January 26, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of January 18, 2015, Barbra Streisand made pop music history when "Partners" became her 31st album to go platinum.
Also that week, Bob Dylan was interviewed at length by AARP magazine about his upcoming album, "Shadows In The Night." (See video below for a performance of one of this album's tracks, "Stay With Me.")
This year, Billy Joel will be performing at two of the nation's biggest ballparks: Chicago's Wrigley Field (August 27, 2015) and San Francisco's AT&T Park (September 5, 2015). This April, Journey will begin a residency at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to that, the band will tour various parts of North America starting this March. This August, Merle Haggard and Wanda Jackson will be among the many acts to perform at the upcoming Ink-N-Iron Festival which will take place in Nashville. Also, Gregg Allman is the first featured performer to be confirmed for next year's Rock Legends Cruise IV which sets sail January, 2016.
Patti LaBelle was among those to perform at this year's BET honors which took place January 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This event will air on BET February 23. Also, a new Frank Sinatra documentary titled "All Or Nothing At All" is set to premiere on HBO in two parts on April 5 and 6.
Jim Ed Brown of the Browns has recently released a new album titled "In Style Again." John Oates will soon be releasing a DVD titled "Another Good Road" and will also be starting a U.S. tour later this month. This March, the Grateful Dead are set to release a two-CD, career-spanning compilation titled "The Best Of The Grateful Dead" as part of this band's 50th anniversary celebration. Also that month, the Sonics will be releasing a new album titled "This Is The Sonics" and are also set to begin a North American tour in April.
Also that week, it was announced that the Doobie Brothers will be honored this May by Music Biz with its Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to session drummer Dallas Taylor who was best known for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Bob Dylan performs "Stay With Me" from his new pop standards covers album, "Shadows In The Night," to be released on February 3, 2015.
January 18, 2015: Billy Joel To Perform At Wrigley Field
On August 27, 2015, Billy Joel will be giving a show at Chicago's Wrigley Field, making it his fourth appearance at the famous baseball stadium to date. Tickets can be purchased at Cubs.com/BillyJoel starting January 24.
January 18, 2015: Drummer Dallas Taylor Passes Away
Drummer Dallas Taylor died on January 18, 2015 at age 66 of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease. He was a session drummer for a number of bands and was best known for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash. He also played with Clear Light, Stephen Stills, Van Morrison, and Paul Butterfield. In the 1980s, Taylor became a substance abuse and addiction counselor.
January 19, 2015: John Oates To Release DVD And Launch Tour
On January 20, 2015, John Oates will be releasing a DVD titled "Another Good Road" featuring interviews and songs from his 2014 solo album, "Good Road To Follow." Autographed copies can be purchased at JohnOates.BigCartel.com. Oates will also be launching a U.S. tour which kicks off on January 21, 2015 in NYC and ends on March 31 in Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2015: Jim Ed Brown Releases New Album
Jim Ed Brown has recently released a new album, his first one in 35 years, titled "In Style Again." This album revisits all phases of his career starting with the 1950s when he was a part of his family's group, the Browns, who are best known for their 1959 hit, "The Three Bells." Guest artists include Vince Gill, Helen Cornelius, Pearl Butler, and his sister Bonnie Brown.
January 20, 2015: Journey To Begin Las Vegas Residency
On April 29, 2015, Journey is set to begin a residency at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV. The band will perform nine shows through May 16 at this famous venue located inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Prior to that, Journey has a series of concerts lined up in North America starting March 3 that will take place in various cities in Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as Mexico, Puerto Rick, and the Virgin Islands.
January 20, 2015: Barbra Streisand Goes Platinum For The 31st Time
Barbra Streisand made pop music history when her Grammy-nominated album, "Partners," recently went platinum, making it the 31st album to do so in her stellar career. Streisand now holds the record for having the most platinum albums of any female recording artist to date. She is also the only artist to have a #1 album released for six decades in a row. In addition, she has the highest number of #1 albums of any female artist to date, and she remains the best-selling female artist of all time.
January 21, 2015: Grateful Dead Compilation To Be Released
On March 31, 2015, a two-CD Grateful Dead compilation is set to be released as part of this band's 50th anniversary celebration. Titled "The Best Of The Grateful Dead," highlights of this career-spanning, 32-track collection include a rare, extended version of "Dark Star," plus studio versions of such classics as "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Touch Of Grey."
January 21, 2015: Sonics To Release New Album And Launch Tour
The Sonics, an influential Seattle-based garage band from the 1960s, will be releasing a new album on vinyl which is due out on March 31, 2015. Titled "This Is The Sonics," this album was recorded with three of the band's original members: Jerry Roslie, Larry Parypa, and Rob Lind. Highlights include the band's latest song, "Bad Betty." Also, the Sonics will be launching a North American tour which kicks off on April 2, 2015 in Seattle, WA and ends on April 26 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with stops in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
January 22, 2015: AARP Interviews Bob Dylan
On January 22, 2015, Bob Dylan was interviewed at length by AARP magazine about his upcoming pop standards album, "Shadows In The Night." The folk-rock legend also discussed his musical influences, his long-standing admiration for Frank Sinatra and Mavis Staples, his love of touring, and his reclusion during the late 1960s.
January 22, 2015: New Frank Sinatra Documentary To Premiere On HBO
A new four-hour documentary about Frank Sinatra is set to premiere on HBO and will be shown in two parts on April 5 and 6, 2015. Titled "All Or Nothing At All," this movie examines Sinatra's life and career in depth and features lots of music plus rare footage from the legendary crooner's 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles.
January 22, 2015: Doobie Brothers To Receive Music Biz Award
On May 14, 2015, the Doobie Brothers will be honored by the Music Business Association (a.k.a. Music Biz) with its Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. An awards luncheon will take place in Nashville at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel as part of Music Biz 2015, a conference featuring various speakers and presenters of new products related to the music business.
January 22, 2015: Billy Joel To Perform At AT&T Park
On September 5, 2015, Billy Joel will be performing for the first time at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants since 2000. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster starting January 30.
January 22, 2015: Gregg Allman To Perform On Rock Legends Cruise IV
Gregg Allman is the first act to be confirmed for next year's Rock Legends Cruise IV which sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL on January 21, 2016. Ports of call for this 4-day trek will include Grand Turk Island. Proceeds from these cruises go to the Native American Heritage Association, a charity that helps Native American families living on reservations in South Dakota and Wyoming. For more info and tickets, go to RockLegendsCruise.com.
January 23, 2015: Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson To Perform In Ink-N-Iron Festival
Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, and Billy Joe Shaver are among the 65+ outlaw country groups and other acts to perform at the upcoming Ink-N-Iron Festival. Other attractions will include a tattoo show and an iron motorcycle craftsmen contest. This event is set to take place August 7-9, 2015 in Nashville's Bicentennial Mall Park.
January 24, 2015: Patti LaBelle To Perform At 2015 BET Honors
Patti LaBelle is among those to perform at this year's BET honors. This event takes place January 24, 2015 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. and will air on BET February 23.