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Great Scott! "Back to the Future in Concert" Comes to NYC Thursday and Friday

Mathew Imaging(NEW YORK) -- Back to the Future is coming to an iconic New York City venue this Thursday and Friday night.

The classic sci-fi comedy, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be screened at Radio City Music Hall, with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing the entire original score from the film.

Christopher Lloyd, who famously played scientist Doc Brown, will make an appearance at the Back to the Future in Concert shows. So will James Tolkan, a.k.a. the strict principal Mr. Strickland; Back to the Future writer-producer Bob Gale; and the film's composer, Alan Silvestri.

Gale is thrilled that his movie, which he co-wrote with director Robert Zemeckis, continues to have an impact on pop culture and will be showing at a famous venue like Radio City. "The idea that this crazy movie that Zemeckis and I came up with keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny...with this new iteration with the live orchestra -- it's such a great high, I can't tell you," he tells ABC Radio.

Gale attended a Back to the Future in Concert performance at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this year, and he says he received positive feedback from fans. He recalls they approached him and commented, "I felt like I was seeing the movie for the first time. I was that excited, there was that much energy."

Silvestri, who contributed 20 minutes of new music for the Back to the Future in Concert series, has also seen firsthand how enthusiastic fans are during the performances. "In some of the iconic moments in the film -- where Doc Brown pops out of the DeLorean for the first time, the crowd cheers like the actors were up on stage. It's just amazing," he shares.

The Back to the Future in Concert series will also be presented in Toronto this week. Upcoming performances are scheduled for Indianapolis, St. Louis and Denver. You can review all future dates on

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Beyonce 'Feeling Much Better Now'

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(ANTWERP, Belgium) -- Beyonce is “feeling much better,” a day after a doctor ordered her to postpone her show Tuesday night in Antwerp, Belgium.

The singer posted a handwritten apology to fans for having to cancel the concert on her website.

“I’ve never postponed a show in my life. It was very hard for me. I promise I will make it up very soon. I’m sorry if I disappointed you. Thank you for your concern. I’m feeling much better now and I’m ready to give you a great show.”

The “Single Ladies” singer had two shows in Antwerp scheduled for The Mrs. Carter Show world tour. Though it appears the show will go on Wednesday night, there is no word on when the first show will be rescheduled.

Beyonce released a statement Tuesday morning saying she had been “advised by her doctors to rest as a result of dehydration and exhaustion” and that “ticket holders should keep their tickets to be used with the re-scheduled date.”

Tuesday’s cancellation quickly fueled rumors that the 31-year-old singer is pregnant with her second child. Sources close to the singer have been quick to quash the reports.

“Beyoncé and Jay are planning for another baby after her tour is over and things calm down just a bit,” one source told People on Monday, referring to the singer and husband Jay-Z.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America in London, the mother of Blue Ivy, said she’s definitely open to more children.

“I think my daughter needs some company,” she said. “I definitely love being big sister.”

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Madonna Threatens to Cancel Concert If Fans Smoke

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You don’t want to light up around Madonna.

The singer scolded her fans for smoking cigarettes during her sound check at a concert in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, and threatened to cancel the show if they didn’t put them out.  The incident was caught on video.

“If you’re going to smoke cigarettes, I’m not doing a show,” Madonna is heard saying in the video.

The crowd at the outdoor venue screamed “No.”

“You don’t care about me, I don’t care about you,” the 54-year-old singer said. “Are we going to play that game? I’m not kidding. I can’t sing if you smoke. ¿Entiendes?”

“You’re looking right at me while you’re smoking cigarettes like I’m a stupid f**king idiot,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"12-12-12" Concert: Music Superstars Rock Out for Sandy Relief

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel(NEW YORK) -- It was a night of music, comedy and celebrities at 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night.

While several top artists in the rock and pop genres performed for the MSG crowd, actors such as James Gandolfini, Jimmy Fallon and Jack McBrayer manned a phone bank where they accepted donations from viewers.

Forty cable networks televised and numerous websites streamed the event, the proceeds of which benefited The Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Fittingly, the concert began at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with a "local" artist -- New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss and his E Street Band kicked off his half-hour set with a performance of "Land of Hope & Dreams."

As he introduced "My City of Ruins," Springsteen noted that he wrote the song about Asbury Park, N.J.  He described the Jersey Shore as an area for both the rich and poor, adding, "I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore because that's what makes it special."

Springsteen mixed "My City of Ruins" with a bit of "Jersey Girl," a favorite of Springsteen fans that was originally recorded by Tom Waits.

Springsteen was joined by another Jersey rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, for his final song, "Born to Run."  Springsteen returned the favor during Bon Jovi's set, teaming with the band on their hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Springsteen and Bon Jovi were far from the only legendary rockers to take the stage over the course of the night.

Paul McCartney, the closing act, provided a special moment when he brought the former members of Nirvana on stage -- minus the late Kurt Cobain, of course, but including drummer-turned-Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl -- for a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack."  Sir Paul also sprinkled in some crowd-pleasers like "Helter Skelter" and "Live and Let Die."

The Rolling Stones, in the middle of a 50th anniversary tour, played just two songs, including "Jumpin' Jack Flash."  Mick Jagger joked at one point, "This has to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden."

That "collection" also included The Who, which saluted their late drummer, Keith Moon, by screening footage of him singing during their performance of "Bell Boy."  And as he took over vocals on "Baba O'Riley," Pete Townshend changed the lyrics "It's only teenage wasteland" to "It’s only Sandy wasteland."

The other artists on the bill were Long Island native Billy Joel; Manhattan's own Alicia Keys; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who was joined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Eric Clapton; rapper Kanye West; and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who duetted with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

The telecast featured celebrity appearances by Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Diddy, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Brian Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The marathon concert ended with Alicia Keys returning to the stage to perform “Empire State of Mind” as McCartney, firefighters, members of various public works departments and individuals personally affected by the superstorm gathered on stage.

An album of select performances from 12.12.12 will be sold on iTunes beginning on Dec. 18.

Here are the set lists from 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, in chronological order:

Bruce Springsteen
"Land Of Hope And Dreams"
"Wrecking Ball"
"My City Of Ruins/Jersey Girl"
"Born To Run" (with Jon Bon Jovi)

Roger Waters
"In the Flesh?"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
"Us And Them"
"Comfortably Numb" (with Eddie Vedder)

Bon Jovi

"It's My Life"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Livin' on a Prayer"

Eric Clapton
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Got To Get Better In A Little While"

The Rolling Stones
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Alicia Keys
"Brand New Me"
"No One"

The Who
"Who Are You"
"Bell Boy"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Tea and Theatre"

Kanye West
"Jesus Walks"
"All Of The Lights"/"Run This Town"
"Diamonds" remix (featuring recorded Rihanna vocals)
"Touch the Sky"
"Gold Digger"
"Good Life"

Billy Joel
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"New York State of Mind"
"The River of Dreams"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"

Chris Martin
"Viva La Vida"
"Losing My Religion" (R.E.M. song; with Michael Stipe)
"Us Against The World"

Paul McCartney
"Helter Skelter"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"My Valentine" (with Diana Krall)
"Cut Me Some Slack" (with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear)
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Live and Let Die"

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The "12.12.12" Sandy Relief Concert Takes Place Wednesday Night YORK) -- 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, the star-packed benefit for the victims of the massive storm that recently battered the northeastern U.S., takes place Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The show's lineup features quite a few celebrities who hail from some the areas hit hardest by the storm, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.

In conjunction with promoting the charity event, the famed musicians discussed some of the devastation they witnessed near their hometowns and why it's so important for people to support the victims of the storm.

Springsteen, who is from New Jersey's coastal region shore, points out, "The size of the destruction was shocking, and it took days and days to even understand the level of destruction that occurred along the Jersey shore."

He also stresses, "What makes a place that place is a fragile thing very often.  Trying to maintain that part of what the Jersey coast was about is important.  I wouldn't want to see that part of it and that life disappear."

Like the Boss, Bon Jovi was raised, and still lives, near the Jersey shore.  The singer declares, "There have been hurricanes, there have been storms, but I've never seen anything remotely close to what Hurricane Sandy was."

He notes that while the storm only lasted one day, its effects "are gonna last a lifetime."  Bon Jovi adds that, on the positive side, "In our time of need, people come together in a way that is unique to who and what we are, and I love that."

Joel, meanwhile, lives along the coast of Long Island, N.Y.  He says about the effects of Sandy: "Emotionally it hurts to see all the terrible things that happened because of this storm, all the lives that were disrupted, all the damage that was done…People were stranded.  People died.  I'm proud to be [a Long] Islander, and to see something like this happen is devastating."

As previously reported, the 12.12.12 concert will feature performances by Springsteen and his E Street Band, Bon Jovi's namesake group and Joel, as well as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, Roger Waters, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and more.

The show, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m. ET, will air live on various TV stations across the globe and will stream on select websites.  In addition, a free simulcast of the concert will be held in a number of movie theaters in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, while paid screenings will take place in other parts of the U.S. to raise additional funds for the cause.

Proceeds from the 12.12.12 concert and album will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, materials and information to charitable organizations in the northeastern U.S. that are helping families and areas severely affected by the storm.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Fun. Dominates "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!!" Special, Earns Six Nominations Overall

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- It was a fun night for fun. at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday.

On the strength of their smash hit "We Are Young," the pop-rock band earned nominations in four of the five categories revealed on the CBS telecast. And the reason they didn't get a nod in the remaining category is that it was dedicated to country music.

fun. is nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album, for Some Nights; record of the year, for "We Are Young"; and best new artist.

It was announced immediately after the telecast that fun. had tied for the most nominations with six, along with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West.

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J hosted the special, which was dubbed Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!! Aside from the announcement of the nominees in select categories, the program featured performances by some of the newly-minted nominees as well as other prominent artists. They included:

-- Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry: the Johnny Cash-June Carter song "Jackson," in a tribute to The Man in Black.

-- Maroon 5: "One More Night," "Moves Like Jagger," "Daylight" and "Payphone."

-- The Who: "Won't Get Fooled Again."

-- Luke Bryan: "I Don't Want This Night to End."

-- fun. featuring Janelle Monae: "We Are Young."

-- Ne-Yo: "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)."

The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.

Here are the categories announced on the telecast:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford and Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"
Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Frank Ocean, "Thinkin Bout You"
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
Pink, The Truth About Love

Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley, "Home"
Eric Church, "Springsteen"
Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'"
Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"
Blake Shelton, "Over"
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lady Gaga Vomits On Stage in Barcelona

Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Coty Beauty UK(BARCELONA, Spain) -- Lady Gaga‘s making herself sick.

Last week, days after Justin Bieber puked during one of his concerts, Gaga vomited on stage in Barcelona, bending over a barrier to throw up multiple times while performing “Edge of Glory.” She gamely up-righted herself and continued her routine with a male professional dancer, and later tweeted, “SPAIN, you took the p*** outta me. Thats some hard bodied pop stuff.”

It’s not Gaga’s first mid-show hurl. Over the summer, she ducked off stage in Romania to vomit. When she returned, she told the crowd, “I went backstage and vomited, and I did not want you to see this … It happens to me sometimes.”

Gaga’s health has been a subject of debate for the past month. She recently revealed her 25-pound weight gain and launched a “Body Revolution” section on her website to fight criticism of all figures, famous or not.

Justin Bieber recently blamed milk for an on-stage sick session late last month.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Controversial Madonna Paris Show Wasn't Meant to Be a Full Concert, Says Rep

Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for Madonna is defending the star from complaints by French fans that her show at Paris' Olympia club was a ripoff because it only lasted 45 minutes.   After the show ended Thursday night, fans booed Madonna, called her nasty names and, reportedly, chanted "refund!"  But according to spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, the show was never meant to be a full-fledged Madonna concert.

In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Rosenberg says, "Madonna's Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show. … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans."

Rosenberg goes on to say,  "She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes.  And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world."

According to Rosenberg, Madonna wanted to take time out from her "grueling" concert tour to do the intimate club show in Paris as a way of honoring "her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France's long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years."

Madonna closed the Olympia show with a version of "Je T'aime … Moi Non Plus," a  song by the late French music icon Serge Gainsbourg which was controversial at the time of its release in 1969 due to its sexual content.

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Madonna Helps Fan Propose, Gives Marital Advice

Ragnar Singsaas/WireImage(AMSTERDAM) -- For many, proposing marriage is a terrifying task. But one lucky woman got help from Madonna before she popped the question to her boyfriend in front of several hundred thousand people.

Halfway through Madonna’s July 8 concert in Amsterdam, she announced that she heard a rumor that someone was going to propose that night. A woman in the front row raised her hand and the “Like a Virgin” singer handed her the microphone so the arena, and now the world thanks to YouTube, could hear it.

“Is that the man you love?” Madonna asked the woman.

“Do you love her?  Huh?  Very much?” the singer demanded of the guy.

Then Madonna, who has been married and divorced twice, walked the woman through the marriage proposal.

“Do it with feeling, from the heart, baby,” Madonna told the woman.

After the man said "yes" and the singer told them to “kiss with tongue,” she gave them more advice.

“Never go to bed angry, OK?” the singer said.

“Two pieces of advice.  Sorry,” she added. “Learn to say the word, ‘I f**ked up.’”

As the crowd cheered, the singer corrected herself saying, “That’s more than one word.” She then topped off the proposal by dedicating a song to the happy couple.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Man Booted from Kenny Chesney Concert for Looking Like Singer

WKRN-TV (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Nashville, Tenn., man who was kicked out of Kenny Chesney’s Saturday night concert in the Music City for looking too much like the country-music singer says the resemblance is out of his control.

“I can’t help the way I look,” Nathan Blankenship told ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.

Blankenship was dressed similar to Chesney, wearing a sleeveless shirt and straw cowboy hat, and he says people sometimes say he looks like the star.

Security at the concert venue, LP Field, claims Blankenship was causing a disturbance among fans who thought they were seeing Chesney in the audience. Security personnel escorted Blankenship out of the stadium as a result.

“I think the way they handled it made it seem worse, like they were really escorting Kenny Chesney through the crowd,” he said.

It seems Blankenship has been through this kind of thing before. An official at LP Field says Metro Nashville police knew about Blankenship’s looking like Chesney, 44, before the concert began.  Country stars at previous Nashville concerts have apparently spotted Blankenship in the crowd and thought he was causing a similar disturbance.

Blankenship is also upset about having to give up his $200 concert ticket to the show. Chesney’s camp released a statement Monday saying it didn’t know about Blankenship’s getting kicked out of the concert until it was reported in the media.

Concert promoter Kate McMahon of the Messina Group says they are reaching out to Blankenship to remedy the situation.

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