Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen Sub for Bono With U2

You know you’ve done pretty well for yourselves when you land Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen as your substitute singers.

That’s exactly what U2 did Monday night in Times Square. With Bono recovering from his recent bike injury, U2 got Martin to sing “Beautiful Day” and “With or Without you” while wearing a black T-shirt that read, “Substitu2.”

The Boss then did “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

“I wanna send this one out to Bono in Ireland,” Springsteen said before his last song. “Be well, my friend.”

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Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Have Discussed Replacing Themselves in KISS

KISS shakaGene Simmons and Paul Stanley have discussed replacing themselves with new members in Kiss “and having Kiss continue to the end of time,” according to the cover story of the new Rolling Stone.

“Physically, I won’t be able to do this into my seventies,” the 64-year-old Simmons told the magazine. “I’m 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind.”

(Note to Gene: My brother-in-law and I, who posed with you guys for this photo, are available to fill in.)

Simmons and Stanley are the only original members of the band formed in 1973 still with Kiss, which will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday but won’t perform at the event at Barclays Center.

Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have replaced Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, yet continue to wear the original makeup of those two. To read more of this story, click here

Allman Brothers Band Postpone Final 4 Shows Because of Gregg’s Illness

UPDATE 3:36 p.m. 3/24/14: After this was first reported on Monday afternoon, the band released the following official statement:

New York, NY (March 24, 2014) – The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26, March 28 and March 29 as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. As a result of Mr. Allman’s illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire.

All ticketholders should retain their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled engagements. Those ticket holders desiring refunds may obtain them from the original point of purchase.


The Allman Brothers Band have postponed their final four shows at the Beacon Theatre this week because Gregg Allman has bronchitis, a source with direct knowledge told

A call to the Big House Museum, the band’s official museum, was not immediately returned.

Allman missed the group’s shows on Friday and Saturday, marking just the second and third times that the band has played without an Allman Brother.

He also missed the final night of the band’s 2012 Beacon run due to back problems, a show I attended. In 2008, the Allmans ended up canceling their Beacon run while Gregg got treatement for Hepatitis C.

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Billy Joel Opens Garden Residency to Sellout Crowd

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

Springsteen & Fallon: ‘Gov. Chris Christie Traffic Jam'; Drake Plays A-Rod, Weed Advocate on ‘SNL’

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

SNL: ‘What does my girl say?’

This SNL parody of ‘What does the fox say?’ is pretty awesome.