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Plus: Tyler Sings for Bruins, Swift to Play Airport

October 22, 2010 9:25 AM ET

Steven Tyler Sings National Anthem at Bruins Game
Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler made amends for what some consider one of the worst-ever performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by singing the National Anthem at last night's home opener for his hometown team, the Boston Bruins. [Blabbermouth]

Taylor Swift to Play Airport
Taylor Swift will perform at JetBlue's Terminal 5 in New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday. Swift will then board a flight to Los Angeles and treat those passengers to some songs. [Soundspike]

Bands Lined Up for Guided by Voices Tribute Disc
Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Blitzen Trapper, Cymbals Eat Guitars and many more will cover their favorite Guided By Voices tracks for a disc due out next year. [Twenty Four Bit]

X, Ray Manzarek to Perform 'Los Angeles' in San Francisco
Punk band X and The Doors' Ray Manzarek, who produced X's classic 1980 debut Los Angeles, will perform that 30-minute-long album in its entirety on December 28 and 29 at San Francisco venue Slim's. X will also play Los Angeles by themselves at a handful of other West Coast dates. [Slicing Up Eyeballs]

Plus: Beyoncé not pregnant, Lady Gaga postpones shows in France and more.

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Song Stories

“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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