May 30, 2021 by Amy Gold
During the week of May 23, 2021, John Fogerty announced his return to the stage for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The famed former CCR lead singer has scheduled a six-show Las Vegas residency to take place this October in which he will perform both classic hits and new songs. For more info and tickets, visit WynnLasVegas.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Also that week, fans and musicians worldwide paid tribute to Bob Dylan who turned 80 on May 24, 2021. Over his six-decade career, the legendary folk-rock singer-songwriter and Nobel Laureate has continued to perform and record actively to the present day and remains a major figure in popular culture.
Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush are among the veteran artists to serve as presenters at the upcoming 2021 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. The awards ceremonies will be broadcast June 6, 2021 throughout Canada and will air worldwide on CBCMusic.ca/Junos. This show will also be streamed live on CBC Music's Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Twitter pages.
Also that week, a new documentary was announced that covers the influence of India and Indian culture on The Beatles' music and personal lives. Titled "The Beatles And India," this upcoming movie includes rare archival footage, recordings, photos, and eyewitness accounts and segments filmed across India. The documentary will make its premiere in the U.K. next week, with a full release and companion album expected sometime later this year.
Finally, the week of May 23, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the original release of Rod Stewart's "Every Picture Tells A Story," which topped both the U.K. and U.S. album charts. This breakthrough recording includes the smash, "Maggie May," plus Stewart's hit covers of The Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and the Tim Harden-penned "Reason To Believe."
Lou Robin (May 29, 1930 - May 18, 2021): Veteran concert promoter and longtime Johnny Cash manager
Dewayne Blackwell (September 17, 1936 - May 23, 2021): Highly acclaimed country music songwriter who also wrote The Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" (1959) and other oldies pop classics
B.J. Thomas (August 7, 1942 - May 29, 2021): Five-time Grammy-winning pop, country, and Christian singer whose long string of hits included "Hooked On A Feeling" (1968), "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" (1969), and "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (1975)
Tours & Shows:
(Band/Artist - Event(s) - Location - Dates)
Willie Nelson & more - Outlaw Music Festival Tour - U.S. - August 22-October 24, 2021
John Fogerty - Residency - Las Vegas, NV - October 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, and 16, 2021
Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks, & more - 2021 Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, GA - October 22-24, 2021
New & Upcoming Recordings:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
David Bowie - The Width Of A Circle (1970 archival album) - CD - May 28, 2021
Queen - Greatest Hits (1981 album re-release) - various formats - May 28, 2021
The Four Tops - Freedom (single) - digital download, streaming - June 5, 2021
Sweet - System Of The Slaves (single) - digital download, streaming - June 11, 2021
Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren - Joe Jackson & Todd Rundgren's State Theater New Jersey 2005 (album, video) - CD/DVD, digital download, streaming - June 18, 2021
The Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, & more - Almost Famous (2000 movie soundtrack) - CD, vinyl - July 9, 2021
The Allman Brothers Band - The Brothers/March 10, 2020/Madison Square Garden/New York, NY (album, video) - CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, streaming - July 23, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Cameron Crowe will expand the 'Almost Famous' soundtrack this summer with a limited-edition box set. "Long live physical media!" he says. https://t.co/eRXGa4p32c— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 21, 2021
Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, and Margo Price anchor the 2021 tour. https://t.co/FBRhcSNuIQ— RS Country (@RScountry) May 24, 2021
Songwriting Great Dewayne Blackwell Passes https://t.co/dUa8tu6fhO— MusicRow Magazine (@MusicRow) May 25, 2021
Variety salutes Bob Dylan turning 80: "One thing we can say about Dylan that we can't about any other songwriter: his songs will still be getting covered, and parties still thrown in his honor, on his 800th."— Variety (@Variety) May 25, 2021
The 80 best Bob Dylan covers, ranked: https://t.co/e8ErxEz7gl pic.twitter.com/QSRE1ftu7h
Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, St. Vincent among singers, bands for Shaky Knees Festival https://t.co/TC2UyCWgsy— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 26, 2021
Lou Robin, Veteran Concert Promoter and Johnny Cash's Longtime Manager, Dies at 90 https://t.co/rplqfPBof4— billboard biz (@billboardbiz) May 26, 2021
Coming In July: The live album/concert film 'The Brothers / March 10, 2020 / Madison Square Garden / New York, NY' documents The @AllmanBrothers Band 50th anniversary celebration held @TheGarden arrives on CD/Blu-Ray/DVD/downloads + streaming serviceshttps://t.co/x7BfMHZ5Ie— JamBase (@JamBase) May 28, 2021
David Bowie's 'The Width of a Circle' Is a Flawed, Fascinating Snapshot of a Superstar-to-Be: Album Review https://t.co/2fUKGGULlV— Variety (@Variety) May 28, 2021
The Beatles And India: new documentary to shed light on infamous Beatles trip https://t.co/SfOvmAqBgk— Classic Rock Magazine (@ClassicRockMag) May 28, 2021
B.J. Thomas, the Grammy-winning singer with crossover hits such as "I Just Can't Help Believing," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling," has died at 78. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. https://t.co/iXXAEVSMOV— The Associated Press (@AP) May 30, 2021