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For the Love of Music: New PBS special features The O’Jays singing hits and brand-new tunes


Credit: Denise TruscelloA new PBS concert special starring Philadelphia soul legends The O’Jays will premiere on select stations starting this Saturday, August 17. The O’Jays: Live in New York was recorded this year at a March 30 performance at the historic St. George Theatre in Staten Island.

The show features performances of many of the group’s classic hits, including “I Love Music,” “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers,” “Use ta Be My Girl” and “For the Love of Money,” as well as four songs from the band’s latest — and, reportedly, final — studio album, The Last Word.

A companion Live in New York album will be released digitally on September 7, while a DVD and a CD of the show will be available during upcoming PBS pledge drives.

In other news, The O’Jays will take part in a special Q&A and performance event on August 29 at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. The group also will be inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame at a special ceremony on October 22.

The O’Jays also have about a dozen upcoming concerts on their 2019 schedule. Here are all the dates, according to

8/16 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
8/17 — Mashantucket, CT, Grand Theater at Foxwoods (with Kool & The Gang)
8/25 — San Diego, CA, Embarcadero Marina Park South (with The Commodores)
8/29 — Los Angeles, CA, The Grammy Museum
8/30 — Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
9/21 — Grand Ronde, OR, Spirit Mountain Casino
9/27 — Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
10/5 — Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/7 — Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
10/26 — Cleveland, OH, KeyBank State Theatre
10/27 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre (with The Isley Brothers)
11/9 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
11/29 — Maricopa, AZ, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

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