October 23, 2017 by Amy Gold
During the week of October 15, 2017, Record Store Day announced its vinyl releases for this year's Black Friday event to take place November 24 at record stores across the country. Among the offerings are recordings by Chuck Berry, The Byrds, Petula Clark, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Paul McCartney, Procol Harum, Otis Redding, and The Turtles.
Soul legend Sam Moore recently released a new album titled "An American Patriot" which includes many patriotic standards and other songs. Also, Minnie Riperton's classic 1974 album, "Perfect Angel," will be coming out in December as a deluxe reissue.
Billy Joel announced an extension of his long-running residency at NYC's Madison Square Garden into January 2018. Also, Elton John announced the end of his Las Vegas residency, with his final shows to take place beginning next April.
Also that week, the American Music Awards announced that it will honor Diana Ross with its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. She will perform at the awards ceremonies to be broadcast November 19 on ABC.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Black Sabbath performs "Paranoid" at its last-ever concert in "The End Of The End," the concert film that documents the band's February 2017 concerts in Birmingham, England.
October 16, 2017: Elton John Announces End Of Las Vegas Residency
Elton John announced the end of his long-running Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The final 14 shows will take place beginning April 28, 2018 and ending May 19. By the time the latter show closes, he will have given over 200 performances of "The Million Dollar Piano," which began in 2011. His previous Las Vegas residency, "The Red Piano," ended in 2009.
October 17, 2017: Sam Moore Releases New Album
Soul legend Sam Moore recently released a new studio album titled "An American Patriot" which includes many patriotic standards plus some new and assorted other songs. Highlights include covers of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and John Lennon's "Imagine" and his rendition of "American The Beautiful" that he performed at President Trump's inauguration. For more info, visit SamMooreAnAmericanPatriot.com.
October 17, 2017: Record Store Day Announces 2017 Black Friday Vinyl Releases
This year's Record Store Day Black Friday event is set to take place November 24, 2017 at a number of independent record stores across the country. Among the offerings are recordings by Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Petula Clark, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Paul McCartney, Procol Harum, Queen, The Raspberries, Otis Redding, Toto, The Turtles, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens. For more info and a complete list, visit recordstoreday.com.
October 18, 2017: Diana Ross To Receive AMA Lifetime Achievement Award
The American Music Awards will honor Diana Ross with its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. She will also perform at the ceremony which will be broadcast November 19 on ABC. To date, the Motown legend has won seven AMA awards over the course of her long career. The AMAs were created by Dick Clark in 1973, and the honorees are determined by popular vote.
October 20, 2017: Minnie Riperton Album To Be Reissued
Minnie Riperton's classic 1974 album, "Perfect Angel," will be coming out on December 1, 2017 as a deluxe reissue in commemoration of what would have been the late soul legend's 70th birthday. Titled "Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition," this collection contains her biggest hit, "Lovin' You," plus 11 bonus tracks that include a duet of "Take A Little Trip" with Stevie Wonder and an alternate version of "Lovin' You." Co-produced by Stevie Wonder and Riperton's husband Richard Rudolph, "Perfect Angel" topped the Billboard R&B albums chart in 1975 and reached #4 on the Billboard 200.
Source: Still Lovin' Minnie - L.A. Biz
October 20, 2017: Billy Joel To Extend Madison Square Garden Residency Into 2018
Billy Joel announced that he is extending his long-running residency at NYC's Madison Square Garden into early 2018. Since January 2014, The Piano Man has given one show per month at this venue, and he will play his 48th show in this run on January 11, 2018. As to whether or not he plans to further extend his record-setting residency beyond this date is not yet clear, although potential milestone shows are a possibility.