August 25, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 18, 2013, Richie Havens' ashes were scattered with rose petals over the original 1969 Woodstock Festival site.
Also that week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that it will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sun Records this September with a panel discussion featuring key figures in the music business associated with this famous record label.
Paul Simon will soon be releasing a 15-disc box set that will include all of his previous albums spanning over 45 years. Also, David Crosby is currently working on a new solo album, and a new live album by CSNY taken from the band's 1974 reunion tour is nearing completion.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse are having to cancel an upcoming North American tour as the band's guitarist, Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, is still recovering from a hand injury. Also, the Rolling Stones' performance at Glastonbury Music Festival will be aired this September on the high definition music TV network, Palladia.
Sadly, Linda Ronstadt is currently battling Parkinson's disease and has lost her singing voice. She will soon be releasing her memoir, "Simple Dreams."
Finally, Aretha Franklin announced that she is "85% healed" from the (as yet disclosed) illness that forced her to cancel a number of shows earlier this year, and she expects to be performing again soon.
August 19, 2013: Richie Havens' Ashes Scattered At Woodstock Site
On August 18, 2013, the 44th anniversary of the last day of Woodstock, the ashes of Richie Havens were scattered with rose petals from an airplane over the original festival site. The iconic Havens made rock music history by opening this festival and performing to a riveted audience for some three hours because many of the bands and artists scheduled to perform after him could not make it in time due to a massive traffic jam. Havens died last April at age 72 from a heart attack.
Source: News from The Associated Press
August 19, 2013: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Sun Records
On September 14, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sun Records with a panel discussion featuring music producer Hank Davis, Bear Family Records founder Richard Weize, and the Miller Sisters who were among Sun Studio's many recording artists. This event is free with a reservation which can be made starting August 26 for Rock Hall members and August 27 for the general public.
August 19, 2013: Neil Young Cancels North American Tour
Unfortunately, it is taking longer than originally expected for guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro to recover from his hand injury, so Neil Young and Crazy Horse are having to cancel their upcoming North American tour. The band was originally scheduled to give shows in Port Chester, NY, Arrington, VA, and Ontario.
August 20, 2013: Aretha Franklin Announces Almost Complete Recovery
Aretha Franklin announced that she is "85% healed" from the (as yet undisclosed) illness that forced her to cancel a number of shows earlier this year. Franklin, who is still undergoing treatment, expects to be performing again in the near future and is also planning a new album.
August 21, 2013: Paul Simon To Release Box Set
On October 15, 2013, Paul Simon will be releasing a 15-disc box set, "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection." This collection, which spans over 45 years, will include all of Simon's previous albums starting with his first solo LP recorded in 1965, "The Paul Simon Songbook," and finishing with his latest album from 2011, "So Beautiful Or So What." A photo book plus bonus tracks with alternate versions, demo recordings and live cuts will also be included.
August 22, 2013: New David Crosby Solo And CSNY Albums In The Works
David Crosby announced that he is working on a new solo album, which appears to be in the early stages. He and former Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmates are also working on a live album taken from eight shows on their 1974 reunion tour, which is close to completion.
August 23, 2013: Rolling Stones' Glastonbury Concert To Air On Palladia
The Rolling Stones' performance at Glastonbury Music Festival will be among a number of concert recordings from recent summer festivals to be shown on Palladia, a 1080i high definition music TV network owned by Viacom Media Networks. This week-long series, which begins on August 26, 2013, will also feature Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and highlights from Hard Rock Calling. The Rolling Stones' segment will air on September 1.
August 23, 2013: Linda Ronstadt Diagnosed With Parkinsonís Disease
In an interview with AARP, Linda Ronstadt discussed her battle with Parkinson's disease and the loss of her singing voice. The Grammy-awarding-winning singer, who will soon be releasing her memoir, "Simple Dreams," was diagnosed with the disease eight months ago.