Music News Digest: Week Of May 5, 2019

May 13, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 5, 2019, Rhino announced a 38-CD 432-track limited-edition box set, "Woodstock: Back To The Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive," due out on August 2. This enormous collection includes every recorded performance from the historic event plus various stage announcements and speeches that took place during the festival. The package also features a Blu-ray release of the 1970 Woodstock documentary, a new book by festival co-founder Michael Lang, a replica of the original concert program, and other memorabilia. Abbreviated 10-CD, 5-LP, and 3-CD versions will also be released on June 28.

Also that week, Peter Frampton was honored at the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner with the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top won the Blues Rock Album award for his 2018 solo release, "The Big Bad Blues," at the 40th Blues Music Awards held in Nashville, TN.

A new live album by The Who titled "Tommy Orchestral" that captures a 2018 performance by Roger Daltrey of the band's 1969 rock opera, "Tommy," in its entirety will be coming out on June 14, 2019. An updated and expanded edition of the career-spanning box set, "Glen Campbell - The Legacy [1961-2017]," will be released on June 21. Also, a commemorative David Bowie vinyl box set, "The Space Oddity: 50th Anniversary Edition," is due out on July 12.

Brian Wilson and The Zombies announced a 15-date joint U.S. tour that kicks off on August 31 in Las Vegas and ends on September 26 in New York City. Also, Deep Purple will bring its Long Goodbye Tour to the U.S. with a 33-date leg beginning September 3 in Riverside, CA and ending October 19 in Minneapolis, MN, covering many states across the country.

Also that week, it was announced that a new documentary, "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band," will be coming to theaters this fall. This film, which focuses on the life and career of famed guitarist Robbie Robertson and his work with The Band, features rare footage plus interviews with such music luminaries as Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to famed guitarist and songwriter, James "J.R." Cobb (February 5, 1944 - May 4, 2019). He was a co-founder of both the Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section and co-wrote such oldies classics as "Stormy," "Spooky," and "Traces" which became Top 5 hits for the Classics IV.

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