Billy Joel is Everywhere: Pushes Rangers to Friday, Imitated by Gene Ween, Closing Nassau Coliseum

The Piano Man may be 66 but he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

In fact, Billy Joel is seemingly everywhere these days.

The Rangers are forced to play Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night at Madison Square Garden because Billy is playing the Garden tonight (Thursday).

Also on Thursday (tonight) and Sunday, Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween (formerly of the band Ween), does the music of Billy Joel at the Brooklyn Bowl and I’ll be in attendance.

The Piano Man will also close out the Nassau Coliseum August 4th, playing the final concert at the Uniondale, New York arena before it undergoes renovations.

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Bobby Weir Doesn’t Rule Out The Dead Playing MSG Again

deadwof5NEW YORK — Even though The Grateful Dead are slated to play their final five shows this summer in Santa Clara and Chicago to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band, Bobby Weir says it’s possible the legendary rock ‘n’ roll group could play Madison Square Garden again.

“We’ll be back,” Weir told me Monday at the Garden where The Dead was inducted into the MSG Walk of Fame. Weir was present along with Bill Kreutzmann, Trixie Garcia, daughter of the late Jerry Garcia, and Reya Hart, daughter of Mickey Hart.

Asked if they would return as The Dead, Weir said, “We’ll see, we’ll see what’s shakin.'”

He added: “This place is going to keep calling us back forever.” To read more of this story, click here


B.B. King Is In Hospice Care

The legendary B.B. King is in hospice care at his Las Vegas home, according to reports.

Via the AP:

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks on his official website for fans’ well-wishes and prayers after he returned home from a brief hospitalization, said Laverne Toney, King’s longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney.

“Mr. King is where he wishes to be,” Toney said. “He’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home.”

An ambulance was summoned Thursday after what Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal characterized as a domestic dispute over medical care. No arrests were made, and Roybal said no criminal complaint was filed.

Toney disputed reports by celebrity website TMZ citing one of King’s daughters as saying she called police because she was upset about her father’s condition and that he had suffered a minor heart attack. Efforts by the Associated Press to reach the daughter, Patty King, were not immediately successful.


Old Gods Almost Dead: The Stones, The Dead & The Who Among Classic Rock Acts to Ride Again This Summer

In 2001, Stephen Davis’ epic book on The Rolling Stones was published.

It was called Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones.

That was 14 years ago and The Stones seemed ancient then.

Old Gods Almost Dead.

Now as we embark on the spring and summer of 2015, a soon-to-be 72-year-old Mick Jagger, a 71-year-old Keith Richards and a soon-to-be 74-year-old Charlie Watts will be prowling the stage on the Zip Codes tour that begins May 24 in San Diego.

“Everybody’s really been enjoying the last few years,” Richards told Rolling Stone for its April 23 edition. “We’re all feeling energized.” To read more of this story, click here


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