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Friday, October 20, 2017
Fans can pay tribute to DJ Rick Shaw and leave with piece of music history

in 1964, while he worked for WQAM, DJ Rick Shaw, who passed away in September, was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. Fans, friends and colleagues will pay tribute at a memorial Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. The will also be a silent auction featuring Rick Shaw memorabilia.

Source: Miami Herald
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Liam Gallagher explains how he forgot Beatles lyrics on stage

Liam Gallagher has revealed how he managed to forget the words to The Beatles' Come Together while covering the song with Foo Fighters earlier this month at the CalJam festival. He explained in an interview, "I thought we were doing [Beatles song] 'I Am the Walrus', but I got there and it was 'Come Together', so I was going, 'Who? What? Why?'."

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ford Museum to exhibit Rock & Roll memorabilia

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit is coming to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids next month. "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics" features exhibits including George Harrison's visit to the White House, and explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights to stimulate thought and effect change.

Source: WXMI TV, Grand Rapids
Rolling Stone magazine prints its first issue 50 years ago today

In the fall of 1967, Rolling Stone began operating out of a loft in San Francisco. Just a couple days before printing, co-founder Jann Wenner selected a photo for the cover, John Lennon from the film How I Won the War, which was hitting theaters the same time as the magazine. "It was the last piece of the puzzle for the issue," Wenner said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Video: ELO Turn To Stone at Wembley Stadium

A video of Jeff Lynne's ELO performing "Turn To Stone" at Wembley Stadium in London is now on the internet. The entire show, called "Wembley Or Bust", is being released as a live CD/DVD showing the legendary concert in all its glory. Lynne said, "It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined."

Source: The Independant, UK
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Which sounds better, analog or digital music?

Record players have made a comeback over the past decade. So what's the deal with the vinyl phenomenon? Is it really possible that records just inherently make a fuller sound? To have any hope of answering these questions, we have to start with something more basic: What is sound and how do we hear it?

Source: Scientific American
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paul McCartney to take part in 60th anniversary Grammy special

The 60th Annual Grammys will be held on January 28, 2018, and in honor of the milestone, CBS is airing a retrospective TV special about the award show. The two-hour program, which will air November 24, will include appearances from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Sting, among others.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Liam Gallagher believes John Lennon is looking out for him

Liam Gallagher says John Lennon is his spiritual guide and he believes the music legend is watching over him. "(He's my) spiritual guide. I do believe he's here. I do believe that he's looking out for me," ardent John Lennon fan Gallagher told Rolling Stone magazine, who also named his eldest son, Lennon, 18, after him.

Source: Business Standard
Monday, October 9, 2017
Video: Foo Fighters cover Beatles with Liam Gallagher, Aerosmith's Joe Perry

At their one-day Cal Jam festival on Saturday in San Bernardino, California, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined the Foo Fighters on stage to perform the Beatles' Come Together with vocals by Liam Gallagher, who performed a solo set earlier in the day. Gallagher was so into the moment, he jumped into the audience to crowd-surf.

Source: Billboard
Friday, October 6, 2017
Liam Gallager's awkward encounter with Paul Mccartney

In a new interview, frontman Liam Gallagher recalled a meeting with McCartney, where he couldn't tell if Paul McCartney was offering him a drink or a pizza. Gallagher asked Paul, Do you like margaritas? But Paul answered he doesn't "eat at this time of night," possibly thinking Liam meant a Neopolitan pizza, known as a margherita.

Source: Diffuser
Jeff Lynne Wembley or Bust live release coming

Jeff Lynne's ELO announced today a live CD/DVD of their June 24, 2017, concert at London's Wembley Stadium, in various CD, Blu-ray and LP packages on Nov. 17 on Columbia Records. Electric Light Orchestra has always been known for their epic live shows and their distinct style that seamlessly blends rock, pop and classical.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Interview: Alan Parsons reveals what The Beatles were really like

Alan Parsons has been the major influence behind some of the most successful albums in rock history, including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be albums. Parsons and his songwriting partner Eric Woolfson achieved major success in their own right with The Alan Parsons Project.

Source: The Express, UK
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Free Fallin': Tom Petty wrote his biggest hit to make Jeff Lynne laugh

As easy tunes go, Tom Petty's 1989 hit "Free Fallin'" is good for a laugh. And as it turns out, that's exactly what Petty had in mind when he wrote it. He says he began writing the song spontaneously during sessions for his debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever," as a way to make producer Jeff Lynne crack up.

Source: Guitar World
In pictures: Tom Petty (1950 - 2017)

Pictures from the life and career of Tom Petty, who passed away on Monday, including with Bob Dylan in New York in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage in 1979, with the Heartbreakers after their 40th anniversary tour, with his wife Dana York in 2001, and his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year.

Source: The London Times, UK
Tom Petty tributes pour in from rock stars, fans

On Tom Petty, Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom." Olivia and Dhani Harrison tweeted, "Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. We will love and miss him for the rest of our days. Our thoughts are with his family and all the heart breakers."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tom Petty, a mainstay of rock with the Heartbreakers, dies at 66

Tom Petty, who melded California rock with his Southern heritage to produce a long string of hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with some of his elders and influences to form the Traveling Wilburys, writing and recording with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Source: New York Times
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Founding member of the Fourmost passes away

Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I'm In Love, released later that year, were produced by George Martin and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Billy Joel joins Paul McCartney onstage on Long Island

For the second-to-last show of Paul McCartney's eight-night "residency" in the New York metropolitan area last night, the star was joined onstage by native son Billy Joel for two Beatles favorites. Joel came onstage midway through McCartney's eight-song encore to join the band for Get Back and Birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons says streaming is killing the next Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In an interview on the Fox Business Channel, Gene Simmons was asked, do streaming services hurt artists when it comes to ownership, when it comes to earnings? He said, It's a disaster because the fans have decided, and they've been trained, to not pay for music. And that means that the next Beatles and the next Elvis...[they think] it's free."

Source: Digital Music News
Monday, September 18, 2017
Video: Bruce Springsteen joins Paul McCartney on stage in New York City

Paul McCartney got a little help from his friend to close out his first full concert at Madison Square Garden in a dozen years. The legendary musician brought his pal Bruce Springsteen onstage Friday to perform the early Beatles hit "I Saw Her Standing There," not once, but twice, during his encore. Steven Van Zandt also joined in.

Related Articles  Source: NY Daily News
Liam Gallagher's son Lennon looks the spitting image of his dad

Lennon Gallagher, Liam Gallagher's oldest son, is the spitting image of his dad. And it's not just like he has a few similar features, he could play his dad in a film about Oasis in 90s and people would question if a time machine has been used to film it. Lennon was born in 1999, and was named after John Lennon, a tribute to Liam's favorite musician.

Source: LAD Bible

Rolling Stone magazine is up for sale

Trailblazing music and popular culture magazine Rolling Stone is putting itself up for sale. It comes after Jann Wenner, who launched the magazine in 1967 and now runs it with his 27-year-old son Gus, told The New York Times, "I love my job, I enjoy it. I've enjoyed it for a long time." But he said selling now is "just the smart thing to do".

Source: Sky News, UK
Friday, September 15, 2017
DJ Emperor Rosko on his return to broadcasting: Controlled chaos

Legendary prirate radio and BBC Radio One DJ from the sixties, Emperor Rosko, has launched Last Pirate FM week to commemorate Remember a Charity In Your Will Week 2017. Rosko says he still loves classics like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles but expressed his dislike for modern music. "I don't get the message," he says.

Source: Bournemouth Echo, UK
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
John Lennon merchandise to be available on Amazon

Global retail branding and merchandising company Epic Rights has teamed up with Merch by Amazon program to sell official apparel and cellphone accessories on Amazon. This deal includes products featuring John Lennon. Other artists also to be on sale will include KISS, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Wham! and Def Leppard.

Source: Billboard
Monday, September 4, 2017
Dave Grohl reveals The Beatles inspired him to play guitar

Dave Grohl has said he learned to play guitar because of the legendary band, The Beatles. He said, "That's really where I learned to play guitar. I would put an album on...try to play along according to this simple music sheet, almost like I was in a band in my bedroom, trying to follow along with these other players."

Source: Times of India
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Full casting for Cilla the Musical

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Cilla - The Musical. The musical, which has been written by Pope, will have the cast performing the Merseybeat sound. The musical follows the story of Cilla's life from Liverpudlian teenager to one of the best-loved entertainers in the country.

Source: What's On Stage
Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 1964: Bob Dylan gets the Beatles high

After playing a concert at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, The Beatles returned to their suite at the Hotel Delmonico in Manhattan. That day, journalist Al Aronowitz had arranged a summit between the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Dylan brought along the weed, who when offered to get them buzzed, was surprised to learn they hadn't smoked pot yet.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Rare John Lennon commemorative guitar sells for 9,000

An incredibly rare guitar, one of only 75 ever made, has just been sold off for 9,000 (about $11,600) in Truro city centre in Cornwall, England. The Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th anniversary edition, steel-strung guitar arrived at renowned rock and roll music shop Modern Music last week and was immediately snapped up by a "big fan."

Source: Cornwall Live, UK
Thursday, August 17, 2017
How photographer spent his teenage days with the Beatles

Paul Berriff had two paper rounds when he was 12, and wanted to be a photographer for Picture Post or Life Magazine. In 1963, as a trainee editorial assistant, photographing the pop stars of the day, he came into contact with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and Marianne Faithfull. His pictures are now on exhibition in York, England.

Source: The York Press, UK
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
On working with John Lennon Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas, the producer of John Lennon's final sessions and his Double Fantasy album, has produced new American act Silverplanes. "Jack really helped me to shape the songs," says Aaron Smart of Silverplanes. "What originally made me want to work with him was knowing that he recorded Imagine with John Lennon."

Source: Noise 11
Elvis Presley: What they said about the King

The influence of Elvis Presley on his fellow singers and musicians is incalculable, and many of them have gone on the record to say so. John Lennon said, "If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Paul McCartney said, "When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, August 11, 2017
Video: Liam Gallagher channelling John Lennon on new track

Liam Gallagher's new song "For What Its Worth" is the most Lennonish song the former Oasis member has ever recorded. Oasis made their fame and fortune by using Beatles ingredients on their albums, from the first few seconds Liam's new song is 100% Lennon and it doesn't let up. Liam's new album "As Your Were" is due on October 6.

Source: Noise 11
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why Southern California is where rock music was born

The next time you hear an electric guitar, remember that the first was built in Southern California. On Aug. 10, 1937, a patent was issued to Electro String Instrument Corp. for electrical stringed musical instruments. The Electro String company is now known as Rickenbacker, based in Santa Ana, who's guitars were made famous by the Beatles.

Source: Orange County Register
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Video: Glen Campbell performs medley of Beach Boys hits

Glen Campbell was in his earlier years an in-demand studio musician as a member of the fabled group known as the Wrecking Crew. He even, for a brief time, was a member of the Beach Boys. Campbell relived his time with the Beach Boys in this video clip from the 80's, in which he performs a medley of the hits that he cut with them.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, August 7, 2017
Video: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon at intimate Chicago gig

Arcade Fire mashed up John Lennon, Radiohead and David Bowie during an intimate show in Chicago on Saturday night. In their second encore, they began by playing Lennon's "Mind Games" before adding in a section of Radiohead's "Karma Police", then plthe chorus of Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" before circling back to "Mind Games."

Source: NME, UK

Peter Asher
Peter Asher Q&A: Producing Linda Ronstadt and more

In this interview, legendary British-born producer and performer Peter Asher, Beatles pal and half of the duo Peter and Gordon, talks about the vital role he played in the creation of Linda Ronstadt's recordings and his management of the singer, as well as some of his other production clients, including working with Cher, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney plays drums on upcoming Foo Fighters LP

Foo Fighters has recruited Paul McCartney to play drums on one track from their upcoming ninth LP, Concrete and Gold. In a new interview, Dave Grohl called the Beatle "the most wonderful guy in the world." However, Grohl clarified that McCartney isn't the surprise "pop star" guest Foo Fighters have been teasing for over a month.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eric Clapton
New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, September 7th to 17th, before airing on Showtime in 2018. The film features interviews with Clapton's family, friends, musical collaborators, peers and heroes, including late musicians like B.B. King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Concert For Bangladesh: Looking back

On August 1, 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Not only was it Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring five years earlier, it would go down as one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history, with appearances by Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, July 24, 2017
Video: Phish debuts the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever

Phish kicked off their second of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden with their debut cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour standout Strawberry Fields Forever. The song was streamed across the band's social media accounts as all set openers are during this run. The video of the performance is now available on the internet.

Source: Relix
Video: 14-Year Old Dave Grohl Covering The Beatles

Audio has surfaced of what a YouTube uploader claims is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing with one of his first bands called Nameless when he was a freshman in high school in 1983/1984, the band documented in the Dave Grohl biography titled "This is a Call." In the video, Grohl covers the Who and the Beatles.

Source: Alternative Nation
July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper's Movie Opens

The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is unanimously recognized as an artistic triumph. The movie of the same name, which opened on July 24, 1978? Not so much. A shoe-in box-office success by the power of their popularity and the appeal of Beatles songs from the Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road albums, right? No.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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