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Billy Joel

As you may know, Billy Joel is in the midst of a neverending residency at Madison Square Garden, and apparently the Piano Man's melodies aren't getting everyone feeling alright. At the recent September 17 show, attendee Ari Ganeles was allegedly the victim of some drunken violence and he's now suing the venue. NY Daily News reports:

Ari Ganeles, 39, suffered a beatdown after he joined other attendees in objecting to the behavior of a drunken group, according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. He wound up with fractures to his nose, arm and ribs, a torn rotator cuff and facial injuries. "They were being abusive to everyone around them, spilling drinks on people in front of them," Ganeles' lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said Tuesday.

Prior to the attack on Ganeles, ushers working for Madison Square Garden asked the men to behave, but other staff continued to sell them alcohol at their seats, Jaroslawicz said.

Page Six adds that MSG offered a statement: "We do not welcome anyone into The Garden who behaves in an inappropriate and violent manner in any way, and they will not be welcomed back. We are looking into the particulars of this incident."

Now you have another reason to say no the next time your mom asks you to see Billy Joel with her. Safety first.

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Make Music New York is back, bringing some 1300 free live music performances (sometimes participatory) to public spaces all over the Five Boroughs. Unlike previous years, the 2014 edition year is happening on a Saturday -- this Saturday (6/21) to be specific. There will be bands and musicians playing on the street all over -- which with the World Cup should make for a very boisterous first day of summer -- but in addition to that there are a number of special of events. Some highlights:

"Mass Appeal": There will be 18 different performances across the city all involving a single instrument -- Accordions, French Horns, Gongs, Recorders, two different ukulele concerts, and choral among them -- and if you can play, you can play. Download the sheet music, show up and join the band.

"Red Baraat's 100+ BPM": On a similar note, bhangra band Red Barat will debut a piece commissioned by NPR especially for MMNY. Mobile bands will parade through Brooklyn and converge on Grand Army Plaza at 4:30 PM, where they will join Red Baraat on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. Brass and percussion players are invited to get involved.

"Punk Island": Ninety bands across seven stages will invade Coast Guard Plaza on Staten Island for this seventh edition of the free mosh-a-thon. Among the bands playing: Reagan Youth, Cop Problem and Raw Nerves.

"The Sound of Downtown": River to River Festival brings this interactive experience involving mobile apps that allows folks to "shape and explore the sonic landscape of Lower Manhattan in a brand new way!"

"Porch Stomp": For fans of old time folk and bluegrass, over 30 acts will be playing on Governors Island.

"Privia Piano Bar": Billy Joel playing MSG once a month isn't enough for you? This mobile piano bar will be bringing his hits on a grand piano loaded onto the back of a truck, making stops all over Manhattan for one-hour concerts. And yes they will be playing "52nd Street" on 52nd St.

"Rhythm on Rikers": This concert is the culmination of a 10-week program to teach hand drumming to a group of inmates at Rikers Island. (Among the teachers of this initiative is Kid Millions of Oneida.) This show is just for prisoners and guards.

There's lots more than this. Check out the full Make Music NY schedule.

Billy Joel

Who's in the mood for a melody? Call your dad. Billy Joel is about to start a very, very long residency at MSG,

"Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel will kick off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. The first four previously announced shows -- January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18 are sold out. The just announced May 9 show, which is also Billy's 65th birthday, will be available to Citi cardmembers during an exclusive presale from December 4th at 10am (EST) through December 6th at 10pm (EST). Tickets will then be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 10am (EST) on Saturday, December 7th.
The piano man also plays Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. Billy's friend Elton John starts a 2-night run at MSG tonight.

Full Billy Joel MSG press release below...

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confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on 12/31, one with John Zorn and another with Mike Watt.

Gogol Bordello are at Terminal 5 for two rowdy nights (12/30 & 31) (where Amanda Palmer played last year).

Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.

Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.

Moon Boots plays Output.

Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.

DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.

Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.

Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.

Or maybe just head to Mexico!

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P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.

Sigur Ros

Sigur Ros sent out the following message today:

a band note about madison square garden show

almost a dozen years ago we played our first nyc show at irving plaza. we'd originally booked to do angel orensanz, but it blew out fast and we had to move to the bigger room. even so, all the way through the subsequent beacon theaters, united palaces, radio city music halls, even, we never thought we'd get to play madison square garden. it just seemed so...iconic?, establishment?, or maybe just big? when we performed downstairs at the madison square theater in 2006, billy joel was doing a 15-night run above us. that seemed like the right order of things. and yet, here we are, two weeks out from what we can only described as the big one!

we are currently "warming up" in europe, so that when we hit the east coast we are the real hot tamale for y'all. of course, we would say the show's great, but, you know what?, it is. there will be a bunch of new songs and all the stuff we currently love the most from our back pages, all set to the best and brightest production we've ever managed to cram in a small fleet of trucks. most of the show's sold, but there are still some tickets left with the building just having opened up more seats at $35. plus, everyone buying tickets gets a free 3-track digital ep of new material, which will be sent out in advance of the show. we're excited. we hope you are too.

- sigur rós

The MSG show was first announced as part of tour in November 2012.

12/12/12

As mentioned several times, tonight is the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG with countless notable performers, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.

If you didn't get tickets for the event, you're not alone, but you'll have many chances to view the "widely distributed event" from the comfort of your own home. The concert's website has a full list of the websites (YouTube, MSG.com, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vevo, many more), US television channels (MSG, HBO, IFC, many more), international television channels, and movie theaters (many of which are in NY and NJ) that will be live streaming the show. Theaters in NYC and Brooklyn include Clearview's ChelseaCinemas (260 West 23 St) and National Amusements' Linden Boulevard (2784 Linden Blvd).

You can head below to check out the list of sites, TV channels, and theaters...

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Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Bruce Springsteen

To help benefit those who suffered damages from Hurricane Sandy, NBC Universal will be hosting a concert that will air on TV as a telethon with Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting and Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon, and Brian Williams, with host Matt Lauer. The concert will be filmed at NBC's Rockefeller Plaza studios and broadcast on NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA from 8 PM to 9 PM on Friday (11/2). It will also simultaneously stream live on NBC.com. All proceeds from the telethon will go to the American Red Cross (via NY Times).

In related news, Bruce Springsteen just dedicated "My City in Ruins" to Asbury Park due to the damage it faced at his show at Rochester Blue Cross Arena last night (10/31).

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin, review by Andrew Sacher

paul McCartney
paul McCartney

Paul McCartney played his second of two shows at Yankee Stadium Saturday night (7/16). Like the first night, the 35+ song set was Beatles-heavy. Unlike the first night, Billy Joel showed up and performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul during the first encore on Saturday. A set of pictures from Saturday are in this post. Both setslists are also below.

Twentysomething Andrew Sacher was there on Friday, seeing Paul live for the first time. Here is his review...

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Paul McCartney made his Yankee Stadium debut on Friday (7/15). HIs set, as noted, was majority Beatles songs with a number of Wings songs, some solo cuts and the Fireman track, 'Sing the Changes." To put it bluntly, The Beatles are the band that I (and many, many others) have probably heard more times than any other band in history. Hearing Beatles songs, while always great, is not nearly a rare occurrence. But as Paul and his band performed their material, I couldn't stop thinking this is the guy who wrote these songs. As someone who never really thought about going to see Paul McCartney live before these shows were announced, the whole thing was actually surreal.

Before Paul went into "All My Loving," he said, "Here's an old one you might remember," and as soon as the song took off, video clips of The Beatles in their early days showed up on the screen behind the stage. Seeing those clips in contrast to where Paul is at now, standing before them in real life at age 69, made the experience even more staggering. And on top of that, Paul hasn't aged a bit. Nothing about the show was dated at all. Paul's voice and musicianship were totally intact, his band was excellent, and the clips/images/visuals screening on the stage's backdrop were widely appealing. The sound at Yankee Stadium was also amazing, and Paul had no problem delivering to the extremely large venue.

Though almost every song in the set was written by Paul, he also paid tribute to his late Beatle-bandmates John and George. He brought out a ukulele for one song and told a story about how George Harrison had a period where he was really into ukuleles. During that period, Paul went to George's house and said, "I've learned one of your songs on ukulele, do you want to play it with me?" Then Paul proceeded to play us the song on his ukulele, which ended up being one of Harrison's Abbey Road contributions, "Something." About halfway through the song, he was joined by the rest of his band for a rendition closer to the Beatles original.

Paul prefaced the song "Here Today" by telling the crowd that sometimes in life you want to apologize to someone but before you do, you realize it's too late. He said that the song is written about a conversation between him and John Lennon that they never got to have. This was actually my first time hearing the song, but the story behind it and the song's lyrics left an immediate impact on me. Paul then paid even more tribute to John later in the set when he took the joint McCartney/Lennon track "A Day in the Life" directly into Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."

The medley of those two tracks began what largely appeared as the 'end of the set.' While most shows I go to save a single or an epic track to end the [pre-encore] set, sometimes even two, Paul McCartney and his band end their shows with four climactic performances. In "A Day in the Life"'s psychedelic crescendo, smoke filled the stage and the images on screen swirled into trippy visuals before abruptly clearing up as Paul's peppy piano-led offering to the song kicked in. Once the upbeat Paul McCartney found his way upstairs and had a smoke, and somebody spoke and he went into a dream, the visuals kicked back in, and after soaking that up, Paul and his band drifted into "all we are saying is 'give peace a chance.'"

They calmed things down for a bit with the captivating "Let It Be," which reached the same level of grandiosity by the song's end. That was followed by the best Wings track of the night, "Live and Let Die." The song started off soft as usual, and as soon as the heavy orchestral break exploded, flames shot up in front of the stage, which were joined by fireworks once the drums kicked in. Paul McCartney and his band then ended the set with the crowd sing-along "Hey Jude."

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The band returned for two encores, both consisting entirely of Beatles material. Paul began the second encore with the most recorded song in history, "Yesterday." He was accompanied by no more than his own acoustic guitar and his keyboard player (who had some of the most realistic instrument replication I've ever heard) taking care of George Martin's string arrangements. After mesmerizing the entire audience with the song, the rest of the band walked on stage to kick things up to a way harder level with "Helter Skelter." The show then ended with a chunk of Abbey Road's b-side medley; "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," which Paul recently started doing in place of ending his sets with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"/"The End."

Both setlists and more pictures from Saturday night, below...

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Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...

After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]
Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.

HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).

Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.

Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

Paul McCartney

The new Citi Field received a Beatle baptism Friday night.

Paul McCartney offered the first musical concert at the sterling new venue, an apt parallel to the Fab Four's historic, kick-off show at Citi Field's predecessor, Shea Stadium, 44 long years ago.

Of course, several key differences between 1965 and today made themselves immediately clear.

This time, everyone could hear. And the only "girls" who screamed were gently prompted by Paul.

As a further reference to history, Paul brought out a special guest at one point - Billy Joel, who last summer closed down the crumbling Shea.

Together they performed a song from the '65 performance, "I Saw Her Standing There." [The Daily News]

Paul was also Billy's guest at the final Shea shows. Two more Paul shows at Citi Field to go - the next of which is tonight (Saturday, 7/18). More pictures, some videos, and the complete setlist from last night, below...

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Paul McCartney

FLUSHING, N.Y., June 3, 2009 - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney will perform the historic first concerts at Citi Field - the new home of the Mets - Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 15 at 10:00 A.M. ET online exclusively at www.507tixx.com and by phone at 718-507-TIXX. These concerts are rain or shine.

These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles' legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney's special appearance at Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York - and rock n' roll itself.

"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel, I was the last to sing at the old Shea," said Paul McCartney. "So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."

The flyer and more fun quotes below...

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AC/DC @ The Izod Center (more by Ryan Muir)
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If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2008 should hammer the point home.

Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's Moneymakers list toured in 2008. (Taylor Swift mostly opened for Brad Paisley but doesn't get credit for that revenue). For almost all of them, touring generated the most revenue. And in a year when recorded-music sales declined yet again, many earned more at the box office than ever before. [Billboard]

I hope Kanye West can handle being below The Jonas Brothers (and Lil Wayne). The whole list below...

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Change Rocks

Join us for CHANGE ROCKS
at The Hammerstein Ballroom featuring Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & Friends

Purchase your ticket using the form below [this link].
Tickets must be purchased by October 14th.

Thursday, October 16 @ 8:30 PM

For more information, please contact
ny-finance@barackobama.com or call 212-763-4850

Tickets start at $500 each. The best seats are $10,000!

Bruce Springsteen is also playing the Superbowl Halfime show in 2009 and is rumored to be playing the final show at Yankees Stadium which is rumored to be November 9th. Billy Joel played the final show at Shea Stadium which hosted its final baseball game this past weekend - just a short while after the Yankees played their last game in their old home.

Video of a "Drunk, Sleeping Fan Victimized by Beer Cups at Shea Stadium", below...

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Bloomberg and Billy Joel

New York City is hoping an annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opening this year will boost tourism, as well as commemorate the artists and music venues that formed the city's rock history.

The annex to Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is due to open in the art-and-fashion district of SoHo in November, and will feature such memorabilia as Bruce Springsteen's first car, a 1957 Chevy Convertible.

It will also house an original phone booth from the downtown music club CBGB where Patti Smith and Ramones played, and have interactive maps highlighting venues like Studio 54 and The Hotel Chelsea.[Reuters]

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The Dodos @ Cake Shop, NYC - July 17, 2008 (forklift)
The Dodos @ Cake Shop

today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* The Siren Festival
* Yaz @ Beacon Theater
* Matmos @ (le) poisson rouge
* USAISAMONSTER @ Silent Barn
* Rooftop Films w/ Pwrfl Power
* The Black Ghosts @ Studio B
* The Siren afterparty @ Music Hall of W
* Girls, Nite Jewel & Rings @ Glasslands
* Karsh Kale performing Enter the Dragon in Prospect Park
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson & Kyp Malone @ Cake Shop
* Calavera Conspiracy & Dillinger Escape Plan @ Irving Plaza
* Sic Alps, Meth Teeth, Religious Knives & caUSE co-MOTION! @ DBA

Meth Teeth, a good lo-fi band from "Kerby st./ Seattle/Goose Hollow, Oregon" is now on tour. Check them out tonight at Death By Audio (see great lineup above) and Sunday at Don Pedro's.

Tickets are still on sale for the Last Shadow Puppets show at Grand Ballroom.

"Dark Knight" breaks preview record

James Brown's children sorry to see memorabilia auctioned.

Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltry of the Who, John Mellencamp, Don Henley, and Tony Bennett, and all made guest appearances at one of Billy Joel's two "last plays" at Shea Stadium.

What else?

The Beatles @ Shea Stadium

Billy Joel will be the last artist to play at New York's Shea Stadium with a July 16 concert billed as "The Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy." The show comes in the midst of the New York Mets' final season at Shea; the team moves into its new home at Citi Field in 2009....The Joel show, promoted by Live Nation in association with Mitch Slater, goes on sale Feb. 16......"The Last Play at Shea," which comes the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, makes Joel the only artist to ever have played both Yankee Stadium (two nights in 1991) and Shea Stadium [Billboard]
Video of the Beatles playng Shea, and related footage, below....

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