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Quincy Jones apologizes for slamming the Beatles 

Quincy Jones has issued a public apology for recent comments in which he slammed a number of artists, including the Beatles, calling them "the worst musicians in the world". But Jones has now said his children had staged a "family intervention" after his interviews. "I am an imperfect human and I'm not afraid to say it," he tweeted.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Mythical guitar maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. Gibson, in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894, is working with an investment bank to set up a debt refinancing plan, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, February 19, 2018
The Traveling Wilburys to come together again on stage

An tantalising glimpse of five of the very best rock legends on stage together is coming to Rhyl, Wales this weekend. The Traveling Wilburys perform live together again, as Paul Hopkins as the iconic Roy Orbison leads the very best tributes to Tom Petty, George Harrison, ELO's Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan at The Pavilion Theatre.

Source: Rhyl Journal, UK
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Laurence Juber shares the story behind a Wings unreleased song

Laurence Juber re-released Standard Time, which includes an the unreleased Wings track, "Maisie," this month. Standard Time was originally released as a vinyl EP back in 1982, and the new version presents the full set after Juber was able to get the rights to the recordings and release them on his own label.

Source: Billboard
Nick Jonas shares Valentine's Day cover of a Beatles classic

Yesterday, Nick Jonas posted a video to Instagram of an acoustic cover of The Beatles' song Til There Was You. The song originally appeared in the 1957 play The Music Man, and was later covered by The Beatles in 1963 with Paul McCartney singing lead. He said, "Thought I'd share one of my favorite love songs..."

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
10 rocking Ed Sullivan Show performances

There was a time in America when Sunday night meant The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan wasn't a rock fan but he didn't let his indifference show, as some other hosts did. He was happy to present the biggest acts of the day and, of course, was instrumental in breaking some of the all-time greats, particularly Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, February 9, 2018
Peter Asher to be among participants in Fest for Beatles Fans

The Fest for Beatles Fans takes place March 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Peter Asher, of Peter and Gordon, and Jeremy Clyde, of Chad and Jeremy, will perform together as Peter and Jeremy. Also, Randy Bachman will premiere his CD tribute to George Harrison. Also appearing will be Billy J. Kramer and Neil Innes.

Source: New Jersey Arts
New Eric Clapton documentary makes its US TV debut Saturday on Showtime

The new rock documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars gets its U.S. TV premiere Saturday, February 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The documentary features extensive interviews with Clapton, as well as with his family members, friends, musical heroes and collaborators, either in new or archival footage, including George Harrison.

Source: WFJA FM
Friday, February 2, 2018
Video: Death From Above covers The Beatles' Helter Skelter

Death From Above recently played an intimate show in Toronto as part of the live concert series "House of Strombo". In front of just 100 fans and acclaimed interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos, the Canadian punk outfit played tracks from across their catalog, including a special cover of The Beatles classic Helter Skelter.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Audio: How the Beatles inspired Judy in Disguise

"Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)" by John Fred and his Playboy Band was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago Wednesday. The band's leader John Fred Gourrier says he was inspired while listening to Sgt. Pepper, he thought he heard John Lennon sing "Lucy in disguise with diamonds" and thought that sounded like a clever lyric.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Monday, January 29, 2018
Concert for George photography book captures iconic images

A new limited edition book tells George Harrison's story from The Beatles to the Concert for George. The new book "Concert for George" from Genesis includes rare and behind-the-scenes photos of the rock stars, classical musicians and comedians to commemorate the first anniversary of Harrison's death.

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Video: Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney at the Concert For George

To honor George Harrison on his 75th birthday, the legendary 2002 tribute event, Concert For George, is being released as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set. On Friday, a video clip was released of the performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, featuring Clapton, McCartney, Starr, Lynne and Dhani Harrison.

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Ed Sullivan Show's music exec, Robert Arthur, dies

Robert Arthur, music coordinator for The Ed Sullivan Show, closely involved with the show's performances by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has died, it was reported last week. In 1964, Arthur realized the Beatles wouldn't be heard over the audience's screaming, and ordered boom mikes to be replaced by mikes on floor stands.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 26, 2018
Peter Frampton's reissue of Grammy award-winning Fingerprints out now

The reissue of Fingerprints from legendary guitarist Peter Frampton is out today. The Grammy Award-winning guitarist remains one of the most celebrated artists in rock history, his session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Ringo Starr and John Entwistle.

Source: Grateful Web

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Laurence Juber releasing digital version of debut solo album

Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber's debut solo album, Standard Time, first issued in 1982, was released as a digital download for the first time ever today. The instrumental collection features "Maisie," which was recorded in 1978 with Paul McCartney on bass and fellow Wings members Denny Laine and Steve Holley on harmonica and drums.

Source: Rock 107
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Historic Beatles recording console sells for $2 million

The woman who plunked down $17.8 million on Kim and Kanye's Bel-Air mansion just shelled out another $2 million for some Beatles music history. Sources tell us Marina Acton, a Ukrainian billionaire, just bought the Abbey Road REDD .37 recording console. The recording console is the same one that was used by The Beatles and Oasis.

Source: TMZ
Monday, January 22, 2018
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose last October, his wife and daughter announced in a Facebook post Friday. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication. His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments."

Source: CBS News
Friday, January 19, 2018
Theatre Review: Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musica honors the legacy of Cilla Black. The story of the loveable Liverpool girl's rise to fame is told heartwarmingly and vocals are delivered without fault across the cast. Andrew Lancel gives a strong performance as Brian Epstein, who portrays with great presence Epstein's struggle at balancing his demons with his work.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sony/ATV signs Joe Walsh to worldwide deal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing deal with iconic singer, songwriter, guitarist and Ringo Starr's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, whose role in the legendary group Eagles runs parallel to a hugely-successful solo career. The agreement includes songs such as "Life's Been Good" and "Life In The First Lane."

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Eric Clapton is the picture of health after admitting he is going deaf

Eric Clapton, 72, admitted to feeling anxious he might embarrass himself ahead of stage shows scheduled for 2018 because of his various ailments. Yet he looked happy and healthy as he presented a new biographical film about his legendary musical career on Wednesday night, with the full support of his ex-wife Pattie Boyd.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Paul McCartney among musicians lobbying for change in law to save venues

Paul McCartney has warned the future of music is in danger as he called for a change in the law to protect live venues across the UK. McCartney is joined by musicians and, politicians in backing a plan to stop the closure of grassroots venues after more than a third were said to have closed in the past decade, according to research by UK Music.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Sony/ATV licenses its music for Facebook and Instagram use

Music publishing company Sony/ATV has signed a multi-year deal agreement with Facebook. Under the deal, users will be able to upload and share videos which contain compositions licensed from Sony/ATV's catalog on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus, more than three million songs including including The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Source: M Magazine, UK
Monday, January 8, 2018
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at 76

Ray Thomas, singer, flautist and founding member of The Moody Blues, has died at 76. One of Thomas' earliest blues groups El Riot and the Rebels, went on to support The Beatles in Tenbury Wells, Malvern. Following stints in the Hamburg, Thomas returned to Birmingham in 1964 and formed The Moody Blues with Denny Laine.

Source: Counteract, UK
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Beatles and Rolling Stones still the music industry's biggest earners

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger's bands are the music industry's biggest earners. Figures for 2017 show the veterans out-performed singers less than half their age including Ed Sheeran. The Rolling Stone raked in 116 for every person at their 14 sold-out stadium shows, Paul McCartney pocketed 108 per seat for 36 performances.

Source: Daily Star, UK
Friday, December 29, 2017
Roy Orbison's sons recall Beatles tour in new bio

Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison have released "The Authorized Roy Orbison," a new book about their father, the enigmatic rock icon. It includes a recollection from Orbison on his 1963 tour of England with the Beatles, solidifying his overseas fan base. During that tour, Orbison started wearing his now-signature dark glasses permanently.

Source: Rolling Stone

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