September 7, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 30, 2015, Black Sabbath announced its final tour (dubbed "The End") which kicks off next January. The lineup will include original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler.
Also that week, it was announced that the legendary disco group, KC & The Sunshine Band, scored its first Billboard chart hit after 31 years with "I Love You More." Also, Roger Waters and Pink Floyd made U.K. chart history by being among the first artists to make the Top 10 on the newly-established U.K. Official Progressive Albums Chart.
In anticipation of his upcoming album, "Another Country," which is due out this October, Rod Stewart recently released a song from that album titled "Please." Also in October, a new Lynyrd Skynyrd live concert video will be coming out titled "Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd & Second Helping - Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre." The band also just launched a U.S. tour.
This October, a documentary about Tower Records titled "All Things Must Pass" and a concert film titled "The Who: Live In Hyde Park" will be premiering in theaters. Also that month, a documentary about the birth of recorded American music titled "The American Epic Sessions" will be premiering at the BFI London Film Festival. This film, plus the companion series, "American Epic," will both be shown on PBS sometime next January. "The SpongeBob Musical," which features original songs by David Bowie and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, will be making its premiere in June, 2015 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre.
Also that week, it was announced that two new exhibits dedicated to Graham Nash and Smokey Robinson will be opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Nash and Robinson exhibits are set to make their debuts this October and November, respectively.
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The Zombies perform "Moving On (Still Got That Hunger)" a song from the band's upcoming album, "Still Got That Hunger" (to be released on October 9, 2015).
August 31, 2015: New Documentary About Tower Records To Make Theatrical Premiere
A new documentary about Tower Records titled "All Things Must Pass" will be premiering in theaters on October 16, 2015. This film, which chronicles the rise and fall of Tower Records, features interviews with Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, and the company's founder, Russ Solomon.
September 1, 2015: Smokey Robinson, Graham Nash Exhibits To Open At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
This fall, two new exhibits that focus on Smokey Robinson and Graham Nash will be opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Smokey Robinson exhibit is set to make its debut on November 2, 2015, the same day that the Rock Hall's Music Master's series about the Motown legend begins. The "Graham Nash: Touching the Flame" exhibit begins on October 17. Nash will be attending the opening and may also perform.
September 1, 2015: David Bowie, Aerosmith To Contribute Songs To SpongeBob Musical
David Bowie and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith are among the artists who will be contributing original songs to an upcoming musical based on the Nickelodeon TV cartoon series, "Spongebob Squarepants." "The SpongeBob Musical" is set to make its premiere on June 7, 2016, at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, and will run through July 3. Afterwards, the musical will go on Broadway.
September 1, 2015: The Who's 2015 Hyde Park Show Concert Film To Premiere In Theaters
A new concert film about The Who will be premiering in theaters on October 7, 2015. Titled "The Who: Live In Hyde Park," this film captures the band during its 50th anniversary concert before a crowd of 65,000 on June 26, 2015 at London's Hyde Park. The movie features performances of classics such as "I Can't Explain," "Pinball Wizard," and "Behind Blue Eyes," plus interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, and Robert Plant.
September 2, 2015: Rod Stewart Releases Song From Upcoming Album
In anticipation of his upcoming album, "Another Country," which is due out on October 23, 2015, Rod Stewart recently released a song from that album titled "Please." The video can be viewed here at Yahoo.com.
September 2, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd To Release Live Concert Video And Launch U.S. Tour
A new Lynyrd Skynyrd live concert video will be coming out on October 23, 2015 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download. This video captures two concerts the band gave in Jacksonville, FL at the Florida Theatre on April 2 and 3, 2015, in which the albums, "Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd" (1973) and "Second Helping" (1974) were performed in their entirety. Lynyrd Skynyrd is also set to launch a U.S. tour beginning September 3 in St. Paul, MN and ending December 5 in Mescalero, NM, with stops in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.
September 3, 2015: KC & Sunshine Band Score First Billboard Chart Hit In 31 Years
After 31 years, the legendary disco group, KC & The Sunshine Band, scored its first Billboard chart hit with "I Love You More." This song, which was recently released as a single, reached #30 on the latest Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
September 3, 2015: Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Make Top 10 In New U.K. Progressive Albums Chart
A new progressive albums chart has just been introduced into the U.K. by the Official Charts Company and Prog magazine. Among the first bands and artists to make this chart's first Top 10 are Roger Waters and Pink Floyd. Water's reissued 1992 album, "Amused To Death," reached #3, and Pink Floyd's 2014 album, "The Endless River," made #8. Also, the Official Charts Company compiled a list of the top 30 best-selling progressive rock albums of the 21st century. Among those listed are Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973) at #2, Yes' "Close To The Edge" (1972) at #12, ELO's "Out Of The Blue" (1977) at #13, Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" (1971) at #14, and The Moody Blues' "On The Threshold Of A Dream" (1969) at #19.
September 3, 2015: Black Sabbath To Launch Final Tour
Black Sabbath recently announced "The End," the band's final tour. The first leg kicks off on January 20, 2015 in Omaha, NE and ends on February 25 in New York City, with stops in California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Washington, and several Canadian provinces. In April, 2016, the band will begin another leg in Australia and New Zealand, with more shows to be announced. The lineup will include original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, with the drummer to be announced later.
September 4, 2015: History Of Recorded Music In America Documentary To Premiere At London Film Fest
On October 10, 2015, a new documentary about the birth of recorded American music titled "The American Epic Sessions" is set to make its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Among the many artists featured in this film are Elton John, Stephen Stills, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Steve Martin. A companion, three-part documentary series titled "American Epic" was also made that takes a more in-depth look at the history of recorded music in America. Both "The American Epic Sessions" and "American Epic" will be shown on PBS sometime in January, 2016.