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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

by on Sep.09, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

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.

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Beatles News: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ due on DVD/Blu-Ray, Beatles Cruise coming, McCartney helps save abused elephant in India, adds remixing app to his website, Mark David Chapman denied parole once again, painting by Fab Four members going up for auction

by on Aug.28, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Beatles News: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ due on DVD/Blu-Ray, Beatles Cruise coming, McCartney helps save abused elephant in India, adds remixing app to his website, Mark David Chapman denied parole once again, painting by Fab Four members going up for auction

‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ the Beatles‘ 1967 53- minute made-for-TV film, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide on what would have been John Lennon's 72nd Birthday, Oct. 9th. The movie will also be released in theaters for a limited time on Sept. 27th.

It was originally shown in black-and-white on BBC1 on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) and was panned by the critics, which was a first for the group. Subsequent showings of the movie in color have allowed for a critical re-appraisal.

The film was built around the idea of the group and a cast comprised largely of a handful of their actor friends taking a bus trip outside of London and filming the results. Six new Beatles songs made their premiere in ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ including the title track, ‘I Am the Walrus’ and ‘The Fool on the Hill.’

The reissue of the movie is complete with a 5.1 remix of the soundtrack by Sam Okell and Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin. There's a commentary track by Paul McCartney, bonus footage including interviews with McCartney and Ringo Starr, three deleted scenes and a “making-of” feature.

A deluxe edition will include a 60-page book and a reproduction of the double-EP of the soundtrack that was released in the U.K.

After the influx of rock themed cruises for the past few years, Beatles fans will finally get theirs in March of 2013. Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, making stops at Nassau, Bahamas (where the Beatles filmed part of ‘Help!’); St. Thomas and St. Maarten before returning to Florida.

The cruise will feature performances and question-and-answer sessions with producer Mark Hudson, Badfinger‘s Joey Molland and Billy J. Kramer, who recorded several Lennon-McCartney songs. There will also be trivia contests and a performance Beatles tribute band Revolution. Joe Johnson, host of the syndicated radio show ‘Beatle Brunch’ will be the master of ceremonies.

Passes range from $1,354 to $3,764. Get more details here: www.musicinmotion.com

Some great news for an elephant in India, thanks to Paul McCartney along with former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and PETA. They have successfully advocated for an elephant named Sunder who was living in deplorable conditions in India.

The Times of India reported that Sunder was being mistreated by his handler, who kept him chained in the dark for seven years at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India. After the situation became public, McCartney and Anderson both wrote letters to officials in India asking them to step in.

“I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at a temple and put in chains with spikes,” McCartney wrote. “Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way. Enough is enough. Get Sunder out.”

Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, who's India's Foireign Minister, then intervened in the situation, and on August 23rd it was announced that Sunder would be moved to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center near Bangalore.

A PETA spokesperson said: “The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day. We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”

McCartney has added a mixing board application to his website, allowing visitors to act as the producer on some of his most popular songs.

In 1971, after the breakup of the Beatles, McCartney and his wife Linda escaped London to their farm in Scotland.  They had the barn converted into a music studio they dubbed ‘Rude Studio.’

On the site, you can work on such tracks as ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Let Me Roll It,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ or ‘Monkberry Moon Delight.’ The mixing board allows you to adjust the levels of the keyboards, guitars, vocals, and drums and bass, while using effects such as echo, echo time, flanger, and cutoff frequency. When done, you can save the mix and sending it in for review. The favorites are being posted at the website. Check it all out here: www.paulmccartney.com

John Lennon's killer, 57 year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole once again. The man who shot the Beatle on December 8, 1980 will serve at least two more years in jail. Chapman has been eligible for parole every two years since 2000, and will be up once again in 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder.

Chapman is in protective custody at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., after being transferred from Attica earlier this year. Chapman is allowed out three hours per day, but is applying for a program that allows inmates to spend time with family.

“Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime,” Sally Thompson of the New York parole board said.

A painting that all four Beatles had a hand in creating in 1966 while on tour in Japan is going up for sale September 14th. The piece, titled 'Images of a Woman' will be part of a memorabilia auction in Oceanside, New York. The Philip Weiss Auctions website says the band members completed the painting over the course of two nights while holed up in a Tokyo hotel room. A lamp had been placed on the canvas to help the Fab Four see while they painted, which left a white circle in center. Each Beatle then added his signature to the blank space. After the piece was finished, the band presented it to the president of an official Japanese Beatles fan club. The painting is expected to bring in between $80,000 and $120,000, but it could go even higher.

"It's anybody's guess how much this rare, one-of-a-kind piece will bring," says auction-house exec Philip Weiss. "It is a Holy Grail of Beatles collectibles. There will be other music-related memorabilia, including a watercolor painting by Frank Zappa; an autographed Beatles promotional photo; guitars signed by the Eagles, John Fogerty, Heart, Lou Reed, George Thorogood and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and a wide variety of rare photos, posters and programs at the upcoming auction. Go here for more info www.weissauctions.com

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Beatles News: John Lennon 1960′s home for sale, New book about band members solo careers

by on Aug.18, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Beatles News: John Lennon 1960′s home for sale, New book about band members solo careers

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

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Rock On the Talks Recap: Linkin Park, the Offspring, Shinedown, Pat Benatar, Tenacious D, Charlie Watts and the A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Everclear, Joe Walsh

by on Jul.06, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rock On the Talks Recap: Linkin Park, the Offspring, Shinedown, Pat Benatar, Tenacious D, Charlie Watts and the A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Everclear, Joe Walsh

Linkin Park rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live last Wednesday and Thursday nights (June 27 & 28) to perform 'Burn it Down' and 'Faint' on Wednesday, and returning to rock Jimmy Kimmel’s outdoor stage on Thursday with the new tune 'Lies Greed Misery' and 'New Divide,' the theme from the 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ movie.' Linkin Park are projected to debut atop the charts next week with 'Living Things,' with Billboard .com projecting sales of about 220,000 copies.




2012 Honda Civic Tour Dates:
Aug. 11 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live*
Aug. 12 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena*
Aug. 14 — Boston, MA — Comcast Center
Aug. 17 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 19 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 — Detroit, MI — The Palace of Auburn Hills
Aug. 22 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 24 — Chicago, IL — First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Aug. 25 — Indianapolis, IN — Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 27 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 28 — Houston, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 30 — Denver, CO — Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Sep. 4 — Vancouver — Rogers Arena
Sep. 5 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Dome
Sep. 7 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 — San Diego, CA — Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
*Linkin Park and Mutemath only

The Offspring rocked 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on June 25th, the day before the official release of their new 'Days Go By' album. Check out their performances of the title track and new single, as well as their classic 'Self Esteem'

Shinedown performed an acoustic version of their latest single 'Unity' from their album 'Amaryllis' on 'Conan' (June 20). Great performance from a great band:

Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo brought 'Love Is A Battlefield' live to CBS' 'The Talk' a couple of weeks ago:

Pat, Neil and their band also performed on 'Fox & Friends' (June 29) Check out the clips below:




Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass explained on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' what it feels like to rock so hard, and performed 'Deth Star' and 'Throw Down,' off their album, 'Rize of the Fenix.'

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts and his side project The A,B,C & D of Boogie Woogie stoped by 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last Friday night, as they were in New York to kick off a four-night stand at the New York City jazz club The Iridium. Check out the performance in the last segment of this full episode:

 

Neil Young and director Jonathan Demme stopped by 'CBS This Morning' last week to promote 'Neil Young Journeys.' Young and Demme have filmed three concert films together. In this one, Young returns to his hometown of Omemee, Ontario to rediscover his roots before taking the stage at Toronto's Massey Hall last year.

Ringo Starr made a stop June 22nd on The Today Show and reveals why he continues to tour into his 70s and discusses the long-lasting legacy of the Beatles.

Everclear rocked 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' on July 22nd to perform and promote their 'Summerland' summer tour with Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Lit and Marcy Playground. Check it out in the last segment of this full episode:

Joe Walsh made a stop on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' to discuss his new album 'Analog Man' and talk about what he's been doing in the past 20 years since his last solo album, including touring with the Eagles four times.

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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

by on Jul.03, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

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.
Check them all out here: www.facebook.com

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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