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Friday, July 5, 2019
Billboard columnist says BTS and the Beatles are comparable

Jeff Benjamin, a New York-based music journalist, has been writing about K-pop for Billboard since 2013. He also boasts a special bond with K-pop phenomenon BTS. He said the Beatles changed the perception of the British pop music as well as the definition of attractiveness, and he believed BTS had done the same.

Source: Korea Times
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Monday, July 1, 2019
Video: Paul McCartney and Steven Tyler cover Helter Skelter

Paul McCartney and Steven Tyler teamed up last weekend to perform a special rendition of The Beatles' Helter Skelter. No stranger to the tune, Tyler and Aerosmith have been performing the song as part of their set on and off for many years, but this might be the first time the pair have sung it together.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Elvis drummer Jerry Carrigan dies at 75

In-demand session drummer in Nashville Jerry Carrigan has died at age 75. He played on Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On," whose songs caught the attention of The Beatles. That led to Carrigan getting to play in the Muscle Shoals backup band that opened for The Beatles on their first U.S. concert in Washington D.C. in 1964.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Flashback: Elvis covers The Beatles in Las Vegas

The Beatles may have followed the frenetic energy of Elvis Presley over ten years later but their power pop sensibilities clearly resonated with the King of Rock and Roll. So much so that during some of his performances in Las Vegas in the August of 1969 the King would cover not only Yesterday but also the anthemic Hey Jude.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, June 7, 2019
New ABBA music tries to emulate the Beatles

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus has teased new music, and said, "Some people give up when they have a great chorus, they think the verse is not that important. But we never worked that way. We try to emulate The Beatles in that respect that every part of the song is important, every instrumental, every little backing vocal, every note is important."

Source: The Express, UK
Video Premiere: John Lennon's supergroup The Dirty Mac

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, has been released in restored, expanded editions, including previously unheard performances from The Dirty Mac, a supergroup formed especially for the film, consisting of John Lennon, Keith Richards (on bass guitar), Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Brian Wilson postpones tour

In a letter to his fans, Brian Wilson has postponed his June tour, writing that he is "mentally insecure." The classic rock legend shared the news yesterday on his Facebook page. He was scheduled to perform next this evening, June 7, with his Pet Sounds: The Final Performances tour. His most recent performance was May 4.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Rock stars set Beatles White Album tribute tour

One year after the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' White Album, several classic rock greats have announced a tour to celebrate the landmark LP. Tour 2019 – A Tribute to the Beatles' White Album features Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Jason Scheff of Chicago.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, May 30, 2019
How Rocketman brought a bit of Beatles spirit to the Elton John biopic

The Elton John biopic, Rocketman, which lands in the US on Friday and is out now in the UK and Australia, saw its set list balloon from 13 songs in the initial script to 26 in the final cut. Musical director Giles Martin said he followed in his dad's footsteps by taking an old-school approach to the movie's musical energy.

Source: CNET
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Video: When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper in record time

Jimi Hendrix was never shy to hide his admiration for The Beatles and, back in 1967, the iconic guitarist took things to the next level. The night was June 4, 1967, and knowing that both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience, Hendrix decided to open the show with his rendition of Sgt. Pepper's title song.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, May 24, 2019
Peter Asher to publish Beatles A to Zed book

Peter Asher is best known as the former producer and manager of such massively popular artists as Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, and before that as half of the English duo Peter and Gordon. Now Asher has written a book about his friends: The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour to be published in November.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Take double-decker tour for spirited ride around the Beatles' hometown

A spirited tour of the centre of Liverpool with live commentary from a waggish local guide will show you all the main sights, from the Mersey and the Liver Building to the Cavern Quarter and the city's two contrasting cathedrals. Don't miss the statues of John Lennon, Eleanor Rigby and Cilla Black.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Abandoned former Beatles venue being brought back to life

In its heyday, the former EMD Cinema in Walthamstow saw performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Alfred Hitchcock used to watch films there when he was a lad. The spectacular art deco auditorium has been closed to the public for almost two decades, but there are now plans to restore it to its former glory.

Source: TimeOut London, UK
Monday, May 13, 2019
Best Motown Beatles covers: When Motown met the Beatles

The four Beatles all loved Motown, and would search the racks of Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop for hidden treasures from the Detroit label, hoping to find unheard gems. As the 60s became dominated by Liverpool's Fab Four, Motown's finest paid tribute to The Beatles, with a string of top class covers of their songs.

Source: UDiscover Music
Canadians pay tribute to 50th anniversary Lennon-Ono Bed-In for Peace

Prior to their concert in Montreal on Saturday night, Canadian singers Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida paid homage to the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace. On Saturday, they staged a similar scene, in the very same room as Lennon and Ono once lay at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Source: CTV News, Montreal
Friday, May 10, 2019
New Elvis Costello EP features Paul McCartney collaboration

Elvis Costello collects songs he co-wrote with Paul McCartney and others on the rocker's new EP Purse, which arrived digitally today. The EP includes Costello and the Impostors' take on "The Lovers The four-song EP That Never Were," a song co-written by Costello and McCartney that the latter released on his 1993 LP Off the Ground.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Dennis DeYoung recording Beatles tribute tune for upcoming solo album

Ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung saya a new tune that he's working on for his forthcoming solo album sounds pretty fab. In a recent post on Facebook, DeYoung reports that the song, which is among the last tracks he's recording for the project, has a title "taken directly from a classic Beatles tune."

Source: WFJA FM
Friday, April 5, 2019
Alan Parsons on working with The Beatles at Abbey Road

Alan Parsons has enjoyed equal success behind the scenes and in the spotlight, working as an engineer on such all-time classics as the Beatles' Abbey Road. He said, "It was a great day, but there was an undertone of disappointment because I thought it would probably be the last time they'd play together as a band."

Source: Song Facts
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Gene Simmons says why he thinks Beatles landmark is horrible

In a new Telegraph interview, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, said, about the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool,"Magical gigs don't depend on great audio systems. They're about the people. The Cavern Club in Liverpool is an iconic space but if you see a bad band perform there, it will be horrible regardless."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, March 25, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody and Hey Jude used same piano in the studio

Bohemian Rhapsody quickly became one of the world's most famous rock anthems. Hey Jude, though very different in sound, shares a few intriguing similarities with Queen's masterpiece. When Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded, Freddie Mercury used the same piano Paul McCartney used for Hey Jude seven years prior.

Source: The Vintage News
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rolling Stones film Rock & Roll Circus in theaters

To time with the upcoming North American leg of The Rolling Stones' No Filter tour, the band's 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will screen in theaters during the first week of April. The program features the Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Film tells tale of Cunard Yanks who created the Mersey Beat

The story of the Cunard Yanks will be shown in a special screening in Liverpool. The one-hour documentary chronicles the story of the Liverpool men who brought the music and fashions of America that became the basis of the Mersey Beat era, including one seafarer who came back with a guitar and sold it to a young George Harrison.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida dies at 79

Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as the opening act for the Beatles' concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said Monday. He died Sunday morning at 79. Uchida was regarded as a key figure in spreading rock 'n' roll music in Japan.

Source: Japan Times
Friday, March 15, 2019
Tickets for Ringo Starr's show at Woodstock on sale next week

Tickets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock at the original festival site with artists incluing Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band will be available this week. Tickets for Ringo go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday,and a presale for Bethel Woods members begins 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets to see Ringo start at $38.50.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal
How the 45 RPM single changed music forever

When it arrived 70 years ago today, the 45 rpm single was a format that would revolutionize pop music. On March 15th, 1949, RCA Victor became the first label to roll out records smaller than 78s. In the decades that followed, everyone from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones released their first music on 45s.

Source: Rolling Stone

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