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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Video: Matt Bellamy and Miles Kane practicing with their Beatles cover band

Muse's Matt Bellamy has shared a rehearsal video of his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which will be supporting The Who's Roger Daltrey at a Teenage Cancer Trust show next week. Blur's Graham Coxon will join forces with Bellamy for the performance, which takes place in London on March 22.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, March 12, 2018
Keith Richards admits Rolling Stones owe their success to The Beatles

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has previously been outspoken in his lack of regard for the Beatles. However, the 74-year-old has now confessed that without The Beatles making it big in America in the mid-1960s, the Stones wouldn't have become the phenomenon they are today. He said, "They opened the door and I guess we kicked it in."

Source: The Star-Magazine, UK
March 12, 1974: John Lennon kicked out of Hollywood nightclub

It happened during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" when he was separated from Yoko Ono and moved out of the Dakota in Manhattan and was spending time in Los Angeles. The Smothers Brothers were playing the Troubadour nightclub, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson arrived for the March 12, 1974, late show lit on Brandy Alexanders.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 9, 2018
Let It Be tops the Top 40 charts this week in 1970

In mid-March 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" was the #1 U.S. pop hit, but unfortunately to many it also signaled the end of the group. Its composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter. "Instant Karma!" by the Plastic Ono Band was charting at #4, and Badfinger's first hit "Come and Get It" entered the charts at #5.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Matt Bellamy's Beatles cover band books gigs at SXSW

Matt Bellamy is headed to South by Southwest next week, but not with Muse. Instead, he'll be playing with his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which also features members of Jet and Nine Inch Nails. Also, Bellamy and Dr. Pepper will be playing with Roger Daltrey at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 22.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Listen: Old demo of Kurt Cobain singing the Beatles

In 2015, Universal Music amassed a large selection of old demos that Kurt Cobain had taped in the very early years, for the album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, the soundtrack for the documentary of the same name. Amid the plethora of demos, there's a rather eerie cover of the Beatles' And I Love Her.

Source: Radio Nova, Dublin
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Former Beatles hangout faces bulldozer

The Silver Fox Cafe in Kent, England which served the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their UK tours could be demolished after 70 years serving stars, truckers and motorists. The transport cafe launched in 1947 and was bought at auction eight years ago for 280,000 (about $390,000), and has been empty since.

Source: The Forest Review, UK
Video: Chris Martin teaches daughter to play the Beatles

Video footage has emerged which sees Chris Martin teaching his eldest child, 13-year old daughter Apple, to play the The Beatles song Blackbird from 1968 on guitar. The short video, which was shared by his former wife Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram, was captioned, "Guitar time," and followed by an apple emoji.

Source: Radio X, UK
UK music bible NME closes print edition

Its publishers have announced that NME is to print its final edition this Friday, saying it is "no longer financially viable". It will continue to be published online. NME launched as newspaper the New Musical Express back in 1952. Celebrities and music fans took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the loss.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Monday, March 5, 2018
Video: Smith's soulful 1969 cover of Baby It's You

The 1969, Los Angeles-based band Smith released their #5 hit "Baby, It's You." The song, written by Burt Bacharach, had already been recorded and released as a single by, first, the Shirelles, #8 in 1961, and not long after that was added to the repertoire of the Beatles, who recorded it in 1963 for their first album.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies Warning: Page opens with sound

Russ Solomon, the bigger-than-life personality who founded Tower Records, died Sunday of a heart attack. He founded Tower Records in 1960 in Sacramento, in less than a decade he had expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. Eventually the company would become a worldwide empire, with stores from New York to Tokyo.

Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Theatre Review: Cilla - The Musical in Newcastle upon Tyne

A musical based on Cilla Black's story, featuring the songs she is most known for and others, including her buddies, The Beatles, sounds like a lorra fun, for the right audience. Kara Lily Hepworth has a fabulous voice and is really believable as Cilla, the gawky young star whose initial dream is for an indoor toilet and a real front door.

Source: The Northern Echo, UK
Why vinyl LPs are better than CDs and MP3s

Science Youtuber Steve Mould explains why vinyl records are better than digital media. Not because of better audio quality, it's because LP grooves can be used in unusual ways. For instance, an LP ends in a circular track called a "runout groove" and some records include a recorded snippet that endlessly runs, just for fun, like Sgt. Pepper did.

Source: Boing Boing
Friday, February 23, 2018
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.

WARNING: Includes Adult Language  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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.

Related Articles  Source: Den of Geek
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.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands

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