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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

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U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Two Years On Late Night: My Parents Are Now Addicted To Red Bull!

March 13th, 2011 2:22pm EDT
Jimmy Fallon | Photo Credits: Lloyd Bishop/NBC
Two years and 406 episodes later, Jimmy Fallon has just one complaint about the success of Late Night: His parents now crave Red Bull.

"I wish my parents would DVR my show or Tivo it. They're staying up too late," Fallon told TVGuide.com. Apparently, mom and dad watch the show live every night at 12:37 a.m. "They're becoming night owls. They're opening up a night club now. They're addicted to Red Bull. I'm afraid for their health."

But aside from his parents' sleep deprivation, Fallon had little to complain about at Friday's PaleyFest panel celebrating his two-year anniversary. "It's gone...
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Original Cars Lineup Release Video for new Single, 'Blue Tip'; Long-Awaited new Album 'Move Like This' out May 10

February 22nd, 2011 11:48am EST
The Cars
The original lineup of The Cars are back together and on the verge of releasing their first new studio album in 24 years.

"Move Like This" hits stores on May 10th and the album's first single, "Blue Tip," sounds as if the band hasn't missed a beat in all that time.

"This is not a reunion - it's more like a conjunction...I never thought I'd make another Cars record," frontman Ric Ocasek tells MTV.com.

The band officially broke-up in 1988 and Ocasek, until now, always refused to get back together with the band - guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson (b...
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The 'Top 10 Best Rock Bands Ever' Are...

February 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Green Day
Motley Crue, The Cars and Green Day have made it onto a new magazine list of the Top 10 Best Rock Bands ever.

The three acts join the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Santana on the Parade magazine poll.

The Beatles topped the list, and along with Led Zeppelin are the only two that are no longer performing and recording together. The Cars recently reformed and are currently in the studio working on new material.

Green Day is releasing a brand-new live album, entitled "Awesome As F***," on March 22 on Reprise Records. It will include explosive performances captured during the band’...
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Concert Review: Collective Soul At Centennial Park

September 9th, 2009 8:15am EDT
Collective Soul
The massive crowd at Centennial (Olympic) Park was dominated by red and maroon…red for the Alabama fans and maroon for the Virginia Tech fans. Their teams would square off later at the Georgia Dome for a college football week-one match up. Lucky for them - and everyone else here - Georgia's own Collective Soul had agreed to put on a free concert in the heart of the revitalized downtown Atlanta. This would be one of those shows for which the planets would align: the weather was perfecto, the sounds were exquisite, and the SEC fans were all amenable (even the Hokies, who would soon experie...
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Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

December 25th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...
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Sprint Launches 'Rock The Phone'

November 21st, 2008 5:45pm EST
The Doors
Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a Website offering rockin' ringtones for every phone of legendary songs from some of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands, including The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Ramones, and more.

Not a subscription service, wireless consumers nationwide can visit www.rockthephone.com for access to over 100 classic rock ringtones for $2.99 each. For a limited time, the website will offer a free ringtone of The Doors' "Love Me Two Times," and Sprint customers will have exclusive access to eight ringtones until December 11.

In addit...
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Aimee Mann To Release Seventh Solo Album, '@#%&! Smilers,' June 3

April 20th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann's seventh solo release to date, '@#%&! Smilers,' is a return to form after the artistic detours of 2005's concept album The Forgotten Arm and 2006's Christmas CD One More Drifter in the Snow.

Featuring thirteen new original songs, producer Paul Bryan describes the record as "deceptively powerful...very rich and grand sounding". The songs range from the stripped-down-to-basics of "Columbus Avenue", to the almost Cars-esque synth-pop of "Freeway", along side the classic Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell-era "Phoenix", and the hushed creepiness of "Little Tornado." The final song "Balla...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 8

September 8th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Pink
Happy Birthday to "Home Improvement" actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas (1981), pop star Pink (1979), Keane drummer Richard Hughes (1975), actor David Arquette (1971), model/tv host Brooke Burke (1971), musician Neko Case (1970), solo artist and former 'til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann (1960), "The Fall Guy" actress Heather Thomas (1957), The Cars guitarist Benjamin Orr (1947; d. 2000), the Grateful Dead's original keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (1945), The Association bassist Brian Cole (1942; d. 1972), country legend Patsy Cline (1932; d. 1963), "The Pink Panther" series star Peter Sellers (192...
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Poison Announces 'POISON'D! 2007' Summer Tour Dates

April 27th, 2007 11:14am EDT
Poison
Poison will hit more than 50 U.S. cities this summer on their "POISON'D! 2007" tour. The national tour, with RATT and special guest White Lion joining Poison for most of the dates, rolls out on June 13 in Greenville, SC, with stops in and around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Washington, DC and other major tour markets across the country.

Poison's new studio album, POISON'D!, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol. Featuring Poison's original members, POISON'D! presents the band's first new studio recordings since 2002's Hollyweird....
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 23

March 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Keri Russell
Happy Birthday to "Into The West" actress Keri Russell (1976), New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd (1973), "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (1965), film actress Hope Davis (1964), "Pulp Fiction" actress Amanda Plummer (1957), soul singer Chaka Khan (1953), The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek (1949), folk singer David Olney (1948), Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (1910; d. 1998), and silver screen siren Joan Crawford (1905; d. 1977).
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

December 31st, 2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...
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U.K. Band The Feeling Delivers On Debut "Twelve Stops and Home"

November 14th, 2006 4:56pm EST
The Feeling
Talk about being hooked on The Feeling. This U.K. band delivers an amalgam of harmonic melodies and catchy choruses that reaches full fruition on its Cherrytree/Interscope debut, Twelve Stops and Home, which has already produced a pair of Top 10 international hit singles in "Sewn" and "Fill My Little World."

The quintet's sonic touchstones range from the classic (the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, Queen, The Carpenters and the Beach Boys) to the more esoteric (10cc, Abba, the Human League and the Pet Shop Boys) to the timeless (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen).

"I'm very...
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The New Cars Resume Touring With 'Road Rage Winter Tour'

September 26th, 2006 5:07pm EDT
The New Cars
"The New Cars are a pleasant surprise combining both the drive of the original with the power of the new members." - Mitch Lafon, Bravewords

"The show was a joyride. The New Cars played with a palpable glee." - Erik Pedersen, The Hollywood Reporter

Heavily influencing current bands such as Fountains of Wayne, The Vines, The Killers, Interpol and Franz Ferdinand, The Cars are one of the most distinct acts in rock n' roll history. It's been 17 years since The Cars last toured, but The Cars' material has remained popular to this day, both on radio and on national commercials such ...
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Ima Robot On Tour In October With All-American Rejects

September 18th, 2006 12:41pm EDT
Ima Robot
Virgin Records electro-rockers Ima Robot are joining All-American Rejects on the road for a series of dates that spans most of the month of October. The tour follows the release this week of the second Ima Robot album, "Monument To The Masses," and the conclusion of a summer tour series with She Wants Revenge.

The band is penetrating every level of new and old media in the early phase of album release: The album's irresistibly danceable kick-off single, "Creeps Me Out" is already pulling Top 5 phone requests at Los Angeles' Indie 103, and is currently listed as No. 2 alternative specia...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 8

September 8th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Pink
Happy Birthday to "Home Improvement" actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas (1981), pop star Pink (1979), Keane drummer Richard Hughes (1975), actor David Arquette (1971), model/tv host Brooke Burke (1971), musician Neko Case (1970), solo artist and former 'til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann (1960), "The Fall Guy" actress Heather Thomas (1957), The Cars guitarist Benjamin Orr (1947; d. 2000), the Grateful Dead's original keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (1945), The Association bassist Brian Cole (1942; d. 1972), country legend Patsy Cline (1932; d. 1963), "The Pink Panther" series star Peter Sellers (192...
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Smashing Pumpkins In Recording Studio

August 17th, 2006 10:40am EDT
According to their website, the Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the studio recording a new album, this comes a few months after the news of a reunion tour.

The short post on their site reads: "The Smashing Pumpkins are currently in the recording studio with legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, The Darkness), at work on their first new album since 1999."
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Brazilian Girls 'Talk To La Bomb' In September

June 20th, 2006 11:48am EDT
Brazilian Girls
Building upon tremendous critical acclaim and consistently sold-out performances, Brazilian Girls return with the eagerly anticipated Talk To La Bomb. Verve Forecast releases the new album September 12.

Late last fall, the band entered Jimi Hendrix's famed Electric Lady Studios in New York City with producer Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Deee-Lite). Ric Ocasek of The Cars produced the song "Last Call." The band was inspired by their surroundings and quickly began composing material. With the resulting 12 new tracks, they push their innovative fusion of electro, dub, pop, punk and ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 23

March 23rd, 2006 3:05am EST
Keri Russell
Happy Birthday to "Into The West" actress Keri Russell (1976), New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd (1973), "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (1965), film actress Hope Davis (1964), "Pulp Fiction" actress Amanda Plummer (1957), soul singer Chaka Khan (1953), The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek (1949), folk singer David Olney (1948), Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (1910; d. 1998), and silver screen siren Joan Crawford (1905; d. 1977).
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Todd Rundgren To Front Cars Reunion Tour

November 22nd, 2005 12:05pm EST
Todd Rundgren
Singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren will lend his talents to a reunion of 80s new wave rock band The Cars. Band members Elliot Easton (guitar) and Greg Hawkes (keyboards) have recruited Rundgren to fill in for lead singer Ric Ocasek, who will not be joining his former bandmates on the road. Instead, Ocasek will produce a Cars documentary film. The band will also be without bassist Benjamin Orr, who died from cancer in 2000; and drummer David Robinson.

Rundgren's fan base has been teeming since the announcement of the collaboration. The singer acknowledged that he knew fans were "countin...
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