It's not looking too good for finding a female “American Idol” this year, as the gals' half of the draw is lacking the same star power as the guys. (Can we really tell the blondes Haley, Hallie and Hollie apart even at this stage?) In any case, here's a look at their preseason rankings:
1. JESSICA SANCHEZ. The 16-year-old from San Diego, Calif., is polished beyond her years with a gorgeous... » more
The Van Halen recipe has changed.
In their heyday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were equal parts David Lee Roth showmanship and Eddie Van Halen artistry. At their show at Madison Square Garden last night, it was clear the balance had shifted to Van Halen. (They return for another show Thursday.)
The biggest sign was in Roth himself, who orbited around Van Halen most of the night,... » more
“American Idol” finally begins in earnest tonight as the Top 12 guys fight for spaces in this season's Top 12. They look like the far stronger gender in the competition again this year, with many strong contenders. Here's a look at their pre-season rankings:
1. PHILLIP PHILLIPS. One of the clear favorites so far, the 21-year-old from Leesburg, Ga., is a personable, dynamic singer that should... » more
The house for party rock just got a lot bigger.
LMFAO is bringing its “Sorry for Party Rocking Tour” to Nassau Coliseum on June 26, with an impressive crew of openers that includes Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills. (No word on whether Seaford's Matthew Koma, currently opening on LMFAO's European tour will be on the Nassau date, but wouldn't that... » more
Run to the hills! Run for your Iron Maiden tickets!
The heavy metal legends stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 27 on their Maiden England World Tour, inspired by the 1988 concert tour of the same name, which included “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” and “The Number of the Beast.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster.... » more
Estelle will win over lots more American boys (and girls) with her new album "All of Me" and her stop at Irving Plaza on Tuesday. Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/newsdaymusic.
ESTELLE,... » more
The Queen of Soul is angry with us and we’re not sure why.
In a statement released this afternoon, Aretha Franklin said, “Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) should stop the BS. Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral. Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York)... » more
President Barack Obama is adding to his repertoire, tackling the blues classic "Sweet Home Chicago" with B.B. King and an all-star band that included Mick Jagger last night.
It wasn't quite as moving as his version of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," but he may certainly have found another career if he wants it. The performance was part of "In Performance at the White... » more
Wouldn't it be nice if the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour added some more dates after their Beacon Theater shows in May sold out in 20 minutes?
Well, the reunited band announced this morning that it will hit Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 24 and the PNC Bank Arts Center on June 27. Tickets go on sale Monday through Live Nation.
The current tour, which starts in April, is the... » more
Classic rock standard-bearers Bob Seger and Jim Steinman lead this year's class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The “Old Time Rock 'n' Roll” star and the songwriter behind Meat Loaf's “Bat Out of Hell” will be inducted on June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan, along with “Sundown” singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, “The Gambler” songwriter Don Schlitz, and the composing team... » more