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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are expecting some musical "cross-pollination" at the "Old-Chella" festival in October.

And history could be made in the process.

"One would hope there would be some cross-pollination," Jagger told David Fricke last week on The Spectrum.

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Bruce Springsteen opened Saturday night's show at Barclays Center by paying tribute to Prince with a stirring rendition of "Purple Rain."

He told the audience "Whenever I saw Prince, I left the show humbled," and ended the show by saying "Prince Forever. God bless."

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Axl Rose replacing Brian Johnson as the new front man of legendary rock band AC/DC is "all but a done deal," according to a report from Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey on his show.

"This is what I'm being told, Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group, because it's all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows," according to a transcription from Alternative Nation. "All 10, including Atlanta."

"From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He's like, Brian, for health reasons, can't continue fronting the band. He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can't do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on. They're in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source."

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I saw these guys twice at Madison Square Garden this past fall and they were tremendous with John Mayer fronting the group -- the best post-Jerry Garcia incarnation of The Dead I've seen.

Bobby Weir seemed revitalized alongside the younger Mayer and Oteil Burbridge -- he of The Allman Brothers Band -- was his usual force on the bass.

Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, February 12 at 10 AM with presale tickets available beginning Tuesday, February 9 at 10 AM. Check www.DeadandCompany.com for complete ticketing information.

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Apr 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band finally debuted 'The River' tour in the Big Apple.

After Sunday's show was postponed to March 28 because of the snowstorm, The Boss hit The Garden stage Wednesday night.

Springsteen also announced two more New York shows, set for April 23 and 25 at Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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Apr 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band during the March Madness Music Festival at Reunion Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band have postponed Sunday's Madison Square Garden show because of winter storm Jonas.

No makeup date has been announced, and sources said one won't be announced until Monday.


Dead & Company will play?at least two shows at Madison Square Garden this fall, industry sources told SNY.tv.

In addition to the announced show on Halloween Night, the group will also play Nov. 1 and could play a third date, one source said. The Nov. 1 show will be announced after the Halloween performance?is sold out.

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The Grateful Dead?aren't done after all.

After supposedly playing their final three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field over the July 4th weekend -- which followed two June shows in Santa Clara, Calif., -- members of the legendary group will re-form and play Halloween Night at Madison Square Garden.

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

In fact, Billy Joel is seemingly everywhere these days.

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NEW 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.'"

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

Via the AP:

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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.

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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."

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Gene 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.)

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UPDATE 3:36 p.m. 3/24/14: After this was first reported on ZAGSBLOG.com Monday afternoon, the band released the following official statement:

New York, NY (March 24, 2014) ? The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26, March 28 and March 29 as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. As a result of Mr. Allman?s illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire.

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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did the History of Rap 5 last night on The Tonight Show. Great stuff.

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHSafc4uK2A&w=560&h=315]Billy Joel opened his 13-month, 13-show residency at Madison Square Garden on Monday night before a sold-out crowd and I was in the ninth row.

At one point the 64-year-old Joel looked up at the big screen and said, "'I didn't think I was going to end up looking like that. I thought I was going to look like Cary Grant."

Joel holds the record for the most number of Garden sellouts in a single year (12 in 2006) ? and has a banner in the Garden rafters for that accomplishment. His 46 sellouts dating back to 1978 is also a Garden record.

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Must-see TV from Jimmy Fallon and?Bruce Springsteen on 'Bridgegate.'

"And the press conference went on and on....

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This SNL parody of 'What does the fox say?' is pretty awesome.

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The Stones were great in Philly last night. Here's the setlist.

And if you haven't seen it already, here's Lady Gaga and the 69-year-old Mick Jagger doing "Gimme Shelter" from a Dec. 15 show at the Prudential Center in Newark that I also saw live.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently in the middle of a European Tour that brought them to AWD Arena in Hannover, Germany last night for The Boss?s first-ever show in that city. As he?s done at most shows this tour, Springsteen entered the crowd to collect song requests written on signs held by fans. Thanks to the signs, The Boss and his longtime band have been busting out deep cut originals and covers at an impressive rate on The Wrecking Ball Tour.

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Tom Petty is playing a string of shows this week at New York's Beacon Theater in which he's digging deep not only into his own archives, but into other artists' as well.

Above he does The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" and below he gives his interpretation of Little Feat's "Willin.'"

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Following his recent collapse on-stage at the Capitol Theatre, Bobby Weir is "unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks," he announced Tuesday on his Website and on the Furthur Website.

The band cancelled their scheduled May 9 performance in Napa Valley, and is next slated to play the Barclays Center July 11, followed by the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. on July 12.

Weir issued the following statement:

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Billy Joel has only performed two full shows in the last three years, and here is a clip from one of them on Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in what looks like an inspired performance.

The 63-year-old Joel came to New Orleans from Sydney, Australia, where he played a full set at the Stone Music Festival. He also recently sounded very strong while playing a five-song set at the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show.

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John Kadlecik, Bobby Weir's Furthur bandmate, says the legendary Grateful Dead guitarist collapsed Thursday night during a show in Port Chester, N.Y., after "accidentally" taking a sleeping pill.

"This wasn?t overpartying, btw, it was accidentally taking an ambien instead of a painkiller? the shoulder injury is real..." Kadlecik reporteldy wrote on Facebook, according to Relix.com.

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PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A disoriented and incoherent?Bobby Weir?collapsed onstage at about 11 p.m. Thursday night during a Furthur concert at the Capitol Theatre and was assisted off-stage by crew members.

Police told me he was taken away in an ambulance and the Furthur Twitter feed and Website had no update on his medical condition as of 8 a.m. Friday.

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RIP to Richie Havens, who died today at 72 in Jersey City, N.J., of a heart attack, but?tried to make the world a better place through his music.

Here he is opening Woodstock with "Freedom" and later playing the Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun."

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Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival came to Madison Square Garden last night and it was tremendous.

Here are some highlights, with Keith Urban and John Mayer doing The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down." It was 40 years ago this week that?Paul McCartney walked out on the Beatles.

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Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Crossroads.

Enough said.

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It's been a while since we posted any rock 'n' roll news here on ZAGS, but now that the Final Four's over we hope that will change.

The coming weeks and months will feature some great music here in New York that I plan to enjoy, and I hope you can get out to hear it as well.

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South Korean pop star Psy's 'Gangnam Style' just passed Justin Bieber's 'Baby' as the most-viewed You-Tube clip ever, according to New York magazine.

It's currently at almost 879,000,000 views and may reach a billion by year's end.

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The Rolling Stones played before some 20,000 fans last night (Sunday) at London's 02 Arena in their first show since 2007.

"I've watched lots of bands, and that's as good as I've seen," Mark Blake, 34, a warehouse worker from Stamford, England told USA Today. "The music has stood the test of time. ? They sounded great."

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As we reported Saturday on Twitter, the Rolling Stones have officially added a show on December 8 at?Barclays Center,?marking the first U.S. date on ?The Stones?50 and Counting? celebration.? Tickets are on sale Monday, November 19 at 10 am.

The Stones will also play four sold out concerts at?London?s O2 Arena?on Nov. 25 and 29 and at the?Prudential Center?on Dec. 13 and 15.

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Here are the Stones on stage Thursday in Paris at La Trabendo.

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The Rolling Stones will play just four dates in this, their 50th anniversary year.

And two of those dates will take place at The Prudential Center in Newark -- Dec. 13 and 15.

The Stones will also play Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena.

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This is a sad, sad moment for Robert Plant. He comes off looking like a real ass.

I'm one of the people who would pay to see Led Zeppelin play live...and I have a ticket to the "Celebration Day" movie of the 2007 02 show in London.

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The Rolling Stones will play two shows in Brooklyn in December with good seats going for $500 a pop, according to a report on Showbiz411.com.

The band turned 50 this year and has yet to perform publicly in 2012, but that could soon change.

According to the report, the Stones will get $25 million for four total shows, two in London in November and the two shows at the Brooklyn Barclays Center.

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This will not be the first time?The Who?has toured performing its 1973 double-album about alienation, mods and rockers. The band took?Quadrophenia?on the road in North America and Europe in 1996 and ?97.

To recreate?Quadophenia?live, Messrs. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will have a little help from their friends ? Zak Starkey on drums, bassist Pino Palladino, Simon Townshend on guitar/backing vocals, keyboardist Christ Stainton, Loren Gold on keyboards and backing vocals and Frank Simes serving as musical director as well as keyboardist and backing vocalist.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced their first tour dates since 2004 in support of their new album Americana.

Patti Smith and Los Lobos will open on various dates.

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I've seen hundreds and hundreds of show in my day and I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Steve Winwood show I saw last night at the Beacon Theater was maybe in the Top 15 or 20.

Winwood, 64, played a tight 12-song set that included one classic after another, including "Can't Find My Way Home," "Low Spark," "Pearly Queen," "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" and "Higher Love" before finishing off the night with inspiring performances of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" (video below) and a soulful "Gimme Some Lovin."

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In case you missed it, Mick Jagger hosted SNL on Saturday and performed "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" with Foo Fighters and "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire.

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Bruce Springsteen paid homage to the late, great Levon Helm by singing "The Weight" during the last show of the first leg of his "Wrecking Ball" tour Wednesday night in Newark.

"He was one of the greatest, greatest voices in country, rockabilly and rock & roll," Springsteen said. "Levon's voice and drumming was so incredibly versatile. He had a feel on the drums...it comes from a certain place in the past and you can't replicate it."

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RIP to the great Levon Helm, who died Thursday at 71 from complications of cancer.

Jon Pareles' excellent obit from The New York Times is here.

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Last night at about 7:15 I got an email from my ticket broker saying he had a Loge seat for Furthur at The Beacon for $200. They are playing a nine-show run here and I wanted to catch at least one night.

I asked my wife if I could go, she said yes, and I was soon out the door and on the subway to meet him at the restaurant Fusha on the Upper West Side.

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Above is Bruce doing "Johnny 99" at The Izod Center earlier this week, which he also played Friday night during a stirring show at MSG which I was lucky enough to sit side-stage for.

And below is "Rocky Ground" with Michelle Moore from the Garden show.

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