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Thursday, November 8, 2018
ELO cellist Hugh McDowell dies at 65

The cello player at the heart of many early Electric Light Orchestra live performances, Hugh McDowell, has died, according to several online reports. His passing, on November 6, was confirmed by his former ELO bandmate, Mel Gale. McDowell was 65. He performed on the band's recordings throughout the mid-to-late '70s.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Joe Walsh Interview: Paying it back for veterans

Joe Walsh has a long family history of military service, and he felt it was time to pay that back. Years in the making, VetsAid was launched last year with a concert which poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into veterans organizations. In this interview, Walsh talks about how he's honoring his own father and other veterans.

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Stormzy on his on incredible piano lesson from Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Stormzy may seem like an unlikely pair. However, the duo appeared to hit it off when the 25-year-old rapper asked Paul to teach him something, and that turned out to be how to play any song on the piano. Stormzy said, "He went to the piano, and I just thought, Shut up, listen. What he taught me was incredible."

Source: Metro, UK
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Unseen photos of Paul McCartney go on display in new exhibition

Previously unseen images of stars including Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, and Annie Lennox have gone on show in a new exhibition at Brownsword Hepworth Gallery in Chelsea. "Unseen Icons" will feature a series of intimate portraits taken across a 25 year period by photographer and documentary director Phil Griffin.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Listen: Jacques covers The Beatles' Blackbird

Second in a new series of videos in which favorite artists of Fact Magazine in London reinterpret songs by their heroes, French multi-instrumentalist and all round musical mastermind Jacques plays his own rendition of The Beatles' 1968 track Blackbird. Jacques' cover makes full use of his guitar, effects pedals and loopers.

Source: Fact Magazine
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Jeff Lynne's ELO announces 2019 tour

After returning this summer with their first extensive North American tour since 1981, Jeff Lynne's ELO is set to bring their outstanding live show to even more audiences with a 20 date summer 2019 tour. The trek will kick off June 20th in Anaheim, CA and travel across North America before concluding in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1st.

Source: The Music Universe
Monday, October 22, 2018
Universal Music Group names Giles Martin head of Audio & Sound

Giles Martin, known most recently for his work on the Beatles' catalog, has officially joined Universal Music Group as Head of Audio & Sound, a position the company created for him. A spokesperson says Martin will "help UMG explore new studio technologies and work with artists to help create the best possible listening experience for fans."

Source: Variety
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Eagles' Joe Walsh tells his addiction story at gala evening

Joe Walsh was honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD. Walsh, sober for 25 years, told his own story of alcohol and drug dependence, and his rocky childhood in the 1950s struggling against what are now recognized as attention-deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Asperger's syndrome.

Source: Associated Press
Monday, October 1, 2018
Ringo Starr added to lineup of Joe Walsh benefit concert

Joe Walsh has added his brother-in-law, Ringo Starr, to the lineup of his second annual VetsAid concert, to be held on November 11 in Tacoma, Washington. Other stars already announced to perform include Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton and Haim, each of whom will play full sets, as will Walsh.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
US Senate votes to ensure royalties for older songs

The US Senate voted Tuesday to guarantee royalties for digital broadcast of songs from before 1972, in a rare bipartisan effort. The passage of the Music Modernization Act came despite objections by satellite broadcaster SiriusXM, which prompted a boycott threat of the platform by top names in music including Paul McCartney.

Source: Yahoo! News
Thursday, September 6, 2018
McCartney shares bizarre idea he and Keith Richards came up with

Paul McCartney and Keith Richards were both on vacation in Turks and Caicos recently, with McCartney saying he would visit Richards after lunch most days. Paul has revealed, while there, the pair had come up with an unusual business prospect. "We were designing portable dog kennels that were inflatable," he said.

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Beatles biographer takes on Eric Clapton next

Eric Clapton will be the subject of a new biography, Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton, from noted music biographer Philip Norman, who's best known for his bestselling first book, 1981's Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation. He has since published bios of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Buddy Holly, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The Jacaranda turns 60 and you are invited to the party this weekend

It's the club that launched the Beatles and for 60 years has been a cultural hub for generations in Liverpool. This weekend you can help the jacaranda celebrate its 60th, coinciding with International BeatleWeek. The weekend will pay tribute to the history of the venue, and present a glimpse of future stars.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Why nobody sang the Beatles like Aretha

Nobody ever sang the Beatles like Aretha Franklin. One of the few 60's musicians as famous as they were, she felt free to take any approach she pleased to a Fabs song, sometimes radically reworking it, as when she sang Eleanor Rigby in the first person, and her version of The Long and Winding Road is the greatest of all Beatles covers.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr remember Aretha Franklin

The two surviving Beatles paid tribute to Aretha Franklin today following the news of her death. Paul McCartney wrote, "Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls." Ringo Starr simply wrote, "God bless Aretha Franklin the queen of soul and peace and love to her family."

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, August 13, 2018
Peter Asher still intimately involved with music

What started out as a career as a recording artist for Peter Asher in the 1960s as part of the duo Peter & Gordon, led him to becoming one of the top producers in the music business. At 74, there seems to be no stopping Asher. He says he is thoroughly enjoying touring with Jeremy Clyde, who was part of the 1960s duo Chad and Jeremy.

Source: Victorville Daily Press
Monday, August 6, 2018
Concert Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO revives '70s symph-pop greatness

"We're not lazy. It just seems like it," quipped Jeff Lynne to an audience in Los Angeles Sunday night, that it had been 37 years between trips to the venue. The ELO catalog was a glorious thing to behold, as sampled all too fleetingly in a 19-song set that reprised the closest thing to truly Beatle-level pop the 1970s had to offer.

Source: Variety
Friday, August 3, 2018
Evolution of Liverpool's iconic Jacaranda that launched The Beatles

The Jacaranda has been big in Liverpool's music history since 1958. And today, more than ever, it's an exemplary venue for the the city's rich music heritage. It gave us The Beatles but now 60 years later The Jac is still making waves, this year The Jacaranda announced that a brand new 400 capacity gig venue, record store and bar.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Steve Lukather on Ringo Starr in new interview

At the age of 19, Steve Lukather played guitar on Diana Ross' "Baby, It's Me" and Boz Scaggs' "Down Two Then Left" albums in 1977. That was, incidentally, the same year he co-founded the band Toto. About Ringo, he says, "He's really smart and he's as funny now as he was in A Hard Day's Night. This guy is my hero."

Source: San Diego Tribune
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
New plugin recreates classical Beatles reverb sound

The new Abbey Road Chambers plugin joins the already expansive line of plugins recreating in digital form the classic effects of the Beatles era. Although in this case, it's a recreation of an effect that predates the arrival of the Beatles to Abbey Road. It's a high-tech recreation of the original source of artificial reverb on studio recordings.

Source: PJ Media
1968: The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

1968 was the year when acid rock began to give way to softer, back-to-basics music–from artists. It was an exciting year for rock, the year's 50 best albums including The Beatles' White Album, their first double album was as much a collection of individual projects as a cohesive Beatles album, and their most stylistically diverse work.

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Lennon or McCartney? Can statistical analysis solve authorship puzzle?

For most Lennon-McCartney songs, it is well-known and well-documented which of the two wrote the song. However, many are disputed, for example, no one knows who wrote the music for In My Life. A statistics lecturer and a mathematics professor wondered whether you could use data analysis techniques to try to figure it out.

Source: Phys.org
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Sting touched as McCartney reveals he wishes he'd written Fields of Gold

Paul McCartney told a Q&A at LIPA that, if there was one song he would like to have been his, it was Sting's 1993 track Fields of Gold. Sting responded on Twitter, "There are more than a few of Paul's that I wish I would have written. To hear this from someone I owe my life to is very special. Thank you, Paul."

Source: The Irish News
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Billy Joel slams Elton John and Paul McCartney

Billy Joel says Elton John should stop "dragging down" his legacy by releasing new material that lacks the same quality. Joel also targeted Paul McCartney, still putting out new songs at 76. He said, "People feel compelled. Paul McCartney, to this day, 'Gotta be relevant, gotta be new, gotta have a hit'. I stopped feeling like that a long time ago."

Source: The Mirror, UK
July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper movie opens to disastrous reviews

The Sgt. Pepper album is unanimously recognized as an artistic triumph. The movie of the same name, which opened on July 24, 1978? Not so much. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the ultimate multimedia mishmash, so diversified that it doesn't fully exist in any one medium at all."

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