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Monday, January 6, 2020
Peter Asher to share stories and songs in Cincinnati

Peter Asher, who with Gordon Waller recorded such British Invasion hits as "A World Without Love," "Woman" and "I Go to Pieces" in the mid-1960s, has had a series of career reinventions that have kept him a vital presence in the world of popular music. Asher performs Friday, Jan. 10 at Oakley's 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati.

Source: City Beat
Paul McCartney bizzare party video leaked by daughter Stella

Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella McCartney posted a hilarious yet bizarre video to ring in the new year. The video is of Stella singing along to the classic Rhianna track "We Found Love" with Sir Paul right behind her, dancing and trying on weird New Years' Eve hats. You can now view the video online.

Source: Alternative Nation
Special Report: George Harrison's HandMade Films saluted in Hollywood

An exclusive in-depth report with pix, video and music of the private party held recently in L.A. at the launch of the film festival celebrating the 40th anniversary of George Harrison's film company. Friends of George attending included Pete Townshend, Peter Asher, Tim Rice, Jim Keltner, Martin Lewis, and Laurence Juber.

Source: This Small Planet
Friday, January 3, 2020
Al Di Meola celebrates the Beatles again on new album

Back in 2012, Al Di Meola walked through the doors of Abbey Road studios to record an intimate take on a selection of Lennon and McCartney classics. Now, Di Meola returns to the music that inspired him to play the guitar in the first place with a new album of Beatles arrangements, titled "Across The Universe - The Beatles Vol 2".

Source: Guitar.com
VW Beetle gets send-off with Beatles song

2019 was the final year of production for the VW Beetle. As a final send-off, VW put together an animated short film commemorating the nameplate's contributions to pop culture over the past eight decades. The film is set to a cover of The Beatles' Let it Be, performed by the Pro Musica Youth Chorus of Oak Park, Illinois.

Source: Auto Blog
Ringo Starr says his Sgt. Pepper suit still fits

The Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, almost 53 years ago in May 1967, and Ringo Starr's bright pink outfit still fits him. In a recent interview, he showed off some pretty spectacular photographs from his career. When he got to a photo in his infamous suit he quipped, "the suit still fits!"

Source: iHeart Radio
Paul McCartney makes a stunning confession about his music

During a recent podcast, Paul McCartney recently made an interesting confession about his own music, revealing why he doesn't listen to The Beatles' hit songs. He said, "I don't listen to a lot of Beatles music, I don't listen to a lot of my own music. You're often onto the next thing and I'm always there doing something because I enjoy working."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Neil Innes: I'm just like Shakespeare, except with better songs

Music was always on Innes' radar, though he attributes his love of satire to the Bonzos, who he first played with in his student days at the Royal College Of Art canteen. By late 1966 they were making a decent penny as a live act, touring clubland Britain with their surrealist explosion of trad jazz, avant-pop and music-hall nonsense.

Source: Louder Sound
Ninja of comedy and melody touched Python, Beatles, Oasis and beyond

His Beatles connection cemented Neil Innes' legend. After Python, Innes and Eric Idle joined forces on Rutland Weekend Television, which spawned the sensation that was The Rutles, nicknamed The Pre-Fab Four. His mimics of classic Beatles songs were so convincing that his "Cheese And Onions" even found its way onto a Beatles bootleg.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, December 30, 2019
Neil Innes, Monty Python collaborator and Beatles parodist, dies at 75

Neil Innes was revered by musicians, especially those in England regularly exposed to his songs with the Bonzos and in the late '60s on a children's TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set". He may be most widely recognized for the songs he crafted for the Rutles, that evoked the style and sound of the Beatles without directly imitating them.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monty Python songwriter Neil Innes dies aged 75

Neil Innes has died aged 75. Python Michael Palin said, "He was a great writer and he was eccentric and he was clever without being pretentious. And he was the warmest of people to be with, he was a most lovely friend." John Cleese tweeted he was "utterly dismayed" to hear of Innes's death, calling him "a very sweet man."

Source: BBC News
Neil Innes, Rutles singer-songwriter and Python collaborator, dies at 75

Neil Innes, British songwriter and comedian who collaborated with Monty Python and co-founded the Beatles pastiche band The Rutles, has died at age 75. "We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all," a spokespersons' statement said.

Source: Billboard
Neil Innes, of Bonzo Dog Band, Rutles and Monty Python fame, dies at 75

British comedian and musician Neil Innes, best known as a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, a collaborator with Monty Python, and a member of the Beatles parody act The Rutles, died yesterday, according to reports in the U.K. media. He was 75. His death came unexpectedly, he had been traveling home from France and had not been ill.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 27, 2019
Budget Beatles theme hotel with a warm welcome in Liverpool

After a Hard Day's Night in Liverpool where can Day Trippers rest their heads without breaking the bank? The Ibis Styles Hotel on Dale Street is located in the heart of the city in the Cavern Quarter, and best of all for music fans and tourists it has a Beatles theme, and celebrates the Fab Four on every floor.

Source: Manchester Evening News
Paul McCartney honors Linda with annual vegetarian Christmas feast

Paul McCartney along with his daughter Stella McCartney honors her late mother Linda with a vegetarian Christmas feast each year. Linda converted Paul to vegetarianism, which proved a problem at Christmas, with no turkey to carve. Now, they celebrate with a vegetarian roast from the vegetarian range of foods Linda launched in 1991.

Source: The Free Press Journal
Dec 26, 1963: I Want To Hold Your Hand U.S. release

Hard to imagine, impossible really, but Capitol Records, which is essentially synonymous with the rise of The Beatles in America, had turned down their sister U.K. label Parlophone's efforts to release the group's singles stateside. That all changed with I Want To Hold Your Hand, rush-released on December 26, 1963.

Source: Best Classic Bands
2019 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2019: musicians and singers, songwriters and producers. They span all genres, from the powerhouse jazz-informed drummer Ginger Baker to the good-time pop-rock of The Monkees' Peter Tork. Although they are gone, their music will always remain with those who are still here to listen.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New intimate photo of John and Yoko released on social media

John Lennon's official Instagram page unearthed yet another previously unseen photo of John and Yoko Ono, although the official Instagram page surprised the fans by not giving any specific details about the pic. It shows John and Yoko, John wearing shorts, walking down the street in what appears to be New York City.

Source: Metalhead Zone
John Lennon's heartwarming Christmas letter to first wife Cynthia

An uncovered letter from 1958 has revealed the strength of feeling John Lennon had for Cynthia Powell. The letter can be seen in the book "The John Lennon Letters" by editor Hunter Davies and published by Pete Townsend and Neil Young. In it John drew the two of them standing close, heads together, his hand laid gently on her arm.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, December 23, 2019
Radio Luxembourg DJ to auction off rare Beatles single

Radio Luxembourg was the first radio station in the world to play The Beatles. Now, former Radio Luxenbourg Director Tony Prince is auctioning off his entire album collection. Prince is auctioning the first Beatles single played on Radio Luxembourg, signed by Paul McCartney, and other sixties rock memorabilia.

Source: All Access Music
Paul McCartney co-designed cozy sweaters just in time for Christmas

To promote his 2018 album Egypt Station, McCartney's team reached out earlier this year not to his record label, but to sweater label Lingua Franca to create a collection of limited-edition cashmere sweaters embroidered with titles of two of the album's tracks: "People Want Peace" and "Do It Now." They are now available for $400 apiece.

Source: Billboard
Peter Noone on life after Herman's Hermits

In a new interview with Herman's Hermits's Peter Noone, the now-72-year-old performer talks about the band's stardom in America, their later days and what he's done since the Hermits' breakup. "I was able to do all the things I couldn't do because of being in Herman's Hermits. I couldn't do a Broadway show because they would then be unemployed."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 20, 2019
Beatles open immersive Sgt. Pepper's listening experience in Liverpool

The Beatles have opened an immersive listening exhibition based on their classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which promises to be as close as you can get to experiencing the album being played live. It's based on the new mix of the album released in 2017 by Giles Martin, son of Sir George Martin.

Source: NME, UK
Video: Billie Eilish covers The Beatles' I Will on Carpool Karaoke

Billie Eilish, who stormed the charts with her debut album and is tipped to win multiple Grammy Awards next year, has taken part in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke and covered a song by The Beatles. The British presenter James Corden provided the star with a ukulele and she began singing The Beatles I Will.

Source: Radio X, UK
Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime revisited

Paul McCartney's modern holiday classic Wonderful Christmastime was originally released the song as a 1979 holiday single. It reached number 6 in the U.K. but was only a modest chart hit stateside. NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon unveiled an updated, a cappella rendition of on December 20, 2016.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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