Ringo Starr, "Give More Love" (UMe)
We're on the road again with the skiffle band king, Ringo Starr. The busiest of all Beatles is out with his 19th solo album, "Give More Love," featuring a who's-who of rock greats as supporting cast.
Starr says he has more energy now than he did 25 years ago. It shows out of the gate with "We're On The Road Again," a fun track with Sir Paul McCartney holding court on bass while an energized Starr sings about gigging and moving on down the road. Toto's Steve Lukather delivers the real punch here with some tight guitar work.
"Laughable," is another solid track. Peter Frampton co-wrote it and folds in his signature soaring guitar. "Electricity" is also one of the top songs on the 14-track "Give more Love." It's a medium paced bluesy jaunt, co-written by hit machine Glen Ballard and starring Joe Walsh on guitar and Don Was of Was (Not Was) on bass. Dare I say Starr is the weak link on this one?
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The long and winding road took Paul McCartney back to Madison Square Garden, where the Beatles legend proved he hasn’t lost a bit of his magic.
Performing his first full concert at the famed New York City arena since 2005, McCartney, 75, captivated the sold-out audience with a blend of Fab Four classics, his biggest Wings hits and even a few contemporary numbers.
And if that wasn’t enough, McCartney closed out the three-hour, 40-song performance by bringing Bruce Springsteen onstage during his encore in what was one of the major highlights of the night.
Clearly, it was worth the 12-year wait.
McCartney got the mostly adult audience on its feet and rocking from the get-go, kicking things off with a Beatles hit, “A Hard Day’s Night,” before running through fan favorites like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Jet” and “All My Loving” early on in the set.
“Good evening, New York City,” McCartney proclaimed to the cheering crowd two songs in. “It’s so good to be back!”
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RINGO Starr’s support for Brexit helps complete a potential Leave-backing supergroup which would include musical legends like The Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Morrissey.
With the Beatles hero on drums, The Sun has mocked up a dream line-up including Muse guitarist Matt Bellamy and Canadian music superstar Bryan Adams.
Ringo Starr's support for Brexit completes a Leave line-up of music stars
Ringo urged politicians to “get on” with quitting EU and says Brexit is a ”great move”, adding it was crazy that people were suddenly questioning what should happen.
And he told the BBC that Brexit was the right decision as it meant being “in control of your own country”.
He revealed he backed Brexit last year because the European Union was a “shambles”, adding: “I think it’s a great move.”
But the 77-year-old joked: “But don’t tell Bob Geldof!”
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Paul Saltzman was stoned—not on drugs, but on inner peace—as he sat cross-legged in an ashram bungalow in northern India. It was 1968, and across the room his new friend, the 24-year-old Beatles guitarist George Harrison, set down his sitar and the two of them talked about meditation, fame, and finding bliss within and without.
At the time, Saltzman was a 24-year-old documentary filmmaker from Canada. He had never imagined when he set out for India that he would find the world’s greatest band holed up in the very ashram to which he, too, was drawn. Eventually, John Lennon and Paul McCartney would invite him to join their entourage at a long table on a cliff overlooking the Ganges river in the foothills of the Himalayas. He’d hang with Harrison in his room as he practiced sitar.
This Friday, Washington, D.C.’s Union Market will debut a brand new large-scale mural along 6th Street NE, completed by Yoko Ono.
The Northeast market partnered with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to complete the project. The mural is the inaugural project of Hirshhorn in the City, an initiative that hopes to exhibit international contemporary artists across Washington, D.C.
According to a press release, “Ono’s new work, ‘RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!’ compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.”
In a statement, Ono said that her inspiration for the work was that she hopes that “our hearts will be stronger and stronger forever.”
As part of the new mural, Hirshhorn Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley will lead educational discussions on Ono’s work at Union Market.
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"Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles.
When many of us hear the words “Magical Mystery Tour” we think of The Beatles’ quirky and critically panned film.
True, the 1967 film, created for BBC Television, is not the best example of the band’s genius. It’s almost unfortunate that it has to be associated with its soundtrack because the music is actually quite good. While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, “Magical Mystery Tour” is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.
And like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," it is also celebrating a 50th anniversary this year.
“While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, 'Magical Mystery Tour' is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.”
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In 1975, John Lennon retired from live performance after his son Sean was born. What followed was, for him, five years of domestic bliss in his New York mansion, The Dakota, centred around being a full-time father and showering his new child with such love and devotion that he had never shown his first son, Julian.
But before he could settle down into a cycle of serenity that he’d never previously been able to enjoy, Lennon a few professional obligations to fulfil – one being what turned out to be his final live performance ever.
John Lennon final performance.
Paul McCartney performs on stage at Prudential Center, Newark. Monday, September 11, 2017.(Photo: Noah K. Murray)
Paul McCartney took back 9/11 with a night of life-affirming music, underscored with peace and love.
“We’re going to dedicate this show to all the people who were involved in what happened 16 years ago today.” said McCartney during his Monday, Sept. 11 show at the Prudential Center in Newark.. “We want people to know we are against oppression, prejudice and violence and we want people to know that we are for friendship and freedom.”
McCartney’s music can do that. It’s full of powerful peace and love vibes, framed by exquisite melodies and presented with an eternal optimism. McCartney, 75, sprinkled the crowd with Beatles magic and the hope that a three-minute rock song can change the world.
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No buyer for papers on claimed inspiration for hit but George Harrison recording goes under hammer for £14,000.
Poor old Eleanor Rigby. Nobody came to her funeral and now nobody wants to pay enough for her grave, after the deeds to her Liverpool burial plot failed to sell at a Beatles auction.
Whether she was actually the inspiration for the Beatles song is hotly contested, which is perhaps why the papers for her grave failed to reach the £2,000 reserve price on Monday.
The auctioneers had better luck with an unreleased George Harrison recording, which sold for £14,000.
The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.
A pair of John Lennon’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.
A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Be details
Paul McCartney launches a new U.S. leg of his ongoing One on One Tour with a two-night stand in Newark, New Jersey, taking place tonight and tomorrow at the Prudential Center.
The Newark shows are one of four two-night engagements the former Beatles star will play at venues in the New York City area during the trek, along with Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. McCartney's U.S. leg also includes a September 23 concert scheduled in Syracuse, New York, and winds down with shows on October 1 and 2 in Detroit.
After his stateside outing, Sir Paul has shows lined up in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in October, and then will head Down Under in December for his first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 1993.