July 10, 2009 Commentary: Michael Jackson did
not invent the Moon Walk. It was Ronnie Hawkins!
Who would of have thought that rock legend Ronnie Hawkins of having
invented the famous Moon Walk? Well, he did and well ahead of
Michael Jackson. It actually happened in 1959 and was captured on
film as he sung "I Need Your Lovin'."
Phraseology: Michael Jackson was not the
"King of Pop", he was the "Prince of Pop"
The media has it wrong: Michael Jackson was not the King of Pop, but
rather the correct phraseology to coin should have been the "Prince
There has only been one "King of Pop" and that title
is solely reserved for Elvis Presley who really brought rock 'n'
roll into the main stream during the 1950's. The media,
unfortunately, have spun Jackson's death on the same level of
Princess Diana's passing guaranteeing the estate of Michael Jackson
with lots of financial residuals to be made into videos from his
pre-concert rehearsals and memorial tribute.
Paul McCartney appropriately described Jackson's
sudden death "so sad and shocking." But let's not forget that buried
beneath the media mźlée of Jackson's headliners and eulogies that
another famous entertainer,
Farrah Fawcett, suffered an agonizing three-year battle with
cancer who passed away on the same day as Jackson.
The passing of these two very talented icons are a remainder to us
that we are after all, but mere mortals.
Whelan The Ottawa Beatles Site
July 6, 2009 Replay the Beatles at
the Calgary Stampede
Montreal's "Replay the
Beatles" just recently completed concert performances at the Calgary
Stampede (see below). Now they're back and tomorrow they will rock at
Centennial Park, 288 Beaconsfield blvd., Beaconsfield. If it rains, the
rain check location is Beaurepaire United Church, 25 Fieldfare,
Beaconsfield. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
"In recent years, Atlantic Canada has landed concerts by
of the biggest names in music history in the Rolling Stones (twice), The
Eagles, Bon Jovi and soon enough, KISS and AC/DC," writes Eric Lewis for
the Times & Transcript.
"Next Saturday, July 11, arguably the most famous living
musician joins those names as Paul McCartney, a former Beatle, the leader
of Wings and a hugely successful solo artist, performs at the Halifax
July 3, 2009 McCartney
recalls "fun-loving" Jackson
Halifax show, ex-Beatle talks about late King of Pop, music, his daughter
"Legendary musician Paul McCartney took time out from rehearsals Friday
for his concert next week in Halifax to discuss a range of topics,
including his sentimental feelings for the late pop star Michael Jackson,"
writes the CBC.
To read the full report:
click here. The article features a video interview with CBC's
Tom Murphy interviewing Paul and runs 9:24 in RealPLayer or QuickTime
July 1, 2009
Ringo Starr among music artists to be honored for the 2010 Walk of Fame by Belinda Thomas,
LA Music Examiner
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced next year's Hollywood Walk of Fame
honorees from the world of motion pictures, TV, live performance and
Recording artists to be recognized are Ringo Starr, Bryan
Adams, the Funk Brothers, Alan Jackson, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Marco
Antonio Solis, ZZ Top and the late Roy Orbison.
Andrea Bocelli and the Cirque du Soleil's Guy Liberte will
represent live performance and theater.
Other entertainers who will also have their names added to
the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 are Russell Crowe, Adam Sandler and
Julia Louis Dreyfus to name a few.
June 26, 2009 McCartney pays
tribute to 'gentle' Jackson
LONDON (AFP) —
Paul McCartney hailed Michael Jackson as a "massively talented boy man
with a gentle soul" in a tribute to the legendary performer on his website
McCartney, who collaborated with Jackson on the songs "Say Say Say" and
"The Girl Is Mine" in the early 1980s, described the news of Jackson's
death Thursday as "so sad and shocking."
"I feel privileged to have hung
out and worked with Michael," ex-Beatle McCartney said. "He was a
massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be
remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy
McCartney sent his "deepest sympathy" to Jackson's family and "his
countless fans all around the world."
June 13, 2009 New Beatlemania
museum opens in Hamburg
were five of them, not four, and they weren't that fab yet, when in 1960
an obscure English band called The Beatles arrived in Hamburg.
Now, 49 years after their fateful arrival that August,
this German port city is claiming its place in the history of what became
the world's most successful rock and roll group with a new museum called
Set out over five floors, it tells the story of the band
from Hamburg to their breakup, with interactive exhibits like a mock-up of
the legendary Abbey Road studios where visitors can record themselves
There are also hundreds of photos, including some rare
ones from their Hamburg period, as well as artifacts ranging from a
postcard from Ringo Starr back home, to memorabilia from the height of
Sticking out of the front of the building is a huge,
inflatable yellow submarine, and downstairs there is a fish and chip shop
named "John and Paul's."
June 11, 2009 Obituary: Ron Richards: Record produce who worked with the
Beatles, the Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Ella Fitzgerald
Music journalist Spencer Leigh reporting for the Independent....
A modest man who did not push himself forward, Ron Richards was,
nevertheless, one of the UK's top record producers. He produced such
familiar records as "Love Me Do" (the Beatles) "You'll Never Walk Alone"
(Gerry and the Pacemakers) and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (the
Hollies), and when he sometimes saw others take the credit for what he'd
done, he would simply say: "I know what happened."
To read Spencer's full report with details about Richards history as a
please click here.
June 11, 2009 Harmonic Convergence - On a night in Bel
Air in 1965, the Beatles finally met their hero - Elvis
Noted Beatles nut GT O'Rourke no longer had to imagine what John
Lennon's visit to Niagara Falls was like.
He had all day Saturday to see for himself.
To mark Lennon and Yoko Ono's visit to the falls 40 years
ago, Ono provided the city with a 10-minute video of that brief, but
fascinating trip. The clip shows Lennon and Ono exiting a car along the
Niagara Parkway to play tourist. It was filmed five days after their 'bed
in' at a Montreal hotel.
Beatles fans have had glimpses of the footage before, but
this is the first time it has ever been seen in its entirety.
It was shown on a continuous loop at Drummond Hill
Presbyterian Church for about five hours.
O'Rourke, who has about 4,000 pieces of Beatles
memorabilia, was thrilled seeing one of his idols in his city and that
several teens came to watch.
"I'm happy people are finally
getting the message about John and Yoko, which was love," said O'Rourke.
"A lot of people missed the boat when it came to John."
The video begins with a voice-only message from Ono,
saying the Falls visit was a "very sweet moment for us." It then shows
footage of various signs throughout the city as Lennon and Ono's car heads
to the parkway.
Lennon saunters out of the car, and despite being in the
most famous band in the world at the time, other tourists seem oblivious
It was a crystal clear day (June 4, 1969), and Lennon
comments on the "perfect" rainbow arching over the falls. He then
amusingly points to a sign promoting 'The Crown Jewels of Great Britain.'
O'Rourke was fascinated by how a Beatle could walk along
the parkway without an entourage or swarming fans.
"The people didn't know who he was ... they're not
rushing him like I thought they would," he said.
"Normally, when the Beatles were together that
Fans who missed the video Saturday are out of
luck. Organizer Bill Colclough was under strict orders to package
the footage immediately after the event was over and mail it back to
Photos and video were forbidden while it was being
"When you look at (Lennon's) face, it's like
you're watching any tourist," he said.
News of the screening was mentioned on Beatles
fansites in Russia and Germany. Some requested a copy, but Colclough
had to refuse.
The event coincided with All We Are Saying, a day
of live music across the street at the Battle Ground Hotel Museum.
Local musicians performed from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m.
It wasn't just Beatles fans who found the footage
fascinating, added Colclough.
"It showed you how the destination has changed,"
he said. "You don't have to be a Beatles fan to watch it. You can
just be interested in Niagara Falls."
June 2, 2009 McCartney, Starr come together to unveil trailer of Beatles
From the CBC news services...
The two surviving members of the Beatles took to a Los
Angeles stage Monday to help unveil a sneak peek at the upcoming video
game The Beatles: Rock Band.
"Whoever thought we'd end up as androids?" quipped Paul
McCartney, who offered up some air-guitar and bantered with former
bandmate Ringo Starr before a large screen.
McCartney called the game "a fun idea" that broadens the
band's appeal. "I like people having the opportunity to get to know the
music from the inside out," he said.
The Beatles: Rock Band will be released on September 9,
May 26, 2009 John Lennon and Yoko Ono Montreal bed-in was 40 years ago
"MONTREAL — The hotel room where John Lennon and Yoko
Ono created a watershed moment for the peace movement at the height of the
Vietnam War is a little smaller now," writes Nelson Wyatt for the Canadian
"Part of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel suite, which has a
gold plaque on the door noting its history, went to the installation of a
panoramic elevator on the floor.
"But that hasn't dimmed the aura of the place where the
ex-Beatle and Ono staged their bed-in for peace between May 26 and June 2,
1969, and recorded the iconic antiwar anthem "Give Peace a Chance" the day
before they left."
May 7, 2009 Beatles Story at
Montreal's Corona Theatre May 7 - 23
Show traces Fab Four
from birth. Their music is still magical, 'Paul' (John Oriettas) says.
April 23, 2009 DVD Alert: John
Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto 1969 to be released June
23 from Shout! Factory
by Gabriel J. Hernandez
The only known recorded performance of John Lennon &
The Plastic Ono Band is finally coming to DVD. The historic concert was
filmed on Sept. 13, 1969, at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival,
which also happened to be the eve of the release of Abbey Road the
Beatles' last recorded work.
The new DVD, titled John Lennon &
The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69, will be released by
Shout! Factory on June
23, and undoubtedly offer a remarkable look at one of the world's most
influential and popular artists at a pivotal point in his career.
At the time, Lennon had not performed live with the
Beatles in nearly three years. Yet he decided – probably on a whim – to
fly to Toronto with his wife Yoko Ono, guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist
Klaus Yoormann and drummer Alan White to pay homage to his early musical
heroes performing at the festival, namely Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
The events that transpired became the stuff of legend.
The newly formed Plastic Ono Band, with Lennon at the helm, ended up
sharing the stage with Diddley, Lewis and Richard, and delivered what many
critics consider the second most important concert¯ in rock and roll
The legendary concert – which also foreshadowed the
official end of The Beatles – was captured by Oscar-nominated director
D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Don't Look Back, Monterey Pop). The DVD
also features an interview with Yoko Ono from 1988.
Performances featured on John Lennon & The
Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto '69:
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley Hound Dog – Jerry Lee Lewis Lucille – Little
Richard Blue Suede Shoes
– John Lennon Money
– John Lennon Dizzy Miss Lizzy – John Lennon Yer Blues – John Lennon Cold
John Lennon Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking
For Her Hand In The Snow) – Yoko Ono John, John (Let's Hope For Peace)
BONUS - Interview with Yoko Ono
(1988) Yoko Ono
April 17, 2009 Soon to be
released: "The Mammoth Book Of The Beatles" by Sean Egan
I'm just writing to let you know about my forthcoming
Beatles book, which I think will be of interest to your site's visitors.
Called The Mammoth Book Of The Beatles, it's a 600-page
collection of writing both old and new, laudatory and critical, on the Fab
Four. It features articles by – amongst others
–Maureen Cleave, Charlie Gillett, William Mann, Hunter Davies,
Don Short, John Tobler & Stuart Grundy, Paul Johnson, Lester Bangs,
Kenneth Tynan and Paul Gambaccini. It contains some famous articles on the
group, such as 'What Songs The Beatles Sang' by William Mann (the "Aeolian
cadences" article), 'How Does a Beatle Live?' (the
Beatles-Bigger-Than-Christ feature) and the Atticus column on Paul/Eleanor
Rigby which confirmed their gravitas to the establishment. It also,
however, features some lesser-known but very worthy Beatles articles, such
as revealing interviews with George Martin and Glyn Johns from the long
out-of-print book The Record Producers, 'Dandelions In Still Air: The
Withering Away Of The Beatles' –a critical hammering by Lester Bangs
extract from Mitch Axelrod's book about The Beatles cartoon TV Series
(which is an overlooked part of the Fabs' story) and an excellent précis of the Beatles' career by DJ and rock historian
Paul Gambaccini from his now unavailable book Masters of Rock.
There's also lots of previously unpublished material,
including summaries of all the Beatles records by myself – leisurely
articles whose length allows me to go into stuff that is not commonly
remarked on by journalists –an intriguing article on meeting the
Beatles before they had a recording contract by ex-Steampacket/Animals
member Vic Briggs, verbatim transcripts of interviews with Paul McCartney
and Pete Best previously only published in edited form and a brand new
interview with Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry. To round things off, there
is the superb Beatles and Solo Beatles UK discography by Graham Calkin,
adapted from his jpgr website. I attach a full
table of contents, as well as the cover image.
The book is released on April 23rd in the UK by Constable
and June 8th in the US by Running Press.
April 14, 2009 Phil Spector found
guilty of murder - by Archer of Beatles Basement
Producer Phil Spector has been found guilty of
second-degree murder in the shooting of 40-year-old starlet/waitress Lana
Clarkson. He was also found guilty of using a gun to commit a crime. The
jury in the re-trial chose not to let him off with a lesser charge,
The judge remanded Spector to jail immediately. He could
receive 18 years to life upon sentencing.
Clarkson was shot to death at Spector's L.A. mansion six
years ago. The defense claimed she killed herself, but prosecutors showed
that Spector had a history of threatening women with guns when they tried
to leave his presence.
A previous trial ended in a 10-2 hung jury "favoring
conviction" in 2007.
In addition to several solo albums by George Harrison and
John Lennon, Phil Spector produced the Beatles' Let It Be album. Although
the album was supposed to represent the Beatles in the raw, Spector added
choruses and orchestration to the title cut, "Across The Universe," "I Me
Mine" and "The Long And Winding Road." In 2003, the year Spector was
charged with murder, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr oversaw a remixing of
the album, retitling it Let It Be ... Naked.
Spector was a guest of the Beatles on their first flight
from London to New York in 1964. At that time, the Beatles were fans of
his production, songwriting and the girl-group hits he produced.
April 7, 2009 Original Beatles
Albums to be Reissued - by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times.
"Finally. After watching the Beatles' company, Apple
Corps, devote the last few years to developing a site-specific show in Las
Vegas, a video game and a line of pricey memorabilia, Beatles fans are
finally getting something they've been demanding for at least the last
decade: sonically upgraded reissues of the groups original British albums,
in stereo and mono. Apple Corps and EMI announced on Tuesday that the
much-postponed remasters would be released on individual stereo CDs and in
two boxed sets –one stereo, the other mono – on Sept.
April 4, 2009 Private Album -
Pattie Boyd kept a photographic record of her days as a rock wife, writes
Iain Shedden, for the Australian
An excellent interview with Patti Boyd discussing her
memories of George Harrison and Eric Clapton. On display are her personal
photograph collection at the Silver K Gallery in Melbourne which runs
until June 28 entitled "Images of Rock 'n' Roll."
2009 Yoko Ono evokes
memories of Lennon with Montreal show
Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John & Yoko opens Thursday
April 2 and runs through June 21 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The 40th anniversary of the Montreal Bed-In falls in May 2009 Ottawa
2009 Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce
Adam Bloomfield contacted us recently
with some fascinating insights into the the concept, design and production
of the paint work of John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce, and the
identity of the artist who created the design. We have added his
contribution to the lower part of our article on the car which you can
reach by clicking on it on our home page, or by going here.
December 11, 2008 Yoko Ono offers peace
message in Kyoto university lecture by The Yomiuri
KYOTO--Yoko Ono, a New York-based artist and
the widow of John Lennon, said during a visit to Kyoto on Wednesday
that she believes the future is bright since more people than ever
are hoping for peace.
"The world situation has gotten
worse compared to when John and I staged 'Bed-Ins' [in 1969]...and I think
now is the [darkness] before dawn," said 75-year-old Ono, who was invited
to give a short performance and lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of
Kyoto Seika University in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto.
"It's because I've
lived so long that I began noticing about 10 years ago for the first time
that what I did with John has finally begun to change the world little by
little," she said.
During a 90-minute lecture conducted as a
question-and-answer session with the audience, Ono explained why the
couple began calling for peace and talked about the many ups and downs she
experienced after Lennon's death.
Providing a penlight for each
member of the audience, she also introduced her current project, Onochord,
in which she encourages people to express "I love you" by blinking a
flashlight in a set pattern.
She also encouraged art students at
the university to believe in their own ability, even if they feel no one
appreciates their work.
December 8, 2008 Paul and Ringo nominated
for Grammy Awards
Paul McCartney's up for two Grammy
awards for performances from his limited-edition live EP, Amoeba's
"I Saw Her Standing There," which
Macca first sang on the Beatles' debut album, has been nominated for best
solo rock vocal. It's competing with performances by Bruce Springsteen,
Eddie Vedder, John Mayer and Neil Young.
Paul's live version of the
Memory Almost Full song "That Was Me" is up for best mail pop vocal
performance. Other nominees in that category are Kid Rock, John Mayer,
Jason Mraz, Ne-Yo and James Taylor.
Ringo Starr has been nominated for
a Grammy as well –Ringo 5.1: The
Surround Sound Collection is contending for best surround sound album.
November 27, 2008 Eleanor Rigby document
LONDON (Reuters) - A 97-year-old
document that contains clues to the identity of Eleanor Rigby, the subject
of one of the Beatles' best-loved songs, sold for 115,000 pounds
($177,000) at auction on Thursday.
The total fell well short of
high estimates of around 500,000 pounds for the piece of Beatles
The money will go to the seller Annie Mawson and her
charity the Sunbeams Music Trust (www.sunbeamsmusic.org), which uses music
to help people with special needs.
November 25, 2008 McCartney finds spark with
"Sir Paul McCartney has found a
new lease of creative life on his third album as The Fireman, a
collaboration with producer Youth," writes the BBC News.
experimental and partly improvised, each song was written and recorded in
a day, with Sir Paul building lyrics around words from poetry books,
adopting alter-egos to sing, and mining old blues records for vocal
"The results on Electric Arguments are rough, rich
and refreshing for one of the world's most established stars."
November 24, 2008 A concert review of Paul
McCartney in Israel by Yarden Uriel
To read Yarden's exciting report
(with video), please click: "Paul
is alive and late." His report appeared in the October edition of
Beatles fans: New Beatles film
needs your help! [Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/24/08 4:26
"A new film, The Soundtrack of our
Lives, is a feature length documentary about the Beatles fan, how they
have been inspired, how their life has been changed, why kids love Beatles
music, was there divine inspiration, why the music legacy is as big today
as ever? All these questions are explored and answered through the journey
around the world that our two English x-pat hosts take," writes Dave
sells Beatles' White Album for 24,500 Euros
VIENNA (AFP) An English professor in the
Austrian town of Linz has sold a rare copy of the Beatles' White
Album on Internet auction site eBay for close to 24,550 euros
(31,365 dollars), the Austria Press Agency (APA) reported
The LP, which changed owners on Sunday, had the
series number 0000005 -- the first four copies are allegedly still
owned by the living members of the Fab Four or their
Briton Andrew Milton, who sold the precious record
for 19,201 pounds, said he was still looking to sell other rare
albums and Beatles' memorabilia on eBay, including another copy --
number 18 -- of the "White Album," APA added.
November 22, 2008 Vatican forgives John Lennon for Jesus remark
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The
Vatican's newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that
the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a
"boast" by a young man grappling with sudden fame.
The comment by
Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly
in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles' albums in huge
But time apparently heals all wounds.
"The remark by
John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States,
after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class
Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend
of Elvis and rock and roll," Vatican daily Osservatore Romano
The article, marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles'
"The White Album," went on to praise the pop band.
remains that 38 years after breaking up, the songs of the Lennon-McCartney
brand have shown an extraordinary resistance to the passage of time,
becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop
musicians," it said.
November 16, 2008 Mary Hopkin to release a new
album called "Recollections"; Welsh folk singer to be celebrated in
Recording artist Mary Hopkin is
releasing a new album called "Recollections" on November 21, available at
her website. The new tracks are taken from Mary's archives which are
digitally mixed and remastered by Space Studios. The tracks were recorded
between 1970 and 1986.
"There were about 30 hefty 2-inch
tapes weighing heavily on my mind, and also on my bedroom ceiling,"
recalls Mary on her official website. "They had been gathering dust in my
loft for many years, and one morning, I woke up to an ominous creaking
sound, as a huge crack appeared in the ceiling. So, with some prodding
from my daughter, Jessica, we decided to release them from their dusty
boxes before the ceiling fell in."
Also being released is the
"Christmas Songs" EP making this and "Recollections" available for
purchase of the combined price. The complete track listing for both
releases are listed below.
Meanwhile, Mary's own legacy still
continues to influence newer generations of musical talent. "Mary Hopkin
was one of the first artists to sign up to the Beatles Apple Record's
label and an inspiration to many aspiring musicians, including Kate
Corrigan," writes Ollie Rickman of the Guardian.
"So much so that the Royal College
of Music graduate, who has performed with the Classical Opera Company in
Italy and at the Royal Albert Hall, has prepared her own tribute in
celebration of the Welsh folk singer's career.
"She will be performing her Celtic
Soul sounds a modern twist on traditional Irish and folk songs alongside
her band Keltic Soul," writes Rickman.
Kate Corrigan with Keltic Soul
will be performing November 25, 2008, at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane (South
London). Concert start time is 1:00 p.m.
1. Long Time Ago (Jim Croce)
2. Lion Tamer (Stephen Schwartz)
3. Perfect Love (Paul Williams)
4. I'll Have to Say I Love You in
a Song (Jim Croce)
November 16, 2008 Forty years on, McCartney wants
the world to hear 'lost' Beatles epic
George Harrison said it was too
avant-garde. Now Sir Paul says the time has come to release 1967's
'Carnival of Light'
by Vanessa Thorpe, arts and
For Beatles fans across the world
it has gained near mythical status. The 14-minute improvised track called
'Carnival of Light' was recorded in 1967 and played just once in public.
It was never released because three of the Fab Four thought it too
The track, a jumble of shrieks and
psychedelic effects, is said to be as far from the melodic ballads that
made Sir Paul McCartney famous as it is possible to imagine. But now
McCartney has said that the public will have the chance to judge for
'It does exist,' McCartney says on
a BBC Radio 4 arts programme to be broadcast this week. Talking to John
Wilson, the presenter of Front Row, the former Beatle confirms that he
still has a master tape of the work and says he suspects that 'the time
has come for it to get its moment'.
'I like it because it's the Beatles free, going off piste,'
In the 40 years since 'Carnival of
Light' was recorded by McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John
Lennon in the Abbey Road studios in London, its collection of disparate
rhythms has become a kind of holy grail for Beatles obsessives. The track
was put together on 5 January 1967, in between working on the vocals for
the song 'Penny Lane'.
Once released it should offer
proof that the Fab Four, and McCartney in particular, were much more
avant-garde in their tastes than many gave them credit for. According to
the few who heard the track on the one occasion the recording was played
publicly, at a London music festival in 1967, it features the sound of
gargled water and strangled shouts from Lennon which vie with church
organs and distorted guitar.
'We were set up in the studio and
would just go in every day and record,' McCartney tells Wilson. 'I said to
the guys, this is a bit indulgent but would you mind giving me 10 minutes?
I've been asked to do this thing. All I want you to do is just wander
round all of the stuff and bang it, shout, play it. It doesn't need to
make any sense. Hit a drum, wander to the piano, hit a few notes ... and
then we put a bit of echo on it. It's very free.'
McCartney had been commissioned to
create a piece for an electronic music festival at the Roundhouse Theatre
in north London by his friend Barry Miles. The event, the Million Volt
Light and Sound Rave, was organised by International Times, an underground
newspaper. Many in the audience had no idea they were listening to a new
Beatles track. Other performers included Delia Derbyshire whose work at
the BBC Radiophonic Workshop included jointly creating the theme for
McCartney, who this month releases
his third experimental album of new work under the alias the Fireman,
regards 'Carnival of Light' as evidence of how musically adventurous he
has always been. For the three other Beatles the track was just an oddity.
George Harrison dismissed it as too weird. But McCartney is hopeful it can
now be released with the agreement of the group's estate.
'It will help reaffirm McCartney's
claim to have been the most musically adventurous of all the Beatles,'
said Wilson this weekend. 'He told me he would love to release the track.
All he needs now is the blessing of Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George
Harrison's widow Olivia.'
The piece was inspired, McCartney
says, by the works of composers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In
his book Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, author Mark Lewisohn - who
was played the track in 1987 - describes 'distorted, hypnotic drum and
organ sounds, a distorted lead guitar, the sound of a church organ,
various effects (water gargling was one) and, perhaps most intimidating of
all, Lennon and McCartney screaming and bawling random phrases including
"Are you all right?" and '"Barcelona!".'
Beatles fans came close to hearing
'Carnival Of Light' in 1996 when it was considered for inclusion in the
exhaustive Anthology compilation. 'We were listening to everything we'd
every recorded,' McCartney says. 'I said it would be great to put this on
because it would show we were working with really avant-garde stuff ...
But it was vetoed. The guys didn't like the idea, like "this is
McCartney revealed that George
Harrison disparaged sonic experimentation as 'avant-garde a
Sir George Martin, the Beatles
producer who oversaw the track, has described it as 'one of those weird
things'. 'It was a kind of uncomposed, free-for-all melange of sound that
went on. It was not considered worthy of issuing as a normal piece of
Beatles music at the time and was put away.'
Coincidentally, McCartney played
some of his Fireman compositions at the reopened Roundhouse venue last
year during the Electric Proms. 'With the Fireman you're in disguise,' he
told Observer Music Monthly. His pseudonym may have been taken from the
lyric of 'Penny Lane' where a fireman 'rushes in from the pouring rain'
and could also be a nod to his father, Jim McCartney, a firewatcher on the
Liverpool docks in the Second World War.
John Wilson's interview with Paul
McCartney can be heard on Front Row, Radio 4, on Thursday.
November 9, 2008 We Loved Them, Yeah Yeah, Yeah -
The Beatles In Scotland
WHAT'S it like to be buddies with a
Beatle? A string of famous Scots can boast they were friends of the Fab
Four - from comedian Billy Connolly to former motor racing champ Sir
Jackie Stewart and SFA boss Gordon Smith. They all have great memories of
John, Paul, George or Ringo.
JACKIE sat by
his pool with 12-year-old son Paul at home in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
The sounds of their favourite music wafted into the night sky.
The tunes were Beatle songs.
The only difference was the
songs weren't coming from a stereo or radio. They were being strummed on
guitar by close friend George Harrison.
It remains Jackie's most
cherished memory of a friendship which began at the 1969 Monaco Grand
Sir Jackie recalled: "Paul brought out his guitar. George
started to play all the Beatle hits...explaining the lyrics.
remember thinking this had to be one of the greatest privileges anybody
could have - to enjoy a perfect evening with such a remarkable man."
George's friendship with Jackie grew into a two-way street of
When his career slipped into a creative funk
in the mid-70s, the Beatle credited him with inspiring him to return to
the studio. The result - 1979's eponymously titled George Harrison album -
featured the song Faster, written as tribute to the Grand Prix racers.
When he filmed a video for the track, Jackie pulled off a
masterstroke by suggesting he act as George's chauffeur as they hurtled
round Silverstone in a Daimler.
Sir Jackie was in Scotland when he
learned George had died of cancer in 2001. He said: "I saw him a month
before he died. It was such a sad loss."
THE Scots comedian and singer once fronted a group that contained
two Beatles. The Big Yin had a starring role in Water, a movie produced by
George Harrison's Handmade Films.
In one scene a concert is held
after mineral water is found on a Caribbean island. Connolly leads a band
called The Rebels who perform a song called Freedom. It had Ringo Starr on
drums and George on guitar - with star pals Eric Clapton and Jon Lord of
Deep Purple playing along.
"I looked round and there were all my
heroes. It was extraordinary," said Connolly, who became friends with
George and his wife Olivia and visited their home. "The grounds were
spectacular. I didn't feel so successful around George."
THE words were out before Gordon had a chance to stuff them
back in his mouth: "I play one of your songs on guitar."
was Blackbird - and the man sitting opposite the Rangers' footballer was
The former Beatle left the room and returned with
an acoustic guitar. He ran through the whole finger-picking song chord
perfect then said: "Is that how you play it?"
Paul was having a
laugh but the moment will live with SFA chief Gordon until his dying
breath. "I nearly died because I knew he'd ask me to play it."
was the result of an unlikely friendship which had begun two years earlier
when Gordon played for Rangers.
In December 1979 he and wife
Marlene attended a Wings concert at Glasgow Apollo and got to meet the
"Paul was very down to earth."
following year Gordon moved clubs to Brighton FC, a team not far from
Paul's home in East Sussex.
The couple got an invite from the
McCartneys. Linda said: "Why don't you visit us?"
later the family set off for their house.
Gordon was stunned by
Paul's living arrangements. His lifestyle was far removed from typical
rock star ostentation.
Gordon and Paul chatted about football. "He
was thrilled I knew Kenny Dalglish.
"Linda said, 'I like Gordon
McQueen of Man United'.
November 6, 2008 Paul McCartney steals show at
MTV Europe awards By Mike Collett-White
- Former Beatle Paul McCartney stole the show at the MTV Europe Music
Awards on Thursday, accepting a one-off prize from the pop channel in his
home city of Liverpool to deafening applause.
The 66-year-old was
named Ultimate Legend at the 15th edition of the annual awards ceremony,
one of pop music's biggest nights outside the United States.
is the man who invented my job," said U2 lead singer Bono, introducing
"On the way here Paul McCartney, who was driving the car, was
pointing out every place in Liverpool. It was like being in the
Pope-mobile with the Pope driving. In the universe of rock and roll bands,
the Beatles were the big bang.
"I saw tonight how much Liverpool
means to Paul McCartney and you can feel how much Paul McCartney means to
McCartney was one of several stars on the night to pay
tribute to Barack Obama following his victory in the U.S. presidential
election this week.
"Many years ago four little boys were born here
in Liverpool and we went on to do quite well," McCartney said of his
former band the Beatles, the most successful pop act of all
"So thanks to all my family, to all of you for coming along
to all of you in Liverpool, to everyone in Britain, to everyone in America
for voting for Mr. Obama."
The other big winner on the night was
Britney Spears, who won the Act of 2008 and Album of the Year categories
on a night dominated by U.S. acts.
The prizes marked another step
along the comeback trail for the troubled 26-year-old, whose "Blackout"
album was well received and will be followed by her new record "Circus"
due for release on December 2.
Spears also plans to set the record
straight about her highly public meltdown in a 90-minute documentary due
to be aired on MTV on November 30.
singer was not at the packed Echo Arena in northern England, where around
10,000 fans screamed and swayed their way through an action-packed
The other multiple winners on the night were U.S. rock band
"30 Seconds To Mars," led by actor-turned-musician Jared Leto, who picked
up the Rock Out and Best Video awards.
Among the performers were
U.S. chart-toppers Beyonce and Kanye West, who won the Ultimate Urban
Several acts paid tribute to
Obama, whose picture was beamed on a giant screen on stage at the end of a
performance of "American Boy" by West and Britain's Estelle.
Arguably the most bizarre award of
the night went to British 1980s crooner Rick Astley, whose 1987 single
"Never Gonna Give You Up" topped the charts in 16 countries.
He shot back to prominence this
year when millions of people were "rickrolled" into playing the song over
the Internet when they thought they were clicking on apparently unrelated
"2008 Europe Music Awards, you've
been rickrolled!" shouted Hollywood gossip columnist Perez
Astley beat the likes of U2 and
Spears in the Best Act Ever category.
Other winners included Tokio
Hotel, named best headliner of the year, Pink, who won most addictive
track for "So What" and Emre Aydin of Turkey who was named Europe's
MTV invites fans to decide all but
one of the categories -- Video Star -- and in 2007 nearly 80 million votes
were cast ahead of the event.
Blackbird singing in the dead of
night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your
life You were only waiting for this moment to
Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these
sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only
waiting for this moment to be free.
Blackbird fly, Blackbird
fly Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird fly Into the light of the dark black
Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these
broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only
waiting for this moment to arise, oh You were only waiting for
this moment to arise, oh You were only waiting for this moment to
Copyright by Northern Songs Ltd, 1968.
Cartoon inset: Copyright by the Ottawa Citizen,
November 5, 2008.
McCartney to get MTV legend
"Sir Paul McCartney is to be honoured with a
specially-created Ultimate Legend award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in
his home city of Liverpool, " writes the BBC News service.
"The former Beatle is not expected
to play at Thursday night's show but will pick up his prize in person, MTV
"It said the award was created to
honour "one of the most formative influences on the music scene on a
Have you been coveting your
picture of Ringo and his All-Star Starr band captured from the recent
All-Star tour? Ringo wants YOU, his loyal fans, to submit photos taken
from his 2008 All-Star tour. Ringo will hand pick his favorite photo
to be featured on his official website, Ringostarr.com. The lucky
winner will also go home with a Ringo Starr Autographed Drumhead!
Winner to be notified via email in early December.
STATS: Please email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org in
JPEG format. We will only accept ONE photo entry per person. Photo
entries can be taken from a digital camera, from your phone camera or any
other source but STILL photos only please! Contest ends OCTOBER
By submitting your photo you agree that Ringo may
utilize your photo in any manner whatsoever without further obligation to
you except to provide you appropriate credit as the
In order for your entry to be valid, you must
include the following information within the text of your email: 1.
Your name, address, phone number, and email address 2. The date and
location of the show in which you captured the photo
October 17, 2008 Apple Corps Agreement Blocks
Distribution of Beatles Recordings
recordings of the Beatles from 1962 won't be distributed under a
settlement between Apple Corps. Ltd., the company created by the band, and
Miami-based Fuego Entertainment Inc.," writes Joel Rosenblatt for
"Fuego bought and planned to digitally re-master 15
Beatles tracks titled Jamming with Beatles and Friends, Star Club,
Hamburg, 1962," Rosenblatt revealed in his article. "In
February, the company said the recordings were the band's first to feature
Ringo Starr on drums. While seven of the songs were later recorded by the
group in a studio, eight were never released, said Fuego, which planned to
included them on a double compact disc."
Last winter, Apple records filed a
$15 million lawsuit against Fuego Entertainment over trademark
infringement. The result of their legal action halted the potential
release of the rare recordings arguing that the tracks were of inferior
quality and would damage the reputation of the Beatles.
Membership medallions from
the Cavern Club have been discovered 35 years after the closure of
the Liverpool music club. They were unearthed by Roy Adams, the
club's last owner, when he was clearing out a shed at his home on
Mr Adams, the last man to own the club that made
the Beatles famous, emptied the venue's offices when it closed its
doors in 1973 and found the medallions when he was sorting through
packing cases. They were used as replacements for membership cards
at the club during its heyday in the 1960s, when it played host to
stars including The Who, the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and
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All Rights Reserved.
October 15, 2008 The Beatles and Ireland
"Over 218 fascinating pages, they
present eyewitness accounts of the two gigs The Beatles played here in
1963 and 1964; delve into George's Wexford roots and John's buying of an
island off the Mayo coast; and recount the furor which greeted a solo of
Paul's "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". Ringo takes a bit of a back-seat
throughout but, well, wasn't that always the way?" writes Hot
New Single of the QUARRYMEN - The band that started
the Beatles and U.S.-Tour in October
(openPR) - 50 years after the first and
only single-release of the Quarrymen, a new single has been released
via internet. The song was recorded in Liverpool and GaryLand in
2008 with a little help of some friends...Reason is the recent
Quarrymen U.S.-Tour that have started on the 9th October in New York
City. All dates see below!
Next year a film will follow that
is called "The Quarrymen - The Band that started the Beatles"
(filmed in Germany / baltic coast). The song "Never stop Rockin 'n'
Rollin" can be downloaded on www.TheQuarrymen.de (only for
the time of the Quarrymen U.S.-Tour in October).
9th Thur: BB
Kings, NYC 10th Fri: The Flickinger Center, Kimball Union
Academy, Meriden, NH 12th Sun: The Cavern Club at the Hard
Rock Cafe, Boston 14th Tue:
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY 12180 15th
Wed: Sellersville Theatre, near Philadelphia, co-bill with
Pete Best 17th Fri: Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD 18th Sat:
Writers' Boot Camp Auditorium, Santa Monica,
California 19th Sun: SoHo, Santa Barbara, CA 21th Tues:
Anthology, San Diego, CA
To hear an audio sample of the
Quarrymen's new single, please click here. And for the
full press release, click
October 13, 2008 Ringo Starr Too Busy to
"Former Beatle Ringo Starr will no
longer sign memorabilia for fans and will throw away all fan mail he
receives in the future, he has said," writes the BBC
rival on sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll by GRAEME GREEN - Monday,
October 13, 2008
Dave Clark, 65, was drummer, manager,
producer and star of 1960s pop group The Dave Clark Five (also known
as The DC5) who led the 'British invasion' of America with The
Beatles. They sold more than 100 million records and were inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Tom Hanks in March this year.
The Hits by The Dave Clark Five is out now.
Were the 1960s as exciting as
everyone says? No question. Anything and everything was possible.
Whether you were in the music business or art or theatre or fashion, it
was a whole cultural revolution.
What made the 1960s such a
great time for music? I'm sure the Beatles and the Stones would
back me up on this –“everybody was doing it for the fun.
Like the Beatles were in Hamburg and the Stones were in all the clubs, we
were playing all the American bases and the Mecca ballroom circuit. We
were basically a live band before we started making records, doing it for
the fun of it. And we were also the first generation that hadn't had to do
National Service –“
they used to catch you at that age and put you in the
army where they knock all that rebelliousness out of you.
you experience your own version of Beatlemania – riots,
screaming fans...? Oh yes. We were the first English group to tour
for two years it was The Beatles and us. In the
course of eight weeks, we had a sell-out tour, our own private plane and
were playing to a quarter of a million people.
So why don't
younger music fans know who you are? When The Beatles broke up,
Paul and John still recorded. The Rolling Stones are still touring and The
Who are still on the road. I'm not someone who does the rounds all the
time and if you're not doing interviews, press and TV then people tend to
You were seen as a more wholesome, clean-cut and
athletic alternative to the Beatles. Is that fair? It always
annoyed me. The athletic part, yes – I was a black belt in karate and
I'd worked for a living as a stunt man on over 40 films, so naturally when
we hit off the press picked up on that. I didn't drink; the other boys in
the band did. I didn't smoke; the other guys did. It wasn't a cleaner
image thing, though – it's just I didn't enjoy it at the
Women are throwing themselves at you and hiding in your
hotel room. The danger is you can get caught up in it.
get caught up in the whole sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle?
Everything is laid out on a plate for you. Women are throwing
themselves at you and hiding in your hotel room. The danger is you can get
caught up in it. It's down to the individual what they do. I don' believe
you should preach to people what to do or what not to do, whether it's
sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, politics or religion.
Was there any
rivalry between you and The Beatles? No. For the first two years
in America, all the magazines said 'Dave Clark Five versus The Beatles' as
if there was a big thing. I got on well with the boys – they'd
come to my parties and I'd go to theirs. They were great fun to
spend time with.
When did you realise you were famous?
When we first arrived in America, the record company threw a party
and everybody from Frank Sinatra to Dean Martin came to welcome us. When
we were in Chicago airport getting ready to take off to fly to the next
gig (we had our own private plane marked DC5) when all of a sudden all
these fire engines arrived and plain clothes men rushed onboard and asked
for me. I said: "What's wrong?" and they said: "Please come with us." They
put me in a car and drove me with a police escort to the other side of the
airport and there was Air Force One. It was President Johnson and he said:
"I'd just like your autograph for my daughter."
Did you meet Elvis?
Yes. He was one of the icons who changed rock 'n' roll but what
surprised me the most was he was so modest. I remember him saying to me:
"If you have seen one of my movies, you've seen them all. It's just
different locations and different songs."
You were inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. How did that feel? The
nice thing was that Mike Smith (The DC5's singer/keyboardist) knew we'd
been inducted before he died. I was with Mike two or three days before he
passed away, happily watching Spurs beat Chelsea in the Carling Cup final
at Wembley. To get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and for
Tom Hanks to want to do it and to go on and talk about us for 18 minutes
was pretty amazing.
Do you still live in London? I
lived in the States for two years and had a house there but I've always
been English –I miss the football, I've followed Spurs since I was a boy, and
I'll always live here.
Spurs are struggling at the moment,
aren't they? We've lost two of our best players – Berbatov
and Keane –
but I'm sure we'll come around.
London still as swinging as it was in the 1960s? No, it's not
swinging. It's changed. I'm sure the young people here think it's great
now with all the things going on here but you can't recapture the 1960s.
It was magic.
"When Bob Krzewinski, secretary of
the local chapter of Veterans for Peace, called Yoko Ono's agent to seek
approval for a John Lennon tribute concert, he received the thumbs up and
thought that was that.
October 10, 2008 Yoko Ono Grants Iceland Peace Award
Yoko Ono granted both the Icelandic
nation and Indian scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva with the LennonOno
Peace Award at the relighting of the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy
island off Reykjavik on the occasion of John Lennon's birthday
"To my knowledge an entire nation has not been
granted such an award before. I'm therefore rather proud of this
idea of mine," Ono said during the award ceremony yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.
Ono stated that the
Icelandic nation had earned the award because of its devotion and
pioneering work on harnessing geothermal energy and clean energy for
decades. Dr. Shiva received the award for her work towards peace and
Each award comes with a gift of
USD 50,000 (EUR 37,000).
The Imagine Peace Tower was
established last year. The tower of light will be lit every year on
Lennon's birthday, October 9, and shine until the day he died,
December 8. It will also be lit at special occasions like New Year's
For one week starting yesterday, Ono is offering free
ferry rides to Videy.
October 9, 2008 Yoko Ono continues peace
initiative in Iceland
On 9 Oct 2008, John Lennon's
birthday, Yoko Ono asks the people of Iceland to join her and many others
across the rest of the world in praying for peace and stability.
8pm, as IMAGINE PEACE TOWER http://www.imaginepeace.com/tower.html
is illuminated on the island of Videy, she asks everyone to join together
and let the power of light and prayer become a collective expression of
the desire for peace and harmony on our planet.
Please join me not only in remembering John on October 9th
but also in spreading the message of peace. This is something that was so
important to John - the fact that we could all work together for the
positive good of our planet.
He would have loved how we are all
mobilizing ourselves in thought and in action. It's time for action and
the action is peace!
October 5, 2008 Young people lack empowering
force like The Beatles By Rich Davis
Young people are so smart. I'm
amazed as I watch them thumb through what resembles a minefield of iPods,
text messages and cell phones that can even turn off the coffee
But I wonder if they feel powerful
as a generation? If they ever think, "We showed our parents, didn't we?"
or "We're going to change the world."
I thought I had all the answers
once, back when Terry, the "Big O" and I were high school freshmen,
hanging out at the drug store soda fountain, slurping shakes and trying to
act cool in front of Myrna, the mascara queen who waited on us every day.
We dragged Main from the A&W to the 149 Grill and bought 45s from
Van-Wood Record Bar uptown.
But do you know when I truly
sensed the power of my generation? It was 45 years ago, almost to this
very week, when I heard about a British band called The
The Fab Four hadn't arrived in the
United States yet. In fact, most teenagers still were listening to Chubby
Checker, Bobby Vinton and a singing Belgian nun. They were clueless to the
musical tsunami about to cross the Atlantic.
However, young people in my
Southern Illinois hometown had an inkling, thanks to Marcia
She was editor of our high school
newspaper and host of a teen talk show on the local radio
That September of 1963, George
Harrison and his brother, Pete, came to the U.S. for the first time to see
their sister, Louise Harrison Caldwell, who lived in nearby Benton (our
county seat) with her husband, a coal mine engineer.
The brothers camped in the Shawnee
National Forest and enjoyed the cars with fins and the pretty young
drive-in carhops on roller skates.
George bought a guitar and sat in
with a local band while Pete took home movies.
Meanwhile, Louise –¯ attractive, persistent, with
a Liverpool accent – kept dropping by West
Frankfort's radio station to promote her brother's band.
Eventually, George (in sandals,
jeans and moppy hairdo) was introduced to the blond 17-year-old
Marcia interviewed him on her show
(not thinking to tape it) and apparently became the first American deejay
to play The Beatles regularly.
That fall, Marcia wrote about
George's visit for our high school newspaper, running a picture of The
Beatles that looks so tame now‚¯ especially when I recall the dean of boys
threatening detention if we copied the hair-style.
Later Marcia would admit, "They
didn't make a big impression on me. It didn't mean a whole lot back then
if you were big in England. If we had had any idea. ... "
Within a few months the British
Invasion landed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" (Feb. 9, 1964), changing our
world with six little words: "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Suddenly, my generation went from
the emptiness of JFK's assassination to the delirium of The
The Beatles wig I bought at the 5
& 10 (take that, dean of boys) is long gone and the only reminder that
"George Slept Here" is Benton's annual festival honoring him (it was
Saturday) and a Hard Day's Nite B&B in the house Louise once
Still, I wonder: Whatever happened
to Pete's home movies?
October 4, 2008 Love
documentary to play in (US) theatres for one night + DVD to be released on
For one night only on October
20th, the Beatles' new documentary "All Together Now" chronicling The
Beatles LOVE, their show with Cirque du Soleil, will be shown at digitally
equipped cinemas across the U.S. The DVD of All Together Now will be
released the same day.