Music News Digest: Week Of July 15, 2018

July 23, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 15, 2018, a new trailer for the upcoming Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," was released. This movie will premiere in theaters on November 2, 2018.

Also that week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed July 18 to be Billy Joel Day in commemoration of the Piano Man's 100th concert at Madison Square Garden which took place on that day.

The Doobie Brothers announced two upcoming New York City concerts in which they will perform two of their classic albums in their entirety. The shows will take place at the Beacon Theatre where the band will play "Toulouse Street" (1972) on November 15, 2018 and "The Captain And Me" (1973) on November 16. Also, Joan Baez announced an extension of her Farewell Tour to 2019 with a new series of concerts beginning on April 10 in Birmingham, AL and ending on May 5 in Port Chester, NY, with additional stops in Alabama and New York, as well as in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Willie Nelson announced his upcoming album, "My Way," which features covers of various Frank Sinatra classics and is due out on September 14, 2018. "A Foot In The Door - The Best Of Pink Floyd," a compilation of songs spanning from 1967 to 1994 originally released on CD in 2011, will be released on vinyl September 28. Also coming out on that day is a new album by Rod Stewart titled "Blood Red Roses." Also, a new David Bowie box set, "Loving The Alien (1983-1988)," will be released on October 12. Among the many classic recordings included in this collection are remastered editions of "Let's Dance" (1983), "Tonight" (1984), and "Never Let Me Down" (1987).

A new archival video titled "Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival" featuring the legendary folk rock singer's full performance at this historic 1970 music festival will be released on September 14, 2018 in various formats. Her program included such classics as "Big Yellow Taxi," "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," and "Woodstock." Also featured are behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with various audience members.

Also that week, Showtime announced a new Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary titled "If I Leave Here Tomorrow" which will make its TV premiere on August 18, 2018. This movie, which debuted last March at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, chronicles the band's rise to fame and features rare archival footage and interviews.

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