July 12, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 5, 2015, the Grateful Dead gave its last-ever reunion concert. This historic event, which took place at Chicago's Soldier Field, was attended by some 70,000 Deadheads and other avid fans.
Also that week, the Library of Congress announced that it will be honoring Willie Nelson with its prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song this November.
Elton John will be opening the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, Spain later this month before heading to the U.S. this August to give two concerts on the West Coast. Dave Davies will be launching a U.S. tour this October and will also be releasing a new solo live album titled "Rippin' Up NYC" this August. Also, Diana Ross is set to begin a residency in Las Vegas at The Venetian this November.
Coming out later this month are a box set by Sly & The Family Stone titled "Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968," and a compilation album by saxophonist Dave Koz titled "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection" featuring Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, and other big name oldies artists. This September, Keith Richards will be releasing a new solo album titled "Crosseyed Heart."
"Lambert And Stamp," a documentary about the managers of The Who during the band's early career, will be coming out this August on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. A new coffee table book commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Who will be coming out this October. Also, Carly Simon will be publishing a new autobiography this November titled "Boys In The Trees."
Finally, The Rolling Stones just released a new video and a limited-edition vinyl single of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this song topping the Billboard Hot 100.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Jeffery Brown of PBS reports on the Grateful Dead's final "Fare Thee Well" reunion concerts of July 3-5, 2015 at Chicago's Soldier Field.
July 6, 2015: Grateful Dead Give Final Show
On July 5, 2015, the Grateful Dead went out with a bang during its last-ever reunion show. This historic event, which took place at Chicago's Soldier Field, was attended by some 70,000 Deadheads and others who sang and clapped along with many of the songs. The band performed both classic hits such as "Truckin'" and other songs that are longtime favorites of avid fans.
July 6, 2015: Dave Davies To Release New Live Album And Launch U.S. Tour
A new live solo album titled "Rippin' Up NYC" by Kinks co-founder Dave Davies will be coming out on August 21, 2015. Not much is yet known about this album except that it was probably recorded at a show from last November at the City Winery in New York City. Davies will also be launching a tour this fall that will take him to various states in the U.S. This trek, which currently includes 11 show dates, begins on October 8 in Boston, MA and ends on November 3 in West Hollywood, CA, with additional stops in California and Massachusetts, as well as in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, DC.
July 7, 2015: Who Documentary To Be Released
"Lambert And Stamp," a recent documentary about the managers of The Who during the band's early years, will be coming out on August 18, 2015 on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. Highlights include rare behind-the-scenes early footage and new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
July 7, 2015: Elton John To Open Music Festival In Spain Before Heading To U.S.
On July 20, 2015, Elton John is set to open the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, Spain. This week-long event will feature some of the top bands and artists in Latin music. Afterwards, he will give two concerts in the U.S., one on August 8 in Lake Tahoe, NV, and the other on August 9 in San Francisco.
July 7, 2015: Diana Ross Schedules New Las Vegas Residency
Diana Ross is set to begin another residency in Las Vegas at The Venetian this November, with 9 show dates scheduled. In her show, titled "The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade," the Motown legend will perform songs spanning some 50 years, including classic Supremes hits and ones from her solo career.
July 8, 2015: New Compilation Album To Feature Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, & More
On July 31, 2015, saxophonist Dave Koz will be releasing a new compilation album of his collaborations with many big name oldies bands and artists. Titled "Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection," this collection features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, and many others.
July 8, 2015: Sly & The Family Stone To Release New Live Box Set
A new box set by Sly & The Family Stone titled "Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968" will be coming out on July 17, 2015. Previously released on Record Store Day as excerpts only in an LP titled "Live At The Fillmore East," this later collection includes all four concerts by the legendary funk band performed at this famous venue in their entirety.
July 9, 2015: Willie Nelson To Be Honored With Gershwin Prize
The Library of Congress will be honoring Willie Nelson with its prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award ceremonies are set to take place sometime this November in Washington, D.C. and will be televised.
July 9, 2015: Keith Richards To Release New Solo Album
On September 18, famed Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will be releasing a new solo album titled "Crosseyed Heart," making this his third one to date. Highlights of this album, which covers a wide variety of genres ranging from rock to reggae, country, and blues, include the single, "Trouble," which will be coming out on July 17.
July 9, 2015: Rolling Stones Release 50th Anniversary 'Satisfaction' Video
The Rolling Stones just released a new video of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this song topping the Billboard Hot 100 (July 10, 1965). This video features animated lyrics backed with film clips and photos from the band's documentary, "Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965." The Stones also recently released a limited-edition vinyl single of this song (b/w "The Spider And The Fly") on ABKCO Records.
July 10, 2015: Carly Simon To Publish Memoir
A new autobiography by Carly Simon will be coming out on November 24, 2015. Titled "Boys In The Trees," this memoir covers Simon's childhood, her rise to fame, and various personal relationships that include her marriage to James Taylor.
July 10, 2015: The Who To Publish Coffee Table Book
A new coffee table book commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Who will be coming out on October 27, 2015. Titled "The Who: 50 Years - The Official History," this 320-page retrospective includes previously unseen photos and other memorabilia from the band's half-century history, plus contributions from fans and collectors.