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Uncovered Elliott Smith demos includes Beatles track
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 02/15/09 2:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Rawkblog has posted an album's worth of leaked, unreleased demo tracks from the late Elliott Smith's album, From a Basement on the Hill.

One of the tracks in the demos is a cover of the Beatles' 1964 song, "I'll Be Back." At the end the demo, Smith mentions the Beatles' names, as if they were talking the studio. This track is not on the released Elliott Smith album, as are several other tracks in the demos, including a beautiful rendition of the Cat Stevens song, "Trouble".

Elliott Smith

The tracks have the gritty and raw sound typcial of demo tracks, but for the most part, don't sound unfinished, either. The tracks are currently available in a zipfile on the Rawkblog site, and the Beatles track is available as a separate MP3 download.

There has reportedly been no comment on the leak of tracks from Elliot Smith's people.

Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery", included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997.

(Info thanks to Prefix Magazine.)

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Updated Update: Ringo at Radio City... maybe
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 02/15/09 7:52 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Yesterday we reported that Ringo Starr will be joining Paul McCartney at the historic benefit concert to be held at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2009.

This morning we're hearing that may not be true. Another source, who says they work with David Lynch, organizer of the event, says it is untrue that Ringo is scheduled to appear at the event, according to the Lynch Foundation's director.

Paul and Ringo together in 2006

While it's possible that this story has been gossip and rumor all along, totally unfounded in any fact or reality, it sounds to us more like they're still dotting the i's and crossing the t's on Ringo's appearance, and somebody announced it before they were supposed to, so now denials must be issued until it can be officially made public.

Stay tuned to the Beatles News Blog for the official word on this story as soon as it is released!

Update: Ringo to join Paul at Radio City Music Hall in April
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 02/14/09 5:35 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It has been reported today by the Transcendental Meditation Technique blog that it is confirmed that Ringo Starr will be joining Paul McCartney as one of the featured performers at the historic benefit concert to be held at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2009.

It is now also being rumored that Mike Love of the Beach Boys might also be appearing.

Paul and Ringo will appear with a host of other famous musicians and friends including Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow and Paul Horn.

Details on how to order tickets can be found at the David Lynch Foundation website.

George Harrison Tribute in Westport this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 02/12/09 9:20 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The 6th Annual Tribute to George Harrison will take place this Saturday, February 14th at Whites of Westport, in Westport, Massachusetts, beginning at 5:00. The annual event is a night filled with music from the 60's, focusing around George Harrison and the Beatles. This is a fun fundraiser and is a great family event, suitable for all ages.

This year's line up includes Octopus's Garden, New England's premier sound alike Beatle Band, Letter B is Beatles with an edge and the cutest rhythm section around and Beatletracks, a unique Beatle band from Northern Massachusetts. From New Hampshire, the Mockers, British Yankees and Psychedelic Relics will perform. Two new bands this year will be No Reply from Massachusetts and Peppertown from Rhode Island.

Tickets are $15.00 at the door the night of the show.

For more information check out Harrison Tribute page on the Octopus's Garden, Whites of Westport, and pictures and video of previous tributes on MySpace.

Legend recreates the John Lennon Experience
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 02/10/09 7:04 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

"Legend" The John Lennon Experience is a professional Lennon tribute show from London, Ontario. Being more than simply a "Band on Stage", Legend offers Beatles fans a multimedia presentation playing video and pictures from John Lennon's life along with the music.

John Lennon's solo material (post 1970) is rich in beautifully written songs and Legend performs them with amazing accuracy, playing such hits as Instant Karma, (Just Like) Starting Over, I'm Losing You, God, Imagine, All You Need is Love, I am the Walrus, and many many more, leaving you singing along to your favourite songs long after you've left the theatre. Incorporating some of London's best musicians, Legend will not leave you disappointed.

The show also features audience participation and will be giving away Lennon-related door prizes donated by local record stores Grooves Records and Belle Air Music.

"Legend" The John Lennon Experience makes its premier performance on March 27th, 2009, 8:00pm at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Canada. Tickets are only $18.00 (tax included).

45th anniversary of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 02/06/09 5:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On this Sunday's edition of Breakfast with the Beatles on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, host Chris Carter will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan.

The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on three consecutive Sundays in February, 1964. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, at the time a record for an American television program.

Chris will honor the occasion by playing all of the Beatles live Ed Sullivan show performances from 1964 and 1965. In addition, all the Beatles promo appearances on Ed's really big shoe from 1966 to 1970.

And, as always, May Pang with this week in Beatles news. This Sunday starting at 9 am on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. For more information, check out

Paul McCartney to host Fireside Chats on Sirius/XM
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 02/05/09 12:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In celebration of Paul McCartney's new Fireman album Electric Arguments, Sirius XM has announced a new limited engagement radio channel, Paul MccCartney's Fireman Radio.

The new Sirius XM channel will feature music from McCartney's solo records, tracks from every Wings album, the three Fireman albums, as well as musical surprises from Paul's vault.

Plus, every week, Paul will host a special "Fireside Chat" on the Fireman Radio channel, where he will discuss music, politics, news and more.

Paul McCartney's Fireman Radio starts Saturday, February 14th, exclusively on Sirius channel 33 and XM channel 27.

And while you're on Sirius/XM, don't forget to check out Breakfast with the Beatles, with host Chris Carter, Sunday Mornings on Sirius channel 25 and XM channel 59.

Harrison believed spirit of the Beatles spawned Monty Python
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 02/03/09 5:34 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In the 1970's, director Terry Gilliam dreamt up the giant squelching foot and other surreal effects that helped make Monty Python's Flying Circus the biggest popular culture event in Britain after the Beatles. In a recent interview, he talked about the connection between the Beatles and the Pythons:

"George was always convinced that the spirit of the Beatles went into Python. The year they broke up was the year we came together - 1969. George was our patron. When Bernie Delfont read the script of Life of Brian and pronounced it blasphemous just as we were getting on the plane to film in Tunisia, he rescued it. After that we formed HandMade Films and produced Time Bandits, which is still the most famous film we've done."

Click here to read the entire interview.

Beatles art featured at 45th anniversary party next week
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 01/31/09 8:06 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

100.7 WZLX, Boston's Classic Rock, will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America with a WZLX Breakfast with the Beatles party at the CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Wednesday night, February 4th, from 8-10pm.

The party will be hosted by Breakfast with the Beatles' Cha-Chi Loprete along with special guest Ron Campbell, the director of the Beatles cartoons and animator of the Beatles movie Yellow Submarine. There will be chances to win prizes, and original Beatles art will be on display and on-sale.

Ron Campbell, Beatles animator

Beatles cartoons and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show will be on the giant CBS Scene TV screen. Admission is free and all ages are invited!

And then, on February 5th through Sunday, February 8th, in honor of the 45th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, WZLX will present a Beatles art show, "Revolution," featuring the art of the Beatles at Jordan's furniture in Reading, Massachusetts. Fans will be able to meet Beatles animator Ron Campbell at this event.

"Revolution" features artwork created by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, plus famous fab four photographs, Beatles animation and more. ?All works are available to purchase.

"Revolution" ?is the largest exhibit of its kind in the world and it's only at Jordan's Furniture in reading for four days only, next Thursday thru Sunday.

Dhani Harrison to join Paul McCartney at Coachella Festival
[Posted by Dean Wien on Friday, 01/30/09 1:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Just Announced! Not only will Paul McCartney be playing Coachella, but now, according to Absolutely Dhani Harrison, George Harrison's son Dhani will be playing Coachella with his band thenewno2. They are scheduled for The Coachella Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2009.


thenewno2 is a band composed of Dhani Harrison and Oliver Hecks. Dhani plays lead guitar and synthesizer and is on vocals, Hecks plays drums and the synthesizer. Amanda Butterworth also contributes vocals. Their first album, You Are Here, was released in 2008.

You can find out more about thenewno2 at Dhani Harrison's offcial website, and also thenewno2's Myspace page.

Tickets for Coachella are on sale now and can be purchased through the festival's website or Ticketmaster.

Will we see Paul and Dhani play together at Coachella? Stay tuned to Beatles News for the latest updates!

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