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D'Angelo cancels festival appearance over illness

D’Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency.

The soul singer had been forced to cancel U.S. dates last week due to illness and also will miss shows in Chicago and San Diego this week. Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, will step into D’Angelo’s slot Friday night at Outside Lands where he was supposed to close the Sutro Stage.

The nature of D’Angelo’s illness was unclear. A publicist didn’t immediately respond to an email inquiry. The singer, whose real name is Michael Archer, has been slowly returning to public performances over the last year after more than a decade away from the spotlight and is expected to soon release his first album since 2000.

Beyonce at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Who runs this mother?

“Brooklyn! Welcome, Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn, in fact, had already been hyping itself up for approximately 75 minutes when the first thundering notes of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rung out in the sports stadium formerly partially owned by Mr. Carter – and frankly, seemed about ready to collectively pee its pants. (Or more accurately, its fancypants; a Beyoncé crowd does not stint on the Saturday-night spangles.)

Because, of course, neither would the guest of honor: Emerging in an intricately iced-out onesie that can best be described as Razzle McDazzle Goes to the Fierce-Capades, she launched immediately into a frenetic “Run the World (Girls),” on through “End of Time” and B’Day‘s “Flaws and All.”

It took a minute to process what was different about her version “If I Were a Boy” — basically, that she was weaving it through an instrumental refrain of  the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” which mostly weirdly worked. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift sings 'You're So Vain' with Carly Simon -- VIDEO

Taylor Swift and Carly Simon are both blond singer-songwriters, and the comparisons don’t end there. They also get asked a certain question pretty often: Who did you write that song about? In Simon’s case, everyone wants to know the subject of “You’re So Vain,” which has been rumored to be about everyone from Mick Jagger to Warren Beatty. In Swift’s case, every love song is up for speculation.

So it’s only appropriate that Swift brought Simon out onstage Saturday night to sing “Vain” during her Red Tour stop in Foxborough, Mass. Watch the entire performance below:
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Bruce Springsteen dedicates song to Trayvon Martin

Bruce Springsteen dedicated his protest song “American Skin (41 Shots)” to teenager Trayvon Martin during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

In a video posted online, the 63-year-old singer told the crowd Tuesday: “We’ll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin,” after noticing a fan’s sign that read “American Skin (41 Shots).”

George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense during a February 2012 confrontation with the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla.
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Dave Matthews hitchhikes to his own concert

Dave Matthews may jet to performances around the world, but that doesn’t mean his bicycle never breaks down.

That’s what happened before the singer’s show in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday when one of his fans pulled over to give a stranded cyclist a ride and realized the hitchhiker was none other than Matthews, who didn’t have a cellphone on him.

Emily Kraus told WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., that that she and her boyfriend helped Matthews stow his bicycle on their bike rack and he got in their car for the rest of the ride.

“We didn’t know how to make conversation with him, in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from,” Kraus said. “He had just been in Cincinnati and he said, ‘I’m taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.’ … He was just a very humble guy.”
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Aretha Franklin cancels hometown show citing treatment

Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment.

The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month.

Then, in a letter written by the Grammy-winning singer and distributed Friday by her publicist, Franklin says she was canceling the show “one last time” due to an unspecified ongoing treatment.

The 71-year-old Queen of Soul had announced in May that she was putting off scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut to undergo medical treatment.

This is what happens when you irritate Rihanna in concert -- VIDEO

YouTube’s most-viewed artist was recently caught on tape whacking an overzealous fan with a microphone during a performance in Birmingham, England.

As “We Found Love” blared, the singer left the stage to interact with fans on the ground, touching their hands as she walked past the concert’s first row. When one attendee apparently refused to let go of RiRi, she responded with a quick, decisive mic hit. All the while, Rihanna’s voice continued to emerge from the venue’s speakers; perhaps she was using some sort of British wizard magic.

The video is lo-fi, to say the least — and annoyingly, an ad pops up during the money shot. Still, you can tell that Rihanna’s move was deliberate, though it’s tough to say where she hit the fan and whether the smacked one ended up being injured.

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From music for advertising to the concert hall: Two Steps From Hell performs their trailer music live for the first time

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Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen of Two Steps From Hell, a duo of composers who write music especially for movie trailers, had no idea when they formed in 2006 that their music would someday gain a large and devoted enough following to create demand for a live performance. Their music was for advertising, and albums were available only to music supervisors within the entertainment industry, not for purchase among the public. But that has changed, and now Two Steps have gained enough public attention to perform their epic music live. Walt Disney Concert Hall, a Downtown Los Angeles venue, hosted the trailer music company’s first concert on Friday night.

While it was once frowned upon to release music to the public that was originally meant to be exclusive to trailer editors, Two Steps is now one of multiple trailer music libraries that have made their music available on sites like iTunes. In 2009, the third trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek put Two Steps From Hell on the map when it featured their majestic yet ethereal track “Freedom Fighters.” While most of the duo’s profits still come from licensing their tracks for use in advertising for films, TV, and video games, they now also have a lucrative business selling their music to the public.

“We were so focused on providing music for business that when we suddenly realized that the public was also interested, it was flattering and surprising,” recalled Russell Emanuel, CEO of Extreme Music, which distributes Two Steps From Hell’s music. “That said, with the quality of [Two Steps'] competition, in hindsight it seems that this is something that was inevitable.” READ FULL STORY

First Look: Dane DeHaan ventures into a chaotic city in 'Metallica Through the Never' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

There’s nothing typical about Metallica’s upcoming 3-D IMAX concert movie Metallica Through the Never, directed by Nimród Antal ­(Predators) and hitting theaters Sept. 27. In the movie, performance scenes are interspersed with a scripted story line featuring Chronicle star Dane DeHaan as a roadie ­dispatched into a chaotic city to carry out a mysterious task. Even producer Charlotte Huggins has a hard time categorizing the film: “It’s a ­dramatic movie in which a concert takes place,” she tells EW. READ FULL STORY

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

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