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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
Thursday, September 1, 2016
John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'

Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday in Liverpool. Former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson and two Beatles tribute bands also appeared.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 5, 2014
Bob Weir surprises crowd at film festival with Beatles cover performance

For the first time, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir played his own unique version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence after the west coast premiere screening of a new film about him at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," last Thursday evening.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, August 2, 2013
Liverpool celebrates The City That Rocked the World

A special screening last night of "The City That Rocked the World" at the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre enthralled an audience of over eighty five music legends and VIP's from the world of music. It was a film that, while mentioning the huge impact of the Beatles, showed that there was so much more to the Merseybeat scene.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Monkee was born 68 years ago

On March 8, 1945, Mickey Dolenz was born in Los Angeles. Following the success of The Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," producers for Columbia Pictures TV wanted a comedy program based on a rock group. They auditioned 500 performers in the fall of 1965, and Mickey Dolenz, David Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith became "The Monkees."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 2, 2012
Brits meet Yanks for '60s music symposium on Catalina Island

Last Saturday, the iconic Catalina Island casino was the scene of "The British Invasion Rocks America," a rock 'n' roll symposium, a first of its kind event attended by almost 600 fans sponsored by the Catalina Island Museum. The symposium included Peter Asher, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz and pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Catalina Island Museum's rock n' roll symposium next weekend

The Catalina Island Museum Presents The British Invasion Rocks America is the first of its kind and will examine the movement of the blues from America to Britain and back to America during the "British Invasion." Rock icon Spencer Davis worked with the museum to organize the symposium, which takes place in the Avalon Casino on June 30th.

Source: Beatles News

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