April 16, 2018 by Amy Gold
During the week of April 8, 2018, The Cars, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were among this year's inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The awards ceremonies will be televised May 5 on HBO.
Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman announced an upcoming trek dubbed "Quintessential Yes: The 50th Anniversary Tour" that will cover Europe, North America, South America, Japan, and the Far East. So far, 10 U.S. shows have been confirmed beginning August 26, 2018 in West Hollywood, CA, with stops in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin, plus various other cities in California. Also, Alice Cooper added 13 shows to his previously announced "A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper" tour for this October, covering many states across the country.
The Temptations announced a new album titled "All The Time" which is due out on May 4, 2018. This upcoming recording features both old classics and newer songs that include a recently-released cover of The Weeknd's "Earned It." A new archival Jerry Garcia box set titled "Before The Dead" featuring many previously unreleased early recordings will be coming out on May 11. A new dance remix version of the 1986 Paul Simon album, "Graceland," is due out on June 1. Also coming out that day is a new ZZ Top vinyl box set titled "Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs." This new collection gathers together remastered versions of "Deguello" (1979), "El Loco" (1981), "Eliminator" (1983), "Afterburner" (1985), and "Recycler" (1990).
A series of DVDs featuring upgraded high-definition footage of classic Ed Sullivan Show performances by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes, and The Temptations will be coming out on May 25, 2018. Also, the recent documentary, "Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars," will be coming out June 8 on DVD and Blu-ray, along with a companion soundtrack album.
Also that week, a May 8, 2018 publication date was announced for the new and long-awaited Robert Hilburn-penned biography, "Paul Simon - The Life."
Finally, fans bade a last farewell to Yvonne Staples of The Staple Singers who passed away on April 10, 2018 at age 80. She can be heard on such hits as "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "Heavy Makes You Happy." She was inducted along with The Staple Singers into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Director Thom Thom Zimny and Executive Producer Priscilla Presley discuss the making of the new 2-part documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," which made its TV premiere April 14, 2018 on HBO.
"Me play rock and roll? Never Happen…”— Jerry Garcia (@jerrygarcia) March 22, 2018
Before The Dead, a compilation of Jerry’s high and lonesome folk and bluegrass recordings pre-dating the #GratefulDead is out May 11th! Reserve your copy at https://t.co/8pSHu3UJyG pic.twitter.com/XkASWJmXdZ
Paul Simon's 'Graceland' to receive dance remix album featuring Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada, Photek and more https://t.co/Oc61t5LTaK— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) April 7, 2018
Think you'll want to add these to your collection. https://t.co/573ZK5Vldq— Z94.3 Radio (@Z943Radio) April 10, 2018
Yvonne Staples, a member of the renowned soul, gospel and R&B group The Staples Singers, died Tuesday at the age of 80. https://t.co/abhpoRzDu4— NPR (@NPR) April 12, 2018
Cinco No. 2......isn't that 10 ZZ Top's? https://t.co/9YLvVacan5— Alt Revolt Magazine (@altrevolt) April 12, 2018
Want to win a signed copy of Paul Simon's lyrics? Pre-order your copy of @roberthilburn's forthcoming biography, "Paul Simon: The Life," then enter the giveaway! Learn more: https://t.co/Oq4VNBe6pl #PaulSimonFarewellTour #HomewardBound pic.twitter.com/gvmaFpitnv— Simon & Schuster (@SimonBooks) April 13, 2018
June 8th sees the release of the critically acclaimed new documentary Life In 12 Bars on DVD and Blu-ray. The accompanying 32 track CD soundtrack includes 5 unreleased tracks! Order your copies here:— Eric Clapton (@EricClapton) April 13, 2018
DVD: & Blu-ray https://t.co/7rOemwYoHV pic.twitter.com/fSbnhAkWkU
Alice Cooper Expands ‘A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper’ Tour, Includes New D-FW Show at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on October 16th.#AliceCooper #AParanormalEveningwithAliceCooper #ToyotaMusicFactory https://t.co/7twCc9uwl8— The Music Enthusiast (@TMEJordan) April 14, 2018
YES Featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman Announce "Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour" https://t.co/Ie7XympfNO— Top40-Charts News (@Top40ChartsNews) April 14, 2018
Hear the Temptations' Rich Cover of the Weeknd's 'Earned It' Hear the Temptations' Rich Cover of the Weeknd's 'Earned It' https://t.co/yXDh1gox7W Hear the Temptations' reworking of the Weeknd's "Earned It" from their new album 'All the Time.'— Carlos F. Valledor (@cfv1961) April 15, 2018