April 27, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 19, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to famed songwriter Sid Tepper who co-wrote some 50 songs for Elvis Presley.
Also that week, it was announced that the Grateful Dead's sold-out farewell shows will be available on pay-per-view and via online streaming.
This June, Paul McCartney will be giving a concert at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. This July, Neil Young will be launching a North American tour with Promise Of The Real, a band that includes Willie Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah. Also that month, Graham Nash will be launching a North American tour. This August, Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues will be launching a solo tour in the U.S. During the months of August and September, Rick Springfield, Styx, and Donnie Iris will be performing in a number of shows with the Canadian rock band, Loverboy. Also, Boston, Lionel Richie, and Heart are among the featured performers on a number of Carnival LIVE Concert Series cruises which take place August-October, 2015.
Later this month, an album of Beatles covers by various bands and artists titled "Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles" is set for release. This May, three movies from the late 1960s-early 1970s featuring Cream band members will be released on DVD. This July, Sly and the Family Stone will be releasing a box set titled "Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968" of their concerts at this famous venue. A box set titled "Lennon" of eight of John Lennon's solo albums is set for re-release on vinyl this August.
Also that week, it was announced that on May 1-3, 2015, AXS TV will air a live broadcast of highlights from this year's New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, to be headlined by Elton John and The Who.
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On the evening of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (April 18, 2015), Ringo Starr shared a story before going onstage about his very first Ludwig drum kit, the same one he used for years with the Beatles. This historic instrument is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
April 19, 2015: Sly And Family Stone To Release Live Album Of 1968 Concert
On July 17, 2015, Sly and the Family Stone will be releasing a box set on Epic/Legacy of their October 1968 concerts at New York City's famous Fillmore East, which was shut down in 1971. "Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968" includes many of the band's long-familiar favorites with new and previously unheard live interpretations.
April 19, 2015: Boston, Lionel Richie, Heart Join Lineup For Carnival LIVE Concert Series Cruises
Boston, Lionel Richie, and Heart are among the featured performers on this year's summer and fall Carnival LIVE Concert Series cruises. Boston is set to play four shows on August 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2015 on Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy, respectively, while the ships are docked in Nassau, Bahamas. Richie will perform on October 14 and 15 on Carnival Freedom and Carnival Pride, respectively, while in Nassau. Heart will perform on October 20, 21, and 22 on Carnival Paradise, Carnival Ecstasy, and Carnival Breeze, respectively, while in Cozumel, Mexico. For more info and tickets, go to Carnival.com.
April 20, 2015: Neil Young To Tour With Willie Nelson's Sons
Neil Young will be launching a North American tour this summer with Promise Of The Real, a band that includes Willie Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah. This trek begins on July 5, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI and ends on July 24 in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, with stops in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Vermont. Young and Nelsonís sons are also recording an album which is expected out on June 16.
April 21, 2015: John Lennon Vinyl Box Set To Be Released
On August 21, 2015, a box set titled "Lennon" of eight of John Lennon's solo albums will be re-released on 180-gram vinyl. This upcoming collection will include "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," "Imagine," "Some Time In New York City," "Mind Games," "Walls And Bridges," "Rock 'n' Roll," "Double Fantasy," and "Milk And Honey." These albums will all be remastered from the original analog tapes and will also include high quality reproductions of the original artwork. They were previously released in 2010 digitally and on CD as the "John Lennon Signature Box."
April 22, 2015: Grateful Dead Final Shows To Be Available On Pay-Per-View
The Grateful Dead's three sold-out final shows in Chicago that are set to take place July 3-5, 2015 will be available as pay-per-view live broadcasts on TV and in theaters across the country, as well as through video-on-demand. These broadcasts will be hosted by Steve Liesman of CNBC with special guest Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and a diehard Deadhead. The Chicago shows, along with the other two final shows that will take place in Santa Clara, CA June 27-28, will also be available via online streaming. The webcast for all five shows will be available for purchase starting May 1.
April 22, 2015: Graham Nash To Launch North American Tour
Graham Nash will be launching a North American tour that kicks off on July 12, 2015 in Courtenay, BC, Canada and ends on August 15 in Great Barrington, MA, with additional stops in Massachusetts, as well as in Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. Dubbed "An Evening With Graham Nash," his shows will feature classic songs from his years with the Hollies, CSN, and CSN&Y, plus early solo hits and new songs. For more info and tickets, visit GrahamNash.com/Tour.
April 23, 2015: Beatles Covers Tribute Album To Be Released
An album of covers of classic Beatles songs in tribute to the Fab Four, titled "Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles," is set for release on April 28, 2015. Featured bands and artists include Leo Sayer, Judy Collins, Helen Reddy, Todd Rundgren, David Clayton-Thomas, Stephen Bishop, Felix Cavaliere, KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, and Ann Wilson of Heart. Also included in this collection is a final recording of "Eleanor Rigby" that Jack Bruce of Cream made just prior to his passing (October 25, 2014).
April 24, 2015: Paul McCartney Announces Upcoming Philadelphia Show
On June 21, 2015, Paul McCartney is set to give a concert at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, making this his first arena date in the U.S. for this year and his first performance in Philadelphia since 2010. Tickets to the general public go on sale starting May 1. For more info and tickets, visit PaulMcCartney.com.
April 24, 2015: Justin Hayward Of The Moody Blues To Launch U.S. Tour
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues will soon be launching a solo tour that will take him to various Northeastern states in the U.S. This trek begins on August 19, 2015 in Plymouth, NH and ends on August 30 in Morristown, NJ, with stops in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Hayward is currently on tour in the U.S. with the Moody Blues, which ends on May 10 in Morrison, CO.
April 24, 2015: Styx, Rick Springfield, Donnie Iris To Perform With Loverboy On Tour
The Canadian rock band, Loverboy, will be launching a North American tour later this month, and for many of the summer shows, the band will be performing with Styx, Rick Springfield, and Donnie Iris (formerly of the Jaggerz and Wild Cherry). On August 9, 2015, Loverboy will be opening for Styx at a show in Lincoln, NE. Rick Springfield will perform alongside Loverboy at a series of shows beginning August 29 in Atlanta, GA through September 23 in Oklahoma City, OK. Donnie Iris will join both Springfield and Loverboy in a show in Cleveland, OH that takes place on September 11.
April 25, 2015: The Who, Elton John, Chicago To Be Featured On AXS Jazzfest TV Coverage
On May 1-3, 2015, AXS TV will air a live broadcast of parts of this year's New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, which takes place over two weekends between April 24 and May 3. Highlights include performances by the festival's headliners, Elton John and The Who. Other Jazzfest performers to be shown on AXS include Chicago, the O'Jays, Jimmy Buffett, and Steve Winwood.
April 25, 2015: Famed Songwriter Sid Tepper Passes Away
Famed songwriter Sid Tepper died on April 24, 2015 at age 96 at his home on Williams Island in Miami Beach, FL. He is best known for the 50+ songs he co-wrote for Elvis Presley, most of which were part of the soundtracks for his movies, including "The Lady Loves Me" as performed by Presley and Ann-Margret in "Viva Las Vegas."
With his longtime songwriting partner, Roy C. Bennett, he wrote over 300 songs from 1945-1970 for such top artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, and the Beatles. Tepper and Bennett scored their first hit in 1949 with "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" which charted that year for Vaughn Monroe, Guy Lombardo, and John Laurenz. This song, which is among their most famous, also became a hit in 1965 for Vic Dana, Wayne Newton, and Bert Kaempfert. They also wrote 21 songs for Cliff Richard that included "The Young Ones" which topped the U.K. charts and was the title song for the 1961 movie.
In 2002, Tepper and Bennett were honored for their work with Presley with a plaque presented by Lisa Marie Presley.
April 25, 2015: Cream Movies To Be Released On DVD
Three movies from the late 1960s-early 1970s featuring Cream band members will be released as a DVD box set on May 4, 2015. This collection includes "Cream's Farewell Tour At The Royal Albert Hall" (1969), "Rope Ladder To The Moon" (1970) featuring Jack Bruce, and "Ginger Baker In Africa With Fela Ransome-Kuti" (1971).