March 16, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 8, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, a longtime member of Three Dog Night.
Also that week, Paul McCartney scored two simultaneous Top 15 hits for the first time in 45 years since his days with The Beatles.
This April, an album of rare and previously unheard live recordings of John Mayall and three (then) future Fleetwood Mac band members titled "Live In 1967" is due out. Also, Record Store Day is set to take place on April 18, 2015, and this event's organizers recently released this year's list of recordings for sale, many by both big name and lesser known oldies bands and artists.
John Oates, Mac Davis, Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Peterik of the Ides of March, and Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers are among those who will be taking part in the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival which is set to take place near the end of this month in Nashville. Also this month, the Zombies will be giving a series of shows in New Orleans and various cities in Texas, and Heart will also be performing in a number of shows with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. This May, Eric Clapton will be celebrating his 70th birthday with two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. Also that month, the Eagles and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren will both be launching U.S. tours. This August, Aerosmith will be headlining the "Concert For Legends," a show in which the Pro Football Hall of Fame will honor many of its inductees, which will take place in Canton, OH. Also, Jackson Browne announced a new series of September concerts that will take him to various cities in the Northeastern U.S.
Also that week, it was announced that country legend Emmylou Harris will be honored this year with the prestigious Polar Music Prize. Also, Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts and a collector of rare rock and roll memorabilia, recently purchased the historic guitar that John Lennon used to record "Paperback Writer" with the Beatles for $530,000.
Finally, the Rock Hall of Fame welcomed its 10 millionth visitor who was serenaded with a balloon drop, given a $4,000 package, and presented with a proclamation from the mayor of Cleveland.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
"The Wrecking Crew," a new documentary about the highly acclaimed yet unsung group of Los Angeles session musicians behind many classic oldies hits, premiered in theaters and on iTunes on March 13, 2015.
March 9, 2015: John Oates, Mac Davis Among Those To Take Part In Nashville Songwriters Festival
John Oates, Mac Davis, Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Peterik of the Ides of March, and Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers are among those who will be taking part in the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. This event is set to take place March 24-28 in Nashville, TN in various locations throughout the city. For more info and tickets, go to TinPanSouth.com.
March 10, 2015: John Lennon's "Paperback Writer" Guitar Purchased For $530,000
The historic Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model guitar that John Lennon used to record "Paperback Writer" with the Beatles was recently purchased for $530,000 by Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay is a collector of other rare memorabilia from the rock and roll era that also include a 1954 custom guitar belonging to Les Paul, a guitar owned by Jerry Garcia known as "Tiger," and Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster from when he went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
March 10, 2015: Heart Adds New Show Dates With Joan Jett
Heart recently added a series of new show dates for this month that feature Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as the opening act. The band's North American tour starts on March 18, 2015 in Mankato, MN and ends on September 17 in San Francisco, CA, with other stops in California, as well as in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, plus Washington, D.C. and Ontario, Canada.
March 10, 2015: Jackson Browne Adds New September Shows
Jackson Browne announced a new series of September concerts that will take him to various cities in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. His 2015 itinerary includes several tour legs in various parts of the world in support of his latest album, "Standing In The Breach." For more info and tickets, go to JacksonBrowne.com.
March 10, 2015: Record Store Day 2015 Offerings Announced
Record Store Day takes place this year on April 18, 2015, and this event's organizers recently released its list of limited-edition vinyl recordings that will be available on that day only. Among the offerings are recordings by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Kinks, The Dixie Cups, Herman's Hermits, Sly And The Family Stone, Country Joe And The Fish, Jerry Garcia, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Gregg Allman, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix.
March 11, 2015: Emmylou Harris Awarded Polar Music Prize
Country legend Emmylou Harris is one of two artists to be honored this year with the prestigious Polar Music Prize, a.k.a. the "Nobel prize for music." The ceremonies are set to take place on June 9, 2015 at Stockholm's Concert Hall where King Carl XVI of Sweden will present the awards. The Polar Music Prize was founded by ABBA manager Stig "Stikkan" Anderson in 1989. The laureates are each given a trophy and one million Swedish Krona (about $116,000).
March 11, 2015: Zombies To Perform In U.S. This March
The Zombies will be giving a series of shows in the U.S. later this month. The band's trek, which will take place mainly in Texas, begins on March 12, 2015 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA and ends on March 21 in Austin, TX. The opening show makes it the first time the Zombies have even performed in New Orleans.
March 12, 2015: Eric Clapton To Celebrate 70th Birthday With Two Madison Square Garden Concerts
On May 1 and 2, 2015, Eric Clapton will be celebrating his 70th birthday with two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, making them the 46th and 47th performances he has given at this famous venue to date. Tickets to these shows will become available to the general public beginning March 20. Chase card holders can purchase tickets as early as March 16 through Ticketmaster. Afterwards, the guitar legend is set to give a series of shows at London's Royal Albert Hall through May.
March 12, 2015: Lost 1967 John Mayall And Fleetwood Mac Members Live Recordings To Be Released
An album of rare and previously unheard live recordings from 1967 of John Mayall and (then) future Fleetwood Mac band members Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood is due out on April 21, 2015. Prior to forming Fleetwood Mac, Green, McVie, and Fleetwood had been members of Mayall's backing band, The Bluesbreakers. Titled "Live In 1967," this upcoming album consists of live recordings from a London club show made by an audience member with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Highlights include songs that have never appeared previously in any Mayall albums.
March 12, 2015: Aerosmith To Headline Pro Football Hall Of Fame Concert
On August 7, 2015, Aerosmith will be headlining the "Concert For Legends," a show in which the Pro Football Hall of Fame will honor many of its inductees. This event is set to take place at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster starting March 21. Special packages can also be purchased online from ProFootballHOF.com or by calling 1-844-4HOFTIX.
March 12, 2015: Jimmy Greenspoon Of Three Dog Night Passes Away
Keyboardist and composer Jimmy Greenspoon died at his home in North Potomac, MD on March 11, 2015 at age 67 after battling melanoma. He was a longtime member of Three Dog Night since its founding in 1968, and he can be heard on all the band's many hits. He continued to perform with Three Dog Night through 2014. Over his long career, Greenspoon also performed with many other big name bands and artists that included America, The Beach Boys, Cheech & Chong, Eric Clapton, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, Linda Ronstadt, and Stephen Stills. He also composed music for the movies "Die Hard," "Field Of Dreams," "Predator," "Watchmen," "Hellboy," "Fragment," and "United 93."
March 12, 2015: Eagles To Launch New U.S. Leg Of Ongoing Tour
The Eagles will soon be launching a new U.S. leg of their ongoing "History Of The Eagles" tour which began in July, 2013. This latest trek is set to begin on May 19, 2015 in Austin, TX and end on July 29 in Bossier City, LA, with additional stops in Texas, as well as in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, and Virginia. For more info and tickets, go to EaglesBand.com.
March 12, 2015: Rock Hall Of Fame Welcomes 10 Millionth Visitor
On March 12, 2015, Ross Walker became the 10 millionth visitor to visit Cleveland's landmark Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The surprised New Yorker and longtime Jimi Hendrix fan was serenaded with a balloon drop and given a $4,000 package that included tickets to the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and other items. Walker was also presented a proclamation from the mayor of Cleveland, Frank Jackson.
March 13, 2015: Nils Lofgren To Launch U.S. Tour
Nils Lofgren, the longtime guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and also the former frontman of the early 1970s band, Grin, will soon be launching a U.S. spring tour along with Greg Varlotta. This trek is set to begin on May 1, 2015 in Wyckoff, NJ and end on June 9 in Alexandria, VA, with other stops in New Jersey and Virginia as well as in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. Lofgren will also be performing in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 12.
March 14, 2015: Paul McCartney Scores Two Simultaneous Top 15 Hits For First Time In 45 Years
This week, Paul McCartney had another milestone on the Billboard charts. For the first time in 45 years, McCartney scored two simultaneous Top 15 hits with "All Day," which debuted at #15, and "FourFiveSeconds," which is at #5. Both songs were recorded with rap star Kanye West and pop star Rihanna. The last time McCartney had two Top 15 hits simultaneously was during his days with The Beatles when the legendary group achieved this feat in 1970 with "Let It Be" and "The Long And Winding Road."