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On The Road
  • Tori Amos Performs with String Quartet in Manhattan

    December 4, 2011 1:20 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Tori Amos stepped outside of her comfort zone for her latest album, Night of Hunters, a classical song cycle. Her tour in support of that record also finds her stepping outside of her typical patterns, albeit in a more minor way, with a string quartet augmenting the arrangements of a majority of the songs in her set. Though her show touches on a few selections from Night of Hunters, the concert is more of a gussied-up version of her usual piano-centric show rather than a full-on classical per...  | More »

  • U2 Revisit the Nineties at Epic New Jersey Show

    July 21, 2011 3:20 AM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    U2 entered the home stretch of their two-year-long 360° Tour last night at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the quartet delivered a generous career-spanning set with an emphasis on selections from the Nineties.Throughout the tour, U2 have fixated on different periods in their discography – early on, they went heavy on material from The Unforgettable Fire, and in the middle of the jaunt, they would play up to five songs per night from 2000's All ...  | More »

  • Tour Kick-Offs: Bob Dylan, Lil Wayne, Furthur and More

    July 11, 2011 12:45 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Check back every week for a rundown of summer festivals and tours kicking off in the coming days. BOB DYLANJuly 14th-August 20thTickets: $30-$200Dylan's Never Ending Tour, launched back in 1988, is rolling on for yet another summer. In recent years the set list has fallen into a reliable pattern: Dylan mostly stands behind a keyboard and leads his band through vintage classics and recent album cuts, typically closing the main set with a spell-binding "Ballad of a Thin Man" before encore...  | More »

  • U2 Brings Blind Fan Onstage To Perform 'All I Want Is You'

    July 3, 2011 1:40 PM ET
     |  Andy Greene

      Most every show on U2's 360 world tour has ended with "Moment Of Surrender," but before walking offstage last night in Nashville Bono saw a blind fan upfront holding up a sign saying he wanted to play a song for his wife. "What do you want to play?" Bono said to him. "Get a guitar for this dude. Gents, we have a surprise guest." The man said he was really nervous, but once handed Bono's acoustic guitar he began playing "All I Want Is You." It started with just Bono on vocals...  | More »

  • Back in the USA: U2's Victory Lap

    June 8, 2011 8:30 AM ET
     |  Brian Hiatt

    After U2 clattered through a sped-up, revamped version of "Magnificent" at the kickoff of the final leg of their 360° Tour, Bono smiled and offered an apology to the Denver crowd: "It's in development, that one," he said of a song they've played more than 100 times over the past two years. With 7 million fans in attendance, the 360° Tour is the most successful of all time, beating the Rolling Stones' record with a $700 million gross. But with fewer than 20 dates to go, ...  | More »

  • Aretha Franklin Comes Back Strong at Chicago Tour Kick-Off

    May 20, 2011 1:20 PM ET
     |  Nicole Frehsee

    Thursday night at the Chicago Theatre, Aretha Franklin kicked off her first gig since last October with one request (and it wasn’t for r-e-s-p-e-c-t): "Please turn the air off so I don’t have to leave the stage." It was a welcome, though sweaty, reminder that the ultimate diva – who shuns air conditioning because it dries out her vocal cords – is back, months after being sidelined by a mysterious injury that forced her to cancel a string of tour dates last fall. Choo...  | More »

  • Prince Kicks Off 21-Concert Residency With Epic Three-Hour Show

    April 15, 2011 10:25 AM ET
     |  Gavin Edwards

    "Inglewood is mine!" shouted Prince – and after two hours of thrilling music, no one could doubt him. On opening night of his 21-show run at the Forum just outside Los Angeles, Prince performed an epic 15-minute version of "Purple Rain," climaxing with purple confetti stars shot from a cannon. He brought celebrities onstage, ranging from Eva Longoria to Javier Bardem. He even duetted with special guest Sheila E. in matching gold lame outfits. So when Prince declared victory and the hous...  | More »

  • On Tour in South Africa, Bono Defends Anti-Apartheid Song With Controversial Lyrics

    February 14, 2011 3:45 PM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    While in South Africa for the opening night of the fifth leg of U2's 360 tour, Bono stirred up a local controversy by endorsing an anti-apartheid song that includes the lyric "shoot the Boer" in an interview with South Africa's Sunday Times. The word "Boer" translates to "farmer" and refers to the Dutch settlers who came to the country in the 18th century. It is now used as a derogatory term for causasians. Photos: U2 in Italy Bono was asked about the song because it has been at t...  | More »

  • Rarities Dominate Prince's Final Madison Square Garden Show

    February 8, 2011 9:45 AM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Prince ended his series of concerts at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan last night with a long blowout set full of classic hits, covers and rarely played gems such as "Pop Life" and "Mountains." He also played snippets of a few major hits that have been absent from recent setlists, such as "When Doves Cry," "I Would Die 4 U" and "Sign O' the Times." Rob Sheffield on Prince's Night of Divinely Inspired Madness At the end of the main set, Prince dedicated "Nothing Compares 2 U" to...  | More »

  • Prince Performs Killer Show With Help From Monáe, Lauper

    December 30, 2010 10:05 AM ET
     |  Matthew Perpetua

    Prince performed the second of three concerts at Madison Square Garden as part of his Welcome 2 America mini-tour last night — with a little help from fellow '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper and the up-and-coming R&B star Janelle Monáe. Prince Parties With Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg Onstage at MSG Monáe, who performed an opening set earlier in the evening, guested on the Sign O' the Times single "If I Was Your Girlfriend" in the first encore. (Afterwards, Mo...  | More »

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