Music News Digest: Week Of February 11, 2018

February 19, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of February 11, 2018, fans bade a final farewell to legendary crooner and actor Vic Damone (June 12, 1928 - February 11, 2018) whose long string of hits included "You're Breaking My Heart" (1949) and "On the Street Where You Live" (1956).

This year's Fest for Beatles will take place March 9-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, NJ, with Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon), and Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy) to be among the featured performers. Stevie Wonder will headline the 2nd annual Trifecta Gala in Louisville, KY on May 4 in celebration of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. John Fogerty recently added to his 2018 itinerary two new six-date engagements to his long-running Las Vegas residency to take place May 2-12 and October 10-20. Jackson Browne announced a series of show dates for June 5-25 to take place in several Midwestern states. Styx, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Tesla will launch a joint tour that kicks off May 30 and runs through July 15, with stops across the U.S. and Canada. Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton will extend their previously announced joint tour with additional summer concert dates from June 12-August 26 to take place in many states across the country. Also, Jethro Tull is among those to headline the 2018 edition of Canada's Ottawa Bluesfest to take place July 5-15.

An archival concert video titled "The Doors: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970" that captures one of the band's final performances will be released on February 23, 2018. A new CD/DVD box set titled "Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do)" featuring previously unreleased concert performances will be coming out April 6. Also due out on that day is the first official release of "The Who At The Fillmore East 1968" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this legendary concert. Two new Barry White box sets titled "The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)" and "Love's Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles" will be coming out April 13, with more archival recordings and reissues by the late R&B legend to follow over the coming months. David Bowie's 1981 compilation, "ChangesTwoBowie," will be reissued April 13 on vinyl, and "Aladdin Sane" will follow on April 20 in commemoration of this album's 45th anniversary. Willie Nelson announced a new album titled "Last Man Standing" which is due out on April 27. Also, a new Steve Miller Band vinyl box set titled "Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976)" will be coming out May 18 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's debut, "Children Of The Future."

Also that week, it was announced that The Rolling Stones extensive memorabilia exhibit (a.k.a. "Exhibitionism"), which is currently on display in Las Vegas, will be coming to Nashville, TN starting March 29, 2018 at the city's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Mavis Staples performs the poignant title track from her new album, "If All I Was Was Black."