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Friday
Apr182014

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Ready to Trade in the Cold for the Hawaiian Sun

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been playing shows in Canada this past week, but the duo's Tyler Hubbard isn't happy with the weather up there. He posted an photo from his hotel room on Instagram Friday saying, "Not the prettiest place I've been to in Canada. It's so cold and nasty today."

Luckily, FGL heads to Hawaii for a little fun in this sun this coming week before their show in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24.

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Friday
Apr182014

Grammy Charity Auction Offering Meet-and-Greet Package with Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne via TwitterAn exciting VIP package is up for bid that will give rock fans the chance to get up close and personal with Ozzy Osbourne.  The meet-and-greet experiences are part of a charity auction that will raise money for the Recording Academy's Grammy Foundation and MusiCares organization.

The Ozzy Osbourne package includes two passes to attend the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert paying tribute to Ozzy on May 12 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, including a pair of front-row balcony seats, access to the event's soundcheck, a light meal and a private meeting and photo op with the Metal Madman himself. 

Osbourne and his solo band will perform at the sold-out event, as will Metallica, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, bluesman Keb' Mo' and other stars.  In addition, The EaglesJoe Walsh will present Ozzy with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which aids musicians who are struggling with health and addiction issues.

You can bid on the package now through April 25 by visiting eBay.com/Grammy.

Friday
Apr182014

Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of "Purple Rain" & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," says Prince in a statement.

"Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces," says Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Friday
Apr182014

Jason Aldean Guest Judging Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl Program

Greenroom PRAvid baseball fan Jason Aldean has joined the guest judging panel to select the participants in this year's Major League Baseball Honorary Bat Girl program. Each Major League Baseball club will select a woman who has been affected by breast cancer or participated in the fight against the disease to serve as bat girl for their favorite team.  The cause is close to Jason's heart since he lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years back.

You can check out the stories of this year's nominees at HonoraryBatGirl.com.

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Friday
Apr182014

Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesCuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California.  The musician' wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes.  Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn't know his exact birth date.

Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band's fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group's releases through 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh.  He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.

Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child.  By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums.  While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria.  In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists.  Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.

In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James.  After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.

Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website.  The homage reads, "My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight.  He is now light only...no more in the body.  He is free from gravity and time.  Immortality is his playground.  Infinity is his domain.  Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza.  Be with GOD and the angels Dear one.  Peace."

Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

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Friday
Apr182014

Magazine Denies It Photoshopped Lorde's Nose 

Eliza Grossman for FASHION MagazineLorde has been outspoken in the past about the way that images of her are sometimes Photoshopped without her consent.  But her latest accusation, against the Canadian magazine FASHION, has no merit, according to the editor-in-chief of the publication.

A few days ago, Lorde tweeted, "apart from the fact that i'm pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo."  She included a photo from her recent spread for FASHION, showing her looking beautiful in a motorcycle jacket and floor-length leather skirt.

But in a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Bernadette Morra, the editor-in-chief of the publication, said, "I can assure you, FASHION Magazine did not give Lorde a new nose. Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are.”

Lorde appears on the cover of the May issue of FASHION.

Last month, Lorde tweeted a photo of herself on stage, and another image of the same performance, showing how her acne had been Photoshopped out.  "i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)," she wrote.

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Friday
Apr182014

Joey Fatone Says There's "Absolutely 100% No" Chance 'N SYNC Will Reunite Again -- for Now

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVEver since Justin Timberlake managed to reunite 'N SYNC for the MTV Video Music Awards last year, fans have been hoping that he, Joey, Lance, Chris and JC will do it again.  But according to Joey Fatone, it ain't happening.  At least, not any time soon.

Recalling the circumstances under which the reunion happened last year -- Justin called the rest of the group just two-and-a-half weeks before the awards show -- Joey told the Huffington Post Live, "I don't know whether or not something will ever happen again, but you always say 'never say never,' 'cause that happened. That was never gonna happen, and all of a sudden it did happen."

"So at this moment in time, is it gonna happen?" Joey said of another reunion. "Absolutely 100% no, at this moment."

Joey also said that he's not really in favor of groups who claim they'll never tour again going back on their word.

"All these other groups and bands have said, 'We will never tour again,' and you see, like, New Kids on the Block touring," he noted. When asked if he felt 'N SYNC is being "shown up" by the large-scale tours that NKOTB and Backstreet Boys have done recently, Joey cracked, "No. I feel like they just need the money.  No, offense guys."

Joey did allow that if a group has a new album to promote, he's fine with them going back on the road.  But therein lies the challenge.

"We've been gone for over 10 years, what can we really do?" he asked. "How can we step it up? Are we gonna put a new album out?" He also noted that everyone has their own lives:  he, Justin and Chris Kirkpatrick are married, and Lance Bass is getting married.  Referring to JC Chasez, who is single, he then turned to the camera and joked, "JC, buddy, what's goin' on, bro?"

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Friday
Apr182014

Lady Gaga Gets Wisdom Teeth Removed Ahead of Tour Kickoff 

Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterShe wouldn't be able to sing with her mouth all swollen, so that's why Lady Gaga has decided to get her wisdom teeth removed before her tour launches next month.

"Wisdom teeth out," the singer tweeted, adding, in a parody of her song "Poker Face," "P-p-Percocet p-p-Percocet."  Percocet is a powerful painkiller.

She then posted a selfie showing herself in bed, looking sad and clutching a stuffed animal. "Chipmunk Cheeks," she wrote. "Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can't eat.  I'm gonna put some meatballs in a blender."

Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.

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Friday
Apr182014

Former Korn Touring Guitarist Dead at 35

Courtesy Jonathan Davis via InstagramShane Gibson, who toured with Korn from 2007 to 2010, has died at the age of 35. According to Planet Mosh, the guitarist suffered from a rare form of blood-clotting disorder and passed away at 5:45 a.m. on April 15 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gibson was a member of the band Stork but was best known to music fans as Korn's fill-in guitarist when Brian "Head" Welch was taking a break from the band. Gibson also toured with Korn singer Jonathan Davis' solo band the SFAs.

Korn drummer Ray Luzier issued the following statement on his Instagram: "Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I'm still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I've ever known. I'm honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you've touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP."

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Friday
Apr182014

4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event 

AnEveningwithWomen.orgRemember 4 Non Blondes?  The group, led by Linda Perry, scored a massive hit in 1993 with the song "What's Up?" but then disbanded in 1994.  Perry's since gone on to write huge hits for Christina Aguilera, Pink and Gwen Stefani, but now she's getting the band back together for a special performance.

The band will perform at An Evening with Women, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's annual gala event which is produced by Perry.  The May 10 event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel also will feature an appearance by actress and singer Evan Rachel WoodMargaret Cho will host the night's festivities.

In a statement, Perry, who just married actress Sarah Gilbert last month, says, "To give is one of the greatest gifts one could ever receive. ‘An Evening with Women’ is all of us giving heart, passion, time and self.  I want to be of service and what better way than to create an evening raising awareness by celebrating life, music and community.”

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Friday
Apr182014

Ariana Grande's New Record Is "Huge," Says Iggy Azalea 

Image Courtesy Ariana Grande via TwitterAfter hinting at it on Twitter, Ariana Grande has now confirmed that her new single, "Problem," will feature Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.  And Iggy warns fans to expect something special.

"Well, I'm extremely happy to be a part of 's new record," Iggy tweeted. "And I'm warning you now... She may be small but the record is huge."

"Love you so much @IggyAzalea," replied Ariana.

"Problem" will be out on April 27.  Ariana, who's recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, said her fans' excitement over the news is helping her feel better.  She tweeted, "had a rough afternoon getting my stitches out and my jaw is starting to hurt a little but your energy is making me forget all bout iiiiiiit."

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Friday
Apr182014

One Direction Members Morph Into Each Other in New "You & I" Video

Columbia RecordsInstead of having to choose which member of One Direction you like best, wouldn't it be great if all five guys could be rolled up into one super-dreamy individual?  Well, that's what happens in the group's new video for the single "You & I."

The clip starts with Niall Horan coming out of a building on an amusement pier by the British seaside, wearing a grey sweater and black slacks.  As he starts singing and walking down the boardwalk, he looks down, and when he looks up, he's morphed into Liam Payne, wearing the same thing.  After Liam sings for a bit, he holds up his hand, and passes it in front of his face: boom!  He's Harry Styles.  After Harry does his part, he turns around, and when he turns to face the camera again, and he's changed into Zayn Malik.  Then Zayn morphs into Louis Tomlinson, who morphs into Harry again.

After a huge closeup on Harry's eyes, the camera pulls back to show all five guys walking down the boardwalk singing, surrounded by multiple copies of themselves, all "frozen" in action. As they continue their walk, the frozen images appear and reappear, and each guy "jumps" into his frozen image and reanimates it. They also blow up balloons and let them go, and kick plastic balls, all of which appear to hang in the air, frozen, until the real items take their place. The clip ends with all five guys together singing, still walking down the same boardwalk. 

"You & I" is the latest single from the band's album Midnight Memories.

 (A commercial may play before the video begins.)


Friday
Apr182014

fun.'s Andrew Dost Scoring New MTV Show, Upcoming Film 

ABC NewsWhile fun. frontman Nate Ruess is recording duets with Pink, and guitarist Jack Antonoff is promoting his side project, Bleachers, and co-writing songs with the likes of Taylor Swift, the group's multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, has also been keeping busy.

Billboard reports that Dost is getting into film and TV scoring, starting with composing the music for MTV's new series Faking It.  Dost says that doing this sort of work is "my career goal" and "my biggest ambition."   The show, which premieres April 22, is a romantic comedy set in a high school in Austin, Texas, and focuses on two girls whose popularity goes through the roof when a rumor starts that they're gay.  It isn't true, but the two decide to continue the charade because of their new social status.

On top of that show, Dost is also scoring a movie called Me Him Her, which stars Scott Bakula and Haley Joel Osment.

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Friday
Apr182014

Paul Stanley of KISS Wrapping Up Book Tour

Harper CollinsKISS frontman Paul Stanley has published his autobiography, Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed, and is on a book tour through California this week to sign books and meet fans. 

Despite the fact that Stanley appears on the cover in full KISS makeup, he tells ABC News Radio "I didn't write a KISS book, I wrote a book about my life."

The book opens with Stanley's childhood, which tells the tale of a pretty rough beginning. "I was born without a right ear, deaf on that side, all kinds of learning disabilities because of it and a fairly dysfunctional family," he says.  He admits he pursued fame because he thought it would cure his problems. "And I became famous, luckily, and at that point I realized that it wasn't the answer, so at that point you either start to do drugs and numb yourself or you can roll up your sleeves and get your life together and stop being a victim," he says simply, but readers of Face The Music will learn that Stanley's journey was far from simple -- in fact, it was full of loneliness and self-doubt.

Paul Stanley admits to ABC News Radio that he "couldn't have written the book 15 years ago because it wouldn't have had a happy ending. The only reason to write a book like this is not to wallow in pity or cry 'Woe is me,' it's to show people that you can pick yourself up by your bootstraps and wind up with a great life, when at some point it was anything but."

In typical KISS fashion, Stanley brags to ABC News Radio that his is "a great story," but then quickly follows that up by saying, "When you're writing about yourself it turns into a love letter. There's been enough of those on the market. The only reason I decided to write a book is when I thought my life might shed some light on other people, about their struggles, and that even the people they hold in high esteem or look up to, struggle. And then it's how you deal with the struggle [that matters]." 

Paul Stanley will be appearing at the Miramar Marine Base in San Diego on Friday, April 18, and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Saturday, April 19. Go to PaulStanley.com for times and details.

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Friday
Apr182014

Phil Lesh & Friends to Play First-Ever Concert in New York City's Central Park

C Flanigan/WireImagePhil Lesh & Friends, the musical project led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist, will play their first-ever headlining show in New York City's Central Park next month.  The event will be held May 28 at Rumsey Playfield.

The lineup of Lesh's group, which is made up of a rotating cast of musicians, will feature at this show Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, keyboardist John Medeski from the avant-jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, acclaimed jazz-rock guitarist John Scofield and drummer Joe Russo, who also plays will Phil and The Dead's Bob Weir in Furthur.

Outside of The Grateful Dead, the only other time Lesh played in Central Park was this past November, when he made a surprise appearance with Soulive's Eric Krasno as part of the 2013 Jazz & Colors Festival.  Tickets for the May 28 concert go on sale Friday, April 25, at TheCapitolTheatre.com.

"Seeing great music in Central Park is one of the best things about New York," says concert organizer Peter Shapiro.  "I'm so excited to bring the music of the Grateful Dead there with this incredible lineup for a full show for the first time."

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Friday
Apr182014

Alicia Keys Reveals Studio Session with Pharrell for "It's On Again"

Courtesy Alicia Keys Via TwitterPharrell handpicked Alicia Keys to lend her vocals to his new song, "It's On Again" featuring Kendrick Lamar, which serves as the lead single from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The singer is now allowing fans the chance to see how the record came together.

"Want to come behind the scenes in the studio with and me? ;-) " she tweeted before adding a link to her recently launched website, AKVault.com, where a video chronicling the making of the track is streaming.

In the eight-minute clip, Keys recalls Pharrell selecting her to be part of the soundtrack, which he scored alongside composer Hans Zimmer.

Since most super heroes in blockbuster films are men, Pharrell pointed out that he needed a song that highlighted strong women.  "That's when he said, 'That's why I think you would be the perfect person to do this song, to really represent the women through this whole thing,'" Alicia says.

The song was finished in New York City, which Alicia says is "where the magic happened." She adds that the record captures all the "heartbreak" that Spider-man goes through in the movie.

"I think there's a time in all of our lives where you wonder can you get up and still go through every day, even when something has broken your heart so much," she says. "You have to keep on going, and it has to be on again and that's way the song 'It's On Again' came together."

She adds that Kendrick's guest verse made the song complete. "His lyrics on that are so powerful and so deep, so rewind that back a couple times and just break down every lyric he wrote, 'cause it's serious," she laughs.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack will be available on April 22, while the film hits theaters on May 2.

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Friday
Apr182014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert's boutique with locations in Oklahoma and Texas? ANSWER: The Pink Pistol.

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Friday
Apr182014

Coldplay Guitarist's Apartment Is Famous

Alex Chohlas-WoodNot only does Coldplay get headlines and photo spreads, now the apartment of one of its members does, too.

It seems Jonny Buckland has good taste in home furnishings. The Coldplay guitarist's New York pad is featured in Elle Decor, which glowingly describes the West Village loft as "literally and aesthetically clean," "elegantly minimal and flooded with light," "striking" and "radically updated."

A photo layout showing the apartment is available on Elle Decor's website and includes eight pictures of the space, including one with Buckland and his wife and two young children. Should you wish to feel closer to Coldplay, there's plenty of information on the furnishings and even the name of the firm that designed the space, Ashe + Leandro.

The article notes that Jonny Buckland spends most of his time in the U.K. but brings his family to their New York City home several times a year, sometimes for more than a month at a time.

Coldplay has just announced a small string of what they're calling "intimate" live shows in relatively small venues.

Here are the Coldplay concert dates:

4/25 -- Cologne, E-Werk
5/5 -- New York, Beacon Theatre
5/19 -- Los Angeles, Royce Hall
5/28 -- Paris, Casino de Paris
6/12 -- Tokyo, Dome City Hall
7/1 -- London, Royal Albert Hall

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Friday
Apr182014

Jerrod Niemann Toasts the Good Times with Latest Hit, "Drink to That All Night"

Photo Credit: Jeremy CowartJerrod Niemann has already released several songs about drinking, including "One More Drinkin' Song," so he wasn't exactly thrilled when he saw the title of a new song, "Drink to That All Night," in an e-mail from his songwriter pal Lance Miller a few months back.

Jerrod says, "I was like, 'Man, come on. Just because it's a drinking song doesn't mean you have to send it to me.' Surely, how different can it be? And then I listened to it. I thought, 'Woah, this is something else.'"

Jerrod then sent the feel-good song to his producer, and they recorded it for his new album, High Noon. A big part of the song's success can be credited to the driving drum beat throughout the track.

"This is a song that definitely gets you in the mood for the weekend," Jerrod explains. "It just gives this driving feel, and when it's five o'clock on Friday and you're ready to crank it up, that's what you need is something to knock you out of your chair."

Go to JerrodNiemannOfficial.com to see where he'll be playing "Drink to That All Night" next.

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Friday
Apr182014

Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting singing Italian opera?  Kevin Spacey impersonating Bill Clinton...while standing next to Bill Clinton?  Paul Simon cracking jokes like a stand-up comic?  It could only happen at Sting's long-running Rainforest Benefit Concert, which marked 25 years of fundraising Thursday night at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.

As usual, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler put together a star-studded cast of musicians to entertain the crowd.  In addition to Sting himself, the lineup included Sting's recent tour mate Paul Simon, as well as James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen's wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, Dionne Warwick, opera star Renee Fleming, trumpeter Chris Botti, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, two of Sting's children and Spacey, who proved himself to be quite the entertainer all evening.

The night began with Sting, Spacey, and Taylor performing the Cole Porter classic "Well, Did You Evah!,"  an over-the-top comical music number from the movie High Society.  Then, the tuxedo-clad Spacey offered up a spot-on imitation of Johnny Carson, before launching into a version of "That's Life," made famous by Frank Sinatra.  Throughout the evening, Spacey also joined in on group numbers.  However, he got the most laughs when Bill Clinton took the stage, and Spacey performed an uncanny impersonation of the former president while standing right next to him.

"When I was president, people accused me of murder all the time!  Made a show of investigating it!" Clinton told the crowd, to much laughter.  Then, referring to Spacey's character Frank Underwood on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, he added, "Spacey's president for 15 minutes, and he gets away with murder!"

The musical numbers ranged from opera -- with Sting even joining Renee Fleming for an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni -- plus classic rock, classic pop and singer/songwriter classics.  The biggest highlights were watching Sting team up with Paul Simon on some of Simon's most famous Simon & Garfunkel numbers, as they recently did on their joint tour.  When Sting held the high note at the end of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it brought down the house.  Simon also cracked a string of jokes about the rainforest; the crowd roared while Sting just shook his head.

Over the 25 years that the Rainforest Foundation has been holding these benefit concerts, nearly $35 million has been raised to preserve and protect the world's rainforests, as well as the indigenous people who live there.

Here's a partial set list of the numbers performed Thursday night:

Sting, James Taylor, Kevin Spacey: "Well, Did You Evah!"
Spacey: "That's Life"
Renee Fleming: "O Mio Babbino Caro"
Fleming, Sting, Spacey: "La Ci Darem La Mano"
Taylor: "Fire and Rain"
Chris Botti: "Sketches of Spain"
Sting: "When We Dance"
Dionne Warwick: "Walk on By" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
Oscar Isaac: "Young Turks" (Rod Stewart cover)
Sting: "America" (Simon & Garfunkel)
Stephen Stills: "For What It's Worth"
Stephen Stills: "Amazonia"
Eliot Sumner (Sting's Daughter): "Born to Be Wild"
Joe Sumner (Sting' Son): "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Sting & Patti Scialfa: "Stand By Me"
Taylor: "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)"
Paul Simon: "Graceland"
Sting & Paul Simon: "The Boxer" (Simon & Garfunkel)
Sting & Paul Simon: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
Stills & Entire Company: "Love the One You're With"

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