Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did the History of Rap 5 last night on The Tonight Show. Great stuff.
Billy Joel opened his 13-month, 13-show residency at Madison Square Garden on Monday night before a sold-out crowd and I was in the ninth row.
At one point the 64-year-old Joel looked up at the big screen and said, “‘I didn’t think I was going to end up looking like that. I thought I was going to look like Cary Grant.”
Joel holds the record for the most number of Garden sellouts in a single year (12 in 2006) — and has a banner in the Garden rafters for that accomplishment. His 46 sellouts dating back to 1978 is also a Garden record. To read more of this story, click here
Must-see TV from Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen on ‘Bridgegate.’
“And the press conference went on and on….
“It was longer than one of my own damn shows.”
If you missed ‘SNL’ last night, Drake played A-Rod, saying he was suing steroids “for being inside of me.” He also said he was suing Jackie Robinson, his phone and the dictionary. To read more of this story, click here
This SNL parody of ‘What does the fox say?’ is pretty awesome.
Today would have been John Lennon’s 73rd Birthday. Happy Birthday, John.
The Stones were great in Philly last night. Here’s the setlist.
And if you haven’t seen it already, here’s Lady Gaga and the 69-year-old Mick Jagger doing “Gimme Shelter” from a Dec. 15 show at the Prudential Center in Newark that I also saw live.
Bruce Springsteen also came out and did “Tumbling Dice” with the boys at the December show.
By SCOTT BERNSTEIN
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently in the middle of a European Tour that brought them to AWD Arena in Hannover, Germany last night for The Boss’s first-ever show in that city. As he’s done at most shows this tour, Springsteen entered the crowd to collect song requests written on signs held by fans. Thanks to the signs, The Boss and his longtime band have been busting out deep cut originals and covers at an impressive rate on The Wrecking Ball Tour.
At yesterday’s show, Bruce came back to the stage with a sign containing quite an unusual request/offer. Springsteen showed off a sign that said, “I’d give my right testicle to hear Drift Away.” Springsteen responded that he would play the Dobie Gray cover as long as he didn’t have to see the man’s left OR right testicle. He then warned that the band had only played the song a few times (four performances in total since 1984), and didn’t really know Drift Away but that he did want the man to go home with both testicles, so he’d give it a shot.
Tom Petty is playing a string of shows this week at New York’s Beacon Theater in which he’s digging deep not only into his own archives, but into other artists’ as well.
Above he does The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” and below he gives his interpretation of Little Feat’s “Willin.’”
Following his recent collapse on-stage at the Capitol Theatre, Bobby Weir is “unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks,” he announced Tuesday on his Website and on the Furthur Website.
The band cancelled their scheduled May 9 performance in Napa Valley, and is next slated to play the Barclays Center July 11, followed by the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. on July 12.
Weir issued the following statement: To read more of this story, click here
Billy Joel has only performed two full shows in the last three years, and here is a clip from one of them on Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in what looks like an inspired performance.
The 63-year-old Joel came to New Orleans from Sydney, Australia, where he played a full set at the Stone Music Festival. He also recently sounded very strong while playing a five-song set at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show.
Joel said he’s considering doing further gigs, and possibly doing entire albums within those shows, but has yet announce any dates.
“I’m putting my toe back into the water to see how performing feels,” he told Rolling Stone this month. “That doesn’t mean I’m going to walk away right after if I don’t like how they go, but if I do like how they go, I’ll probably end up booking some more gigs.”