Tag: Olivia Harrison
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.
Beatles News: ‘Yellow Submarine’ to get theater screenings, Paul McCartney surprises ’30 Rock’, Paul McCartney..Mr. Megarich
With the June 5th release of the digitally restored version of the classic 1968 animated Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' on the way, its been announced that the movie will be shown in select theaters across the U.S.
The updated version of the film will get its official premiere this on Saturday (May 5) at New York's Ziegfeld Theater, and then will be screened at more than 200 cinemas on various dates over the next few months. Visit www.yellowsubmarinethemovie.com to get all the screening dates and a locations near you.
The updating of 'Yellow Submarine' took more than two years, with some elements of the restoration done frame by frame and by hand.
Last Thursday night (Apr. 26) Paul McCartney stunned the studio audience and possibly even actor Alec Baldwin by making a surprise walk-on appearance during the east coast live episode of NBC's '30 Rock.'
Near the beginning of the episode, Baldwin’s television executive Jack Donaghy is telling Tina Fey’s show producer Liz Lemon that the series' fictional variety show wouldn't be shot live anymore due to budget constraints. That caused Lemon to insist that live television is great because "anything can happen," when who should show up, but McCartney being escorted into Dongahy's posh office by Kenneth the page in order to use the restroom.
The shows are hilarious with guest appearances by Jon Hamm, Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams (west coast episode), Will Forte, Donald Glover, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler, Kristen Schall and Chris Parner in a variety of sketch type flashbacks. Donaghy eventually relents and agrees to keep the show live.
Later in the east coast episode, McCartney wanders back onto the set, dazed and confused. Apparently, he hit his head and is suffering from amnesia, a condition Lemon immediately takes advantage of by posing as his girlfriend. In the west coast live episode, Kim Kardashian has a bit role, taking the place of McCartney. Both episodes are hilarious however, with some other subtle differences in dialogue, skits and more.
East coast episode:
West coast episode:
The UK's Telegraph has reported that Sir Paul is now the third richest music millionaire in England. Citing the UK's Sunday Times Rich List of Music Millionaires, Paul's wife Nancy Shevell and her $240 million-dollar fortune has increased his wealth by one third to one billion dollars, surpassing producer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now McCartney only trails music executive Clive Calder with $2.2 billlion and producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh who is worth $1.2 billion.
Shevell's wealth is from her share in her family's trucking business, New England Motor Freight, of which Nancy is "vice president for administration, and is responsible for overall office management, including accounts receivable, corporate communications, benefits administration and purchasing," according to the company website. Paul earned $32 million from touring and album sales.
George Harrison's widow Olivia is thirteenth on the list with $290 million dollars, with Ringo Starr coming in eighteen with $257 million. Mick Jagger came in tenth place with $306 million.
In October HBO debuts George Harrison: Living In A Material World, a two-part examination of the ex-Beatle's life. It is directed by none other than the Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese. Watch the trailer below:
Working with Olivia Harrison and producer Nigel Sinclair, Scorsese and his production team toiled for years to assemble footage, much of it never before seen - some of which was stashed in George's cupboards.
The documentary also includes new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, George Martin, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and many more.
Martin Scorsese's "GEORGE HARRISON: Living In The Material World" is coming to HBO October 5 & 6. Looks like it's going to be an amazing piece of film.