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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Rare BBC Michael Jackson and George Harrison interview restored

Forty years ago, Michael Jackson and George Harrison walked into BBC Radio 1 and sat down to review the week's new releases. They spent the next 90 minutes discussing that, as well as the stories behind their own songs. The BBC discarded the show, keeping only a short clip. But now a rare recording has been found and restored.

Source: BBC, UK
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
1966: The year in 40 classic rock albums

Until late 1965, rock and roll was still all about the 45 RPM single. Quite often, a band's latest album would consist of a hit single or two and nine or so songs that no one ever really bothered to listen to. Then came Rubber Soul. From that moment on, the rock album became a statement in itself, a measure of significance.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, February 4, 2019
The Day the Music Died: Remembering Buddy Holly

The snow was heavy on that night 60 years ago on February 3, 1959. The only alternative to riding all night long in a dirty, unheated bus to the next concert gig was a tiny airplane. Shortly after takeoff, however, the plane carrying Buddy Holly, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, disappeared into a snowy cloud.

Source: Gilmer Material
Monday, January 28, 2019
Grateful Dead covers Beatles in concert on this day in 1987

32 years ago tonight, the Grateful Dead played their first show of 1987 with a hometown performance at San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Unbeknownst to the band and their then-growing legion of Deadheads at that time, the performance heard the band cover The Beatles' Get Back for the first and only time in their career.

Source: Live For Music
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Rush's bassist reveals why Paul Mccartney is so important for rock

Speaking to "Q on CBC" radio, Rush's bassist Geddy Lee praised The Beatles' legendary bassist Paul McCartney, and revealed why McCartney is so important for rock music. He said, "I think about McCartney on [The Beatles' 1969 track] 'Something,' I think that was the first time I ever heard the bass as a lead instrument."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, January 18, 2019
Rock trumpeter Steve Madaio dies at 70

Steve Madaio, a trumpeter who played in the studio and on stage with many of the biggest names in classic rock, died Tuesday in Palm Desert, California. His trumpet can be heard on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna, and was closely associated with many of Stevie Wonder's 1970s-era studio recordings.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Video: Rob Zombie performs Beatles classic at Ozzfest

Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx to perform The Beatles' Helter Skelter at Ozzfest 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, and video from the event is streaming online. Zombie and Manson released their own version of the 1986 track in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America.

Source: hennemusic
Monday, January 7, 2019
Study reveals The Beatles make Brits happy

A study of 2,000 people in the UK has revealed the top artists which make them feel jolly or glum, with The Beatles given full happiness marks while gloomy Jake Bugg was considered the most miserable. Others in top 10 artists with the happiest music include Elton John, David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Ed Sheeran.

Source: The London Economic
Vinyl and cassette sales saw double digit growth last year

Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw double digit sales growth in the US last year, according to a new report. The popularity of both physical formats seems to be being driven by sales of older albums, including releases from Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd topping the bestsellers.

Source: The Verge
Friday, January 4, 2019
50 years ago: 1969 in rock music

Many great albums we still listen to, including the Who's Tommy, Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Blind Faith, Led Zeppelin II and amazing debuts from Santana and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as many others, not to mention The Beatles' masterpiece Abbey Road, were born fifty years ago in 1969.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Five non-Beatles songs produced by George Martin Warning: Page opens with sound

Legendary producer Sir George Martin would've turned 93 today, January 3. While he is best known for his work with The Beatles, Martin worked with countless other artists in his incredible career. FM Radio station WROR in Boston has five non-Beatles track sampling of from Sir George's astounding career.

Source: WROR, Boston
Monday, December 31, 2018
The Kensington living room where the first Beatles record was recorded

What made a 60-year-old man change careers and set up Liverpool's first recording studio in the living room of his Kensington house? This decision by Percy Phillips, World War I veteran and bicycle salesman, would see many young musicians, who later went on to be among the most famous in the world, stepping through his front door.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, December 28, 2018
Historic UK music retailer HMV collapses due to digital surge

British music retailer HMV, which was launched in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration on Friday as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves. HMV is the last major music retailer in Britain and has been suffering for years from the decline in physical sales of CDs and DVDs.

Source: Yahoo! News
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
New record pressing plant to open in Liverpool

A new record pressing plant is to open in Liverpool sometime in 2020, housed in The Jacaranda music venue, famous for being the first home of The Beatles. First opened in 1958 as a coffee shop, then renovated and re-opened in 2014, The Jacaranda currently comprises a live venue, rehearsal studios and record store.

Source: DJ Magazine
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Video: Slash performs Beatles cover at memorial event In Hollywood

Slash performed at "Celebrating Willie Basse: A Night Of Music & Stories" on December 14 in Hollywood. The Guns N' Roses guitarist played three songs at event, including a cover of The Beatles' Come Together. Basse, who died in October, was best known as bassist/frontman for legendary metalheads Black Sheep.

Source: Blabbermouth
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
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

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