1. Eddie Vedder Covers Neil Young & Patti Smith at President Obama's Farewell Address: Watch

    January 11, 2017 12:42 AM EST Eddie Vedder gave the POTUS a rock ‘n’ roll send off in Chicago Tuesday night (Jan. 10). The Pearl Jam frontman teamed with the Chicago Children’s Choir for a mini-set prior to Barack Obama's farewell address.  Vedder’s performance wasn’t carried in the live stream, but footage was…

  2. Iggy Pop, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patti Smith to Appear in Terrence Malick Rock Movie 'Song to Song'

    January 05, 2017 10:17 AM EST A number of iconic rock stars are slated to cameo in enigmatic director Terrence Malick's upcoming music-centric flick, Song to Song . Among the cameos in the film set in the fertile Austin, Texas, music scene reported by IndieWire are appearances by Iggy Pop , Patti Smith , the Red Hot…

  3. Keith Richards, Sting, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen & More Star in Refugee Support Video 'We Are Not Afraid': Watch

    December 23, 2016 12:00 AM EST Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono , along with Keith Richards , Robert Plant , Bruce Springsteen , Robert De Niro , Sting and Patti Smith are among the 200 celebrities in a video, “We Are Not Afraid,” which is raising funds for victims of religious and political violence around the world. The clip…

  4. Patti Smith Pens Essay Explaining Bob Dylan Lyric Flub at Nobel Prize Ceremony

    December 14, 2016 8:54 PM EST Patti Smith says that when she stumbled over the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song during the Nobel Prize ceremony last week, it was because she was overwhelmed with nerves by the enormity of the experience, not because she forgot the words to "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Smith…

  5. Patti Smith Blanks Out During Bob Dylan Performance at Nobel Prize Ceremony

    December 10, 2016 2:03 PM EST Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan 's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday (Dec. 10). The American singer-songwriter forgot the lyrics in the second verse and had to pause to regain her composure. [readmore…

  6. Will Bruce Springsteen's Memoir Earn Back Its $10 Million Advance?

    September 16, 2016 2:38 PM EDT After playing Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on Sept. 14, Bruce Springsteen is slated to make a series of decidedly more intimate live appearances — at bookstores and The New Yorker festival. Having performed for 2.1 million fans and grossed $232 million (according to Billboard Boxscore)…

  7. The Top 5 Best-Selling 'MTV Unplugged' Albums of All Time

    August 03, 2016 5:37 PM EDT MTV's Unplugged is back! To celebrate MTV's 35th birthday (Aug. 1), the network rechristened the former VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and, with that, the new channel will boast encore presentations of its most memorable programming from the 1990s -- including the famed Unplugged series…

  8. Watch Bruce Springsteen and Bono Perform 'Because the Night'

    May 30, 2016 12:22 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen fans were in for a homegrown surprise when the Boss’ River Tour rolled into Dublin on the weekend.  Springsteen was joined onstage with U2’s frontman Bono for a rendition of "Because the Night," the early '80s classic made famous by  Patti Smith   and (co…

  9. Patti Smith Explains Why Acting 'Is the Worst F---ing Job in the World' at Tribeca Film Festival

    April 14, 2016 5:32 PM EDT During a Tribeca Film Festival talk, the rock legend and Ethan Hawke discussed how they measure success and what they love about Vincent D'onofrio: "We should be giving awards to that guy!" Patti Smith always thought she’d become an actor before ever becoming a songwriter. “I…

  10. Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding & More Added to David Bowie Tribute Concerts

    March 28, 2016 2:07 PM EDT A number of artists have been added to the David Bowie tribute concert lineups at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, happening March 31 and April 1, respectively.  David Bowie Tribute Concert Gets Second Date After First Sells Out Of the new round of performers, J Mascis ,  Patti Smith …

  11. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar 's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year&…

  12. Barely Charting Classics: Bob Marley, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Smiths & More

    February 03, 2016 5:00 PM EST A look at artists whose influence far outpaced their initial chart success. Hindsight is a clichéd 20/20. Many songs, albums and artists now considered classics and/or masters of their genres failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the Billboard 200 upon their initial releases, or had…

  13. Zosia Mamet to Play Patti Smith in Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic

    January 26, 2016 10:40 AM EST With Girls set to end after its sixth season, the stars of the HBO comedy will be out to establish themselves beyond their most familiar roles.  Zosia Mamet -- aka Shoshanna -- has landed a gig playing one of New York City’s most iconic women. The 27-year old actress will co-star as Patti…

  14. How a Frida Kahlo Love Letter Inspired Patti Smith

    January 07, 2016 5:35 PM EST What's more endearing than reading a love letter from one artist to another? How about reading a love letter about a love letter, especially one written by rock icon Patti Smith ?  In an essay for Smithsonian magazine , inspired by a letter from Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera contained in…

  15. Eagles of Death Metal Return to the Stage at U2 Paris Concert

    December 07, 2015 6:47 PM EST Eagles of Death Metal  returned to the stage in Paris Monday (Dec. 7) f or the first time since  last month's  attacks on the city, joining  U2  at the  AccorHotels  Arena.  Eagles of Death Metal Won't Appear With U2 in Paris Sunday -- But What About Monday's Concert? "…

  16. U2 Pays Tribute to Terrorist Attack Victims, Brings Patti Smith to the Stage at Paris Concert

    December 06, 2015 6:34 PM EST Returning to Paris for a set of concerts at AccorHotels Arena on Dec. 6-7, U2 remembered those that died in the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that took place in the city. The victims’ names were displayed in blue, white and red on a large screen on the stage. "We stand together with the…

  17. Boy George Picks His Top 5 Pop Bands of All Time

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST Having been a teenager in the U.K. in the '70s, George Alan O’Dowd (better known to the world as Boy George ) saw pop music very differently than how it’s perceived today. But there was one major common denominator. “For me it’s always about songs,” he tells Billboard . Of course now…

  18. Glastonbury 2015: The Who Rocks the Crowd, Kanye West Goes Solo, and More Highlights From This Year's Festival

    June 29, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Less a festival, more a pop-up city set over 900 acres, in a time when hundreds of British festivals are competing with one another, Glastonbury remains king. The site is so vast and potentially disorientating that guided tours are now offered for overwhelmed newcomers -- a far cry from the…

  19. Watch the Dalai Lama Join Patti Smith on Stage at Glastonbury 2015

    June 28, 2015 1:37 PM EDT One of the most talked-about appearances at Britain's Glastonbury music festival wasn't a singer or rocker -- it was the Dalai Lama . Dalai Lama Heads to Glastonbury The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader joined singer Patti Smith on stage Sunday, June 28, where she led the crowd to…

  20. Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn Glennie Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    June 09, 2015 11:31 PM EDT A long day of celebrating the 2015 Laureates for the Polar Music Prize ended a short time ago in Stockholm, with an afternoon ceremony, an evening banquet, an after-party and plenty of love and affection for honorees Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn Glennie . The 24th annual Polar Music Prize…

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