Wednesday, 29 March 2017


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed the remaining inductors for its Class of 2017 today (March 29) with the announcement that ELO would be inducted by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison. The former Beatles was a frequent collaborator with ELO’s Jeff Lynne, most notably in the ’80s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Also in today’s announcement was the news that Journey would be inducted by Train frontman Pat Monahan, Pharrell Williams would be doing the honors for Nile Rodgers and Snoop Dogg for Tupac Shakur‘s posthumous induction.

The Class of 2017 will be inducted on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

Additional performers include Lenny Kravitz (in a special tribute performance to Prince), Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, and others.

The Rock Hall had previously revealed that Neil Young will induct Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne will do the honors for Joan Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will induct Yes.
The #RockHall2017 ceremony will once again exclusively premiere on HBO, on April 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.


A suit that was custom made for John Lennon is set to go under the hammer this week. 
Featuring a gray houndstooth pattern, the woollen suit was worn by the music icon in 1964 while performing with The Beatles. It was designed by the band's tailor Douglas Millings and features two handwritten labels marked ‘John' on the breast pocket interior and on the trousers.
The suit will be put up for auction by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on March 30, with bidding beginning at $50,000.


"I was inspired to write ‘My Sweet Lord’ by the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ version of ‘Oh Happy Day’. I thought a lot about whether to do ‘My Sweet Lord’ or not, because I would be committing myself publicly and I anticipated that a lot of people might get weird about it. Many people fear the words ‘Lord’ and ‘God’ - makes them angry for some strange reason.

The point was, I was sticking my neck out on the chopping block because now I would have to live up something, but at the same time I thought, ‘Nobody’s saying it; I wish somebody else was doing it.’ You know, everybody is going ‘Be-bop baby’ - Ok it may be good to dance to, but I was naïve and thought we should express our feelings to each other – not suppress them and keep holding them back. Well, it was what I felt, and why should I be untrue to myself? I came to believe in the importance that if you feel something strong enough then you should say it.
I wasn’t consciously aware of the similarity between ‘He’s So Fine’ and ‘My Sweet Lord’ when I wrote the song as It was more improvised and not so fixed, although when my version of the song came out and started to get a lot of airplay people started talking about it and it was then I thought, ‘Why didn’t I realise?’. It would have been very easy to change a note here or there, and not affect the feeling of the record.

I thought ‘My Sweet Lord’ was a good ‘record’. In the recording industry there are ‘songs’ and ‘records’ - anyway I thought the overall sound of the record was as important as the words or tune – the atmosphere really. I wanted to show that ‘Halleluja’ and ‘Hare Krishna’ are quite the same thing. I did the voices singing ‘Halleluja’ first and then the change to ‘Hare Krishna’ so that people would be chanting the Maha Mantra – before they knew what was going on! I had been chanting ‘Hare Krishna’ for a long time and this song was a simple idea of how to do a Western pop equivalent to a ‘mantra’, which repeats over and over again, holy names.
I don’t feel guilty or bad about it, in fact it saved many a heroin addict’s life. I know the motive behind writing the song in the first place and its effect far exceeded the legal hassle. ‘This Song’, discussed later, has more to say about the legal thing."

Excerpted from the book 'I Me Mine'


Paul McCartney in the audience last night at the Lyceum Theatre, New York City.
The Play That Goes Wrong performing at the Lyceum Theatre, this funny comedy won the Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards and is now playing on Broadway, featuring the original London cast, and with J.J. Abrams making his debut as a theatrical producer.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Paul claimed, the best Beatles hits were written in the bedroom. He said John and he would sit opposite each other on twin beds facing one another and keep strumming ideas to each other like a ping pong match.

Paul told the interviewer in terms of collaborations his best was with John and that it was a fact he had come to accept. He compared strumming along with Lennon in front of him to that of staring in front of a mirror. As Paul was left-handed, John was right-handed. He added since John's passing it is that one memory he has held onto throughout the years.
Paul further added that while John was the best, he looks forward to collaborating with other artists. He said each artist brings their own unique mix to a song, the Daily Mail reported. He said Stevie Wonder would show up late for dinner when invited as he would be running his fingers over the keyboard figuring a song. Further, he added that with Michael Jackson he sat in his office and played on his piano and a song was made up in an instant.
Furthermore, Paul said he was having fun making a new album. He said he is working with a producer who previously worked with Adele and is responsible for her success at the recent Grammys. He said his only worry was that people would claim he was courting the 'flavour of the month."



"Act Naturally," written by Johnny Russell, was a tune the songwriter couldn't get anyone interested in recording, until a writer friend of his named Voni Morrison pitched it to rising country superstar Buck Owens, who recorded it at Hollywood's Capitol Studios in February 1963, the same month the Beatles recorded the bulk of their debut LP, Please Please Me. The song would top the country chart for Owens in June of that year, becoming the Bakersfield-based musician's first Number One. In 1965, when the Beatles released their second film, Help!, the song, led by Ringo's twangy vocal, was included on the soundtrack LP's non-film-related B-side. The song was something of an in-joke about Ringo's then-budding acting career, but it would also achieve legendary status as the flipside of the Paul-dominated single, "Yesterday."

On March 27th, 1989, Buck Owens joined Ringo at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles had recorded so many of their iconic recordings, to update "Act Naturally" as a duet. The tune was accompanied by an elaborate music video with a Western theme, as Starr and Owens, decked out in cowboy garb ride into a dust-filled ghost town on horseback, enter a saloon and order a couple of whiskeys from bartender Vic Tayback, best known for his role as Mel in the TV series, Alice. The ghost town, it turns out, is actually a movie set and as the tune begins to play, Owens emerges from a trailer strumming one of his famous red, white and blue guitars. At the start of his own verse, Starr, dressed in black and wearing a cowboy hat similar to Owens', descends on a movie-camera crane and the two ham it up, play-fighting about which performer will be the bigger star. The song, of course, has nothing to do with Hollywood ambitions, it's really all about a dejected man and not having to act the part in the movie about his "sad and lonely" life. 

Just two months after recording the song together, Ringo would perform with his All Starr Band, the supergroup that would, in its first incarnation, include among its ranks Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons and The Band members Rick Danko and Levon Helm. 

Still going strong, on October 13th the All Starr Band will kick off its latest tour this fall with eight shows at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. 

The trek is currently slated to run through November 16th in Newark, New Jersey. Since 2012, the band has included Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, the longest-serving All Starr Band in the group's nearly 30-year history. 


“Pretty much anything artistically that touches the show is what I’m working with,” explains Melanie Lalande, artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE,who has a dance background and the calm demeanor of someone who has everything under control. Not only is she up to the complicated task, she loves being in the middle of it all.

“You know, I love performers. I love their energy. I think that they kind of dedicate their lives to being in front of you guys and taking you away for 90 minutes. And they do it twice a day every day. So I think that’s an interesting way to spend your life and I want to be part of that.”
What is one thing that would surprise audiences about The Beatles LOVE rehearsals?
“I think that it is fascinating that everything you can do on the stage, I can do off the stage in the training room,” Lalande says. “That is how the training room is set up. So while you see the artists out her [on the main stage rehearsing], they’re also backstage training for it all. So their work ethic is awesome. I mean clearly to get here it has to be, but the facility is set up for that to happen as well. It’s pretty impressive.

“We really tried, especially with the refresh—we tried even more to sort of bring you into the world of the Beatles,” Lalande says. “We really wanted to…make it an immersive experience for you, and give you that feeling like you were going on the journey with them.”

The result is a mesmerizing show that touches all of the senses. From sound and color, to astounding acrobatics and beautiful memory-elicitation, The Beatles LOVE is a magical mystery tour that takes audiences into a world of timeless music, revisiting the classics while carving out a spectacular new experience. Leave it to the Beatles to rock our world again. What was it like for Lalande to be on the receiving end of the Beatles seal of approval?
“It’s really an awesome responsibility and I don’t take it lightly,” she says. “So I know in my eye and what I am witnessing sort of has a critical presence for continuing their work in the world.”
The Beatles LOVE, like so many Cirque du Soleil shows, is the perfect example of teamwork in action. Everyone has to literally have everyone else’s back in order to make the magic happen. Is there a life lesson Lalande thinks we can take from the show and that experience?
“That’s a beautiful question,” says the artistic director. “I think that there are many life lessons that you can take from this. But one of the best ones is to trust the moment. And I think that’s what they’re developing—these artists and this audience. They’re trusting the moment together, and that’s why I feel you are so deeply touched by the show.”

Open rehearsals are fascinating, but it is the live performance that will make your head spin in the most amazing way. 
Fans exit the show with beautiful songs on their minds and streamers and pieces of confetti still in their hair (The Beatles LOVE uses 65 pounds of confetti each week.).

Monday, 27 March 2017


Ringo announced today a fall 2017 U.S. tour with his long-running All-Starr Band. The trek launches October 13th with an eight-date stint at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and concludes November 16th in Newark, New Jersey. 

The current line-up of Starr's evolving live supergroup has been in place since 2012. The band features multi-instrumentalist/art-pop singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren, keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister), woodwind player Warren Ham (Bloodrock, Kansas) and drummer Gregg Bissonette. 

"The dream is still unfolding," Ringo said in a statement. "I love to play, and I love to play with this band. I can't say that enough, and we're on the road again."
The band announced 19 shows on Monday, and additional dates will be revealed soon.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Tour Dates
October 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
October 30 - El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
October 31 - Austin TX @ Moody Theater
November 2 - Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic Center
November 4 - Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at Winstar
November 7, 8 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
November 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
November 12 - Norfolk, VA @ ODU Pavilion
November 14 - Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
November 15 - New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater
November 16 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Among those in attendance at Madison Square Garden were Paul McCartney with Nancy and her son Arlen, , Hall of Famer Rick Barry, whose son Canyon plays for Florida and Darius Rucker.


Paul, Nancy and Arlen during the East Regional championship game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Sunday in New York.
South Carolina won 77-70.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017


Paul has revealed that he’s currently working on a brand new album with the Greg Kurstin, the producer behind Adele’s ‘Hello’ and countless other records.

Paul spoke to BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt about writing with John Lennon, working with Stevie Wonder and his new, upcoming album "Flowers in the Dirt".
Paul said, “I’m making a new album which is great fun. I’m in the middle of that. I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film”.
This new record would be the first solo album since ‘New’ back in 2013.

Referring to Adele producer, Greg Kurstin, Paul said, “he went on to work with Beck and got Best Album of the Year with Beck. Then he went on to work with Adele and has just got Song of the Year, Record of the Year, with Adele, of course and just got Producer of the Year.
“My only worry is, people are going to go, “Oh there’s Paul going with the flavour of the month””.
Paul didn’t reveal any details of what we can expect from the album or when we can expect it.

Saturday, 25 March 2017


Paul has revealed that he and John Lennon wrote their best tracks while sitting ‘opposite each other on twin beds’.
The Beatles star recalled moments where the two of them would ‘spin off each other’ as they came up with new melodies.
Asked about his experience of writing music, the 74-year-old, who formed the Beatles in 1960 with Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, said: ‘There’s a million ways to write, but the way I always used to write was with John and it would be across from each other, either in a hotel bedroom on the twin beds, with an acoustic guitar and we’re just looking at each other.
Sir Paul (left) said it was 'always my big memory' seeing John Lennon (right) come up with melodies in front of him
Paul said it was 'always my big memory' seeing John Lennon (right) come up with melodies in front of him
‘He’d make up something, I’d make up something and we’d just spin off each other.
‘It’s always my big memory, is seeing John there, him being right-handed, me being left-handed, it felt to me like I was looking in a mirror.’

He said that the reason they worked so well together was because they had grown up together, and therefore had ‘developed a way of working’.
Such was his fondness for that method that when it came to writing his final album of the 80s, Flowers In The Dirt, with Elvis Costello, he did the same.
Speaking to DJ Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6 Music, he said: ‘But it was a great way to work and because we were kids together, and we’d known each other since our teenage years, we’d developed a way of working that would be one of us would start an idea, and the other one would spin off it.
Sir Paul was so fond of his method that he replicated it writing his final 80s album with Elvis Costello 
Sir Paul was so fond of his method that he replicated it writing his final 80s album with Elvis Costello 
‘Obviously, it was very successful. So that was a way I had learned to write and it was the way I liked to write and Elvis was very happy to work like that. So it was like a repeat of that process, and so he was John, basically, and I was Paul.’
The songwriting partnership between Lennon and Sir Paul is one of the most successful collaborations in history.
The partnership was different to most others in that both Lennon and Sir Paul wrote words and music.
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have more number one albums then any other British group
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have more number one albums then any other British group
The Beatles released 12 albums between 1963 and 1970 and have had more British number one albums and singles than any other group.
Speaking of working alongside Lennon, Sir Paul said he could ‘never have a better collaborator’.
‘That is just a fact’, he added.
‘So I don’t try and escape it. I just know there’s no way I can find someone now who’s going to write better stuff with me than I wrote with John.’
Sir Paul is worried his new album is going to be 'the flavour of the month'
Paul is worried his new album is going to be 'the flavour of the month'
Sir Paul went on to discuss the new album he has been working on with Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin, but said he is concerned people will think he is ‘going with the flavour of the month’.
He said: ‘I’m making a new album which is great fun. I’m working with a producer I first worked with two years ago on a piece of music I’m doing for an animated film. Since then, he went on to work with Beck and got album of the year with Beck.
‘Then he went on to work with Adele and has just got song of the year, record of the year, with Adele, and just got producer of the year. So my only worry is, people are going to go, “Oh, there’s Paul going with the flavour of the month”.´


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