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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

Liam Gallagher
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
Friday, July 21, 2017
SiriusXM's Beatles Channel announces new Billy Joel guest shots

SiriusXM announced today that Billy Joel will host various guest DJ sessions on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel that will feature Joel commenting on songs from every one of The Beatles' original U.S. studio albums. While sitting at the piano playing snippets of classic Beatles songs, Joel will reflect on every American Beatles LP.

Related Articles  Source: Sys-Con
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tunabunny releases a sprawling, Beatles-inspired opus

Adventurous local Georgia rock group Tunabunny isn't afraid to take an idea and run with it. The band's next undertaking will be a double LP mirroring The Beatles' self-titled White Album titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. While the record is intended as a response to the White Album, it carries its own weight.

Source: Flagpole, Athens, GA
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Paul McCartney says Rolling Stones should stick to their hits

Throughout their respective 60-year careers, they have maintained a staunch chart rivalry. Now, Paul McCartney appears to have taken something of a pop at his frontman nemesis, Mick Jagger, claiming bands like The Rolling Stones should concentrate on belting out more of their hits rather than obscure new music.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl

Three decades after it was abandoned, Sony will start making records again amid surging demand. A factory south-west of Tokyo will churn out freshly pressed records, Sony Music Entertainment said today. Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen lists his 10 favourite Beatles songs

Like so many fellow musicians of a certain vintage, Cheap Trick guitarist and Beatles nut Rick Nielsen first saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. "They completely changed music, especially in America," Nielsen says. "They changed me, too. Until that point I was a drummer. But I became a massive fan."

Source: Team Rock
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ryan Adams discovers the greatness of The Beatles' Revolver

Ryan Adams is currently on the road to discovering the Beatles. Yes, he is well aware he's coming into the game a little later than most, but as Adams explains, he heard far more Rolling Stones growing up in North Carolina than he did Beatles, so it is never something he came across. Last night Adams tweeted his thoughts on Revolver.

Source: Relix
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
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 5, 2014
Bob Weir surprises crowd at film festival with Beatles cover performance

For the first time, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir played his own unique version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence after the west coast premiere screening of a new film about him at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," last Thursday evening.

Source: Beatles News
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

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