Music News Digest: Week Of April 28, 2013

May 5, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 28, 2013, the Rolling Stones kicked off their "50 And Counting" tour with a bang at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band performed a 23-song set of mostly classic hits to a sold out audience. (See video clip below.)

Also this week, it was announced that a benefit concert slated for May 30, 2013 is in the works to aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. James Taylor and Aerosmith will be spearheading this event, "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration," and many other bands and artists will also be performing.

The Monkees announced a tour for this summer, and KISS added four U.S. tour dates to their itinerary. Also, Rod Stewart will be performing on NBC's "The Voice" this May.

Global Citizen, a new program aimed at ending extreme poverty and hunger for some 1-2 billion people worldwide that raises money and awareness through music, has just been launched. Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Black Sabbath are among the dozens of participating bands and artists.

Fleetwood Mac just released a new EP, and Stephen Stills and Don Henley are working on new albums. Also, a novel by Greg Kihn based on the Beatles that takes place ca. early 1960s is slated for release this September.

Lyrics from a protest song written in 1963 by Bob Dylan were recently discovered and are set to be auctioned off at Christie's. Also, a Steinway grand piano owned by Fats Domino that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina was recently restored and will be put on display.

On a sad note, famed rock concert promoter Barry Fey committed suicide at age 73 following a difficult recovery from a recent hip-replacement surgery. Over the years, he promoted tens of thousands of concerts and worked with such top acts as the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and the Doors.

April 28, 2013: Rolling Stones Warm Up For Upcoming Tour

The Rolling Stones gave a surprise show at Los Angeles' Echoplex Nightclub on April 27, 2013 as a "warm-up" to their upcoming "50 And Counting" tour. This event was announced on the band's Twitter feed, and a few hundred tickets were offered for only $20 apiece.

Source: Rolling Stones rock Echo Park club in surprise 'warm up' gig -

April 28, 2013: Novel About The Beatles To Be Published

A novel by Greg Kihn about the Beatles, entitled "Rubber Soul," is scheduled to be released on September 3, 2013. The story, which takes place ca. early 1960s, centers around record store owner Dust Bin Bob who befriends John, Paul, George and Ringo and introduces them to his record collection of American R&B singles. In the course of writing this book, Kihn interviewed Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Pete Best, Patti Harrison, and Yoko Ono.

Source: New Novel Based On Beatles' Early Days

April 29, 2013: The Monkees Announce Summer Tour Dates

The three surviving members of the Monkees will be launching a 24-date tour in the U.S. this summer which begins July 15 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. They will wrap up their tour on August 18 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR. Tickets go on sale May 3.

Source: The Monkees Reveal U.S. Summer Tour Dates | Music News | Rolling Stone

April 29, 2013: Rod Stewart And Others To Perform On 'The Voice'

"The Voice" is a reality TV singing competition broadcast on NBC. This network announced that it is lining up a number of bands and artists for the May shows of "The Voice." Rod Stewart is among those slated to perform.

Source: News from The Associated Press

April 30, 2013: New EP By Fleetwood Mac Is Released

Fleetwood Mac just released a new EP that includes the songs, "Sad Angel," "Without You," "It Takes Time," and "Miss Fantasy." This EP, which is the first new music by this band in a decade, is available only on iTunes.

Source: Fleetwood Mac Release 'Extended Play,' First New Music in a Decade | Billboard

May 1, 2013: Famed Concert Promoter Barry Fey Commits Suicide

On April 28, 2013, Barry Fey committed suicide at age 73. He had recently undergone hip-replacement surgery and was struggling with his recovery. Fey was a famous rock concert promoter who worked with the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and many other big name bands and artists. He promoted tens of thousands of concerts from the 1960s to his retirement in the late 1990s. Billboard Magazine voted him Promoter Of The Year for three consecutive years (1978-1980). In 2011, Fey published a book, "Backstage Past," which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the rock and roll business.

Source: Rock promoter Barry Fey's death was suicide, coroner rules - The Denver Post

May 1, 2013: Stephen Stills Forms Trio And Gets Ready To Release New Album

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Barry Goldberg have formed a trio called the Rides, and this new group is scheduled to release an album on July 30, 2013, entitled "Can't Get Enough." This album will include mostly original material plus covers of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" and Iggy and the Stooges' "Search And Destroy."

Source: Stephen Stills And Kenny Wayne Shepherd Team Up For Blues Album

May 1, 2013: Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Neil Young And Others Join Global Citizen Ticket Drive

Bruce Springsteen, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and dozens of other bands and artists have joined the Global Citizen Ticket Drive, a new program aimed at putting an end to hunger and extreme poverty for some 1-2 billion people worldwide. Music fans can also join this program and take various actions, such as signing petitions and calling their representatives, to earn points which can then applied to win free concert tickets.

Source: Global Citizen

May 2, 2013: Unreleased Bob Dylan Lyrics To Be Auctioned

A previously unreleased protest song by Bob Dylan, "Go Away You Bomb," will be auctioned off on June 26, 2013 at Christie's. Dylan wrote this song in 1963 for Izzy Young of the Greenwich Village Folklore Center, but up to now, it has never seen the light of day. The lyrics sat around in Young's drawer until he discovered them a few years ago. It is estimated that they could bring in around $40,000-55,000 at auction.

Source: Unreleased Bob Dylan Lyrics to be Auctioned By Christie's | Music News | Rolling Stone

May 2, 2013: Don Henley Working On New Album

Eagles drummer Don Henley is currently working on a new solo album, "Cass County." Named after the country in northeast Texas in which he grew up, "Cass Country" explores and pays tribute to the music Henley grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s. This album is slated to be released this September.

Source: Don Henley Speaks About Solo Album, Cass County

May 2, 2013: KISS Adds Tour Dates

KISS is currently on tour in support of "Monster," this band's latest album. Four new summer shows in the U.S. have been added to this band's itinerary: Gilford, NH (August 7), Verona, NY (August 8), Simpsonville, SC (August 13), and Orlando, FL (August 16). KISS will also be performing July 20 at the Rock Fest in Cadott, WI.

Source: KISS Add U.S. Dates To North American Tour

May 2, 2013: Fats Domino's Piano Restored

A Steinway grand piano in Fats Domino's home which was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina has been recently restored. $30,000 was raised for its restoration from donations to the Louisiana Museum Foundation. Although the piano is still unplayable, it now looks very close to what it looked like before the hurricane. It will be put on display at a museum in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Source: Fats Domino's Katrina-damaged grand piano restored |

May 3, 2013: Aerosmith, James Taylor, And Others To Give 'Boston Strong' Benefit Concert

James Taylor and Aerosmith will be leading a benefit concert to help raise money for the One Fund Boston, a charity dedicated to aiding victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. This event, "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration," will take place on May 30, 2013 at the TD Garden. Other bands and artists slated to perform include Carole King, the J. Geils Band, Boston, and Jimmy Buffett. Tickets go on sale May 6.

Source: Boston Strong II 05.30.13

May 3, 2013: The Rolling Stones Kick Off Tour

On May 3, 2013, the Rolling Stones officially kicked off their "50 And Counting" tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band performed a 23-song set (including the encore) of mostly classic hits, and they were joined onstage by guest artists Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban, and former Stones member Mick Taylor (1969-1974) who will also be giving other guest performances throughout the tour.

Source: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles: May 3 2013 Set List | The Rolling Stones

April 20, 2013: New Video Release: History of the Eagles - Eagles

"History of the Eagles" is a documentary about the Eagles from their founding in the early 1970s through the present. Disc 1 chronicles the band's beginnings and rise to fame in the 1970s up to their first breakup in 1980. Disc 2 covers the band's reunion in 1984 up through the present. Disc 3 contains a live concert of the Eagles from March, 1977 at the Capital Centre.

For more information and to purchase this video on either DVD or Blu-ray, go to