Music News Digest: Week Of July 28, 2019

August 5, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of July 28, 2019, Woodstock 50 organizers announced that the ill-fated music festival has been officially canceled. Plagued with numerous setbacks, this event was originally scheduled to take place August 16-18, with featured performers to include such veteran bands and artists as David Crosby, John Fogerty, Santana, and John Sebastian, along with many newer acts.

Mott The Hoople will return to the U.S. for another tour to take place this fall. This upcoming 11-date trek will begin on October 21, 2019 in Port Chester, NY and end on November 6 in Seattle, WA, with stops in Arizona, California, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Also, Foreigner announced two five-show Las Vegas residencies at The Venetian Resort & Casino. The shows will take place January 24 to February 1, 2010, and again from April 17 to April 25.

The Kinks announced the 50th anniversary release of their 1969 concept album, "Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)," which is due out on October 25, 2019 in various formats. The deluxe-edition 4-CD box set version will include remastered stereo and mono versions of the original album plus numerous previously unreleased songs and other material.

"John And Yoko: Above Us Only Sky," a documentary about the making of John Lennon's 1971 album, "Imagine," will be coming out September 13, 2019 on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally. This film made its TV premiere last March on A&E.

Also that week, it was announced that Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and John Kay of Steppenwolf will take part in a special one-night-only screening of "Easy Rider" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this counterculture classic. This event will take place September 20, 2019 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Also, "Chuck Berry," a new documentary about the late rock & roll pioneer, will make its premiere at the 50th Annual Nashville Film Festival taking place October 3-12.

Finally, in an in-depth interview with AARP, Carlos Santana shared memories of Woodstock 1969 as one of a number of performers at this historic event. The guitar legend also discussed his latest album, "Africa Speaks," and other topics.

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