Music News Digest: Week Of August 11, 2013

August 18, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 11, 2013, fans mourned the passing of Blue Oyster Cult co-founder Allen Lanier and country singer-songwriter Tompall Glaser.

Also that week, it was announced that KISS is buying a professional Arena Football League (AFL) football team.

A new album by Chicago is in the works, and the band will be releasing songs from this album one at a time as they are completed. So far, one song has been released.

Foreigner will be touring the U.K. next April along with Europe and FM. Bruce Springsteen announced a tour for next year in Australia and New Zealand. Also, Paul McCartney and Elton John will be performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas next month.

Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum will be paring up for the next "CMT Crossroads" which will be broadcast this September. Also, the long-running Queen musical, "We Will Rock You," will be coming to the U.S. this fall.

Linda Ronstadt is releasing her memoir this September, and she will be making several appearances to promote her book.

Finally, thousands paid tribute to Elvis Presley at Graceland during Elvis Week 2013.

August 11, 2013: Stevie Nicks And Lady Antebellum Pair Up For Next Month's 'CMT Crossroads'

"CMT Crossroads" is a TV show that pairs country music singers with bands and artists from other music genres. The next showing of "CMT Crossroads," to be broadcast on September 13, 2013, will feature Stevie Nicks And Lady Antebellum. The two singers will cover Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and various songs from their respective catalogs.

Source: Stevie Nicks And Lady Antebellum's CMT Crossroads Due Next Month

August 12, 2013: Queen Musical Heads To The U.S. This Fall

"We Will Rock You," a long-running musical about the band Queen, will be coming to the U.S. this fall. Produced with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, this show was a big hit in the U.K., and it features many of the band's hit songs. Performances begin October 15, 2013 in Baltimore, MD and end in August of 2014 in Los Angeles. Tickets are available at

Source: We Will Rock You

August 12, 2013: Foreigner And Other Classic Rock Bands To Tour U.K. Next April

Foreigner, Europe and FM will be embarking on a 9-date tour in the U.K. next April. The shows will begin on April 3, 2014 in Manchester at O2 Apollo and end on April 15 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Source: Foreigner, Europe And FM Announce U.K. Tour

August 13, 2013: Tompall Glaser Passes Away

Country singer-songwriter Tompall Glaser died on August 13, 2013 at age 79 in Nashville, TN. Born Thomas Paul Glaser in Spalding, NE, he had a solo career and also performed and recorded with his brothers, Chuck and Jim Glaser. During the late 1950s, the trio served as backup singers for Marty Robbins. In the 1960s, they recorded and toured with Johnny Cash and became members of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1970, the Glaser brothers were named Vocal Group of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. They recorded many albums and had a long string of hits on the Country charts through the early 1980s that included their version of Kris Kristofferson's "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)" (1981), which peaked at #2.

As a solo artist, Tompall Glaser also had a string of hits on the Country charts that included "Bad, Bad, Bad Cowboy" (1973) and "Put Another Log On The Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)" (1975), the latter of which also became a minor hit on the Pop/Rock charts. Glaser was a major part of the country "outlaw" movement of the 1970s. Along with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jessi Colter, he was one of the main featured artists on the CMA award-winning album, "Wanted! The Outlaws" (1976), which topped the Country charts and reached #10 on the Pop charts. He recorded many other albums over the years that also included "Tompall Glaser & His Outlaw Band" (1977), "The Wonder of It All" (1977) and "Outlaw to the Cross" (2007).

Source: Country music 'Outlaw' Tompall Glaser dead at 79 -

August 14, 2013: Chicago To Release Songs From New Album One At A Time

A new album by Chicago is in the works, and the band will be releasing songs from this upcoming album one at a time as they are completed. Chicago has already released this album's first song, "Somethin' Comin', I Know," which can be previewed and downloaded on the Chicago website. Once the songs are complete, the album will be released as a physical disc.

Source: Chicago To Release New Album One Song At A Time

August 14, 2013: Linda Ronstadt To Publish Memoir

Linda Ronstadt's memoir, "Simple Dreams," is scheduled to be released September 17, 2013. Ronstadt will be making six appearances in support of her book starting September 18 in New York City at the 92nd Street Y. "Simple Dreams" will be available in hardback and also as an ebook and CD audio book narrated by Ronstadt.

Source: Linda Ronstadt Schedules Six Appearances In Support Of Memoir

August 14, 2013: Paul McCartney And Elton John To Perform At The iHeartRadio Music Festival Next Month

Paul McCartney and Elton John will be among a number of top bands and artists performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. This two-day event, to be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, begins September 20, 2013 and will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Source: Paul McCartney Added to iHeartRadio Fest | Billboard

August 15, 2013: Bruce Springsteen To Tour Australia And New Zealand In 2014

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be embarking on 7-date tour in Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. The shows will begin February 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena and end March 1 in Auckland, New Zealand at Mt. Smart Stadium. Tickets go on sale August 26, 2013.

Source: Bruce Springsteen Confirms 2014 Tour Dates | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 15, 2013: Blue Oyster Cult Co-Founder Allen Lanier Passes Away

Allen Lanier, a co-founder of the highly popular rock band, Blue Oyster Cult, died on August 14, 2013 at age 67. A longtime smoker, he struggled with and eventually succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D).

In 1967, Lanier co-founded what was to become Blue Oyster Cult (then called Soft White Underbelly). Blue Oyster Cult recorded many albums over the years and had a string of hits through 1984 that included "Burnin' For You" (1981), "Shooting Shark" (1984), and the band's tour de force, "Don't Fear The Reaper" (1976). Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar for Blue Oyster Cult and also wrote many of the band's hit songs. He left Blue Oyster Cult in 1985 and returned in 1987, permanently retiring in 2006. He rejoined the band one last time in 2012 for its 40th anniversary concert in New York.

In addition to his work with Blue Oyster Cult, Lanier also performed and recorded with other bands and artists that included Patti Smith, the Cult, Jim Carroll, Iggy Pop and the Clash.

Source: Allen Lanier, Blue Oyster Cult Co-Founder and Patti Smith Collaborator, Dead at 67 | Music News | Rolling Stone

August 16, 2013: Fans Paid Tribute To Elvis Presley At Graceland

On August 15, 2013, tens of thousands of fans gathered together at Graceland in a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to Elvis Presley, many staying through the next morning. Since he passed away on Aug. 16, 1977, fans from all over the world have gathered together every year at this time to honor the King. This vigil is a part of a week-long commemoration held every year, known as Elvis Week, which also includes other events to celebrate Presley's career and life. This year's Elvis Week features shows by Elvis Presley tribute singers, a screening of the 1973 TV show, "Aloha from Hawaii," and a listening party at Stax Records for the recently released 3-CD box set, "Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition."

Source: Thousands honor Elvis Presley at Graceland vigil - CBS News

August 16, 2013: KISS Buys A Professional Football League Team

The hard rock band KISS is getting ready to buy a professional Arena Football League (AFL) team which will be named L.A. KISS. The Arena Football League (AFL), founded in 1978, is the highest level of professional indoor American football in the U.S. This version of football, which was invented in the early 1980s, is played indoors on a field that is smaller than that of American football, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. L.A. KISS, the first LA-area arena football team in five years, will be taking the field in 2014 and will use Anaheim's Honda Center as its home field. For tickets and other info, go to

Source: KISS buys Arena Football League team to play in Anaheim in 2014 -