Today's Big Music News: The Doors, The Beatles

THE DOORS:  Strange Days will be reissued in November

The Doors will reissue their second album on November 17th. A deluxe edition of Strange Days will include remastered stereo and original mono mixes of the project that featured "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times." Vinyl fans can get their retro fix with the original mono mix returning on a 180-gram LP.

Strange Days mixed new songs written on the road with some written before the band's 1967 debut. In fact, the band performed the title song "Strange Days" during its 1966 residency at the London Fog in L.A., while "My Eyes Have Seen You" dates back to 1965. Another early  track is "Moonlight Drive," one of the first songs that the band practiced together, and where the band heard Robby Krieger's haunting bottleneck guitar playing for the first time. It's also the song Morrison sang to Manzarek at Venice Beach in 1965 when the two former UCLA film students reconnected and decided to start The Doors.

THE BEATLES:  PBS set to air a Beatles documentary

The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years is finally coming to broadcast TV.

The film -- which has streamed on Hulu since its release in September 2016 -- will premiere on PBS on November 25th. The film, directed by Ron Howard, won a Grammy and two Emmys this year.

After the premiere, PBS will show the documentary Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, which first aired in June to mark the 50th anniversary of that album.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN:  Urges legalization of medical marijuana

Olivia Newton-John is urging the legalization of medical marijuana.

Olivia, who turns 69 today, talked about it last week on NBC's Today show and has continued to advocate its use this week on Australian TV. As we've reported in recent months, she's been using products derived from cannabis to help with her cancer treatment. (Daily Mail)

Olivia:  "I'm really hoping that you will have it accessible to people, particularly for people who are in pain, and there are... it's not just cancer. It's many, many illnesses -- children with epilepsy. Parents are going to jail for trying to help their children by giving them medicinal cannabis. That has to change -- and I think it will. I think people are realizing this has been a maligned plant, but it's a healing plant with a lot of wonderful properties. It can help a lot of people and they're doing a lot of research into the healing properties of cannabis. Not just for pain, but to cure things."

On Australia's 60 Minutes, Olivia Newton-John says she receives medical marijuana from her husband, who markets herbs and herbal products:

"It's not hard to get. My husband's a plant medicine man, so he grew cannabis for me and made tinctures from me to take for pain and information and so may other things that cannabis can do. It's been a maligned plant all these years, and it really is a magical miracle plant."


Hall and Oates, who don’t usually perform on New Year’s Eve, will do so this year. They’ll ring in 2018 at the Winstar Hotel and Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma (near Ardmore).

Former Haircut 100 frontman Nick Heyward will release Woodland Echoes, his first solo album in 18 years, on November 3rd.

A show called Celebrating David Bowie will tour the U.S. next year, February 10th through March 11th. Led by onetime Bowie sidemen Adrian Belew and Mike Garson, the tour promises guest appearances by others who worked with him.

Citing sources from Bob Dylan’s camp, Rolling Stone speculates that the next volume of his Bootleg Series will come from a documentary film of the Rolling Thunder Tour with Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson and others. Or it could be more outtakes from Blood on the Tracks and Desire.

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