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U2's special guests in NYC: Springsteen on stage, Clintons in the crowd

Fans who saw the last show of U2’s North American tour Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City had an incredible bit of luck. For one thing, Bill Clinton was in the house, but blessedly refrained from sitting in on saxophone.

Instead the crowd got Bruce Springsteen, who stepped up with an acoustic guitar and helped Bono and the boys sing “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Ben...

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Billy Joel Boulevard? N.Y. lawmakers question if honor should be given to the living

If so inclined, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Buddy Guy, Dave Grohl and the rock bands Korn and Flaming Lips can stroll along streets or alleyways bearing their names.

Billy Joel will just have to wait.

A bill that would rename a stretch of Route 107 in the Piano Man’s Long Island hometown of Hicksville, N.Y., as Billy Joel Boulevard has gotten snagged in the state Legislature, the Associated Press reports....

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U2's Edge, Adam Clayton join tribute band onstage at New York City club

Fans who showed up Wednesday night in New York to see U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire got more than their money’s worth when members of the real U2 — guitarist the Edge and bassist Adam Clayton — joined the performance.

They took the stage with the tribute group for “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Out of Control” as an audience of 450 at the Cutting Room club likely felt they'd won some sort...

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Angel City Jazz Festival lineup looks global for its 2015 lineup

The Angel City Jazz Festival has announced its lineup for its 2015 installment, and much like Los Angeles, it's a sprawling affair.

Spanning the city with 13 performances in seven venues from Sept. 25 to Oct. 11, the festival again offers a mix of local and international ensembles, hitting the beloved Little Tokyo jazz incubator the Blue Whale as well as stages in Santa Monica, Northridge, downtown...

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Vaud & the Villains bring vintage sounds to Pasadena on Aug. 1

The free summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion band shells have long offered an invigorating mix of touring and local acts to the L.A. area. Saturday’s show at the Levitt in Pasadena figures to be one of this season’s highlights with the grand-scale retro collective Vaud and the Villains.

The Times profiled the group, which typically brings between 15 and 20 musicians on stage, in 2012. Since then,...

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John Lennon Day in New York celebrated on Ellis Island

U2 singer Bono and guitarist the Edge joined Yoko Ono and various dignitaries on Ellis Island on Wednesday for New York City's inaugural John Lennon Day. They were there to unveil artwork dedicated to the late Beatle.

A tapestry commissioned by Art for Amnesty and installed at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration depicts Manhattan as a giant yellow submarine with Lennon at the helm.


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