Music News Digest: Week Of August 13, 2017

August 21, 2017 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 13, 2017, The Eagles announced a headlining tour for this October with their new lineup, making this the band's first major trek since the passing of co-founder Glenn Frey in 2016.

Also that week, a series of Gregg Allman tribute events was announced to take place this September in Los Angeles, Nashville, and the late rock legend's adopted hometown, Macon, GA.

A new compilation titled "Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967" recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival when the band was known as The Golliwogs will be coming out in September. Also due out that month is a soundtrack album for the NBC TV series, "This Is Us," featuring many oldies favorites by such bands and artists as Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, and Blind Faith. Coming out in October is "Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall" which captures a concert given by The Who In April 2017 in which the band performed its classic 1969 rock opera for the first time in its entirety.

Also that week, it was announced that Graham Nash will be honored this September by the Americana Music Association with its 2017 Spirit of Americana: Free Speech in Music Award.

Finally, August 16, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley who still reigns as the King of Rock & Roll.

(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)

Van Morrison performs "Transformation" from his upcoming album, "Rolling With The Punches" (to be released on September 22, 2017).

August 14, 2017: The Eagles Announce Headlining Tour

The Eagles announced a four-date headlining tour beginning on October 17, 2017 in Greensboro, NC and ending on October 27 in Detroit, with stops in Louisville, KY and Atlanta. For more info and tickets, visit After the passing of co-founder Glenn Frey in January 2016, the band had temporarily called it quits but reformed again earlier this year to perform at last month's Classic West and Classic East festivals, and the upcoming Classic Northwest event in September. The current lineup consists of three early members - Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and co-founder Don Henley - plus Vince Gill and Glenn Frey's son, Deacon.

Source: The Eagles fly again: Band confirms new fall headlining tour days

August 14, 2017: Gregg Allman Tribute Events Announced

In commemoration of the upcoming release of the late Gregg Allman's upcoming final album, "Southern Blood," three events in his honor dubbed "Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman" have been announced for the following month. This series will kick off on September 7, 2017 at the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles featuring interviews and musical performances. During the same week, the mayor of Allman's adopted hometown, Macon, GA, will issue a proclamation naming December 8 (Allman's birthday) as "Gregg Allman Day." On September 9, Allman will be honored posthumously with the key to the city of Macon at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House where a second musical event will take place that evening. The series will wrap up on September 15 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater in Nashville with a musical tribute to Allman. "Southern Blood" is due out on September 8. For more info, visit

Source: Gregg Allman tribute events to mark release of late singer's final album, "Southern Blood"

August 15, 2017: Graham Nash To Receive Americana Music Association Award

Graham Nash will be honored by the Americana Music Association with its 2017 Spirit of Americana: Free Speech in Music Award. Previous recipients of this award, which is presented in conjunction with the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, include CSN bandmate Stephen Stills in 2013. The awards ceremonies will take place September 13, 2017 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium as a part of the 18th Annual AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival and Conference.

Source: Graham Nash to be honored with special award during 2017 Americana Music Festival in Nashville

August 15, 2017: New Compilation From Pre-CCR Band To Be Released

During most of the 1960s, CCR members John Fogerty, his brother Tom, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford played in a band known as The Golliwogs which they renamed Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967. A new collection of songs recorded by this pre-CCR band titled "Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967" will be coming out on September 29, 2017. This album includes all of the band's A- and B-sides plus some rare songs that were not released until years later.

Source: New compilation from pre-CCR band The Golliwogs arriving next month

August 17, 2017: Paul Simon & More Featured On New 'This Is Us' Soundtrack Album

A new soundtrack album for the NBC TV series, "This Is Us," featuring many oldies favorites will be coming out on September 15, 2017. Highlights of this 20-song collection include Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," Ringo Starr's "Photograph," and Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home." Also included are "The Wind" by Cat Stevens (from his 1971 album, "Teaser And The Firecat") and Badfinger's version of the Harry Nilsson smash hit, "Without You."

Source: Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr featured on new "This Is Us" soundtrack album

August 18, 2017: 2017 'Tommy' Performance By The Who To Be Released

A special concert by The Who that took place on April 1, 2017 at London's Royal Albert Hall will be coming out October 13, 2017 on DVD and Blu-ray, and also on CD, vinyl, and as digital downloads. Titled "Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall," this recording captures The Who's first live performance of the band's classic 1969 rock opera in its entirety. Also included are performances of "Who Are You," "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and other classics by The Who.

Source: See me, hear me: The Who releasing 2017 "Tommy" performance at Royal Albert Hall on DVD, CD and more