• A new “augmented reality app' based on the multimedia David Bowie Is museum exhibit will launch on Tuesday (January 8th), which would've been David Bowie's 72nd birthday. The app will be narrated by Gary Oldman, with Pitchfork.com posting, “The app will allow users to interact with 'the show’s hundreds of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics, original works of art, and more.' A virtual reality David Bowie Is experience is also in the works. (Pitchfork)
  • For the sixth year in a row, Billy Joel will play Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. The “Piano Man” will perform on May 24th at the home of Phillies, and is set to receive a key to the stadium. Local ABC News affiliate WPVI posted, “Billy will be honored with the first music franchise at Citizens Bank Park. As part of the residency, the Phillies will have a special kiosk set up to offer Billy Joel tour merchandise for sale during all home games in May.” (6abc.cm)
    • In addition to the Philly stadium gig, Billy Joel has also just added his 66th consecutive show at Madison Square Garden, with a July 11th date now on the books.
  • Dickey Betts took the stage on New Year's Eve at Macon, Georgia's Grand Opera House with the Devon Allman Project featuring his son Duane Betts and Berry Oakley Jr. The show marked the Allman Brothers Band co-founder's first live appearance since undergoing brain surgery on September 21st in Saratoga, Florida. The 75-year-old guitarist performed his Allman's staple “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” (Best Classic Bands)
  • Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Tony Bennett, along with their respective wives, were among House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's special guests for the opening day of the 116th Congress yesterday (January 3rd). The other notable entertainment figure invited to the opening day, which saw Pelosi elected Speaker for a historic second time, was Project Runway star and fashion guru, Tim Gunn. The Daily Mail went on to report that “Bennett 'serenaded' Pelosi at a dinner hosted by Italy's ambassador to the U.S. that was also attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton.” (Washington Examiner)
  • Foreigner has announced that it is donating proceeds from a new version of its 1984 classic “I Want To Know What Love Is” to Shriners Hospitals for Children. The current lineup of the band recently recorded the song and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients. The single appears on a new album of live recordings, Foreigner Live In Concert, available on February 15th both digitally and in stores via The Orchard. Foreigner is also donating proceeds from the entire album to Shriners Hospitals for Children. (Press release)