March 27, 2017 by Amy Gold
During the week of March 19, 2017, Bob Dylan gave a rare interview with rock journalist and MTV executive, Bill Flanagan.
Also that week, the complete list of special releases for this year's Record Store Day, which takes place on April 22, was officially announced.
A tribute concert in honor of Jimmy Webb will take place in May at Carnegie Hall. Bob Dylan announced an upcoming North American tour that begins in June. The Who announced several concerts in the U.S. starting in July. Rod Stewart added a series of new show dates to his Las Vegas residency beginning in August. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are among those to headline this year's KAABOO Del Mar festival to take place in September, with other featured performers to include Jackson Browne, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Michael McDonald, and Dave Mason. Also, Kansas announced an extension of its Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to early December.
A new archival live album titled "Jack Bruce And Friends: The Bottom Line Archive" by the late Cream singer and bassist was recently released. Also, a new archival album by Dion DiMucci titled "Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965" will be coming out in May.
Also that week, the lineup was announced for the upcoming tribute concert, "Stayin' Alive: Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees," which airs April 16, 2017 on CBS. Among those to take part in this event are Stevie Wonder, Tavares, and Barry Gibb.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to ex-Boston member Sib Hashian who served as the band's drummer from 1975 through the early 1980s.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is a new single titled "Big Boys" by the late and great Chuck Berry from his upcoming album, "Chuck," due out on June 16, 2017.
March 20, 2017: Long-Lost 1965 Dion DiMucci Album To Be Released
A new archival album by Dion DiMucci & The Wanderers titled "Kickin' Child: The Lost Album 1965" will be coming out on May 12, 2017. This 15-track collection includes ten original songs written or co-written by DiMucci plus covers of songs by Mort Shuman, Tom Paxton, and Bob Dylan. Several songs came out as singles but the album was never released in its entirety.
March 20, 2017: Jack Bruce Archival Live Album Released
A new archival live album titled "Jack Bruce And Friends: The Bottom Line Archive" by the late Cream singer and bassist was recently released on CD and as a digital download. This album captures a 1980 show by Bruce at The Bottom Line, a now-defunct New York City venue famous for hosting a wide variety of top acts. Along with his backing band, which included members of The E Street Band and Humble Pie, Bruce performed various Cream classics as well as his "Theme For An Imaginary Western" and a cover of the blues standard, "Born Under A Bad Sign."
March 20, 2017: Jimmy Webb Tribute Concert To Take Place At Carnegie Hall
A tribute concert in honor of famed songwriter and hitmaker, Jimmy Webb, will take place on May 3, 2017 at NYC's Carnegie Hall. Among those to take part in this event, dubbed "A Celebration Of The Music Of Jimmy Webb: The Cake And The Rain," are Art Garfunkel, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of The 5th Dimension, Judy Collins, Johnny Rivers, and Glen Campbell's daughter, Ashley.
March 21, 2017: Rod Stewart Adds Dates To Las Vegas Residency
Rod Stewart announced a series of nine new show dates to be added to his Las Vegas residency which is currently in progress. The shows will take place starting August 15, 2017 and will run through September 3. For more info on these and other upcoming Rod Stewart concerts, visit RodStewart.com.
March 21, 2017: Grammy Salute To The Bee Gees To Air On CBS
A tribute concert titled "Stayin' Alive: Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" will air April 16, 2017 on CBS. Among those taking part in this pre-taped event are Stevie Wonder, Tavares, and The Bee Gees' sole surviving member, Barry Gibb, plus a wide variety of more contemporary artists such as Celine Dion.
March 21, 2017: The Who To Give Summer U.S. Concerts
The Who announced several summer concerts in the U.S. starting in mid July, to take place right before the band's first Las Vegas residency. These shows begin on July 16, 2017 in Canandaigua, NY and end on July 25 in Grand Rapids, MI, with stops in Maryland and New Jersey. For more info, visit TheWho.com.
March 21, 2017: Bob Dylan Announces North American Tour
Bob Dylan announced an upcoming North American tour in support of his new covers album, "Triplicate." This 24-date trek begins on June 13, 2017 in Port Chester, NY and ends on July 27 in Victoria, BC, Canada, covering various other Northeastern states and Canadian provinces.
March 22, 2017: Full Record Store Day Release List Announced
This year's Record State Day takes place on April 22, 2017, and the complete list of special releases has been announced. Among this year's offerings are recordings by David Bowie, Johnny Cash, David Crosby, The Doors, The Easybeats, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Marianne Faithfull, Fleetwood Mac, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Johnny Mathis, Paul McCartney, Mungo Jerry, Harry Nilsson, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, The Turtles, Neil Young, Yes, and The Zombies. For more info and a complete list, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
March 22, 2017: Kansas Extends Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour
Kansas announced an extension of its Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to early December. The band added 32 more new show dates beginning August 25, 2017 in Shreveport, LA and ending December 9 in The Villages, FL, covering many states across the country. For more info, visit Kansasband.com. Released in October 1976, "Leftoverture," which includes the hit, "Carry On Wayward Son," peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 the following year.
March 22, 2017: Bob Dylan Gives Rare Interview
Bob Dylan recently gave a rare interview as posted exclusively on his official website in which he discussed a wide range of topics with rock journalist/MTV executive, Bill Flanagan. The legendary and highly influential singer-songwriter shared stories of his meeting Frank Sinatra and revealed that it was he and George Harrison who had skipped a record session with Elvis Presley, not the other way around. He also discussed his latest series of standards albums collections and cited Little Richard as the inspiration behind his signature wild and wooly locks.
March 23, 2017: Sib Hashian Of Boston Passes Away
Famed rock musician John Thomas "Sib" Hashian died on March 22, 2017 at age 67 while performing on the Legends of Rock Cruise when he suddenly collapsed onstage and could not be revived. He was a member of Boston and served as the band's drummer from 1975 through the early 1980s. He can be heard on the band's 1976 self-titled debut album, which features the smash hit, "More Than a Feeling," as well as the band's second album, "Don't Look Back" (1978). He also played some tracks on "Third Stage" (1986).
After leaving Boston, Hashian played with various groups including the blues rock band, Ernie And The Automatics. He owned a record shop and a chain of tanning salons in the Boston area.
March 23, 2017: Tom Petty To Headline 2017 KAABOO Del Mar Fest
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are among those to headline this year's KAABOO Del Mar festival to take place September 15-17 at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds. Other featured performers will include Jackson Browne, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Michael McDonald, and Dave Mason. For more info, visit KaabooDelMar.com.