Music News Digest: Week Of March 9, 2014

March 16, 2014 by Amy Gold

During the week of March 9, 2014, the U.S. Post Office released a new Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp that shows the late guitar legend against a groovy psychedelic background.

Also that week, Neil Young launched PonoMusic, a music service geared towards audiophiles.

Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder of the Eagles announced plans to tour together this summer, but the dates and places have not yet been finalized. Also, the Rolling Stones will be performing this June at Pinkpop 2014 in the Netherlands and the TW Classic Festival in Belgium.

On Record Store Day (April 19, 2014), David Bowie will be releasing 7" picture discs of "1984" in the US and "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" in the UK. This June, Led Zeppelin will be reissuing Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III with all the original tracks plus some previously unreleased songs.

Singer and movie star Doris Day, who is a longtime animal rights activist, will be holding an auction in Carmel, CA this April in celebration of her 90th birthday to benefit our four-legged friends. Also, Led Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page will be receiving an honorary doctorate in music from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music this May.

Finally, below is a trailer of the upcoming James Brown biopic, "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman. This movie is due out sometime this August.

March 10, 2014: Neil Young Launches PonoMusic

Neil Young announced the launch of his new music service which has been long in the making, PonoMusic. This music service for audiophiles will offer high quality songs from major and indie labels for playback on the PonoPlayer, a custom portable device to be sold for $399. Beginning March 15, 2014, the PonoPlayer will be available for preorder on at a discount.

Source: Neil Young Launches High-End Music Service PonoMusic | Variety

March 10, 2014: Foreigner, Styx And Don Felder To Launch Summer Tour

Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder of the Eagles have announced plans to tour together this summer. The dates and places for this upcoming tour, dubbed "Soundtrack Of The Summer," have not yet been set. Among the featured attractions will be a new version of the Eagles' classic 1977 hit, "Hotel California," to be performed by Felder.

Source: Foreigner, Styx And Don Felder Talk Summer Tour

March 11, 2014: Doris Day To Celebrate 90th Birthday With Animal Benefits Auction

Movie star, singer, and longtime animal rights activist Doris Day, who turns 90 on April 3, will celebrate her birthday by holding an auction to benefit animals. This event, which will also includes a dinner and a dog fashion show, is set to take place on April 4, 2014 at the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The affable, golden-haired screen legend co-starred in many movies, including the 1956 Hitchcock thriller, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," in which she performed her signature song, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)." She also has a long string of hits on the pop charts from 1948-1962 that include the chart topping "Love Somebody" (1948), "A Guy Is A Guy" (1952), and "Secret Love" (1954).

Source: Doris Day to mark 90th birthday with auction to benefit animals

March 11, 2014: David Bowie To Release Picture Discs On Record Store Day

On Record Store Day, which takes place April 19, 2014, David Bowie will be releasing two limited edition picture discs, one in the UK and the other in the US. The one to be released in the UK will be a 7" picture disc of "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" which was originally the closing track on the 1972 album, "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars." In the US, Bowie will be releasing a 7" disc of "1984."

Source: David Bowie Reveals Plans For 2014 Record Story Day

March 13, 2014: Led Zeppelin To Reissue First Three Albums

Former members of Led Zeppelin announced the upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III which are due out June 3, 2014. The new editions, which will include all the original tracks plus some previously unreleased songs and other material, will be available in various CD and vinyl formats and as a digital download. Also included will be a book of never-before-seen photos and other memorabilia.

Source: First Three Albums Newly Remastered With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio | Led Zeppelin - Official Website

March 13, 2014: Jimmy Page To Receive Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

Guitarist, songwriter, producer, and Led Zeppelin co-founder Jimmy Page is among those who will be receiving honorary doctor of music degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The commencement ceremonies will take place on May 10, 2014 at Boston University's Agganis Arena. The night before, students from Berklee will perform music by Page and this year's other honorees.

Source: Jimmy Page, Geri Allen, Valerie Simpson, Thara Memory to Receive Honorary Degrees at Berklee Commencement May 10 | Berklee College of Music

March 13, 2014: U.S. Postal Service Releases Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp

On March 13, 2014, the U.S. Postal Service released its new limited edition Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp in commemoration of the late and great guitar legend. This multicolored stamp has a 1960s-themed psychedelic background and features a painting of Hendrix playing his guitar. A stamp dedication ceremony and Jimi Hendrix Celebration concert were held that evening at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park in Austin, TX.

Source: U.S. Postal Service Honors Legendary Guitarist, Jimi Hendrix

March 15, 2014: Rolling Stones To Perform In Two European Summer Festivals

As part of the band's "14 on Fire" tour, the Rolling Stones will be performing in two festivals in Europe this summer. The band will appear on June 7, 2014 at Pinkpop 2014 to be held at Landgraaf, Netherlands and on June 28, at the TW Classic Festival in Rotselaar, Belgium.

Source: Rolling Stones Confirm Two Summer Festivals