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Friday, November 17, 2017
Video Interview: Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks has done everything from KRLA disc jockey, hosting The Newlywed Game, to bringing The Beatles to Los Angeles. He appeared on Good Day LA this morning to talk about the upcoming DMS11 Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Calif. Championship next weekend, and talked about the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.

Source: FOX 11, Los Angeles
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Los Angeles rock radio station signs off forever by playing the Beatles

After spending the morning saying goodbye, Classic Rock KSWD The Sound, Los Angeles, left the airwaves at 1pm PT today. The station was sold to Educational Media Foundation and has flipped to Christian Contemporary programming. The station signed off with side two of The Beatles' Abbey Road, as radio station KMET had in 1987.

More Information  Source: OC Register
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
eBay says Beatles sales surge as music buyers get physical

A survey done for eBay says The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd are leading artists getting a boost as music buyers get physical in preference to digital streaming and downloads. The survey comes as a surprise after reports about the digital revolution, with many teenagers said never to have bought a physical album.

Source: Forbes
Jeff Lynne's ELO announces 2018 tour

Jeff Lynne's ELO announced yesterday the first dates of a U.S. tour as well as their return to the U.K. and Europe, for an extended run of shows in 2018. The shows will see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee perform in the U.S. in August and across the continent in September and October.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, November 10, 2017

The Point
Harry Nilsson's overlooked masterpiece

One day I came across the movie, "The Point." My mother said, "Oh, you'd love this! It's about a boy who gets bullied because he's the only person without a pointed head." As a child with undiagnosed autism who was bullied relentlessly, I had self-esteem issues, so my mom thought it would help me out. Plus Ringo Starr narrated it, and that was a bonus.

Source: Splice Today
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Bob Dylan's historic 1963 Martin Guitar goes on sale

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade, including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, is going on sale. The auction is being held on November 11 in Dallas. Only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction, it is expected to fetch at least $300,000.

Source: Guitar World
Beatles records and Elvis autograph stolen in house burglary

Rare first edition Beatles records and a magazine signed by Elvis were stolen from a music lover in Dundee, Scotland, in the early hours of Tuesday. The garage door was forced open and various items of music memorabilia were stolen, including rare vinyl records. Police have asked anyone who is offered similar items for sale to contact them.

Source: STV, Scotland
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated Sgt. Pepper cover features artists lost in 2017

British artist Chris Barker has shared a new rendering of the Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover honoring stars who've passed away this year. Among the artists featured include Tom Petty, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Glen Campbell. He produced one last year featuring Prince, David Bowie and Sir George Martin.

Source: KROQ, Los Angeles
Monday, November 6, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney and Steve Van Zandt play Beatles song

Paul McCartney joined Steven Van Zandt onstage in London on Saturday night. The last time they played together was with Bruce Springsteen in 2012, when the power was unexpectedly shut off due to a curfew. Saying he wanted to "finish some unfinished business," Van Zandt invited McCartney onto the stage for I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Friday, November 3, 2017
Review: Cilla The Musical, New Theatre, Cardiff

Cilla The Musical's storyline neatly weaves itself around a soundtrack of Mersey Beat hits by The Big Three, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Beatles and Cilla herself. Kara Lily Hayworth fully embodies the persona and spirit of the young Cilla through sassiness, song and performance. It's nostalgic, fun, dramatic and musically entertaining.

Source: South Wales Argus, UK
Australian band brings the Flexi-Disc back to life

In 1998, the Eva-Tone Soundsheets company, which developed, patented and manufactured the flexi-disk, declared bankruptcy. Now, Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala will release a deluxe edition of its 2015 Currents album which will include two albums, one 45, a poster and a booklet, and a bright red, translucent, space age-looking flexi disc.

Source: Colorado Springs Independent
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tom Petty joins John Lennon and David Bowie on top-earning dead celebs list

Tom Petty passed away less than a month ago, but the beloved rocker already has made it onto Forbes' annual list of top-earning deceased celebrities. Petty landed at #6 on the list, with earnings of $20 million. Michael Jackson is the #1 top-earning celeb for the fifth year in a row, John Lennon came in at the appropriate #9 with $12 million.

Source: Rock 107, Scranton
Friday, October 27, 2017
Paul McCartney discusses importance of Twist and Shout writer to Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Bang! The Bert Berns Story relates the life an work of the relatively unknown but hugely influential songwriter and producer, whose hits include Twist and Shout. The film features recollections from artists including Paul McCartney, who in a just-released clip talks about the importance of Twist and Shout to the Beatles' career.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Paul McCartney writes touching tribute to Fats Domino

Fats Domino, who died Tuesday at 89, was one of the main pioneers of early rock and roll, influencing virtually everyone who followed him, including the Beatles, who covered his songs and met him on one of their first trips to America. Today, Paul McCartney issued a statement on his website remembering the legendary rocker.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fats Domino
The Day the Beatles met Fats Domino

In 1964, a bunch of rock 'n' roll legends met face-to-face in New Orleans. The Beatles were in the Big Easy for their City Park concert that September and were determined to meet one of their idols, Fats Domino, whom they named as a major influence. Another New Orleans musician, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, agreed to help set up a meeting.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fats Domino: a huge talent who inspired ska, the Beatles and bling

Fats Domino, the boogie-woogie master, who passed away today at the age of 89, shaped the course of popular music over and over again. Elvis Presley proclaimed him "the real king of rock'n'roll", his influence proved vast, not least on the Beatles. Ain't That a Shame was the first song John Lennon learned to play.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tornado touches down during Beach Boys concert

A tornado touched down in Oklahoma on Saturday night during a Beach Boys concert. The group was performing at the Riverwind Casino when the twister hit and ripped part of the roof off the venue. No injuries were reported, according to Pollstar. The EF1 tornado also took down power lines and trees throughout central Oklahoma.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Liam Gallagher
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

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