June 21, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 14, 2015, it was announced that Barry Manilow will be headlining the upcoming 35th Annual PBS Independence Day special, "A Capitol Fourth," which will air live from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by KC & The Sunshine Band and other artists.
Also that week, it was announced that Smokey Robinson will be receiving this year's BET Lifetime Achievement Award. The award ceremonies will be broadcast live on BET June 28, 2015.
This August, the J. Geils Band will be launching a tour that will take the band to various states in the U.S. Stevie Wonder will be performing during the opening ceremonies of this year's Special Olympics World Games which will air live on ESPN July 25, 2015. This October, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be among the headlining acts at this year's "Louder Than Life" hard rock festival which is set to take place in Louisville, KY.
This July, Van Halen will be reissuing four classic studio albums from 1979-1982. Also due out that same month is a new CD box set titled "America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977" which includes the band's first eight albums. Darlene Love will be releasing a new album titled "Introducing Darlene Love" which is expected out sometime this September.
Also that week, The Rolling Stones' recently reissued "Sticky Fingers" re-entered the Billboard 200 at #5. This album, originally released in 1971, includes "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," and other classic hits.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
On June 28, 2015, the documentary, "Glen Campbell I'll Be Me," will be making its TV premiere on CNN (see trailer below).
June 15, 2015: Barry Manilow To Headline PBS 'A Capitol Fourth' TV Special
On July 4, 2015, Barry Manilow will be returning to PBS to headline this station's 35th Annual TV special, "A Capitol Fourth," which will air live from Washington, D.C. He will open this show with a special patriotic medley and will perform during the finale, which will also feature a spectacular fireworks display.
June 15, 2015: Van Halen To Reissue Four Albums
On July 10, 2015, Van Halen will be reissuing four classic studio albums: "Van Halen II"(1979), "Women And Children First"(1980), "Fair Warning" (1981), and "Diver Down" (1982). These albums have been remastered and will be available on CD, vinyl, and as digital downloads.
June 15, 2015: ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform At 2015 Louder Than Life Festival
ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd are among those who will be headlining this year's "Louder Than Life" hard rock festival which is set to take place in Louisville, KY October 3-4, 2015. Other festival attractions will include an interactive exhibit and pro wrestling, plus beers, whiskeys, and other
gourmet man food. For more info and tickets, visit LouderthanLifeFestival.com.
June 16, 2015: KC & Sunshine Band To Join Lineup Of PBS 'A Capitol Fourth' TV Special
KC & The Sunshine Band are among those who will be joining the lineup for this year's PBS Independence Day TV Special, "A Capitol Fourth." Other performers will include Alabama, Hunter Hayes, Nicole Scherzinger, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Meghan Linsey, and Robert Davi who will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra on what would have been the late singer's 100th birthday.
June 17, 2015: Smokey Robinson To Receive BET Lifetime Achievement Award
On June 28, 2015, Smokey Robinson will be honored by BET with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The award ceremonies will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on BET. Other BET honorees will include radio personality Tom Joyner who will be receiving the Humanitarian Award.
June 17, 2015: Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue Reaches #5 On Billboard 200
The Rolling Stones' recently reissued 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers," re-entered the Billboard 200 at #5. When it was first released, it peaked at #1 on that chart for four consecutive weeks, and it also topped many other charts world-wide. "Sticky Fingers" includes "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," and other classic hits.
June 18, 2015: J. Geils Band To Launch Summer Tour
The J. Geils Band will soon be launching a summer tour that will take the band to various states in the U.S. This trek is set to begin on August 23, 2015 in Hampton Beach, NH and end on September 13 in Columbus, OH, with additional stops in Ohio, as well as in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Ian Hunter, the former lead singer of Mott The Hoople, will be joining the band for most of the shows.
June 18, 2015: Darlene Love To Release New Album
Darlene Love will be releasing a new album titled "Introducing Darlene Love" which is expected out sometime this September. In this collection, Love performs songs by a variety of songwriters that include the famed songwriting duo, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, plus Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, and this album's producer and arranger, Steven Van Zandt.
June 19, 2015: Stevie Wonder To Perform At Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
Stevie Wonder is among those who will be performing during the opening ceremonies of this year's Special Olympics World Games which will air live on ESPN July 25, 2015. For more info and tickets to the opening ceremony, visit LA2015.org. The games, which will take place at various venues through Los Angeles and feature 25 different sports, will run through August 2 and are free to attend.
June 19, 2015: America Box Set To Be Released
A new America CD box set is due out on July 17, 2015. Titled "America: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977," this collection includes the band's first eight albums: "America" (1971), "Homecoming" (1972), "Hat Trick" (1973), "Holiday" (1974), "Hearts" (1975), "Hideaway" (1976), "Harbor" (1977), and "America Live" (1977). America's 1971 self-titled debut album, which includes the hits, "Horse With No Name" and "I Need You," topped the Billboard 200 the year of its release. "Homecoming" includes the hit, "Ventura Highway."