Tuesday, January 31, 2006

McCartney Slams Reality Talent Shows

Sir Paul McCartney has slammed reality talent shows, saying they lack the originality to create real stars.The star also revealed that he does not believe that the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts will produce the next Beatles, either. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of the school's opening he said that great bands could not be taught but only emerged naturally."It's Pop Idol, Strictly Dancing, Strictly Ice Dancing, Strictly Walking. I get a bit bored with it," he said. "'They give kids a showcase but there's a danger that every TV show is becoming the same."

Davies Relates To Lennon After Shooting

The Kinks star Ray Davies believes he can relate to how John Lennon felt in his dying moments, after he survived a shooting two years ago.


New Pictorial Insight Into The Fab Four

An exhibition of 50 newly discovered photographs of The Beatles- shot in 1965- has opened in London.”Now These Days Are Gone” shows a very intimate side of the Fab Four during those early days.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Mills McCartney hated ex-Beatle's fame

Paul McCartney's wife Heather Mills McCartney hated being thrust into the spotlight when she first started dating the former Beatle, until his fame benefited her charity work.

The Beatles’ Last Hurrah

Around lunchtime on January 30, 1969, a din erupted in the sky above London’s staid garment district. Gray-suited businessmen, their expressions ranging from amused curiosity to disgust, gathered alongside miniskirted teenagers to stare up at the roof of the Georgian building at 3 Savile Row. As camera crews swirled around, whispered conjecture solidified into confirmed fact: The Beatles, who hadn’t performed live since August 1966, were playing an unannounced concert on their office roof. Crowds gathered on scaffolding, behind windows, and on neighboring rooftops to watch the four men who had revolutionized pop culture play again. But what only the pessimistic among them could have guessed—what the Beatles themselves could not yet even decide for sure—was that this was to be their last public performance ever.

Uncertain Future for Music Magazine That Can't Help but Show Its Age

When the thousandth issue of Rolling Stone magazine rolls off the presses in May, its cover will feature an elaborate three-dimensional homage to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Drawing inspiration from the lineup of celebrities whose images graced that seminal Beatles recording, the magazine will tip its hat to the trove of musicians, entertainers and politicians who have inhabited its pages since its founding in 1967.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

His Sweet Lord

"To be nobody-but-yourself," poet e.e cummings once wrote, "in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting." In the early stages of his spiritual awakening, to be "nobody-but-himself" for George Harrison meant fulfilling a duty to broadcast India’s devotional teachings. "If I don’t take this chance," he told a fellow yoga student in the mid-sixties, "then I’ve waste my life, haven’t I?"

Rooftop gig: Band to replay Beatles' famed last concert

The beginning of the end is Monday for GuitarMania, the public-art event that for months has featured 80 supersize Fender guitars decorated and displayed throughout the Valley.That's the day that the Beatles-impersonation group BeatleMania Live! will re-create one of the great moments of rock and roll history by performing on the roof of Casino Arizona. The event kicks off the last week of GuitarMania, which wraps up next Saturday.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Beatles Mansion for Sale

The London mansion where The Beatles stayed during the early days of Beatlemania is being sold for $4.92 million. Although no evidence of John, Paul, George, and Ringo's occupation remains, the property at 27 Charles Street is said to be the location of the classic bathtub photo of the Fab Four.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Bijou Phillips Rips Lindsay Lohan

Bijou Phillips is reportedly furious over rumors that sparks are now flying between Lindsay Lohan, 19, and Sean Lennon, 30, according to a published report.
Bijou, 25, who dated John Lennon's son for four years, was overheard at L.A. hotspot Teddy's on Jan. 16, shouting: "Lindsay Lohan, dating Sean? How could he! How could he stand to be with her?"

McCartney fame school's global plan

A "Fame" school set up by ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney could open branches across the world. Sir Paul co-founded the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in January 1996 to provide training for young people hoping to work in showbusiness.

Monaghan Took Drugs To Copy The Beatles

Lost star Dominic Monaghan is such a huge fan of The Beatles he once experimented with marijuana and hallucinogenic drugs to be like his hero John Lennon.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Imagine what art by Lennon can do for kids' programs

Before he was a Beatle or a music icon, John Lennon was first an artist. He attended Liverpool Art School for three years and during the last years of his life, produced artwork that was a love letter to his youngest son, Sean, said Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow.

Heather Mills admires Paul Mccartney's late wife Linda

Heather Mills McCartney respects her husband Sir Paul McCartney's late wife Linda more than him because she was a campaigner who didn't care about money.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

McCartney told to pull his log cabin down

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has been told to pull down a log cabin at his estate in East Sussex.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Waters Blames Poor Material On McCartney

Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters uses an imaginary SIR Paul McCartney to diffuse tension when he is working in the studio.
The COMFORTABLY NUMB hitmaker, who has just premiered his opera CA IRA (THERE IS HOPE) in Italy, pretends the former BEATLE has all the ideas in the studio so he can dismiss his producer's less-than-helpful suggestions politely.
The 62-year-old says, "We've developed what I think is a very good way of dealing with the politics of the control room.
"We pretend Paul is thinking of all the ideas - so when it's a bad idea, I'll wag my finger and say, 'That was Paul, wasn't it?'
"We have a laugh about it and it defuses the situation."


Aerosmith Joined By Cheap Trick Singer Onstage Singing Beatles Classic

Launch Radio Networks reports: AEROSMITH gave the fans in Tampa, Florida, last week a special treat when they brought CHEAP TRICK's Robin Zander onstage. Zander joined AEROSMITH on a cover version of THE BEATLES classic "Come Together", and he traded vocals with both Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Thanks to modern technology, a fan was able to capture the performance, and the video is now online. To check it out, just go to YouTube.com and search for "Zander."

Monday, January 23, 2006

McCartney's marriage 'stopped him smoking cannabis'

Paul McCartney’s wife Heather Mills would not have married him if he still had a habit of smoking cannabis every day, she has revealed.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Chapter 27 Petition

I have been informed of a petition to stop Chapter 27 if you would like to put your name on it go here. http://www.petitiononline.com/nochap27/petition.html

Students rock through the ages

The sound coming from a third-floor hallway of Tottenville High School on a Friday afternoon would give a visitor of a certain age pause. The afternoon's casual agenda includes a playlist that begins and ends with the Beatles -- the only group that can be repeated more than once. Spurge is a walking Beatles almanac, and no one gets away without an appreciation for the Fab Four, but he also emphasizes diversity in listening -- from the Monkees to Black Sabbath.

A Note From Me: Sorry guys, there’s not much news out there. I have been searching for one hour and couldn’t find any news. If anything pops up later in the day I will update the blog.

Meet McCartney on Amazon.com

Want to see Paul McCartney singing the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” live on his latest tour? You don’t have to shell out the $135 average ticket price he commanded on his 2005 Chaos and Creation in the Backyard tour.
Just click on Amazon.com’s home page, and there’s the ex-Beatle chatting from backstage during a rehearsal in Florida to introduce a video clip he has given to Amazon to promote his children’s book, “High in the Clouds.”

Saturday, January 21, 2006

In My Life

On this paper John Lennon wrote In My Life. This is one of my favorite Beatles songs.

Day Four of Chapter 27 Filming

Friday, January 20, 2006

Article from the New York Post regarding Chapter 27

I posted this entire article from the New York Post, because you must register to read it. If you would like to read it from there website here is the link http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/61841.htm

Yoko Ono tried to stop the filming of a controversial new movie about John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota this week - but failed to stop the crew from recreating tragedy on her doorstep.
"Yoko immediately checked if the Dakota building had the right to refuse them filming the façade, and found out that legally, all they had to do was to get the permission of the city," said Ono's publicist, Kip Kouri. The city already had granted the permits to Canadian film company Peace Arch.
Yesterday, Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, who play Chapman and another Lennon fan, filmed on the same sidewalk where Lennon was killed 25 years ago.
While the city's decision saddened Ono, she has the sympathies of fans all over the world - who have expressed outrage over a film that could put Chapman into a more sympathetic light.
"It's a massacre," said Stephen Spiro, the first police officer to the scene the night of Lennon's murder. "Horrible, horrible. That's why Chapman killed Lennon. So he could be famous."
Fans, actors and extras remarked on the eerie scene outside the Dakota yesterday as a portly Leto - decked out in Chapman's trademark glasses - prowled around the grounds for "Chapter 27," based on the final three days of the killer's life. It is set for release in 2007.
"Yoko doesn't like it," acknowledged background actor Richard Steadman. "She was against this. People who live here don't want to be bothered. Yoko came here with her head down."

Security for the building made sure filmmakers, actors and crew kept their distance from the posh entrance while fans gawked to see glimpses of Leto and 19-year-old starlet Lohan, who plays a fictional character that befriended Chapman on the day of the murder.
A publicist consultant to the film company was unsure how many days the production company would be shooting outside the Dakota. "Chapter 27" is named for the so-called "missing" chapter of "Catcher in the Rye," the J.D. Salinger book Chapman cited as inspiration for his killing. According to Robert Rosen's book "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon," Chapman wanted to write the final chapter in Lennon's blood.
Initially remarking that she had not read the script, film publicist Jenny Lawhorn said, "It is a period piece so we have 1980s-era set props. I can't give away how the movie ends but I'm sure you probably know what happens."
Fans were horrified that the movie was retracing the steps of the killer.
"Build a façade of the Dakota in Hollywood or somewhere else," said Alec Wilkinson, a writer who lives on West 75th. "It seems insensitive."
Visiting all the way from Grimsby, England, to see the former grounds of his working class hero and beloved Beatle was property developer Mike Robinson, who remarked, "It's glamorizing the act of the killing."
"I could see them building a set to do it someplace else," added Alan Weiss, a TV producer who was in the emergency room the night Lennon was shot. "Filming it outside your own home is kind of having your nose rubbed in it."
Retired officer Spiro said he found the entire movie in poor taste and expressed his sympathies for the Dakota's most famous resident.
"I'm surprised that with Yoko's power she wasn't able to stop the filming," Spiro said from his home in upstate New York. "I think that after 25 years, let it be."

Third Day of Chapter 27 Filming

Personal Thought: Again this movie makes me sick, and Jared Leto looks just like that creep. I heard the release date of Chapter 27 is going to be in 2007.

Rockers getting richer with age?

They may be old, but they still rock and rake in the dough. But the Rolling Stones, together since the early ’60s, are No. 2 with $152.3 million in revenue. Paul McCartney and Elton John played their way to the fourth and fifth spots with $84.3 million and $77.1 million, respectively. And Neil Diamond, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen also made the top 20. http://business.bostonherald.com/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=122150

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Question on Chapter 27

I have a question, for my readers, who are these actors? This isn’t the original Double Fantasy Album Photo. If you do know post a comment below to tell us.

More Chapter 27 Pictures

Beatles lyrics to go for $2 million

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' psychedelic classic A Day in the Life are expecte to fetch a whopping US$2 million at an upcoming auction.
Martin Gammon of auction house Bonhams said bidding for the lyrics will close on March 7.
"Based on market history, we believe somewhere in the neighbourhood of US$2 million," Gammon said. It will become "the most valuable musical manuscript composed in the 20th century to be offered at auction."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Chapter 27

This picture was taken tuesday from the NYC set of Chapter 27, the biopic of John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman.

Personal Thought: Why did they have to make a movie about Mark Chapman? He's a creep that should be incarcerated for the rest of his life. Why couldn't they just make a movie about John.

One of George Harrison's Finest Moments

The Beatles had been no more for a while, and other than some first great solo albums by Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, there seemed to be little chance to see much of them live ever again.

There’s nothing in the news right now so I decided to post this review of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh. If any news pops up send me an email.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Manuscript for 'A Day in the Life' to be auctioned

John Lennon's original draft of the lyrics to "A Day in The Life" went on sale starting Tuesday, the 39th annniversary of the date Lennon was inspired to compose the song after reading his morning newspaper, the auction house Bonhams announced.

New George Harrison Book

Did you know that on the cover of Sergeant Pepper, the most remarkable Beatle album possibly of all time, George Harrison placed a picture of Paramahamsa Yogananda! This amazing detail is just one of the hundreds of stories about George Harrison in the book Here Comes the Sun by Joshua M Greene.

Fatboy Slim Admits He Fed Meat To Paul McCartney's Veggie Dog

Fatboy Slim has admitted that that he once fed meat to Paul McCartney’s vegetarian dog.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Lennon's Date with Lindsay

John Lennon's son Sean has been dating actress Lindsay Lohan.

Sir Paul refuses Brit Award

Sir Paul McCartney knocked back the opportunity to receive an 'Outstanding Contribution To Music Award' at this year's Brit Awards.


Sunday, January 15, 2006

Dennis Marks Dead

Sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis Marks, a prolific writer, mostly of animation. Dennis was one of the main writers of the Beatles cartoon show and of many other shows, including Batfink, The Transformers, The Superman-Aquaman Hour and Josie and the Pussycats. He was the head writer of the 1981 Spider-Man cartoon series and the 1982 Incredible Hulk show and did occasional voices on both. In theatrical animation, he wrote the 1990 movie of The Jetsons and worked on Tom and Jerry: The Movie, which was released two years later. He also produced the childrens' TV series, Wonderama, for many years and wrote a few scripts for DC Comics in the sixties. I worked with Dennis on the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon show, which he created. He was a clever guy and very passionate about everything he did.

Making rock music larger than life

So double albums are making a comeback? Big deal. They're still CDs, and they're still packaged in a case the size of a cocktail napkin. Massive pop ambition isn't something you should be able to hold in one hand.Consider some of the classic relics of the gatefold era: The Beatles' single-disc ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967) positioned the lads as groundbreaking collage artists, while Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's brutal parody of the ''Pepper's" cover with ''We're Only in It for the Money" (1968) deflated those same pretensions (as the Beatles themselves would do later that year with the anti-design of ''The White Album"). The UK cover of Jimi Hendrix's ''Electric Ladyland" double was a crowd of nude, smiling women that cemented the guitarist's superstud rep and scandalized record store owners (the artwork was changed to a simple headshot for the American release). The entire wing of prog-rock -- Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP -- would not conceptually exist without the gatefold cover.


Saturday, January 14, 2006

Rare Repertoire

Paul Saltzman reminisces about the time he was privy to the Beatles during their 1968 visit to Rishikesh, and his cache of charmingly intimate photographs of the four legends


New book includes previously unseen Beatles photographs

When photojournalist Michael Peto died in 1970 he left an extensive collection of 130,000 prints and negatives to the University of Dundee. Two years ago, while archiving the collection, the university discovered over 400 photographs of the most influential band in history all of which had never been seen in public before. On 26th January the photographs of The Beatles by Michael Peto will be published for the firsttime in Now These Days Are Gone, a limited edition book from Genesis Publications, to be launched with a unique exhibition at Hoopers Gallery, London.

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