Billy Joel Reportedly Looking for Pad in Palm Beach, Schedules 21st Show at MSG

    Lloyd Bishop/NBCAll the cash that Billy Joel made after his home sales this year must be burning a hole in his pocket: He's reportedly looking for a new property in Palm Beach, Florida.

    According to the Florida website GossipExtra, in 2014, the Piano Man unloaded his oceanfront home in New York's tony Hamptons for $19 million, and he also sold two Manhattan condos for $12 million.  Now, he's eyeing a place in Palm Beach on the ocean, and is looking to spend $15 to $20 million.  Supposedly, Joel's good pal Howard Stern, who owns a place in the area, convinced him it was the place to be.

    Meanwhile, Joel has just scheduled yet another show at New York's Madison Square Garden, where he does a monthly residency.  The September 25, 2015, concert will be the 21st show in the residency, and the 67th overall of his career at that venue.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 19.

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    Van Morrison to Release New Album in Early 2015 After Signing Deal with RCA

    Exile ProductionsVan Morrison currently is finishing up a new studio album that will be released early next year, the first the acclaimed singer/songwriter will issue as part of a new deal with RCA Records.

    RCA executives Tom Corson and Peter Edge said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster.  He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today, and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album."

    Added Van the Man, "I am looking forward to working with Tom, Peter and the RCA team as we plan release of the new project for next year."

    Morrison most recent album, 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B, was released on Blue Note Records, one of several labels for which the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has recorded in recent years.

    Meanwhile, Van will be playing three sold-out shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Nell's Jazz & Blues Club in London.  He also has several other tour dates, most of them in the U.K., mapped out through August 2015.  Check out his full itinerary at

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    2015 Wanee Festival Lineup Features Allman Brothers Members, Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire

    Image Courtesy of Wanee FestivalThe Allman Brothers Band may have retired after its October 28 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, but nearly all the group's members will be on hand to perform at the 2015 edition of the Wanee Music Festival, scheduled for April 15-17 in Live Oak, Florida.  Listed separately on the just-announced lineup for the event are frontman Gregg Allman, drummer Butch Trucks and bassist Oteil Burbridge, as well as guitarist Warren Haynes' and drummer Jaimoe's respective bands -- Gov't Mule and Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.

    Other artists on the 2015 Wanee fest bill include Cheap Trick, Earth, Wind & Fire, the "Electric" version of Hot Tuna, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Widespread Panic and many more.

    Tickets for the 11th annual Wanee fest are on sale now.  General admission tickets for the three-day extravaganza cost $195, plus fees, while VIP packages are priced at $499.  Visit for more information.

    The Allman Brothers Band began the festival in 2005 and always served as its headliner.  The event is held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

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    Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to Open for The Who Throughout Band's 2015 North American Tour

    AEG LiveThe Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year.  Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.

    "Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment," says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. "I love her."

    Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, "We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time.  She is the real deal.  This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone."

    As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, "gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records." Joan adds, "I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization.  I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour.  No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who."

    Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who's tour.

    Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.

    The Who's 2015 North American tour includes a spring and a fall leg.  Here are all of the confirmed dates:

    Leg One
    4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
    4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
    4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
    4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
    4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
    5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
    5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
    5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
    5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
    5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
    5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
    5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
    5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
    5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
    5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
    5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
    5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
    5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium

    Leg Two
    9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
    9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
    *9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
    9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
    9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
    9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
    9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
    9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
    10/3 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
    10/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
    10/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
    10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
    10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
    10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
    10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
    10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
    10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
    10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
    10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
    10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
    10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
    11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
    11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center

    * = without Jett & the Blackhearts.

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    Paul McCartney to Visit "The Tonight Show" This Evening

    MPL/Mary McCartneyHot on the heels of his appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Paul McCartney will be a guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Fans can expect to hear McCartney chat about his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny.

    Sir Paul will be a guest alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.  The oddball duo, who recently released the chart-topping album Cheek to Cheek, will be interviewed as well as serving as the show's musical guest.  The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

    In other news, the complete transcript of a recent live Q&A event McCartney took part in for U.K. model Lily Cole's website,, has been posted at

    During the interview, which focused on Paul's songwriting, he discussed such topics as creating the aforementioned "Hope for the Future" and his partnership with John Lennon.

    McCartney explained that he had been collaborating with composer Marty O'Donnell on the Destiny score when he was asked to help write a regular song for the project.  He pointed out that O'Donnell told him some details about the game, which helped him come up with the lyrics.

    "He told me that the idea of the game was that it's a big 'shoot-em-up' and you shoot your way, and you save humanity from all the aliens, therefore giving hope," noted McCartney.  "So I just put that idea together, that instead of a big 'shoot-em-up' I'll just make it a more general thing of 'we need some hope for the future.'  So that's what I did, and that was it!"

    As for his long partnership with Lennon, Paul said, "Obviously writing with John was the ultimate collaboration.  I think we were both very lucky to find each other, because we played perfectly off each other."

    He added, "One of the amazing things about me and John writing together was that -- I think we wrote just short of three hundred songs together…we never had a dry session. Every time we got together and sat down, we'd work…only for about three hours, because you start getting a bit bored after three hours, but we would always come up with a song, which is pretty cool!"

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