before the battle, and then...

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Kiss, Def Leppard join forces for summer tour, Jones Beach stop

        Kiss and Def Leppard will join forces for a summer amphitheater tour that includes a stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 6.

        “This is our 40th anniversary tour,” Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said at a news conference today. “We couldn’t have a better band with us than Def Leppard.”


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Intro 3.17.14: Videos from I Am the Avalanche, Billy Joel and more

Local band I Am the Avalanche -- from

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I Am the Avalanche rolls out its personal, Superstorm-Sandy-inspired new album “Wolverines” at Looney Tunes Monday.

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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'American Idol 13' recap: Jena Irene leads strong Top 11 week

"American Idol" Season 13 contestant Jena Irene completely

(Credit: Fox / Michael Becker)

It was a turnaround so complete that it was almost worthy of the big screen.

“American Idol” was truly terrible last week, but the Top 11 turned “Songs from the Cinema” week into something special.

Maybe it was because those who survive this week get to go on tour with the show this summer. Maybe there was some extra pressure as the show continues to struggle ratings-wise. After all,...

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