Music News Digest: Week Of April 1, 2018

April 8, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 1, 2018, HBO announced a new documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," which premieres Saturday, April 14. This upcoming two-part movie tells The King's life story through his music and features new interviews and previously unseen footage.

Also that week, it was announced that The Beatles' classic 1968 animated film, "Yellow Submarine," will be shown in theaters across the U.S. and the U.K. on July 8 to commemorate this movie's 50th anniversary.

The Buckinghams, Cheap Trick, The Cryan' Shames, The Ides of March, Jethro Tull, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, Rick Springfield, and The Edgar Winter Group are among the more than 800 featured performers in the 2018 Summerfest In Milwaukee, to take place June 27-July 1 and July 3-8 at Henry Maier Festival Park. Willie Nelson announced a second leg of his 2nd Annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour which begins on September 7 in Burgettstown, PA and ends on September 23 in Saratoga Springs, NY, also covering Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ontario, Canada. Also, Brian Wilson is set to launch a new holiday-themed tour in which he will perform The Beach Boys' 1964 "Christmas Album" in its entirety. This upcoming 12-date trek begins on November 28 in Minneapolis, MN and ends on December 22 in Santa Rosa, CA, also covering several other states across the country.

Gloria Gaynor, The Hues Corporation, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, Tavares, and The Village People are among the many featured performers in the upcoming Ultimate Disco Cruise which will set sail February 14, 2019 from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

A new archival album titled "Johnny Cash: Forever Words" was recently released that includes many previously unpublished poems by The Man In Black set to music. Also, a new documentary titled "Still On The Run: The Jeff Beck Story" covering the life and music of the legendary British guitarist will be coming out May 18 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video.

Also that week, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna announced his upcoming biography, "Been So Long: My Life And Music," which is due out on August 28, 2018. He also has a series of over 40 concerts lined up for this year, both solo and with Hot Tuna, beginning April 4 in Rutland, VT and ending December 9 in Madison, WI, covering many states across the country.

Finally, a 41-year-old Fleetwood Mac hit, "Dreams," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977, recently resurfaced on the Hot Rock Songs chart at #14 after a humorous video clip about the song was posted on Twitter.

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

Alice Cooper portrays King Herod in "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert."