August 24, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 16, 2015, it was announced that a new documentary titled "Johnny Cash: American Rebel" will be making its premiere on CMT September 12, 2015.
Also that week, the affable Rod Stewart invited his fans out for a beer to celebrate completing his fourth year of residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Stevie Wonder announced some new shows for his ongoing "Songs In The Key Of Life" tour starting in late September. This October, Neil Young and Promise Of The Real will be launching a new North American leg of their "Rebel Content" tour. Also for that month: The Yardbirds added some new show dates to their upcoming U.S. fall tour, and Paul McCartney announced a new show in Toronto as part of his ongoing "Out There" tour.
Tony Bennett will be releasing a new album this September titled "The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern." The following month, The Zombies will be releasing a new album titled "Still Got That Hunger."
"Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me," the highly acclaimed documentary about the country legend's recent farewell tour and his battle with Alzheimer's, will be coming out on DVD this September. Prior to that, this film will also be released as a digital download and at a number of video-on-demand outlets. A Bob Dylan documentary tour film from 1965 titled "Don't Look Back" is set to be re-released this November.
This Labor Day (September 7, 2015), AXS TV will be showing the 2012 Led Zeppelin concert movie, "Celebration Day." Later that month, "Eric Clapton: Live At The Royal Albert Hall - Slowhand At 70" will be making its worldwide theater premiere.
Also that week, it was announced that Frank Sinatra will be honored posthumously at this year's Grammy Museum's Architects of Sound Awards.
Finally, Professor Will Brooker of Kingston University in London will be taking on the roles of various David Bowie personas in full garb for a year to gain a better understanding of the legendary singer's work. He will also temporarily adopt some of Bowie's known habits as part of his in-depth study.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Darlene Love performs "Forbidden Nights," a new song from her upcoming album, "Introducing Darlene Love," which is due out on September 18, 2015.
August 16, 2015: Yardbirds Expand Fall U.S. Tour
The Yardbirds will be adding a string of new show dates to their upcoming U.S. fall tour, which so far total 15. This trek is currently set to begin on October 30, 2015 in Norfolk, CT and end on November 22 in Northampton, MA, with additional stops in Massachusetts, as well as in Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The band also announced that guitarist Earl Slick will not be joining this trek after all due to scheduling conflicts and will be replaced by Johnny A.
August 16, 2015: 'Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me' Documentary To Be Released Digitally And On DVD
On September 1, "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me," the documentary about the country legend's recent farewell tour and his battle with Alzheimer's, will be released on DVD. This film will also be released as a digital download on August 18 and at a number of video-on-demand outlets on September 1. It was shown last June on CNN to wide acclaim.
August 17, 2015: AXS TV To Show Led Zeppelin Concert Film On Labor Day
This Labor Day (September 7, 2015), AXS TV will be showing the 2012 Led Zeppelin concert movie, "Celebration Day," four times in a row starting at 11 AM ET. This special will be hosted by Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham who was the band's drummer. "Celebration Day" captures the band's December 10, 2006 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena in which Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham performed "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," and other classics.
August 17, 2015: Stevie Wonder Announces New Shows For 'Songs In The Key Of Life' Tour
Stevie Wonder announced a new series of shows in North America for his ongoing "Songs In The Key Of Life" tour, in which he performs his classic 1976 album in its entirety. This 20-date trek begins on September 30, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and ends on November 24 in New York City, NY, with additional stops in New York, as well as in Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., plus Ontario, Canada. Tickets to the general public go on sale August for select cities.
August 17, 2015: Rod Stewart Invites Fans Out For A Drink
To celebrate completing his fourth year of residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Rod Stewart recently posted an invitation on Twitter inviting his fans to join him for a pint of beer after his August 16, 2015 show, provided they present a ticket stub and also show up wearing a jersey supporting his favorite football team, the Celtic Football Club. After the show, the group met at Gordon Ramsay's pub as promised, and a good time was had by all.
August 18, 2015: Neil Young And Promise Of The Real Announce New Tour Leg
Neil Young and Promise Of The Real will soon be launching a new leg of their "Rebel Content" tour which will take them to various parts of North America. This 11-date trek begins on October 1, 2015 in Missoula, MT and ends on October 17 in Berkeley, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada.
August 18, 2015: U.K. Professor To 'Become' David Bowie For A Year
Will Brooker, a professor of cultural studies at Kingston University in London, will take on the roles of various David Bowie personas in full garb for a year to gain in in-depth understanding of the legendary singer's work. To get an even better feel of what it is like to be Bowie, he will also adopt some of his known habits, such as his diet of milk and red peppers from his days as The Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust.
August 18, 2015: Johnny Cash Documentary To Premiere On CMT
A new documentary about Johnny Cash is set to make its premiere on CMT on September 12, 2015, the 12th anniversary of the singer's passing. Titled "Johnny Cash: American Rebel," this film covers the country legend's nearly five decades career from the point of view of some of his best known songs such as "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues." Other highlights include interviews with various family members and fellow performers.
August 19, 2015: Bob Dylan 1965 Tour Film To Be Re-released
On November 24, 2015, a Bob Dylan documentary tour film titled "Don't Look Back" is set to be re-released on Criterion. This movie chronicles his 1965 U.K. tour and gives a behind-the-scenes look at his rapid rise to fame.
August 19, 2015: Frank Sinatra To Be Honored at 2015 Architects Of Sound Awards
The late and great Frank Sinatra will be honored at this year's Grammy Museum's Architects of Sound Awards. Ceremonies will be held on October 21, 2015 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The 20th century pop legend and Oscar-winning actor will be receiving posthumously both the architect of sound: vision and architect of sound: artist awards. The "Sinatra: An American Icon" exhibit will also be on display in conjunction with this event.
August 20, 2015: Eric Clapton Concert Film To Make Worldwide Theater Premiere
An Eric Clapton concert film from last May will be making its worldwide theater premiere on September 14, 2015. Titled "Eric Clapton: Live At The Royal Albert Hall - Slowhand At 70," this movie captures the guitar legend giving a concert at London's famous venue in celebration of his 70th birthday. Screenings dates in the U.S. are expected to be announced soon. For more info, visit EricClaptonFilm.com.
August 21, 2015: Tony Bennett To Release New Album
On September 25, 2015, Tony Bennett will be releasing a new album titled "The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern" in tribute to the famed composer. Highlights include the Academy Award-winning "The Way You Look Tonight" (from the 1936 movie, "Swing Time") and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (from the 1941 movie, "Lady Be Good") as arranged by Bennett and jazz pianist Bill Charlap.
August 21, 2015: Paul McCartney To Give Toronto Concert
Paul McCartney announced a new show in Toronto as part of his ongoing "Out There" tour. This show is set to take place on October 17, 2015 at the city's Air Canada Centre. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting August 28. Those registered at PaulMcCartney.com can purchase tickets starting August 24 and access free audio downloads.
August 22, 2015: Zombies To Release New Album
On October 9. 2015, The Zombies will be releasing a new album titled "Still Got That Hunger." Shortly before its release, the band will be launching a U.S. tour covering many states. As previously announced, this trek kicks off on September 30 in Dallas, TX and wraps up on October 27 in San Francisco, CA, with 19 shows confirmed so far. The Zombies will give a full performance of "Odessey And Oracle," the band's influential 1968 album.