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Beatles News: Paul McCartney turns 70!, 2012 Summer Olympics, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band 2012 Press Conference
Even though he is years beyond 64, Paul McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down on his 70th Birthday! He celebrated the occasion in private, resting up between gigantic gigs this summer. The tributes from fans and fellow rockers rolled in all day long to commemorate the quite possibly out greatest living rocker, Paul McCartney!
The legendary song-writer and musician, philanthropist, vegan, animal-rights activist and newlywed has been saluted by a long list of rockers, starting with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, who with his band has covered 'Come Together,', and serenaded McCartney during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honords event solo:
"He's got a whole second wind and a new childhood and a new marriage. Y'know, he's gettin' it every night on stage and hopefully in bed with his new wife! God bless him."
Phil Collins says he still can't believe that as a kid, he was recruited to be an extra in The Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night,' and now, today, he and Paul are friends and colleagues. "Suddenly, 30, 40 years later, you're playing with the guy and he knows your name and comes up and talks to you," an incredulous Collins told ABC News Radio. "It's a little bit out of The Twilight Zone." And Phil, who's basically quit making new music, says McCartney makes him feel a bit guilty about that. "Every time I say that I've stopped, I think, 'Well, he still going!'" he admits. "I admire him for keeping going. So, happy birthday, Paul."
The Beach Boys Brian Wilson, who joins Paul at 70 with a birthday on Wednesday, said "I hope he's as happy as we are, and I wish him very much luck on his concerts."
Bassit Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles said he wishes Paul "70 more years," adding, "I learned how to sing from listening to him...His bass playing is so unique and powerful. I learned a lot from him."
Donovan, whose friendship with Paul and the rest of the Fab Four dates back to the mid '60s, has a musical wish for McCartney. "They say it's your birthday /Buh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh /It's my birthday too, yeah," the folk-rock great sings, delivering the opening lines to the classic 1968 Beatles tune "Birthday." He then adds, a bit cryptically, "Well, I'm not 70 yet, but what I say is seven is a good number."
Randy Bachman, of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive said, "As time goes by, anyone who wasn't a Beatle fan, if you don't become one now or tomorrow, you're missing out on one of the greatest pleasures of life."
Bonnie Raitt is another fan who admires Paul for "keeping going." "He is just non-stoppable," she told ABC News Radio, recalling one of his concerts a few years ago where he blew her away by performing for three hours and playing an amazing guitar solo on a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." "I couldn't even believe it was him on guitar," she says. "He is really showin' us how to do it...He's just one of our greatest songwriters ever and such a great singer and a great person. He's just... not a jerk!"
Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze were compared to McCartney and Lennon during their band's heyday. Tilbrook talked about Paul in glowing terms: "There's not a time when I hear a Beatles record and don't gravitate towards what he's playing on the bass…If he did nothing else, his bass playing is amazing. I wish him all the very best." Difford added, "'Listen to What the Man Said' -- that's the first song that springs to mind. I think he's an incredible artist."
Fellow rock and Roll Hall of Famer keyboardist Ian McLagan of Faces/Small Faces said, "Happy Birthday, Paul. God bless ya. He never stops. God, he's amazing."
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono also tweeted birthday wishes to McCartney on Monday.
The U.K. branch of PETA also paid their own tribute to the vegan with a birthday card recreating the 'Abbey Road' artwork. Pople dressed as a fish, a pig, a chicken, and a cow are crossing the street in front of the band’s longtime studio in the card, with he message reading, "Happy Birthday Paul. Thank you for loving us, not eating us."
Paul Weller paid tribute to Paul musically with a cover of the Beatles’ 'Birthday.' All of the proceeds from sales of the song will go to the War Child charity.
Check out this New York Daily News story on how Peter Max celebrated Paul's 70th, but creating some new paintings. www.nydailynews.com
In the last year the always energetic McCartney, has gotten married, collaborated on his first ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom,' performed all over the world, including North America, Abu Dhabi, Europe, South America and Mexico, released 'Kisses on the Bottom', an album of standard tunes, was honored with the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, directed his first music video, and played at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert. Up next for Paul is a major role in the opening and closing of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
McCartney will wrap up the opening ceremonies, which are being constructed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. The event has been titled 'Isles of Wonder.' UK tabloid The Sun has reported that the song list includes tracks from every era of British music, including patriotic songs and hymns from the early 1900s all the way up to the latest chart hits. Reveered U.K. acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and The Kinks, and even a song by Michael Jackson (even though he's not British) will be a part of it.
There are no songs on that list by Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones or Phil Collins. The Sun says that Boyle may be wishing to avoid certain artists who've already performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, or artists who are expected to perform live at the opening ceremony.
Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, and Paolo Nutini will play the Olympic Games opening concert, with each band representing one of the U.K. factions. Duran Duran will perform for England, Snow Patrol for Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, and Nutini for Scotland, with Blur, New Order, and the Specials taking part in the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. The Olympic Games kick off July 27th.
In an interview promoting the recent deluxe reissue of his 1971 album 'RAM,' McCartney told Paul Draper of Downed in Sound, about his reliance on alcohol to get through the aftermath of the Beatles' breakup, and how it gave him a rare occurrence of writer's block.
On an 'average day' McCartney said he'd go for a horse ride with wife Linda and his kids in the pastoral surroundings around Mull of Kintyre, and then, "in the evening, I'd drink whiskey, of which there was a large supply in Scotland...That was kind of a feature of that time."
"The Beatles, towards the end, was very constricting. You were in a corporate world suddenly...It's not what you get into music for, but it's there, it's a fact of life, especially when you were the label. We were doing Apple (Records), and it got very heavy, so me and Linda escaped with the kids, but the business hassles were still there. So I think I was just trying to escape in my own mind."
"I had the freedom to have just have a drink whenever I fancied it. I'd go into the studio, maybe have another drink and so on. I overdid it, basically, [and] got to a point where Linda had to say, 'Look, you should cool it.' If I would have a writer's block, I look back now and can say that was the over-stimulation. I'd be getting like 'Heeyyyy, nice and fuzzy' and it's not a good thing to write. [At] least for me it's not. Me and John were always very straight when we wrote, and it was normally in the middle of the day when you had your wits about you.
By the early '70s McCartney had long since given up meat, has obviously given us his over-indulgence in whisky, but has only recently given up his 40 year pot habit. Paul told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he'd quit for the sake of his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice.
"I smoked my share. When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough—you just don't seem to think it's necessary."
The 13th installment of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band Tour kicked off this past Thursday night in Toronto. It has become a favorite spot for Ringo to kick off the tour, with Niagra falls as a backdrop. The band rehearses there, then has the luxury of starting the tour there as well. Joining the Beatles drummer on the 2012 edition of the trek are Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana/Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, longtime Billy Joel saxophonist Mark Rivera and veteran session drummer Gregg Bissonnette (David Lee Roth).
The All Starr Band Tour is scheduled to run through a July 21 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Ringo will spend his birthday on the road, with a performance at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on July 7th. Rino will continue the tradition of the last few years, at Noon from the Hard Rock Nashville, Ringo will ask anyone anywhere, and everyone everywhere, to join him in a wish for Peace & Love.
Watch the full press conference introducing the band and performances of snippets of each of their classic All Starr hits including 'Rosanna,' 'Broken Wings,' 'Hello It’s Me,' 'Black Magic Woman,' and the Beatles 'Little Help From My Friends,' followed by a Q&A with all of the guys here: www.ringostarr.com
Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)
Record Store Day 2012 is upon us next weekend (April 21) and a more than worthy Iggy Pop is the 2012 Ambassador. Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate record store culture. It always takes place on the third Saturday in April. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect. Iggy will be making his own Record Day Store stop at Sweat Records for Sweatstock in Miami, Florida. If you're in the area, get over there!
Check out this fantastic video of Ambassador Iggy sharing his vinyl memories. He talks about his first purchase, working in a record store, and so much more: www.recordstoreday.com
There is an abundance of rock being released again this year, with this list of artists worth noting: 311, Amberlin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding, Brad, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Disturbed, Eddie Vedder, Flogging Molly, Garbage, Genesis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Eve 6, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Fallon (Tebowie), Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Mastodon/Feist, Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Phish, Rainbow, Rival Sons, Small Faces, Switchfoot, T. Rex, The Black Keys, The Byrds, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Clash, The Cult, The Grateful Dead, The Knack, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and many more.
Please support your local Record Store! It is more important than you know. With the talk of Best Buy closing stores, and the past bankruptsy of Circuit City, our local Record Stores are one of the last places to be exposed to and buy new music in that type of enviroment. Fuck Wal-Mart (and Best Buy and Circuit City for that matter), we need to keep the experience alive of going to a business where they care about all music and care about exposing new artists of merit. The shared experience and coolness of a howntown record store CANNOT go away!! Get all the info and the stores near you here: www.recordstoreday.com
Let's highlight a few of the releases. Metallica's four-song EP called "Beyond Magnetic", which was made available digitally in December, and as a physical CD in January, will be released on silver vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes, 'Hate Train', 'Just A Bullet Away', 'Hell And Back' and 'Rebel Of Babylon' were recorded during the sessions for the band's 2008 'Death Magnetic' album but left off the final track list. The studio versions of all four songs- all rough mixes were sent to Metalica fan club members one at a time, after each song was performed live during each of the band's four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
Metallica talks Record Store Day: "We've always been big supporters of our friends at independent retail and the annual event the third Saturday of each April... we even helped kick off the first year in 2008 with an in-store appearance at one of our hometown stores! To add to the fun, this is no ordinary black vinyl release, but instead will be on silver vinyl with an exclusive Metallica sticker included in the package. Look for the EP on the special Saturday release date at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.com."
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an Ozzy Osbourne seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl release. The Ozzy releases for Record Store Day 2012 are:
-'Live' 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads
-'Believer' live seven-inch single: A limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring 'Believer' (live) + 'Goodbye to Romance' (2010 guitar and vocal mix)
A vinyl re-issue of David Bowie’s 1972 single 'Starman' will get the special treatment on Record Store Day when it’s re-released as a limited-edition picture disc. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of 'Starman' from the legendary (mono) 'Top Of The Pops' TV performance.
Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' will be available as a 45 on Columbia, with the tracks: 'Rocky Ground' and 'The Promise.' 'Rocky Ground' is from Bruce's latest album 'Wrecking Ball' and 'The Promise' is Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town')
Disturbed will be release a definitive vinyl box-set edition, 'The Collection.' The 5 LP-set includes the original track listing from the band's entire full-length catalog: 'The Sickness,' 'Believe,' 'Ten Thousand Fists,' 'Indestructible' and 'Asylum' and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.
Our Record Day Ambassador Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release a 12" Picture Disc 'Live at All Tomorrows Parties'
"Night Theme/Beyond the Law"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Open Up And Bleed”
Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges' All Tomorrow's Parties performance were hand selected by the band, along with a rare Iggy Pop interview by Greg Prato. It also comes with a download card offering the complete RAW POWER performance.
Janis Joplin's 'Highlights From the Pearl Sessions' will be released by Columbia on 10" vinyl, It's an exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs.
Jimmy Falon's 'Tebowie' will be available for the first time ever. It comes from a parody on his show of a David Bowie impression with lyrics about (now New York Jets quarterback) Tim Tebow. Tracks 'Tebowie' and 'Reading Rainbow.'
Joey Ramone will release a 45 with the tracks 'Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer' and 'There's Got To Be More To Life'
Mastodon/Feist aka Feistodon 'Common/Black Tongue'
Double A-Side. Mastodon covers Feist's 'Commotion,' Feist covers Mastodon's 'Black Tongue'
Paul McCartney 'Another Woman/Oh Woman Oh Why' on 45. A classic Paul McCartney vinyl single reissue manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day! "Another Day" was originally recorded in 1970, during the sessions for the album Ram. It was the first single of his solo career. It was originally released February 19, 1971 with 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' as the B-side. Upon its release 'Another Day'/'Oh Woman, Oh Why' reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, in the U.S. it reached number five. This exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram
The Byrds 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better/It's No Use' on 45
Switchfoot's 'Vices-Reverses' will be released as a CD EP
'The Original (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Selling The News (Photek Remix)'
'Blinding Light (Adam Young of Owl City Remix)'
'Dark Horses (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Vice Verses (Darren King Remix)'
'War Inside (DnJ Remix)'
The Clash 'London Calling 2012'
'London Calling 2012 Remix'
'London Calling Instrumental 2012'
The White Stripes 'Hand Springs' and Red Death at 6:14' on 7" 45 black and red swirled vinyl. Continuing in the mission of reissuing the nuggets of the White Stripes’ back catalog, Third Man plays Dr. Frankenstein/matchmaker to two stand-alone songs from the high time of the year 2000. “Hand Springs” was originally released as a split-single with the Dirtbombs and included free in issue #19 of Multiball magazine. “Red Death at 6:14” was initially released on the Jack White-produced compilation “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and was later made available as a one-sided single from the folks at MOJO magazine. Both songs are quintessential White Stripes jams and finally pairing them together here makes (arguably) one of the best Stripes singles ever
Social Distortion 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' Limited Edition (750) Colored - Lime Green Vinyl. Includes: CD of album and 18" X 24" Poster. Randomly selected pieces will have an autographed poster inside.
Check out this preview of a few of the upcoming releases and extras, and support your local Record Store!
Jim Marshall, 'The Father of Loud', and one of the founders of guitar amplification, has died at the age of 88. Marshall founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago in 1962. His iconic amps have been, and continue to be, used by all of music's greats from the 1960's to today. Marshall was born July 29, 1923 in Acton, West London. According to his son Terry Marshall, the music pioneer died in a hospice in England this morning (Apr. 5) after suffering from cancer and several severe strokes.
The familiar amps bearing his name can be seen in thousands of rock 'n' roll performance photos dating back to the era when Townshend and the Who would smash their Marshall amps at the conclusion of their stage shows. Marshall said in 2000 that Townshend had actually been careful not to destroy the expensive speakers, damaging only the cloth exterior, which was easy (and cheap) to repair. In the mid 1960's, the Who’s Pete Townshend and John Entwistle were early disciples and helped spread the gospel of Marshall Amps. The story goes that Entwistle started using Marshalls so that he could hear himself over Keith Moon’s drums and in turn, Townshend had to use them to hear himself over Entwistle.
The very first 100 watt Marshall Amps were created for the Who and the Small Faces, doubling the size and power of the previous equipment. However, the bands soon discovered the horizontally-aligned doubles were too heavy and awkward to transport. So Marshall modified the design by instead stacking the cabinets on top of each other. This new vertical look soon became the norm and was adopted by many rock stars including Cream, Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. The classic Marshall stack is now an image that is symbolic with loud music. Check out the T-Rex‘s 'Electric Warrior', for example.
Marshall wasn't looking for precision when he and his sound engineers came up with the early Marshall amps in 1960. He said in a 2000 interview that what he wanted was raw, fuzzy power.
He said the rival Fender amp, tremendously popular at the time, produced an extremely clean sound that worked well with jazz and country and western but did not satisfy younger players searching for something different. He was looking for a rougher sound.
The first Marshall amps didn't look like much, just a simple black box with a speaker inside and basic controls on top — but they packed a formidable punch. Aficionados credit him with developing the "amp stack" that allowed garage bands to make a powerful noise in small dance halls and gymnasiums.
In a perpetual search for more volume and distortion, in the mid-‘70s Marshall introduced the “master volume” (MV) series. This progression helped guitarists achieve both the sound and the volume they desired. This was followed by the dual volume control, which allowed a new breed of guitarists, such as Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and Slash, to pursue and perfect a more cutting and edgy tone.
Marshall was a larger than life figure with a taste for single malt Scotch whiskey and Cuban Montecristo cigars. Even in his 70s, when he was already suffering from some serious health problems, he thought nothing of hopping a plane to catch an Iron Maiden concert.
He had suffered several strokes in recent years, and developed cancer at the end of 2011. "My wife and I were with him when he passed away at about 8:15," son Terry Marshall said. "He got cancer toward the end of last year, and had surgery for that, and it came back. He was in a terrible state the last five or six weeks. He's in a much better place now."
He said his dad had liked being known as "the father of loud."
Here's the statement from the official site of Jim Marshall:
Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.
Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.
Muscians all over the world are showing their condolences to this incredibly influential man, paying tribute to his contributions and life.
I wasn't related to Jim Marshall (that I know), but I share his surname and even used the rock radio name 'Marshall Stak' for many years, showing reverance to the greatness of his amps and what he did for Rock N' Roll. R.I.P. to the legend of Jim Marshall. We're sending our condolences to all his family and friends today.
Rod Stewart will perform live with The Faces for the first time in 19 years at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Drummer Kenney Jones confirmed to MusicRadar.com that the band will play a short set, making it the first time the surviving members of the group (Stewart, Jones, guitarist Ron Wood and keyboard player Ian McLagan) have played together in public since Stewart received a lifetime achievement honor at the Brit Awards in 1993. Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) has sang with the Faces at other recent reunions.
Jones said: "Contrary to what some people might think, we're all still great mates and we've never said we wouldn't play together again. We all had dinner about a month ago and decided that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame would be the perfect time and place. The last time we rehearsed together was about three years ago at a little place in Bermondsey, the same place where we used to rehearse back in the '70s, just to see if the magic was still there – and it was. We ended up not doing anything more for a couple of reasons, including Rod's busy solo schedule and his Vegas commitments, which is why we brought in Mick for a few dates."
Jones also said the band will perform two Faces tracks and an earlier hit by The Small Faces, who are also being inducted.
"As to whether we'll do anything else after the Hall Of Fame show, we'll just have to see how it goes," Jones added. "I'd like to think there's more to come, although it depends how everyone's individual schedules are shaping up. But we're all really looking forward to getting up on stage again, it's been far too long."
That will be a highlight of the ceremonies, now if Guns N' Roses original lineup would reunite, it would make for the best induction ceremony broadcast ever.
The Scorpions have announced what they are calling their farewell North American tour dates. Their final world tour is scheduled to run though the early part of 2013. The 'Get Your Sting & Blackout' originally kicked off in 2010, and will hit the U.S. this June, starting in Reno, Nevada on June 8.
The Scorpions released the album 'Comeblack' last year. It features covers of some of the band members favorites over the years including tracks by the Kinks, T.Rex, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Small Faces and even a take on the old Gloria Jones northern soul stomper 'Tainted Love,' which you probably know better as later as a hit for Soft Cell. The band also released a concert DVD/Blu-Ray in 3D last year. Here's the concert in its entirety, just not in 3D:
Scorpions have scheduled the following North American tour dates:
Jun. 8 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Jun. 9 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
Jun. 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 12 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun. 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Pavilion
Jun. 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Jun. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
Jun. 20 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Center Arena
Jun. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
Jun. 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Thomas & Mack Center
Jun. 27 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Jun. 29 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
Jun. 30 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Jul. 2 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheater
Jul. 3 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jul. 6 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 7 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
Jul. 12 - Washington D.C. - Merriweather Post Pavilion