Music News Digest: Week Of June 21, 2020

June 28, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of June 21, 2020, PBS announced that John Fogerty, Patti LaBelle, and The Temptations will be joining the lineup of this station's 40th annual "A Capitol Fourth" TV special to be broadcast on July 4 at 8 PM EST. This show will also be viewable on the Armed Forces Network and will stream on Facebook, YouTube, and, and will be available as on demand until July 18. Instead of airing live from Washington, D.C. as in previous years, this year's "A Capitol Fourth" will feature pre-taped performances from across the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns.

Also that week, Bob Dylan made pop music history when his latest album, "Rough And Rowdy Ways," topped the U.K. albums chart after its first week of release. At age 79, the folk rock legend became the oldest male solo performing artist ever to top this chart as well as the oldest to do so with a collection of new original songs. "Rough And Rowdy Ways" is Dylan's ninth #1 U.K. album to date.

Willie Nelson's annual 4th of July Picnic will take place this year as a concert film that will include new livestream performances plus interviews and archival footage. Nelson will perform with his band from his studio in Austin, TX, and other featured artists will perform from home. The concert will stream on July 4 via and

Alice Cooper recently signed on to host one of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp's series of "Masterclass" virtual tutorials. During these classes, the instructors share tips, tell stories about their careers, and answer questions. The legendary shock rocker's class will take place July 15. For more info, visit

Also that week, it was announced that "Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine," a new documentary about the iconic monthly periodical, will make its theatrical premiere sometime this August. This upcoming film features Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and other past contributors. Creem magazine was founded in Detroit in 1969 and was one of the leading music publications during the 1970s.

Finally, Queen will be honored in the U.K. with a set of stamps to be released July 9, 2020. Eight stamps will feature album covers by the legendary band, and four others will commemorate past Queen concerts.

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