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Dire Straits Will Not Perform at RRHOF, says Bassist John Illsley

By Michele Amabile | April 12, 2018

Dire Straits fans expecting an acoustic performance of “Telegraph Road” at this weekend’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions, take note: it was a joke. Speaking to Billboard prior to this Saturday’s (April 14) induction ceremony, bassist John Illsley shed light on keyboardist Alan Clark’s revelation that the band–including keyboardist Guy Fletcher–were planning to perform the song unplugged was…

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Unveil New Exhibit

By Michele Amabile | April 12, 2018

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio is only two nights away, and the Hall is celebrating Friday (April 13) with the unveiling of a brand new interactive exhibit, The Hall of Fame Experience. The new exhibit will inhabit an entire floor at the hall, and will feature new interactive voting stations that give visitors…

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Eddie Money Talks “Real Money” With Michele Amabile

By Michele Amabile | April 12, 2018

With 40 years in the music business, Eddie Money has some tales to tell–including that time he got booted from touring with The Rolling Stones. “We didn’t finish up The Stones tour because we were getting too many encores,” Money tells Michele Amabile, who is on the air every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on The New 1071…

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ZZ Top Announces Vinyl Box Set

By Michele Amabile | April 11, 2018

Record Store Day may be this month, but ZZ Top will celebrate this June with the release of more vinyl goodies. The band –which released Cinco: The First Five LPS last spring–set to issue a follow-up collection, Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs, which gathers together remastered vinyl editions of the five albums that the band released from 1979 through…

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Billy Joel to Rock Daughter Alexa’s Wedding

By Michele Amabile | April 11, 2018

Most wedding planners will tell you the most memorable part of a wedding is the food and the entertainment. That is why Alexa Ray Joel has everyone else’s wedding band trumped: her father, Billy Joel, is he expected piano man for the job. “I’ve never known of a wedding he didn’t perform at,” Joel’s ex-wife,  supermodel Christie Brinkley told Us…

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Elton John Special Airs Tonight on CBS

By Michele Amabile | April 10, 2018

Elton John will be celebrated tonight on CBS with the broadcast of a star-studded tribute: Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A GRAMMY Salute. Filmed at Madison Square Garden, the songs are featured in the two tribute records released last Friday: Revamp and Restoration. “For all these artists to have come together and voluntarily agreed to do this…without much cajoling, I have…

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Lindsey Buckingham Goes His Own Way; Departs Fleetwood Mac

By Michele Amabile | April 9, 2018

Fleetwood Mac guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham is out of the band, according to a new report by Variety. Buckingham will be replaced by Mike Campbell (lead guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn, frontman for Crowded House. Both will join the band for the forthcoming tour, with dates soon to be announced. “Fleetwood Mac has…

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Scotch Plains Street to be Named for Pat DiNizio

By Michele Amabile | April 9, 2018

The memory of Smithereens front man Pat DiNizio will be honored April 17 with the dedication of a street in his honor. Next Tuesday, Montague Ave. at the corner of Westfield Avenue in Scotch Plains will be named “Pat DiNizio.” The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., with the new signed unveiled. “It was a pleasure and a privilege…

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Richie Sambora Spotted at Bon Jovi New Jersey Concert

By Michele Amabile | April 9, 2018

Richie Sambora was in the house Sunday night at the Prudential Center for the final night of Bon Jovi’s two-night homecoming stand. The guitarist–who left the band in 2013–will reunite with the guys onstage Saturday night (April 14) at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. Sambora has been in rehearsals getting ready for the…

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Benefit for Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Kortney Spencer Planned For Sunday

By Michele Amabile | April 6, 2018

Listen to the interview below For four years, Wall resident Kortney Spencer traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Harvest Music Festival, a country music concert on the strip. What was supposed to be a day of fun and music ended in tragedy, as Spencer was shot in the leg just as country star Jason Aldean took the stage for…

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