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Beatles News: Olympic Opening ceremony sing-along, NBC ‘Abbey Road’ Olympic Ads, McCartney Hofner bass guitar brings $63,000 in charity auction, George Martin documentary


Beatles News: Olympic Opening ceremony sing-along, NBC ‘Abbey Road’ Olympic Ads, McCartney Hofner bass guitar brings $63,000 in charity auction, George Martin documentary

It has already been announced that Paul McCartney will be the final performer at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London in just over three weeks (July 27), and now we know his set will end with a worldwide sing-along on the Beatles classic 'Hey Jude.'

Britain's The Sunday Times reported over the weekend the McCartney and the 60,000 people in the stadium will also ask the expected one billion television viewers to join in. The three-hour opening ceremony will reportedly cost more than 40 million dollars.

NBC, which is airing the games in the U.S., has also paid tribute to the Beatles with a series of ads featuring U.S. athletes walking across London's Abbey Road, in homage to the cover of the Fab Four's classic 1969 album.

The ad campaign, titled "The Road to London," features swimmer Michael Phelps, basketball player Maya Moore, volleyball player Logan Tom and members of the U.S.'s wrestling, water polo, gymnastics and soccer teams.
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Paul McCartney helped the U.K.'s Nordoff Robbins charity raise some big money last Friday, as he donated an autographed Hofner bass guitar to an auction that at the 2012 O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The violin-shaped instrument sold for 40,000 pounds (about $63,000) at the ceremony. The auction raised about $390,000 in total for the Nordoff Robbins organization, which provides music-therapy programs to people suffering from a variety of illnesses.

Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a documentary on the life of legendary Beatles producer George Martin titled 'Produced By George Martin' this September 11th on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video.

The documentary is a feature-length profile of Britain’s most celebrated record producer. In this very personal film, Sir George talks about his childhood, his war experience and his early days as a music student. Originally broadcast to great acclaim in 2011 as part of the BBC’s Arena series, this version contains over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version. These extras include contributions from Rick Rubin, T-Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.

Truly, George Martin has had a career like no other. In the early ‘50s, he joined EMI/Parlophone and started working on orchestral music, music for children and single handedly pioneered a range of hugely successful comedy records with PETER SELLERS, SPIKE MILLIGAN, PETER USTINOV and others. Then, in 1962, he signed THE BEATLES and everything changed. Together, George Martin and The Beatles revolutionized pop music and recording techniques, forging probably the greatest producer/artist collaboration there will ever be. His skill as an arranger and willingness to experiment contributed heavily to songs like ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Martin walked away from the group during the tense ‘Let it Be’ sessions, but was coaxed back for ‘Abbey Road,’ which was the last album the group recorded.

After the breakup of the Beatles, he went on to produce albums by Jeff Beck, America and Cheap Trick.

Produced By George Martin features numerous classic clips of the artists he has produced, and new interviews with many of them including Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black, Millicent Martin and Bernard Cribbins. A fascinating man, and a compelling film.

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Beatles News: Listen to new ‘Kisses On the Bottom’ album, McCartney at the Grammys and 2012 Olympics?, George Harrison documentary up for multiple awards, missing ‘Here Comes the Sun’ guitar solo (video), Ringo Starr wants you to direct his new video and sits down with Russell Brand


First there were rumors out there that Led Zeppelin would reunite for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but they were shot down by Jason Bonham and Jimmy Page. Then a few reports cam out that Pink Floyd would get back together, but that's not happening as Roger waters will be busy with a North American tour. Now Paul McCartney has dropped hints that he may be a part of a special 2012 summer Olympics performance.

“I am seeing [an Olympics organizer] because there is something they want me to do,” Paul revealed during a recent press conference promoting his next album, ‘Kisses On the Bottom.’ “I might be doing something in the Olympics. I won’t know until then.” 'Kisses On the Bottom' will be released on Feb. 7, but you can get the full stream of the album now at 

McCartney is confirmed to be a part of this year's Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, two days before his new album is released.

Sir Paul will be honored as the 2012 Musicares 'Person of the Year' for his countless contributions to both music and philanthropy. In addition, his classic 1973 album, 'Band On The Run,' is nominated in the 'Best Historical Album' category. The album’s title song previously won a Grammy in 1974 for 'Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo Or Group.' The landmark disc was given the deluxe re-issue treatment last year as part of an ongoing reissue series of McCartney’s back catalog.

McCartney will add to the 14 Grammys he has already received.


The George Harrison documentary ‘Living In The Material World’, directed by Martin Scorsese has received three prestigious film nominations. The film, which aired on HBO in two parts last year. The documentary has received a Critics Choice Awards nomination for 'Best Documentary Feature,' and has been honored for three more nominations by The British Academy Film Awards, who have nominated it in the 'Best Documentary Category.'  The Director’s Guild Of America has cited Scorsese for 'Outstanding Directorial Achievement,' and the film’s editor, David Tedeschi, has also been nominated by the American Cinema Editors in the “Best Edited Documentary” category. 

“Our nominees represent the best in documentary filmmaking,” said Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford. “The documentaries made by this year’s nominees take audiences on a journey, whether casting light on injustice or exploring the human condition in all of its nuance, cruelty, creativity and triumph.”

The winners will be announced starting at the end of this month with the DGA’s on Jan. 28, followed by the BAFTA’s on Feb. 12 and the Eddie’s (ACE) on Feb. 18.

A previously unheard guitar solo by George Harrison on the Beatles 'Here Comes the Sun' from the album 'Abbey Road, has been posted online...with video! In the clip, George's son Dhani Harrison, producer George Martin’s son Giles, and producer George Martin are seated at an Abbey Road mixing desk going through the ‘Here Comes the Sun’ master tapes. They discuss the evolution of the song how the tracks came together in the studio. They hit the right fader at the right time, and they get to rediscover a bit of lost history in front of the camera. Check it out and see what you think!

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Ringo Starr is giving filmmakers the opportunity to make the official promo for his new single Wings, from his new album RINGO 2012.

This is an opportunity for filmmakers to make a music video for one of the world’s most influential artists, and get their work in front of Universal Music Enterprises, one of the industry's leading record labels. Ringo will personally choose the winner, which will be serviced to media as the official promo video for 'Wings.' Ringo says: "I've partnered with @Genero to give you the chance to make the official video for my new single, Wings from RINGO 2012. I'm leaving it open for you to interpret so let your creative juices flow! I’m picking the winner and you’ll get $3000. Entries close March 7th." Get all the details here.

This from Promotion for former Beatle Ringo Starr's upcoming solo album will include a "Town Hall" interview with British actor-comedian Russell Brand. Brand will interview the drummer for Sirius XM Radio, one day before Starr releases his newest album, "Ringo 2012."

"Town Hall With Ringo Starr" aired live from Los Angeles on Jan. 30. Music producer Don Was moderated the interview, and Starr performed. Brand said in a statement recently that he's a "massive fan" of Starr, "but like most people I am ignorant as to his life before he rose to prominence with 'Thomas the Tank Engine.'" Brand was referring to the popular children's series that Starr narrated in the 1980s. Added Brand, "Now we can unravel the enigma of Ringo."

"Ringo 2012" is the 17th solo album for Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, and the second he has recorded for Hip-O/UMe. Past "Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Coldplay and members of Nirvana.

Ringo was featured in the USA Today Life section yesterday (Jan. 30). Check out the full profile here.

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Beatles News: Roberta Flack to release Beatles cover album, Paul McCartney 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year

by on Oct.06, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Beatles News: Roberta Flack to release Beatles cover album, Paul McCartney 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year

Roberta Flack plans to release a Beatles cover songs album in February of 2012. The first single, ‘We Can Work It Out,’ was released Sept. 27 on iTunes after Flack took an eight-year break from the business. Watch her video for "We Can Work It Out" below.

Roberta Flack is a four-time Grammy-award winner most remembered for her mega hit of ‘Killing Me Softly,’ that went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart in 1973. She also had a huge hit with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,’ which was released the same year the Beatles released ‘Abbey Road.’

“Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life’s lessons come together when I sing the songs they created. I am honored to be a part of the fabulous legacy of the Beatles,” Flack recently said in a statement. Flack actually lived alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the Dakota in New York when he was murdered there in 1980. She still resides there, living on the same floor as Yoko Ono and she considers herself a friend of the Lennon family.

In another statement Flack said, “My passion for this project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time.”

Paul McCartney, legendary singer/songwriter and 14-time GRAMMY winner (as well as Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Award recipient), will be honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year at its 22nd annual benefit gala, it was announced by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Scott Pascucci, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, two days prior to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. For more go here.

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Abbey Road Studios to celebrate 80th Birthday, Beatles as stick figures in short from Music Matters

by on Aug.18, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Abbey Road Studios to celebrate 80th Birthday, Beatles as stick figures in short from Music Matters

The 80th birthday of Abbey Road Studios in London is going to be commemorated in a two-day concert. The Symphony at the Park concert will take place at West London's Chiswick House and Gardens and feature orchestral renditions of famous songs by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis and Radiohead.

To celebrate the legendary studio's history the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play songs including "Hey Jude," "Time" and "High and Dry," among others, during the program on Saturday (August 20). The second day's event will feature movie themes, including music from Batman, Star Wars and Harry Potter.

In a statement, none other than Paul McCartney gave the event his blessing. "The Symphony at The Park concerts are a great way to celebrate a truly iconic symbol of British music," the former Beatle said. "I hope everyone has a fabulous time there and I wish Abbey Road all the best for another 80 rocking years."

The Beatles are no strangers to animation, but this may be the first rendering as stick figures. Lee Gingold created this short in which he documents his discovery of The Beatles as a youngster and recounts the ways they touched his life through the years.

The Beatles are supporting Music Matters, an anti-piracy group. Nabbing the biggest musical act of all time is a giant coup for Music Matters. Other artists who have lent their support to Music Matters include Iron Maiden, Stevie Wonder, Elbow, Blind Willie Johnson, The Jam, Nick Cave, Sigur Ros, Kate Bush and Paloma Faith.

Apparently an animated Bill Murray apparently pops up somewhere in the video, so watch closely!

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