Thursday, 20 October 2016


Following on the heels of its 10th anniversary celebration and a reimagining of the show, "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil has announced an opportunity for fans to see the show's inner workings.

Starting Oct. 14, the production began welcoming visitors to open rehearsals, offering a chance to see both new and old acts practice their routines before the evening show.
The rehearsals are free to attend, and guests will also get access to special deals on tickets for the full performance.
"We are opening our doors to show fans exactly what it takes to bring 'Love' to life," Melanie Lalande, the show's artistic director, said in a release.  "When you experience something as extraordinary as this show, you can't help but wonder how our artists are able to do the things they do, whether it's Lucy flying over the audience or acrobats flipping through the air during the trampoline act in 'Revolution.' It's an amazing opportunity to fall for 'Love' in a totally new way."
"The Beatles Love" opened at the Mirage in 2006, and marked the first time Cirque du Soleil built a show around a catalog of music. It features a cast of 70 artists, dancers and acrobats.
The open rehearsals take place at the Love Theater inside the Mirage every Friday from 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., but are subject to cancellation. For more information and to confirm rehearsals, call the box office at (702) 792-7735. All ages are welcome.


An ONLINE AUCTION for a one-of-a-kind Paul McCartney Guitar String Bracelet. Auction produced by Wear Your Music. String donated by Paul McCarney via St. Thomas Lupus Trust. St. Thomas Lupus Trust to receive all auction profits to fund Lupus research and awareness.

Today, 20th October at 2PM EST (7PM GT&11AM PST) , 

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You will be bidding on the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable music history.  This bracelet will be handcrafted to your specifications out of strings used and donated by Paul McCartney. Includes a certificate of authenticity from tWear Your Music. The profits from this auction will benefit St. Thomas Lupus Trust.


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016


As well as being part of the title of Todd Rundgren’s classic album from 1973, A True Star is also a fitting description of the multi-talented musician/producer/ cyber voyager who has been a potent force in popular music since his eviscerating debut single Open My Eyes with his proto-psychedelic garage rockers The Nazz in 1968. Since then Rundgren has worked with a dazzling array of bands, and achieved recognition as an artist with a series of critically acclaimed solo albums.
Here he shares some of his moments and insights from more than 40 years in music, which include some spiky exchanges with John Lennon and experiences with Ringo...

I met John Lennon in a place called the Rainbow in Los Angeles during his carousing days with Harry Nilsson. He was sitting in a booth and someone introduced me to him. I said hi but had no conversation; I wasn’t loaded enough. That was the only face-to-face experience I had with him. But there was this infamous exchange we had through a British music paper [Melody Maker]. Someone interviewed me when I was in England, and I’m not exactly sure how John’s name came up but the context was to do with his credibility as a revolutionary. John’s antics were fairly well-publicised at the time. He was going out every night and getting drunk, and there was one particular incident where he got into an altercation with a waitress and apparently was wearing a Kotex [tampon] on his head and acting somewhat boorish.

My opinion at the time was that if you’re going to encourage people to change the world you have to have a certain amount of personal credibility, and if you start going backwards and abusing women when ostensibly you are supposed to be a feminist, it’s time to either be just what you are or drop the revolutionary shtick and clean up your act. So this started a whole faux conflict between us. His take on it – as his take was on just about everything in those days because he and Yoko were involved in this primal scream therapy which had gotten into his music – was that he attributed my commentary down to some issues I might be having with my father. Anything that happened at that time John attributed down to some infantile issues.
Apparently after he was assassinated the police found of copy of one of my albums in the hotel Mark Chapman was staying at. I never had any contact with him and I don’t believe that there’s any evidence that the little spat me and John had any effect on Mark Chapman at all. I’m not even sure he knew about it.

Ringo was the most approachable of all of the Beatles. I have met each of the band in turn. If you grew up on A Hard Day’s Night and Help! and watched The Beatles’ antics, to actually meet them in person was often a let-down. For instance, Paul McCartney was an unusually dour person and John was totally drunk and inanimate. George I met very briefly when I was producing a Badfinger album.

You expected cleverness and a happy-go-lucky demeanour because of the image they projected up until the point they broke up. The only one who seemed to have recovered from any of the effects of that was Ringo. He did the music for fun. He didn’t feel that there was some burden to it, he just liked to play. Any opportunity to sing was fine but I never saw him having any pretence that he was building some giant musical legacy.
My experience with him spans quite a few years. The first time we worked together was for a Jerry Lewis telethon in the late 70s in Las Vegas. Ringo was still something of a drinker at the time. I didn’t really notice; he seemed to be in pleasant spirits. Jerry brought in this fiddle player named Doug Kershaw and made us play behind him, and he started playing Jambalaya and wouldn’t stop. I got up on one of the drum risers and started directing and we just started playing the song faster and faster until the fiddle player couldn’t keep up any more. That’s the way we made him stop.

Years and years later when Ringo started doing his All Star shows, he asked me to join him. By that time he was all cleaned up and very well organised. Ironically he was heading up a group of musicians of whom half were in Alcoholics Anonymous and the other half were completely smashed. I managed to straddle a middle ground; I could drink casually and enjoy it and not get into any shenanigans. But at the time, there was Ringo who was in AA, and Zak, his son, who was the other drummer and definitely not in AA. So there was a whole dynamic going on there.


Ringo at Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, last night

Don't Pass me By,, Portland OR.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


The cover photograph of the Beatles Abbey Road album is one of the most iconic images of pop history.Taken in 1969, it shows the group walking across a zebra crossing.
Led by a white suited John, the Fab Four cross from left to right. Paul, of course, is barefooted.

But there are other versions, including the group crossing the other way, and there are even shots with Paul wearing sandals.
Now these rarely seen alternative takes are being put up for auction in New York next Thursday.
In all there are six photos taken by Iain Macmillan, who only ever made a handful of sets of the images.

For decades Macmillan, who died in 2006, just sat on the negatives, said Nigel Russell, director of photographs with Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale.
This set was given to an executive with the Capitol record company, which had the US rights to the Beatles’ music at the time.
It was sold onto a collector who has put them up for sale. The whereabouts of the other remaining sets is unknown.

“It doesn’t appear the rest were sold in a gallery, we think they were given away to others involved in the 1969 recording,” he said.

The pictures were taken on August 8 1969 when the group arrived at their recording studios in Abbey Road.
At around 11.30 a police officer was persuaded to halt traffic while Macmillan put up a stepladder and, having steadied himself, grabbed six quick shots.
It took him all of 10 minutes.
The barefoot image used on the Abbey Road album cover helped launch the notorious "Paul is Dead" conspiracy theory, which quickly became an international phenomenon. 

Since then the Abbey Road walk has been recreated by millions of tourists who make the pilgrimage to London to tread in the Beatles’ footsteps.
The collection which was taken from the uncropped negatives is expected to fetch up to $80,000 (£66,000) when it goes on sale in New York and online via the company’s website,


 Ringo and His All Starr Band in Spokane, WA .

Awesome show in Spokane, WA, last night... Enjoy some pics.... Thank you... Peace and Love and see you again

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