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Beatles News: Paul McCartney announces more U.S. tour dates, Beverly Hills LSD party house for sale, early Ringo Starr pre-Beatles recordings to be released
Paul McCartney has announced four more North America tour dates this fall, including two in the U.S. His show in St. Louis, Mo. on Nov. 11 will be his first in that city in a decade. He hasn’t played Houston, Texas (Nov. 14) in seven years.
Tickets for the four new shows go on sale Sept. 14. His show in Vancouver (Nov. 25) will be his first there in over 50 years. He’s never played Edmonton, Alb. A video teaser for the Houston tour stop can be viewed below.
Paul McCartney 2012 North American Tour Dates:
Nov. 11 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Nov. 14 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
Nov. 25 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place Stadium
Nov. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
A Beverly Hills home The Beatles rented for a LSD party that was also rented out to The Rolling Stones and Cary Grant in the past is now on sale for more than three million dollars, according to zillow.com. The property, at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive, was owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1965, when she rented it to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for five days in August of that year. It featured four bedrooms, six bathrooms, two wet bars, patios off all the bedrooms, a fireplace in the kitchen, a guest house, a six-car garage and views of the canyon.
While everyone except Paul McCartney did take LSD, the party hit a snag when actor Peter Fonda showed up. John Lennon recalled the day this way: "And Peter Fonda came, that was another thing, and he kept on saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead.’ We said, ‘What?’ And he kept saying it, and we were saying, ‘For chrissake, shut up, we don’t care. We don’t want to know.’ But he kept going on about it. That’s how I wrote ‘She Said She Said…’“
While Lennon got a good song out of the stay at Benedict Canyon Dr. home, George Harrison and Ringo Starr said some of their most vivid memories of that day came from swimming in the pool. Starr described it as “swimming in jelly,” while Harrison said: "I had a concept of what had happened the first time I took LSD, but the concept is nowhere near as big as the reality, when it actually happens. So as it kicked in again, I thought, ‘Jesus, I remember!’ I was trying to play the guitar, and then I got in the swimming pool and it was a great feeling; the water felt good.”
The BBC has reported that recordings made by Ringo Starr's pre-Beatles group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, recently were rediscovered and are being prepared for release later this month September. The tracks, which were recorded in March 1960 at Storm's house and at a club in the Liverpool suburb of Crosby, England, were found in a box in the basement of Storm's sister, Iris Caldwell.
The album, 'Live at the Hive Jive March 1960,' is scheduled for release in the U.K. on September 17th. The track list includes early rock 'n' roll standards as The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everyboody" and Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't," the latter of which Starr sang in The Beatles.
Starr originally joined Storm's band in 1959 and played with them until he was hired to replace Pete Best in 1962. Storm and the Hurricanes never released a full-length album, although the group did put out a couple of singles, one of which was produced by Fab Four manager Brian Epstein.
Storm, whose birth name was Allen Caldwell, was known for his flashy outfits and charismatic performances, which earned him the nicknames The Golden Boy and Mr. Show Business. He died in 1972 at the age of 32.
Iris Caldwell said about her brother, "Rory was so far ahead of his time. He was doing glam rock then."
Starr is the only known surviving member of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes besides guitarist Lu Walters, whose whereabouts are unknown.
The home where John Lennon lived with his first wife, Cynthia, from 1964 to 1968 is on the market for an amazing 15 million pounds, or about 23.5 million dollars! The six-bedroom 1920's mansion, located in Surrey, England, was where Lennon lived when he wrote most of his contribution to the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
The Mirror in the U.K. said Lennon spent a modest 20,000 pounds for the property, although the most recent time it sold, in 2007, it went for a reported 5.8 million pounds, or around 9 million dollars. The Beatles star's long lost LSD stash was said to be uncovered by builders working on the 1.5 acre gardens two years ago.
The Mirror also reported that every time the house has been put on the market since Lennon sold it, the owners have done so because of the breakup of their marriage. Lennon, of course, met his second wife, Yoko Ono, while living at the house and he divorced Cynthia in 1968. Lennon married Ono in 1969, before moving to New York two years later.
A new 354- page book focusing on the Beatles members post breakup solo careers is out now. 'Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers' by Andrew Grant Jackson offers details about the more than 70 albums and 900-plus tunes John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr created since the Beatles breakup in 1970. Go to www.solobeatles.com for passages from 'Still the Greatest,' suggested playlists for albums The Beatles might have released had the band not broken up, and links to other videos and news items. There is also a passage from the book on www.rollingstone.com
Jon Bon Jovi awarded for working with homeless youth, to play solo show in Florida, CNBC ‘Squawk Box’ panel (video)
Jon Bon Jovi was honored last Tuesday in New York City with the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award, for his work with homeless and at-risk youth. Covenant House is the nation's largest privately-funded agency providing food, shelter and care for homeless and runaway kids. The award was presented during Covenant House's A Night of Broadway Stars gala which culminated with homeless youth performing with several Broadway artists at New York City's Lincoln Center.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has contributed money for the construction of shelters and housing facilities for homeless youth in various cities, including Philadelphia: Newark, NJ; and New Orleans. He often shows up at the openings of the shelters as well.
Other honorees included Olivia Harrison, wife of the late Beatles member George Harrison, for her support of Covenant House efforts in Latin America, as well as former first lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush for their multi-generational work with the charitable agency.
Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia have scheduled a show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on July 26th. It is a 5,000 seat venue, which is much smaller than Jon normally plays with Bon Jovi.
It is a solo gig of sorts, but the Kings of Suburbia are the usual group of musicians who he plays with when he does one-off shows for philanthropic causes. The set list will include Bon Jovi hits and well known classic rock songs. Tickets are on sale now at www.bonjovi.com
Jon Bon Jovi was part of a CNBC 'Squawk Box' panel recently. Check out his takes on the current state of the music industry, his philanthropy and more.
Beatles News: Olivia Harrison rules out holograms, ‘Backbeat’ stage production to debut in Los Angeles
George Harrison's widow Olivia has ruled out ever reviving the Beatles legend's image with an onstage hologram, insisting she wouldn't be able to "handle" seeing it.
After last month's (Apr.12) hologram at the Coachella festival in California of 2-Pac 'performing' with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, there has been talk of holograms being part of performances by both Queen and Free (at the 2012 London Olympics). Queen did have a hologram of Freddie Mercury at the 10th anniversary of the 'We Will Rock You' stage production in the UK, but I have not found any footage of it online. The 2-Pac headline-grabbing performance sparked much debate about the possibilities of bringing back other dead music legends - but Fab Four star Harrison's wife has ruled out the chance of a Beatles reunion. She tells the latest issue of Mojo magazine, "No, I don't think I could handle that. I think that would be unkind and unfair to him too. He needs to be where he is, y'know (sic) - I'm sure he's occupied."
Thank god! I hope we can rule out there ever being a Beatles reunion with the hologram of George or John!
The stage production of the Beatles-themed ‘Backbeat, based on the 1994 movie about Stu Sutcliffe and his life with the Beatles. will be getting its U.S. debut in Los Angeles before making it to New York.
'Backbeat' is set for a Jan. 16 – Feb. 24 run at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. ‘Backbeat’ has already enjoyed a well-received response when it played on London’s West End from fall 2010 into early 2011.
Before the L.A. shows, ‘Backbeat’ is scheduled to run July 21-Sept. 2 in Toronto, Canada at the city’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.
‘Backbeat’ is expected to include a number of the songs the Beatles covered while performing in Liverpool and Hamburg such as ‘Long Tall Sally,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Good Golly Miss Molly,’ ‘Please Mr. Postman,’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Music.’ Casting for the Los Angeles production is currently taking place. We'll give you more details as they become available.
Beatles News: Olivia Harrison talks Beatles, Wilburys and unreleased material, Ringo Starr loses track of photo collection
George Harrison's widow Olivia has done some interviews recently to discuss her late husband songwriting and the recent releases of Martin Scorsese's George Harrison documentary, 'Living In The Material World,' and the CD 'Early Takes: Volume 1,' a collection of Harrison's demos and unreleased recordings,
Olivia Harrison oversaw the 'Early Takes' CD with Giles Martin, and told Spinner that George's writing process was "an amazing thing to witness...It was just being born right then and there. I'd try not to interrupt; I'd put a pencil and a piece of paper by him, you know, just to make sure he had something if he wanted to write something down. I'd get the tape cassette player and put it there.
"With these early takes, for me anyway, I'm experiencing that this was the birth of something. Uncluttered, unproduced, unfettered, not too thought-out--just that purity. That's the only reason for putting them out. I think they're really beautiful and intimate and revealing."
She also discussed the existence of more unreleased material and if there was any comparison by George in regards to the Beatles and the Traveling Wilburys: "There is some more material. There may be a minute of something he was writing, and it will never be finished. I had an idea of giving unfinished songs to different people. Giving one to Paul [McCartney], maybe, or giving one to somebody else and saying, 'Here are the bones of a song, would you like to finish it?' I think that would be a nice idea."
"He just said he had a lot of fun with the Wilburys, and he had a lot of fun with the Beatles. He never really...I don't think there's anything you can compare to being in a band like the Beatles, is there? But he really had fun with Bob and Roy and Tom [Petty] and Jeff [Lynne]. He loved being a collaborator and loved not having to do all the work himself. I think that was the main thing. And he could hang out; he liked to hang out. He didn't always have guys and musicians to hang out with. He missed that."
Olivia on whether he felt stifled in The Beatles:
"He wasn't stifled as a writer. Nobody can stifle you as a writer. You can just keep writing; you might not get your song on an album. He developed later as a songwriter. It seems to be history that he was suppressed or something, but really, he developed later as a songwriter. Although there was so much material that John [Lennon] and Paul were writing, sure, it would be hard to get your songs on an album when they had been writing so many songs for all those years."
Andy Greene of Rollingstone.com talked to Ringo Starr for an upcoming interview:
During the early days of the Beatles, Ringo Starr often traveled with a camera and took photos of of the group behind the scenes, from rehearsing for their history-making appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to goofing around on the set of their 1965 movie, Help! In countless Beatles photographs, Starr is seen taking his own pictures, the vast majority of which have never been released. Sadly, Starr tells Rolling Stone that's unlikely to change anytime soon.
Starr hopes they might pop up unexpectedly one day, since it's happened before – about a decade ago, he uncovered a bunch of postcards from his bandmates and published them in the 2004 book, Postcards from the Boys. "I found a box on my shelf and was like, 'What the hell is that?'" Starr recalls. "And it was full of the postcards. At the time we were moving house yet again, and the secretary I had at the time decided to put them all in envelopes and put them in a shoebox. That's how I found out I still had them. So you never know – one day I may find another box with all my photos."
Later this week RollingStone.com will have more on the new interview with Starr, including his thoughts on releasing the 'Let It Be' movie on DVD, his upcoming summer tour with the All Starr Band and why he's reluctant to perform 'Octopus's Garden' live.