There were no surprises at Eric Clapton’s concert at Madison Square Garden, and that’s exactly how the crowd seemed to want it. The guitar legend -- who recently announced his retirement from touring -- performed the first of only four U.S. dates Sunday night (March 19), and it was a quintessential Clapton show.
It was appropriate that Thursday night’s all-star concert at the Beacon Theatre was benefiting God’s Love We Deliver. That worthy organization delivers meals to severely ill people throughout the New York City metropolitan area, and the show -- dubbed Love Rocks NYC! -- was an evening of musical comfort food.
The Queen of Soul wasn’t in attendance, but she would have certainly been thrilled by the musical tribute paid her at Carnegie Hall on Monday night (March 6). Featuring a roster of estimable musicians performing songs recorded by the 74-year-old singer, who has recently announced her upcoming retirement, The Music of Aretha Franklin shook the rafters of the venerable auditorium.
Most people are barely able to blow out the candles on their cake when they turn 90, but that’s hardly the case with Tony Bennett, whose landmark birthday was celebrated in an all-star concert taped Sept. 15 at Radio City Music Hall. In this celebratory evening of music, the nonagenarian singer -- whose career is still going strong -- demonstrated his formidable lung power with a trademark rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon,” performed sans amplification. Considering the vastness of the venue, that’s no small feat. The show, called Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come, airs Dec. 20 on NBC.
The Lonely Island, the comedy trio formed by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone in 2001, has successfully translated their brand of satirical music video to the big screen with this feature debut, written by all three SNL alums. Starring Samberg as the former member of a hip-hop boy band whose life and career begin to fall apart just as he embarks on a much-hyped solo tour, the funnily-titled Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping should have its obvious true-life inspirations wincing. Justin Bieber, I'm talking about you, among many others.