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Myrna Suarez/Library of CongressIt won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year.  He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south. Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com o
10/08/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening of the flick, which he believes deser
10/08/2015 03:00:00pm
Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20.  The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohea
10/08/2015 03:00:00pm
Credit: Fabrice DemessenceTonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time.  The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "P
10/08/2015 11:00:00am
Little, Brown and CompanyJohn Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Z
10/08/2015 06:00:00am
Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, “The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, ‘I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people. If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know m
10/08/2015 06:00:00am
Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately ad
10/08/2015 06:00:00am
Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that its 2016 nominees for induction run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:The CarsChaka KhanChicagoCheap TrickChicDeep PurpleThe J.B.'sJanet JacksonLos LobosSteve MillerN.W.A.Nine Inch NailsThe SmithsThe SpinnersYesTo be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 199
10/08/2015 03:00:00am
Virgin RecordsSqueeze has announced plans to release its first album of new original music since 1998's Domino.  Due out on November 13, Cradle to the Grave features 12 songs penned by the band's founding frontmen and songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.Squeeze formed in 1974 and the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and some temporary breakups during its long career."We reformed Squeeze in 2007.  Things went so well, here we are eight years later," explains Gle
10/07/2015 07:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of IBMHow does it feel to discuss songwriting with a computer?  Ask Bob Dylan.  The folk-rock legend stars in a humorous new IBM commercial in which he converses with the company's celebrated "Watson" supercomputer.In the ad, Dylan walks into a room holding a guitar and sits down on a long couch in front of Watson, who tells the singer/songwriter, "To improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics…I can read 800 pages per second."  Bob responds, "T
10/07/2015 03:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of AXS TVHeart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Gregg Allman and Bryan Adams are among the music stars who will be featured on upcoming episodes of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which will kick off its third season on October 20 at 8 p.m. ET.The Wilson sisters will appear on the season-three premiere of The Big Interview, each episode of which features Rather having an in-depth conversation with various celebrities from the entertainment world.  Allman will
10/07/2015 11:00:00am
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Stevie Wonder is officially single again.A Los Angeles judge this week signed off on the singer's divorce from his second wife, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris, TMZ reports.The two will share custody of their two sons, ages 14 and 10, and Wonder must pay 25 thousand dollars per month in child support. As part of the agreement, he may take the kids on tour with him on a limited basis.The couple married in 2001 and separated in 2009. Wonder filed for divorce mor
10/07/2015 06:01:00am
Tom Haller; David BlausteinLed by Yoko Ono, thousands of people came together at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park on Tuesday in an attempt to create the world's largest peace sign in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth.  CBC.ca reports that more than 2,000 people participated in the event -- which Ono helped organize -- although the gathering fell far short of the 5,815 needed to break the record, according to a Guinness World Records repr
10/06/2015 07:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationOn Tuesday, October 6, Yoko Ono will be on hand at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth.  Fans can pre-register to participate in the event -- which begins at 10 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public -- by visiting ImaginePeace.Eventbrite.com.More than 6,000 peop
10/05/2015 07:00:00pm
Image Courtesy of PMK-BNCDead & Company, the new Grateful Dead spinoff project featuring three of the band's surviving core members, as well as pop-blues star John Mayer, have added a very special third concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden to their upcoming U.S. tour. The show, which is scheduled for November 7 and is being presented by American Express, will be a free event, with 10,000 tickets being given out via a contest that fans can enter at DeadandCompany.com and Ame
10/05/2015 04:10:00pm