Music News Digest: Week Of June 30, 2019

July 8, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 30, 2019, Roger Daltrey's new live album, "The Who's Tommy Orchestral," debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. This recording captures a full performance of The Who's classic 1969 rock opera during Daltrey's 2018 symphonic tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of the making of the original "Tommy" album.

Also that week, Queen became the highest charting act in Nielsen Music's mid-year 2019 rock charts in the wake of the blockbuster success of this band's biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The third season of Netflix's hit sci-fi series, "Stranger Things," made its premiere on July 4, 2019, along with an accompanying soundtrack album that includes many oldies favorites. Featured songs include Patsy Cline's "She's Got You," The Who's "Baba O'Riley," and Foreigner's "Cold As Ice."

After a 43 year absence, Gilbert O'Sullivan will give his first concerts in the U.S. The shows are scheduled for July 9, 2019 at the City Winery in New York City and July 10 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Although no other U.S. show dates have yet been announced, O'Sullivan indicated that future concerts for next spring are a possibility.

Graham Nash announced an extension of his North American fall tour, with eight new concerts scheduled for October 8-20, 2019 covering several Northeastern states plus Ontario, Canada. Once of the shows will take place October 15 at Bethel, NY, the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival where Graham performed as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 50 years ago.

Due to popular demand, Cher has added a second show at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of the North American leg of her "Here We Go Again" tour with Nile Rodgers & Chic. This concert will take place December 4, 2019.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Joao Gilberto (June 10, 1931 - July 6, 2019) and Gary Duncan (September 4, 1946 - June 29, 2019). Gilberto was a celebrated Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pioneer of the bossa nova musical genre of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His many critically acclaimed recordings included "Getz/Gilberto" (1964), a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album featuring the smash hit, "The Girl From Ipanema," as performed by then-wife Astrud Gilberto. Famed guitarist/singer Gary Duncan was a member of The Brogues before co-founding Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1965 where he remained a member through the band's split in 1979. Quicksilver Messenger Service's best known songs include a cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" (1969) and "Fresh Air" (1970).

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