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Billy Joel Fleshes Out 2014 Concert Tour

After recently announcing a series of hometown residency shows, Billy Joel has now filled up some of the rest of the year with a string of tour dates across North America. Just last month, Joel announced that he would be performing a series of concerts at Madison Square Garden, a residency at the New York

Why The Who’s ‘Tommy’ Was Such an Influential Release

Rock operas are a very daunting undertaking, rampant with historical failures and bloated reputations that make their creation somewhat of a rare occurrence. However, those actually daring enough to write a rock opera often look to The Who’s Tommy for inspiration. It’s the consummate rock opera, filled with a touching plot that incorporates music in

Iron Maiden Uses Illegal Downloads to Map Out Tour Schedule

Reports suggest that Iron Maiden planned their South American shows using MusicMetric’s analysis of illegal downloads in the area in an attempt to transform non-paying fans into paying ones. As Musicmetric’s CEO put it, “If you know what drives engagement you can maximize the value of your fan base. Artists could say, ‘We’re getting pirated

Vince Neil, Sammy Hagar Planning 2014 Joint Tour

Motley Crue may be nearing their retirement, but that isn’t likely to stop Vince Neil from keeping the band’s music alive and kicking. In this spirit, the man himself has just revealed that he’s set to embark on a joint headlining tour with none other than Sammy Hagar next year. Speaking to Vegas Rocks! magazine,

Best Live Covers Performed by Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band wows its audience frequently with massive sets lists consisting of their original material, which spans over eight full-lengths. DMB have released over twice the amount of live albums, though, and plenty of them feature superb cover versions of tracks many of us know and love. While difficult to identify the best, here

Five Essential Van Morrison Albums

Renowned as the grumpiest man in rock, Belfast troubadour Van Morrison is still going strong after 45 years in the business, with his recent release, Born To Sing: No Plan B receiving some of the most glowing reviews of his career. But with 34 studio albums under his belt, any recent converts wishing to investigate

The Who’s 50th Anniversary Dates to be Their Final Tour

It’s a sad, sad day for fans of the Who. Speaking to the Evening Standard at a screening for band documentary Sensation, Who guitarist and one-half of the band’s surviving members, Pete Townshend said: “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of

Taylor Swift – The Boyfriends That Inspired The Songs

Not to call Taylor Swift’s wholesome reputation into dispute, but ever since she burst onto the country-pop scene back in 2006, she’s been linked with more celebrity boyfriends than most people have hot dinners. With a list of exes that reads like a who’s who of showbiz, her confessional tales of past relationships have understandably

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The powerful music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra seems to resonate most during the colder months. Perhaps it’s because the band’s name conjures images of barren snow blankets extending through Russia, as one looks outside from the warm embrace of a railway car. Or maybe it’s the mere feelings holidays can provide rich orchestral music, enhanced by

Eric Clapton’s Love Affair With The Guitar

Blues-rock legend Eric Clapton is not only widely regarded as one of the greatest axemen of all time, but alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Hank Marvin, was an instrumental figure in the popularization of the guitar in the 1960s. Just as much a fan-boy of the instrument today as he was back during