Music News Digest: Week Of April 29, 2018

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."