Music News Digest: Week Of April 22, 2018

April 30, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 22, 2018, it was announced that ABBA reunited after 35 years to record two new songs. One of them, "I Still Have Faith In You," will be performed in an upcoming TV special produced by NBC and the BBC which is expected to air sometime in December.

Also that week, Live Nation announced that they will be offering discounted tickets for a number of summer concerts during National Concert Week (April 30-May 8, 2018). Participating bands and artists include Jeff Beck, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Hall & Oates, Joan Jett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, Styx, and Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company.

Willie Nelson just released a new album titled "Last Man Standing." A new live box set by The Allman Brothers Band titled "Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003" that brings together highlights of six concerts from July and August of that year will be coming out on May 16, 2018. A special edition of The Grateful Dead's 1968 album, "Anthem Of The Sun," will be coming out on July 13 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this classic recording. Also, The Rolling Stones announced a new box set titled "The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016" that includes every single album the band released during that time period which is due out on June 15.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse announced two shows to take place May 1 and 2, 2018 in Fresno, CA. Dave Mason of Traffic and Steve Cropper of Booker T. & The M.G.'s announced a joint tour that will take the two legendary guitarists to many states across the U.S. This upcoming 15-trek begins on May 12 in West Jefferson, NC and ends on October 6 in Helena, AR. Deep Purple will launch a joint 25-date North American tour with Judas Priest beginning August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and ending September 30 in Wheatland, CA, with stops in many U.S. states as well as Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Also, following the news that Lindsey Buckingham is no longer in the band, Fleetwood Mac announced a 52-date North American tour that will start October 3 in Tulsa, OK and run through April 5, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, with stops in many states across the U.S. and several Canadian provinces.

Also that week, George Clinton announced that he will retire from touring in May 2019, and he also indicated that Parliament-Funkadelic will most probably continue on without him. The famed R&B/funk consortium has over 50 concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2018, including a North American leg and treks in Europe and Japan.

Finally, a rare early Elvis Presley poster sold at auction for $42,500. The poster advertises a 1955 concert in Raleigh, NC in which Presley is shown in the lineup behind Hank Snow, Faron Young, and other artists.

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

Jon Pasche, the originator of The Rolling Stones' famous tongue logo, presents a short history of how he created this iconic image.