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Rod Stewart Takes Over iHeartRadio Theater With New Tunes & Classic Hits: 'I Truly Love What I Do'. How much were fans anticipating Rod Stewart's iHeartRadio Live performance in Burbank, Calif.? As a stage hand brought Stewart's microphone stand to the front of the stage on Tuesday evening, that simple action alone elicited audience applause. At the stroke of 7 p.m. PT, the man himself took center stage for an intimate performance featuring songs from the recently released Blood Red Roses, his 30th studio album, and classic gems from his deep catalog. Also livestreamed on iHeartRadio's official YouTube channel and broadcast across the company's AC stations, the show got off to a rollicking start with two numbers from Roses: "Look in Her Eyes" and "Hole in My Heart." Rounding out the set with spirited audience sing-alongs to enduring faves "You're in My Heart," "Some Guys Have All the Luck" and "Forever Young," Stewart underscored what he told host and KOST Los Angeles morning personality Ellen K during the show's Q&A segments: "I truly love what I do." The pair also talked about what inspires his songwriting ("As you go on in life, you get motivated by the experiences you go through") and his high-kicking limberness onstage (from playing football [soccer] with his two youngest sons). At one point after performing "Luck," the fun-loving Stewart picked up a hand dryer onstage to blow out and refresh his trademark locks. The ever-dapper Stewart -- sporting a black shirt and black slacks accented by a dashing gold Dolce & Gabbana blazer -- changed into an abstract black-and-white patterned blazer as he treated fans inside the theater to a few more songs following the live stream/broadcast. That set list included "Maggie May," the searing heartbreak ballad "Grace" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Stewart and crew closed with Chuck Berry's hard-charging "Sweet Little Rock & Roller." Stewart is currently wrapping up his latest residency engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (Nov. 21-Dec. 2). (Billboard)

If this isn't the most Mariah Carey move of all time we don't know what is ... 'cause teaching her twins backup vocals is pretty legendary. Mariah put Moroccan and Monroe to work Wednesday night, teaching them the backup vocals to her 1994 classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You." You can tell the kids have listened to this song once or twice ... they jump on cue when the song starts. Roc and Roe -- as Mariah's dubbed them -- are definitely into this. You can see Moroccan crack his fingers and dab before putting in some work. Mariah kicks things off before the kiddos jump in with their I's and O's. Mariah says the kids have been practicing the vocals ... and bravo, 'cause they nailed it. Moral of the story ... it's never too early to put your kids to work. Kiiiiiiiiding ... family QT or whatever. (TMZ)

Drake is highly offended by a music publishing company for allegedly using his image without his permission, but also for playing off a Jewish stereotype. The company's name is Hebrew Hustle. Drake's been in legal battles with the publisher/management co. for years. Hebrew Hustle first sued him over a sample in his song, "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." Now, he's suing the co., claiming it used his name and image on its website ... leading the public to think they're working with him. In new docs filed in that suit, Drake's lawyers call out the company over its name, saying, "The very name of Hebrew Hustle is offensive, as it perpetuates stereotypes regarding persons of Jewish heritage, such as [Drake]." Drizzy's legal team says he would never have allowed the company to use his image due to its offensive name. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Drake wants damages for the "mental distress" and "humiliation" suffered from any perceived connection to Hebrew Hustle -- plus any money the company made from using his likeness. By the way, Drake beat HH last year in the lawsuit over his sample. Sooo ... mazel? (TMZ)

Tommy Lee has unleashed an all-out assault on Travis Scott ... accusing the rapper of jacking Tommy's famous 360-degree loop stage design. Travis is in the middle of his Astroworld Tour -- accompanied by baby mama Kylie Jenner and daughter Stormi -- and during the show, there's a part where he straps into a chair like an amusement park ride and completes a 360-degree loop. Back in 2011, Tommy also did a 360-degree loop, strapped into his drum set ... and clearly saw a video of Travis' show Wednesday night. In a flurry of posts ripping Travis, Tommy says, "Just found out this f**king idiot @travisscott or someone on his team ripped off the 360 AND The Cruecifly! WTF!! Get an original idea bro ..." The Cruecifly was a floating structure over the crowd Tommy used to go over the audience. Travis also has something similar on Astroworld that was created to look like a roller coaster and takes him from one stage to another. Tommy continued, "I get copying is a form of flattery, but this is just straight ripping off my sh*t." He also advised Travis to "lawyer up!" Interestingly enough, Tommy was taken to court in 2014 over the 360-degree drum set by an engineer who accused him of stealing the idea. Lee won that case, ruling the drums were based on Tommy's original concept.

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