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Joel, Springsteen to play for Obama

Rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are teaming up for their first joint concert to benefit Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Obama plans to attend the concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 16, the day after his final debate with Republican John McCain at Hofstra University, located several miles outside the city in Hempstead, N.Y.

Seeing the two superstars together won't come cheap. Tickets start at $500 and range up to $10,000.

The event was first reported by the Huffington Post Web site and confirmed by an Obama aide.

Springsteen also planned to perform Saturday at a Philadelphia rally to boost the Obama campaign's voter registration drive.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Osbourne has her favorites tonight

Sharon Osbourne isn't shy about her favorites on tonight's “America's Got Talent” finale.

“I'm really rooting for Nuttin But Stringz, for Eli and for Neal,” said Osbourne, a judge on the NBC talent contest.

Nuttin But Stringz is the violin duo of Damien and Tourie Escobar, brothers from New York; Eli Mattson is a pianist and singer, born in Duluth, Minn., and raised in Wisconsin; opera singer Neal E. Boyd is an insurance salesman from Sikeston, Mo.

Also competing: singer Donald Braswell of Boerne, Texas, whose focus is musical theater, and soul singer Queen Emily from Stockton, Calif.

“You've got a wide variety of talent and they're all great at what they do,” Osbourne said of the finalists.

But she sounds especially taken with Nuttin But Stringz, noting that the brothers write their unique material.

“How many times do you see classical music together with rock and hip-hop?” she said. An album from them “would be something different out there in the marketplace.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Palin's parents give a yea for Fey

The parents of GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin say they bear no ill will toward Tina Fey, who on Saturday again impersonated the candidate on “Saturday Night Live.” Palin's father, Chuck Heath, was tickled pink. “I thought it was kind of cute,” he told Harry Smith on Tuesday on CBS' “Early Show.” “Tina Fey did a good job!”

Chuck and his wife, Sally Heath, are big Sarah fans. “She perseveres, she works so hard, she learns so fast,” Chuck says of his daughter. Sally chimed in with, “She's got that ability to relate to people. She's diplomatic.”

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Plant denies Led Zeppelin tour

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant denies he is joining the band for a 2009 tour or to record a new album, Billboard.com reports.

Rumors of a tour have plagued the band ever since its reunion show in December in London.

“It's … ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects,” Plant said. And rumors the band will tour without him? Who knows.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Birthdays

Former President Jimmy Carter, 84. Actress-singer Julie Andrews, 73. Actor Randy Quaid, 58. Actor Esai Morales, 46. Baseball player Mark McGwire, 45. Actor Christopher Titus, 44. Actress-model Cindy Margolis, 43. Actress Brie Larson, 19.

This day in history Oct. 1

1908: Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.

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