February 5, 2018 by Amy Gold
During the week of January 28, 2018, fans bade a final farewell to Dennis Edwards (February 3, 1943 - February 1, 2018) who was a lead singer of The Temptations. He can be heard on such classics as "Cloud Nine," "I Can't Get Next To You," "Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)," and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."
Also that week, several veteran bands and artists were honored with Grammys: Tony Bennett (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), Leonard Cohen (Best Rock Performance), Kraftwerk (Best Dance/Electronic Album), and The Rolling Stones (Best Traditional Blues Album).
Chicago will perform "Chicago II" in its entirety at each concert during the band's 2018 trek which begins on February 7 in Las Vegas, with stops in 18 states. Roger Daltrey announced a U.S. tour featuring orchestral performances of The Who's "Tommy" beginning March 7 in Las Vegas, with 16 dates confirmed so far covering 11 states. The Doobie Brothers announced a series of headlining shows to take place beginning April 6 in Rancho Mirage, CA, with stops in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas. Also, doo-wop legend Dion DiMucci will launch a series of summer concerts beginning July 12 in Uncasville, CT, with stops in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Hallmark recently introduced a new Valentine's Day card that includes a vinyl single featuring Aretha Franklin's "Respect" b/w "Think," along with a message that reads "Happy Valentine's Day (With All Due Respect)." A new compilation album titled "Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Edition" that includes songs by Alice Cooper, Yvonne Elliman, The Everly Brothers, Murray Head, Tom Jones, Donny Osmond, Elvis Presley, and Barbra Streisand will be coming out on March 16, 2018. Also, John Fogerty will re-release five of his solo albums in various formats over the coming months. "Blue Moon Swamp," "Premonition," and "Centerfield" are due out on April 27, and "Eye Of The Zombie" and "Deja Vu (All Over Again)" will follow on May 25.
Also that week, Jackson Browne was honored with the Les Paul Innovation Award during the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards ceremony in Anaheim, CA. It was also announced that Aretha Franklin will receive the Music Icon Award at this year's R&B Hall of Fame induction ceremony to take place June 3, 2018 at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Other honorees include The Drifters, The Chi-Lites, The Elgins, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Peaches & Herb, Sam & Dave, and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. Also, Kenny Loggins will receive the first-ever Icon Award from The Guild of Music Supervisors for his contributions to the soundtracks of such movies as "Caddyshack," "Footloose," and "Top Gun." He will be honored at an awards ceremony to take place February 8 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
Finally, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson will play Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic about the Queen of Soul. Also, Neil Young and Willie Nelson will costar in the Daryl Hannah-directed musical Western, "Paradox." This movie, which features music by Young and his band, Promise Of The Real, will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival which runs from March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, TX.
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is featured in a new Kia commercial which is set to air during the third quarter of the Super Bowl (February 4, 2018).
Beyoncé's "Learn To Be Lonely" from the 2005 #OSCARs with Andrew Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano will be released for the first time on his new album, Unmasked: The Platinum Collection.— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) January 26, 2018
Pre-order: https://t.co/YnFythJYS3 pic.twitter.com/SoUSBVfKUM
#German band @Kraftwerk won the #Grammy for best dance/electronic album of 2018, four years after having won a lifetime achievement award. #Grammys2018 https://t.co/MKZcd8l2Kd pic.twitter.com/vuqroZmzdC— German Embassy (@GermanyinUSA) January 29, 2018
We are proud to announce that ROGER DALTREY is set to perform a series of concerts this summer featuring The Who's TOMMY. Roger plus members of The Who touring band PLUS some of the best orchestras in the United States – Tix and details at https://t.co/5L3SV8VGue pic.twitter.com/puzwHmzPQL— The Who (@TheWho) January 29, 2018
Music News: Dion Announces Summer Tour Dates https://t.co/llqIpEsnaX— X101 Always Classic (@X101_wxhc) February 1, 2018
....Aretha Franklin, Marcus Belgrave to be honored by R&B Hall of Fame..https://t.co/RM4M9tkvmT— Bardo (@Bardoluv) February 2, 2018
The Doobie Brothers announce headlining dates prior to launch of tour with Steely Dan https://t.co/iBFs06vjGQ— 103.5 WIMZ (@1035WIMZ) February 2, 2018
Just in time for Valentine's Day, @Hallmark is launching a line of vinyl record cards that will play music from Atlantic Records artists such as, Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin and INXS. https://t.co/jmxHysogqU— Drug Store News (@DrugStoreNews) February 2, 2018
RIP Dennis Edwards: Here are his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits with The Temptations https://t.co/z8Q17QNc7q— billboard (@billboard) February 3, 2018
Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Star in New Western Film 'Paradox' https://t.co/iAyjrXXODr— Dallas VideoFest (@videofest) February 3, 2018