August 29, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 22, 2021, Elton John re-emerged on the Billboard Hot 100 after 21 years with "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)," which made its debut at no. 81. This single also debuted at nos. 3 and 16, respectively, on the Hot Dance-Electronic Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. "Cold Heart" is a mash-up of four songs - "Rocket Man," "Sacrifice," "Kiss The Bride," and "Where's The Shoorah."
Also that week, The Rolling Stones announced that their 2021 No Filter tour, which kicks off on September 26 in St. Louis, MO, will continue as originally scheduled in the wake of Charlie Watts' recent passing. Paul McCartney and numerous other rock luminaries paid tribute to the band's famed longtime drummer following his death on August 24 at age 80.
Barry Manilow's "Harmony" musical will be making a return to the stage in 2022 at New York City's Edmond J. Safra Hall Theatre at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Previews will begin on March 23, with regular performances to take place April 13 through May 8. Co-written by Manilow and Bruce Sussman, "Harmony" made its premiere 25 years ago at California's La Jolla Playhouse.
Joni Mitchell was named 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year for her many artistic and philanthropic achievements over the years. The legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will be honored at a benefit gala to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 29.
Also that week, it was announced that The Grateful Dead and Rhino have partnered with Amazon Prime to launch a series of archival concert films as part of the Coda Collection. This series kicked off with a film that captures a stadium concert from July 2, 1989 in Foxborough, MA featuring such classics as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Playing In The Band," and "Friend Of The Devil." Upcoming concert films will include "Live In Washington, D.C. 7/12/89" and "Live At Giants Stadium 6/17/91" to premiere on September 8 and September 29, respectively.
Finally, August 24, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the original release of The Rolling Stones' "Tattoo You." This classic album, which spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in late 1981, includes the hits, "Start Me Up," "Hang Fire," and "Waiting On A Friend."
Charlie Watts (June 2, 1941 - August 24, 2021): Celebrated longtime drummer for The Rolling Stones who served with the band as one of its core members since 1963
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
The Rolling Stones - Tour (No Filter) - U.S. - September 26 - November 20, 2021
Vanilla Fudge - Tour - U.S. - September 30 - November 17, 2021
New & Upcoming Recordings:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top & more - May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson - CD - August 26, 2021
Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats - Gotta Have The Rumble - CD, digital download, streaming - August 27, 2021
Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats - Rockabilly Banjo (single from "Gotta Have The Rumble") - digital download, streaming - August 27, 2021
Vanilla Fudge - Stop! In The Name Of Love (single) - digital download, streaming - September 6, 2021
The Beatles - Let It Be (1970 album deluxe reissue) - various formats - October 15, 2021
War - Greatest Hits 2.0 - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 29, 2021
Billy Joel - Billy Joel - The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1 (1970s albums box set) - vinyl - November 5, 2021
Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - November 12, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Charlie Watts, the drummer for the Rolling Stones, passed away today at the age of 80. In 1994, Watts gave Ed Bradley some of his thoughts on his bandmates, calling Keith Richards the leader of the band and Mick Jagger the best frontman in the world. https://t.co/VM2vk9uaPA pic.twitter.com/xVL3m0VvTe— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) August 25, 2021
Courtesy of The Coda CollectionThe Grateful Dead and the Rhino label have partnered with Amazon Prime's music-themed streaming The Coda Collection to launch a series of archival concert films.Three professionally filmed Grateful Dead performances fr… https://t.co/IZdJ61Ke4h— Rock107 (@Rock107) August 26, 2021
Heads up Billy Joel fans there is an awesome box set on the way! What is your favorite 70's era album from Billy? - Fingers https://t.co/czDvQ6gXns— 102.3 WBAB (@1023WBAB) August 26, 2021
The show must go on: The Rolling Stones' U.S. tour dates this fall will proceed as planned after Charlie Watts' death, the band's concert promoter has announced. https://t.co/g8WJnprUmC— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 26, 2021