Music News Digest: Week Of March 11, 2018

March 18, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of March 11, 2018, fans bade a final farewell to Nokie Edwards (May 9, 1935 - March 12, 2018) of The Ventures who was a longtime member and served as the band's bassist and lead guitarist. He was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 along with The Ventures.

Also that week, it was announced that "Elton John: I'm Still Standing," an all-star Grammy tribute to the pop/rock legend, will air April 10, 2018 on CBS.

Joe Jackson announced a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Fast Forward," which begins on July 6, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY and ends on July 29 in Boise, ID, with stops in several Northeastern states and Canadian provinces. Alice Cooper announced a new summer tour leg in North America that kicks off on August 3 in West Allis, WI and ends on September 7 in York, PA, covering various Canadian provinces and many states across the U.S. Also, Paul Simon announced the dates for the final leg of his farewell "Homeward Bound" tour which will wrap up with four concerts in his hometown, New York City. This trek is set to launch on September 5 in New Orleans, LA and will cover several states along the East Coast.

A Procol Harum box set titled "Still There'll Be More: An Anthology 1967-2017" featuring both live and studio recordings will be coming out on March 23, 2018 in commemoration of the band's 50-year history. Also due out on that day is Don McLean's latest album, "Botanical Gardens." A new compilation titled "The Very Best Of Andy Gibb" that gathers together all of the late pop star's top hits will be released on April 13. The Temptations announced a new album titled "All The Time" due out on May 4 which features three new songs plus various soul/R&B covers. A new box set titled "Above the Clouds: The Collection," a career-spanning set of solo recordings by the late Glenn Frey of The Eagles going back to 1969, will be coming out on May 11. A new archival album titled "Dock Of The Bay Sessions" featuring some of Otis Redding's final recordings will be released on May 18 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay." Also, Roger Daltrey of The Who announced a new solo album, "As Long As I Have You," which is due out on June 1 and features both original songs and covers of soul/R&B standards.

Also that week, it was announced that Don McLean will be featured in a new episode of Heartland's "More Than The Music" to premiere March 20, 2018. Also, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, and John Lodge of The Moody Blues will be interviewed on April 12 by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This event will be streamed live on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Facebook page.

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Below is the official trailer for the upcoming movie, "Paradox," starring Neil Young.