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Friday, April 25, 2014
Jared Leto documentary declares war on EMI

When EMI sued 30 Seconds to Mars for breach of contact after the band left the label in 2008, Jared Leto picked up a video camera and made "Artifact," a documentary he filmed under the name Bartholomew Cubbins that airs Saturday on VH1 and Palladia. Leto hopes the film turns the volume way up on corporate greed.

Source: USA Today
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends including John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be closing in June after 47 years, although production will continue outside the U.S. One former factory worker called it "the end of an iconic American brand."

Source: Albany Times Union
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Pandora sued by record companies over music made before 1972

The biggest online radio service, Pandora, infringed copyright playing music recorded before 1972, including songs by the Beatles, a group of record companies, including Capitol Records, has claimed in a lawsuit, accusing Pandora of "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation" of thousands of recordings.

Related Articles  Source: Bloomberg News
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harry Nilsson
Tim Freedman to Honor Harry Nilsson in Melbourne

Tim Freedman will be honouring the legacy of one of the 20th century's great singer-songwriters, the legendary Harry Nilsson in Melbourne on July 18. In a 1968 press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously referred to Nilsson as their "favourite American group" after Lennon had listened to his second album for 36 hours straight.

Source: Broadway World Australia
Monday, April 14, 2014
British band The Vamps give nod to Beatles with first album

It's no coincidence that the debut of British band The Vamps, titled "Meet The Vamps," out today, echoes the title of the Beatles' second album. Singer Bradley Simpson said, "We realised the Beatles connection. We didn't want to be insulting or big-headed in any way but being a British band we are massively influenced by them."

Source: Daily Star, UK
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Laurence Juber
Review: Small club show was Laurence Juber at his best

Seeing Laurence Juber is always a treat because his guitar work and music is such a joy to hear. But the April 6 show at the intimate Club Fox in Redwood City, CA., was even better than usual because the layout of the venue made the show so up close and personal. The tiny club held only about 75 people, and they got quite a memorable night.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The EMI Saga in 10 Beatles Songs

The battle between the private-equity firm founded by Guy Hands and Citigroup over the firm's ill-fated investment in EMI is set to be reignited in court by 2016. Funds managed by Terra Firma are claiming at least $3.61 billion in damages amid new allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation. The allegations are denied by Citigroup.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Rolling Stones manager skips own induction to protest Rock Hall of Fame

Former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will skip his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. He says he objects to the way cameras are allowed to record award show highlights for subsequent TV specials, and is unhappy he and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were being inducted jointly.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 7, 2014
Richard Marx back for another song on Ringo Starr's forthcoming album

Richard Marx says Ringo Starr only needed some additional melody and lyric help with "Mystery of the Night" for Y Not. Now, Starr's level of trust has grown to the point where, Marx says, Starr is letting him come up with his own ideas for an as-yet-untitled forthcoming Starr release that also features Toto's Steve Lukather.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz on how Beatles got into final Monkees TV show

Monkees fans will remember that Good Morning, Good Morning from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appears as part of the Micky Dolenz-directed final episode of their TV show. Turns out the song has always had special meaning for Dolenz, as he'd heard an early playback of the song at Abbey Road Studios. "I was so wiped out," he remembers.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, April 4, 2014
Eraserheads recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover

Reunited members of the Eraserheads on Thursday crossed Abbey Road in London, recreating the iconic album cover of their idols The Beatles. Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala, who are staging a reunion concert in London Friday night, had photos taken of them crossing the famous road.

Source: ABS-CBN News
Thursday, April 3, 2014
New Eric Clapton band lineup for spring and summer tour dates

Eric Clapton's 2014 Tour resumes April 27 with his first headlining appearance at the 45th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Joining Eric will be Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Dave Bronze (bass), Henry Spinetti (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (keyboards), and Sharon White and Michelle John (backing vocals).

Source: Where's Eric!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Beatles first tour to US voted UK's greatest departure

Heathrow Airport says the public's choice of the most iconic departure from the UK over the last century by aircraft, train, boat or car is The Beatle's first tour of the US in 1964. 3,000 fans were present to see them off. Coming second was Bob Geldof's departure to Ethiopia, in Africa. His visit in 1985 led to the creation of Live Aid.

Source: Airport World

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren gives 'Unpredictable' concert in Niagara Falls

"An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren" certainly proved to be an unpredictable concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night. Rundgren, who arguably has been recording for more than four decades and been a producer on some of the biggest hit albums of the past and present, and is still going strong with no end in sight.

Source: Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Billy Preston
Session legends: Billy Preston

Thought by many to be the fifth Beatle, Billy Preston's greatest asset was his ability to play to the song. You don't get to back The Beatles unless you've got a supernatural understanding of band dynamics, and Preston's affable personality was able to slot right in to any set up. His playing ran from tender to downright savage, and he could sing to boot.

Source: MusicRadar
Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson release Son of Dracula 40 years ago

Two of the biggest rock stars of the '70s filming a comedy inspired by the legend of Dracula. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turned out. But on paper, having Harry Nilsson team up with Ringo Starr for "Son of Dracula" must have looked like a great idea. Sadly, the fun failed to translate to the screen.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd 35 years ago today

On March 27, 1979, Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison and the inspiration for the songs "Something," and "Layla." Clapton and Harrison became close friends in the '60s, at which time Clapton became infatuated with Boyd, who continually rebuffed his advances. But Clapton remained deeply in love with her.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, March 21, 2014
Gimme Abbey concert celebrates Beatles and the Stones

Gimme Abbey, a tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, will be presented on April 24 in Destin, FL. Two nationally acclaimed tribute bands, The Return embracing Beatlemania and Satisfaction who personify the Rolling Stones, join forces for this special tribute.

Source: Destin.com, FL
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, August 2, 2013
Liverpool celebrates The City That Rocked the World

A special screening last night of "The City That Rocked the World" at the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre enthralled an audience of over eighty five music legends and VIP's from the world of music. It was a film that, while mentioning the huge impact of the Beatles, showed that there was so much more to the Merseybeat scene.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Monkee was born 68 years ago

On March 8, 1945, Mickey Dolenz was born in Los Angeles. Following the success of The Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," producers for Columbia Pictures TV wanted a comedy program based on a rock group. They auditioned 500 performers in the fall of 1965, and Mickey Dolenz, David Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith became "The Monkees."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 2, 2012
Brits meet Yanks for '60s music symposium on Catalina Island

Last Saturday, the iconic Catalina Island casino was the scene of "The British Invasion Rocks America," a rock 'n' roll symposium, a first of its kind event attended by almost 600 fans sponsored by the Catalina Island Museum. The symposium included Peter Asher, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz and pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Catalina Island Museum's rock n' roll symposium next weekend

The Catalina Island Museum Presents The British Invasion Rocks America is the first of its kind and will examine the movement of the blues from America to Britain and back to America during the "British Invasion." Rock icon Spencer Davis worked with the museum to organize the symposium, which takes place in the Avalon Casino on June 30th.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
An Evening of Monkees Memories coming to Connecticut

In the sixties, The Monkees captured the hearts of millions. On February 29, 2012, Davy Jones of The Monkees passed away. On Friday night, March 30, in tribute to Davy Jones, Liverpool Productions will be presenting "An Evening of Monkees Memories" at Aldario's Restaurant in Milford, CT. The event is open to all ages and doors open at 7pm.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Legendary British band Stackridge to make US

Stackridge, the British band that became a cult favorite in the 1970's and recently reunited to critical acclaim, is scheduled to appear as musical guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday night, March 14. The program will feature the band's first-ever performance in the United States.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gerry Marsden
Gerry and the Pacemakers shine in new documentary

A new documentary on Gerry and the Pacemakers featuring 17 performances from 1963-1965 and new interviews taped at the Cavern with Gerry Marsden had its premiere screening Wednesday night, August 26th, at the Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool as part of a series on classic artists of the British Invasion.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Capitol to re-release two more classic Beach Boys albums on vinyl

Put the needle in the groove! Capitol/EMI's high quality "From The Capitol Vaults" U.S. vinyl campaign continues November 3 with the limited edition, 180-gram vinyl release of 11 classic, standout albums from EMI Music's celebrated catalog, including The Beach Boys' Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and Beach Boys Today!

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
An evening of sixties British Explosion rocks Berkeley

The sounds of the sixties British Explosion Unplugged rocked Berkeley, California, Sunday night at The Freight and Salvage. A variety of tribute bands delighted the audience playing music that ranged from John Lennon, Donavan, The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Beatles. The next British Explosion night is on June 5th in San Francisco.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It's going to be A Hard Days Night - All over again

MerseyCats, the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Children's Charity, is collaborating with the world famous Hard Days Night Hotel to provide live bands from the 60s at the hotel on a regular basis bringing back the famous Mersey Sound to Mathew Street after a gap of some 48 years. The first show is booked for May 31.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, March 13, 2009

Alan Livingston
The man who brought Beatlemania to America, dead at 91

Former record company executive Alan Livingston died today in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Livingston was the president of Capitol Records at the time the company obtained the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for recordings of The Beatles in December, 1963. Within weeks, Beatlemania exploded in America.

Source: Beatles News

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