Music News Digest: Week Of July 22, 2018

July 30, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 22, 2018, it was announced that Cher will be among this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors Awards. The ceremonies will be held on December 2, 2018 at the nation's capital and televised December 26 on CBS.

The Doobie Brothers announced 13 new show additions to their fall tour that begin on October 9, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI and run through November 13 in Stamford, CT, also covering several other Northern and East Coast states. Jackson Browne and Graham Nash are among the featured performers in The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrants and Refugee Families, a five-date benefit trek that kicks off on October 23 in Nashville, TN and ends on October 28 in New York City, with stops in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Collingswood, NJ. James Taylor and Don Henley of The Eagles are among those who will join the lineup for VetsAid 2018, a benefit concert which will take place November 11 in Tacoma, WA. Also, Blue Oyster Cult announced an upcoming U.K. tour which begins on February 21, 2019 in Norwich, England and ends on March 1 in Manchester, with stops in London, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and several other cities.

A new Bob Dylan compilation titled "Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections" was just released on CD and as a digital download. Highlights include several songs with then-future members of The Band and a duet with Joan Baez performed at the 1963 March on Washington civil rights rally.

Coming out on August 10, 2018 is a new archival live album by The Allman Brothers Band titled "Fillmore East February 1970" that features highlights from a series of concerts at the famous New York City venue. A new Bob Seger compilation titled "Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings" that gathers together all the recordings he made with his early group, The Last Heard, is due out on September 7 in various formats. The current incarnation of The Guess Who announced a new studio album titled "The Future IS What It Used To Be" due out on September 14 that features guest performances by original Guess Who member Jim Kale, Styx's Tommy Shaw, and more. A new Electric Light Orchestra compilation titled "The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972-1978" that includes such classics as "Can't Get It Out of My Head" and "Evil Woman" will be coming on September 21 on vinyl. Also, a massive 361-track Lefty Frizzell box set titled "An Article from Life: The Complete Recordings" will be released on Bear Records sometime this October. Frizzell's greatest Pop/Rock crossover success was "Saginaw, Michigan" which topped the Country charts and earned the late country singer a Grammy nomination.

Also that week, Roger Daltrey announced his upcoming autobiography, "Thanks A Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story," a memoir inspired by his many run-ins with his high school's strict headmaster that covers The Who frontman's life story from early childhood through the present. This book will be released in the U.S. on October 23, 2018.

Finally, the Arizona Lottery announced a new lotto scratcher ticket featuring shock rock legend and long-time Arizona resident, Alice Cooper. This soon-to-be collector's item will be available from August 7, 2018 until Halloween.

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Below is a clip from a long-lost David Bowie demo dating back to 1963 which was recently discovered in a bread basket by David Hadfield who was a drummer in Bowie's early band, The Konrads. This rare recording, which features a teenaged Bowie performing "I Never Dreamed" with The Konrads, will be put up for sale on September 11, 2018 by Omega Auctions U.K.