April 13, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 5, 2015, it was announced that Van Morrison will be receiving this year's Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also, the original manuscript for Don McLean's "American Pie" sold for a whopping $1,205,000 at auction, and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler revealed his plans to go country on his upcoming first-ever solo album.
This May, guitar legend Jeff Beck will be releasing a live album titled "Jeff Beck Live+" and will also be launching a U.S. tour later this month. This June, the Rolling Stones will be releasing a rare and long-shelved concert film titled "From The Vault: The Marquee - Live In 1971." Also that month, a Carole King tribute concert from January 2014 titled "A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King" is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray.
This June, the Grateful Dead, who are permanently calling its quits this year, will be adding two more final shows at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Also that month, Steve Miller will be among those to perform at a concert event in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed late guitarist, Les Paul. Yes and Toto will be launcing a joint North American tour that begins this August. Also, Randy Bachman, Peter Frampton, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Uriah Heep, and Foghat are among the many bands and artists who will be performing on the upcoming Rock Legends Cruise IV which leaves next January from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Also that week, it was announced that memorabilia that belonged to the late Davy Jones will be auctioned off next month. Among the items going to auction are various Monkees souvenirs that include the group's trademark guitar-shaped neon sign.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
As part of a year-long celebration of what would have been the legendary singer's 100th birthday later this year, HBO premiered the two-part documentary, "Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All," on April 5 and 6, 2015. In case you missed it, HBO and HBO2 will be showing it numerous more times.
April 6, 2015: Steven Tyler To Go Country On His First-Ever Solo Album
Steven Tyler is working on his first-ever solo album in an unexpected genre: country. The Aerosmith frontman, who recently signed a deal with famed country record label Dot Records, has begun recording in Nashville and is collaborating with a variety of country artists and songwriters. This upcoming album is expected out sometime later this year.
April 6, 2015: Randy Bachman And Other Classic Rockers Join Rock Legends Cruise IV Lineup
Randy Bachman, Peter Frampton, America, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, Uriah Heep, and Foghat are among the many top classic rockers who will be joining the lineup for the upcoming Rock Legends Cruise IV which leaves on January 21, 2016 from Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more info and tickets, go to RockLegendsCruise.com.
April 6, 2015: Steve Miller Among Those To Perform At Les Paul 100th Birthday Tribute
On June 9, 2015, Steve Miller and Neal Schon of Journey will be among those to perform at a concert event in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed guitarist, songwriter, and electric guitar pioneer, Les Paul, who passed away in 2009 at age 94. This event, which is part of a year-long celebration, is set to take place at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. Proceeds will go toward the Les Paul Foundation which supports music education, engineering, innovation, and medical research.
April 6, 2015: Yes And Toto To Launch Joint North American Summer Tour In Early August
Yes and Toto will be launcing a joint tour later this summer that will take the two bands across North America. This 26-date trek begins on August 7, 2015 in Mashantucket, CT and ends on September 12 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, with stops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington State. For more info, go to TotoOfficial.com and YesWorld.com.
April 7, 2015: Don McLean's 'American Pie' Manuscript Sells For Over $1.2 Million At Auction
On April 7, 2015, the original manuscript for Don McLean's classic 1971 hit, "American Pie," sold for a whopping $1,205,000 at Christie's in New York City. This 16-page document, which includes various drafts of the song, fetched the third highest auction price to date for an American literary piece.
April 8, 2015: Rolling Stones To Release Video Of Rare 1971 Club Concert
On June 23, 2015, the Rolling Stones will be releasing a rare and long-shelved concert film from a 1971 London club gig. Titled "From The Vault: The Marquee - Live In 1971," this video will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. Highlights include four songs from the band's highly acclaimed and soon-to-be reissued "Sticky Fingers" album, which also came out that same year.
April 8, 2015: Davy Jones Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off
On May 16, 2015, memorabilia that belonged to the late Davy Jones will be auctioned off at New York City's Hard Rock Cafe. Among the items going to auction are clothes, costumes, musical instruments, posters, and awards, plus various Monkees souvenirs that include the group's trademark guitar-shaped neon sign. For more info and to place a bid (either online or in person), go to JuliensAuctions.com and JuliensLive.com.
April 8, 2015: Van Morrison To Receive Johnny Mercer Award
Van Morrison will be receiving this year's Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This prestigious award is given to those already in the Songwriters Hall of Fame whose work is considered to be of extremely high caliber. The award ceremonies are set to take place on June 18, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
April 9, 2015: 2014 Carole King Tribute Concert To Be Released
On June 23, 2015, a Carole King tribute concert from January 2014 is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray. Titled "A MusiCares Tribute To Carole King," highlights include performances of various King-penned songs by Steven Tyler, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, James Taylor, and Carole King herself.
April 9, 2015: Jeff Beck To Release Live Album And Launch Tour
On May 5, 2015, guitar legend Jeff Beck will be releasing a live album titled "Jeff Beck Live+" recorded in 2014 at various shows that took place throughout that year. Highlights include two additional new songs, his first ones since 2010. Beck will also be launching a U.S. tour that kicks off on April 13, 2015 in Port Chester, NY and ends on May 23 in Minneapolis, MN. For some of his shows, he will be sharing the stage with ZZ Top.
April 10, 2015: Grateful Dead Add Two 'Fare Thee Well' Shows
Deadheads and other diehard fans will be glad to know that the Grateful Dead have added two shows to their "Fare Thee Well" itinerary. These shows are set to take place June 27 and 28, 2015 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Among those who will be on stage are Grateful Dead band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, plus several special guests. The Dead's last-ever concerts are set to take place at Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5.