July 5, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 28, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to Chris Squire who co-founded Yes and served as the band's longtime bassist (see video below).
Also that week, it was announced that a rare and highly sought-after early pressing of Bob Dylan's classic 1975 album, "Blood On The Tracks," one of only five known to be in existence, was recently unearthed and is now available for purchase to interested collectors.
Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues announced new show dates for his upcoming solo tour which kicks off this August. Also, Bobby Whitlock, formerly of Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, and other top bands, will be launching a U.S. tour this September.
The Family Stone recently released a new single titled "Do Yo Dance" available as a digital download. The Rolling Stones released a new digital download album titled "Sticky Fingers Live" that captures the band's impromptu Zip Code Tour warm-up show on May 20, 2015 in Los Angeles. Also, an archival concert video by The Who titled "Live At Shea Stadium 1982" was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download.
Also that week, The Rolling Stones announced preparations for an upcoming interactive gallery exhibit of a half-century of the band's memorabilia (dubbed "Exhibitionism") which is set to make its premiere in London in April, 2016 before touring the world.
Finally, a kind-hearted John Fogerty gave a fan free tickets to one of his shows after he came across an ad on Craigslist posted by a fan who wrote that she is a huge fan of CCR but cannot afford tickets.
(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 video of Yes performing "I've Seen All Good People" live at London's Rainbow Theatre (December, 1972).
June 28, 2015: Chris Squire Of Yes Passes Away
English musician Chris Squire died on June 27, 2015 at age 67 in Phoenix, AZ of acute erythroid leukemia. He was a co-founding member of the famed progressive rock group, Yes, and the band's longtime bassist.
He was born Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire in Kingsbury, London, England and began his music career at age 16 playing bass for The Selfs, a British R&B band that later evolved into a psychedelic rock band known as The Syn. With Jon Anderson, he co-founded Yes in 1968 and remained the band's sole bassist to his passing. He was the only band member to appear on every Yes studio album which, to date, total 21 released from 1969-2014. He co-wrote a number of the band's hit songs, including "I've Seen All Good People" (1971) and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" (1983), as well as many extended album cuts.
Over his long career, Squire was considered to be one of England's top and most influential bassists in progressive rock. He released two solo albums, the critically-acclaimed "Fish Out Of Water" (1975) and a Christmas album, "Chris Squire's Swiss Choir" (2007). In 2000, he formed Conspiracy with Billy Sherwood of Yes, releasing two albums and a live DVD. In 2012, he recorded the album, "A Life Within A Day," with ex-Genesis band member, Steve Hackett.
June 30, 2015: Rolling Stones Release New Live Digital Album
On June 30, 2015, The Rolling Stones released a new album titled "Sticky Fingers Live" that captures the band's impromptu Zip Code Tour warm-up show on May 20, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. This album, which includes all ten songs from the band's classic 1971 "Sticky Fingers" album, is available as a digital download from iTunes.
June 30, 2015: The Who Release New Concert Video
On June 30, 2015, an archival concert video by The Who titled "Live At Shea Stadium 1982" was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and as a digital download. This film captures the second of two historic concerts (October 13, 1982) at the famous New York City ballpark in which The Who performed a 25-song set that included classic hits plus songs from the bandís then-newly-released "It's Hard" album.
July 1, 2015: The Family Stone Releases New Single
The Family Stone recently released a new single titled "Do Yo Dance" available as a digital download from iTunes. The band's current lineup includes three original founding members of Sly And The Family Stone - Cynthia Robinson, Greg Errico, and Jerry Martini - plus Phunne Stone, the daughter of Sly Stone and Cynthia Robinson.
July 1, 2015: Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Extends US Solo Tour
Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues has announced over a dozen new show dates for his upcoming solo tour, which kicks off on August 19, 2015 in Plymouth, NH. The new shows begin on September 1 in Kent, OH and end on September 23 in Napa, CA, with additional stops in California, as well as in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Tennessee. Hayward just wrapped up a tour with The Moody Blues and is currently touring solo in the U.K.
July 1, 2015: Rolling Stones Prepare For 2016 Exhibit
The Rolling Stones are making preparations for an upcoming exhibit of a half-century of the band's memorabilia. Dubbed "Exhibitionism," this interactive gallery exhibit will be on display from April through September, 2016 at London's Saatchi Gallery before it tours 11 other cities worldwide over a four-year period. Featured items will include previously unseen and unheard audio and video clips, rare band instruments, costumes, personal diaries, letters, posters, album cover artwork, and more. For more info and tickets, visit stonesexhibitionism.com.
July 1, 2015: John Fogerty Gives Concert Tickets To CCR Fan
After coming across an ad on Craigslist, John Fogerty gave a fan free tickets to his show in Philadelphia the previous week. The ad was posted by Bianca Curnane who wrote that she was a huge fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival but could not afford tickets to his show. Along with the free tickets, the kind-hearted Fogerty sent her a note that read
believe in little miracles.
July 2, 2015: Bobby Whitlock Of Derek And The Dominos To Launch Tour
Bobby Whitlock, formerly of Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, and other top bands, will soon be launching a tour with his wife, CoCo Carmel. This 11-date trek begins on September 11, 2015 in Memphis, TN and ends on October 1 in Berwyn, IL, with additional stops in Tennessee, as well as in Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
July 2, 2015: Rare Pressing Of Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' Found
A rare and highly sought-after early test pressing of Bob Dylan's critically-acclaimed 1975 album, "Blood On The Tracks," was recently found in a personal record collection and is now available for purchase through Amoeba Music at an asking price of $12,000. First recorded in New York in September, 1974, Dylan soon after re-recorded much of this album at a studio in Minneapolis, MN before its final release which contains five songs from the original New York sessions and five from Minneapolis. There are only five known existing copies of the "New York" test pressing which includes alternate versions of "Tangled Up In Blue" and several other songs.