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Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins (Jimmy Chamberlain included) continued the NYC-area run of their tour with Marilyn Manson on Friday (7/31) at Jones Beach. You already saw pictures of the PNC Bank Arts Center stop, and we've got shots of Jones Beach here. The setlist was the same as PNC, but luckily for Billy Corgan, no stage rushers this time.

More pictures below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Neil Young

Neil Young played the final NYC-area stop of his tour with backing band Promise of the Real (featuring Willie Nelson's sons) at Jones Beach last night (7/21). The setlists have been pretty similar on this tour, though they do differ a bit from night to night, and last night's set was filled with favorites. They did of course play a lot of the new The Monsanto Years, which rails against the Monsanto corporation (and sometimes Starbucks). Those songs didn't bring the set down or anything, but they weren't the highlights either. What were highlights was seeing Neil come out by himself at the start of the night to play "After the Gold Rush," "Heart of Gold," "Long May You Run" "Old Man" and "Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)" consecutively on either piano, acoustic guitar, or organ. It wasn't until after those five that the band even came out, and it wasn't until even later that Neil picked up an electric guitar for the first time.

Promise of the Real obviously aren't Crazy Horse or anything, but they did a great job backing him. They brought a lot of energy to the show, and they basically played all the songs the way they sound on record. When they locked into the extended jams on "Down by the River" and "Love and Only Love," they were on fire. Another treat was he gave us a good amount off one of his best "latter day" albums, Harvest Moon, including the title track, "From Hank to Hendrix" and "Unknown Legend." Plus he sprinkled in even more from his most classic era, including "Out on the Weekend," "Words (Between The Lines of Age)" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Really an incredible show.

Fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy and Norah Jones' country band Puss N Boots opened. More pictures, and Neil's setlist, below...

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you will not be flying in a Airwolf helicopter but, hey, remember 'Airwolf'?

Wanna impress your date or just live somewhat like Kanye West for a night? Nikon at Jones Beach is now offering the "Fly. Rock. Repeat." concert package which they say is the "ultimate concert experience." For $5000 per person, it involves helicopters, boats, backstage, gift bags and more:

One roundtrip flight on a Gotham Air Bell 427 Twin Engine Helicopter
One seat within the first ten rows of the stage at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Live Nation on-site concierge
Exclusive backstage access to enjoy one song from the on-stage viewing area
VIP backstage tour and dinner before the show
Pre-Concert boat ride around Zach's Bay
Private Live Nation Hospitality Room exclusively for Fly. Rock. Repeat. customers:
Located house-left (under the stadium)
Access to private restrooms
Access to private bars
Open all night
Access to the Live Nation VIP Club
Located house-right
Access to private boardwalk
Access to private restrooms
Access to private bars
Open all night
Live Nation "Swag bag" merchandise pack
The "Fly. Rock. Repeat" package is available now for concerts through September 2, 2015.

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

Long Island's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater will play host to pop music festival Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival on August 22-23 (making that a busy weekend with Brooklyn's Afropunk festival). You probably don't care that Justin Bieber is playing, but depending on how much of a poptimist you are, it's potentially interesting that they have The Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, iLoveMakonnen, Fetty Wap, Kiesza and Santigold. Plus underground rappers Main Attrakionz and, weirdly enough, indie-dance bands Holy Ghost! and The Faint. Tickets go on sale Thursday (7/16) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting Monday (7/13) at 9 AM. Full lineup (with one more TBA) below.

The fest is a week before Fetty Wap returns to the venue to open for Chris Brown (sigh), and about a month after Nicki Minaj's big Barclays Center show with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and DeJ Loaf.

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Reverend Billy

Neil Young and Promise of the Real (the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah) recently released their Monsanto-criticizing album, The Monsanto Years, and will soon be on tour supporting it. The tour includes NYC-area venue Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots, and that show just got another opener: the anti-capitalist Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. A press release reads:

Sharing their opposition to Monsanto and Starbucks and Walmart, Reverend Billy and the 40 singing-activists join forces with the radicalized rocker on Tuesday, July 21, at Jones Beach Theater in New York.

...Monsanto is also the Devil of the Church of Stop Shopping. This summer, the Rev & singers will perform "Non-Violent Dramatic Actions" to support a ban on Monsanto's Roundup, the world's most frequently used herbicide. New York City sprayed Monsanto's Carcinogenic Roundup more than 1,300 times on its parks and playgrounds in 2013. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, was declared a likely carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

The tour also includes NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on July 16 with Band of Horses and Bethel, NY's Bethwell Woods Center for the Arts with Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.

Watch a video of Reverend Billy's 'Monsanto is the Devil' at Joe's Pub, with the list of Neil's tour dates, below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Brian Wilson / Al Jardine / Rodriguez
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson brought his tour to Jones Beach last night (6/30) for his first of two NYC-area shows this week. The tour's in support of his new solo record, No Pier Pressure, and he did play a few off that, but mostly he filled the set with Beach Boys faves. For this tour, his band includes former Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, and Brian gives them a chance to take lead on some songs too. They opened with "Our Prayer" into "Heroes and Villains," played a bunch of earlier highlights like "In My Room" and "Surfer Girl," '70s fave "Sail On, Sailor," a couple more off Smile and of course a few from Pet Sounds too. Brian's full setlist is below.

Storied folk singer Rodriguez opened with a solo set that included a handful of his songs, and covers of Jefferson Airplane, The Flamingos, Vic Damone and Little Willie John. The venue never really filled up for either set, but neither Brian nor Rodriguez seemed to let that bother them and both sounded great. They do it again near NYC at PNC Bank Arts Center tonight (7/1) (tickets). Pictures of Jones Beach are in this post.

In other news, in celebration of the new Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, Brian re-recorded the film's title track "with local public school students who benefit from Little Kids Rock's free Modern Band music program." You may remember two years ago, he played the LIttle Kids Rock benefit in NYC.

Video of the "Love & Mercy" performance, with more pictures and setlists from Jones Beach, below...

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photo: Motorhead on their 2014 Motorboat cruise (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Rock legends Motorhead, whose 22nd album Bad Magic drops this August, have announced a tour for that month into September, surrounding their Riot Fest appearances. Direct support on select dates comes from thrashers Anthrax and NWOBHMers Saxon. Opening all shows is Crobot.

The run with Anthrax hits the NYC-area on September 16 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/26) at 10 AM with a Citi presale starting today (6/23) at 2 PM.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Motorhead's newest single "Thunder & LIghtning," below...

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photo: Neil Young at Farm Aid 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Neil Young

Neil Young will release a new album with Promise of the Real, the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah, called The Monsanto Years, on June 16. The album criticizes Monsanto, a corporation which genetically engineers seeds that Neil has spoken out against for years.

Neil and Willie's sons are also going on a tour together in support of the album. A few dates will be opened by Band of Horses, including the NJ show on July 16 at Susquehanna Bank Center. They also play Bethel Woods on July 17 (where Woodstock was located) (no opener announced), and Jones Beach on July 21 with Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N' Boots. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/24) at 10 AM, and the Jones Beach show has a Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a video of Neil playing with Lukas Nelson at a recent show, below...

Continue reading "Neil Young making an album & touring w/ Willie Nelson's sons, including shows w/ Band of Horses and Puss 'N' Boots"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: DFA1979 at T5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Dancepunks Death From Above 1979 returned last year with their first album since 2004, and they'll continue to tour in support of this year. This one's a bit of a surprising tour though -- they'll be opening for alt-metal bashers Deftones and, uh, Incubus. If you had to make any sense of that, there are at least a few Incubus riffs that rock kinda hard (if you can deal with Brandon Boyd's howling), but it somehow feels like there had to be a better tourmate for DFA than the band who wrote "Drive."

The tour, also with The Bots opening, hits the NYC-area on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 5 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and August 8 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, April 24 at noon with an Incubus Fan Club presale starting Monday (4/20) at noon and Live Nation/Facebook presales starting Thursday (4/23) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Slayer at the Theatre at MSG in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

The 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour was announced, and unlike last year's (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold), the headliners are pretty exciting this time: Slayer and King Diamond. There's some other cool stuff like Code Orange and Jungle Rot, as well less exciting stuff like The Devil Wears Prada and Hellyeah.

The tour hits the NYC-area on July 21 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 26 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM, and the PNC Bank Arts Center show has Citi/VIP package presales starting Wednesday (4/15) at 10 AM and Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Thursday (4/16) at 10 AM. There don't appear to be presales for the Jones Beach show. All dates are listed below.

Slayer are also playing other dates, including two Long Island shows in June (tickets), Bonnaroo, Motorhead's cruise and more.

Code Orange also open for Poison the Well in NYC in May (tickets) and play This Is Hardcore.

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Van Halen

Van Halen, still back with David Lee Roth, are set to tour North America once again this summer. The tour hits the NYC-area on August 9 at PNC Bank Arts Center, August 13 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and August 27 at Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets for all dates go on sale April 4, with pre-sale info being announced locally (stay tuned for NYC-area info). All dates are listed below.

Van Halen are also releasing their first live album with David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, on March 31. That day, they'll also reissue Van Halen and 1984. All three will also be released together as a box set. Listen to "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Panama" from the live album, below.

They'll also make their first US TV appearance with David Lee Roth since he rejoined in 2006 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It airs on March 30 and 31. They'll do it again on Ellen on April 2.

Tour dates and song streams below...

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ZZ (more by Greg Cristman)

The announcement says:

Jeff Beck and ZZ Top Regrettably announce the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill.

Beginning with tonight's show in Clarkston, MI and continuing through to the last show in Thackerville, OK, all dates are now suspended and fans can obtain refunds through point of purchase.

However, Jeff and his band - Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar will move forward with the following three previously scheduled dates, Tyler Bryant will open:

August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
August 30 The Concert Venue @ Harrah's Atlantic City, NJ
August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

In addition, dates scheduled for West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Thackerville and Houston will potentially be rescheduled. Patrons should hold onto their ticket stubs for a possible future announcement.

"While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery," stated Beck.
CANCELLED DATES, which include Jones Beach, ARE LISTED BELOW....

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Kings of Leon at ACL Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kings of Leon

Bad news from Kings of Leon...

Due to an injury that Nathan Followill sustained over the weekend in a tour bus accident, Kings of Leon will unfortunately have to cancel all shows over the next two weeks. Nathan is on strict doctor's orders to rest before the band can pick back up on the Mechanical Bull Tour.

Dr. Faiz Bhora, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Roosevelt says, "The process is now to rest in order for healing to take place. To avoid complications and to make a full recovery, a break from performing to August 28th is necessary."

The band will return to the road on August 28th to take the stage at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

The affected dates include this Wednesday's (8/13) Jones Beach show (the second time they've cancelled a Jones Beach show) and most other August stops, though as mentioned above, they'll be back for their NYC-area show at NJ's PNC Bank Arts Center (for now anyway). Their Fallon performance, scheduled to air tonight, is still on though. Questlove will be filling in on drums. Refunds for the cancelled shows will be available at point of purchase.

photos by P Squared Photography

John Fogerty @ Jones Beach - 8/5/14
John Fogerty

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty is on a tour this year which already included three NYC-area dates and includes one more this Friday (8/8) in Atlantic City (tickets). Two of those, Monday (8/4) at PNC Bank Arts Center and Tuesday (8/5) at Jones Beach, were co-headlining shows with Jackson Browne. We caught the Jones Beach one which included a ton of Creedence favorites -- "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Who'll Stop The Rain," "Down on the Corner," "Up Around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising," etc -- and Jackson Browne coming out during Fogerty's set. Pictures of that show are in this post.

If you want to catch Jackson Browne in NYC (proper) again, he'll be back on October 7 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on Chase and local presales (password: BROWNE) today (8/7) at 10 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (8/8) at 10 AM.

More pictures and Fogerty's setlist from Jones Beach, below...

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ZZ Top at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
ZZ Top

Guitar great Jeff Beck, who recently toured with Brian Wilson, will hit the road with another group of legends this summer, bearded blues lovers ZZ Top. The tour will see each artist playing their own sets, and will then join each for a collaboration to end each night. They'll hit the NYC-area on September 4 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and will also be nearby on August 31 at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. Tickets for the Foxwoods show go on sale Saturday, April 12 at 10 AM. No ticket link for the Jones Beach show, but there should be one soon.

All dates are listed below...

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Live Nation is now (through July 7 at 10pm) running a "4TH OF JULY TICKET BLOWOUT!" for shows at PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ and Jones Beach in Long Island, a really good deal actually. For PNC it's 2 RESERVED TICKETS OR 4 LAWN TICKETS for $40 - NO SERVICE FEES. For Jones Beach it's 2 RESERVED TICKETS OR 4 MEZZANINE TICKETS or $40 - NO SERVICE FEES. Bands you could potentially see using this deal include Descendents, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky, Mastodon, Jane's Addiction.... 311, the Jonas Brothers, 3 Doors Down, and all the fun listed below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach - 6/22/13
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) have been on the road for the past couple months for their first full tour in a few years, which already hit MSG, and returned to the NYC-area for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). The tour is in celebration of a lot of things. They're supporting a new EP (their first new material in ten years) and the 35th anniversary reissue of Rumours. And as Lindsey mentioned on stage, they're celebrating the fact that when you go against the music industry's formula (in Fleetwood Mac's case, when they released the "difficult" double album, Tusk, as the followup to Rumours), sometimes time can treat the artistic decision well.

The Jones Beach show was my first time seeing Fleetwood Mac, so I can't comment on how it compared to seeing them in their prime, but besides all the retrospective stuff they were talking about on stage, they seemed more like a band hungry to tour again than a nostalgia act. Lindsey is a wildly impressive guitarist to watch, and not only does he still have the stage presence, but he would often put so much into a song that by the end of it, he was panting, stomping the ground, and triumphantly throwing his fist in the air. He practically screamed all of "Not That Funny," pulled off an intricate solo-acoustic rendition of the usually multi-layered "Big Love," and stole the show with his song-ending guitar solo on "Go Your Own Way." Stevie is still great on stage too and her voice is commanding as ever. She had many show-stealing moments too, leading the crowd in sing-alongs with "Dreams," "Landslide," and one of her solo cuts, "Stand Back," but if I had to say, she was most in full force during "Silver Springs," the "Go Your Own Way" b-side that ended up on the new Rumours reissue.

Not only was this my first time at Jones Beach Theater in a long time, it was also my first time this year, which means it was my first time seeing the venue since it re-opened after being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (The only other two shows there this year so far were Rascal Flatts or Pitbull.) The brand new stage and boardwalk look great again, and Stevie mentioned on stage that they've got all new dressing rooms too. Mick also mentioned how happy he was to see the place back in good shape during the speech he gave at the end of the show. The next Jones Beach show is Rush tonight (6/23).

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from Fleetwood Mac's show below...

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Beck at Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)

We just mentioned that Beck is going on a solo acoustic tour this Summer which hits NYC on August 4 at Prospect Park (tickets go on sale 5/10). But what we didn't realize at the time is that Beck was also added to the Jones Beach (7/27) stop on Bob Dylan's tour. That's one of three NYC-area dates on that tour, and it's the show that My Morning Jacket isn't playing. Wilco and Ryan Bingham are both on it though. Tickets for the Jones Beach show go on sale Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM with a bobdylan.com presale starting Tuesday (4/30) at 10 AM and a Citi Cardmember presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.

Updated Beck dates are listed below...

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Jim James of MMJ at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
My Morning Jacket

As mentioned, Bob Dylan is going on a big tour this year for which he's taking out Wilco and My Morning Jacket for support. That tour hits the NYC area on July 17 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, July 27 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Since first posting that tour, we've learned that My Morning Jacket will not be on the Jones Beach show, but they will play all three other NYC-area dates.

UPDATE: Beck is playing the Jones Beach show instead of MMJ.

Tickets for the Jones Beach, Pier A, and Ballpark at Harbor Yard shows go on general sale Saturday, May 4 at 10 AM with Citi Cardmember presales starting Thursday, May 2 at 10 AM. Tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show are on bobdylan.com presale now (password: "TENACIOUS"), a Citi Cardmember presale starts today (4/25) at 10 AM and general sale starts Saturday (4/27) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Descendents at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Good news and bad news. Good news first: melodic punk legends Descendents just wrapped up their second weekend at Coachella 2013 (pictures of them from weekend 1 are HERE), and have since announced that they'll be playing more dates for this year, including one in the NYC-area. The bad news? The dates are support slots for -- wait for it... Sublime with Rome. And you thought The Hives and Pink was going to be the weirdest tour matchup this year.

The Sublime with Rome/Descendents dates hit the NYC-area on July 14 at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach and Pennywise is on the bill too. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday, May 2 at 11 AM with Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Tuesday (4/23) at 11 AM, and a Ticketmaster presale starting Monday, 4/29 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, along with some videos of Descendents at Coachella, below...

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, who is currently on tour with Dawes, just announced his AmericanaramA: Festival of Music tour, which he'll be going on this summer. And he's tapped some pretty incredible support to go along with him: Wilco and My Morning Jacket. That tour hits the NYC area on July 19 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, July 27 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Ryan Bingham is also on all three of those dates and several others as well, and Richard Thompson is supporting on some of the other shows, but none in the NYC area. A ticket presale begins on Bob Dylan's site this Wednesday (4/24). Stay tuned for more ticket info. All dates are listed below.

UPDATE: My Morning Jacket are not playing the Jones Beach show, but they will be on the other three NYC-area dates.

As mentioned, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is also on his own tour that hits NYC for a sold out show on April 29 at Webster Hall with Cold Specks and for a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on June 18, where he'll be playing a collaborative set with The Roots. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All Bob Dylan dates are listed, along with a video of him playing "Tangled Up In Blue" with Mark Knopfler at their 2012 Barclays Center show and the tour flyer, below...

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Phish at their MSG NYE-run in December (more by Robert Altman)

If you're into 21st century free-spirited drug culture in major arenas and stadiums during long-winded jam sessions, and being around lots of people who like 21st century free-spirited drug culture in major arenas and stadiums during long-winded jam sessions, then you'll probably be happy to know that Phish just announced a summer tour. The tour hits the NYC area on July 10 at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 12 at Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach. Most cities the tour stops in sees the band staying for multiple-night runs, and though that doesn't happen in the NYC area, it does happen upstate at the Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center from July 5 to 7. And if you're into seeing Phish for three nights, perhaps you might be into going upstate too.

Phish's website has limited tickets available now via a ticket request period, and general on-sale begins Thursday, March 28 at noon for the Jones Beach show and Friday, March 29 at 10 AM for the Saratoga Springs shows (including a 3-day pass option). Ticket info for the PNC Bank Arts Center show is not available at the moment, but it will likely be one of those same two days (and same link).

All tour dates are listed, along with the tour announcement video, below...

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photos via Newsday and Jon Eiseman
Jones Beach
Jones Beach

Luckily for Jones Beach Theater in Long Island (click the pictures for a larger view), the next scheduled shows happening there aren't until 2013.

For more Hurricane Sandy coverage, related to the NYC music scene and otherwise, click HERE.

D'Angelo at Essence Music Fest - 7/6/12 (via Warryn Campbell)

R&B great D'Angelo, who has been virtually absent from the music scene since the release of his towering 2000 LP, Voodoo, has been making a pretty remarkable comeback this year. His much-delayed new album (working title James River) may finally be seeing a release this year. GQ did a long profile on him, in which it's mentioned that a September release is possible but nothing definite. Questlove spoke to Pitchfork about the album at the end of last year, and here's what he said about the singer's plans for 2012:

He goes to Europe in January. The album is pretty much 97% done. He's just finishing his lyrics now. He needs somebody to smack him and take the record away from him because it's pretty much finished. But I know he must turn this record in like three days before Christmas and that his first show is in Europe, and that he's going to do a whole bunch. They even named it the Occupy Music Tour, so I know they're serious about it.

For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category. That's what I'm hoping for. There's stuff on there I was amazed at, like new music patches [keyboard sounds] I've never heard before. I'd ask him, "What kind of keyboard is that?" I thought it was some old vintage thing. But he builds his own patches.

As mentioned in the above quote, D'Angelo did in fact tour Europe this past January. He played his first US show in 12 years with a surprise performance at Bonnaroo Day 4 (6/10) as a guest during Questlove's set. A video of that is below. D'Angelo's first scheduled US performance since his absence from the stage went down this past weekend (7/6) at New Orleans' Essence Music Fest. A video from that is below too.

After Essence, he made his way over to the Netherlands for North Sea Jazz Festival, which Janelle Monae was also at, and was tweeting about his set. She wrote "D'Angelo Left us . Came back and STILL sounded better,played better than these fools," and "As a d'Angelo fan.didn't come expecting anything cept growth, energy, dynamic voice, funk, soul, musicianship! Inspiration! got that & more."

As mentioned, D'Angelo will be in Philly for Jay-Z's Made In America Festival (9/1 - 9/2), and now he's announced a tour with Mary J. Blige and Melanie Fiona leading up to that festival, which includes two NYC area dates: August 18 at Jones Beach Theater and August 23 at PNC Bank Arts Center. TIckets for those shows are on sale now. Only three other dates on the tour have been announced at the moment, but Rolling Stone reports that it will be a 20-date tour.

A list of all currently known dates and videos below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Fred Pessaro/BBG

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden teamed with Alice Cooper to play Jones Beach last night (6/28), the first of two NYC area shows for the pair as part of their tour together. The bands play Newark, NJ at Prudential Center on July 2nd (tickets).

Due to traffic issues (read: getting pulled over), I missed most of Alice Cooper's set, settling into my seat in time to watch an on-stage beheading (seriously). Clad in studded leather, Cooper finished out his set with the fan favorite "School's Out" (on the last day of NYC public schools) which worked in the "Another Brick In The Wall" chorus.

Iron Maiden entered shortly therafter, performing with a large elevated section made to look like ice and mimic the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son LP background. The Maiden England tour was focused on the era, so the LP was more than adequately represented (more than half, namely, "Moonchild", "Can I Play With Madness?", "The Evil That Men Do", "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", "The Clairvoyant") along with early favorites ("Iron Maiden") and just plain classics ("Aces High", "The Number of the Beast", "Run To The Hills", etc). Every song was accompanied by its own separate backdrop, set of pyrotechnics, and insanely-energetic Bruce Dickinson cardio workouts and costumes. Just a phenomenal set from the metal legends, but that comes as no surprise. Full setlist is below.

Iron Maiden

Lets be fair though, the show wasn't just a string of superlatives. The sound from my seat was rather abysmal (elevated at an outdoor concert, go figure) and the entire set was peppered with mini bouts of feedback. Guitarist Janick Gers seems pretty much wholly unnecessary, save for theatricality like the occaisonal guitar toss, double jump-kick, and guitar spin (his solos aren't as bountiful as either Adrian Smith or Dave Murray). And sadly, its clear that Bruce Dickinson can't hit those high notes quite as easily anymore.

Nevertheless, for one picturesque night on the shores of Long Island, Iron Maiden ruled all. And in the spirit of the Nostradamus-focused material on Seventh Son, I predict they'll rule Prudential Center too.

Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are below.

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