Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Indie singer's upcoming Beatles cover album

Water & Power Records

Indie folk-pop artist Fascinoma is releasing Don't Let Me Down: A Beatles Cover Album, across digital platforms only on Oct. 27. The tracks are "Something," "And I Love Her," "Cry Baby Cry," "Don't Let Me Down," "Long Long Long," "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," "I'm So Tired," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Julia" and, to end it, "Her Majesty." The first video below is a video trailer for the album, the second is a live version of the title song. You can preview the entire album on bandcamp.com.




Get thee to Cleveland. John Lennon's Epiphone from rooftop concert is on display at Rock Hall of Fame

Copyright Lennon Archive
It's one of 15 guitars now on display. From the Rock Hall of Fame: "At the heart of countless rock anthems, head-bangers and ballads is the guitar. 15 iconic instruments, including John Lennon's '65 Epiphone Casino, are now on display in our newly launched Guitar Gallery. See how we put the guitars up on display and click to rockhall.com for more behind-the-scenes stories."

The guitar, as the video shows, was used in the rooftop concert in "Let It Be." 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Paul McCartney included in Grammy retro TV special

Photo by MJ Kim. Copyright MPL Productions Inc. 


Set your DVRs. The Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards, today announced a two-hour CBS special on Nov. 24 called "GRAMMY's Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special," with a look back at Grammy history. Among those featured on the show will be Paul McCartney.

"Never before have we gathered all of GRAMMY's greatest moments from more than a half-century of award shows for one primetime special, and when you see them put together in a parade of amazing clip montages interspersed with the stories behind the performances, it's really pretty unbelievable," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards for the past 38 years.

Monday, October 9, 2017

'Lennonology' on sale today



From Chip Madinger, author of "Lennonology":


It's been two years since STRANGE DAYS INDEED first hit the street. To celebrate, paperback copies are on sale today (10/9/17) as follows. Prices include shipping (please make sure that you select the proper country).

US $65. paypal.me/lennonology/65  
Canada $105. paypal.me/lennonology/105  
ROTW $115. paypal.me/lennonology/115  

This offer is only good today (10/9/17)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Paul McCartney to fill your Christmas stockings with reissues


Six solo Paul McCartney albums and two of his albums with Wings will be reissued in bare bones single disc 180 gram black vinyl, colored vinyl and CD configurations on Nov. 17 in a move that marks his return to Capitol Records, he announced today.

The order links to the single disc black McCartney vinyl albums: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II.”
The two Wings albums are “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.”  The colored vinyl pressings are available through udiscovermusic.com.

The order links to the single disc CDs: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II” and the two Wings albums “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.” 

All the albums will be issued in single CD, black vinyl and various shades of colored vinyl with “McCartney” in red, “McCartney II” clear, “Tug of War” blue, “Pipes of Peace” silver, “Ram” yellow, “Band on the Run” white, “Venus and Mars” red and yellow and “At the Speed of Sound” orange. The vinyl albums will include a download card.




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lennon Plastic Ono Band drummer Alan White to perform at Seattle benefit concert Thursday



Alan White, who played drums with John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band during their live debut at the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival Festival in 1969, and the Seattle Beatles tribute band Apple Jam and will re-create that debut at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, Washington. Also performing will be violinist Geoffrey Castle. The show, titled "Loispalooza," will raise funds for Lois and Jerry Levin, two Seattle-area photographers and friends of White. Lois was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

White recalled how he got involved with Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. “The phone rang and there was a guy who said, 'Alan, this is John Lennon. I saw you playing at the club the other night. You’re a great drummer. Do you want a gig?' I thought it was a friend of mine playing a joke and I put the phone down. Five minutes later, I get another callback. The same person. And it was John Lennon.”

Besides the Plastic Ono Band, White was also a member of Yes and the show will include songs from both Lennon and Yes.

“Jerry and Lois have been great friends for many years. They have photographed me in both my personal life and professional career and have given their time selflessly for many charitable causes around Seattle. It’s an honor to be able to give back to them,” White said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. The Hard Rock is located at 116 Pike Street in Seattle. More info at tickets online is available at www.loispalooza.org.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Coming soon: New McCartney vinyl albums, George Martin CD, more

Eight McCartney vinyls are coming out Nov. 17 from uMe. They are "Ram," "Band on the Run," "Speed of Sound," "Venus and Mars,"

"Pipes of Peace," "Tug of War," "McCartney" and "McCartney II." Order them at the links. 


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Six solo Paul McCartney albums and two of his albums with Wings will be reissued in bare bones single disc 180 gram black vinyl, colored vinyl and CD configurations on Nov. 17 in a move that marks his return to Capitol Records.

The order links to the single disc black McCartney vinyl albums: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II.”
The two Wings albums are “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.”  The colored vinyl pressings are available through udiscovermusic.com.

The order links to the single disc CDs: “McCartney,” “Ram,” “Band on the Run.” “Tug of War,” “Pipes of Peace,” “McCartney II” and the two Wings albums “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars.” 

All the albums will be issued in single CD, black vinyl and various shades of colored vinyl with “McCartney” in red, “McCartney II” clear, “Tug of War” blue, “Pipes of Peace” silver, “Ram” yellow, “Band on the Run” white, “Venus and Mars” red and yellow and “At the Speed of Sound” orange. The vinyl albums will include a download card.


"The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin" coming out November 10. Double vinyl out in January. Order it here.


From Amazon: 


 "This recording collects - for the first time - the major orchestral works of iconic composer, arranger and producer George Martin. Performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon, the album features music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission. Also included are the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches and other previously unreleased original compositions."

And if you're looking for something a little different that's out now, "Louis Van Dyke Plays Lennon-McCartney" is available on import CD.  It's E. Power Biggs meets the Beatles and one of our favorite Beatles cover albums. Here's a sample.


New George Martin orchestral album coming out in November




"The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin" coming out November 10. Double vinyl out in January. Order it here.


From Amazon: 
 "This recording collects - for the first time - the major orchestral works of iconic composer, arranger and producer George Martin. Performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon, the album features music from the films Yellow Submarine, Live and Let Die and the previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission. Also included are the Overture to Under Milk Wood, the suite Three American Sketches and other previously unreleased original compositions."



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Harrison sitar sells for big bucks

A sitar used by George Harrison in 1965, the year the Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood sold Sept. 28 for $62,500, it was announced by Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The instrument was accompanied by two letters of authenticity, including one written by Pattie Boyd, who said Harrison played "Norwegian Wood" on the instrument for her when they were on their honeymoon. The second LOA was written by George Drummond, a friend of Boyd's, who was given the sitar by Harrison.  

Courtesy Nate D. Saunders Auctions

Friday, September 22, 2017

Paul McCartney featured in new Christmas music collection





It's not even October and already there's news about Christmas music. Paul McCartney is among the artists featured on "Holidays Rule, Vol. 2," a 16-track collection of holiday songs out Oct. 13. In addition to McCartney, who performs "Wonderful Christmastime" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, also featured is Barns Coutney featuring Lennon Stella, Albin Lee Meldau, Calum Scott, Rosanne Cash, Judah & the Lion, The Decemberists, Lake Street Dive, Flor De Toloache, Vera Blue, Muna (who sings McCartney's "Pipes of Peace"), Us Girls and Andrew McMahon. The disc is the sequel to the original "Holidays Rule" issued in 2012.

"Wonderful Christmastime" is available now with a pre-order of the album or separately for $1.29.

You can see the video of the McCartney/Fallon/Roots "Wonderful Christmastime" below.

Track listing:
  1. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots – Wonderful Christmastime
  2. Barns Courtney Feat. Lennon Stella – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  3. Albin Lee Meldau – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  4. Calum Scott – It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas
  5. Kandace Springs – (Everybody’s Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
  6. Norah Jones – Peace (Live at the Sheen Center)
  7. Grace Potter – Christmas Moon
  8. Rosanne Cash – May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas
  9. Judah & The Lion – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  10. The Decemberists – Jesus Christ
  11. Lake Street Dive – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
  12. Flor De Toloache – That’s What I Want For Christmas
  13. Vera Blue – A Winter Romance
  14. MUNA – Pipes of Peace
  15. US Girls – Blue Christmas
  16. Andrew McMahon – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve




Freda Kelly recovering from heart surgery

Freda Kelly and Kathy McCabe, one of the producers
of "Good Ol' Freda" at a screening of the film
in San Francisco. (Photo by Steve Marinucci.)
Freda Kelly, who the world now knows from the superb documentary "Good Ol' Freda," is on the mend at home after undergoing heart surgery. This note was posted on her "Good Ol' Freda" Facebook page today.
A Message From Freda Kelly
Many thanks to all of you who sent get well wishes after my recent heart surgery. I am recovering well and your love and support meant so much to me. 
I want to tell all my good friends in Mexico City how sorry I am about the horrible earthquake that happened. I am thinking of you constantly and hope life returns to normal for you soon.
Lastly, it is with great sadness I tell you of the sudden passing of my dear friend Billy Hatton of the great Liverpool band The Fourmost. We were friends for 55 years and his sense of humor was impeccable! Billy came to see me several times while I was in hospital. I'll always be honoured that he appeared in 'Good Ol' Freda.'
Godspeed, Billy.
We send our love and wish Freda, one of our favorite people ever, a speedy recovery. You can also leave your best wishes, as we did, on her "Good Ol' Freda" Facebook page.

Friday, September 15, 2017

McCartney brings Bruce Springsteen onstage during 9/15 MSG show!

Madison Square Garden










Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beatles "LOVE" YouTube miniseries, part 2

Apple Corps Ltd. 
Three more behind-the-scenes vids with backstage looks at the Las Vegas Beatles "LOVE" show dropped Thursday on YouTube. You can see them below in order. 
Catch the first three here






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Beatles 'Love' mini-series drops on YouTube

Apple Corps Ltd. 

Three behind-the-scenes vids with backstage looks at the Las Vegas Beatles "LOVE" show dropped today on YouTube. You can see them below in order. (Thanks to Bryan S. Burke.)




Monday, September 11, 2017

Report: Unreleased George Harrison tape sells big

Omega Auctions

We don't have confirmation of the final price from Omega, but we have a report that the "Hello Miss Miss Molly Bee" tape sold Sept. 11 for £14,000, which comes out to about $18,440 USD. That doesn't include buyer's premium. (Thanks, David.) 

The tape, which Omega said had never previously heard in public was recorded in 1968 on to a reel to reel tape and was made for his good friend Mary Bee. It described the song as very much in the Indian style of music that George was heavily influenced by and was produced around the time of his first studio album ‘Wonderwall’. Here's a short clip. Unconfirmed reports say the song was linked to Donovan and sounded similarly like his song "Peregrine," but the auction house made no mention of that. 

Here's the Donovan song if you want to compare. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Unreleased George Harrison song being auctioned




We have no knowledge of what this is, but Omega Auctions says it's an unreleased George Harrison song, "Song to Miss Mary Bee" from 1968 from around the time of "Wonderwall". The estimated value is 10,000 GBP - 20,000 GBP. 

Here's the description:

GEORGE HARRISON UNRELEASED RECORDING - of a track entitled "Song to Miss Mary Bee" along with a reel 2 reel recording of his "Wonderwall" album, postcards sent by George and his wife Patti Boyd to the vendor and a 6 page letter from Patti to the vendor. This incredible recording was made especially for the vendor whose name is "Mary Bee" back in early 1968 and was sent to her by George and Patti along with postcards and other recordings during 1967 & 1968. The song was recorded on an Emidisc Reel 2 Reel tape in 1968 at "Kinfauns" and is very much in the Indian style of the music that he was heavily influenced by and producing around the time of his first studio album "Wonderwall". In addition to the "Song for Mary Bee" which is approximately 2 minutes long there are other recordings of tracks that George would have been working on with The Beatles at the time. The case of this tape has writing on which reads "Tape to Mary Bee". The "Wonderwall" tape again has writing on the box which reads "Music from the film Wonderwall for Mary Bee". The 6 page letter is a great read and has numerous references to the tapes. Patti talks about George working on the "Wonderwall" soundtrack and at one stage says she can't send a tape of the music but then corrects herself (after speaking to George) to say that "George will tape his music". She also says that George has "just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea". There are 3 postcards from Patti & George included in the lot which are all addressed to Mary Bee and have been sent from India. The postcards mention where George & Patti have visited, how they are having their first yoga lesson and that she has been thinking of Mary when meditating. On one George has written "Hello Mary - love George". One of the postcards also starts by asking "Did you get the tapes?". Includes a letter of provenance from the vendor along with her transcribed lyrics for the song.

The Beatles in this week's Billboard



In the Sept. 2-15 issue of Billboard magazine that hit the stands Thursday, the Beatles make a few appearances. In the Top Rock Albums chart, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sits at #23, up from #25 the previous week. In Top Album Sales, "Sgt. Pepper" ranks at #34, up from #43.  And on the Billboard Top 200, "Sgt. Pepper" rates at #125, down from #124, while "Abbey Road" sits at #149, up from #167 and "The Beatles 1" is at #147, up from #165.

Then there's the full page ad above from SiriusXM promoting the open listening for the Beatles Channel and the rest of the Sirius lineup now going on through Sept. 5.

And don't miss the best Beatles talk on the internet with this week's edition of "Things We Said Today," with yours truly, Allan Kozinn and Ken Michaels. It's available on for download on Podbean and iTunes and streaming on YouTube and theTune In Radio app.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Help Jackie Spencer find 'Little Georgie'




Liverpool Beatles tour guide Jackie Spencer is desperately searching for "Little Georgie," a Beatles doll with a lot of sentimental value that she lost last week. "He was a gift given to me from Jaclyn King in Orlando. Since then he's become a well traveled little icon visiting New York, California, all over the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, and more," she told us. 

"I lost him on a Beatles Ale Trail after we'd been to Wales all day (Thursday) to see Bangor University where the Maharishi held his conference, then Portmerion where George had his 50th birthday party," she continued. "He always came along when I had children on tours. They loved him. On the Beatles Pilgrimage Ale Trail back in Liverpool, we visited The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Ye Cracke and The Jacaranda. (It) was at the end of the evening I realized he wasn't in my bag anymore. 

"I've had him since 2013. He's become quite a cult figure. Since I lost him I've had loads of replacement offers from really kind Beatle fans. I have a replacement in the wings and Beatle people have been so kind offering to replace him for me." 

However, she's really hoping to get the original back. If you can help her, contact her at jackie@beatleguide.com.  




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beatles internet station honored



Matt Burley of Fab4Radio.com tells us the station has been selected to be a featured station by Stream Licensing Inc. in its oldies category. Fab4Radio.com airs our "Things We Said Today" program on the weekends

"We take pride in the selection of featured stations, and you should as well as it is a great accomplishment and it stands as proof of your hard work and dedication to this craft and is recognized by your industry peers," they said.

Congratulations to Fab4Radio.com. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The two-volume version of Mark Lewisohn's 'All These Years: Tune In' finally coming to U.S.



The Beatles - All These Years - Extended Special Edition: Volume One: Tune In, the two-volume version of Mark Lewisohn's "All These Years - Tune In," which was only available in England until now, will be released here Nov. 7. You can order it at this link.

"“I’m delighted to be able to announce that the ‘extended special edition’ of Tune In – the ‘all I wrote’ version – is to become fully available in North America from Nov. 7, 2017,” Lewisohn told us via email. He told us the release here comes thanks to his publishing partners and said this version will enable readers to learn more about the Beatles' early history from his valuable research before volume 2 is released. No date has been announced for that.

More from Lewisohn here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"To Tell The Truth" -- which girl met the Dave Clark Five!






This is fun. This show aired Nov. 1, 1965 and the first person the panel has to guess is the winner of a contest to meet The Dave Clark Five in London. The questions are funny in themselves, especially when Orson Bean talks about his love for rock 'n' roll and Peggy Cass asks the contestants to guess "Sam the Sham and the ..."

Enjoy.




Friday, July 28, 2017

Paul McCartney at Century Link Center, Omaha - pictures, setlist

Photos by David Sukovaty. Used by permission. 

 Setlist: Century Link Center, Omaha, NE. July 23, 2017.

. 1.A Hard Day's Night 2. Junior's Farm 3. Can't Buy Me Love 4. Jet 5.Temporary Secretary 6. Let Me Roll It 7.Foxey Lady 8.I've Got A Feeling 9.My Valentine 10.Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five 11.Maybe I'm Amazed 12. We Can Work It Out 13.In Site Of All The Danger (a real high point for me) 14. You Won't See Me 15.Love Me Do 16. And I Love Her 17.Blackbird 18.Here Today 19. Queenie Eye 20. New 21.The Fool On The Hill 22.Lady Madonna 23.Four, Five Second 24.Elenor Rigby 25. I Wanna Be Your Man 26.Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite 27.Something 28..Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 29.Band On The Run 30.Back In The USSR 31.Let It Be 32.Live And Let Die 33.Hey Jude 34.Yesterday 35.Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 36.Hi, Hi, Hi. 37.Get Back 38.Golden Slumbers 39.Carry That Weight 40.The End.

From David Sukovaty:

I guess if there is an outline for a story it might be how the staging has changed since I first saw Paul and how fans are dedicated to photographing him. I didn't think of photographing him right away. I first saw him with Wings 1976 in Rotterdam, Holland. I drew the stage and made my first setlist. I didn't see him again until "Flowers In The Dirt" opening night Chicago 89, The video screens weren't working! Then Ames. It was a stadium and the video screens were working and it changed everything. Then Arrowhead 2nd row center 93. That experience changed everything. He was singing right to you. Cameras weren't allowed then and you were lucky to get a few shots like in Denver "Driving Rain Tour". It wasn't until later that it was impossible to stop people from bringing in cameras. My opportunity came when VIP allowed me to photograph. 2014 Paul's Out There Tour was the tour of top tour of the summer. The Top Ten cities were his and Lincoln was # 11. That was an epic performance and photographing was a dream. The idea that you would then be able to use them in a story I still find amazing, and proud that it could happen. I was really impressed by the staging in Lincoln. I'd seen several presentations by then. I was in the front row in Lincoln and was able to watch the camera operators. The lighting, staging was all very precise. It really was an education in musicology to be that close. I think that same insight is continued in these photos. One of my credits is the live photography for Robin Trower's '20th Century Blues" CD which was a special. At that time very few photographs had appeared of him on albums and there was my work representing him. This was the 10th time I've seen Paul and another opportunity to photograph him. I'm still in wonder of some of these results.

Visit our That's What I Want Beatles Store. A great place to explore!







Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exclusive: Dhani Harrison solo debut -- a report and photos



 This report and photos of Dhani Harrison at the Echo in Los Angeles comes from Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs, for which we thank her. 

DHANI HARRISON -- FIRST EVER SOLO SHOW AT L.A.'S ECHO

Dhani Harrison has been playing music and performing all his life. Learning the craft of songwriting literally on the lap of his famous father, George Harrison, Dhani has  distinguished himself with his own music. His soundtrack to Beautiful Creatures won critical acclaim. He co-produced and scored the music video, Liminal, about skateboard legend, Rodney Mullen. He has performed with bands Fistful of Mercy and thenewno2 and toured with The Black Leather Motorcycle Club. Monday night in L.A. was Dhani Harrison's first solo concert.
Mereki opened the evening. Her friend Laura performed a ribbon dance before the music which set a good tone for the night. Mereki is a delight to the eye and ear. Her voice is special -- light and high and beautiful. She often dances along as she sings in a quirky pleasant style. Dhani called her back onstage during his set to join is one song. During her set, she had mentioned how tender and gentle Dhani is. As she left after her song with him, Dhani gave her a hug and sweet kiss on the cheek–looked like a nice bit of intimacy there.
It was evident that Dhani was excited to start his first solo show. He began by smudging the stage, instruments and space; then they began. The band was tight and perfectly complimented Harrison's earlier songs and the new ones off his album to be released on October 6, IN///PARALLEL. (Available for pre-order here on Amazon.com.) You may hear a pre-view of "All About Waiting" here
There were a few first show snafus which had to be worked out with the sound crew. But, the overall show was great. The bass player even got his own cheering section going because of his excellent contributions. The guests were a raucous lot, yelling and encouraging the band throughout, and were of all stripes--Beatle freaks, like your contributor, Dhani fans, skate fans, and L.A.'s hip set. An excellent time was had by all.
Dhani performed several songs off the upcoming album, and some from previous efforts with thenewno2 and Fistful of Mercy as well as sound track collaborations.
Set list:
Dhani was backed by
  • Josh Giroux, keys (Big Black Delta, Gary Numan)
  • Noah Harmon, guitarist (The Airborne Toxic Event)
  • Chris Hornbrook, drums (Big Black Delta, Poison the Well)
  • Blas Perez. bassist (Big Black Delta, and others) and joined on All About Waiting by his backing vocalist Cami Grey.









Wednesday, July 26, 2017

George Martin 'Soundbreaking' series nominated for Emmy

Photo from Higher Ground
Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Musicthe last project of Sir George Martin, has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Sound, Higher Ground, the presenter and creator of the series, announced July 26. 

The superb eight-episode series featured more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with a huge assortment of musical innovators, artists and producers, including Paul McCartneyRingo StarrRoger WatersElton JohnJoni MitchellB.B. KingAnnie LennoxMark KnopflerTom PettyBonnie Raitt, Nile Rodgers, Brian EnoRosanne Cash, Don Was, Steven Van ZandtBen Harper and more, and included a wealth of rare footage. It debuted on PBS in November 2016. The series is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Ringo's new album "Give More Love" announced


"Give More Love" will be released Sept. 15. You can pre-order it here. (Also in the UK, in Germany and Japan.)

Here's the track list:

We’re on the Road Again 
Richard Starkey, Steve Lukather
(with Paul McCartney on bass and backing vocals)

Laughable
Richard Starkey, Peter Frampton

Show Me the Way
Richard Starkey, Steve Lukather

Speed of Sound
Richard Starkey, Richard Marx

Standing Still
Richard Starkey, Gary Burr

King of the Kingdom
Richard Starkey

Electricity
Richard Starkey, Glen Ballard

So Wrong for So Long
Richard Starkey, Dave Stewart

Shake It Up
Richard Starkey, Gary Nicholson

Give More Love
Richard Starkey, Gary Nicholson

Back Off Boogaloo
Richard Starkey, George Harrison

You Can’t Fight Lightning - Ringo Starr and Alberta Cross
Richard Starkey

Photograph - Ringo Starr and Vandaveer
Richard Starkey, George Harrison

Don't Pass Me By - Ringo Starr and Vandaveer
Richard Starkey


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ringo Starr's birthday message





Ringo Starr posted this birthday message on YouTube Wednesday to publicize his big star-studded birthday event July 7 in Los Angeles. 

And please stop by our That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon. Everything Beatles imaginable (and a few things maybe you never thought of) is there. A great place to explore!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Change Begins Within' concert coming to DVD, Blu-ray

Eagle Rock Entertainment


The 2009 "Change Begins Within" concert with Ringo and Paul just announced for release Sept. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray. 

Song list: 


  • Natural Blues - Moby, Betty LaVette, TM Choir 
  • Rise - Eddie Vedder 
  • Under Pressure - Eddie Vedder & Ben Harper 
  • My Sweet Lord - Sheryl Crow 
  • Hurdy Gurdy - Donovan & Jim James 
  • Isle of Islay - Donovan and Paul Horn 
  • It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr 
  • Boys - Ringo Starr 
  • Yellow Submarine - Ringo Starr 
  • Baby You Can Drive My Car - Paul McCartney 
  • Jet - Paul McCartney 
  • Got To Get You Into My Life - Paul McCartney 
  • Let It Be - Paul McCartney 
  • Here Today - Paul McCartney 
  • Band On The Run - Paul McCartney 
  • With A Little Help From My Friends - Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr 
  • Cosmically Conscious - All members 
  • I Saw Her Standing There - All members

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paul McCartney heading back to Australia



In case you didn't see it when we published it yesterday, we published a story that Paul McCartney appears to be making plans to head back to Australia for the first time since 1993. Read our story on AXS.com.

And be sure to visit our gigantic That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon.com. Your go-to place for everything Beatles (and more) at a great price. For those of you in the UK or who like imports, we also have a That's What I Want Beatles UK store.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Beatles top the charts again; Giles Martin news

Copyright UME/Apple Corps Ltd. 


The Beatles' 50th anniversary release of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been a big success in countries around the world. In the U.S., it hit No. 3 on the Billboard album charts, a repeat of the rank it hit back in 1967. In the UK, it hit the top of the that country's Official Charts with a No. 1. In Australia, the reissue also hit the Top 10 at No. 5.

Look for Giles Martin on tonight's (June 5) "Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" on NBC. Check your local listings for time and station.

And be sure to check out the in-depth two-part review of the new set on our "Things We Said Today" podcast we do with Allan Kozinn and Ken Michaels. You can find both parts available for download on Podbean and iTunes, streaming on our YouTube page and on the Tune In Radio app.

And be sure to visit our online That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon.com. Everything Beatles (and more) at great prices. A great place to explore.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Price drop: 'On Air: Beatles Live at the BBC, Vol. 2'

Copyright Apple Corps. Ltd.

The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC, Volume 2" is now $8.99 at Amazon.com. Please order through this link. (Thanks to L) It's also £6.76 at Amazon.co.uk and ¥1,369 at Amazon.co.jp.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Special Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' media event on June 1 in Los Angeles

The historic Capitol Records tower at night. Photo: Steve Marinucci
The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album will be celebrated June 1, 50 years to the day of the release of the album with a special media event photo op flag raising at 9 a.m. PT at the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Hollywood. According to the media announcement, "Sgt. Pepper’ from the Las Vegas stage production of The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil® will raise a custom ‘Sgt. Pepper’ flag at 9:09am PDT that day.

The announcement said the Capitol Records tower will also be decked out in commemorative ‘Sgt. Pepper’ regalia from the ground up, including special signage and a large inflatable ‘Sgt. Pepper’ drum above Capitol’s Vine Street entrance. After sunset, vibrant rooftop lighting in the four colors of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ suits will be featured. A spokesman for Universal Music said Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would not be attending.

The news of the event comes a day before the release of several CD box sets, including the big prize -- a 6-disc set with a new remix, outtakes, the mono mix, a hardback book and a DVD and Blu-ray. The price on this has dropped in the last several weeks and is now under $120.