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Monday, February 10, 2020
Billie Eilish preforms a beautiful cover of Yesterday at the Oscars

Rising alternative pop-star Billie Eilish performed a somber rendition of The Beatles Yesterday at the 2020 Oscars. Eilish sang the iconic song during the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. The five-time Grammy winner kept the integrity of the original 1965 hit while ditching the acoustic guitar for a grand piano.

Source: KSL FM, Salt Lake City
Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo's grandson in court over grocery store fight

Turns out Liam Gallagher's son, and Ringo Starr's grandson, are both 18, and surprise or no surprise, they're mates. Now the duo have gotten themselves into a bit of late-night grocery-store themed trouble and on Friday they appeared in court facing criminal charges. They plead not guilty to all the charges.

Source: Happy Mag
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Dhani Harrison to open 2020 ELO tour again

Jeff Lynne has revealed the opening act for his upcoming 2020 tour of Europe and U.K, Dhani Harrison. The 15 dates, dubbed the "From Out of Nowhere Tour," are Jeff Lynne's ELO first European and U.K. dates since 2018. There was no mention of any North American dates, the band did a run there last summer.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The night the Rolling Stones met the Beatles

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman recalled the moment when he looked up during an early performance and saw the Beatles in the audience, at the Crawdaddy Club in the Station Hotel in Richmond, England, on April 14, 1963. The Beatles had already logged two No.1 U.K. hits, the Stones were still 14 months away from their first hit.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Memoir coming from Jenny Boyd to be called Jennifer Juniper

The title of her new memoir is a reference to the popular "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan. Through her sister Pattie, Jenny Boyd was George Harrison's (and later Eric Clapton's) sister-in-law, and married Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, twice, becoming entrenched in the rock 'n roll world of fame, money, drugs and betrayal.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Julian Lennon pays tribute to late Rush drummer

Julian Lennon recently took to social media via Twitter to pay his respects to Neil Peart who lost a battle with brain cancer this past week. Lennon wrote, "RIP Neil... You were one of the Best... And Rush was one of the 1st Live Shows I went to see as a Teenager... Always Loved them, always will.. My Sincere Condolences to All Family & Friends."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, January 6, 2020
Liam Gallagher picks his favorite John Lennon song ever

Once dubbed "the angriest man in the world" by his guitarist brother Noel, as affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.

Source: Far Out Magazine
Peter Asher to share stories and songs in Cincinnati

Peter Asher, who with Gordon Waller recorded such British Invasion hits as "A World Without Love," "Woman" and "I Go to Pieces" in the mid-1960s, has had a series of career reinventions that have kept him a vital presence in the world of popular music. Asher performs Friday, Jan. 10 at Oakley's 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati.

Source: City Beat
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Neil Innes: I'm just like Shakespeare, except with better songs

Music was always on Innes' radar, though he attributes his love of satire to the Bonzos, who he first played with in his student days at the Royal College Of Art canteen. By late 1966 they were making a decent penny as a live act, touring clubland Britain with their surrealist explosion of trad jazz, avant-pop and music-hall nonsense.

Source: Louder Sound
Ninja of comedy and melody touched Python, Beatles, Oasis and beyond

His Beatles connection cemented Neil Innes' legend. After Python, Innes and Eric Idle joined forces on Rutland Weekend Television, which spawned the sensation that was The Rutles, nicknamed The Pre-Fab Four. His mimics of classic Beatles songs were so convincing that his "Cheese And Onions" even found its way onto a Beatles bootleg.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, December 30, 2019
Neil Innes, Monty Python collaborator and Beatles parodist, dies at 75

Neil Innes was revered by musicians, especially those in England regularly exposed to his songs with the Bonzos and in the late '60s on a children's TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set". He may be most widely recognized for the songs he crafted for the Rutles, that evoked the style and sound of the Beatles without directly imitating them.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monty Python songwriter Neil Innes dies aged 75

Neil Innes has died aged 75. Python Michael Palin said, "He was a great writer and he was eccentric and he was clever without being pretentious. And he was the warmest of people to be with, he was a most lovely friend." John Cleese tweeted he was "utterly dismayed" to hear of Innes's death, calling him "a very sweet man."

Source: BBC News
Neil Innes, Rutles singer-songwriter and Python collaborator, dies at 75

Neil Innes, British songwriter and comedian who collaborated with Monty Python and co-founded the Beatles pastiche band The Rutles, has died at age 75. "We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all," a spokespersons' statement said.

Source: Billboard
Neil Innes, of Bonzo Dog Band, Rutles and Monty Python fame, dies at 75

British comedian and musician Neil Innes, best known as a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, a collaborator with Monty Python, and a member of the Beatles parody act The Rutles, died yesterday, according to reports in the U.K. media. He was 75. His death came unexpectedly, he had been traveling home from France and had not been ill.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 27, 2019
2019 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2019: musicians and singers, songwriters and producers. They span all genres, from the powerhouse jazz-informed drummer Ginger Baker to the good-time pop-rock of The Monkees' Peter Tork. Although they are gone, their music will always remain with those who are still here to listen.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, December 23, 2019
Radio Luxembourg DJ to auction off rare Beatles single

Radio Luxembourg was the first radio station in the world to play The Beatles. Now, former Radio Luxenbourg Director Tony Prince is auctioning off his entire album collection. Prince is auctioning the first Beatles single played on Radio Luxembourg, signed by Paul McCartney, and other sixties rock memorabilia.

Source: All Access Music
Peter Noone on life after Herman's Hermits

In a new interview with Herman's Hermits's Peter Noone, the now-72-year-old performer talks about the band's stardom in America, their later days and what he's done since the Hermits' breakup. "I was able to do all the things I couldn't do because of being in Herman's Hermits. I couldn't do a Broadway show because they would then be unemployed."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Dave Grohl reveals the first Beatles song he ever heard

Foo Fighters' singer and guitarist Dave Grohl has just revealed his first The Beatles song he ever heard in a recent radio appearance. He said he first heard Hey Jude at a sleepover at some friend's house when he was four or five years old. He said, "I don't think I'd ever listened to a rock 'n' roll record...it stuck with me ever since."

Source: Metalcastle
Friday, November 22, 2019
Elton John recalls how George Harrison helped him during drugs battle

Elton John has opened up about how George Harrison helped him during his long battle with drug addiction. In an interview with Cris Evans on Virgin Radio, Elton was asked what the "best piece of advice" was that Harrison gave him. "Stop putting that marching powder up your nose," John laughed.

Source: NME, UK
Joe Walsh's birthday dinner: Life's Been Good

Joe Walsh turned 72 on Wednesday, and from the looks of a photograph shared by Ringo Starr, Walsh enjoyed a memorable evening with friends. Ringo is Walsh's brother-in-law by marriage, the pair are married to sisters Barbara Bach and Marjorie Bach. Also o hand was Jeff Lynne, who himself will turn 72 on December 30.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, November 18, 2019
Beatles top list of 125 artists of all time

In celebration of #Billboard's 125th anniversary, they have constructed a list of the top 125 artists of all time. Released on Thursday, the top 10 artists from one to 10 include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, and Chicago.

Source: Baller Alert
Rock legend photographer Terry O'Neill dies

Terry O'Neill, the British photographer who documented many of rock music's and popular culture's most iconic subjects, with photos that became iconic works themselves, died Saturday night. During his career, O'Neill photographed such legendary subjects as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The Beatles to feature in the Liverpool Light Spectacular this Christmas

The Beatles, Mariah Carey and The Ronettes will be among artists that will will make up the soundtrack of the Liverpool Light Spectacular, a magical, 50-metre tunnel of light in the city centre this Christmas. Starting from Friday, November 15, it will run through to January 5 although the Christmas music will only last until December 26.

Source: Liverpool Business News
ELO'S Jeff Lynne on the band's comeback and the Beatles

Singer-songwriter-producer Jeff Lynne is having fun with the resurgence of Electrical Mild Orchestra within the final 5 years when the '70s British classical rockers began touring once more and launched two new studio albums. In a new interview, he talks about working with George Harrison and the Beatles, and the Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Herald Publicist
Friday, November 8, 2019
John Lennon's hilariously bitchy letter sent to Todd Rundgren

In 1974, singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren sat down with Melody Maker magazine for an interview about his new material. About John Lennon, Rundgren said, "John Lennon ain't no revolutionary. He's a f***ing idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an ass. It just makes people feel uncomfortable."

Source: Far Out Magazine

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