Music News Digest: Week Of March 18, 2018

March 26, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of March 18, 2018, Ringo Starr was knighted in his U.K. homeland by Prince William for his services to music. Also, it was announced that Neil Diamond will be presented with the Johnny Mercer Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards dinner to take place June 14.

Also that week, the Library of Congress announced its list of recordings for 2017 in the National Recording Registry. Among the song entries are such oldies classics as "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets, "Calypso" by Harry Belafonte, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" by Tony Bennett, "My Girl" by The Temptations, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie, "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers, and "Le Freak" by Chic. Also included in the list is Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album, "Rumours."

Dave Davies of The Kinks announced a series of U.S. show dates beginning March 29, 2018 in Peekskill, NY and ending April 21 in Medina, MN, also covering several other Northern and East Coast states. Kansas announced a reunion tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band's album, "Point Of Know Return," that kicks off on September 28 in Atlanta, GA and ends on December 15 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, also covering many states along the East Coast and in the South. The Moody Blues announced another residency at the Wynn Resort's Encore Theater in Las Vegas, with nine shows beginning September 19 and running through October 6. Also, Ringo Starr will launch a new U.S. tour leg with his All Starr Band which kick offs on September 1 in Tulsa, OK and ends on September 29 in Los Angeles, with stops in many states across the country.

A Led Zeppelin archival album from 2003 titled "How The West Was Won" that captures two California concerts from 1972 was recently re-released as a remastered reissue. Also, a vinyl edition of the 2008 CD compilation, "Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found," featuring rare early recordings, outtakes, and live performances will be coming out on April 6.

Also that week, it was announced that a new documentary titled "Break On Thru: A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek And The Doors" will premiere on April 28, 2018 at the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival in New Jersey. Also, "Steven Tyler: Out On A Limb," a documentary about the making of the Aerosmith frontman's country debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere," will makes its premiere on May 10 at the Nashville Film Festival.

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