November 29, 2020 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 22, 2020, the Recording Academy announced that Paul McCartney, Prince, Mavis Staples, and James Taylor are among the nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards. Other nominees include "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice" and ZZ Top's "That Little Ol' Band From Texas" for Best Music Film. The awards ceremonies will air January 31, 2021 on CBS.
Also that week, Queen's hugely popular "Greatest Hits" made a return to the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 for the second time since its original release in 1981. Veteran Australian rock band AC/DC topped this chart with their latest album, "Power Up."
NBC announced that Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will perform on the December 12, 2020 edition of "Saturday Night Live." The Boss previously appeared on SNL in 1992, 2002, and 2015.
Also that week, it was announced that "Mick Fleetwood & Friends -- Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac" will be shown in select theaters March 23 and 28, 2021. This movie captures an all-star tribute concert to the band's original frontman, Peter Green, that took place February 2020 at the London Palladium. Performers included Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, along with several Fleetwood Mac members, both past and present.
An upcoming documentary about Blood, Sweat & Tears is in the works that is expected out sometime in 2021-2022. Titled "What The Hell Happened To Blood Sweat & Tears," this movie will delve into the reasons behind the band's decline in popularity after their politically ill-fated 1970 U.S. State Department-sponsored tour behind the Iron Curtain.
Finally, Darlene Love released a new animated video for her perennial holiday classic, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which can be viewed on her official YouTube channel.
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (single, new mix of 1970 hit) - digital download, streaming - November 25, 2020
The Kinks - Lola (single, remastered version of 1970 hit from "Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround") - digital download, streaming - November 25, 2020
Frank Zappa - Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - digital download, streaming - November 27, 2020
The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - December 18, 2020
Mick Fleetwood & more - Mick Fleetwood & Friends -- Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac (2020 concert film and album) - various formats - April 30, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
My Christmas countdown has begun! And what better way to start it off than by listening to my favorite Christmas song of all time, Darlene Love "Christmas Baby, Please Come Home!" https://t.co/cnRVJ0sCbB— David Villanueva (@authordavidv) November 27, 2020
The mammoth 5LP/3CD edition also includes interview clips and highlights from Zappa's career https://t.co/me4ZiqLTMd— NME (@NME) November 29, 2020