May 31, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of May 24, 2015, memorial services were held for B.B. King in Indianola, MS. A public viewing was also held where thousands of fans got to pay their final respects to the late blues legend.
Also that week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the upcoming unveiling of its Oral Histories project which has been some four years in the making. As part of this undertaking, in-depth videotaped interviews of various rock and roll luminaries will soon be made available to the public at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.
Later this month, the Bellamy Brothers will be releasing a new album titled "Bellamy Brothers: 40 Years." This June, Neil Young will be releasing a new album titled "The Monsanto Years" recorded with Promise Of The Real. The Who will be releasing a second box set of vinyl singles this August titled "The Reaction Singles 1966." This September, two albums by The Doors originally recorded in the early 1970s after Jim Morrison's death titled "Other Voices" and "Full Circle" will be reissued.
This June, Dave Mason will be launching a tour that will take him to Canada and various states in the U.S., including Hawaii. Carlos Santana will begin a series of concerts in the U.S. this August.
Also that week, it was announced that Cher will be the new face of a Fall, 2015 ad campaign for fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
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This clip from HBO's May 30, 2015 broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies shows Bill Withers being inducted by Stevie Wonder.
May 25, 2015: Rock Hall Of Fame To Unveil Oral Histories Project
For the past four years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been conducting in-depth videotaped interviews of various rock and roll luminaries, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Dion DiMucci, Grace Slick, Art Garfunkel, and Debbie Harry. These interviews will soon be made available to the public at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and more interviews are expected to be conducted in the future. There are no plans to publish any of these interviews online.
May 25, 2015: Santana Announces Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
After he finishes a tour in Europe, Carlos Santana will begin a series of concerts in the U.S. that kick off on August 14, 2015 in Forest Hills, NY and currently run through August 30 in Highland Park, IL. He also has a show slated for October 31 in Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas residency dates in late September and early November. The guitar legend will be promoting his latest album, "Corazon."
May 26, 2015: Bellamy Brothers To Release 40th Anniversary Album
On May 26, 2015, the Bellamy Brothers will be releasing a new album in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Titled "Bellamy Brothers: 40 Years," this 2-CD set includes both classic hits and new songs.
May 26, 2015: Neil Young To Release New Album
On June 29, 2015, Neil Young will be releasing a new album titled "The Monsanto Years" recorded with Promise Of The Real, a band fronted by Lukas Nelson. Highlights of this 9-track collection, to be released on CD/DVD, vinyl, and as digital downloads, include new protest songs that focus on various environmental issues.
May 27, 2015: The Who To Release Second Vinyl Singles Box Set
On August 14, 2015, The Who will be releasing a second box set of vinyl singles in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. Titled "The Reaction Singles 1966," this collection follows "The Brunswick Singles 1965-1966" released in April. Highlights include "Substitute" b/w "Circles (a.k.a. "Instant Party"), "I'm A Boy" b/w "In the City" "Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away," and the Ready Steady Who EP.
May 28, 2015: Dave Mason To Launch North American Tour
Dave Mason, a former Traffic co-founder and guitarist, will be launching a tour that will take him to Canada and various states in the U.S., including Hawaii. Mason is set to begin his trek in Hawaii on June 11-14, where he will be giving a series of shows in Maui, Kaui, the "Big Island" of Hawaii, and Oahu. He will then be returning to the mainland where he will give a series of concerts beginning June 19 in Monterey, CA and ending October 2 in Ridgefield, CT, with stops in Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, plus Prince Edward Island, Canada. For more info, go to DaveMasonMusic.com.
May 28, 2015: Cher To Be New Face Of Fall Fashion Campaign
The eternally youthful Cher has recently been named the new face of a Fall, 2015 ad campaign for fashion designer Marc Jacobs. Jacobs posted the first ad to his Instagram account which features the 69-year-old pop icon dressed in an elegant all-black outfit.
May 29, 2015: Doors Albums To Be Reissued
On September 4, 2015, two albums by The Doors recorded after Jim Morrison's death titled "Other Voices" and "Full Circle" will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl and CD. Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore began working on "Other Voices" while Morrison was on hiatus from The Doors. When he died in 1971, the surviving band members completed the album and released it later that year. This album included the singles, "Tightrope Ride" and "Ships W/ Sails." In 1972, The Doors released "Full Circle" which included the single, "Get Up And Dance." Included in the CD set will be a bonus track, "Treetrunk," which was originally the B-side of "Get Up And Dance."
May 30, 2015: Memorial Services Held For B.B. King
On May 30, 2015, memorial services were held in Indianola, MS for B.B. King who passed away on May 14 at age 89. This event, which took place at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, was attended by hundreds of friends, family members, and admirers and was broadcast live on MPB (Mississippi Public Broadcasting). Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson read a commemorative letter from President Obama, who called King
an inspiration to blues lovers everywhere and to up-and-coming artists. Other speakers included Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Senator Willie Simmons, Representative Sarah Thomas, and fellow blues musician Buddy Guy. A public viewing was also held the day before (May 29) at Indianola's B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center where thousands of fans got to pay their final respects to the blues legend.