Music News Digest: Week Of May 20, 2018

May 28, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 20, PBS announced that The Beach Boys will be among the featured performers for this station's annual "A Capitol Fourth" Independence Day concert to air July 4, 2018.

Also that week, it was announced that the upcoming new Elton John biopic, "Rocketman," will be coming to theaters on May 17, 2019.

A new Jethro Tull box set, "50 For 50," was recently released in commemoration of the famed British progressive rock band's 50th anniversary that includes 50 career-spanning tracks. Two long-out-of-print 1972 solo albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members, Doug Clifford and Tom Fogerty, will be coming out on June 22. Clifford's solo debut, "Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford," and Fogerty's "Excalibur" will both be available on vinyl and as digital downloads. Also coming out in June is a new song by John Fogerty and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top titled "Holy Grail" to be released as a digital download. The two rock legends also recently launched a joint tour that kicked off on May 25 in Atlantic City, NJ.

The 2018 edition of the Happy Together Tour headlined by The Turtles and featuring many top oldies bands and artists begins on June 7 in Jacksonville, FL and ends on August 26 in Deadwood, SD, with 45 show dates covering many states across the country. Todd Rundgren announced a 13-date U.S. trek beginning July 25 in Salisbury, MA and ending August 18 in Clearwater, FL, covering much of the East Coast and South. David Crosby will launch a 14-date European tour in support of his latest album, "Sky Trails," beginning August 25 in the Netherlands and ending September 16 in England, with stops in several other countries. Also, The Zombies announced a 7-date tour on the West Coast beginning September 7 in San Francisco and ending September 18 in Seattle, WA, also covering Oregon.

Also that week, it was announced that Cher will be among the featured performers on The Late Late Show with James Corden in a special series of episodes taking place at London's Central Hall Westminster that will air June 18-21, 2018.

Finally, two historic guitars that once belonged to The Band's Robbie Robertson and the late George Harrison sold at auction for over $400,000 apiece at a recent "Music Icons" sale hosted by Julien's Auctions. Robertson's 1965 Fender Telecaster, which Bob Dylan often played during his 1966 "going electric" tour, brought in $490,000, and a Hofner Club 40 model guitar that Harrison used from 1959 to 1966 went for $430,000.

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Below is a new animated lyrics video for The Rolling Stones' 1967 smash hit, "Ruby Tuesday," released by the ABKCO label to celebrate the launch of the U.K. portion of the band's 2018 No Filter Tour.