Music News Digest: Week Of March 10, 2013

March 18, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of March 10, 2013, fans bade a sad farewell to original Yes guitarist Peter Banks, ex-Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, and famed country singer Jack Greene.

Also, Bob Dylan became the first rock musician to be voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Berry Gordy will be receiving the Pioneer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the eternally youthful Tina Turner appeared on the cover of this April's German Vogue.

The original members of the Rascals will be reuniting on Broadway this spring, and Peter Frampton, Van Halen, and Robert Plant have announced tours and shows for this year.

Ex-ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog just released the first single from her upcoming album, Rod Stewart will be releasing a new album this May, a documentary about Stevie Nicks will be premiering in theaters soon, and a new documentary about Jim Morrison is in the works.

March 11, 2013: Agnetha Fältskog Releases Single From Upcoming Album

Agnetha Fältskog has just released the first single, "“When You Really Loved Someone," from her upcoming album, "A." Fältskog was a member of ABBA which split up in 1982. This group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Source: ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog Drops Comeback Single, Album to Come | Billboard

March 12, 2013: The Rascals Reunite On Broadway

The original members of the Rascals will be reuniting for "The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream," a series of Broadway shows produced by Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. These shows, which will take place at the Richard Rodgers Theatre from April 15-May 5, 2013, will feature live performances by the Rascals plus archival footage, narration, and filmed scenes re-enacting key events in the band's history.

Source: Steven Van Zandt, a huge fan, reunites The Rascals for Broadway revival |

March 12, 2013: Rod Stewart Announces Upcoming Album

Rod Stewart announced that he will be releasing a new album, "Time." This album, which will be coming out May 7, 2013, will include original new songs by Stewart.

Source: Rod Stewart Announces Title, Release Date For New Folk-Rock Set

March 12, 2013: Peter Frampton And B.B. King To Perform Together

Peter Frampton will be joined on stage by blues legend B.B. King at this year's MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA. This event, which is a part of Frampton's Guitar Circus tour, will take place on August 5, 2013. Frampton is also working on a ballet which he and his band will be performing with the Cincinnati Ballet next year.

Source: Peter Frampton And B.B. King To Appear Together At Pennsylvania's MusikFest

March 12, 2013: Van Halen To Tour The U.K. And Europe

David Lee Roth announced that Van Halen will be launching a tour in the U.K. and Europe at the end of this year. The band expects to be performing about 50-60 shows. The last time Van Halen performed in Europe was in 1998 in Finland and Germany.

Source: Video: Van Halen Set for '50, 60 Shows' in Europe | Rolling Stone

March 12, 2013: Original Yes Guitarist Peter Banks Passes Away

British guitarist Peter Banks died at home in London on March 7, 2013 at age 65 from heart failure. Banks was the original guitarist for Yes and one of this band's co-founders. In the mid 1960s, he met bassist and future Yes co-founder Chris Squire, when he joined a band known as The Syn. When this band split up in 1967, Banks, Squire, and several other musicians joined Mabel Greer's Toyshop which eventually became Yes. Banks played on Yes's first two albums, then went on to form Flash, a short-lived British progressive rock group that had a Top 40 hit in 1972 with "Small Beginnings." He then formed Empire which disbanded in 1979. Banks also recorded solo and released several albums over the years.

Source: Peter Banks, Original Yes Guitarist, Dead at 65 | Music News | Rolling Stone

March 12, 2013: Berry Gordy To Be Honored By Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Famed Motown founder Berry Gordy will be receiving the Pioneer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gordy is being honored for not only created a famous record label but also a unique genre often referred to as "the Motown sound" as exemplified by such top bands and artists as the Supremes, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. The award ceremonies will take place in New York on June 13, 2013.

Source: Berry Gordy to Receive Pioneer Award From Songwriters Hall of Fame | Music News | Rolling Stone

March 12, 2013: Bob Dylan Voted Into American Academy Of Arts And Letters

Bob Dylan became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters. A formal dinner will be held in April, and the induction ceremonies will take place in May.

Source: Bob Dylan Voted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters | Music News | Rolling Stone

March 13, 2013: Former Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Passes Away

British drummer Clive Burr died in his sleep on March 12, 2013 at age 56 after battling multiple sclerosis. Burr was the drummer for Iron Maiden from 1979 to 1982 and played on this band's first three albums. Before joining Iron Maiden, Burr had been a member of the British hard rock band, Samson. After leaving Iron Maiden, he played for and recorded with numerous bands that included Stratus, Alcatrazz, Praying Mantis, Gogmagog, Trust, Elixir, and Desperado. Burr was later diagnosed with MS and was confined to a wheelchair during the last years of his life. His former Iron Maiden bandmates came to his aid by staging a series of charity concerts, and they helped found the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. He was also the patron of Clive Aid, a charity formed in 2004 that raises awareness and funds for various cancer and multiple sclerosis programs around the world. Burr's survivors include his partner Mimi.

Source: Clive Burr, Ex-Iron Maiden Drummer, Dead at 56 | Music News | Rolling Stone

March 13, 2013: Stevie Nicks Documentary To Be Premiered This April

"In Your Dreams," a documentary about Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, will premier in theaters on April 2, 2013. It will also be screened at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 14, and at the Toronto International Film Festival on April 15. This documentary follows Nicks as she records her latest solo album by the same name. For more info on purchasing tickets, go to

Source: Stevie Nicks Documentary To Get Theatrical Release In April

March 14, 2013: Robert Plant To Play Festival At The Gorge

Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant will be touring the U.S. this year and is scheduled to perform with his band, Sensation Space Shifters, at the JamBase Live Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. The shows will take place July 5-6, 2013.

Source: Robert Plant to Play Festival at the Gorge in July | Music News | Rolling Stone

March 14, 2013: Jim Morrison Documentary Is In Production

A new documentary about the life of Jim Morrison, "Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age," is currently in the works. This film, which chronicles the life of Morrison before he became famous, is being produced by Z-Machine and will feature never-before-seen interviews and footage of the late Doors lead singer.

Source: Documentary On Doors Singer Jim Morrison In The Works -

March 15, 2013: Tina Turner Appears On Cover Of German Vogue

The eternally youthful Tina Turner graced the cover of Vogue Germany (April edition), making the 73-year-old singer the oldest to date to appear on a Vogue cover. Turner currently resides in Kuesnacht, a Zurich suburb, and was recently granted Swiss citizenship. She is recording a follow-up to her 2011 album, "Children Beyond."

Source: Tina Turner Covers Vogue Germany; Readies New Album

March 15, 2013: Famed Country Singer-Songwriter Jack Greene Passes Away

Famed country singer-songwriter Jack Greene died at home in his sleep on March 15, 2013 at age 83 from complications of Alzheimer's. Greene became famous for "There Goes My Everything" which topped the Country charts in 1966 and earned him numerous awards in 1967 from the Country Music Association (CMA). His many other hits on the Country charts, which lasted through 1984, also included the chart-topping "All The Time" (1967), "You Are My Treasure" (1968), "Until My Dreams Come True" (1968), and "Statue Of A Fool" (1969), plus many duets with Jeannie Seely. A longtime Grand Ole Opry star, Greene started out as a DJ at WGAP in Maryville, TN, then served as a singer, drummer, and guitarist for several bands before getting hired by Ernest Tubb in the early 1960s as a drummer for his band. He was nicknamed the "Jolly Greene Giant" because of his height and deep voice.

Source: Country Music's Jack Greene Dies In Nashville : NPR

March 16, 2013: New CD Release: Old Sock - Eric Clapton

"Old Sock" is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs in a variety of genres spanning the years from his childhood to the present. Besides some pop standards and other familiar tunes, this collection also includes two original songs, "Every Little Thing" and "Gotta Get Over." Paul McCartney, J.J. Cale, Chaka Khan, and other top artists provide instrumental accompaniments and/or backing vocals on many of the songs.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to

March 16, 2013: New CD Release: The Next Day (Deluxe Edition) - David Bowie

"The Next Day" is Bowie's 27th studio album and his first in 10 years. This critically-acclaimed rock album, which was unexpectedly announced on Bowie's 66th birthday, contains all new and original songs that make this one of the strongest comeback albums of all time.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to

March 16, 2013: New CD Release: Motown: The Musical - The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show! - Various Artists

This 2-CD set contains the songs from "Motown: The Musical - The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show!". This collection includes familiar favorites by such top Motown bands and artists as Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to

March 16, 2013: New CD Release: Here They Come/Just Like Us/Midnight Ride - Paul Revere & The Raiders

This 2-CD set contains the tracks from five albums recorded on Columbia from 1965-1967 by Paul Revere and the Raiders, one of the top rock bands of the mid-late 1960s. Highlights include all their chart hits, such as "Hungry," "Just Like Me," and "Kicks," plus covers of such garage rock classics as "Louie, Louie."

For more information and to purchase this CD, go to