Music News Digest: Week Of July 21, 2019

July 29, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 21, 2019, fans bade a final farewell to famed R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist Art Neville (December 17, 1937 - July 22, 2019). He was a founding member of The Meters, an influential funk instrumental backing band with a string of hits that included "Cissy Strut" (1969). Neville later formed The Neville Brothers with siblings Cyril, Aaron, and Charles.

A number of late 1960s songs by such oldies favorites as Deep Purple, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel are featured on the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood," which was released on July 26, 2019, the same day the film opened in theaters. Stephen Bishop will release a new album on August 30 titled "We'll Talk About It Later In The Car." Alice Cooper announced a new recording, "The Breadcrumbs EP," coming out on September 13 in various formats, which features covers of songs by Suzi Quatro, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, and other Detroit area artists. Also, Robbie Robertson of The Band will release a new solo album, "Sinematic," due out on September 20.

The Elton John musical biopic, "Rocketman," is coming out digitally on August 6, 2019 and on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on August 27. Also included are behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Elton John, the cast, and filmmakers.

The Doobie Brothers announced a special concert in Nashville on November 18, 2019 in which they will perform their second and third albums in their entirety. Also, Van Morrison has lined up a new Las Vegas residency to take place January 31 and February 1, 5, 7, and 8, 2020 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Also that week, debut dates were announced for several upcoming movies and documentaries featuring veteran bands and artists. "ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas," a new documentary about the legendary blues rock trio, will premiere August 13, 2019 in Los Angeles at the Cinerama Dome. "The Burnt Orange Heresy," an art-heist thriller featuring Mick Jagger, will make its world premiere on September 7 at the Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy. A new Bruce Springsteen concert film titled "Western Stars" will premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival to take place September 5-15. Also, the new documentary, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice," will be shown in theaters beginning sometime this September.

Finally, the official video for Queen's 1975 rock anthem, "Bohemian Rhapsody," became the first music video made before 1990 to amass one billion views on YouTube. In celebration of this milestone, the band posted a remastered version on its official YouTube channel with access to the song's lyrics in over a dozen different languages.

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