Liverpool's Cavern Club is taking American restaurant chain the Hard Rock Cafe to court in a battle over who owns the rights to the famous name. Trademark battles between the Mathew Street club and the burger bars have been going on since 1994 - when the US group trademarked Cavern Club in America.
Now the owners of the Liverpool club, who include John Lennon's sister, are set to ask a Florida court to throw out Hard Rock's claim to the Cavern Club name. The Hard Rock corporation, which was bought by the Seminole Tribe of Native Americans in 2007 for $965m, is based in Orlando. The Cavern Club has appealed to the tribe council chairman, Grammy-nominated musician James E Billie, whose stage name is Chief Jim Billie, and have offered him a gig on the stage where the Beatles performed if he intervenes. Cavern Club director Bill Heckle said: "We are sure that as a musician Chief Jim Billie will see the history and the right to our claim. "This trademark row began long before the Seminole Tribe took ownership of the Hard Rock, so we don’t consider it’s of their details
The GRAMMY Museum in LA is set to premiere a new exhibition in Liverpool. The British Invasion: How 1960s Beat Groups Conquered America will open at the Beatles Story’s Pier Head site in October in a collaboration with the Liverpool attraction.
The exhibition will include a collection of rare, behind- the-scenes photos of The Beatles taken by Bob Bonis, who served as tour manager during all three of the band’s American tours. The intimate photographs capture candid moments from life on the road with the band. It will also feature a range of artefacts from musicians including Donovan and Ringo Starr. Bob Santelli, executive director at The GRAMMY Museum, said today: “We’re very excited to partner with the Beatles Story Liverpool to create The British Invasion: How 1960s Beat Groups Conquered America exhibition. “From radio playlists to merchandising to touring, we dug deep to uncover the American Blues roots and influencers at the heart of this invasion, exploring the impact musicians such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Bla details
Stella McCartney has become a pretty big name. And not just because of her famous father. Or her activist mother. But her of her own fame. And her own activism. That's right, Stella McCartney, daughter of famed Beatle Paul McCartney and American activist Linda McCartney, has teamed up with the Nature Conversancy and Orvis 21 - a network of over 160 farmers in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
The aim? To undo the effects of more than 100 years of overgrazing due to reckless sheep herding. Argentina is currently the world's fifth-largest producer of wool. Most of the knitwear in McCartney's fall collection came from these farms. She's trying to inspire others in the industry to follow suit. On her official website, stellamccartnet.com, she's written, "By focusing on a raw material and not a specific fabric, this allows us to maximum design flexibility...I am proud to be expanding the boundaries of what sustainability can look and feel like." While it may sound strange to mix the worlds of designer fashion and sustainable sheep herding, a little effo details
Beginning Friday May 30th and running through Sunday June 1st The Beatles Art Show and Sale returns to Duck Walk Vineyards Water Mill location for the first time in seven years. The show featuring artwork, photography and framed collectibles of the Beatles is the first exhibit of its kind that showcases hand signed works by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Fine art pieces, some created by members of the band as well as other world class artists will be on display and available for sale! The Beatles Art Show and Sale opens to the public on Friday May 30th at 11AM. The show is free for all attendees. The show is returning to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles landing in America as well as the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Duck Walk Vineyards first location in Water Mill, New York located at 231 Montauk Highway. This extremely popular exhibit of over 75 pieces also includes lithographs, animation art, fine art photographs, album art, and much more. It’s the ultimate experience for Beatles details
What do you get when you pair one of the all-time best metal bands with one of the all-time best songs? Metallica covering the Beatles' "In My Life," naturally.
Blabbermouth reports that last night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the band was on hand at the 10th anniversary benefit concert for MusiCares MAP Fund, where they played a short acoustic set of cover songs. Along with the Beatles, they tackled Deep Purple's "When a Blind Man Cries," Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate" and Ozzy's "Diary of a Madman." The last song was a direct homage to Osbourne and Black Sabbath, who were this year's honorees. Aside from taking on classic rock covers, Metallica are in the process of writing and recording their next studio album, the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic.
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I've been doing a lot of research into The Beatles over the past two years, reading many books about 'the boys' and interviewing people who were friends back when things got cooking for them. The goal is a novel I'm working on where John, Paul, George and Ringo pop up now and again and I want it to be as accurate as possible, even for fiction.
When you really delve into how The Beatles were formed and how they came to be so successful, you see some patterns emerging, life lessons that might just work for the rest of us. So here goes -- my list of 4 key life lessons we can learn from The Beatles. 1. Never Doubt Yourself -- The Beatles were famously rejected by a Decca executive who told them "guitar groups" were fading fast. They were disappointed of course, but the boys were convinced the record execs were wrong and kept doing what they were doing, ultimately signing with Polydor where a guy named George Martin liked what he heard. A lot of people are going to doubt you in life -- it's human nature -- so nev details
Cilla Black, who early in her career shared a manager with The Beatles and recorded songs written byJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney, is being honored for her outstanding contribution to entertainment by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Black is scheduled to receive the BAFTA award during the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, taking place May 18 in London. Black, like The Beatles, was part of the early 1960s music scene at the Cavern club in Liverpool, England. After signing with the group’s manager, Brian Epstein, Black recorded a handful of Lennon-McCartney compositions, among them “Love of the Loved” and “It’s for You,” which became chart hits in the U.K. By the late 1960s, Black was a regular on British television, starting with her eponymous variety show for BBC TV, followed by long stints on the shows Surprise! Surprise! and Blind Date, plus appearances on other programs.
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If you’re one of the thousands of people who snapped up tickets to see Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium on August 10, you may be in for a bit of history. McCartney may have hinted that he might be joined by Ringo Starr.
Speaking to KROQ’s Kevin and the Bean show, McCartney was asked if any of his many L.A.-based musician friends — singling out Dave Grohl by name — would be sitting in with him on that night. But McCartney chose a different name to drop. “It’s always a possibility, you know,” he said. “It depends who’s in town, who fancies showing up. But you’re right, that’s one of the great things about L.A. is that nowadays I have millions of people I know out there, not least of all Ringo. So, who knows, we might find a couple of them creeping up on stage unbeknownst to me.” If that was indeed a hint, it was so subtle that the show’s hosts didn’t even pick up on it. Instead, they followed their intended line of questions about w details
In the summer of 1968, the Beatles issued their first release on their own Apple imprint with the single ‘Hey Jude.’ A few months later, the idea for a side label, existing solely for the purpose of putting out more experimental outings, was proposed, which they called “Zapple.”
On May 9, 1969, two Beatles-related releases, George Harrison‘s ‘Electronic Sound‘ and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s ‘Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions,’ became Zapple’s first efforts. The label was run by noted author, and resident hipster of the day, Barry Miles, who also happened to be a close friend of Paul McCartney. Lennon and Ono put their avant-garde selves on display with ‘Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions,’ which was, in some ways, like wandering into the middle of the off-kilter duo’s life at the time. Odd little ‘songs’ like ‘Mulberry’ and ‘No Bed For Beatle John’ were sung by Yoko while John noodled away on guitar. Si details
Experience music history at its best as one of the finest gentlemen of the music world and 60’s icon, Frank Ifield heads to the Epstein Theatre. In an “in conversation” event he narrates his rise to stardom and is joined on stage by a musician and a singer who will perform a selection of great songs from the era.
Frank came from humble beginnings; singing in Coventry bomb shelters during the war and, after a rollercoaster journey, climbed the ranks of the music industry. Eventually topping the bill at Wembley Stadium and at Royal Command Performances and enjoyed success with four number one singles I Remember You, Lovesick Blues, Wayward Wind and I’m Confessin’. In this special evening, on Wednesday 28th May 2014, Frank will tell the stories behind his rise to fame, what life was like in the heady days of the ‘60s through to the day it all went bad - when he heard he would never sing again. Audiences will laugh with him as he re details