July 25, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 18, 2021, it was announced that Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be among this year's recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. The awards ceremonies will take place December 5 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast on CBS during the 2021-2022 television season.
Also that week, a number of veteran bands and artists announced their return to the stage for later this year. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will launch a solo tour beginning this August, and The Rolling Stones will resume the North American leg of their "No Filter" tour this September which was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Tony Bennett will give his final performances with Lady Gaga this August at NYC's Radio City Music Hall, and George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic announced his "un-retirement" at age 80 with a show planned for this August on Verzuz, a new webcast series launched in 2020.
Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to its shows as part of its promotion, "Return To Live." Participating acts include Alice Cooper, Chicago, Dead & Company, The Doobie Brothers, KISS, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. For more info, visit LiveNation.com.
Also that week, it was announced that "An Odd Little Place: The Digital Works of Jerry Garcia (1992-1995)" will soon be going to auction on YellowHeart. This collection includes over 20 works of art created by the late Grateful Dead co-founder on his Apple computer.
Finally, "Don McLean's American Pie: The Official 50th Anniversary Celebration" is available now as a "bookazine" wherever magazines are sold. This 96-page publication covers the history of this classic song and includes photos of the famed singer-songwriter through the years.
Robby Steinhardt (May 25, 1950 - July 17, 2021): Violinist and founding member of Kansas who also served as the band's co-lead singer
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Concerts (One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga) - New York City (Radio City Music Hall) - August 3 and 5, 2021
Brian Wilson - Tour - U.S. - August 29-October 23, 2021
Neil Young, Willie Nelson, & more - Farm Aid 2021 - Hartford, CT - September 25, 2021
The Rolling Stones - Tour (No Filter) - U.S. - September 26-November 20, 2021
New & Upcoming Recordings:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Karen Black - Dreaming Of You 1971-1976 (archival album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - July 16, 2021
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Stir It Up (single from "Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Capitol Session '73") - digital download, streaming - July 16, 2021
Lindsey Buckingham - On the Wrong Side (single from "Lindsey Buckingham") - digital download, streaming - July 23, 2021
Glen Campbell - Glen Campbell: Live From The Troubadour (2008 archival live album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - July 23, 2021
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - September 3, 2021
Tony Kaye of Yes - End Of Innocence - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - September 10, 2021
Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985) (archival album) - CD, vinyl - September 17, 2021
Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - September 17, 2021
Grateful Dead - Listen To The River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73 (limited-edition archival box set) - CD - October 1, 2021
Grateful Dead - Listen To The River: St. Louis December 10, 1971 (archival album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 1, 2021
Grateful Dead - Light Into Ashes: Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (10/18/72) (archival album) - vinyl - October 1, 2021
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Bob Marley & The Wailers: The Capitol Session '73 (archival album) - DVD/CD, CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 1, 2021
Judas Priest - Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music (50th anniversary box set) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - October 15, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
"She was a little bit shy about singing, professionally, even though she was not shy at all about singing in her personal life." https://t.co/yzWifQ2sCV— American Songwriter (@AmerSongwriter) July 16, 2021
Bob Marley & The Wailers' 'Capitol Session '73' set for September release! Restored and available for the first time, this legendary session is coming out in physical and digital formats. https://t.co/tq1zJxXO5s— uDiscover Music (@uDiscoverMusic) July 16, 2021
Judas Priest will release an expansive, career-spanning box set to celebrate their five-decade anniversary: https://t.co/SsjtnId4kc— UltimateClassicRock (@UltClassicRock) July 16, 2021
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga to Pair Up for Final Shows Together in August https://t.co/AL60zPGd5a— Variety (@Variety) July 19, 2021
Robby Steinhardt, the violinist and co-vocalist for the classic rock outfit Kansas, has died at the age of 71. https://t.co/sLwjdmgEvt— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 19, 2021
Tony Kaye of Yes announces solo album.https://t.co/UB5LZZO40m— Prog Report (@theprogreport) July 20, 2021
DON McLEAN'S AMERICAN PIE BOOKAZINE OFFICIALLY IN STORES! https://t.co/O9ZC1xFdSK— MusicMattersMagazine (@MusicMattersUSA) July 22, 2021
The Rolling Stones have announced their rescheduled 2021 'No Filter' tour dates, removing stops in some cities while adding a few in others. check out the full itinerary https://t.co/7VOyieWsbI pic.twitter.com/oMoUYOEHam— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 22, 2021
Live Nation announces $20 ticket promotion for shows by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, KISS & more https://t.co/V0eoegIexJ— 95.7 The Lake (@957TheLake) July 22, 2021
At age 80, George Clinton announces his un-retirement - and a Verzuz episode https://t.co/2WODhPZgmA— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 22, 2021
What do you think of his new song? https://t.co/K2tPt6aTKJ— 107-3 The Eagle (@1073TheEagle) July 23, 2021