Yoko is curating the festival and has recruited Boy George, Patti Smith, Iggy & The Stooges and Marianne Faithfull to perform for the 20th anniversary of the festival. Double Fantasy was John’s comeback album in 1980, after 5 years of being a house-husband and raising Sean.
It was also the album John & Yoko had in the charts at the time of John’s death.
Friday, May 17, 1963 was the day Beatlemania came to the city, when John, Paul, George and Ringo performed at the old Grosvenor Rooms, in Prince of Wales Road, supported by local band Ricky Lee and the Hucklebucks.
At the time, The Beatles had made an album, released Please Please Me and were on their way to becoming a household name.
The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Ringo Starr, will debut a major new exhibition, Ringo: Peace & Love opening on June 12, 2013. This one-of-a-kind, limited-run exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented in-depth look at all aspects of Starr’s musical and creative life – as a musician, artist, actor, and as the man the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.' It will also aim to propel Starr’s universal message of peace and love.
After years of being out of print, Mark Lewisohn's “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970” is returning to bookshelves in October in the U.S. and the UK by Sterling Publishers. The reissue is nicely timed to take advantage of the publication of the first volume in Lewisohn'sepic Beatles biography trilogy, also coming in October in regular and extended special editions.
“After years out of print, a new edition of this hotly sought-after classic is available again! Mark Lewisohn's definitive guide covers every recording session done by the Beatles at EMI's famed Abbey Road recording studio,"
BEATLES music was denied to the youth of Russia for decades when the Soviet authorities banned it as bourgeois and subversive.
But reaction to a new Beatles book, describing people’s personal contacts with John, Paul, George and Ringo, has demonstrated that the Russian people's passion for the Fab Four never waned despite the clampdown.
Paul McCartney's MPL Communications announced Friday that all tickets for his July 9 show at Boston's Fenway Park sold out within five minutes of going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. local time. MPL said the five-minute sell-out is the fastest for a concert in Fenway Park history.
Roger Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70 after a lengthy bout with cancer, reviewed countless movies during his long career of over 45 years of being a reviewer.
But Fab Four fans couldn't help but be pleased with the fact that the most influential movie critic in the country was also a fan of the Beatles. Two of the Beatles' feature films, “A Hard Day's Night” and “Yellow Submarine” made his list of “Great Movies.”
A Canadian newspaper reported Thursday that a deal has been reached for Paul McCartney to perform in Quebec this July. Le Soleil (The Sun) said the concert will take place July 23. McCartney last played the Plains of Abraham almost five years to the day of the new show on July 20, 2008, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Quebec.
Sculptor Hedley Wiggan has carved a tiny John Lennon bust into the tip of a pencil. He spends up to 60 hours crafting his microscopic masterpieces, using just an old pin and a jeweller's magnifying glass. His latest work of John Lennon and Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, each took a month to complete.
In January 1963, a student at the Stowe School, a private school of just a few hundred boys, wrote to Brian Epstein, and arranged for the Beatles to appear at the school for £100. Another boy said, "I don't think they realized quite what it was that they'd allowed to come down here. It was like something from a different planet had arrived."