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 www.npr.org
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!
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 CBSnews.com: 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.