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.
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Mavis Staples performs the poignant title track from her new album, "If All I Was Was Black."
Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as "the best pipes in the business," has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter says https://t.co/ntdrlLl0br pic.twitter.com/7cGgrLEXZe— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 12, 2018
Jackson Browne announces June 2018 tour dates in the Midwest with his full band. Pre-sales start February 14 at 10 AM (local time), with general tickets available beginning February 15 (local time). Ticket on-sale information is available at https://t.co/QAyfxYw960 pic.twitter.com/aowmcnGC5v— Jackson Browne (@SongsofJBrowne) February 12, 2018
JUST ANNOUNCED – CHICAGO VI DECADES LIVE (This Is What We Do) Available April 6th. We’re thrilled to announce this 4CD/1DVD collection of previously unreleased concert recordings. Pre-order at https://t.co/UTeQPaUyS7 #ChicagotheBand #VIDecades pic.twitter.com/FcQEms2dFW— Chicago, the band (@chicagotheband) February 12, 2018
John Fogerty returning to Las Vegas for new residency dates in May and October https://t.co/RfNBS9Y0Nf— 96.1FM WSBT (@WSBTradio) February 14, 2018
Is Nashville more than country music? How about the Rolling Stones exhibit with more than 500 artifacts opening at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum March 29? It's the final stop of the US tour. pic.twitter.com/dnLBnQU6FQ— Notes On Nashville (@NotesOnNashvill) February 14, 2018
\\ Mercury Records to reissue Barry White music, released under 20th Century Records, in honor of the late legendary singer, songwriter and producer from April 13 https://t.co/07mCM7OVaF pic.twitter.com/wioGNczKUD— Afroway (@afrowayonline) February 15, 2018
Two limited edition Bowie vinyl releases are due in April: Aladdin Sane on silver vinyl on 20th April via ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores only and CHANGESTWOBOWIE available randomly on its initial limited run in black and blue vinyl versions. More here: https://t.co/uCtJMNOcyC pic.twitter.com/aA30E5fqam— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) February 15, 2018
In August 1970 #TheDoors performed at the Isle of Wight Festival for what would be their last ever filmed concert. Less than a year later, the band was done. Available Feb 23rd is The Doors Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 --> https://t.co/LL3ONEKnUP pic.twitter.com/LJeXRlfTCz— Classics Du Jour (@classicsdujour) February 16, 2018
Let's party, Derby style! Sing along now:— BeaconPR (@BeaconPR) February 16, 2018
"There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must... https://t.co/6aMGhT80sw
Willie’s new album ‘Last Man Standing’ is available April 27!— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) February 16, 2018
Check out the title track here:https://t.co/u24ec8BFMJ
Randy Bachman, Peter Asher to perform at 2018 Fest for Beatles Fans in New Jersey next month https://t.co/CA1TQgdP08— 103.5 WIMZ (@1035WIMZ) February 18, 2018
Keep on rocking me baby. https://t.co/xKR4CS9INq— US103.1 WQUS (@us1031wqus) February 18, 2018