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Kings of Chaos, the part-time all-star rock ‘n’ roll collective that includes several former members of Guns N’ Roses, is hitting the road again — and they’re bringing along a brand new batch of famous friends.

The group — whose core members include Matt SorumDuff McKagan and Gilby Clarke – has announced plans to tour South Africa this fall with a lineup that will also boast Aerosmith‘s Steven TylerZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons and Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander, plus Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. The schedule currently calls for the Kings to visit the Sun City Superbowl on Nov. 29 and Grand West’s Grand Arena in Cape Town on Dec. 3.

This short burst of activity comes roughly a year after the band, which has been touring other parts of the world since 2012, played its first U.S. concert. Like many Kings of Chaos shows, that performance — a benefit for a charity supporting dolphin preservation — came courtesy of a different version of the band, whose lineup frequently shifts as members need to return to focusing on their main projects.

The whole enterprise evolved out of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott among its earliest members. For up-to-date information, follow the Kings of Chaos at their official Facebook page.

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DWTS’ Mark Ballas Headlines at CRUSTACEAN REDHOUR LIVE MUSIC SERIES ft Haley Reinhart & Dylan Chambers


Mark Ballas (American singer-songwriter, actor, and professional dancer on the ABC’s Dancing with the Stars),Haley Reinhart (former American Idol contestant), and DylanChambers (Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist) took the stage at the RedHour Live Music Series Wednesday night at famous hotspot Crustacean Beverly Hills.

To the performers’ delight co-hosts from the previous series, Pia Toscano (Finalist of Season 10 of American Idol) and Jared Lee (Singer/Songwriter), came out to Crustacean to support the artists while sampling delectable items from the RedHour tapas menu by Master Chef Helene An and sipping on RedHour hand-crafted cocktails including Mrs. Red and Mr. Red.

Pia Toscano was looking gorgeous in Alice + Olivia pants, an American Apparel shirt, and Givenchy heels. Toscano was overheard talking about how much she wanted to join the singers on stage, but had to sit this evening out because the Jennifer Lopez tour has started to take a toll on her health and she had lost her voice recently.

Mark Ballas was dressed casual in a white tee, blue jeans and high top converse shoes. Ballas spent the night jumping on and off the stage singing with Hayley Reinhart and Dylan Chambers. Ballas had the crowd clapping along to his recent single “Get My Name” and mentioned he is getting ready to release his next, “Miss Incredible,” which is dropping in a couple of weeks.

Due to popular demand, Crustacean Beverly Hills extended the successful RedHour Live Music Series until August 27.

RedHour features an impressive weekly lineup of established and emerging musical talents, and has become a hub for celebrities and entertainment industry power players. Throughout the previous series, Joni Mitchell, Macy Gray, Dr. Dre, and Mario stopped by to take their moment on the stage and support the other artists performing. Younger artists, such as Candice Glover (12th Season American Idol winner), Pia Toscano (former American Idol contestant), Jessica Sanchez (former American Idol contestant), Juliet Simms (former Voice contestant), and Jared Lee (singer/songwriter), were frequent performers.

n addition to the live music performances, the Left Shoe Company’s 3D shoe scanning machine was on-site at the event. The Left Shoe Company is making waves in the men’s fashion arena by producing made-to-measure men’s shoes via 3D scanning technology and European craftsmanship. Peter Facinelli, Joe Manganiello, and Michael B. Jordan are amongst the trendsetting celebrities and influencers who are fans of the luxury footwear. RedHour guests were able to experience the 3D scanning capabilities firsthand and view the unique styles in a fashion presentation next to the lounge.

House of An ( is an industry leading group of multi-concept establishments in the restaurant and food service industry, run by the women of the An family, a close-knit unit of passionate chefs and food service professionals. Their portfolio includes their original location, Thanh Long in San Francisco, CA which opened in 1971, and the original Crustacean location in San Francisco, which opened in 1991. In 1997, the opening of their award-winning Crustacean Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA, where Executive Chef Helene An creates her famous, award winning Euro-Vietnamese fusion cuisine, took House of An to another culinary level. An Catering, open since 2007 and lauded as “Star Caterer to the Stars,” allows fans of the restaurant to bring the secrets of the family’s kitchen with them to events large and small. In December 2009, House of An expanded yet again with new concept AnQi, a gourmet bistro experience located at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. In June 2010, market garden café Tiato opened in Santa Monica, CA.

Mark Ballas Releasing Debut Single GET MY NAME May 5th


Online PR News – 28-April-2014 –Get My Name, the debut single from solo recording artist, songwriter, and Dancing with the Stars‘ Pro, Mark Ballas, is set for release Monday, May 5th. While collaborating in the studio with Timbaland’s protege, producer, Wizz Dumb and Missy Elliott mentored writer Jo’zzy, Ballas’ Get My Name touts a soulful but fun, funky pop sound. Together, they describe the co-written record as simply, “infectious and fresh.”

“Get My Name, the debut single from solo recording artist, songwriter, and Dancing With The Stars’ Pro, Mark Ballas, is set for release Monday, May 5th. While collaborating in the studio with Timbaland’s protege, producer, Wizz Dumb and Missy Elliott mentored writer Jo’zzy, Ballas’ Get My Name touts a soulful but fun, funky pop sound. Together, they describe the co-written debut single as simply, “infectious and fresh.””

The Get My Name video, dropping on 5/5, was shot in the contemporary, with a throwback feel, directed by Emmy-award winning choreographer, Derek Hough. The mash-up reflects Ballas’ true musical style while showcasing the immense scope of his classical guitar training and musicianship.

On May 5th, the Get My Name single is available on iTunes and 189 digital retail outlets globally.

Signed to BMG Publishing, songwriter-musician and Emmy-nominated dancer and choreographer Ballas had this to say, “I’m so excited about where my music is today. I have been in the studio working on this album for two years now and I feel like my sound has evolved and niched into something I am really proud of. This single is my first full studio release – looking forward to everyone hearing it!”

Ballas’ Manager Rebecca Lambrecht added, “Mark is a true talent, an exquisite performer and a meticulous, authentic musician. I look forward to everyone getting to know him through his music.”

The son of award-winning Latin American dancers “Corky” and Shirley Ballas, Ballas is classically trained on the Flamenco guitar since the age of nine. In London, he graduated with honors from the world-renowned Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. He is a Martin Guitar Ambassador along with Eric Clapton and John Mayer and is endorsed by Kremona Flamenco Guitars.

Recently, Ballas sold out the acclaimed Troubadour; opened for Robin Thicke in New York and LA; performed at’s Trans4rm Pre-Grammy Party with the Black Eyed Peas and Alicia Keys and Estelle; performed acoustic sets at SXSW in Austin, and the Jersey Shore, sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran and Gavin DeGraw.

Ballas plays Sayers Club, regularly with his eight piece band.

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Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas’s New Single Drops May 5, Music Video Directed By Derek Hough!

Dancing With the Stars 2014 Cast: Mark Ballas
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Mark Ballas is a two-time pro champ of Dancing With the Stars, but he’s also a talented musician. Mark just had a live chat with fans on April 24 and revealed some exciting news — he has new music coming out in less than two weeks!

Mark has been in the studio for the past 2.5 years, working on a new record, which will be his first full studio release. Mark said the first single from his record is dropping on May 5, and we’ll also be able to see the video, which was directed by fellow DWTS pro (and Mark’s best friend since childhood) Derek Hough.

The song is called “Get My Name,” Mark said, and it’s about a guy who’s kind of fed up with looking for love, but then he meets this girl and feels an instant connection with her. He doesn’t want a relationship, but he’s so into her that he knows she’s going to get his name.

Mark said they just shot the music video yesterday at The Sayers Club in L.A. It will feature 12 dancers and an eight-piece band, and Mark compared it to a mini movie. He said it’ll “blow your mind”! There’s a cameo in the video from a dancer we’ll recognize, one of his favorites. It’s probably fellow DWTS pro Witney Carson, since he talked about her earlier in the live chat — he’s known her since she was a kid — and hinted that it’s her.

Get more details @MarkBallas. Congrats, Mark! We can’t wait to hear “Get My Name” and see the video…



DATE:  APRIL 8, 2014

Tickets On Sale Beginning April 12 Through The Live Nation Mobile App and At

Who better to declare “LET ROCK RULE” thanAEROSMITH, America’s Greatest Rock Band?


Rock’s most lethal army–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford–and special guest SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will join forces for “LET ROCK RULE,” this summer’s definitive rock & roll experience.


Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the LET ROCK RULE tour kicks off on Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see full itinerary below).  AEROSMITH and SLASH–longtime friends who’ve performed together throughout the years–will also take over Boston, MA. (Xfinity Center), Los Angeles, CA (The Forum) and San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion) among other cities, before wrapping Friday, September 12 in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park).


This summer’s hottest ticket will go on sale to the general public starting on Saturday, April 12 through the Live Nation mobile app and at The first round of tour dates are below with additional dates for a second leg to be announced shortly.


“Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher–it’s a win win with Slash,” said Steven Tyler.


Says Joe Perry: “The writing’s on the wall–Aerosmith and Slash.  We’re gonna let rock rule this summer.  Catch us if you can.”


Says Slash: “Aerosmith is one of my all time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of all time. It’s  an honor for me to go out & tour with them and  keep the rock ‘n roll banner flying high.”


The excitement all started when JOE PERRY took it to the streets with RISK, the famous graffiti artist, last Thursday night for “LET ROCK RULE” and things began ramping up mysteriously when the AEROSMITH logo, and the tour announcement date of 4.8.14, was bombed on various buildings in downtown Los Angeles by JOE PERRY and RISK. Following this, AEROSMITH drummer JOEY KRAMMER stepped up the momentum and went to Downtown Austin with street artist, CHUNK, to continue the “LET ROCK RULE” tagging. It was all first reported by TMZ––and the “bombing” has continued every night.


JOE PERRY says, “I have always felt that AEROSMITH was Americas hometown band and what better way than to take matters into our own hands to spread the word.”


Earlier today (April 8) STEVEN TYLER and JOE PERRYrevealed–on the Ryan Seacrest radio show–that they would perform a free set to announce the “LET ROCK RULE” tour. AEROSMITH, with a special guest appearance by SLASH, played a roof-raising set for the assembled crowd at the Whisky A Go Go, the historic Los Angeles venue where they performed their first LA gig in 1973.


AEROSMITH’s North American summer dates will followthe band’s overseas dates kicking off May 14 in Istanbul, Turkey and will hit 16 countries including stops inRussia, France, and the U.K. before wrapping July 2 inKiev, Ukraine.


The North American “LET ROCK RULE” tour dates forAEROSMITH and SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are as follows:












Wantagh, NY

Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre



Kitchener, ON, Canada

McLennan Park



Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center



Cadott, WI

Rock Fest



Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center



Tinley Park, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre



Inglewood, CA

The Forum



Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Garden Arena



Stateline, NV

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena At Harveys



Concord, CA

Sleep Train Pavilion



George, WA

The Gorge Amphitheatre



Denver, CO

Pepsi Center



Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center



The Woodlands, TX

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion



Atlanta, GA

Phillips Arena



Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall



Newark, NJ

Prudential Center



Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live



Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre



Sydney, NS, Canada

Open Hearth Park






“**” are tour dates going on sale Saturday, April 12






AEROSMITH’s overseas summer tour dates are as follows:








Istanbul, Turkey

ITU Stadium



Sofia, Bulgaria

Lokomotiv Stadium



Vilnius, Lithuania

Siemens Arena



Moscow, Russia

Luzhniki Grand Sports Arena



St. Petersburg, Russia

SKK Arena



Helsinki, Finland

Hartwall Arena



Stockholm, Sweden

Tele2 Arena



Kristiansand, Norway

Odderøya Amphitheatre



Horsens, Denmark

CASA Arena Horsens



Berlin, Germany

O2 World



Lodz, Poland

Atlas Arena



Derby, United Kingdom

Donington Park



Oberhausen, Germany

Konig - Pilsener Arena



Clisson, France

Hellfest Grounds



Milan, Italy

Fiera De Milano



Clapham, United Kingdom

Clapham Common



Kiev, Ukraine

National Sportkomplex





AEROSMITH–Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) andJoey Kramer (drums)–are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albumsworldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video MusicAwards among many other honors.  Their latest honors include the 2013 ASCAP Founders Award and induction into the Songwriter Hall of Fame at the 44th annualSHOF ceremony also in 2013.   MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION! (Columbia), the band’s latest album, was released in late 2012. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.”With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITHcontinues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.


About SLASH:

SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind JimiHendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time.” SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’sSnakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers list. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album,Slash (2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimedApocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band are currently in the studio with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at work on a new album set for release September 2014.





Steven Tyler tells Congress to walk his way on copyright

StevenTyler of Aerosmith, in town to lobby for protection of intellectual property rights of singers and songwriters, performed on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave, NW, here with Congressman John Conyers, D-MI, who has argued for copyright law revision . (Photo by Susan Biddle/NMPA) StevenTyler of Aerosmith, in town to lobby for protection of intellectual property rights of singers and songwriters, performed on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave, NW, here with Congressman John Conyers, who has argued for copyright law revision . (Photo by Susan Biddle/NMPA)

Some lobbyists have to pound the sidewalks, while others let lawmakers come to them. If you’re rocker-turned-advocate Steven Tyler, it’s members of Congress who come a-calling — like Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who actually hopped up on stage with the Aerosmith frontman at a Tuesday-night concert near the Capitol building to join him on the coda to “Walk This Way.”

Or Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla..), and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who dropped by the green room before the concert, sponsored by the National Music Publishers Association, to meet with him.

Onstage, with a view of the Capitol in the background, Tyler capped off a few days of lobbying with renditions of hits like “Cryin’” and “Dream On,” to a crowd of suits who looked like they were reliving their high-school days. The musician spent his visit to Washington meeting with members of Congress to talk about stronger protection for songwriters in the copyright system, including against having their work used, willy-nilly, in samples or mashups by other artists.

Tyler insisted in an interview before the show that he just wants to be a passionate voice in Washington for songwriters — not just the “rich rock stars” like him. “Hopefully, I can touch them, like a modern-day Will Rogers,” he says, evoking the folksy actor-turned advocate of the 1920s and ’30s. “He’d stand up and speak and everyone would listen.”

And in true Washington form, lawyers from the National Music Publishers Association checked, pre-concert, to make sure that they had the rights to all of the songs performed that evening — including “Happy Birthday,” which was played in recogniztion of Tyler’s 66th birthday, which fell on Wednesday.

Yep, the tune is copyrighted; yep, singing it to Tyler was A-OK, say the lawyers — and yup, he can still pull off the rock-star act, post-retirement age.

Britney, Gaga, Steven Tyler, Kardashians party with Elton John


The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s viewing- and after-party drew big names and big donations.


Stevie Nicks, Steven Tyler and Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES — The Academy Awards were on atElton John AIDS Foundation’s viewing dinner party, but the real entertainment came from the performances, celeb watching and the surreal moments of the evening.

Lady Gaga, members of the Kardashian clan (including new mom Kim), Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Quincy Jonesand Whoopi Goldberg were among the celebrities taking part in the 22nd annual event, which raises funds for those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

The event was held in a cavernous tent a few miles away from where the actual awards were taking place. Huge screens adorned the venue as partygoers watched the Oscar action.

“If Pharrell Williams doesn’t win best song, then I’m (expletive) going home early,” John bellowed to the crowd after Williams performed his nominated song Happy(Williams didn’t win, but thankfully for the crowd, the award was handed out late in the ceremony, making John’s threat moot).

The crowd laughed with host Ellen DeGeneres and whooped when various winners took the stage (and let out a loud moan when a brief technical glitch knocked out the telecast for a few minutes).

The night got more interesting when the broadcast ended and the party got into full swing. First there was an auction of key items; Neil Patrick Harris jokingly offered to make out with the top bidder (and go a bit further than that) for an item featuring tickets to his upcoming Broadway show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Not to be outdone, Steven Tyler told a few bawdy jokes as he helped to auction off five nights in his Hawaiian getaway, which raised $100,000.

Elton John also got in on the auction act, taking crowd requests and playing a few of his hits on a piano that was auctioned for $220,000.

It seemed as if that brief instrumental performance would be the only one from John on the night. Yet, later he joined the night’s performer, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, for a rendition of John’s Candle in the Wind.

The party didn’t end there. Dinner was followed by dancing, as more celebrities came: Among those who were on hand included Olympic ice dancing gold medalistsMeryl Davis and Charlie White, along with bronze boblsedder Aja Evans, all holding up for medals for admirers to see — and take selfies as well.

The evening raised $5.1 million for the foundation, according to organizers.




The cast of Dancing With the Stars Season 18 was revealed this morning by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews  on Good Morning America.  The cast includes two time champion Mark Ballas, who will be returning for his 14th season with the hit series.  This season Mark will be dancing with actress/author Candace Cameron Bure, best know for her role as DJ Tanner on Full House!

Other members of the cast include:

Sean Avery-former NHL hockey player partnered with season 13 winner Karina Smirnoff

Drew Carey-comedian and game show host partnered with two time champion Cheryl Burke

Meryl Davis-Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing partnered  with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns after a two season hiatus

NeNe Leakes-actress and reality star paired with season 15 winner Tony Dovolani

James Maslow-actor/singer paired with season 14 winner Peta Murgatroyd

Danica McKellar-actress/author paired with Val Chmerkovskiy

Diana Nyad-long distance swimmer paired with first time pro Henry Byalikov

Amy Purdy-para Olympian paired with 5 time champion Derek Hough

Cody Simpson-singer paired with first time pro Witney Carson

Charlie White-Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing partnered with Sharna Burgess

Billy Dee Williams-actor partnered by Emma Slater.


Derek Hough announced that at some point in the season the couples will change partners, and the new partnerships will be chosen by the viewers!  Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, March 17 at 8PM EST!

Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine & More Rock Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash

Beth Stern, Howard Stern, Steven Tyler, Rob Zombie and Slash attend “Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash” presented by SiriusXM.
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Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night (Jan. 31).


In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell’Abate noted that, last year, Stern (who graced the cover of the Jan. 25 Billboard issue and also gave an extended Q&A) set a mandate for a stronger focus on A-list guests.

Stern’s 60th-birthday bash at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday night (Jan. 31) reinforced just how many household stars of music, stage and screen have responded to the directive, as Stern, his crew (led by Dell’Abate’s exceptional booking skills) and satellite broadcaster SiriusXM, Stern’s radio home since 2006, delivered a four-hour gala rivaling the star power of any glitzy awards show. Perhaps even better; whereas the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards spotlight talents in their respective fields, Stern’s party melded those of numerous walks, truly befitting his moniker as the “King of All Media.”

Dell’Abate also told Billboard last month that every song performed at the bash would be a revered hit, with the last song of the night to be “iconic.” Those promises, too, were kept.

The festivities began just after 6 p.m., with the night quickly taking on the feel of an all-star Stern broadcast, a mix of conversation and rock icons’ performances of classic hits. Stern was mic’d and seated next to longtime sidekick Robin Quivers on-stage at a booth mimicking a radio studio, with Stern bantering with the night’s emcee, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, and guests who came over to chat on the couch next to them throughout the night.

Train, fronted by Pat Monahan, served as the evening’s house band. (“The first time we did his show, I said about three words because I was so blown away to actually be doing his show. Now we’re friends and he’s one of the greatest people I know,” Monahan told Billboard last month.)

The festivities were simulcast live on SiriusXM and streamed on for free, with the crowd of approximately 1,500 a mix of SiriusXM subscribers who won their way in by listening; household-name entertainers; and members of Stern’s “Wack Pack,” his loyal band of social misfits that have long made for fodder on his show.

Ultimately, the breadth and name-recognition factor of those who took the stage reflected Stern’s evolution “from monster to man,” as Kimmel joked later in the night (after he, Stern and guests shared several shots; the exceedingly boisterous crowd, too, was treated to an open bar), and from Stern’s start as a tentative DJ, his rise to “shock jock” fame and to, at 60, the talent that lifted a then-fledgling Sirius (which would merge with rival XM in 2007) from 400,000 subscribers upon his joining the satcaster to more than 25 million today.

Here’s a recap of the night’s highlights. (Remember, it was four hours-long, so this might take a while …)

The party started when the curtain opened on Rob Zombie, who sang the Stern show theme song, “The Great American Nightmare.” “Star Trek” legend, and official Stern show announcer, George Takei followed to officially welcome the crowd. “We’re all here to celebrate Howard’s birthday. [Fellow "Trek" legend] Bill Shatner is not. I win,” Takei declared.

When Kimmel began his night’s hosting duties, amid the steady flow of jokes was a sincere admiration for all that Stern, a National Radio Hall of Fame inductee in 2012, has accomplished, with him noting especially how much Stern has transformed the medium. “Every person in this room tonight is here because, at one point, you turned on the radio, in your car or at home, you heard something you never heard before,” Kimmel said.

“You heard a man talk about subjects no one had ever talked about on radio before. He told us very personal things about his marriage. He showed us every part of him and, in doing so, he took a medium that was populated by announcers and countdowns and zookeepers and guys with deep voices and he changed it.

“Howard Stern did to radio what Picasso did to visual art,” Kimmel beamed. “Picasso changed the way that artists approached the canvas. Howard had the same effect on broadcasting.”

Actor Johnny Knoxville introduced the next musical guest of the night, the Black Keys, who performed a bouncy “Lonely Boy” (a 14-week No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart in 2011-12).

Kimmel then went to roving reporter Jeff Probst, host of CBS’ “Survivor,” who weaved the bevy of entertainers seated at round tables Golden Globes-style on the floor in front of the stage.

Barbara Walters proclaimed to Probst her affection for Stern because, despite his penchant for his trademark blue humor, he’s “pure, sweet and innocent.” Walters’ broadcasting-legend male counterpart Larry King said that an appearance on Stern’s show amounted to “one of the great hours I’ve ever spent on the air.”

“Thank you for all those years of entertainment,” Stern responded.

Probst handed the mic to former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member (and 2013 Billboard Music Awards host) Tracy Morgan for praise of Stern, delivered in his typical offbeat way. Seated alongside a radiant Jewel(with most in attendance sharply dressed in honor of Stern), fellow former “SNL” comic David Spade said, “Thank you for putting me next to her.”

Kimmel reclaimed direction of the proceedings by welcoming Comedy Central’s “roast-master general” Jeff Ross and comic icon comic Joan Rivers to the stage. Perhaps their best barb, courtesy of Ross: “Wherever Howard goes, he keeps a picture of his wife Beth in his wallet. Wherever Beth goes… she keeps a picture of Howard’s wallet.”

The music returned with John Mayer, who covered Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” By the end of the song, his intricate guitar-playing shined as a highlight.

After pre-recorded video tributes from Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld(“We’re both the same age, [but] you win, man,” Seinfeld conceded) and an on-stage hello from Kathy Griffin to Stern, New Jersey Governor Chris Christietook a timeout from preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. to make a cameo. “I’m not the representative from New Jersey you want to see,” he told the crowd, introducing fellow Garden Stater Jon Bon Jovi. Backed by Train, he performed Bon Jovi’s 1987 No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit, and one of the band’s signature songs, “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

“Dead or alive? Seems like a weird choice for a 60th birthday,” Kimmel mused.

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine continued the music by likewise joining Train for a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Like Mayer, Levine showed off guitar-shredding skills not often revealed on Maroon 5 recordings. Stern remarked that “Rain” is his favorite Prince song (with many of the night’s guests, and song choices, not known to Stern before his big night, in order to add to his excitement upon seeing and hearing them, Kimmel noted).

Next up, comic master and star of FX’s “Louie,” Louis CK (the first comedian who said yes to appearing at the birthday bash, according to Dell’Abate) praised Stern’s unique talent for captivating listeners. “I grew up in Newton [Mass.] and my first car was a 1978 Datsun B210,” CK said. “The day I got that car, I drove to New York City. I got stuck in traffic for hours and I’m listening to some guy I’ve never heard of. He’s on a megaphone prank-calling Yoko Ono. I was angry, like, ‘Play a song!’”

“Three hours I listened to this. By the end of the three hours, I loved this man. To me, this man was New York City.”

(Don’t blame the messenger, female Louis CK fans: He told Stern he’s now “seeing someone.”)

NBC’s Matt Lauer and Al Roker appeared next in a video tribute, apologizing for not being able to attend because they were in Sochi, Russia for the Olympics … only for a zoom-out to reveal a green screen behind them.

Train followed with its No. 10 Hot 100 hit from 2012 “Drive By” and a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.”

Katie Couric bantered with Probst and Stern, followed by Whoopi Goldberg, who gave a testament to Stern’s interviewing skills. “People would tell me, ‘I never liked you before … [until] I heard you on Stern …’”

In a video message medley, the Beach BoysNeil Young and Metallica’sJames Hetfield wished Stern a happy birthday (separately), with the Beach Boys tweaking the chorus of “California Girls” to, “we wish we all could be rich as Howard Steeeeern …”

Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame introduced NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, the new host of “The Tonight Show” as of this month. Kimmel was gracious to his new 11:30 p.m. competitor, although after he shared a shot with Fallon, Stern said, “Kimmel just poisoned Fallon.” Fallon showed off his imitation skills, perfectly capturing Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried and Adam Sandler, while winning his biggest laughs for his sound-alike version of Chris Rock (“60 years old! 60 years old!” had the crowd roaring.)

After a quick hello from actress Mary McCormack, Stern’s “movie wife” in his 1997 No. 1 box office biopic “Private Parts,” incoming NBC “Late Night” hostSeth Meyers  continued the surreal mix of late-night network rivals sharing a stage. He told of how, “Growing up in New Hampshire, my dad used to listen to you at night on WBCN [Boston, which aired Stern's morning show on delay when he first arrived in syndication]. When he got home, he’d stay in the car to listen [more]. It turns out the radio didn’t work. He just didn’t want to come in and see his family …”

Fellow “SNL” alum Fred Armisen sang the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to Stern, followed by Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s “Girls,” chiding Stern for making fun of her upon her breakthrough. Dunham admitted to her eventual fandom of Stern, calling him a “champion of women in the arts.”

Dunham introduced comedienne Sarah Silverman, who, along with the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, worked up a musical ode to Stern punctuated by its funny yet heartfelt “stop the clock” refrain, in which they wished Stern to remain ageless.

The night’s tone changed when Stern interviewed CBS’ “Late Show” host and longtime friend David Letterman for approximately a half hour. (While it was surely great radio to outside listeners, the crowd grew a bit restless in spots at the low-key turn in direction.) Letterman touched on a variety of topics, including his strained relationship with outgoing “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, his few hobbies (“fishing”) and his 32-year run on late-night TV, saying he has no immediate plans to step down like his NBC competitor.

Kimmel sat with Stern and Letterman, any sense of rivalry with the latter trumped by respect for him. “I loved that,” he told Stern after.

Next: a video tribute from Arnold Schwarzenegger and on-stage guest Katie Couric, who ribbed that repeatedly hearing that Stern is the “greatest interviewer is getting a little tired.” (Stern, of course, grilled her good-sport fiancéJohn Molner on intimate details about the couple.)

Jewel sang a Stern original, “Silver Nickels and Golden Dimes,” wowing with an extended high note at song’s end, while onetime Stern foe Rosie O’Donnellreimagined “Grease” hit “Summer Nights” to chronicle her eventual friendship with the guest of honor.

John Stamos introduced John Fogerty, who got the crowd, and even Stern, dancing with blistering versions of “Bad Moon Rising” and “Fortunate Son.” “Like Howard, [Fogerty] speaks the truth,” Stamos praised.

Actress/journalist Maria Menounos turned the tables on Stern, interviewing him from the couch. Among his revelations: Quivers, who overcame cancer, was his favorite guest of the night, “for being alive with me today.” He also apologized for being rude in interviews with Will Ferrell, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy, expressing hope that they’d return for fairer chats.

“At 60, I feel I’m just getting started,” he said, adding, “To my fans, you made a dream come true. You’re the reason I’m here.”

A video message from Paul McCartney found the Beatles legend wishing his friend Stern a “happy birthday, Mr. President …,” before syndicated radio host Dan Patrick introduced one of the night’s top draws, Dave Grohl. His simple acoustic version of Foo Fighters’ 1997 alternative classic “Everlong” captivated the crowd, with Stern calling Grohl’s acoustic take of the song on his show in 1998 (the first time Grohl had performed a song so stripped-down, he said) “one of the stellar moments of my career.”

Grohl took to the couch for a chat with Stern, saying that, “You played that version 10 times in an hour [that day]. If you hadn’t, I’m not sure I’d be here now.” Other gems: in his songwriting, ideally, lyrics and hooks appear in unison, “like a puzzle”; his mother, a 35-year schoolteacher, recognized his passion for music early, that “you’re not doing any good under fluorescent lights. She understood kids”; and, drawing cheers, the “music is done” for Foo Fighters’ next album, their first since 2011′s “Wasting Light” (their first Billboard 200 No. 1).

Grohl added an acoustic take on the band’s “My Hero,” a song he wanted to play because it’s one that Stern once told him made him cry, evoking Stern’s feelings about his father, Ben (in attendance last night). Stern’s wife Beth joined him on stage for the song, remaining next to him for the rest of the night.

Another of Stern’s onetime enemies, Kathie Lee Gifford, wished Stern a happy birthday (needling him for years of jokes about her), before a giant cake rolled onto the stage and the crowd sang “happy birthday” to Stern. Quivers then shared her gratitude for Stern, with whom she’s worked for 32 years. “I’ve had the best seat to [view] an emergence of a superstar. A great person makes other people live up to their potential. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I would go to the ends of the earth for you,” she said, the pair’s deep connection touching.

Robert Downey, Jr. had the honor of introducing the night’s musical headliner, Steven Tyler. “Here’s to hell,” Tyler shouted to Stern. “May we have as much fun there as we have getting there!” Guitar icon Slash joined Tyler, on piano, for a commanding performance of Aerosmith’s classic “Dream On,” Tyler still hitting all the song’s ridiculously high notes at its close.

In a lengthy list of thank yous, Stern lauded many for his career, highlighted by his appreciation for his longtime agent, Don Buchwald, and SiriusXM for believing in him. “As a kid, all I wanted to do was go on the radio and have somebody appreciate what I had to say,” he said.

After four hours, the night wrapped with Tyler, Slash, Grohl (on drums) and Train joining to blast Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.” Stern and his wife danced;Cyndi LauperTom ArnoldZach Braff (gleefully snapping cell phone pictures of the all-star jam), Kathy Griffin and Jenny McCarthy hit the stage; and Tyler and Quivers momentarily did their best Rockettes’ impersonation with impressively synchronized leg kicks.

Stern’s closing remarks summed up the incredible assortment of talent that assembled to celebrate his 60th birthday.

“This is the greatest night of my life.”

MusiCares Tribute To Carole King Spans Generations, Genres


January 25, 2014 12:23 PM

LeAnn Rimes and Steven Tyler  perform onstage at 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year
LeAnn Rimes and Steven Tyler perform onstage at 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

By Brian Ives 

Carole King has won multiple GRAMMYs, and she’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But if there’s an official award for humility, surely she would be up for it.

“Tonight is really not about me,” King said, when taking the stage during the a splashy tribute show in L.A Friday (Jan. 24), honoring her as the MusiCares2014 Person of the Year. “It’s about MusiCares. It’s about the people who care.”

Taking place as it usually does just before the GRAMMY Awards, the annual MusiCares Person of the Year event has in the past honored such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and Gloria Estefan. This year’s King tribute featured a stellar lineup of major artists from across multiple genres, all of whom honored the legendary singer-songwriter by performing covers of some of her best-known songs. Artists included Steven Tyler of AerosmithP!nkLady GagaSara BareillesZac BrownMiranda Lambertand Alicia Keys.

Show host Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at the posh crowd and venue — the Los Angeles Convention Center — joking that “MusiCares asked, ‘What venue seems least like the Troubadour?,’” a reference to the L.A. club where King often played in the early ’70s. Throughout the night, Kimmel mocked the audience about their phones (“If I catch you texting during the performances I’m going to smash those f***ing phones over your heads!”) and using them to capture video (“…so you can put it on YouTube and never watch it. Because that’s what live music is all about.”)

As is often typical during all-star events like this, overall the results were uneven. However, there were plenty of powerful performances that helped turn this one-of-a-kind evening into a standout event.

One of the few relatively obscure songs of the night, “Hi De Ho”– a 1970 hit for Blood, Sweat and Tears — featured the unusual pairing of Tyler and LeAnn Rimes.

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P!nk’s took a stripped-down approach to “So Far Away,” accompanied by just a piano player and reminding us all that she is among contemporary popular music’s greatest singers.

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Lady Gaga, wearing all white, also chose a stripped-down approach, accompanying herself on piano on “You’ve Got A Friend.” This subdued performance was the opposite of the splash she’d made earlier in the evening on the red carpet, when (predictably) her very presence made photographers nearly lose their minds.

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Four of the stars of the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom – Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton and Judith Hill — then took on King’s gospel number, “Way Over Yonder,” from Tapestry. The quartet of vocalists sounded as if they had been singing together for years, though in fact, some of them hadn’t met before promotion for the film began. Let’s hope they work together more in the future.

Related: 20 Feet From Stardom: Behind the Documentary about Legendary Backing Singers

Jesse and Joy are a brother/sister duo from Mexico who have won four Latin GRAMMYs. Joy thanked King for her songwriting, before she and Jesse performed a medley of “Where You Lead, I Will Follow” and “Corazon.” Hopefully some of the music industry folks in the audience will find a way to market this dynamic act to a U.S. audience.

The pairing of Kacey Musgraves and Miguel was an inspired one. They took on “Crying In The Rain,” one of King’s songs from her days as a Brill Building staff writer, which turned into a hit for the Everly Brothers in 1962. The song doubled as a tribute to the late Phil Everly, who passed away earlier this month. And it made them the second unlikely male/female duo to cover the Everlys songbook in the last few months. Could they have a full album in them as well?

Kacey-Musgraves-and-Miguel-by-Christopher-PolkKacey Musgraves with Miguel (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Alicia Keys took on “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” and while it didn’t quite hit Aretha-like heights, it did remind the crowd how Keys won over the industry (and millions of fans) a little over a decade ago: her singing, her piano playing, but also the undeniable joy of her performances. That joy spread throughout the audience, earning her a standing ovation. After her performance, Kimmel exclaimed, “Holy s***, right? I know we’re all rich and jaded, but we’re pretty lucky to be here!”

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King beamed with pride as her daughter, Louise Goffin, took the stage with Jakob Dylan for “Goin’ Back,” a song that had been recorded by the Byrds.

“Jakob came up with that one,” Goffin explained to “It was a really good call, my father [King's ex-husband Gerry Goffin] wrote the lyrics, it’s a really fun song.”

Jakob-Dylan-and-Louise-Goffin-by-Kevork-DjansezianJakob Dylan with Louise Goffin (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) 

The country quartet of Martina McBrideMiranda LambertAmy Grant and Jennifer Nettles came next. They didn’t sing together, each instead took her own song in a medley: McBride sang “Been To Canaan”; Grant had a blast with the Herman’s Hermits hit “I’m Into Something Good”; Lambert took on the Bobby Vee hit “It Might As Well Rain Until September”; and Nettles took it home with a song that had been a ’60s smash for the Chiffons, “One Fine Day.”

Before the show, McBride described King to as “the first woman songwriter to take the world by storm. It was never about ego, it was always about the music. And sharing it. And that’s another thing about her music: it’s ‘shared.’ She gave her songs to other recording artists. And also, she was a mom, and still she was able to do was she was passionate about.”

Martina-Miranda-Amy-Jennifer-Nettles(L-R) Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Amy Grant, Jennifer Nettles (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The speeches of Neil Portnow, NARAS president and also president/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation, are a regular part of every GRAMMY ceremony, and they are often very business-oriented. Last night, though, we saw a different side of Portnow, as he appeared toting along his original copy of King’s Tapestry, which he’d bought at a record store when it first came out. Geeking out in public, Portnow asked King to sign it. When she came to the podium she said, “First things first!” and autographed the now very-eBay-worthy LP, before going into her humble and touching speech.

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“I’ve always been a songwriter first, I never dreamed I’d be a performing artist,” King said. This was right before she took the stage with a stunning performance. She played “Home Again,” accompanied by two Egyptian musicians, one of whom she’d met as her student escort when she received an Honoroary Doctor of Music award last year at Berklee, where he’s a student. “If I was 27 instead of 72, I’d take this on the road!” she exclaimed. She may be a septuagenarian, but she looked and sounded at least 20 years younger.

King was then joined by James Taylor for “Sweet Seasons,” “Hey Girl” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” After that, she got the audience back to their feet for “Jazzman” before inviting the other performers on stage for “I Feel The Earth Move” (Sara Bareilles was at her side less than two seconds later; she’d performed earlier as part of a supergroup with Jason Mraz and Zac Brown).

And with that, the show was over. It’s true that King is, as she said, 72 and not 27, but here’s hoping she keeps performing: she still loves it, she still sounds wonderful, and new generations should have the opportunity to see this living legend.

MusiCares is a charity arm of the GRAMMYs, helping musicians in times of need. Watch the 56th GRAMMY Awards Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8pm ET on CBS.

Honoree Carole King and singer Steven Tyler attend 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year
Honoree Carole King and singer Steven Tyler attend 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.