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Billy Joel sets another Madison Square Garden show, for October

Billy Joel performs during the New Orleans Jazz

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Billy Joel has added a 10th show to his open-ended run at Madison Square Garden.Tickets for Joel’s show on Oct. 2 are $64.50-$124.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, Pre-sale tickets are available to Citi cardholders through the company’s Citi Private Pass program starting today through 10 p.m. Thursday.Joel’s shows are already sold out through...

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Intro 2.6.14: Videos from Marc Anthony, Skrillex and more

Marc Anthony needs you to know he'll be

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Brookville’s Marc Anthony celebrates Valentine’s Day weekend at Prudential Center Friday and Barclays Center Saturday.

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Foreigner tour at Jones Beach on June 28

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson says the band's upcoming

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Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder are set to provide The Soundtrack of Summer with a tour, including a stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 28.

“It’s primarily the songs you want to hear,” says Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson. “We’ve had 16 Top 30 songs, so there’s your set-list. We keep it fun and sparky.”

So expect the band founded by guitarist Mick Jones...

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Amnesty International, CBGB to launch concert series

Madonna, left, introduces Maria "Masha" Alekhinaand, center, and

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Sir Bob Geldof, the mastermind behind Live Aid and the most successful artist ever to combine music and activism, stood onstage at Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert early Thursday morning to explain why he believed it was important for him to be there.

“This is the breakout gig,” he told the crowd at the Barclays Center early Thursday morning. “This is the one that’s...

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Pussy Riot, Flaming Lips surprise at Amnesty International concert

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at

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Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at Barclays Center ended as the watchdog group’s shows traditionally have, with the artists gathering onstage for Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”

This time, though, it featured The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne atop what looked like a 12-foot tall angel’s gown with flashing neon lights, waving the massive silver fringe wings attached...

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Watch Zedd, Matthew Koma do 'Find You' on 'Kimmel'

Seaford's Matthew Koma is set for another hit

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The promotional push for Zedd’s new single “Find You,” featuring Seaford native Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant, is kicking into high gear. After the song made its debut in a Bud Light commercial aired during the Grammys and the Super Bowl, it went on sale at iTunes today and immediately hit the Top 10 on the dance charts.

Zedd, along with Koma, who took on lead vocals, and Bryant, performed...

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Intro 2.3.14: Videos from Imagine Dragons, Billy Joel, Galactic and more

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Musicians

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Imagine Dragons lead a star-studded 25th anniversary celebration of Amnesty International’s concerts with “Bringing Human Rights Home” at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

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Maroon 5, Black Keys rev up Super Bowl parties

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach plays at "Citi

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Super Bowl parties traditionally have been celeb-filled, guest-list-only, high-end affairs. This year’s crop certainly had their share of those, but there was also a move by many companies to offer its customers a taste of that A-list experience.

At the Beacon Theatre Friday night – amid screams of “We love you, Adam!” – Adam Levine and Maroon 5 performed for about 2,000 fans who won a JBL...

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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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