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Every once in a long while, the members of Yesterday and Today get a request they can’t bring themselves to play. It’s not for lack of knowledge or enthusiasm. The six members of the Beatles cover band that’s set to hit the Lone Tree Arts Center this week have a working knowledge of the Fab Four’s entire catalogue.

The group based out of Nebraska have mastered tunes off of early records like “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Beatles’ final songs on albums like “Abbey Road” and everything in between. But the group has had to draw the line on rare occasions since they launched as an all-request cover band. “‘Revolution 9’ on the White Album; people request that to be a smartass,” said Billy McGuigan, a founding member of Yesterday and Today, as well as its guitarist, keyboard player and vocalist. That tune, an eight-minute sound experiment on the Beatles’ 1968 album that features Ringo Starr repeatedly droning the words “number nine,” would hardly make for a crowd-pleasi details

Boy embraces all things Beatles - Friday, March 28, 2014

John Leszczynski is a 5-year-old coping with a level of autism that has delayed his verbal and sensory processing skills. That means he doesn't talk. He isn't ready to read. His idea of play is a little different than others.

It doesn't mean he can't appreciate the music and lyrics created during the Beatles era, almost 45 years before he was born. I heard about the little fan of the Fab Four when I wrote a story about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His grandfather, Bliss Olsen, told me about his memory of the night when the mop-topped quartet made history. And he suggested that I meet John. "I don't really know when it started, but now [when he visits Bliss and grandmother Sheryl's Kankakee home], he spends 90 percent of his time listening to Beatles music down in my memorabilia room," Bliss said.

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Paul is Getting Back #OutThere in Japan! - Thursday, March 27, 2014

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul’s critically acclaimed ‘Out There’ tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and end here in Japan, today Paul confirms he’ll be coming back to Japan this May.

The ‘Out There’ tour travelled through Japan last November seeing Paul and his band perform six sold out historic shows in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo to a collective audience of over 260,000. This year Paul will return for his first outdoor stadium shows in Japan. 
The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, which was a global hit upon its release last year. The McCartney live experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; in details

Each direction could work, you think. But you’re stuck trying to decide which one. Well, you might try a simple technique that worked for Paul McCartney when he was trying to finish a song for The Beatles.

McCartney sometimes couldn’t decide on the lyrics for a piece of music he’d written. Should the lyrics be about X, Y, or Z? (Leaving his lover? Reuniting with his lover? Finding a new lover?) But instead of staying stuck, McCartney would immediately explore the different possibilities. He would write complete sets of lyrics for each, and then choose which one worked best. Peter Asher—a member of the ’60s pop duo, Peter & Gordon, and producer of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt—revealed this McCartney trick to me, years after closely watching Paul write songs while they lived together at the Asher residence in London in the days of Beatlemania. (At the time Paul was dating Peter’s sister—actress Jane Asher.)


Artpark announced Wednesday that Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will be a part of the First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park concert series on June 24.  

The All Starr Band will feature Toto's Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, original Santana singer Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Tickets go on sale Friday for $17 and $32 for a limited number of front of stage tickets. All prices listed include a facility fee, other fees may apply depending on method of purchase. Ticket prices increase by $5 the week of the concert.

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Filipino-American singer Malaya Watson wowed the “American Idol” judges anew as she performed a jazzy rendition of The Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road” on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).

Showing beautiful voice control, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban agreed Watson is the most consistent among the nine remaining finalists of the talent show. “Oh Malaya, gosh that was beautiful baby. Wow. You really chose a performance that showed us your voice and I could feel your voice,” said Urban. “When you hit the first notes to the end of the phrase, when you hit the ‘lead me to your door,’ your vibratos are beautiful. That’s where your personality comes through. We feel it, that’s you and we get a sense of your spirit.” Lopez, on the other hand, said Watson’s voice stands out among everybody else’s, adding that the 16-year-old singer reminds her of a young Michael Jackson. “I think of you during the opening number with the head banging and the whole t details

Kenny Wayne Shepherd will release his Concord Records debut,Goin’ Home, on May 20. The album—which was recorded in 11 days in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana—will feature fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, as well as Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson,

The Rebirth Brass Band, and one of Shepherd’s musical mentors, Pastor Brady Blade Sr. Shepherd’s band will feature singer Noah Hunt, ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, former Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, all of whom recorded the album on two-inch tape with minimal studio overdubs in order to secure a more back-to-basics sound. The tracks are wholly made up new takes on vintage classics by B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and more.

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Fight Over Money From Beatles Tribute Tour - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two companies behind a Beatles musical revue claim in court that proceeds from the "Rain - A Tribute" tour should not be "held hostage" by their partners because of a separate copyright dispute. MagicSpace Entertainment and Rain Corp. claim they are owed nearly $410,000 from ticket and merchandise sales for performances in April and May 2013 and for taxes paid in 2012.

But defendants Jeff Parry, Nirenna Productions LP and 2468 Nevada LLC "wrongfully conflated the withholding of the money owed plaintiffs ... with resolution of the issues at the heart of the copyright action," the companies claim in a complaint in Westchester County Supreme Court. "The instant action is a simple case regarding the failure by the defendants to make payment of monies owed the plaintiffs for services provided from the 'Rain - A Tribute' tour of April and May 2013 pursuant to New York State law," the plaintiffs say. Rain Corp., of Reno, Nev., and MagicSpace, of Salt Lake City, are in the business of producing live entertainment events. In "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles," they stage details

Celebration of George Harrison songs - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

All Things Must Pass – celebrating The Music Of George Harrison - comes to the Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne. A powerful 10-piece band, recruited by some of the finest and most experienced musicians in South England, plays exclusively songs written by the ex-Beatle,

The programme consists of the obvious hits he wrote for the Beatles (Something, Here Comes The Sun, Taxman etc.), but also many great songs he recorded after the Beatles╩╝ break up (My Sweet Lord, All Those Years Ago…). The show is named after his first solo album, which is considered by many music critics as a masterpiece. David Hentschel, who worked as a sound engineer with David Bowie, Elton John, Genesis and George Harrison himself, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed Alex Eberhard’s concert. Beyond music from that album, the show was a celebration of all of George Harrison’s music, all professionally and faithfully performed with love, respect and enthusiasm.”


An abused elephant is still living in horrendous conditions in captivity almost two years after Sir Paul Mccartney spearheaded an apparently successful campaign to save it.

The Beatles legend was among a number of stars, including Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson, who took part in a 2012 drive to re-house Sunder the elephant in a sanctuary after he was discovered being abused in a temple near Mumbai, India. The celebrities believed they had succeeded in securing the beast's transfer after sending personal letters to Indian officials, and they were told the elephant would soon be roaming free in a rescue centre near Bangalore, India. However, bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) have now revealed Sunder remains in the same poor conditions at the temple, where they recently filmed him being harshly beaten yet again.

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