Music News Digest: Week Of April 28, 2019

May 6, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 28, 2019, it was announced that the long-awaited Elton John biopic, "Rocketman," will launch on Fandango nearly two weeks ahead of the film's official May 31 nationwide theatrical premiere. The movie site has partnered with Paramount Pictures to offer tickets to May 18 screenings at some 400 theaters across the country. Visit for more info and tickets.

Also that week, the legal firm representing Woodstock 50 announced that the music festival will proceed as planned despite recent statements to the contrary by some financial backers. For the latest on Woodstock 50, go to

Boy George & Culture Club recently teamed up with Gladys Knight for a new version of "Runaway Train," an original song from the band's 2018 album, "Life." This song is available as a digital single and via streaming services.

The soundtrack to "Rocketman" will be coming out on May 24, 2019, one week before the biopic makes its theatrical debut. This album features new versions of classic hits performed by Taron Egerton, who stars in the movie, along with a new song titled "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" sung by both Elton John and Egerton. Also due out on that day is a new 6-CD box set, "America: Classic Album Collection -- The Capitol Years," that features the famed soft rock group's five studio albums from 1979-1984 plus the 1985 live record, "In Concert."

Neil Young announced a new archival live album, "Tuscaloosa," due out on June 7, 2019, that captures a February 1973 concert held at the University of Alabama's Memorial Auditorium in Tuscaloosa. Also, a new ZZ Top box set, "Goin' 50," a 50-track career-spanning compilation that includes classic hits and more, will be coming out on August 16 in commemoration of the band's 50th anniversary.

"The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus," a star-studded 1968 concert special, will be reissued in expanded form and in various formats on June 7, 2019. This movie features the Stones as ringmasters of a surreal circus that also includes performances by Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, The Who, and more.

Toto announced a 20-date U.S. tour beginning September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles and ending October 19 in Red Bank, NJ, covering many states across the country. Also, Steely Dan will return to New York's Beacon Theatre for a 6-date residency taking place October 15-22, during which the band will perform "Aja," "The Royal Scam," and other classic albums in their entirety.

Finally, Neil Young recently co-wrote a new book titled "To Feel The Music" which describes his efforts to bring higher quality audio to the music business. Written with Phil Baker, who helped Young develop Pono, a high-resolution digital-audio service and player, this new book will be coming out on September 10, 2019.

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