Music News Digest: Week Of June 2, 2019

June 10, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 2, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 - June 6, 2019), better known as Dr. John. Widely known for his colorful stage persona and his unique blend of R&B, swamp rock, blues, funk, and boogie-woogie, the New Orleans-born music icon had a string of hits during the early 1970s that included "Right Place Wrong Time" (1973). A six-time Grammy winner, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Also that week, it was announced that Kool & The Gang will be honored with the prestigious Marian Anderson Award. The awards ceremonies will take place in Philadelphia, PA sometime in November.

"Wide Prairie," a 1998 compilation featuring the music of Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney's late first wife and Wings bandmate, will be reissued on August 2, 2019 in various formats. This 16-track collection includes songs she recorded with Wings from 1971-1980, two single-only tracks recorded as Suzy & The Red Stripes, and solo material from the 1980s and 1990s. She wrote/co-wrote 13 of the songs on this album, seven with her husband.

Aerosmith's "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency will begin a second leg on June 19, 2019 and will also open a new exhibit that day to mark this occasion. Later that month, Hot Tuna will launch a summer tour to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This 30-date trek will begin on June 27 in Park City, UT and end on September 15 in Eugene, OR, covering many states across the continental U.S. plus Hawaii.

Barbra Streisand will headline New York City's Madison Square Garden on August 3, 2019, making this her first performance at the legendary venue in 13 years. Also that month, two three-day festivals unofficially marking the 50th anniversary of Woodstock will be held during two separate weekends in two different locations: August 9-11 in West Jefferson, NC, and August 16-18 in Palm Bay, FL. Featured performers will include such veteran acts as Joey Molland's Badfinger, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Starship, Melanie, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, John Sebastian, Ten Years After, and Vanilla Fudge.

Bob Seger has extended his "Roll Me Away" farewell tour into the fall with nine new shows running from September 12, 2019 in Rapid City, SD through October 5 in Indianapolis, IN, with stops in California, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Micky Dolenz and Todd Rundgren are among those to take part in a fall U.S. tour that pays tribute to The Beatles' White Album. Dubbed "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today -- Tour 2019," this trek kicks off on September 21 in Atlantic City, NJ and is currently set to end on October 20 in Washington, D.C., with 17 show dates confirmed so far in the Northeast and Midwest. Also, The Doobie Brothers have lined up seven new headlining shows beginning September 22 in El Paso, TX and ending November 15 in St. Petersburg, FL, also covering Georgia, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.

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