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Music’s biggest stars descend upon NYC


October is another action-packed month for live music in NYC, with music legends and newly-emerging pop artists. The 3rd Annual CBGB Music & Film Festival also returns October 8-12 featuring performances by Jane’s Addiction (playing their 1988 album “Nothing’s Shocking” in its entirety) as well as Devo, We Are Scientists and Macy Gray.

One of the most celebrated acts of the 70s and 80s – Fleetwood Mac – has managed a career of longevity reaching generations with their many hits like “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Little Lies.” Their 1977 album “Rumours” is one of the highest-selling albums of all time with more than 45 million copies sold worldwide. Their fall tour “On With The Show” offers a welcome return for Fleetwood Mac, as Christine McVie rejoins the band for the first time since 1988. Additionally, it’s an exciting time as Mick Fleetwood is set to release a new autobiography “Play On” and finally Stevie Nicks, fresh off her guest-starring role on “American Horror Story: Coven” releases her eighth studio album “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault” which includes demos made from 1969-1987 as well as two from the 90s. Covered and reworked repeatedly, the Fleetwood Mac songbook is admired globally and the band’s lasting melodies just “Don’t Stop.” The fivesome plays Madison Square Garden October 6 & 7.

“Pompeii,” one of the feel-good songs of the past year has become British band Bastille’s calling card, but it is not a stand-alone hit for the emerging indie-rock band. Bastille earned praise for their debut album’s title track “Bad Blood” as well, which was released in early 2013. Fronted by lead singer Dan Smith, the guys snagged a January musical guest slot on “Saturday Night Live” and went on to win the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act in February. The Brits spent the better part of the spring and summer touring the U.S., Europe and Australia with many dates at major festivals. In addition to playing their album of soulful, pop-friendly fare, expect Bastille to play strings-heavy ballad “Oblivion,” newer single “Flaws” and popular mash-up of the 1993 “The Rhythm of the Night” by Corona and 1992 hit “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by Snap! which they have renamed “Of The Night.” Radio City Music Hall should be a memorable venue October 9 to experience Bastille’s anthemic songs, choir-like aesthetic and beautiful harmonies.

Twenty-two-year-old pop starlet and former teen star Demi Lovato headlines major venues this fall with the “Demi World Tour,” supporting her fourth album “Demi.” The “Made in the USA” singer has had a string of up-tempo hits of late. With “Heart Attack,” “Give Your Heart A Break,” “Neon Lights” and “Really Don’t Care,” in addition to previous hits like the powerful “Skyscraper” and earlier track “Get Back,” all are all expected in the mix October 27 when Demi plays Barclays Center. Lovato has become a role model for millennials, overcoming her own personal demons and chronicling them in her New York Times best-selling book “Staying Strong: 365 Days A Year.” The former “X Factor” judge will be joined on tour with openers pop duo MKTO and singer-songwriter Christina Perri for a memorable night of pop tunes. Brooklyn is the last stop of Lovato’s North American tour so expect an emotional finale with possible surprises.

Girls, Girls, Girls…and guys! Get your “Wild Side” fix while you can – Motley Crue’s “The Final Tour” with special guest Alice Cooper is their last outing, which ends some time in 2015. Their Madison Square Garden show October 28 is set to be their New York City swan song, following more than three decades in the limelight. The Los Angeles quartet often known for their rockstar debauchery and offstage antics as much as their music will play a night of explosive hits for fans that span over a generation. With Vince Neil on vocals, Mick Mars on guitar, Nikki Sixx on bass and Tommy Lee on drums, this glam metal show will be one to remember. Tunes from their 80s heyday like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Looks That Kill” and power ballad “Without You” are sure to bring back the memories, and create new ones. Motley Crue are playing their cleverly-titled new song “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” before taking the stage at all venues. Expect plenty of pyro and lighting that sets the Garden ablaze before the Motley Crue fellas retire and head “Home Sweet Home” for good.

(Nikki Sixx – Motley Crue / Photo Credit: Paul Brown)