Music News Digest: Week Of April 21, 2019

April 29, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 21, 2019, Live Nation announced that it will offer cheap tickets to many shows taking place this summer and fall as part of the concert promoter's annual National Concert Week promotion. From May 1-7, tickets to shows by such top acts as The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Alice Cooper will be available for an astonishingly low 20 bucks apiece. Visit for a complete list of participating bands and artists.

Peter Frampton announced a new studio album recorded with his longtime backing band titled "All Blues" which is due out on June 7, 2019. Bruce Springsteen also announced a new album, "Western Stars," to be released on June 14. Also coming out that day is a new ABBA vinyl box set, "Voulez-Vous: The Singles," a 40th anniversary commemoration of the group's same-named 1979 hit album. Also, a new archival David Bowie album titled "The 'Mercury' Demos" featuring an early version of "Space Oddity" and other rare 1969 tracks will be released June 28 on vinyl.

Eric Clapton recently added three new concerts to his 2019 itinerary taking place September 11, 2019 in San Francisco, September 13 in Las Vegas, and September 14 in Phoenix, AZ. Also, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, and co-headliner Lynyrd Skynyrd are among the featured performers at the inaugural Exit 111 festival to be held October 11-13 in Manchester, TN.

John Fogerty announced a second set of concert dates for 2019 at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Encore Theater for November 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, and 16. In addition, the former CCR frontman will give a headlining show on August 18 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY located at the actual site of the '69 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. This concert will take place two days after Woodstock 50 where he will also perform.

"Bachman," a 2018 documentary about Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will be coming out May 10, 2019 on Blu-ray and DVD. This movie, which covers the veteran Canadian rocker's life and multifaceted career, features rare archival footage, new interviews, and appearances by Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and other top artists.

"Echo In The Canyon," a new documentary about the influential music scene in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon during the mid-to-late 1960s, will make its theatrical debut in L.A. on May 24, 2019 and New York City on May 31 before being screened in other cities in June. A companion soundtrack album featuring new versions of various oldies classics by The Byrds and other Laurel Canyon-based artists as performed by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Eric Clapton will be coming out on May 24.

"Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story" will premiere June 12, 2019 on Netflix and will open in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles that same day. "Road show" screenings will also take place on June 11 in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C. - plus London, Paris, Sydney, Australia, and several other cities worldwide. A massive 14-CD/148-track companion box set titled "Bob Dylan -- Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings," featuring every performance by Dylan in the film, will be coming out on June 7.

Finally, an antique piano once belonging to John Lennon which he used to write a number of songs from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" recently sold at auction for $718,000. Affixed to this historic instrument is a plaque that reads: On this piano was written: A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Good Morning, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite and many others. John Lennon. 1971.

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