Dusty Hill dies, the Rolling Stones reprogram

July 2021 marked both the beginning and the end of eras for the rock community.

The new music was announced by several artists, some of whom had not released material for several years. Iron Maiden has unveiled their 17th studio album, Senjutsu, would arrive in September. Lindsey Buckingham announced a new solo LP, a project that had been delayed not only due to the pandemic but also the singer and songwriter’s heart surgery in 2019. Yes also returned with their first batch of original music since 2014 Heaven and earth. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Van Halen finally made his debut with his band, Mammoth WVH, in front of a concert audience, and the Rolling Stones unveiled new US tour dates, which would later mark their first concerts in more than two years. Additionally, Bob Dylan gave fans a pre-recorded performance titled Kingdom of Shadows.

Heartbreaking news arrived at the end of July, when it was announced that ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill had died at the age of 72 from health complications. Condolences are pouring in from other rockers around the world for the bassist, who has been with the band for over 50 years.

You can review the biggest stories from July 2021 below.

New music from Lindsey Buckingham, Iron Maiden, Yes and George Lynch

In his first solo outing since his split from Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham noted that he wasn’t aiming to reinvent the wheel with his eponymous LP, but to duplicate the musical lessons he had learned over the years. “As you get older, I hope you continue to anchor yourself a little more in the craft of what you do,” he noted. “For me, getting older has probably helped reinforce the innocence and idealism which hopefully have always been there.” When he announced the release in July, he also revealed his plans for a solo tour in the fall. Meanwhile, teasers led Iron Maiden fans to speculate that the band’s new album would be titled “Writing on the Wall,” which turned out to be the name of the album’s lead single. According to singer Bruce Dickinson, Senjutsu, their first album in six years, was recorded in early 2019 during a hiatus “so we can maximize our tour while still having a long pre-release prep period to put together some great album covers and something special as a video “. Progressive rock pioneers Yes also confirmed that a new album is on the horizon, with the release of their debut single, “The Ice Bridge,” which was notable for being the band’s first without bassist and founding member Chris Squire. , who passed away in 2015. “We commissioned several orchestrations to increase and improve the overall sound of these new recordings,” guitarist Steve Howe wrote in a statement posted to the band’s website, “hoping our focus on melody , paired with extensive solo instrumental breaks will keep the momentum going for our listeners.Another kind of new music announcement also came at the start of the month from George Lynch, who revealed that he would soon be releasing his first instrumental album , Transparent.

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Bob Dylan broadcasts prerecorded Kingdom of Shadows To show

A little over a year after the release of his 39th album, Rough and rowdy waysBob Dylan has appeared in front of an audience again, but not in the traditional sense. The songwriter, who turned 80 earlier in the year, released a pre-recorded concert titled Kingdom of Shadows, shot in a film noir style, which featured mostly songs from his early years. Performing with a small house band in a sweatshop setting, Dylan opened the night with “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” a track first recorded by the band in 1971, then meandered through the songs of several of the Dylan’s most admired albums, including blonde on blonde, Bring it all home, Highway 61 revisited and others, with each song arrangement reinvented. Dylan then announced a live, in-person tour for fall 2021.

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The Rolling Stones announce rescheduled unfiltered US tour dates

The Rolling Stones, a band that isn’t the type to stay off the road for long, have confirmed they are going ahead with a US tour in the fall. Most dates were postponed from shows canceled in 2020, but a few dates – like Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo – could not be rescheduled. “I am so excited to be back on stage and I want to thank everyone for their patience,” Mick Jagger said in a statement at the time of the announcement. The 13 date race was launched in September and lasted about two months.

Read more: The Rolling Stones announce dates for their unfiltered US tour in 2021

Mammoth WVH performs first concert for fans

Several weeks before their first series of shows planned for Guns N ‘Roses, Mammoth WVH, the band led by Wolfgang Van Halen, performed for the first time to a live audience at a surprise concert in Lawrence, Kan. Announced only a day before, the show quickly sold out. As expected, on the evening’s set list, songs from Mammoth’s self-titled debut album WVH, released in June. As a reminder, the band included “Distance,” a song written and dedicated to Wolfgang’s late father, Eddie Van Halen, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart earlier in the year.

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ZZ Top Dies Dusty Hill

Shortly after ZZ Top returned to the road, news broke that bassist and founding member Dusty Hill had passed away at age 72. The bassist had been struggling with health issues for some time and even though he took a leave of absence after two concerts in early July. , he insisted that the group continue the tour. “He said, ‘I’m going to come down and see what happens,'” said band member Billy Gibbons. Variety after Hill’s death. “Until then,” he said, “the show must go on. Do not forget it. And he was pointing his finger and shaking it. “Gibbons also noted that Hill encouraged the group to stay together after he died.” As Dusty said when he left, ‘Let the show go on!’ “Gibbons” said on SiriusXM radio. “With respect, we will do well to go beyond that and honor his wishes.” Hill wasn’t the only musician who died in July 2021: Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, Kansas violinist Robby Steinhardt, David Bowie guitarist John Hutchinson, former Uriah Heep frontman John Lawton and Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar also died during the summer month.

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