August 1, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 24, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to Lewie Steinberg who was a founding member of Booker T. & The M.G.'s and served as the band's bassist through 1965.
Also that week, Steven Tyler's first solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," topped Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200.
Neil Young announced his fall 2016 itinerary which will include performances at Farm Aid, the Desert Trip Festival, and the Bridge School Benefit concert, a headlining concert at the new Outlaw Music Festival, and a first-ever stop in Telluride, CO. Nile Rodgers' 2016 FOLD concert event, originally set to take place in August, has been rescheduled for this October and will feature Earth, Wind & Fire, The Village People, Bette Midler, Nile Rodgers, and his band, Chic. Also, a new tribute band called The Airplane Family & Friends that includes former members of Jefferson Starship and The Great Society will launch its first tour this December.
A long-shelved album by Gary Wright from 1972 titled "Ring Of Changes" and a concert film titled "Brian Wilson And Friends" were both recently released. Bruce Springsteen announced a new album, "Chapter and Verse," which is due out in September. Also, a Pink Floyd box set titled "The Early Years -- 1965-1972" will be coming out in November.
Also that week, it was announced that two Rolling Stones concert films will premiere this September: "The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America" and "Havana Moon -- The Rolling Stones Live In Cuba." Bette Midler, Joan Jett and ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar will serve as advisers on NBC's "The Voice." Also, Rick Springfield will play the new Lucifer in the next season of the CW horror TV series, "Supernatural."
Finally, the late David Bowie's "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" videos have been nominated for four MTV awards. The winners will be announced in late August.
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In this trailer for the upcoming movie, "Eight Days A Week --The Touring Years," Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney discuss what it was like dealing with throngs of screaming fans.
July 24, 2016: Lewie Steinberg Of Booker T. & The M.G.'s Passes Away
Lewis "Lewie" Steinberg died in Memphis, TN on July 21, 2016 at age 82 after battling cancer. He was a founding member of Booker T. & The M.G.'s and served as the band's bassist through 1965. He can be heard on the group's classic 1962 smash hit, "Green Onions," which topped the Billboard R&B charts and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Besides the "Green Onions" (1962) album, he also recorded another album in 1965 with the group titled "Soul Dressing." As members of the house band for Stax Records, Booker T. & The M.G.'s performed on hundreds of recordings by such top bands and artists as Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, and Bill Withers.
Steinberg was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 along with the rest of the members of Booker T. and the M.G.'s. In 2007, he and his former bandmates were also inducted into the Memphis Hall of Fame and were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
July 25, 2016: Rick Springfield To Play New Lucifer In 'Supernatural'
Rick Springfield will play the new Lucifer in the next season of the CW horror TV series, "Supernatural." In this role, Springfield will portray different demonic personas that include a rock star named Vince Vicente. "Supernatural" is set to begin its next season on October 13, 2016.
July 25, 2016: Neil Young Fall 2016 Itinerary To Include Telluride, CO
Neil Young has several shows lined up for his fall 2016 itinerary, one of which includes his first-ever performance at Telluride, CO. This trek, which begins on September 17, 2016 in Bristow, VA with the 2016 Farm Aid concert, also includes performances at the Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA and his yearly shows at the Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, CA.
July 26, 2016: Nile Rodgers' FOLD Concert Rescheduled
Nile Rodgers' 2016 FOLD concert event, originally set to take place next month in Riverhead, NY, will be held in New York City's Forest Hills Stadium on October 8, 2016. Dubbed the "Freak Out Let's Dance (FOLD) Experience NY," featured performers will include Earth, Wind & Fire, The Village People, Bette Midler, Nile Rodgers, and his band, Chic. For more info and tickets, visit FOLDFestival.com.
July 26, 2016: Steven Tyler Tops Billboard Country Albums Chart
Steven Tyler's recently-released first solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," topped Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and also debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200. The Aerosmith frontman recorded this country album in Nashville, co-produced it, and co-wrote most of the songs. To date, three singles have been released: "Love Is Your Name," "Red, White & You," and the title track.
July 26, 2016: David Bowie Nominated Posthumously For MTV Video Music Awards
The late David Bowie's "Blackstar" and "Lazarus" have been nominated for four MTV video music awards. The winners will be announced on August 28, 2016 at this year's MTV VMAs, to take place at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Fans can cast their votes at MTV.com.
July 27, 2016: New Rolling Stones Tour Documentary To Premiere At 2016 Toronto Film Festival
A new documentary titled "The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America" will make its world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival which takes place September 8-18, 2016. This film covers the legendary rock band during its performances earlier this year in various cities in Mexico and South America, closing with its historic free concert in Havana, Cuba.
July 27, 2016: Bette Midler, Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar To Serve As Advisers On 'The Voice'
Bette Midler, Joan Jett and ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar are among those who will serve as advisers on the NBC reality singing competition TV series, "The Voice." The new season premieres September 19, 2016, with a special preview episode to air on August 21 after the Olympics closing ceremonies.
July 28, 2016: New Jefferson Airplane/Starship Spinoff Band To Launch First Tour
A new tribute band called The Airplane Family & Friends will launch its first tour this December. Members include former Jefferson Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar, bassist Peter Kaukonen and drummer Prairie Prince, plus former Great Society guitarist Darby Slick. The band's first show takes place December 7, 2016 in Baltimore, MD, with eight more shows through December 18 covering various cities in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The programs will feature songs by Jefferson Airplane/Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with some rare Grace Slick-penned tunes.
July 28, 2016: Bruce Springsteen To Release 'Companion Album' To Upcoming Autobiography
Bruce Springsteen announced a new album, "Chapter and Verse," which is due out on September 23, 2016. Highlights of this album, which will serve as an
audio companion to his upcoming autobiography, "Born To Run," include several rare songs dating back to the late 1960s-early 1970s by The Castiles, Steel Mill, and The Bruce Springsteen Band.
July 28, 2016: Neil Young And Willie Nelson To Headline New Outlaw Music Festival
Neil Young and Willie Nelson will headline the new Outlaw Music Festival to take place September 18, 2016 in Scranton, PA. Young will perform with his backing group, Promise Of The Real. This fest comes one day after Farm Aid 2016 where both Young and Nelson will also be performing.
July 28, 2016: Pink Floyd To Release New Box Set
A 27-disc Pink Floyd audio and video box set titled "The Early Years -- 1965-1972" will be coming out on November 11, 2016. Besides 130 tracks, this massive collection will also include over 15 hours of video footage, plus rare outtakes, BBC sessions, live performances, demos, interviews, and many previously unreleased songs. A companion 2-CD set titled "The Early Years -- CRE/ATION" will also be released along with the box set.
July 28, 2016: 'Brian Wilson And Friends' Concert Film To Be Released
"Brian Wilson And Friends," a concert film from 2014 recorded live in Las Vegas, will be coming out July 29, 2016 on CD and DVD. Highlights of this film, which aired as a Soundstage Special Event on PBS in 2015, include interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and the band's performances of such classics as "God Only Knows" and "Wouldn’t It Be Nice."
July 28, 2016: Rolling Stones Havana Concert Film To Make Its Premiere
A new concert film titled "Havana Moon -- The Rolling Stones Live In Cuba" will premiere on September 23, 2016 for one night only in various theaters in the U.K. and in other countries. This upcoming film covers the band's historic free concert in Havana, Cuba which took place on March 25, 2016. For more info and tickets, visit StonesinCuba.com.
July 29, 2016: Gary Wright Releases Long-Shelved 1972 Album
Gary Wright of "Dream Weaver" (1976) fame recently released a long-shelved album from 1972 titled "Ring Of Changes." Highlights include "Goodbye Sunday" in which George Harrison can be heard playing slide guitar. Wright has three shows scheduled for this August.