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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
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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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 20, 2018
Bush covers the Beatles' Come Together in Nashville

Last Wednesday night, English post-grunge rock band Bush took the stage for an early set at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. During their 50 minutes on stage, they covered The Beatles 1969 hit Come Together. A roving reporter for the Go See Live Music website was on hand and got video of the track.

Source: Go See Live Music
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Ultimate Classic Rock to livestream Randy Bachman concert

Randy Bachman will play a special concert at the world-famous Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday, and Ultimate Classic Rock will livestream five songs from the show. Bachman's greatest hits will be interspersed with selections from his most recent album, By George by Bachman, a collection of songs written by George Harrison.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Phil Collins box set includes Paul McCartney and George Harrison

Phil Collins announced today the release of a box set of his collaborative highlights, covering more than four decades of work with other recording artists. The set, Plays Well With Others, features performances with classic rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and many more. It will be released on Sept. 28.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Dave Grohl says he wishes i could sing like John Lennon

Dave Grohl has talked about his vocals and how he wished he could sing the late Beatles legend John Lennon and Adele. He said, "You know I was raised on some really dissonant, noisy, crazy punk rock. They just belted out to scream it but the raw passion in that is what I appreciated the most because I find beauty in imperfection."

Source: Radio X, UK
Video: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson cover Helter Skelter

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are celebrating tonight's kick off of their 29-show North American tour with a collaboration on the Beatles Helter Skelter. From the Beatles White Album, Helter Skelter is perhaps the Beatles' heaviest song, that made it easy for Manson and Zombie to quickly navigate through their cover version.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Vinyl sales are up almost 20 percent this year

It has been reported that Vinyl album sales this year grew 19.2 percent in the U.S. compared to the first six months of 2017. 7.6 million vinyl albums sold between December 29, 2017, and June 28, a notable increase from last year's 6.4 million during the same time period. Top sellers on the list included The Beatles.

Source: The Week
Monday, July 9, 2018
Beatles memorabilia on display at new Hard Rock in Atlantic City

The suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino, which opened on June 28 in what used to be the Trump Taj Mahal. Also on display is the cream-colored Rolls that Elvis used to pick up the Beatles from the airport in Los Angeles.

Source: Las Vegas Sun
Friday, July 6, 2018
Followup: EU Parliament rejects changes to copyright law

The European Parliament rejected Thursday a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal that has pitted Paul McCartney against Internet giants and the creators of Wikipedia. Lawmakers are now expected to return in September to the plans, which are aimed at ensuring creators of creative content are paid fairly in a digital world.

Source: CGTN
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Paul McCartney calls on EU Parliament to back music copyright change

Paul McCartney has written an open letter to the European Parliament, urging members to back proposed changes to EU copyright law which would force user upload content platforms to pay songwriters and performers fairly for the use of their work. Paul says that without this change, the future of the music industry could be at risk.

Source: Sky News, UK
Monday, July 2, 2018
Video: Eddie Vedder covers Help! in Prague

Pearl Jam and their illustrious frontman Eddie Vedder have covered a ton of songs over the years, including Beatles songs. But they've never done "Help!" until this past weekend in Prague. Vedder's solo turn was some stirring, spine-tingling shit, his falsetto outbursts amplified by an arena full of backing vocalists.

Source: Stereogum
Monday, June 25, 2018
Famous NY disc jockey Dan Ingram dead at 83

Dan Ingram, beloved disc jockey and voice of New York radio over five-decades, passed away on Sunday. Many New Yorkers were first introduced to The Beatles through "The Dan Ingram Show," heard for many years on 77 WABC from 2 to 6 p.m. His wisecracks branded each of the thousands of hits he played with his own unique personality.

More Info and Audio  Source: Newsday, NY
Monday, June 18, 2018
Alice Cooper says Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life

Alice Cooper says that Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life after he appeared on the band's self-titled debut album in 2015. It featured a cover of Badfinger's Come And Get It, written by McCartney in 1969. In a new interview, Cooper says that everyone was in awe when the former Beatle appeared in the studio to guest on the track.

Source: Louder
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Former Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana dies at 87

D.J. Fontana, the drummer on early Elvis Presley hits like "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel," died on Wednesday at 87. Fontana played drums for Presley from 1954 to 1968, on more than 450 recordings. He also played with many other musicians including Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on Beaucoups of Blues.

Source: Pop Culture

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