Music News Digest: Week Of November 25, 2018

December 3, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 25, 2018, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" was voted the greatest rock album of all time at Out of over 500 classic recordings rated, other top contenders included "Led Zeppelin IV" (no. 5), Queen's "A Night At The Opera" (no. 6), The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (no. 7), Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast" (no. 9), and Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" (no. 10).

Also that week, three classic holiday recordings made a return to the Billboard 200. The TV soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" re-entered this chart at #147, and Elvis Presley's "The Classic Christmas Album" and "The Best Of Bing Crosby -- 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection" made their re-entries at #187 and #199, respectively. In addition, "Electric Ladyland" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience re-entered the Billboard 200 at #92 after a recent 50th anniversary reissue.

Lynyrd Skynyrd announced an extension of its farewell tour into the summer of 2019, with new show dates beginning January 8, 2019 in Cozumel, Mexico and ending April 27 in Indio, CA. The band also has a series of concerts lined up in Canada in March and in the U.K. and mainland Europe in June. Styx announced a joint music-and-comedy tour with Larry the Cable Guy which will kick off on March 21 in Fargo, ND and end on March 30 in Champaign, IL, with stops in Iowa, Montana, and Nebraska.

Ten dates have been scheduled for the 2019 edition of the "Happy Together" tour from May 31 in Charleston, SC through August 9 in New Buffalo, MI, also covering California, Tennessee, and several Northeastern states, with more shows to be announced soon. Headlined by Flo & Eddie (a.k.a. former Turtles members Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman), featured performers will also include The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, and former Three Dog Night vocalist, Chuck Negron.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young will co-headline the first show of the 2019 edition of London's British Summer Time Hyde Park concert series. This event, which is the first 2019 date announced for both Dylan and Young, will take place July 12. Also, KISS announced a new North American leg of its farewell tour with 25 dates scheduled for August 6 in Sunrise, FL through September 16 in Oakland, CA, covering many states across the country and several Canadian provinces.

Roberta Flack recently released a new single titled "Running," her first in seven years. This song is featured in "3100: Run And Become," a documentary about New York City's annual Self-Transcendence 3,100-mile race.

Also that week, BET announced a new drama series titled "American Soul" based on the career and life of Don Cornelius, the creator and host of the popular music-dance TV program, "Soul Train." This 10-episode series will premiere February 5, 2019.

Finally, "David Crosby: Remember My Name," a new documentary about the legendary folk rock icon, will make its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival scheduled to take place January 24-February 3 in various locations in Utah.

(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)

Neil Young performs "The Losing End" from his latest archival LP release, "Songs For Judy" (coming November 30, 2018), which includes performances from his 1976 U.S. tour.