Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of June 21, 2015

June 28, 2015 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 21, 2015, James Taylor's latest album, "Before This World," topped the Billboard 200 chart.

Also that week, the Grateful Dead announced that the band's highly-anticipated "Fair Thee Well" final reunion concerts will be available as pay-per-view live YouTube webcasts.

This July, Neil Young will be launching his "Rebel Content" North American tour. Van Halen and Elton John will be headlining this year's Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, GA which takes place this September.

The Who, Count Five, and Frank Sinatra are among the many featured bands and artists in the recently-released soundtrack, "Music From The Original Series Aquarius," for the "Aquarius" TV series which premiered on NBC in May. This July, Chicago will be releasing two massive box sets titled "The Studio Albums 1969-1978" and "The Studio Albums Vol. 2 1979-2008." David Bowie will be releasing one in a series of career-spanning box sets this September titled "Five Years 1969-1973." This October, Rod Stewart is set to release a new country album titled "Another Country." The Grateful Dead announced that the band's "Fare Thee Well" final reunion concerts will be released this November as a box set, "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Grateful Dead."

Also that week, it was announced that on August 11, 2015, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir will be the featured guest on AXS TV's "The Big Interview." Also, Roger Waters' concert documentary movie of Pink Floyd's 1979 album, "The Wall," will be shown on September 29, 2015 in over 300 theaters nationwide.

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)


Below is a preview of "Love Is" from the upcoming Rod Stewart album, "Another Country" (due out on October 23, 2015).


June 22, 2015: Bob Weir To Be Featured on AXS TV's 'The Big Interview'

On August 11, 2015, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir will be the featured guest on AXS TV's "The Big Interview." Expected interview topics include the Grateful Dead's upcoming box set and the "Fare Thee Well" final reunion concerts.

Source: Pat Benatar and Bob Weir to be Featured on AXS TV's "The Big Interview" This Summer

June 23, 2015: Rod Stewart To Release New Country Album

On October 23, 2015, Rod Stewart will be releasing a new country album titled "Another Country." Highlights of this 12-song collection, mostly written and produced by Stewart, include the lead-off single, "Love Is" (see video above). A deluxe 15-song edition that includes two additional Stewart songs plus his cover of Python Lee Jackson's "In a Broken Dream" will also be available.

Source: Rod Stewart's "Another Country" Album First Single, Track Listing Released

June 23, 2015: Neil Young To Launch 'Rebel Content' Tour

Neil Young will soon be launching his "Rebel Content" North American tour backed by Promise Of The Real, a band fronted by two of Willie Nelson's sons. This 11-date trek begins on July 5, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI and ends on July 24 in Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, with stops in Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Vermont.

Source: Neil Young to Open Rebel Content Summer Tour Unplugged

June 23, 2015: Grateful Dead Announces YouTube Webcasts For Final Shows

For those who cannot make the Grateful Dead's final "Fare Thee Well" shows, fans can experience these events online via pay-per-view streaming live webcasts at youtube.com/dead50. Webcasts can be purchased for $19.95 per night for the Santa Clara shows on June 27-28 and $29.95 for the Chicago shows on July 3-5.

Source: Grateful Dead Announces YouTube Webcasts for Final Shows

June 23, 2015: Van Halen, Elton John To Headline Atlanta Music Midtown Festival

Van Halen and Elton John will be headlining this year's Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, GA. This event will take place September 18-19, 2015 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park. For more info and tickets, visit musicmidtown.com.

Source: Van Halen, Elton John to Headline 2015 Music Midtown Festival

June 23, 2015: David Bowie To Release Box Set

The first in a series of career-spanning David Bowie box sets is due out on September 25, 2015. Titled "Five Years 1969-1973," highlights of this collection include eight albums, most of which have been newly-remastered: "David Bowie AKA Space Oddity" (1969), "The Man Who Sold The World" (1970), "Hunky Dory" (1971), "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" (1972), "Aladdin Sane" (1973), "Pin Ups" (1973), "Live Santa Monica '72" (2008), and "Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack" (1983).

Source: David Bowie to Release Giant Box Set 'Five Years 1969-1973'

June 24, 2015: 'The Wall' To Screen In Cinemas Worldwide

On September 29, 2015, Roger Waters' concert documentary movie of Pink Floyd's 1979 album, "The Wall," will be shown in over 300 select theaters across the U.S. and others around the world for one day only. This film, which made its premiere on September 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival, is an anti-war protest movie that includes footage from 2010-2013 of Waters' world tour. The upcoming nationwide screening will also include a bonus in conversation segment in which Waters will answer fan-submitted questions along with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

Source: Roger Waters' 'The Wall' to Screen in Cinemas Worldwide

June 24, 2015: James Taylor Album Tops Billboard 200 Chart

James Taylor's latest album, "Before This World," entered this week's Billboard 200 at #1, making this his first-ever album to top that chart. Over his long career, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also recorded over 10 albums that made this chart's Top Ten, including his highly acclaimed "Sweet Baby James" (1970).

Source: On the Charts: James Taylor Scores First Number One

June 24, 2015: Chicago To Release Two Box Sets

Two 10-CD box sets of Chicago's complete set of studio albums released over a period of some four decades are due out on July 10, 2015. The first set, titled "The Studio Albums 1969-1978," will include "Chicago Transit Authority" (1969), "Chicago" (1970), "Chicago III" (1971), "Chicago V" (1972), "Chicago VI" (1973), "Chicago VII" (1974), "Chicago VIII" (1975), "Chicago X" (1976), "Chicago XI" (1977), and "Hot Streets" (1978). "The Studio Albums Vol. 2 1979-2008" will include "Chicago 13" (1979), "Chicago XIV" (1980), "Chicago 16" (1982), "Chicago 17" (1984), "Chicago 18" (1986), "Chicago 19" (1988), "Twenty 1" (1991), "Night & Day" (1995), "XXX" (2006), and "Stone Of Sisyphus" (1994/2008).

Source: Chicago to Release Dual Box Sets Next Month

June 25, 2015: Grateful Dead Announce Upcoming Box Set Of Final Concerts

The Grateful Dead announced that the band's "Fare Thee Well" final reunion concerts will be released on November 20, 2015 as a box set. Titled "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Grateful Dead," this set will include the concerts themselves, which are set to take place at Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, 2015, plus backstage footage. This collection will be available in a variety of formats, the most deluxe of which will be a limited-edition set consisting of 12 CDs and 7 DVS or Blu-rays, to be available only at Dead.net.

Source: Grateful Dead Announce Box Set Releases of Final Concerts

June 26, 2015: The Who Among Those Featured On 'Aquarius' TV Series Soundtrack

The Who, Count Five, Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Friend & Lover, Dyke & The Blazers, and The Chocolate Watchband are among the featured bands and artists in the soundtrack from the TV series, "Aquarius," which premiered on NBC May 28, 2015. Titled "Music From The Original Series Aquarius," this 15-track collection is available as a digital download at all the major providers. Set in 1967 Los Angeles, this series stars David Duchovny as homicide detective Sam Hodiak whose search for a missing teenage girl leads him to Charles Manson.

Source: The Who Featured on New Soundtrack to "Aquarius" TV Series