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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Guitarist Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died. Lake was a founding member of King Crimson before he met Keith Emerson and eventually drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Gregg also toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band. His death was announced on his website.

Source: WSB TV
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

YouTube has said it has paid the music industry $1 billion in royalties this year, but record companies claim it is not enough. They say YouTube does not pay a fair rate to musicians and record labels. Artists like Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran have all written to the US Congress asking for Copyright laws to be changed.

Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
Monday, November 28, 2016
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Friday, November 25, 2016
European Union's 'Use it or Lose it' copyright law benefits fans

A law in the E.U. says if recordings aren't officially released within 50 years of being made, the songs become public domain. As a result of this law, passed just a few years ago, massive acts from the '60s and '70s including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are opening up their vaults of unreleased recordings.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bay City Rollers on their encounters with The Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In a new interview, Woody of The Bay City Rollers said, "One time in Los Angeles we were driving into the Beverly Hills Hotel the wrong way. "He [Ringo Starr] just looked and shook his head and said, 'Those Roller boys' before making a face. He knew what we were going through. He was a bit older and had been through all that."

Source: The Express, UK

Jeff Lynne
Five reasons ELO should be in the Hall of Fame

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra was responsible for some of the most catchy music to come out of the '70s. Jeff Lynne is a die-hard fan of the Beatles, he produced George Harrison's acclaimed 1987 comeback solo album, Cloud Nine, several songs on Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time in 1992, and Free as a Bird and Real Love for the Beatles in 1994.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 14, 2016
Beatles-inspired tribute to 2016's late celebs goes viral

The celebrities who passed in 2016 have been remembered in a touching tribute to British talent, inspired by The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper album. Uploaded to Twitter on Saturday by a user called Christthebarker, the montage has quickly gone viral and attracted international attention for its poignancy.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Exploring Eric Clapton's Beatles and George Harrison collaborations

In the late Sixties, the Beatles and Eric Clapton kicked off a nearly five-decade-long tradition of recorded collaborations. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the only official EMI Beatles recording Clapton ever played on, is an undisputed highlight, but Slowhand's fretwork also graces recordings by all four solo Beatles.

Source: Guitar World
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Peter Asher
Video: Peter Asher performs A World Without Love

The multi-Grammy Award-winning Peter Asher and Albert Lee, who was voted Guitar Player Magazine's Best Country Guitar Picker five times, have gone on the road together. As half of Sixties rockers Peter & Gordon, Asher had 10 top 40 hits, including I Got to Pieces and the Paul McCartney-penned World Without Love, and McCartney once dated his sister, Jane Asher.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Monday, November 7, 2016
Justin Bieber plays Beatles during impromptu performance at Toronto bar

Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance at a Toronto pub on Friday night. Bieber dropped by Fifth Pubhouse alone, ordered a drink and stopped to watch the Toronto Raptors game. When he spotted a piano, he asked if he could play it and soon began serenading the room with a wide variety of music including The Beatles' Let it Be.

Source: National Post, Toronto
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Beatles used to open shows for me

Joe Brown had The Beatles as his support act when they were still unknown, and he was also the man who played guitar behind his head, something Jimi Hendrix soon copied. He became good friends with George Harrison, who was best man at his wedding. At 75, Brown is still touring around the UK.

Source: The Sunday Post, UK
Beatles recording engineer-turned musician to take the stage

In 1967, Alan Parsons was an assistant engineer at the Abbey Road studios, working on the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be albums. He was one of the lucky few allowed on the roof of Apple Records when the Beatles played their final live performance. The Alan Parsons Project performs in Thousand Oaks, CA, tonight.

Beatles Calendar  Source: The Camarillo Acorn, CA
Thursday, November 3, 2016
PBS series Soundbreaking lovingly details the art of record making

Sir George Martin had a last project: a documentary series on the impact of recorded music. Unfortunately, the legendary Beatles producer died before the final work was completed, but his spirit imbues every frame of Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, an 8-part series that airs on PBS beginning Nov. 14.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Five Beatles albums to be included in Capitol 75th Anniversary vinyl set

Capitol Records is kicking off its 75th anniversary this month with The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that will be reissued on vinyl as chosen by a panel of journalists, authors and creative figures. Among the albums chosen are five from the Beatles, four from Frank Sinatra, and two from the Beach Boys.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Monday, October 31, 2016
5 Years Ago: The Beach Boys finally release the troubled Smile Sessions

Until Oct. 31, 2011, the Beach Boys' Smile was one of music's most famous unreleased albums. Bootlegged, pored over and reconstructed for more than 40 years, it was said to be Brian Wilson's masterpiece, a reaction to the Beatles' culture-shifting period that yielded both Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Zayn Malik talks Beatles influence in new autobiography

A new extract from Zayn Malik's forthcoming autobiography has revealed how he considers The Beatles to be an important influence on his own music. In the new extract, Malik revealed how he'd been regularly listening to The Beatles while making his debut album. The autobiography, titled Zayn, is set for release on November 1.

Source: NME, UK
37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration To Honor Sir George Martin

The late Sir George Martin will be honored at 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine on December 15, 16, & 17. This year marks the first time the multi-media event will honor and feature artists from the classic rock realm. Gary Brooker, the "voice of Procol Harum," will be a special guest.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Monday, October 24, 2016
Johnny Marr says he felt like Yoko Ono

Johnny Marr thinks the only person to have had as much a "hard time" over a band splitting as he did is John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. He says he thinks Ono, who was widely blamed for splitting up The Beatles, is the only person to have reached the level of hatred over the end of a band as he did when he left The Smiths in 1987.

Source: The List, UK
Nobel authorities say Bob Dylan is rude and arrogant Warning: Page opens with sound

Bob Dylan is known for being uncomfortable in the spotlight. But, following his elusiveness after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, they be having second thoughts on their decision. Per Wastberg, who chairs the Nobel Committee for Literature 2016, described Dylan's lack of response to the accolade as "rude and arrogant."

Source: CNBC
Thursday, October 20, 2016
One of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, Phil Chess, dies at 95

Legendary hit man Phil Chess has passed away at the age of 95. Chess and his brother, Leonard Chess, cofounded Chess records in Chicago in the late 1940s, through which they played a huge role in shepherding the careers of blues and R&B performers including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.

Source: The Forward
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Todd Rundgren
Interview: Todd Rundgren on John Lennon and Ringo Starr

Since his start with garage rockers The Nazz in 1968, Todd Rundgren has worked with a dazzling array of bands, and achieved recognition with a series of critically acclaimed solo albums. He shares some of his moments from more than 40 years in music, which include some spiky exchanges with John Lennon, and experiences with a drunk and sober Ringo Starr.

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
17 classic Chuck Berry covers on his birthday

To commemorate his 90th birthday on October 18, Best Classic Bands has compiled a list of 17 of the greatest-ever Chuck Berry covers, including covers of Back in the U.S.A. by Linda Ronstadt, Rock and Roll Music by The Beatles and Roll Over Beethoven by The Electric Light Orchestra, which the Beatles also covered.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Chuck Berry turns 90 and announces first studio album in 38 years

Chuck Berry celebrates his 90th birthday today. With his revolutionary style, the singer and guitarist paved the way for rock music in the 1960s, inspiring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more. He's not done yet, he announced today that he would be releasing his first studio album in 38 years, entitled "Chuck," to come out in 2017.

Related Articles  Source: Deutsche Welle
Monday, October 17, 2016
Fans cook up fantasy concert lineups for possible Desert Trip sequel

Desert Trip organizers have not issued a formal yea or nay to a follow-up. It's pure speculation whether they'll mount another grand-scale event next fall, or in subsequent years. The Los Angeles Times put as a question to concertgoers to find out who they'd like to see on stage if there is to be a sequel to the event.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times

Phil Collins
Phil Collins reveals 14-year grudge against Paul McCartney

It has been revealed that Phil Collins has never forgiven Paul McCartney for an awkward encounter at Buckingham Palace back in 2002. Collins claims he asked his hero to sign a copy of Hunter Davies' book The Beatles during a celebration marking the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was left a little jarred by the rocker's condescending response.

Source: London Free Press, London, Ontario
Friday, October 14, 2016
Can song lyrics ever be poetry?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize has reignited the debate about whether song lyrics can ever be considered literature. It's been going on since the early 1960s, John Lennon published a volume of nonsense verse In His Own Write. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, taking their cue from Dylan, began to tackle more serious subject matter.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Warning: Page opens with sound

Bob Dylan, one of the world's most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Former Travelling Willbury with George Harrison, Dylan appeared last weekend at Desert Trip on the same bill with Paul McCartney.

Source: New York Times
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson on the influence of the Beatles

Today, Brian Wilson releases his long-awaited memoir, "I Am Brian Wilson." In an excerpt, he discusses the influence of two of the Beach Boys' only true rivals in the '60s: the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He said, "The one that really got me was Rubber Soul, which came out at the end of 1965. Rubber Soul is probably the greatest record ever."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Monday, October 10, 2016
Video: The Rolling Stones honor the Beatles at Desert Trip

The Rolling Stones closed out the opening night of the all-star Desert Trip festival in Indio, California on Friday Night with a greatest-hits set that included their first ever attempt covering the Beatles' song Come Together. Mick Jagger said, "We're gonna do a cover song of a sort of unknown beat group. I think you might remember them."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Lennon-Bowie tribute offers a Slick finish

"Heroes and Lennon's 76th Birthday" will celebrate the music of John Lennon, whose birthday is Oct. 9, and David Bowie, who died last January. The concert will feature Earl Slick, known for his work on albums from both megastars, including Bowie's Young Americans and Lennon's final LP Double Fantasy in 1980.

Source: Syracuse Newtimes
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

David Crosby
David Crosby brands Desert Trip festival a scam

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rocker David Crosby has branded the upcoming Desert Trip rock festival a "scam". He said, "All it is really is a parking lot...You're standing there for hours and hours. You can't tell who's onstage because they're a pinprick - that's why (Mick) Jagger waves a scarf around, man: he's so far away you can't tell it's him."

Related Articles  Source: New Magazine, UK
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Paul McCartney and Harry Styles share similarities in their career

Both Paul McCartney and Harry Styles can claim to have been part of the biggest band in the world. In a new interview, they realized they have more in common. Styles revealed he was feeling like he wasn't able to do what he wanted with One Direction, and McCartney said he felt the same when The Beatles disbanded in 1970.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Abbey Road Studios opening its doors to overnight guests one night only

Airbnb is offering four lucky guests a free overnight stay in the most famous townhouse in North London, the iconic Abbey Road Studios. The split-level Studio 3 in St. John's Wood, where many of music's greatest artists have been discovered, will be converted into a temporary bedroom for one night only on October 15.

Source: Business Insider
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Donovan
Donovan's fingerstyle that became the Beatles' White Album

Donovan Leitch, who's gone by his first name only for more than five decades, wrote and recorded hit songs like Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, yet his influence as a songwriter and musician reaches beyond his own music. As George Harrison noted in the 1995 documentary The Beatles Anthology, "Donovan was all over the White Album."

Source: Westword
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Stevie Van Zandt's foundation to host NYC Beatles documentary premiere

This Thursday, September 15th, Stevie Van Zandt's non-profit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years. Van Zandt's foundation offers extensive educational materials free-of-charge to middle and high school teachers.

Related Articles  Source: Morning Ticker
Monday, September 12, 2016
Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

Given the breathtaking melodies and arrangements propelling Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, it's a wonder that the venue's stage and shell didn't blast off into the cosmos as the concert was ending. It was a dazzling concert that seemed beamed from another galaxy.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 9, 2016
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Donovan looks back on his time spent hanging with the Beatles

Sept. 3 marked the 50th anniversary since "Sunshine Superman," a song that took British singer and guitarist Donovan to the top of the Billboard charts, hit No. 1. In a new interview, Donovan took a look back at the song that became synonymous with the psychedelic era, and time spent with his buddies The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Friday, September 2, 2016
Video Tribute: Fifth Beatle Billy Preston would have turned 70 today

The only artist to be featured on a Beatles record by name, Billy Preston, on "Get Back," died in 2006. Today would have been his 70th birthday. Billy played on records by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Sly and the Family Stone. He also had major hits like "Nothing from Nothing" and "Will it Go Round in Circles."

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, September 1, 2016
John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'

Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday in Liverpool. Former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson and two Beatles tribute bands also appeared.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Micky Dolenz
Video: Micky Dolenz gets brick on the Cavern wall of fame

Monkee Micky Dolenz has been given a brick on the Cavern Club wall of fame in Mathew Street. And the 71-year-old, who is playing two shows of old and new Monkees tracks at the famous venue today at the end of his International Beatleweek visit, was overwhelmed to be given the honor. A firm favorite with Beatleweek fans, he said, "It's been fantastic."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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