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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Peter Asher
A Peter & Gordon reunion - almost

When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press, "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher's British Invasion tribute show in Laguna Beach will include duets with his old partner through video segments.

Source: Los Angeles Times
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bert Berns
Bert Berns to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Bert Berns, who wrote the classic song Twist and Shout that became a hit for The Beatles, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with a lifetime achievement award. Berns was a prolific songwriter and sought-after producer during the 1960s, but was only 38 when he died of a heart attack in December 1967.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Monday, January 25, 2016

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson announces Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour

Founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former Beach Boy Al Jardine.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Mersey Beat was the first social network for new music fans

Fifty years ago before Facebook and Spotify, Mersey Beat Magazine was the unsung hero of a scene that placed Liverpool at the centre of the musical universe. In 1959, Bill Harry was getting the cash together to fund a jazz publication but, after becoming friendly with a then little known group called The Beatles, he decided to change tack.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
How John Lennon's sons paid tribute to Elvis on behalf of their father

On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon participated in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian said, "Our father was a big fan of Elvis's," and then read a direct quote from John Lennon.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rock photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz to appear in Atlanta

Rock and roll photographers try to get as close to their subjects as possible, and few got as close as Pattie Boyd. Married to George Harrison from 1966 to 1977, she inspired his song "Something," and also inspired Eric Clapton to write "Layla" about her in 1970. Her photos of these two and others will be part of a live show in April in Atlanta.

Source: Access Atlanta
The Beatles and Bob Dylan come together in Georgia art exhibit

Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are together again, in visual art. You can also up the artistic ante with Bob Dylan. Signed artwork by the musical and cultural icons will be featured in a free exhibit at the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell, GA., from April 8 through April 10.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sale of Michael Jackson art includes drawings of the Beatles

A man is planning to sell his collection of drawings by Michael Jackson, to raise funds for a drug rehabilitation centre he now runs in Florida. The pastel, charcoal, pencil and pen portraits of figures including Princess Diana, JFK, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe had been authenticated and were valued in excess of $100 million.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Review: Peter Asher and Albert Lee in Pennsylvania

Brit music makers Peter Asher and Albert Lee played Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, Sunday. They spoke at length, even more than they sang and played, about their illustrious pasts. Asher, half of '60s hit-makers Peter & Gordon, told a great story about when Paul McCartney wrote World Without Love, which he "maddeningly finished in eight minutes."

Source: Philly.com
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie's life touched McCartney and Ringo, too

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono reacted quickly today to the news of David Bowie's death. "Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," McCartney wrote on Twitter. Also Ringo Starr, who appeared in Bowie's Ziggy Stardust film, wrote, "God bless David Bowie. Peace and love to all his family."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
David Bowie: His friendship with John Lennon recalled

The death of David Bowie yesterday has sent shock waves through the music community, stars and fans alike. During Bowie's decades-long career, he became friends with many other famous stars, including John Lennon. May Pang recounts their first meeting in her book, "Loving John," in September of 1974.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, January 8, 2016
The 10 best ELO songs

In September 2014, Lynne played his first major ELO show since 1986, at London's Hyde Park, and positive feedback encouraged him to write and record Alone In The Universe, spanning intricate rockers, hypnotic blues and some of his most Beatles-esque ballads. This is look back at the ELO catalog, one of rock's most under-appreciated.

Source: Stereogum
Monday, January 4, 2016
Robert Stigwood dies at 81

Robert Stigwood, manager of Cream and the Bee Gees before producing a string of smash musicals and films, has died at 81. In 1967, Stigwood merged his first company with NEMS, which was founded by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. He produced the 1978 film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jeff Lynne
Happy 68th birthday Jeff Lynne

68 years ago today, Jeff Lynne was born. Lynne had the unique ambition to combine modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones and formed Electric Light Orchestra. As a result ELO became one of the biggest bands in the world with multiple hits including Evil Woman, Turned to Stone. Living Thing, Sweet Talkin' Woman and Strange Magic.

Source: Glide Magazine
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peter Noone
Peter Noone recalls underage drinking with John Lennon

It's 1965, and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits walks into a London bar with John Lennon. Noone is 17 and too young to drink. So Lennon tells the bartender, "it's all right, he's with me." Then Lennon gave him one of his drinks."I was just a cheeky kid and John was a Beatle," Noone said this week in a telephone interview.

Source: Villages News, Florida
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Why Elvis Presley dissed The Beatles to President Nixon

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the historic, if not unusual, meeting between The King of Rock and Roll and President Richard Nixon at the White House which took place on December 21, 1970. Trying to convince Nixon that he was "on his side," Presley specifically named The Beatles as a threat to America's youth.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Video: What the Beatles would sound like if they were a djent band

Today on the internet, guitarist Egor Lappo, aka Rockul, offered a djent rendition of The Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever. The cover features vocals by Gleb Shashkov, who calls the Beatles one of my favorite bands. Egor said, "Couldn't stop listening to Please Please Me album when I was 12 and heard them for the first time."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cilla Black
Christmas Day TV special in the UK to remember Cilla Black

An hour-long Cilla Black tribute, to be broadcast at 10:45pm on Christmas day on ITV1 in the UK, will celebrate the life of Cilla, who passed away on August 1st. The documentary will feature interviews with her famous friends, including Ringo Starr and Sir Cliff Richard, and will also feature rare archive footage of the singer and entertainer in action.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Smithsonian looking for fan's favorite rock photos

From the beginning, rock 'n' roll's concertgoers never stopped taking pictures of their favorite performers, whether they used Instamatics or Instagram. Now Smithsonian Books is inviting anyone who has taken a picture of their favorite artist to send it in to be included in a massive crowd-sourced site of live rock 'n' roll performances.

Source: The Smithsonian
Monday, November 30, 2015
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation. Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me," in fact, appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, November 27, 2015
Beatles recording engineer to give free talk in Leeds

Ken Scott, who worked as an engineer for The Beatles and producer for David Bowie, is to give to a public talk at Leeds Beckett University next month, sharing his memories of working with some of the biggest names in rock and pop. Mr. Scott is a visiting senior lecturer in the University's School of Film, Music and Performing Arts.

Source: The Yorkshire Post, UK
Friday, November 20, 2015
Audio: Beach Boys' stripped-down Beatles cover

An upcoming, expanded edition of the Beach Boys' 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! will present the group's original unplugged, raw recordings of the album's songs without the original LP's canned audience cheering. The band's cover of the Beatles' song Tell Me Why, as it was recorded, is now streaming online.

Source: Rolling Stone

Bob Gruen
Q&A: John Lennon's photographer Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen, John Lennon's personal photographer and close friend when he was living in New York City in the 1970s, is known for his iconic portraits capturing rock stars in relaxed, casual moments. Gruen has photographed everyone from the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Madonna to Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: NJ.com
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Who was bigger: Elvis Presley or The Beatles?

How can we compare or quantify the popularity of the two biggest acts in the history of the music business? The new book, Elvis: Behind The Legend, attempts to answer this daunting question by comparing the record sales of Elvis Presley to the Beatles. As simple as this may seem, the answer is surprisingly complicated.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
Friday, November 13, 2015
Video: Justin Bieber compares his new song to Let It Be

In a new interview, Justin Bieber sheds light on the process behind creating his latest hit single "Sorry," praising collaborator Skrillex's "unorthodox" approach, and comparing the simplicity of the track to The Beatles' 1970 track "Let It Be." His new single topped the streaming record he set with September's "What Do You Mean?"

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Nuns banned Elvis Costello from taking Beatles name

Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school in Middlesex. "They forbade us to take John or Paul...even though they were saints", he said.

Source: RTE News, Ireland
Monday, November 9, 2015
Jeff Lynne's ELO to play Liverpool show

Jeff Lynne is to play Liverpool with ELO, starting his national tour at Echo Arena Liverpool. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne worked with The Beatles a number of times. They will be also performing a live set for BBC Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Old Beatles haunt in Liverpool now includes record store

Situated on Slater Street in Liverpool, Jacaranda Records is upstairs from the main Jaranada bar and it's fitting that one of The Beatles old haunts is now home to a record shop. As well as new and old vinyl you can have a beer or a coffee and sit in one of the booths which has its own record player and listen to some music.

Source: Purple Revolver
Monday, October 26, 2015
Jeff Lynne explains how E.L.O. came back to fife

On September 14th, 2014 an extremely nervous Jeff Lynne walked onstage at London's Hyde Park to a sea of 50,000 fans for his first major Electric Light Orchestra concert since the group folded in 1986. He said," I was just knocked out, just the most wonderful crowd I'd ever seen. I had so much fun doing it, I decided to come back and do a new album."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Pandora to pay $90 million to settle suit over pre-1972 hits

Pandora has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit over its use of recordings released before 1972. Record labels had argued that songs such as the Beatles' Hey Jude are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. This follows a similar deal in June with Sirius XM.

Source: The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Video: Jeff Beck plays a stripped-down version of A Day in the Life

A video posted to Facebook just last week shows Jeff Beck and London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier performing Beck's well-known instrumental version of the Beatles' A Day in the Life in front of a small TV-studio audience. The video is special, if not unusual, because Beck normally performs A Day in the Life with a full band.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Beatles' signed Mick Jagger's Clockwork Orange petition up for auction

A letter signed by all four Beatles petitioning for Mick Jagger to play the lead role in the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange has hit the auction block with an estimated selling price of $18,000 to $25,000. Stanley Kubrick eventually secured the rights to A Clockwork Orange and cast Malcolm McDowell in the role.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart to publish memoirs

Dave Stewart will tell-all in his upcoming memoir "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This A Life In Music." His group Eurythmics with Annie Lennox became one of the biggest acts of the 80s with more than a dozen hit songs millions of album sales. He also worked as producer for other artists including Ringo Starr, Bon Jovi, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger.

Source: Music-News
Monday, September 28, 2015
ELO unveils new lineup on Face the Music 40 years ago

It's no secret that the biggest influence on Jeff Lynne was the Beatles. For their fifth album, Face the Music, Electric Light Orchestra changed things up quite a bit. Band members were replaced, a new recording studio was chosen and the focus was put on the songs as opposed to being a symphonic concept piece like Eldorado.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Beatles were the greatest boy-band ever, actually

Today Rolling Stone published a list of the 50 greatest songs by boy bands. The rankings span from the Monkees to One Direction while highlighting underrated boy-band fare (the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" and Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie"), but there was one glaring omission: the Beatles. (Fine, two: the Beach Boys.)

Source: Vulture
Monday, September 21, 2015

McCartney sell-out could lead to crackdown on cyber scalping

Paul McCartney fans were furious after tickets for his upcoming NY show sold out in just three and a half minutes as hackers used computer bots to buy up tickets in bulk. Now, new legislation proposed by Senator Charles Schumer would prohibit the unfair and deceptive act of using software for the use of purchasing tickets in bulk.

Source: WGRZ TV, Buffalo
Friday, September 18, 2015

Beatles performing Shakespeare
Review: Shakespeare meets the Beatles on stage in L.A.

"These Paper Bullets!: A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'", which opened at the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday, lives up to its frisky subtitle and then some. The stage is a kaleidoscope of miniskirts and go-go boots, beehives and mop tops, and more sex and drugs than anyone over 35 could possibly want or handle.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Peter Asher to join Denny Laine in concert in Concord

Denny Laine, formerly of the Moody Blues and Wings, returns to Concord, NH, with special guest emcee Peter Asher for the Complete Band on the Run, a live on-stage performance of the classic album, complete and unabridged, with maybe even a Peter and Gordon hit from Peter Asher to round out the show, at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Oct. 25.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Rare rock art now on exhibition in West Hollywood

Rare photographs from the Bob Bonis Archive are now on display in West Hollywood. The collection includes limited edition photographs by Bob Bonis, former US tour manager of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones during their first tours of America, featuring intimate and unguarded photos of both groups, many previously unseen.

Source: Canyon News, Beverly Hills
Thursday, September 10, 2015
ELO to return with new album soon

A simple announcement today on Jeff Lynne's Facebook page revealed, "Jeff Lynne's ELO has signed a global deal with Columbia Records and is set to release a new ELO album! The first new ELO music in over a decade! More news coming soon!" And with today's news about a new album, can a worldwide ELO tour be far behind?

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, September 7, 2015
The continuing story of Macca and Jacko

Despite his financial overreaching, Michael Jackson was a serious dealmaker. And his purchase of the ATV music catalog, home to the Beatles' catalogue, 30 years ago this month, stands as one of the greatest music deals of all time. Predictably, the purchase put an end to Paul McCartney and Jackson's friendship.

Source: Yahoo! Music

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