June 20, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of June 13, 2021, PBS announced that Jimmy Buffett and Gladys Knight will be joining the lineup of this station's 41st annual "A Capitol Fourth" TV special to be broadcast on July 4 at 8 PM EST. This year's show will also stream on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org and will feature pre-taped performances from across the U.S. due to the pandemic.
Also that week, it was announced that George Clinton, Martha Reeves, and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of The 5th Dimension are among those to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The exact days for each artist's unveiling ceremony will be announced at some later date.
Eric Clapton announced a new series of concerts in the U.S. to take place this September, his first since before the start of the pandemic. Other veteran bands and artist to announce newly scheduled tours and other live events for the remainder of 2021 include Foreigner, KISS, Van Morrison, Santana, and Rod Stewart (see below for more information.
Diana Ross will release her first new original studio album in over 20 years this September. Titled "Thank You," this recording was made in her home studio during the pandemic shutdown in collaboration with a number of producers and songwriters who have created hits for such artists as Taylor Swift and Kanye West. The title single is currently available in various digital formats.
Also that week, it was announced that "The Beatles: Get Back" will premiere on the Disney+ channel as a three-day event taking place November 25-27. This upcoming dicumentary, which features over six hours of previously unseen footage, covers the January 1969 recording sessions for the band's final studio album, "Let It Be" (1970). Highlights include The Beatles' last-ever live show which famously took place on the roof of the Apple headquarters in London.
Finally, Cher arranged for a mobile medical unit to travel through New York City to provide free access to vaccines and testing to those in need through her newly-established CherCares Pandemic Resource and Research Fund (CPRRF), which the philanthropic pop legend formed with Dr. Irwin Redlener of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP). Operated by the NYC Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps, this mobile unit will be available in different locations throughout the city through July 16.
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
Foreigner - Tour - U.S. - June 24-November 20, 2021
KISS - Tour (End Of The Road) - U.S. - August 18-October 9, 2021
The Doobie Brothers - 50th Anniversary Tour three new concerts) - U.S. - August 24-28, 2021
Santana - Tour (Blessings & Miracles) - U.S. - September 11-October 2, 2021
Eric Clapton - Concerts - U.S. - September 13-26, 2021
Van Morrison - Concerts - U.S. - September 25-October 5, 2021
Rod Stewart - Residency (Rod Stewart: The Hits) - Las Vegas, NV - October 6-23, 2021
Van Morrison - Concerts - U.S. - February 12-20, 2022
New & Upcoming Recordings:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Eric Clapton & Van Morrison Slowhand & Van) - The Rebels (single) - vinyl, digital download, streaming - June 11, 2021
Diana Ross - Thank You (title single from upcoming album) - digital download, streaming - June 17, 2021
Foghat - 8 Days On The Road (concert album and video) - CD/DVD, digital download, streaming - July 16, 2021
Diana Ross - Thank You - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - September 10, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
KISS set to relaunch End of the Road Tour in July; adds new dates to trek https://t.co/MZMdWj3OQT— 98 Rock (@98Rock) June 14, 2021