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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
When the Beatles met Elvis, things got awkward

In the new book Being John Lennon: A Restless Life, author Ray Connolly recounts the surprisingly awkward first, and only, meeting between two of music's massive megastars: Elvis Presley and The Beatles. At the meeting on August 27, 1965, at Elvis's Bel Air home, they did a lot of staring, but not a lot of talking.

Source: Real Clear Life
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Monday, December 3, 2018
Israeli TV performance of Here Comes The Sun goes viral

Shalva band, eight musicians with disabilities ranging from blindness to Down and Williams syndromes and autism, riveted millions when it performed Here Comes The Sun on an Israeli TV program which is similar to The Voice in America. Videos of the performance went viral on social media, touching hearts around the world.

Source: Digital Journal
Infamous Beatles hangout Bag O'Nails to reopen

A London venue that once boasted The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix as regulars is being transformed into a new members' club named The Court, located on the site of the infamous Bag O'Nails. Opening in February after a 2 million refurbishment, the venue will also be going back to its musical roots with live entertainment every night.

Source: Hospitality and Catering News
Friday, November 30, 2018
Gerry and the Pacemakers leader Gerry Marsden retires

Liverpool-born singer Gerry Marsden, whose '60s band Gerry and the Pacemakers shared a manager and producer with the Beatles, has announced his retirement after six decades in the music business. His top 10 singles in the U.S. included "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" and "How Do You Do It?"

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Nov 29, 2002: Concert For George honors Harrison

Rock and roll royalty assembled at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002, for the Concert For George, one year to the day after George Harrison died of lung cancer at 58. Performers included his Beatles' mates, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, fellow Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty, Billy Preston and various members of Monty Python.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
John Lennon joined Elton John onstage in NYC on this day in 1974

On this date in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at one of Elton's record-breaking shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, performing a version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and a fiery version of I Saw Her Standing There. Sadly, this was the last time John Lennon performed live in front of an audience.

Source: Creative Loafing
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Instruments from The Beatles are being exhibited in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is teaming up with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a new exhibit dedicated to the instruments of rock & roll. Titled Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, the exhibit spans the years 1939 through 2017 and explores the history of rock & roll and the tools that made the it possible.

Source: iHeart Radio
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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

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