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Dave Grohl Joins Guns ‘N Roses for ‘Paradise City’ in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Guns ‘N Roses closed their show at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday with a visit from an unexpected guest: Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Grohl brought out his guitar and rocked out shredding alongside Slash and also too lead vocals at times, added an interesting dimension to Axl Rose’s soaring screeches.  Back in the day, Axl Rose and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain were embroiled in a beef that culminated in a showdown at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. But any beef between Rose and Grohl’s old band has was seemingly buried long ago. Last year, the Guns ‘N Roses singer even tweeted about his gratitude toward the Foo Fighters frontman for letting him borrow his throne on tour while he was injured. Watch their collaboration on “Paradise City” below. [embedde...

Filipina Singer Morissette Thrilled Her Mariah Carey Cover Went Viral: Watch

It’s been more than a year since Morissette‘s cover of Mariah Carey‘s “Against All Odds” on the Wish 107.5 Bus shocked netizens worldwide. Now, the YouTube video has raked in over 30 million views, and the Filipina singer is thrilled. “30M for my #AgainstAllOdds cover at the #Wish1075 bus!!!! ibaaa silaaaa! (You guys are really something!) congrats and thank you, everyone!” she tweeted. Watch Morissette’s viral rendition of the Mariah Carey classic here:[embedded content]

Best American Music Awards Performances No. 3: Sheila E. Lights Up ‘The Glamorous Life’ at the 1985 AMAs

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Sheila E. was already staking out her own spot in music by playing drums in sessions for Herbie Hancock and George Duke. Her father, also an accomplished percussionists with stints playing with Santana under his belt, passingly mentioned Prince, a young artist with whom he was sharing a recording studio, and remarked on his solitary drive to write, record and produce his album For You entirely on his own. “Later, I walked into a record store and saw a poster of him and was like, “Oh my God, he’s beautiful,” she told Bilboard in 2016. “I bought the record, and I had a friend who worked at the store and she gave me the poster — I actually have a picture of me standing next to it.” The fascination, she found, was mutua...

Japanese Rapper SKY-HI Captivates L.A. Crowd in First U.S. Performance

SKY-HI is currently on the road performing 25 shows in 24 cities for his SKY-HI Round a Ground 2017 Tour that kicked off Oct. 11. The trek includes his first solo concerts abroad in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London. The Japanese rapper and singer is currently in the U.S. and played at the Troubadour in L.A. on Sunday (Nov. 12). He opened his set with the pop-rap number “Reincarnation” and hyped up the crowd with “No Chill,” “Purple Haze” and other solo rap tracks. He then invited his team of dancers onstage for some impressive choreography, and got the audience dancing with “Blame It On Me,” “Stray Cat.” and a three-song medley. When he’s not performing solo, SKY-HI is a member of the danc...

Jon Stewart Makes Surprise Appearance Drumming on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

Jon Stewart revealed last year that playing drums was his newest hobby, but it looks like the comedian and former Daily Show host can now call himself a musician. Stewart made a surprise appearance on his buddy Seth Meyers’ Late Night show as his guest drummer, initially hiding his identity with a black baseball cap and shades. Meyers asked the “strange man on drums” to reveal himself, but before doing so, Stewart showed off his drumming skills, impressing the audience before removing his disguise.  Besides showing off his musical talent, Stewart announced that for HBO’s NEXT for Autism benefit Night of Too Many Stars he is auctioning off a chance to make a lucky fan’s dreams come true with a chance to become a staff writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers for a day.  Stewart is no stranger...

Drake Pauses Show to Threaten Audience Member for Inappropriately Touching Female Fans

Amid the wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, Drake is making sure his concerts are a safe and welcoming environment for fans — especially women — to enjoy. During his recent Boy Meets World tour stop at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Drake paused his performance to address an audience member who had been inappropriately groping females in the crowd.  In a fan-shot video from the show, Drake appeared to be in the middle of a performance of “Know Yourself” he and the crowd belted out the infamous one-liner, “Running through the six with my woes.” Drake then proceeded to tell his DJ to pause the track so he can directly address one of the fans in the crowd. “If you don’t stop touching girls, I will come out there and fuck you up,R...

Everytown for Gun Safety Tells Billboard Touring Conference the NRA Is Weaker Than It Appears

The non-profit organization that advocates for gun control Everytown for Gun Safety wants to deflate the public’s idea that the National Rifle Association can’t be beat.  Everytown For Gun Safety director of research and implementation, Sarah Tofte, told the audience at the Billboard Touring Conference that the public narrative around the National Rifle Association is beginning to change. Tofte said, “What we are learning today, is that when [the NRA] is challenged they are so much weaker than they appear to be.” During the “Silence is Not an Option: A Conversation with Everytown for Gun Safety” moderated by Tofte, panelists Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, and Monotone tour manager Lalo Medina discussed the effects of gun violence on the musi...

Eddie Montgomery Opens Up About Troy Gentry’s Death: ‘My World Changed’

Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry spoke to People about the death of his partner, Troy Gentry, who died in a pre-show helicopter crash on Sept. 8 in Medford, New Jersey, at age 50. “It was a horrific day, my world changed as much as the band did,” Montgomery said. “It’s something that you never get over. It’s going to be in my mind and my soul for the rest of my life.” Montgomery, 54, said that years ago, he and Gentry decided if the other died first, they would still soldier onward with Montgomery Gentry for the sake of their legacy and their fans. “We said to each other, ‘Hey, we want Montgomery Gentry to keep going,’” Montgomery told People. Still, he didn’t expect this fate. “It’s weird, I always thought it was going to be me that went down first.” Montgomery Gent...

Garth Brooks, Eagles, Zac Brown Band & More Honor Dan Fogelberg on New Tribute Album: Premiere

Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Zac Brown Band, the late Donna Summer and Eagles are among the artists contributing to A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg, a long-gestating encomium to the singer-songwriter. The BMG set doesn’t come out until Friday, but Billboard has the exclusive album premiere here. Fogelberg’s widow, Jean, produced the album, along with producer Norbert Putnam, Irving Azoff and Chuck Morris, all of whom played seminal roles in Fogelberg’s career. Fogelberg died 10 years ago from prostate cancer.  Among the highlights are Brooks’ muscular, robust version of “Phoenix” and Summer’s gorgeous version of “Netherlands,” which features her singing over the original lush orchestrations.  Train and Michael McDonald reinvent “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Better Change,” respectively, ...

Fergie and Her Family Are in the Wine Business

If Fergie is synonymous with one thing, it’s glamour in every sense of the word, though offstage (and in a poolside designer cabana in The Bahamas), she’s about as real as it gets. On the heels of an intimate performance on the beach celebrating the relaunch of luxury Paradise Island resort The Cove, one of her preferred vacation locales, she’s smiling—glowing, even—especially at the mention of family; her son, Axl Jack, is among her favorite subjects, followed closely by her shared passion with her dad: wine. The family business and Fergie’s life of performance are not so different from one another. Both require artistic talent and discipline, above all, the right atmosphere: something that The Cove coincidentally shares as a beacon of luxury in the local hospitality scene. It’s not neces...

Max Gomez’s New Video Is a Refreshing Cup of ‘Joe’: Premiere

Singer-songwriter Max Gomez‘s video for his new song “Joe” encompasses everything about the young artist that fans have come to love: his distinctive “old soul” voice, his love of his city of Nashville and his lyrics that call to mind the likes of Jackson Browne and John Prine.  “Joe,” a standout track from his recently-released EP Me & Joe, tells the story of someone named — you guessed it — Joe, who struggles with things like “running from the past” and being able to hold his head high. Throughout the EP, the mysterious character is mentioned as Gomez’s counterpart. The song titled after him is an exercise, then, in learning from the lives of people around you — real or imagined. When it comes to who “...

Tyler, the Creator & Vince Staples Announce Joint North American Tour

Tyler, the Creator is wrapping up his current fall North American tour and has already unveiled dates for his upcoming winter run. This time, Tyler has invited Vince Staples to join his North American trek as well as fellow Odd Future member Taco Bennett.  Between his current tour and the upcoming winter tour, Tyler will take a breather for about two months before kicking off his trek on Jan. 26 at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC. Tyler and openers Vince Staples and Taco (who will have a DJ set) will journey from coast to coast and everywhere in between, including San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta. The 23-city trek will conclude on March 4 in Milwaukee.  Both Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples released albums earlier this year. Tyler’s Flower Boy debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 20...