May 7, 2018 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 29, 2018, People Magazine interviewed Otis Williams, the last original surviving member of The Temptations and the group's current leader. The R&B legend discussed The Temptations' early days and the making of "All The Time," the group's latest album.
Also that week, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen will receive a Tony Award for his hit production, "Springsteen On Broadway." The Tony Awards will air live June 10, 2018 on CBS.
Paul McCartney, who was knighted in 1997, received a second accolade from Buckingham Palace when he was made a Companion of Honour by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. Established in 1917, the Order of the Companions of Honour recognizes U.K. citizens who have made important contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government over a long period of time.
The Temptations released their first new album in eight years, "All The Time," which includes three original tracks plus covers of songs by Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and other artists. Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards are among the guest artists featured on Buddy Guy's new album, "The Blues Is Alive And Well," which is due out on June 15. A new Buffalo Springfield box set with remastered versions of the band's three studio albums will be released on June 29 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this influential band's final concert. Also coming out that day are a new Graham Nash compilation titled "Over The Years..." and a new concept album by Ray Davies of The Kinks titled "Our Country: Americana Act II."
Barry Manilow announced a new Las Vegas residency at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino beginning May 24, 2018, with shows also scheduled for June, July, and October. Jeff Beck announced an extension of his summer tour with seven new dates beginning July 21 in Phoenix, AZ through August 20 in Vienna, VA, with stops in New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Also, Paul McCartney will headline the 17th Annual Austin City Limits Music Festival this October, making this his first-ever appearance at this event and his first performance in North America for 2018.
Also that week, AXS TV announced an upcoming installment of its weekly series, "Saturday Stack," in honor of Elton John which will air May 12, 2018. Several documentaries and live performances spanning his career will be shown that day beginning with "Rock Legends: Elton John."
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to famed drummer John "Jabo" Starks (October 26, 1938 - May 1, 2018) who, along with Clyde "Funky Drummer" Stubblefield, helped create James Brown's signature sound. He can be heard on such classics as "Cold Sweat," "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," "The Payback," "Say It Loud - I'm Black And Proud," and "Super Bad."
Barry Manilow will return to Las Vegas for 20 shows. Tickets go on sale soon: Could it be magic? Barry Manilow is about to begin another residency in Las Vegas. Manilow, 74, will return to the stage at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The hotel… https://t.co/F6Q8DyFxL0 pic.twitter.com/xoVOaTL4Dl— Los Angeles Best Of (@LosAngelesBests) May 1, 2018
Ant: The salutes to Sir Elton John continue on Saturday May 12 with axs tv... https://t.co/uGgcBJvqA2— 92.9 & 96.9 'EHM (@WEHMRADIO) May 1, 2018
Newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the auspices of Neil Young: TVD Radar: Buffalo Springfield, What’s That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection vinyl box set in stores 6/29 https://t.co/9OT5MHuFLa— The Vinyl District (@VinylDistrict) May 2, 2018
Jab'o Starks, the drummer who provided the steady beat for James Brown's iconic mid-'60s band, died at the age of 79. https://t.co/RMW0m4tm59— NPR (@NPR) May 3, 2018
#BuddyGuy proclaims 'The Blues Is Alive and Well' on new album. Scheduled for a June 15th release, it features guests #MickJagger #KeithRichards #JeffBeck and #JamesBayhttps://t.co/4bpRenXkWa pic.twitter.com/JlzZABnLJL— American Blues Scene (@AmeriBluesScene) May 3, 2018
OVER THE YEARS…, the new anthology from Graham Nash, featuring 30 songs and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes, will be available on CD and digitally on June 29, with vinyl coming August 31. Pre-order your copy here: https://t.co/JFe3ilp6h5 pic.twitter.com/xkhLJlsqT2— Graham Nash (@TheGrahamNash) May 3, 2018
The Last Temptation of Motown: A Conversation with Soul Survivor Otis Williams https://t.co/w8k6FXPioC— People (@people) May 4, 2018
Paul at Buckingham Palace earlier today where he was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen for services to music. “I see this as a huge honour for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.” Photos by @PA #CompanionOfHonour pic.twitter.com/UmrseQx6t9— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) May 4, 2018