Ten great music venues

Madison Square Garden New York, US

4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York; www.thegarden.com; 001 212 465 6741

Madison Square Garden's claims to being the world's most famous arena is no idle boast. This is the venue that hosted John Lennon's last ever public performance (right), back in 1974. The ex-Beatle had struck an agreement with Elton John that if their duet, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" made it to No 1, then he would appear onstage with Elton. So, on Thanksgiving Day the pair appeared together at the Garden to play three songs. The venue initially opened in 1879 on Madison Avenue (hence the name) for bicycle racing. It's been through three incarnations since then, with the most recent one built on top of Penn Station in 1968.

Circus faces elephant cruelty case

When the Ringling Brothers' circus comes to New York next month, the city's grown-up kids will be able to watch the elephants make their way through the streets of Manhattan to Madison Square Garden. But if animal rights' groups – pitted against the circus owners in a trial that begins in Washington tomorrow morning – have their way, this year's parade, which began in 1919, might be the last.

Boxing: Calzaghe savours win laced with a warning

Unbeaten Welshman should heed the shocking decline in Jones and retire, writes James Lawton in New York

Leading article: Art of departure

The boxer Joe Calzaghe's impressive victory over Roy Jones at Madison Square Garden, his 46th win in as many fights, was justly hailed as the culmination of a remarkable career. He had stated loud and clear beforehand that this fight would be his last. Now he seems a bit less sure.

Calzaghe "overwhelmed" by win

Joe Calzaghe believes he answered his critics last night when he outclassed Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden.

Bursting with pride on a Harlem night like no other

It didn't matter that Cab Calloway was no longer around to make the music, nor Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, or that Sugar Ray Robinson was not to be seen waving from his pink Cadillac after another beautiful performance downtown in Madison Square Garden.

Boxing's Garden of Eden

On Saturday night Joe Calzaghe will end his career at Madison Square Garden. Steve Bunce relives the glorious heritage of the fight game's fabled venue

James Lawton: Jones evoking forces of change to deliver one final landslide

Fading legend draws inspiration from Obama in plotting upset for Calzaghe

Calzaghe relishing final fight

Joe Calzaghe admits the prospect of fighting Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night has restored his hunger for the fight game.

Buddy Miles: Flamboyant Hendrix drummer

Best known as the drummer with Band of Gypsys, the short-lived group put together by Jimi Hendrix at the end of 1969, Buddy Miles contributed two compositions – "We Gotta Live Together" and "Them Changes" – to the eponymous live album they released in 1970.

Patty Hearst goes from doghouse to dog show

More than three decades have passed since Patty Hearst became even more famous than her name when she was kidnapped by a radical leftist group in California, only to show up several weeks later, helping her captors rob a bank.

You ain't nothing but the best hound dog

Uno barked at his handler, bayed at the crowd and took a flying leap at a piece of filet mignon. Oh, and he gnawed away at a newly printed sign.

Art: The diva that time forgot

The world's first concept album is re-released this week, and no one has noticed. Peggy Lee should be an icon, but lost it to changing tastes and bad fashion moments.
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