Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday on Friday by announcing a new album that will feature former bandmate Paul McCartney.
Starr's 19th solo album "Give More Love" will be released on Sept. 15 and will include McCartney on two tracks - "We're on the Road Again" and "Show Me the Way," which is dedicated to Starr's wife, Barbara Bach.
"We are still mates," Starr told Reuters of his former bandmate. "He's out on the road, he's got his own life. I'm out on the road a lot making records and he was in town so I called him and I said, 'I've got this track for you to play on.'"
Happy Birthday Ringo 77 on 7-7-2017 have a great day from all the Beatles Radio Listenersdetails
Oct. 13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Oct. 30 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
Oct. 31 – Austin TX @ Moody Theater
Nov. 2 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic Center
Nov. 4 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at Winstar
Nov. 7-8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
Nov. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 12 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU Pavilion
Nov. 14 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater
Nov. 16 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
t looks like Ringo Starr may be ushering a new George Harrison composition into the world.
Harrison's widow Olivia tells The Sun in the U.K. that she discovered some lyrics to a song called "Hey, Ringo" -- which includes the line "Hey Ringo, now you I want you to know/That without you my guitar plays too slow" -- in a folder inside the bench of an old piano and has given them to Starr.
"He'd never seen this song before. He was so surprised," Olivia Harrison said. She noted that her husband "would put down a notebook and forget where he left it. A piano bench was the obvious place to stash the night's debris;" She dates the song to about 1970 and plans to "dig a little" to see if Harrison committed it to tape at all.
There's no word yet on what Starr intends to do with the song; He's been working on a new album with help from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Van Dyke Parks and others with no title or release date yet announced.details
PAUL McCartney is set to rock AAMI Park this summer.
Concert industry sources say The Beatles and Wings icon is close to locking in long-awaited Australian tour dates in November and December with promoter Michael Gudinski.
If the deal is done, McCartney will play at the venue, which has hosted superstars including Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.
Mr Gudinski, and publicists from his companies Frontier Touring and Mushroom Music Group could not be reached for comment today.
McCartney played a week of shows in Tokyo last month, and will return to the US from July to October with his One On One tour.
A 10-year-old girl asks to play bass with Paul McCartney during a concert. Courtesy: YouTube/facu1983p
Girl asks to play bass with Paul McCartney
His proposed visit to Australia comes 15 years after McCartney abruptly cancelled two nights at Docklands Stadium.
McCartney cited the Bali bombing as the reason and the fact he felt Australia was still in need of healing, not hearing “Hey Jude”.
“This is not the appropriate time for a rock show,” McCartney said in a statement.
He gave no date for a rescheduled event, add details
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed breaking his leg in a new Absolute Radio interview, which Alternative Nation transcribed.
“Yeah, it sucked. We had 53 more shows, which I sat down in this crazy throne for. But by the time we were done with that tour, I just thought, ‘You know, we need to take a break. I need to learn how to walk again, 6 or 8 months of physical rehab.”
“Basically, I broke it in Sweden. I fell off the stage, the band kept playing. I took a huge hit of whiskey, and then I said, ‘I want to finish the show. So I went up, and I finished the show. I went to this hospital, they took X-rays, they said, ‘You have to have surgery.’ They said, ‘You don’t have to have it today, but you got to do it in the next 3 days.’
So we thought, okay, well let’s fly down to London. But I don’t know any doctors in London, but I have a couple friends there, so I actually texted McCartney and I said, ‘Hey man, do you know any good doctors?’ He hooked me up with this doctor, he looked at my leg and said, ‘I could fix it like that.’ Paul McCartney is not only the most brilliant rock and roll musician of all time details
Like a lot of music executives, Herb Alpert -- whose cover of the Beatles' Michelle" from his upcoming album Music Vol. 1 is premiering exclusively below -- has some regrets when it comes to the Fab Four.
"When people ask me, 'Do you regret anything,' I was thinking, man, in 1962, after A&M (Records) started, the Beatles were hunting for a record company," Alpert tells Billboard. "They were on VeeJay for a while and I guess nobody really was coming to the party. I was thinking, 'Man, if I had flown over to London just to see if we could do something...' but the timing was off. I didn't get them at that moment. I retrospect you think, 'Man, they were available...'"
Nevertheless Alpert -- whose 1966 concert with the Tijuana Brass in London was promoted by Beatles manager Brian Epstein -- remains a professed Beatles fan who's more than happy to have a jazzy take of "Michelle" on Music Vol. 1, which comes out July 28 (pre-order here). The rendition was spurred by a groove presented by album producer Jochem van der Saag (Destiny's Child, Andrea Bocelli). "We were just kicking around some rhythm ideas, and all of a sudden he came up with this groove that just really touched me, and I started playing 'Michelle' ove details
Sixty-four choirs will pay tribute to The Beatles across Merseyside tomorrow morning (Thursday 8 June) as they sing at the same time.
Performances of the band’s track ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ will take place at locations including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, supermarkets, schools and on the streets as the Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations continue.
With hundreds of people also expected to gather near the statue of the ‘Fab Four’ on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront when the region bursts into song at 10.30am prompt, those unable to attend are also being encouraged to get involved via social media.
The track will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Merseyside, which has organised the event alongside the team behind the citywide Sgt Pepper festivities, and the station is inviting members of the public to post videos of themselves singing along on its Facebook page.
On the same day, a series of poems from writers across the world including Roger McGough, Tracy K. Smith and Yasuhiro Yatsumoto to name a few will be loaded onto the www.sgtpepperat50.com website responding to the track.
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Pop music isn’t always an effective way of delivering a socially conscious message, and duets aren’t always as intriguing as they might appear on paper. But when Paul McCartney hooked up with Stevie Wonder to make a plea for racial harmony in 1982, the result was one of the biggest hits in either artist’s distinguished career.
The song in question, “Ebony and Ivory,” was demoed in late 1980 and developed during the sessions for McCartney’s third solo album, 1982’s Tug of War. With lyrics using the piano as a metaphor for ideal race relations, the song seemed like a natural for the duet treatment — and McCartney immediately knew who he wanted for a partner. “I wanted to sing it with a black guy,” he later recalled. “And my first thought was Stevie.”
Phoned by McCartney, Wonder quickly agreed. “I listened to the song, and I liked it very much,” said Wonder. “I felt it was positive for everybody. I won’t say it demanded of people to reflect upon it, but it politely asks the people to reflect upon life in using the terms of music … this melting pot of many different people.”
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The pair sing about Sean’s famous parents John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Tomorrow Never Came.
Sean Lennon nearly cried with joy after Lana Del Rey declared their collaboration was “perfect”.
The Born to Die singer, 31, teamed up with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’ son Sean on track Tomorrow Never Came, from her new album Lust for Life.
Lyrics from the song reference Sean’s famous mum and dad, including the line “I wish we could go back to your country house/And put on the radio and listen to our favourite song by Lennon and Yoko”.
“She has exceptional taste,” Sean commented to Flaunt magazine of his collaborator’s approach to making music. “I told her that working on her song was a valuable lesson since I often modulate and take unintuitive chordal and melodic twists and turns, and she reminded me that you can be perhaps even more compelling if the melodies and chords feel natural and intuitive, not contrived or disorienting as in my music.
“Anyway I’ll never forget when she called me after I sent her what I did and her first words were ‘It’s perfect!’ I almost cried with joy because I honestly don&rsq details