February 2, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of January 25, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to famed singer-songwriter and poet Rod McKuen famous for penning "Jean" (Oliver, 1969), "Seasons In The Sun" (Terry Jacks, 1974), and other hits from the 1960s-1970s.
Also that week, funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million in back royalty payments in a lawsuit.
Art Garfunkel announced a series of show dates on the East Coast that begin this February. Gregg Allman is set to begin a solo U.S. tour this March. Steely Dan announced a tour in the Western U.S. for the month of April. Also that month, Diana Ross will begin a residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas. This June, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick will be launching a joint North American tour. Also, Billy Joel announced more new show dates for 2015 starting in July.
Rick Springfield will be releasing a new CD/DVD this February titled "Stripped Down" featuring highlights from 2014 of his ongoing tour. This March, The Who will be releasing new vinyl versions of all 11 studio albums plus the 2014 compilation, "The Who Hits 50," as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration. Also that month, Ringo Starr will be releasing a new album titled "Postcards From Paradise," and an expanded version of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" is set to be released to commemorate the album's 40th anniversary. This April, Randy Bachman will be releasing a new album titled "Heavy Blues" and is also set to launch a tour that same month in support of this album. Also that month, Brian Wilson will be releasing a new album titled "No Pier Pressure."
Also that week, the Doobie Brothers announced the start of their new fan club dubbed "Takin' It To The Streets Concert Club" in which members will get access to band memorabilia and be able to purchase premium concert tickets.
Finally, for those of you who will be in the Cleveland, OH area, funk legend George Clinton is set to be interviewed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in front of a live audience. This event will take place February 9, 2015.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
ZZ Top performs "Tush" on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (January 26, 2015).
January 26, 2015: Gregg Allman Announces U.S. Spring Tour
Although the Allman Brothers Band retired from touring in late 2014, Gregg Allman shows no signs of slowing down so far as solo performances are concerned. The veteran Southern rocker is set to launch a U.S. spring tour that kicks off on March 13, 2015 in Northfield, OH and ends on May 9, in Austin, TX, with a performance on "Austin City Limits." This trek will also cover other cities in Ohio and Texas, as well as Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
January 26, 2015: Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick To Launch Joint North American Tour
Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick announced a joint tour that will take the two rock powerhouse acts to various parts of North America starting June 6, 2015 in Lincoln, CA and ending August 5 in Toronto, Ontario, with stops in Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Missouri. More shows are expected to be announced. Also, Frampton will be headlining a show in Morristown, NJ on June 26, and Cheap Trick also has a series of shows scheduled for this spring and summer starting March 7 in Las Vegas.
January 26, 2015: Randy Bachman To Release New Album And Launch Tour
On April 14, 2015, Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive will be releasing a new album titled "Heavy Blues." Guest artists on this 11-track album include Neil Young and Peter Frampton. Bachman is also set to launch a tour in support of this album that begins on April 1 in Milwaukee, WI, with stops in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Ohio confirmed so far. Other shows are expected to be announced soon.
January 26, 2015: Diana Ross Announces Las Vegas Residency
Diana Ross announced a residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas that begins on April 1, 2015 and ends on April 18. During this 9-show run, the R&B legend will perform a new show titled "The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade" that will include such classics as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and other songs from her nearly half century-long career.
January 27, 2015: Steely Dan Announces April Tour
Steely Dan announced a tour in the Western U.S. that kicks off on April 4, 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA and ends on April 18 in San Diego, CA. This trek will also cover other cities in California as well as Las Vegas, NV. More shows are expected to be announced.
January 28, 2015: Rick Springfield To Release CD/DVD
On February 24, 2015, Rick Springfield will be releasing a new CD/DVD titled "Stripped Down" featuring highlights from 2014 of his ongoing tour. Springfield will be continuing his tour into 2015 in North America, with shows in Arizona, Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, and Ontario, Canada.
January 28, 2015: The Who To Release 50th Anniversary New Vinyl Versions Of Albums
On March 24, 2015, as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebration, The Who will be releasing new 180-gram vinyl versions of all 11 studio albums plus the 2014 compilation, "The Who Hits 50!" Also, on April 7, The Who is set to release a vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky" (b/w "I Can't Explain"), and also "The Brunswick Singles 1965-1966," the first of a series of vinyl box sets to be released of the band's singles.
January 28, 2015: Sly Stone Awarded $5 Million In Back Royalties
On January 27, 2015, Sly Stone was awarded $5 million in back royalties in a suit against his ex-manager Gerald Goldstein, attorney Glenn Stone and Even St. Productions Ltd. According to Stone's attorneys, Goldstein and Stone convinced the funk legend in 1989 to become a co-owner and employee of Even St. Productions with them. Stone also assigned his royalty rights to the company and was supposed to receive some of the royalty payments if collected, which he never did.
January 28, 2015: George Clinton To Be Interviewed By Rock Hall Of Fame
On February 9, 2015, funk legend George Clinton will be interviewed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in front of a live audience. Afterwards, he will sign copies of his latest biography, "Brothers Be Like, 'George, Ain't That Funkin' Kind of Hard on You?': A Memoir," which came out October, 2014. This event will take place at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and is free with a reservation through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 28, 2015: Doobie Brothers Launch New Fan Club
The Doobie Brothers have just launched a new fan club dubbed "Takin' It To The Streets Concert Club." Benefits include access to premium seats, pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for concerts that include in-person meetings with members of the Doobie Brothers. Members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar pick set, a blanket, a limited-edition lithograph, and access to other band-themed collectibles. For more info, go to FanClub.DoobieBros.com.
January 29, 2015: Brian Wilson To Release New Album
On April 7, 2015, Brian Wilson will be releasing a new album titled "No Pier Pressure" on vinyl, CD, and as a digital download in two editions: 13-track standard and 16-track deluxe. Featured guest artists include Beach Boys members Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin.
January 29, 2015: Ringo Starr To Release New Album
On March 31, 2015, Ringo Starr will be releasing a new album titled "Postcards From Paradise." Highlights of this 11-track album include "Island In The Sun," a song Starr co-wrote with members of his All-Starr Band. Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, and Dave Stewart are among the featured artists.
January 29, 2015: Rod McKuen Passes Away
Famed singer-songwriter and poet Rod McKuen died on January 29, 2015 at age 81 in Beverly Hills, CA after battling pneumonia. He was a prolific and multifaceted artist whose many works included over 1,500 songs, dozens of books of poetry, TV and movie soundtracks, and classical compositions. He was also a performing artist and one of the top-selling poets in the U.S. during the late 1960s. Over his long career, he worked with artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Anita Kerr, Henry Mancini, Johnny Cash, John Williams, and Madonna. He is also famous for his English-language adaptations of songs by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, including "Seasons In The Sun" which became a hit for Terry Jacks in 1974.
McKuen's many other hit songs include Frank Sinatra's "Love's Been Good To Me" (1969) and Perry Como's "I Think Of You" (1970). He also co-wrote "If You Go Away" and other enduring pop standards. He received Oscar nominations for "Jean," the hit title song from the 1969 movie, "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie," and for music from the animated movie, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (1969). Other awards and accolades include a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his symphonic work, "The City: A Suite for Narrator & Orchestra."
McKuen began his musical career as a folk singer, gradually incorporating his own songs into his act. In 1959, he made a splash on the pop charts with "The Mummy," a novelty tune recorded with Bob McFadden under the pseudonym Dor. He had another pop hit in 1962 with "Oliver Twist."
January 30, 2015: Billy Joel Announces New Concert Dates
Billy Joel has announced more new show dates for 2015 as follows:
- July 16, 2015 - Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- July 25, 2015 - M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
- September 16, 2015 - Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
- November 6, 2015 - Toyota Center, Houston, TX
- December 5, 2015 - Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
- December 17, 2015 - Madison Square Garden (ongoing residency), NYC
January 30, 2015: Glen Campbell's 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Expanded Version To Be Released
On March 31, 2015, an expanded version of Glen Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy" is set to be released to commemorate the album's 40th anniversary. Five bonus tracks will be included on the CD and digital download versions: "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.)," "Coming Home," "Quits," a remix of "Rhinestone Cowboy," and "Record Collector's Dream," the B-side of the original "Rhinestone Cowboy" single.
January 31, 2015: Art Garfunkel To Launch Spring Tour
Art Garfunkel announced a series of show dates on the East Coast that begin on February 27, 2015 in Aventura, FL and end on April 25 in Niagara Falls, NY, with stops in Vienna, VA and Pittsburgh, PA. Garfunkel also has concerts lined up in Europe for this March with stops that include Dublin, Ireland and Copenhagen, Denmark.