September 5, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of August 29, 2021, Smokey Robinson was announced as being among the honorees at this year's Songs of Hope virtual gala. The Motown legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will receive the Clive Davis Legend in Songwriting award for his numerous career achievements as a composer. Jimmy Jam will co-host the awards ceremonies to be streamed on September 30.
Also that week, Elton John's "Cold Heart" debuted on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart at #39, making this his first appearance on that tally since 1998. This song is from his upcoming album, "The Lockdown Sessions," featuring collaborations with other performing artists recorded during the pandemic.
Elton John announced that his last-ever London show will take place June 24, 2022 when he will headline next year's BST Hyde Park. In addition, his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is back on track and currently set to end in Australia sometime in 2023.
ABBA announced its first new album in 40 years, "Voyage," which is due out on November 5, 2021. This recording was created in conjunction with an upcoming concert experience featuring avatars of all four ABBA members performing digitally with a live 10-piece band in a specially-built 3,000-person capacity arena in London. For more info and tickets, visit ABBAVoyage.com.
Two virtual Van Morrison concerts will stream at nugs.net on September 10 and 11, 2021. The first show will be a career-spanning concert of songs from Morrison's extensive catalog. The second show will feature songs from his 2021 album, "Latest Record Project: Volume 1," plus selected classics.
Also that week, it was announced that Jackson Browne will be among the featured performers on the November 13 episode of Austin City Limits, making this his first appearance on this PBS series in almost 20 years. Also announced was the release of official trailers for two upcoming documentaries: "Becoming Led Zeppelin" and "The Velvet Underground." The latter film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021, will arrive October 15 on Apple TV+.
Finally, Alice Cooper will serve as one of the grand marshals for the 2021 Fiesta Bowl Parade to take place December 18 in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. He will be joined by the nine founders of the NCAA's Fiesta Bowl football game which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This event will be broadcast live on Arizona's Family 3TV channel and will also be viewable online and via the AZFamily app.
Ron Bushy (December 23, 1941 - August 29, 2021): Longtime drummer for Iron Butterfly who played the drum solo on the band's 1968 smash, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
Elton John - Concert at BST Hyde Park 2022 - London, England - June 24, 2022
Canceled & Postponed Events:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Original Dates - Rescheduled Dates)
KISS - Concert - Clarkston, MI - September 1, 2021 - To be announced
KISS - Concert - Dayton, OH - September 2, 2021 - To be announced
The Doobie Brothers - Concert - Clarkson, MI - September 2, 2021 - To be announced
The Doobie Brothers - Concert - Burgettstown, PA - September 4, 2021 - To be announced
KISS - Concert - Tinley Park, IL - September 4, 2021 - To be announced
KISS - Concert - Milwaukee, WI - September 5, 2021 - To be announced
The Doobie Brothers - Concert - Toledo, OH - September 5, 2021 - To be announced
The Doobie Brothers - Concert - Cincinnati, OH - September 8, 2021 - To be announced
New & Upcoming Recordings:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Eric Clapton - This Has Gotta Stop (single) - digital download, streaming - August 30, 2021
ABBA - I Still Have Faith In You (single from "Voyage") - digital download, streaming - September 2, 2021
ABBA - Don't Shut Me Down (single from "Voyage") - digital download, streaming - September 2, 2021
Yes - Dare To Know (single from "The Quest") - digital download, streaming - September 2, 2021
Lindsey Buckingham - Scream (single from "Lindsey Buckingham") - digital download, streaming - September 2, 2021
Shirley & Company, Average White Band, Major Lance, amp; more - Disco 75 - CD - September 3, 2021
Diana Ross - If The World Just Danced (single from "Thank You") - digital download, streaming - September 3, 2021
Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - September 17, 2021
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987 album remix) - various formats - ca. October, 2021
Yes - The Quest - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 1, 2021
David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971 album reissue) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 15, 2021
Elton John, Stevie Wonder, & more - The Lockdown Sessions - CD, digital download, streaming - October 22, 2021
Alan Parsons Live Project - The NeverEnding Show: Live In The Netherlands (concert album and video) - various formats - November 5, 2021
ABBA - Voyage - CD, digital download, streaming - November 5, 2021
Diana Ross - Thank You - CD, digital download, streaming - November 5, 2021
The Doors - L.A. Woman: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (1971 album reissue) - CD, vinyl - December 3, 2021
New & Upcoming Books:
(Author - Title - Publisher - Publication Date)
Graham Nash - A Life In Focus: The Photography Of Graham Nash - Simon & Schuster - November 16, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy, who was behind the kit on the rock classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and appeared on all of the band's albums, has died at 79 https://t.co/g5IgZlOa8c— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 29, 2021
Eric Clapton releases new song, "This Has Gotta Stop," apparently lashing out at recent media criticism https://t.co/OfWEbYBo9O— 98 Rock (@98Rock) August 30, 2021
The Velvet Underground chart a radical path in the new trailer for Todd Haynes' upcoming documentary about the revolutionary band https://t.co/JePjjZuPfl— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 30, 2021
Alan Parsons releasing new concert album & video, 'The NeverEnding Show,' in November https://t.co/YeGXgTInoZ— 95.7 The Lake (@957TheLake) September 1, 2021
He recorded songs with Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, and many more. The album includes an all-star version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the track. Pre-order now. https://t.co/yAksGLid9e— 107-3 The Eagle (@1073TheEagle) September 2, 2021
Deluxe reissue of David Crosby's first solo album, 'If I Could Only Remember My Name,' due in October https://t.co/s1SoYdfnpY— 95.7 The Lake (@957TheLake) September 2, 2021
It's a simple song with a catchy hook. What do you think? - Fisher— 107-3 The Eagle (@1073TheEagle) September 2, 2021
Sir Elton John will play his final London date in Hyde Park next year on June 24 2022 as part of BST Hyde Park squashing all rumours he will be performing at Glastonbury. For access info go to https://t.co/s7nroqexJW #EltonJohn #hero pic.twitter.com/EEHiBNvkly— able2uk.com (@able2uk) September 3, 2021
'Becoming Led Zeppelin': See First Clip From Upcoming Authorized Doc – Rolling Stone https://t.co/jZHK11pjpn— James Souza (@JimmySouza65) September 5, 2021