November 9, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 2, 2014, several albums by various oldies bands and artists made their debut on the Billboard 200: Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" (#4), Led Zeppelin's reissued "Led Zeppelin IV" (#7) and "Houses Of The Holy" (#12), The Who's "The Who Hits 50!" (#93), and Jerry Lee Lewis' "Rock & Roll Time" (#140).
The Rolling Stones, who are currently on tour in Australia, are being forced to cancel a number of shows in that country again, this time, on doctor's orders for Mick Jagger, who is suffering from a throat infection. Roger Hodgson of Supertramp is set to launch a solo tour early this month which will cover various Northeastern states and Ontario, Canada. Gregg Allman also announced a solo tour that is set to launch this December and will cover various Southern states. The Temptations and the Four Tops will be giving a series of holiday concerts in New York's Times Square starting late December. Billy Joel will be ringing in the New Year at a concert in Orlando, FL, and he has also extended his residency in New York's Madison Square Garden through January, 2015. Bette Midler will be launching a tour in support of her latest album, "It's The Girls," which is set to begin in May, 2015. Also, Carlos Santana will be performing at the upcoming 2014 Latin Grammys on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Area which will be televised live on the Univision Network.
Also that week, Dionne Warwick released a new duets album titled "Feels So Good." Also, the estate of the late and great drummer for The Who, Keith Moon, is putting together a new coffee book in his commemoration and asking fans to contribute stories and photos.
Finally, Roxy Music announced that they will be calling it quits. The band had a string of hits in the 1970s and continued recording and touring on and off over the years through 2011.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
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November 3, 2014: Bette Midler Announces 2015 Tour
Bette Midler will soon be launching a tour in support of her latest album, "It's The Girls." This trek is set to begin on May 8, 2015 in Hollywood, FL and will cover various cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State, and Washington, D.C, as well as British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. Online ticket purchasers will receive a free copy of Midler's album.
November 3, 2014: Santana To Perform At 2014 Latin Grammys
Carlos Santana will be performing at the upcoming 2014 Latin Grammys along with rapper Pitbull. This event will take place on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Area and will be televised live on the Univision Network at 8:00 PM ET.
November 3, 2014: Keith Moon Coffee Table Book In The Works
The estate of Keith Moon, the famed late drummer of The Who, is putting together a new coffee book in his commemoration that is expected out sometime next year. Fans are being asked to contribute stories and photos, and all submissions should be sent by December 15, 2014.
November 3, 2014: Roxy Music Announces Break Up
Roxy Music announced that they will be calling it quits. Formed in 1971, Roxy Music had a string of hits in the 1970s that included "Love Is The Drug" (1975), and the band continued recording and touring on and off over the years through 2011.
Source: Roxy Music Break Up
November 3, 2014: Gregg Allman Announces Upcoming Solo Tour
Although the Allman Brothers Bands gave their farewell concert last month, the band's frontman and co-founder, Gregg Allman, has no plans of retiring at this time. He will be launching a solo tour starting December 31, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. This tour will continue through January 17, 2015, and will cover various cities in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Source: Gregg Allman Plots Solo Tour
November 4, 2014: Ex-Supertramp Frontman And Co-Founder Roger Hodgson Launches Solo Tour
Roger Hodgson, the Supertramp former frontman who co-founded the band in 1969, is set to launch a solo tour starting November 4, 2014 in Wabash, IN. This trek, which wraps up on November 15, will cover various cities in Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada.
November 5, 2014: Barry Manilow And Led Zeppelin Albums Make Debut On Billboard 200
Based on sales for the week ending November 2, 2014, Barry Manilow's latest album, "My Dream Duets," debuted on the Billboard 200 at #4, making it his 15th Top 10 album to date. The reissued 1971 classic "Led Zeppelin IV," which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 during the year of its original release, made its debut again on this chart at #7. Led Zeppelin's reissued "Houses Of The Holy," which originally came out in 1973, also made a return to the Billboard 200, debuting at #12.
November 5, 2014: Billy Joel To Ring In New Year In Florida
This New Year's eve, Billy Joel will be ringing in the new year in Orlando, Florida at the Amway Center. Tickets to this upcoming show go on sale to the general public starting on November 14, 2014 and to American Express cardholders starting on November 10.
November 6, 2014: Billy Joel Extends Madison Square Garden Residency Into 2015
Billy Joel announced that he will be extending his residency at New York's Madison Square Garden into 2015. The Piano Man is set to give his 13th show at this venue on January 9, 2015. His residency at Madison Square Garden started in January, 2014, and he has been giving one show per month since then.
November 7, 2014: Dionne Warwick Releases New Duets Album
Dionne Warwick recently released "Feels So Good," a new duets album that features many top guest artists such as Gladys Knight, Cee Lo Green, and Ziggy Marley. Many of this albumís tracks are new versions of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David songs that Warwick made famous, e.g., "You'll Never Get To Heaven If You Break My Heart" and "I Know I'll Never Love This Way Again."
November 7, 2014: Rolling Stones Forced To Cancel Australian Shows Again
The Rolling Stones, who are currently on tour in Australia, have been forced to cancel a number of upcoming shows on doctor's orders for Mick Jagger, who is suffering from a throat infection. This tour, which was originally set to launch last March, was cancelled following the suicide of Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, on March 17, 2014.
November 7, 2014: Jerry Lee Lewis And The Who Albums Make Debut On Billboard 200
Based on sales for the week ending November 2, 2014, Jerry Lee Lewis's latest album, "Rock & Roll Time," made its debut on the Billboard 200 at #140. This album, which was released during the same week as his autobiography ("Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story"), features Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Neil Young, and other big name guest artists. Lewis last charted on the Billboard 200 in 2010 with "Mean Old Man" and in 2006 with "Last Man Standing: The Duets." Also on the Billboard 200 that week was The Who's greatest hits compilation album, "The Who Hits 50," which debuted at #93.
November 8, 2014: Temptations And Four Tops To Perform In Times Square
The Temptations and the Four Tops will be giving a series of holiday concerts at the Palace Theatre in New York's Times Square from December 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The two famed Motown groups will give one show each day except for December 31, 2014, when they will take the day off, and January 3, 2015, when they will give two shows. The play lists for both groups will include their respective classic hits, e.g., the Temptations "My Girl" and the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."