Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend “the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time,” told a story about attending his first Who concert and joined Townshend and surprise guest Roger Daltrey onstage.

The rock icons attended the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit Thursday night in New York City, where Townshend and longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley were honored for their charitable efforts.

Springsteen, Daltrey and Townshend joined forces for “My Generation” at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. They closed the event with “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and were joined by Billy Idol and Willie Nile, who both had solo sets earlier in the night.

“It’s going to be good. It’s going to be bad, but good-bad,” Townshend said before the finale.

Springsteen presented Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his commitment to the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.

James Patterson’s new venture

James Patterson, already one of the book world’s most popular authors, is now becoming a publisher. Little, Brown & Company announced Friday that Patterson has launched the “jimmy patterson” imprint for children’s books. The imprint will feature books by Patterson, who has written numerous children’s stories, and by other authors. Patterson’s profits will be donated to his favorite causes, from scholarships for teachers to funds for libraries and independent bookstores. A statement said that the goal of the imprint was to inspire kids to say, “Please give me another book.”


Convicted: Actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former “Saved by the Bell” actor of the most serious felony charge. The jury’s verdict came just hours after the actor testified that he never intended to stab anyone in the fight last Christmas Day. He had pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of recklessly endangering public safety, plus two misdemeanors — carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

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Canceled: After postponing her April show at Target Center along with the rest of her tour, Iggy Azalea is now calling off the makeup dates, too — and this time it’s for good. The “Fancy” hitmaker apologized to fans via Twitter and promised, “We’ll be back out on the road when the next album is done.” The excuse she and her handlers gave for the postponement this spring was “production delays.” They didn’t even bother with an excuse this time.

Chris Riemenschneider