Music News Digest: Week Of February 25, 2018

March 5, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of February 25, 2018, legendary folk singer Joan Baez announced her upcoming farewell tour which kicks off on September 11, 2018 in Ithaca, NY and ends on November 17 show in Oakland, CA, with stops in Canada and many states across the U.S. She will perform both old familiar favorites and songs from her latest album, "Whistle Down The Wind."

David Crosby announced an upcoming headlining tour beginning May 19, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and ending June 29 in Morrison, CO, with stops in several states. John Fogerty and ZZ Top announced a joint 24-date trek dubbed the Blues & Bayous Tour which begins May 25 in Atlantic City, NJ and ends June 19 in Welch, MN, covering many states across the country. Neil Young and Robert Plant are among those to headline this year's Arroyo Seco Weekend festival which will take place June 23-24 in Pasadena, CA. Other featured performers will include Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, and Dwight Twilley.

Jackson Browne added a series of summer shows to his 2018 itinerary that begins on July 11 in San Diego, CA and runs through August 4 in Los Angeles. Toto announced the North American leg of its 40th anniversary trek, with 13 dates confirmed so far beginning July 30 in Vancouver, Canada and running through August 21 in Kansas City, MO. Kenny Loggins has scheduled a three-night engagement for September 5, 7, and 8 at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas in which he will perform both new music and many of his hits from movie soundtracks.

The Who's Roger Daltrey has been added to the lineup of the 2019 edition of the Rock Legends Cruise which will also feature such oldies greats as Canned Heat, Dave Davies of The Kinks, Foghat, Kansas, The Outlaws, and former members of Jethro Tull and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Two classic Johnny Mathis recordings were recently reissued on Real Gone: the 1969 album, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," and the 1970 double LP, "Johnny Mathis Sings The Music Of Bacharach And Kaempfert." Also, a new Jackie DeShannon collection titled "Stone Cold Soul-The Complete Capitol Recordings" just came out that includes several rare and previously unreleased tracks.

This year's Record Store Day will take place on April 21, and a number of offerings have been announced. Led Zeppelin will issue a limited-edition vinyl single with two songs originally recorded during the early 1970s, "Rock and Roll" b/w "Friends." Also, three limited-edition David Bowie vinyl recordings will be available: a previously unreleased concert album titled "Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78)," a rare 1977 promo compilation titled "Bowie Now," and a single featuring two versions of Bowie's 1983 hit, "Let's Dance."

Also that week, it was announced that Patti LaBelle has joined the cast of the OWN network TV series, "Greenleaf," in a recurring role for this show's upcoming third season which is set to air sometime this summer. She will play Maxine Patterson, a Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire.

Finally, a limited-edition coffee table book titled "Sunshine Of Your Love: The Crossroads Festivals 1999-2013: Eric Clapton And Friends" that includes over 350 photos as well as an extensive manuscript will be coming out sometime in May. Among those who joined Clapton to perform at the festivals, which took place from 1999-2013, were The Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood, and ZZ Top.

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Joan Baez performs the title track from her recently released album, "Whistle Down The Wind."