April 6, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 29, 2015, the Rolling Stones announced their long-anticipated North American "Zip Code" tour which will take the band to various parts of the U.S. and Canada.
Also that week, fans bade a final farewell to Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Bob Burns and Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife.
Richie Furay, formerly of Poco and the Buffalo Springfield, and David Clayton-Thomas, the former lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, both just released new solo albums (titled "Hand In Hand" and "Soul Ballads," respectively). Coming out this May are a Styx box set titled "Styx: The A&M Albums 1975-1984," a reissue of the Rolling Stones 1971 album, "Sticky Fingers," and a Blu-ray version of the Beach Boys' 1966 album, "Pet Sounds." This June will see the release of Frank Zappa's long-shelved final and 100th album, "Dance Me This," an orchestral version of The Who's 1973 rock opera, "Quadrophenia" (titled "Classic Quadrophenia"), and a new album by James Taylor titled "Before This World."
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Canned Heat will be performing at this year's Ottawa Bluesfest at LeBreton Flats which is set to take place this July. Lindsey Buckingham and Frankie Valli are among those to be appearing on the AXS TV series, "The Big Interview." Buckingham and Valli will be the featured guests on the April 28 and May 26 shows, respectively.
Also that week, it was announced that Carlos Santana will be among the keynote speakers at this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference which takes place in late April. Also later that same month, KISS and the Doobie Brothers are among those who will be honored at the upcoming ASCAP Pop Music Awards ceremonies.
(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 Ringo Starr performing the title song from his latest album, "Postcards From Paradise." This song pays tribute to the Beatles through its lyrics which work in the song titles of numerous classic hits by the Fab Four.
March 30, 2015: Carlos Santana To Keynote This Year's Billboard Latin Music Conference
This year's Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards will be taking place April 27-30, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami, FL. Highlights include an in-depth interview with Carlos Santana who will be among the keynote speakers. For more info and to register, go to BillboardLatinConference.com.
March 30, 2015: James Taylor To Release New Album
On June 16, 2015, James Taylor will be releasing a new album of original songs, his first in 13 years, titled "Before This World." Highlights include songs about the Boston Red Sox and overcoming addiction. Taylor will be giving a number of shows in support of this album, including one at Boston's Fenway Park.
March 30, 2015: Lindsey Buckingham, Frankie Valli To Appear On AXS TV
Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Frankie Valli are among those to be appearing on the AXS TV series, "The Big Interview," hosted by Dan Rather. Buckingham and Valli will be the featured guests on the April 28 and May 26 shows, respectively.
March 31, 2015: Richie Furay Releases New Album
Richie Furay, formerly of Poco and the Buffalo Springfield, just released a new album titled "Hand In Hand." Highlights include the title track inspired by Furay's wife of 48 years, a Poco tribute titled "We Are The Dreamers," and the patriotic "Don't Tread On Me," plus various other songs he wrote several years ago in anticipation of a possible Buffalo Springfield reunion album that never materialized.
March 31, 2015: Rolling Stones To Reissue 'Sticky Fingers'
On May 26, 2015, the Rolling Stones are set to reissue "Sticky Fingers," the band's classic 1971 album, on CD and vinyl, and also as Deluxe and Super Deluxe CD/DVD box sets. The box sets will include various unreleased recordings of classic Stones' songs and other rare material, as well as postcards, posters, band replica cutouts, and a limited-edition book.
March 31, 2015: Rolling Stones Announce Upcoming Tour
The Rolling Stones just announced their long-anticipated North American "Zip Code" tour. This upcoming 15-show trek begins on May 24, 2015 in San Diego, CA and ends on July 15 in Quebec, with stops in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 13 and can be purchased by American Express card members starting April 8.
April 1, 2015: John Lennon's Ex-Wife Cynthia Passes Away
Cynthia Lennon died on April 1, 2015 at age 75 at her home in Majorca, Spain after battling cancer. She was John Lennon's first wife and the mother of Julian Lennon. Born Cynthia Powell in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, she met John Lennon in 1957 when they were both students at the Liverpool College of Art. The couple wed in 1962, and Julian was born the following year. In 1968, John left Cynthia for Yoko Ono. Following their divorce, she worked as a painter and became involved in a number of business ventures over the years. She remarried three times; her last marriage was in 2002 to nightclub owner Noel Charles, with whom she remained until his death in 2013. She wrote two books about her time with Lennon: "A Twist Of Lennon" (1978) and "John" (2005). In 1995, she made her recording debut with a cover of Mary Hopkin's "Those Were The Days."
April 1, 2015: Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' To Be Released On Blu-ray
On May 26, 2015, the Beach Boys' seminal 1966 album, "Pet Sounds," is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three different mixes of the album, as well as several bonus tracks, will be included.
April 1, 2015: Orchestral Version Of The Who's 'Quadrophenia' To Be Released
On June 9, 2015, an orchestral version of The Who's 1973 rock opera, "Quadrophenia," is set for release. Titled "Classic Quadrophenia," this album will be available in both standard and deluxe editions. Pete Townshend portrays The Godfather, with classical musicians and members of other rock bands, including Billy Idol, playing other cast members. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Oriana Choir also help to round out this new version of the classic rock opera.
April 2, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Canned Heat To Perform At Ottawa Bluesfest
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Canned Heat are among the many bands and artists to play at this year's Ottawa Bluesfest at LeBreton Flats. This event, which has become one of the largest music festivals in the world since its founding in 1994, is set to take place from July 8-19, 2015.
April 2, 2015: David Clayton-Thomas Releases Album Of Classic Soul Covers
David Clayton-Thomas, the former lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, just released a new album titled "Soul Ballads." This album consists of Clayton-Thomas' rendition of various soul classics by such top R&B bands and artists as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Gladys & the Pips, Percy Sledge, and Ray Charles.
April 2, 2015: KISS, Doobie Brothers To Be Honored By ASCAP
KISS will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at this performing rights organization's 32nd annual Pop Music Awards. The Doobie Brothers will also be honored with the Voice of Music Award. The awards ceremonies are set take place on April 29, 2015 at Los Angeles' Loews Hollywood Hotel.
April 3, 2015: Styx To Release Vinyl Box Set From Band's A&M Years
On May 12, 2015, a box set of eight early Styx albums (which will also be available individually) is set for release on high-quality vinyl. Titled "Styx: The A&M Albums 1975-1984," this collection consists of eight albums from the band's years with A&M: "Equinox" (1975); "Crystal Ball" (1976); "The Grand Illusion" (1977); "Pieces Of Eight" (1978); "Cornerstone" (1979); "Paradise Theater" (1981); "Kilroy Was Here" (1983); "Caught In The Act" (1984). Included are such Styx classics as "Come Sail Away," "The Best of Times," "Renegade," and the chart-topping "Babe."
April 4, 2015: Frank Zappa's Final Album To Be Released
On June 1, 2015, Frank Zappa's long-shelved final and 100th album, "Dance Me This," is set to be released. Completed in 1993 just prior to his passing that same year, highlights of this album include the title song featuring Tuvan throat singers accompanied by Frank Zappa on the Synclavier.
April 4, 2015: Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Bob Burns Killed In Auto Accident
Famed drummer Robert "Bob" Burns was killed on April 3, 2015 at age 64 in an automobile accident in Cartersville, GA. He was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and he can be heard on the band's first two albums that include such classics as "Free Bird," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Simple Man." Burns left the band in 1974 after getting tired of life on the road was replaced by Artimus Pyle. In 2006, he rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd alongside other original band members for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.