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Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer Talks About Battle With Lyme Disease

Amanda Palmer, lead singer of Boston duo Dresden Dolls, revealed today (July 26) why she was forced cancel her scheduled appearance at a Morrissey concert at San Jose State University. She was being treated for Lyme Disease, she said. Palmer was hospitalized at Miles Memorial Hospital, in Damariscotta, MA, on July 17. ...
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Alabama Shakes Rattles and Rolls SNL With ‘Gimme All Your Love’ (see!)

Alabama Shakes played “Gimme All Your Love” for the first time on television on “Saturday Night Live” featuring the spectacular guitar work and vocals of lead singer Brittany Howard. She belted out the bluesy, R&B tune in what has become her signature style. The band, which formed in Athens, Ala., in 2009, consists of guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboardist Ben Tanner and drummer Steve Johnson. They released their debut album, Boys & Girls, in 2012....
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George Harrison: A Look Back at His Career on His 72nd Birthday (video)

George Harrison was unquestionably the Beatle I really wanted to meet. Who could forget his early songs like “Taxman” and “Blue Jay Way,” or his lasting contribution to human rights. He would have been 72 today had he survive lung cancer that took his life in 2001 at the age of 58. I met John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, but Harrison eluded me. He was full of intrigue and complexity and almost dared you to like him. His brilliant 1970 Concert For Bangladesh set the standard for charity shows. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Klaus Vorman, half-of Badfinger, Ringo, Billy Preston and horn-men Tom Scott and Jim Horn were there, led by George....
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Foo Fighters Blast Off Sonic Highways Tour in Brisbane, Australia (video!!)

The Foo Fighters kicked off their Sonic Highways Tour in Brisbane, Australia today (Feb. 25) marking the band’s 20th anniversary in front of a crowd estimated at 50,000 fans. Foo frontman Dave Grohl, former drummer for grunge band Nirvana, set the mood right off the bat. The 25-song set list yielded some classic Foo Fighters songs and the band jammed liberally on a number of them. Joining Grohl on the tour are bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear....
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Joe Cocker, Woodstock Icon Best Known for Singular Style, Dies

Joe Cocker, who went from and English pub singer to international fame after his moving performance at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in 1969, has died from lung cancer, according to his agent. He was 70. Cocker sang a Beatles cover, “With A Little Help From My Friends” at the music event. His performance became an anthem for Woodstock and the counter-culture generation. His other mega-hits included “You Are So Beautiful,” and a moving duet with Jennifer Warnes on the song “Up Where We Belong.”...
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Miley Cyrus Fires Up Flaming Lips Beatles Cover on Conan (watch!)

Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus continues her odd collaboration with ’80s psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips. On Conan O’Brien, Thursday, she emerged from beneath singer Mark Coyne’s gossamer robe for a chorus to Beatles song, “A Day In The Life.” The band, known for its elaborate stage production and lush, multi-layered sound is undergoing a resurgence thanks largely to Cyrus. The song is included on the Lips’ new album With a Little Help From My Fwends,...
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Crosby, Stills & Nash Jam Like the ’60s at LA’s Greek Theater (video!)

Crosby, Stills and Nash played its second of sold out show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles last night (Oct. 4) as part of an extension of the band’s “Three Together” tour, playing new material as well as some of the classics that defined ’60s and ’70s rock music. The band, David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash, also helped define the ’60s-era counter-culture with songs like “Wooden Ships,” “Ohio,” and “Woodstock.” The trio, noted for their three-part harmonies played together for the first time at the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Before that however, each had established themselves in ’60s-era supergroups....
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Train Classic Rock Rolls Through NYC’s Radio City Music Hall (See!)

Train, the Grammy winning 1990 blues and rock band, brought their melodic and visceral sound to Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night (Sept. 25) as part of the band’s tour in support of its new album Bulletproof Picasso. The concert featured the band’s new single “Angel In Blue Jeans” from their seventh studio album, which hit the streets last week. Front man Pat Monahan also led the band through a number of its classics. He was backed by Jimmy Stafford on lead guitar, Jerry Becker, rhythm guitar and piano, Hector Maldonado, bass and Drew Shoals on drums....
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Taylor Momsen, the Last Rocker, Plays Revolution in Fla. (watch!)

Taylor Momsen, the last unabashed rocker in music, put on a head-banging show at Revolution Live, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, backed by her band The Pretty Reckless. Call her the female Steven Tyler. Momsen seems like she’s been around forever because of her run on the CW show “Gossip Girl” starting in 2007. She was notorious for wearing revealing outfits and smoking cigarettes on the set in New York City when she was only 14....
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Ellie Goulding’s Hard Rock in a Crop Top Wows Hong Kong (see!)

UK rocker Ellie Goulding made her debut in China, performing at the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong today (Aug 12) and received an enthusiastic welcome from a crowd that seemed to know the words to almost every one of her songs. Goulding, 27, is a phenom in Great Britain. This year, she won the Brit Award, the U.S. equivalent of a Grammy, for Best British Female singer. She’s sold more than 4 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide since she launched her career,...
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OneRepublic Plays Latest Single ‘Love Runs Out’ on Tonight Show

OneRepublic continues its strong run after ending its three year plus hiatus last year. The band appeared last night on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and played their latest single “Love Runs Out.” The song is a follow-up to their monster hit, “Counting Stars,” off their 2013 album Native. The album proved the band has staying power. It was released in March a year ago ending their hiatus. It became their most successful set to date....
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Tom Petty, Heartbreakers Kick Off Summer Tour in San Diego (video)

Tom Petty, one of rock’s iconic musicians, kicked of his summer tour with The Heartbreakers last night (Aug. 3) in San Diego, with a set list dominated by some of his biggest, classic hits, including “I Won’t Back Down,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “Free Fallin’.” The band, which has been playing since 1976, released their 13th studio album Hypnotic Eye on July 29 just before hitting the road. ...
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Peter Frampton Shows the Way at Champions Square in New Orleans

Peter Frampton, who exploded on the music scene in the mid-70s, showed the same musical magic last night (July 20) at New Orleans’ Champions Square that has made him one of the best selling artists in pop music history, Frampton, who is now 64, played on a double bill with the Doobie Brothers, Oddly, Beyonce and Ja-Zay played a concert next door in the Super Dome. He's collaborated with such artists as Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, composer Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis and The Who’s John Entwistle....