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On the scene: Rolling Stones open tour in L.A. with help from Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban

The Rolling Stones unofficially kicked off their 50th anniversary tour with a secret show at a small Los Angeles club last week, but Friday’s real opener at the Staples Center was anything but quiet or modest. The Stones opened their more than two-hour set with the UCLA marching band coming through the crowd (which included various celebrities, including Jack Nicholson in his usual Lakers spot, natch) playing the familiar chords of “Satisfaction.”

The Stones put on a show that included guest spots from Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban, as well as former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. Proving that they’ve still got the moves, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts (age total combined: 274) strutted their stuff on a stage that jutted out from a pair of lips into their unmistakable tongue logo that allowed the band to walk into the crowd, or in Mick’s case, skip.

Celebrating 50 years as a band is no small feat and the show opened with a video montage of famous fans reminiscing about their favorite Stones albums and shows, from Iggy Pop (“I’d never seen people with teeth like that!”) to Pete Townshend to Cate Blanchett (“Just how skinny they are really pisses me off”).

Ticket prices for the show were astronomical, ranging from the steal of a pit ticket for $85 to more than $600 for better seats in the sold-out 20,000 capacity venue (although last-minute tickets were reportedly available under face value on ticket broker StubHub). Jagger didn’t let the price factor go unnoticed, greeting the crowd with a tongue-in-cheek jab at his wealthy clientele: “Good evening, Los Angeles — or is it really just Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and parts of Santa Monica?”

The Stones may be getting up there but they are no strangers to the Web. If you want to feel like you’re really at every show, following @rollingstones on Twitter is a sure-fire way to get addicted. The feed tweeted the entire set list — which barely missed a beat of the hits, from “Paint It Black” to “Start Me Up” — in real time. While a Stones show is always a special occasion, the show’s set closely followed their show in Brooklyn late last year, with deep cut departures and special guests to set the night apart.

Below, a look at the show’s biggest highlights:
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Fall Out Boy pay tribute to Spinal Tap on 'Conan': Watch here!

Fall Out Boy just dropped their latest (and actually very good) album Save Rock and Roll, and though their song titles are not as pun-tacular as they used to be, the band clearly hasn’t lost its sense of humor.

On last night’s episode of Conan, the band busted out Save Rock and Roll‘s first single “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” with a little help from the famous “Rock and Roll Creation” pods from This Is Spinal Tap.

When one of the pods failed to open (as they are wont to do) and imprisoned bassist Pete Wentz, Tap’s own bassist Derek Smalls (a.k.a. actor and writer Harry Shearer) filled in on the low end.

He brought along some pals, too. Check out the entirety of Fall Out Boy’s performance on last night’s episode of Conan below: READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

LL Cool J on 'Accidental Racist': 'The song wasn't perfect' -- VIDEO

Now that Brad Paisley has taken his turn trying to defend the batty lyrics to “Accidental Racist,” it’s time for LL Cool J to make his defense.

Last night on The Tonight Show, LL addressed the conversations over the song from Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse, which contains multiple lyrics that some judged insensitive to the actual struggles against racism. Paisley wanted credit for starting a conversation about difficult issues, while LL took a different approach.

“I feel good,” the rapper told Jay Leno when asked about the Internet fervor over the tune. “The song wasn’t perfect. You can’t fit 300 or 400 years of history into a three or four minute song.”

He continued, somewhat turning on the song. READ FULL STORY

Jonathan Knight exits New Kids on the Block performance in the middle of the show

New Kids on the Block have a lot going on in 2013: They just dropped a brand new album called 10, booked a big-ticket cruise, and are headed out on tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

But their long road already hit its first speedbump. Last night, during a performance at New York City’s iHeartRadio Theater, Jonathan Knight left the stage suddenly without explanation.

Later on Twitter, he apologized to fans who were there to see the classic boy band perform.

The remainder of the group rolled with it, making jokes about Knight needing to use the bathroom and lending words of support to their comrade. “We love Jonathan and he loves us,” Joey McIntyre told the crowd.

Knight has notably struggled with anxiety throughout his life—he famously went on Oprah to talk about his experiences with anxiety disorder.

It’s unclear how his latest incident will affect NKOTB’s schedule moving forward. They will play the Sutter Home Winery in Saint Helena, CA this Sunday, April 7; the next opportunity you’ll have to see them is when their cruise sets sail from Miami on May 18.

Read More on EW.com:
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Joey McIntyre talks ’90210′ role, possible NKOTB reunion on ‘Blue Bloods’
New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men touring together this summer: ‘Ladies, we’re coming for you’

Green Day live: 21 thoughts from the scene of their long-awaited return to the road

On Thursday night, Green Day made their long-awaited official return to the road at the Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago. I was there both as a professional (you can read my full critical take on the show in next week’s issue of EW), and as a longtime admirer of the group whose fandom has waxed and waned over the course of their career. Below is a series of musings about the scene that was.

1. Green Day performed a handful of club dates leading up to their South By Southwest showcase, but this was the first show of the proper arena tour (dubbed the 99 Revolutions Tour, after the track on ¡Tre!) the band was supposed to start a few months ago. Though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has been in rehab for the last few months, there were no references made by the band that they had ever been away. It was business as usual, without any nods to the news.

2. Just because the band ignored it didn’t mean the crowd did as well. There were a handful of signs held up by fans on the GA floor expressing their support of Armstrong through his recovery. One read: “You are always here for us, now we’re here for you.” There was also a guy who brought a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber, a reference to Armstrong’s infamous on-stage rant in Las Vegas last fall—the incident that led directly to his rehab stint. (Too soon, dude!)

3. Even if the show wasn’t strictly sold out, the band will most certainly make up the difference in merch: The lines for T-shirts (and hoodies and hats and copies of Kerplunk on vinyl) were huge, which meant that the bulk of the crowd missed opening act Best Coast in favor of snagging gear. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake confirms second '20/20' album

Justin Timberlake made everybody wait nearly seven years between albums. With that math, we’d be into the second term of the next Clinton administration before another opus surfaced.

But JT is a giver, and he won’t make anybody sweat nearly that long the next time around.

“I need to clear up a rumor,” he told the crowd at a release party for his new album The 20/20 Experience in Los Angeles last night, during an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “This whole thing about this being the first half of the album is true.” READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake closes SXSW on a high note -- VIDEO

Justin Timberlake performs at Myspace Secret Show @ SXSWIf you thought Justin Timberweek ended with Friday night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, you had another thing coming.

Last night, seven days after he appeared on Saturday Night Live as both the show’s host and musical guest, Mr. Suit and Tie seized SXSW by putting on one of the festival’s most anticipated shows of the week. And while Timberlake’s Myspace showcase was this year’s Party To Go To for many, only a lucky few actually got to attend.

That’s because the event went down at Austin’s Coppertank Events Center, a small downtown venue that reached its legal capacity of 800 people so quickly, it seemed like the event was actually sponsored by the city’s fire marshals. Of course, that only enhanced the intimacy of the concert. In the end, the strategy paid off, with both Timberlake and the audience feeding of the night’s once-in-a-lifetime vibes.

The thrills (and shrieks) began the moment he walked out on stage with an acoustic guitar and performed the Justified favorite “Like I Love You.” Wearing a fedora, blazer, and one of those tuxedo-print novelty t-shirts that you thought were only worn by characters in ’80s teen comedies, the singer’s smooth stage presence suggested that he wanted to do more than bring sexy back — he wanted to bring JT back.

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Green Day make triumphant post-rehab return at SXSW

“Welcome back!” Billie Joe Armstrong shouted to a capacity crowd — but he might as well have been talking about himself.

A massively energetic Armstrong led Green Day in a triumphant live performance return at SXSW music festival in Austin on Friday night. The evening marked the first major performance by the band since he had an infamous onstage meltdown during the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last September and subsequently entered rehab. READ FULL STORY

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