Music News Digest: Week Of November 3, 2019

November 11, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 3, 2019, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2020. Among the candidates in the performer category are The Isley Brothers, Journey, Mike Love, Steve Miller, Patti Smith, and David Gates of Bread. Other prospective inductees include songwriters Tony Macaulay, Roger Nichols, and the songwriting teams, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart and L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine. The induction ceremonies will take place June 11, 2020 in New York City.

Also that week, CMA announced that Kris Kristofferson will be honored with its Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. The 53rd annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena November 13, 2019 on ABC.

Cher announced an extension of her "Here We Go Again" tour with 26 new show dates beginning March 6, 2020 in El Paso, TX and ending May 6 in Sacramento, CA, covering many states across the country. Also, Iron Maiden will enter its third year of its "Legacy of the Beast" tour to kick off on May 1 in Perth, Australia and end on July 25 in Barcelona, Spain, with stops in New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will launch a 20-date North American tour to begin May 29, 2020 in Rama, Ontario, Canada and end June 28 in Clearwater, FL, with stops in several states along the East Coast. Also, Billy Joel will continue his "stadium residency" at Boston's Fenway Park with a performance to take place August 28, making this his seventh concert at the historic ballpark.

KISS announced the date and location of the final concert for its "End of the Road" farewell tour, which began on January 31, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. This tour is set to end on July 17, 2021 in New York City, the band's hometown.

A remastered version of Cat Stevens' 1978 album, "Back To Earth," will be coming out November 29, 2019 on CD and vinyl, with a super-deluxe box set due out on February 28, 2020 that also includes various rare and previously unreleased tracks. Mick Jagger's four solo albums, "She's The Boss" (1985), "Primitive Cool" (1987), "Wandering Spirit" (1993), and "Goddess In The Doorway" (2001), will be reissued December 6 on 180-gram vinyl. Also, Blue Oyster Cult announced that it will release a live album titled "Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014" and a remastered version of "Cult Classic" (1994), the latter of which features remakes of "Don't Fear The Reaper" and other hits. Both albums will be coming out January 24, 2020 in 2CD+DVD, Blu-Ray, and 3xLP formats.

Finally, Olivia Newton-John's iconic black leather jacket and skin-tight pants from the final scene in "Grease" fetched a whopping $405,700 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA. Other memorabilia from the 1978 movie to hit the auction block included a custom made "Pink Ladies" jacket the Grease cast presented to Newton-John and a pair of tan leather dance shoes she wore during rehearsals.

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