Music News Digest: Week Of September 9, 2018

September 17, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 9, 2018, PBS announced an upcoming special, "The Grammy Salute To Music Legends," to premiere on October 5, 2018. Among the many featured artists are Neil Diamond and Micky Dolenz who will perform a duet of the Diamond-penned 1966 smash hit by The Monkees, "I'm A Believer."

Also that week, it was announced that Aretha Franklin will be inducted posthumously into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, along with The Box Tops, Eddie Floyd, and several other bands and artists. The late soul legend and her fellow inductees will be honored at a ceremony to take place on November 1, 2018.

Al Green recently released his first new song in ten years as part of's "Produced By" series: a soul cover of the Freddy Fender country pop 1974 hit, "Before The Next Teardrop Falls." A new 9-disc box set titled "Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979)" will be coming out on October 26, 2018 on both CD and vinyl. Also, a deluxe reissue of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's third and final studio album, "Electric Ladyland," will be released on November 9 in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.

Bob Dylan announced a new show addition to his fall U.S. tour to take place December 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA which will mark the opening night of the newly renovated venue, The Met Philadelphia. Also, Cher announced a 30-date North American joint tour with Nile Rodgers & Chic which kicks off on January 17, 2019 in Ft. Myers, FL and ends on May 18 in St. Paul, MN, covering many states across the country plus Ontario, Canada.

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

On the Tonight Show, Aerosmith joins Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots, for a funny "kiddie" rendition of "Walk This Way" with classroom instruments (September 12, 2018).