June 25, 2017 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 18, 2017, the Library of Congress announced that Tony Bennett will be awarded this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Also that week, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Petula Clark will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Daryl Hall and John Oates announced a new series of headlining concerts beginning in September. Also, Alice Cooper will reunite with surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band for a series of shows in the U.K. that begin in November.
Neil Young's long out-of-print 1977 compilation album, "Decade," has recently been reissued. "Stills & Collins," a new duets album by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, will be coming out in September. Also due out that month is "Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology" featuring solo recordings by The Beach Boys co-founder.
Also that week, Jimi Hendrix Park, a 2.5 acre monument to the late guitar icon located in Seattle, WA, was opened to the public.
Finally, two rock legends born just two days apart celebrated their 75th birthdays: Paul McCartney (June 18) and Brian Wilson (June 20).
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The Isley Brothers and Carlos Santana perform the romantic ballad, "I Remember," from their upcoming album, "Power Of Peace." This song was written by Santana's wife, Cindy, who also provides the female vocals.
June 19, 2017: Jimi Hendrix Park Opens In Seattle
After over a decade, the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle, WA was finally opened to the public on June 17, 2017. This 2.5 acre park pays homage to the late guitar legend and Seattle native with such attractions as sculptures, a walkway in the shape of a guitar neck, and lyrics to various Hendrix songs etched into the sidewalks.
June 19, 2017: Alice Cooper To Reunite With Original Band Mates At U.K. Concerts
Alice Cooper will reunite with the three other surviving members of the original Alice Cooper Band for a series of shows in the U.K. This upcoming 5-date trek begins on November 11, 2017 in Leeds, England and ends on November 16 in London, with stops in Manchester and Birmingham, England and Glasgow, Scotland. For more info, visit AliceCooper.com.
June 20, 2017: Tony Bennett To Be Awarded Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize
The Library of Congress announced that Tony Bennett will be honored with this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The awards ceremonies will take place in Washington, D.C. sometime this November. Bennett, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, continues to record and tour actively. He has released new charting albums during each decade since the 1950s.
June 20, 2017: New Brian Wilson Compilation To Be Released
A new Brian Wilson compilation featuring his solo recordings will be coming out on September 22, 2017. Titled "Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology," highlights of this 18-track collection include selected songs spanning his self-titled 1988 debut album through his latest solo release, "No Pier Pressure" (2015), plus two previously unreleased tracks.
June 20, 2017: Hall & Oates Add September Shows
Daryl Hall and John Oates announced five new headlining concerts beginning September 22, 2017 in Cedar Park, TX and ending September 30 in Charleston, SC. Hall & Oates are currently on tour in North America with Tears For Fears through the end of July and will also perform on September 1 at the 2017 Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival in Aspen, CO.
June 21, 2017: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins Duets Album To Be Released
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins completed a new duets album titled "Stills & Collins" which is due out on September 22, 2017. Highlights include a new song written by Collins titled "River Of Gold" and covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Buffalo Springfield, and The Traveling Wilburys.
June 23, 2017: Petula Clark To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Petula Clark will be among those to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in downtown Los Angeles as part of the Walk of Fame's Class of 2018. No dates have yet been set for any of the new honorees who have two years from the date of selection to schedule their respective ceremonies. Walk of Fame events are streamed exclusively on walkoffame.com and are usually announced one week in advance.
June 23, 2017: Neil Young Reissues 'Decade' Compilation
Neil Young's long out-of-print compilation, "Decade," has recently been remastered and reissued, and is available on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download. Originally released in 1977, "Decade" contains 35 songs Young recorded between 1966-1976. This album peaked at #43 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in 1986.
Source: Neil Young Reissues Decade