January 6, 2020 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 29, 2019, Madison Square Garden announced that Billy Joel will continue his record-breaking monthly residency with his 76th consecutive show to take place May 2, 2020. In total, this upcoming concert will mark Joel's 122nd lifetime performance since his first show at the famous venue in December 1978.
Also that week, the city of Philadelphia announced the 2020 edition of its annual "Philly Loves Bowie Week" taking place January 3-12 in tribute to the late rock legend. The celebration will feature a wide variety of David Bowie-related events at different locations around the city. For more info, visit PhillyLovesBowie.com.
Also, the 2020 Elvis Birthday Celebration will take place January 8-11 at the late King's iconic Graceland mansion in Memphis, TN to commemorate what would have been his 85th birthday. Among the scheduled events are the traditional Birthday Proclamation ceremony and an auction. For more info, visit Graceland.com.
Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones has published a new photo book titled "Stones From The Inside: Rare And Unseen Images" that gathers together over 270 pictures taken by the band's longtime bassist. Along with the photos, which capture many candid moments while on tour, are commentaries, anecdotes, and recollections. This collection also includes snapshots of David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, and many other rock stars with whom the Stones have crossed paths over the years.
Finally, fans bade a final farewell to famed multi-instrumentalist, session musician, producer, and arranger Marty Grebb (September 2, 1945 - January 1, 2020). He was a member of The Buckinghams from 1966-1968 and can be heard playing keyboards on such hits as "Don't You Care," "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)," and "Susan." He later went on to perform and record with such top acts as The Band, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Raitt, and Leon Russell. More recently, Grebb served as a member of The Weight Band featuring former members of The Band.
Newly-Announced Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
The Allman Brothers Band - 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert at Madison Square Garden - New York City - March 10, 2020
Phil Lesh - Concerts (Phil Lesh & Friends) - Port Chester, NY - March 13-15, 2020
Billy Joel - Concert at Madison Square Garden - New York City - May 2, 2020
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Memphis is the place to be January 8-11, 2020 for Elvis' 85th Birthday! With four days of events and celebrating, including special guests Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, this celebration is not-to-be-missed!— GuestHouse Graceland (@GHGraceland) December 24, 2019
Learn more here: https://t.co/0KZmoiCoMa pic.twitter.com/XWBu8SaKGU
Bill Wyman has announced the release of his new, limited edition book "Stones From the Inside."https://t.co/FCaPq0AYnU— WNCX-FM (@985WNCX) December 30, 2019
Surviving Allman Brothers Band members Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones, along with Chuck Leavell, Reese Wyans, and Duane Trucks, are reuniting for a special 50th anniversary concert: https://t.co/SnlRSsxQQS #AllmanBrothers pic.twitter.com/fOxDLfgn1s— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) January 3, 2020