March 30, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 23, 2014, Fleetwood Mac announced its upcoming North American tour which will include Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the band after a long absence. This tour, which kicks off this September, will be McVie's first time back on the road with Fleetwood Mac since 1998.
Also that week, longtime partner Mick Jagger and others friends and family members bade a final farewell to L'Wen Scott during private funeral services held in Los Angeles.
Boston announced that the band will be adding 20 more shows to its U.S. summer tour which begins this June in Hollywood, FL. Aerosmith will be touring jointly with Slash later this year and is also set to perform this July at Big Music Fest in Kitchener, Ontario. Lynyrd Skynyrd will be launching a 19-date U.S. tour that begins this April and ends in September. Afterwards, the band will perform on Simple Man Cruise VIII which sets sail in November. Excellenceintravel.com will be hosting an oldies music cruise to Bermuda which sets sail this September. Featured performers will include Ron Dante, Jay & the Americans, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Gary DeCarlo of Steam. Also, the Allman Brothers had to postpone four shows that were to take place in late March at New York's Beacon Theatre.
Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong will soon be making a new and as-yet untitled movie after some 3 decades. They also recently recorded a new song with War titled "That L.A. Sunshine" and will be touring with the band starting this April.
Country legend Merle Haggard will be honored at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. This event will be televised on CBS April 6, 2014. KISS was also honored as this week's featured artist on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
A collection of writings and artwork by the late and multi-talented John Lennon will be going up for auction at Sotheby's in New York this June. This collection includes many satirical works, autographed manuscripts, and a Sherlock Holmes parody.
A new book by Bob Leszczak has just been published that helps to answer the question of who performed which songs first. Titled "Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists," this intriguing book has listings for many oldies classics.
Finally, a documentary titled "Mystery Girl: Unraveled" about the making of Roy Orbison's final album, "Mystery Girl," which was recorded in 1988 and posthumously released in 1989, will be coming out sometime this May (see movie trailer below).
March 23, 2014: New Book Answers Questions Of Who Performed Which Songs First
A new book by longtime radio deejay Bob Leszczak has just been published that lists the original, and mostly lesser known, performers of many old and familiar songs. Titled "Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists," this book covers over 200 songs, many from the 1950s through 1970s. It includes such oldies classics as the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" (first performed by Les Baxter), Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" (first performed by Helen Shapiro), Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Something Stupid" (first performed by Carson and Gaile), the Four Tops' "Ain’t No Woman Like The One I Got" (first performed by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds), and Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" (first performed by Joe South). Also included are some later hits originally performed by oldies bands and artists that include Kim Carnes "Betty Davis Eyes" (first performed by Jackie DeShannon), Nazareth's "Love Hurts" (first performed by the Everly Brothers and then Roy Orbison), and Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" (first performed by Roger Whittaker and then Lou Rawls).
March 23, 2014: Allman Brothers Postpone Shows Due To llness
The Allman Brothers were forced to postpone four shows after Gregg Allman came down with bronchitis. The shows that were postponed were to take place at New York's Beacon Theatre on March 25, 26, 28, and 29, 2014. Ticket holders can either obtain refunds or hold on to their tickets and wait for announcements regarding the rescheduling of these shows, which is expected to be sometime soon.
March 24, 2014: Aerosmith And Slash Announce Joint Tour
Aerosmith and Slash both just announced on Twitter that the two bands will be launching a joint tour sometime later this year. Both bands indicated that dates and locations will be confirmed soon and that tickets will become available in the next few weeks.
March 24, 2014: John Lennon Drawings And Manuscripts To Go Up For Auction
The late and multi-talented John Lennon had created a large collection of writings and artwork over the years, many of a satirical nature, humorously dubbed "You Might Well Arsk." The collection, which also includes autographed manuscripts and a Sherlock Holmes parody titled "The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield" will be going up for auction June 4, 2014 at Sotheby's in New York.
March 24, 2014: Cheech & Chong Announce New Movie And Upcoming Tour With War
Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong, who had several chart hits in the 1970s with "Basketball Jones," "Sister May Elephant," "How I Spent My Summer Vacation," and other hilarious skits, will be making a new movie after some 3 decades. Filming for this as-yet untitled movie is expected to take place sometime this summer. Cheech & Chong also recorded a new song with War titled "That L.A. Sunshine" and will be touring with the band starting April 5, 2014 in Corpus Christi, TX.
March 25, 2014: Mick Jagger, Family, And Friends Say Farewell At L’Wren Scott Funeral
Private funeral services were held for famed designed L’Wren Scott, who committed suicide on March 17, 2014, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Among those attending were longtime partner Mick Jagger and some 60 family members and friends. Bernard Fowler and Dave Stewart performed "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in Scott's honor.
March 25, 2014: Aerosmith To Perform At Big Music Fest In Kitchener, Ontario
Aerosmith is among the big name bands and artists who will be performing at the upcoming Big Music Fest In Kitchener, Ontario. This event will take place July 11-13, 2014, with Aerosmith set to close out the fest on its final night.
March 26, 2014: KISS Appears On This Week's Cover Of The Rolling Stone
This week's featured band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is KISS. This article covers the band's 40-year history, with quotes and comments from band leader Gene Simmons, and also discusses band milestones that include its recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
March 26, 2014: Upcoming Oldies Cruise To Feature Ron Dante And Other Oldies Pop Legends
Excellenceintravel.com will be hosting an oldies music cruise to Bermuda which sets sail on September 6, 2014 from Cape Liberty, NJ. Featured performers will include Ron Dante, Jay & the Americans, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Gary DeCarlo of Steam. For booking and other info, go to excellenceintravel.com.
March 27, 2014: Boston Adds Tour Dates
Boston announced the addition of 20 more shows to the band's U.S. summer tour in support of "Life, Love And Hope." This tour kicks off in Hollywood, FL on June 5, 2014 and ends on August 31 in Huron, SD.
March 27, 2014: Fleetwood Mac With Christine McVie Announce Upcoming Tour
Fleetwood Mac just announced its upcoming "On With The Show" tour which will be the first since Christine McVie officially rejoined the band since leaving in 1998. This 34-date tour, which will cover 33 cities in North America, kicks off in Minneapolis, MN on September 30, 2014 and ends on December 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Tickets go on sale beginning March 31.
March 27, 2014: Merle Haggard To Be Honored At This Year's ACM Awards
George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and other country stars will be paying tribute to country legend Merle Haggard at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards by performing a medley of some of Haggard's greatest hits. Haggard will also be honored with the Academy's Crystal Milestone Award. This event will be broadcast April 6, 2014 on CBS at 8:00PM ET/PT.
March 29, 2014: Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces Summer Tour And Cruise
Lynyrd Skynyrd announced an upcoming 19-date U.S. tour that kicks off April 4, 2014 in Mesa, AZ and ends on September 13 in Pittsburgh, PA. From November 16-20, the band will perform on Simple Man Cruise VIII which sets sail from Miami, FL, with stops at Key West and Great Stirrup Cay.