December 19, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 11, 2016, The Rolling Stones, who hold the record for having the most Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, extended this record to 37 albums with their latest release, "Blue & Lonesome."
Also, Elton John is giving fans the chance to create their own official music videos for "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," and "Bennie And The Jets" (see video below).
The Steve Miller Band announced a series of concerts in the Southern U.S. to begin next March. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Alice Cooper both announced U.S. tours that begin next April. Diana Ross will be among those to headline the upcoming 23rd Annual Essence Festival to take place in New Orleans starting in late June, 2017. She also announced a new series of concerts to take place in New York City next April.
This January, Pink Floyd will re-release on vinyl two albums: "The Final Cut" (1983) and "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" (1987). In March, Jethro Tull will release "The String Quartets," an album featuring classically reworked versions of "Aqualung," "Living In The Past," "Bungle In The Jungle," and other hits.
Also that week, it was announced that "Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago," a new documentary about the legendary band named after the Windy City, will make its TV premiere January 1, 2017 on CNN, with encore screenings on January 7.
Finally, the city of Detroit will be honoring Stevie Wonder by renaming a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue after him. Stevie Wonder Avenue is to be the latest in a series of streets named after other Motown greats, including Berry Gordy Boulevard, Aretha Avenue, Miracles Boulevard and Temptations Drive.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Elton John's songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin, fans are invited to create their own official music videos for "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," and "Bennie And The Jets." Entries for this competition, which closes on January 23, 2017, will be available for public viewing on January 9.
December 11, 2016: Rolling Stones Notch Record-Extending 37th Top 10 Album On Billboard 200
After debuting at #1 on the U.K. albums chart, The Rolling Stones' latest album, "Blue & Lonesome," made its debut on the Billboard 200 at #4. The Rolling Stones, who hold the record for having the most Top 10 albums on the latter chart, extended their record to 37 albums with this latest release.
December 11, 2016: Bob Dylan To Launch 2017 UK Arena Tour
Bob Dylan will be launching an arena tour in the U.K. next spring. This upcoming 6-date trek begins and ends in London on May 3 and May 9, 2017, with four other concerts in Bournemouth, Nottingham, Glasgow, and Liverpool. For more info, including a complete list of European show dates, locations, and set lists, visit bobdylan.com.
December 12, 2016: Tom Petty To Launch 40th Anniversary Tour
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers announced an upcoming tour next spring to commemorate the band's 40th anniversary. This 36-date trek begins on April 20, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK and ends on July 27 in Forest Hills, NY, with additional stops in New York, as well as in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The band's spring itinerary also includes one concert in London, England and another in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more info and tickets, visit tompetty.com. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1977 with "Breakdown" and had a Top 10 hit in 1979 with "Don't Do Me Like That."
December 12, 2016: Jethro Tull To Release LP Of Classically Reworked Songs
On March 24, 2017, Jethro Tull will release "The String Quartets," an album featuring classically reworked versions of "Aqualung," "Living In The Past," "Bungle In The Jungle," and other hits. All songs, which are performed as a string quartet, make extensive use of counterpoint and other classical musical techniques as employed by J.S. Bach and others. The famed progressive rock band also announced that a world tour is in the works for 2017.
December 13, 2016: Diana Ross Announces NYC Shows
Diana Ross announced a series of three concerts to take place at New York City Center on April 24-26, 2017. For more info, visit NYCityCenter.org. These shows will be preceded by her Las Vegas residency in February at the Venetian Theatre.
December 14, 2016: Pink Floyd To Re-release Two 1980s Albums On Vinyl
On January 20, 2017, Pink Floyd will re-release on 180-gram vinyl two classic albums from the 1980s: "The Final Cut" (1983) and "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason" (1987). These albums are the final two in a lengthy series of Pink Floyd vinyl re-issues that began last June with the band's first four albums from the late 1960s. "The Final Cut," which was the last Pink Floyd studio album to feature founder Roger Waters, reached #6 on the Billboard 200. "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason," which reached #3 on the Billboard 200, includes two songs that became #1 hits on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart: "Learning To Fly" and "On The Turning Away."
December 15, 2016: Steve Miller Band To Launch 2017 Tour
The Steve Miller Band announced several concerts for next spring to take place in the Southern U.S. This 8-trek begins on March 23, 2017 in Huntsville, AL and ends on April 2 in St. Augustine, FL, with additional stops in Florida, as well as in North Carolina and Tennessee. The band expects to announce more 2017 show dates soon.
December 15, 2016: Alice Cooper To Launch 2017 Tour
Alice Cooper announced a series of concerts for next spring that will take the shock rocker to various parts of the U.S. This 12-date trek begins on April 21, 2017 in Biloxi, MS and ends on May 10 in Corpus Christi, TX, with additional stops in Mississippi and Texas, as well as in Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, and West Virginia.
December 15, 2016: Diana Ross To Headline Essence Festival 2017
Diana Ross will be among those to headline the upcoming 23rd Annual Essence Festival. This event is set to take place June 29-July 2, 2017 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Other featured performers include Chaka Khan. For more info, visit essence.com.
December 16, 2016: Chicago Documentary To Premiere New Year's Day On CNN
A new documentary titled "Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago" about the legendary band will make its TV premiere January 1, 2017 on CNN, with encore screenings on January 7. This award-winning film, which made its theatrical premiere last February at the Sedona International Film Festival, covers Chicago's rise to fame as well as its struggles over the years and features interviews and rare footage.
December 16, 2016: Stevie Wonder To Have Detroit Street Named After Him
The city of Detroit will be honoring Stevie Wonder by renaming a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue after him. The ceremony will take place December 21, 2016 and led by Mayor Mike Duggan. Located about a mile from Motown Records' original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A., Stevie Wonder Avenue is to be the latest in a series of streets named after other Motown greats, including Berry Gordy Boulevard, Aretha Avenue, Miracles Boulevard and Temptations Drive.