Music News Digest: Week Of August 5, 2018

August 13, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 5, 2018, CBS announced a sequel to Paul McCartney's recent and hugely popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden which will air on Monday, August 20, 2018. This upcoming hour-long special will show previously-unseen footage from the original segment which was taped in McCartney's hometown of Liverpool.

Also that week, Aerosmith made the news after the first tour van the band ever used was recently discovered in a wooded area near Chesterfield, MA where it had been left for decades. This historic vehicle, a 1964 International Harvester Metro with the band's name painted on the side, was featured on The History Channel's "American Pickers."

Bob Dylan announced a 25-date fall tour beginning on October 9, 2018 in Midland, TX and ending on November 11 in Richmond, KY, also covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will launch a 24-date tour in support of his upcoming album, "The Big Bad Blues," which kicks off on October 13 in Riverside, IA and ends on November 18 in West Hollywood, CA, with stops in many other states across the country. Foreigner announced four reunion concerts to take place November 9 in Los Angeles; November 10 in Rancho Mirage, CA; November 30 in Atlantic City, NJ; and December 1 in Uncasville, CT. Also, Santana will extend his long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into early 2019, with eight new shows scheduled for January and February of that year.

A new archival Elvis Presley album, "Where No One Stands Alone," a compilation of gospel standards, was recently released featuring original recordings by the late King with new instrumental backing by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights include a duet with daughter Lisa Marie Presley of the album's title track.

An album by J.D. Souther and the late Glenn Frey of The Eagles titled "Longbranch/Pennywhistle," which first came out in 1969, will be re-released on September 28, 2018 in various formats. Also coming out that day is an ABBA tribute album by Cher, "Dancing Queen," that features covers of such classics as "SOS," "Waterloo," and "Mamma Mia," as well as the title track. Also, Dave Davies of The Kinks announced a new archival album titled "Decades" that features unreleased solo songs from the 1970s which is due out on October 12.

Also that week, FX announced that Stevie Nicks will appear in a number of episodes from the upcoming new season of this station's anthology TV series, "American Horror Story," which premieres September 12, 2018. The Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter made her first appearance on that show in 2014 in which she played herself.

Finally, late rock & roll legend Ritchie Valens will be honored when a stretch of the 5 Freeway that runs through his hometown of Pacoima, CA will be renamed after him. The Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway will be inaugurated at a ceremony to take place on August 25, 2018.

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

Paul Simon performs a new version of his 1973 song, "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" (from his upcoming album, "In The Blue Light").