Music News Digest: Week Of September 1, 2019

September 9, 2019 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 1, 2019, it was announced that Eric Clapton's sold-out 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which is set to take place September 20-21 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, will be viewable live via a variety of pay-per-view providers. In addition, a number of bars, restaurants, and music venues throughout North America will host screenings of this event.

Also that week, The Who kicked off the second North American leg of its tour at New York City's Madison Square Garden with two new songs, "Hero Ground Zero" and "Big Cigars." The band also announced in concert a new as-yet untitled album due out sometime around the middle of November.

Bob Seger added four new show dates to his farewell tour with his Silver Bullet Band to take place October 24 (Boston), October 26 (Toronto), October 30 (New York City), and November 1 (Philadelphia). Also, Aerosmith announced an extension of its Las Vegas residency into 2020 with 15 new shows at the Park Theater at the MGM resort that include an eight-day run from January 29 to February 15, and a seven-concert series from May 20 to June 4.

Bruce Springsteen recently released an archival live album that captures a performance from September 19, 1978 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. Robby Krieger of The Doors also released a cover of the classic 1959 Santo & Johnny instrumental, "Sleepwalk." Coming out later this month is a new Rod Stewart box set, "The Studio Albums 1975-2001," due out on September 13.

A new Marvin Gaye archival album, "What's Going On Live," which captures a rare live performance of this classic song from May 1, 1972 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., will be coming out October 18, 2019 on vinyl. A 50th anniversary re-release of James Brown's "Live At Home With His Bad Self" will be coming out October 25 on CD, vinyl, and digital audio. Also due out that day on vinyl is a rare quad mix, originally issued only in Japan in 1975, of The Jackson 5's 1971 "Greatest Hits" album.

A new limited-edition vinyl reissue series titled "Motown In Mono," which brings together five classic albums by some of that label's most popular bands and artists, will be released November 8, 2019 as part of Motown's 60th anniversary celebration. Coming out on November 15 is a new 5-CD David Bowie box set, "Conversation Piece," which includes rare home demos from the late 1960s, BBC radio sessions, and two mixes of his 1969 eponymous album.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to Jimmy Johnson (February 4, 1943 - September 5, 2019), a record producer and highly acclaimed session guitarist. During the 1960s, he was a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section known as The Swampers who can be heard on numerous recordings by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, and many other top artists.

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