November 14, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 6, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to famed Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, a highly influential figure in pop music whose many songs have been recorded over the years by dozens of oldies bands and artists.
Billy Joel announced that he will begin his third year of residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden starting next January. Also, John Lodge of The Moody Blues has joined the lineup for the classic rock-themed Cruise To The Edge which sets sail next February.
Patti LaBelle was announced as the latest addition to the lineup for the upcoming VH1 TV special, "Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night," which will be broadcast December 5, 2016. Also, on December 20, 2016, NBC will air an all-star tribute, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come," that took place last September at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In addition, a companion album, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90," will be coming out earlier that month.
Also that week, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were honored with the Top Tour award for the highest-grossing trek of the year at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards. Also, Roger Daltrey of The Who received the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award for his contributions to the U.K. music industry and his charity work.
Finally, "The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America," a concert documentary that chronicles the band's early 2016 tour through 10 Latin American countries, will be shown on December 12, 2016 at theaters nationwide.
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The new PBS series, "Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music," premieres November 14, 2016 and will air each weekday thereafter through November 23. This series, which examines the history of studio recording and the many innovations affecting the sound of pop music, features appearances by such top performing artists as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Elton John.
November 8, 2016: Roger Daltrey Honored With U.K. Music Industry Award
Roger Daltrey of The Who was recently honored with the prestigious Music Industry Trusts (MITS) Award for his contributions to the U.K. music industry and his charity work. The awards ceremonies and tribute concert took place in London on November 7, 2016. Founded in 1992, the MITS raises money for Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity, and the BRIT Trust, which supports various music education programs.
November 9, 2016: Patti LaBelle To Perform For VH1 TV Special
Patti LaBelle was announced as the latest addition to the lineup for the upcoming VH1 TV special, "Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night," making this her second appearance on this program which first aired in 1998. This year's holiday-themed show, which takes place December 2, 2016 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, will be broadcast December 5 and will also feature LaBelle's goddaughter, superstar Mariah Carey.
November 10, 2016: Bruce Springsteen Wins Billboard Top Tour Award
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were honored with the Top Tour award for the highest-grossing trek of the year at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards. Other honorees included Jon Bon Jovi, the winner of the Legend Of Live award, and Coldplay, the winner of the Top Draw and Top Boxscore prizes. The awards ceremonies took place November 9-10, 2016 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
November 10, 2016: Billy Joel To Begin Third Year Of Residency At Madison Square Garden
Billy Joel announced that he will begin his third year of residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden starting January 11, 2017, making this show date his 37th at this famous venue since his residency began. The Piano Man also announced two other upcoming concerts for early 2017: one on February 10 in New Orleans, LA, and the other on March 24 in Lincoln, NE.
November 10, 2016: Rolling Stones Concert Documentary To Be Shown In Theaters
"The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America," a concert documentary that chronicles the band's early 2016 tour through 10 Latin American countries, will be shown on December 12, 2016 at almost 300 theaters nationwide. The movie culminates with The Stones' historic concert in Havana, Cuba before some one million people. For more info and tickets, visit fathomevents.com.
November 10, 2016: Leonard Cohen Passes Away
Famed Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at age 82 at his home in Los Angeles, CA. A highly influential figure whose impact on the music scene, especially during the 1960s-1970s, is often compared to that of Bob Dylan, Cohen is famous for such songs as "Hallelujah," "Hey, Thatís No Way To Say Goodbye," "So Long, Marianne," "Sisters Of Mercy," and the enduringly popular "Suzanne." A prolific songwriter, his works have been recorded over the years by numerous bands and artists, including dozen of hit makers from the 1960s-1970s as diverse as Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Eric Burdon, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Neil Diamond, Roberta Flack, Richie Havens, Lee Hazlewood, Billy Joel, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, The Sandpipers, Spanky & Our Gang, James Taylor, and The Vogues.
Cohen started out in the late 1950s as a writer, publishing his first book of poetry in 1956. His career as a folk music singer-songwriter began in the late 1960s when he moved to the U.S. and became a part of the local music scene in New York City. It was there that he met Judy Collins who encouraged him to perform publically and became the first of many bands and artists to record "Suzanne" (on her 1966 album, "In My Life"). In 1967, he released his debut album, "Songs Of Leonard Cohen," which was followed by a long string of albums through 2016. He also continued to publish books of poetry over the years and wrote two novels.
Cohen's many honors and accolades included a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) and being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1991), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008), and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010). He continued to perform and tour into the 2010s.
November 11, 2016: Tony Bennett 90th Birthday Tribute To Air On NBC, Companion Album To Be Released
On December 20, 2016, NBC will air an all-star tribute, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come," that took place last September at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Among those to salute the pop legend in concert were Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Joel. In addition, a companion album titled "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90" in both standard and deluxe editions will be coming out on December 16. For more info, visit tonybennett.com.
November 12, 2016: John Lodge Of The Moody Blues To Join Cruise To The Edge
John Lodge of The Moody Blues has joined the lineup for Cruise To The Edge. Other featured bands and artists will include Kansas, Yes, and John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia. This classic rock cruise will set sail February 7, 2017 and return on February 11, stopping in Cozumel, Mexico.