Billy Joel to Ring in 2016 in Sunrise, Florida

    Myrna Suarez/Library of CongressIt won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.

    Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year.  He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south. 

    Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via or by calling 800-745-3000.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by American Express card members beginning this Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m.

    Last year, Joel -- who's a new dad to baby daughter Della Rose -- spent New Year's Eve in Florida as well, performing in Orlando.  It's not out of the bounds of possibility that he will, in fact, ring in 2017 in Miami, just like the title of the memorable tune from his 1976 album Turnstiles says.

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    Soundtrack to "Roger Waters The Wall" Concert Film to Be Released in November

    Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20.  The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.

    The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Beck.  The 29-track album features a full live performance of Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall, about a rock star who descends into madness while haunted by the wartime death of the father he never met.  Among the classic songs included on the record are "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2," "Young Lust," "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."

    Waters' backing band for the performances included guitarists G.E. Smith and Snowy White, multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and Roger's son Harry Waters, who played keyboards.

    As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall will be released as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital video on December 1.  The movie combines live performance footage with dramatic and documentary segments aimed at conveying Waters' passionate antiwar sentiments.

    The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack CD and LP sets can be pre-ordered now at  According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, release details for a Super Deluxe edition that likely will feature both the film and the album will be announced next week.

    Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of the soundtrack album:

    Disc 1
    "In the Flesh?"
    "The Thin Ice"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1"
    "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2"
    "The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes"
    "Goodbye Blue Sky"
    "Empty Spaces"
    "What Shall We Do Now?"
    "Young Lust"
    "One of My Turns"
    "Don't Leave Me Now"
    "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3"
    "Last Few Bricks"
    "Goodbye Cruel World"

    Disc 2
    "Hey You"
    "Is There Anybody Out There?"
    "Nobody Home"
    "Bring the Boys Back Home"
    "Comfortably Numb"
    "The Show Must Go On"
    "In the Flesh"
    "Run Like Hell"
    "Waiting for the Worms"
    "The Trial"
    "Outside the Wall"

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    Lionel Richie Supports New Tuskegee Airmen Documentary

    Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening of the flick, which he believes deserves the attention of Oscar voters.

    After supporting the 2012 feature Red Tails, Richie feels that the film's history should be taught in schools around the country.  "You can't settle.  There's a young generation coming along that I want to know that the fiber of America has black people in it," he says.  "We made major contributions in this country."

    When asked how he would respond if the film did win an Oscar, Richie says with a laugh, "I'm rushing the stage!  What are you talking about?  Are you kidding me?"

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    "The Who in Hyde Park" Concert Film Screenings Taking Place Tonight Across the US

    Credit: Fabrice DemessenceTonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time.  The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.

    The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," "You Better You Bet" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  In addition, the film includes interviews with Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, as well as with Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and other well-known musicians.  The screenings also will offer a special feature focusing on London landmarks that played a significant role in The Who's early history.

    In an interview clip from the film, Daltrey talks about the excitement of playing in front of a massive crowd like the one that turned out for the Hyde Park concert.

    "It is an extraordinary feeling when you go out there at first," he points out.  "Everybody's pleased to see you and everybody's smiling, and you play the first song and the animation starts and you can see little pockets jumping about and the arms going up and down.  All I can say is it becomes like a revolving door of energy.  It makes you give out more and the more you give out, the more the arms go up and down."

    Meanwhile, in an interview segment with Townshend, the guitar great compares the Hyde Park gig to "a little Glastonbury" festival, while noting how many new fans he saw in the audience.

    "Apart from a few familiar faces down the very, very front, complete newcomers," he says.  "So for us, what we are clearly doing is we're kind of filling in the blanks."

    You can find out the locations of The Who in Hyde Park screenings and purchase tickets for them at

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    Frank Zappa's Widow, Gail, Dies at Age 70

    Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

    A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.

    "While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality," the statement continues. "Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad a** in the music business and political world."

    The statement concludes, "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same.  The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."

    Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had four kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.

    Frank died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

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