January 19, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of January 12, 2014, it was announced that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be performing at this year's Grammy Awards ceremonies in which the Beatles will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This event will be televised January 26, 2014 on CBS.
Also that week, Fleetwood Mac announced that former longtime member Christine McVie has rejoined the band.
Later this month, Art Garfunkel will be launching a 4-week U.S. tour. Also, Neil Young, Brenda Lee, Duane Eddy, and other oldies greats will be performing at this year's Musicians Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in Nashville, TN. Beginning in late April, the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest will be taking place, and Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and Santana will be among the many featured bands and artists. Also, Chicago and Reo Speedwagon announced their upcoming North American tour which will begin this August.
Black Sabbath's albums from the 1970s are now available on iTunes for the first time. Parlophone Records will be reissuing David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" as a single on March 11, 2014, the 40th anniversary of this song. Bruce Springsteen announced that he will soon be offering full concert downloads which can be accessed by purchasing a special USB wristband. Also, a lost love song by Johnny Cash titled "She Used to Love Me A Lot" from his upcoming album, "Out Among The Stars," has just been released (see video below).
Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy are among those who will be honored this February at the 2014 BET Honors which will be televised on February 24, 2014. Also, "20 Feet From Stardom," a documentary about pop music's unsung backup singers, has been nominated for an Oscar. This year's Academy Awards ceremonies will be televised live March 2, 2014 on ABC.
For Grateful Dead fans, JerryGarcia.com has recently had a major redesign and will soon be re-launched.
Finally, the legendary Chuck Berry is still going strong at age 87. He just gave his 200th show at the famous Blueberry Hill restaurant and music club in University City, MO, and he says he has no plans to retire any time soon.
January 13, 2014: Christine McVie Rejoins Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac announced that former longtime member Christine McVie has rejoined the band. She joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and continued on with the band through 1998 as a vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist. McVie appeared in concert with Fleetwood Mac last September at London's O2 Arena.
January 13, 2014: Lost Johnny Cash Love Song Released
A lost love song titled "She Used to Love Me A Lot" from Johnny Cash's upcoming album, "Out Among The Stars," has just been released. Recorded during the early 1980s, "Out Among The Stars," which is due March 25, 2014, features duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings and other previously unreleased songs.
January 13, 2014: Neil Young And Other Oldies Greats To Perform At Musicians Hall Of Fame Induction
Neil Young, Brenda Lee, Duane Eddy, the Oak Ridge Boys, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are among the bands and artists who will be performing at this year's Musicians Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. This year's inductees include Barbara Mandrell, Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy. The induction ceremonies will take place in Nashville, TN, on January 28, 2014. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
January 13, 2014: Art Garfunkel To Begin 2014 Tour
After a long recovery from vocal cord paresis, Art Garfunkel will be embarking on a 4-week U.S. tour starting January 29, 2014 in Franklin, TN. Other stops in this 15-show tour include Knoxville, TN; Atlanta; Macon, Augusta, and Savannah, GA; and several cities in Florida (Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Clearwater, Ponte Vedra, and Palm Beach Gardens).
January 13, 2014: Chicago And Reo Speedwagon To Tour Together
On August 14, 2014, Chicago and Reo Speedwagon will be launching a tour in North America. The two bands are currently set to give 15 shows in New York City, Dallas, TX, Boston, MA, and other major U.S. cities to be announced.
January 14, 2014: Chuck Berry Gives 200th Show At University City's Blueberry Hill
The great Chuck Berry just gave his 200th show at Blueberry Hill, a landmark restaurant and music club in University City, MO. The 87-year-old rock and roll legend, who has been performing at Blueberry Hill since 1996, says he has no plans to retire and intends to keep on performing
as long as the big man upstairs allows.
January 14, 2014: Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr To Perform At This Year's Grammys
On January 26, 2014, the Beatles will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys, and both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be there to accept this award and perform at the awards ceremonies. This event will air live on CBS 8:00PM EST.
January 14, 2014: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana To Perform In 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest
Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Aaron Neville, John Fogerty, Chaka Khan, Allen Toussaint, and Irma Thomas are among the many featured bands and artists at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This event will be taking place April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014. For more info and tickets, go to nojazzfest.com.
January 14, 2014: Black Sabbath's 1970s Albums Now Available On iTunes
For the first time, Black Sabbath's entire catalog of studio albums from the 1970s, which include "Black Sabbath" (1970) and "Never Say Die!" (1978), are now available on iTunes. Each album has been remastered and can either be purchased separately or as part of a bundle. Also available on iTunes are Black Sabbath's compilation albums, "We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll" (1976) and "Greatest Hits 1970-1978" (2006).
January 14, 2014: David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' To Be Reissued
Parlophone Records will be reissuing David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" on March 11, 2014, which marks the 40th anniversary of this song. It will be released as a limited edition 7" picture disc single and will include both the original and a remixed version.
January 17, 2014: Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy To Receive BET Honors
"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin and legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy are among those who will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors. The award ceremonies will take place on February 8, 2014 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and will be televised on February 24.
January 17, 2014: Bruce Springsteen To Offer Full Concert Downloads
Starting January 26, 2014, Bruce Springsteen will be offering full concert downloads. Fans can access these downloads by purchasing a special USB wristband.
January 17, 2014: Jerry Garcia Website Redesigned
JerryGarcia.com has recently had a major redesign with new features and attractions that include many hours of music and videos, original artwork by Garcia, previously unreleased photos, and other memorabilia. This soon-to-be re-launched website will also offer Grateful Dead fans the chance to connect with one another and share their experiences.
January 17, 2014: '20 Feet From Stardom' Nominated For Oscar
"20 Feet From Stardom," a documentary about pop music's unsung backup singers, has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of documentaries. This film covers the careers, lives, and trials and tribulations of Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, and other highly acclaimed backup singers who often did not get the recognition they deserved.