In this Oct. 7, 2014 photo, entertainer Bette Midler poses for a portrait in promotion of her upcoming album "It's the Girls!" in New York. The album is an eclectic collection of covers of 15 famous songs by seven decades of girl groups, from The Andrews Sisters to TLC. It’s also Midler's 25th album and first studio offering in eight years. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

“I don’t want to travel with 40 trucks. I don’t want to travel with 90 people,” said the Grammy- and Tony-winner. “Bruno Mars is my hero. Bruno Mars has eight trucks. If I tour, that’s how I want to tour. I don’t want the confetti cannons.”

FILE -- In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "The Giver" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Swift is releasing her fifth album, “1989,” on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. It is the Grammy winner’s first full-length pop album and features the hit song, “Shake It Off.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

“We are all getting our hearts broken, being built up, being let down, feeling disappointed, feeling joy, feeling all these emotions, but what I’ve noticed is that even when it’s the same kind of emotion that I’m feeling, I process it and feel it differently now than I used to,” she said in an interview last week.

Singer Bob Seger poses for a portrait in a  Capitol Records studio on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Seger said in a phone interview, noting that a colonoscopy from a few years ago was clean and he just had a checkup for his tour to promote “Ride Out,” the album released last week and his first since 2006.

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Popular Problems," the latest release by Leonard Cohen. (AP Photo/Columbia Records)

There’s no reason, of course, why an artist should slow down at 80. If the mind is still sharp — and, as in Leonard Cohen’s case, the bank account still a bit low, thanks to a larcenous financial adviser — a singer-songwriter should be able to soldier on.


In her trademark gypsy shawl, Stevie Nicks said the dream catchers she casts to the crowd each night finally netted her old friend. Lindsey Buckingham said her return marked “a beautiful, profound and poetic new chapter.

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“He’d been quiet about it for some time,” Hart said. “Treated at the Mayo Clinic, Paul stayed on the road as long as he could, then retired recently back to Idaho, where he and his wife, Sydney, always kept a home.”