Entries tagged with: The Beatles
"Photographs of The Beatles' first US concert, in Washington DC, have sold at a New York auction for $362,000 (£224,000).The above picture sold for $3750. You can see the full list at Christie's site.
Photographer Mike Mitchell took the pictures at the Washington Coliseum gig in 1964, when he was 18 years old.
The 50 silver gelatin prints, which were all sold individually, had been estimated to raise $100,000 (£62,000).
Photos of the Fab Four's second trip to the US that year, in Baltimore, were also sold at the Christie's auction.
Among the highlights of the sale was a backlit shot of the band that Mr Mitchell took while standing directly behind them, which sold for $68,500 (£42,300) - well above its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000 (£1,200-£1,900).
An image of Ringo Starr, capturing a rare moment as both drummer and lead singer, also sold for $8,125 (£5,000)." [BBC]
photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin, review by Andrew Sacher
Paul McCartney played his second of two shows at Yankee Stadium Saturday night (7/16). Like the first night, the 35+ song set was Beatles-heavy. Unlike the first night, Billy Joel showed up and performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul during the first encore on Saturday. A set of pictures from Saturday are in this post. Both setslists are also below.
Twentysomething Andrew Sacher was there on Friday, seeing Paul live for the first time. Here is his review...
Paul McCartney made his Yankee Stadium debut on Friday (7/15). HIs set, as noted, was majority Beatles songs with a number of Wings songs, some solo cuts and the Fireman track, 'Sing the Changes." To put it bluntly, The Beatles are the band that I (and many, many others) have probably heard more times than any other band in history. Hearing Beatles songs, while always great, is not nearly a rare occurrence. But as Paul and his band performed their material, I couldn't stop thinking this is the guy who wrote these songs. As someone who never really thought about going to see Paul McCartney live before these shows were announced, the whole thing was actually surreal.
Before Paul went into "All My Loving," he said, "Here's an old one you might remember," and as soon as the song took off, video clips of The Beatles in their early days showed up on the screen behind the stage. Seeing those clips in contrast to where Paul is at now, standing before them in real life at age 69, made the experience even more staggering. And on top of that, Paul hasn't aged a bit. Nothing about the show was dated at all. Paul's voice and musicianship were totally intact, his band was excellent, and the clips/images/visuals screening on the stage's backdrop were widely appealing. The sound at Yankee Stadium was also amazing, and Paul had no problem delivering to the extremely large venue.
Though almost every song in the set was written by Paul, he also paid tribute to his late Beatle-bandmates John and George. He brought out a ukulele for one song and told a story about how George Harrison had a period where he was really into ukuleles. During that period, Paul went to George's house and said, "I've learned one of your songs on ukulele, do you want to play it with me?" Then Paul proceeded to play us the song on his ukulele, which ended up being one of Harrison's Abbey Road contributions, "Something." About halfway through the song, he was joined by the rest of his band for a rendition closer to the Beatles original.
Paul prefaced the song "Here Today" by telling the crowd that sometimes in life you want to apologize to someone but before you do, you realize it's too late. He said that the song is written about a conversation between him and John Lennon that they never got to have. This was actually my first time hearing the song, but the story behind it and the song's lyrics left an immediate impact on me. Paul then paid even more tribute to John later in the set when he took the joint McCartney/Lennon track "A Day in the Life" directly into Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."
The medley of those two tracks began what largely appeared as the 'end of the set.' While most shows I go to save a single or an epic track to end the [pre-encore] set, sometimes even two, Paul McCartney and his band end their shows with four climactic performances. In "A Day in the Life"'s psychedelic crescendo, smoke filled the stage and the images on screen swirled into trippy visuals before abruptly clearing up as Paul's peppy piano-led offering to the song kicked in. Once the upbeat Paul McCartney found his way upstairs and had a smoke, and somebody spoke and he went into a dream, the visuals kicked back in, and after soaking that up, Paul and his band drifted into "all we are saying is 'give peace a chance.'"
They calmed things down for a bit with the captivating "Let It Be," which reached the same level of grandiosity by the song's end. That was followed by the best Wings track of the night, "Live and Let Die." The song started off soft as usual, and as soon as the heavy orchestral break exploded, flames shot up in front of the stage, which were joined by fireworks once the drums kicked in. Paul McCartney and his band then ended the set with the crowd sing-along "Hey Jude."
The band returned for two encores, both consisting entirely of Beatles material. Paul began the second encore with the most recorded song in history, "Yesterday." He was accompanied by no more than his own acoustic guitar and his keyboard player (who had some of the most realistic instrument replication I've ever heard) taking care of George Martin's string arrangements. After mesmerizing the entire audience with the song, the rest of the band walked on stage to kick things up to a way harder level with "Helter Skelter." The show then ended with a chunk of Abbey Road's b-side medley; "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," which Paul recently started doing in place of ending his sets with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"/"The End."
Both setlists and more pictures from Saturday night, below...
"Paul McCartney comment at Yankee Stadium: "Who's this guy Derek Jeter? I heard he has more hits then me!"" - SteveMarinucci
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium - 7/15/2011 (Sean McMann)
Paul McCartney played his first of two shows at Yankee Stadium Friday night (7/15). He does it again tonight. More about both shows is coming later, but it's worth nothing that Paul played "The Night Before" for the first time ever on Friday. Video of that and the full setlist below...
Paul's Classic Solo Recordings McCartney & McCartney II Are Out Now.That's a snippet of an announcement made on Paul's website today, June 13th. Tickets go on sale to Paul's July 15th show at Yankee Stadium at 11am.
The latest releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, personally supervised by Paul . All orders receive a download of the McCartney album, plus all bonus audio and film content that ships with that package.
Buy both McCartney & McCartney II for a special price. Each McCartney Edition below allows you to also purchase the McCartney II album at the same time and receive a discount along with an instant download of the track Maybe I'm Amazed.
Check out the setlists from Paul's June 9th and 10th Las Vegas shows, and a brand new video for his previously unreleased song "Blue Sway" (released now on the bonus audio disc of the special edition of McCartney II), below...
Paul McCartney @ Citi Field in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
PAUL McCARTNEY RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITYVIP tickets for the Yankee Stadium show are already on sale. Tickets go on NYY Presale on 6/10 at 10am, Live Nation/Radio Presale on 6/11 at 10am, and on sale to the general public Monday, 6/13 at 11am.
YANKEE STADIUM DEBUT CONFIRMED FOR JULY 15
General On-Sale This Monday 11 a.m. June 13
Paul McCartney has confirmed the date and venue of his return to New York City: July 15 at Yankee Stadium.
McCartney's historic first ever appearance at the storied Yankee Stadium will kick off his new 2011 On The Run tour, and marks nearly two years to the day since his legendary July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 concerts, immortalized on the Grammy-winning gold-certified Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.
McCartney's Yankee Stadium debut can safely be predicted to feature some nearly three hours of the world's best loved and most known music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning his unrivalled career, from The Beatles, Wings, solo material and The Fireman's critically acclaimed album Electric Arguments.
As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming's 2010 run, McCartney will be backed by the combo the LAS VEGAS SUN called "his best band since, well, the Beatles": Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals).
Paul's last NYC show was actually an intimate affair for Sirius-XM at the Apollo
Paul plays a show this Friday night, 6/10, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"The Big 4" doesn't happen at Yankee Stadium until September.
photos by Ryan Barkan
"His band is the same it's been for most of the last decade, with the guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, the keyboardist Paul Wickens, and the drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.; in a way their canned grimaces and corny gestures seem perfect, because they illustrate how much of the audience might dream of playing if given the chance to get on stage with Mr. McCartney, showing off but hitting all the marks. It's a machine that doesn't change arrangements from year to year, mostly replicating the original versions, down to the string parts on "Eleanor Rigby" as recreated by Mr. Wickens' synthesizer. It's also a loud, clear, efficacious, and sometimes bashing band, aiming to the back rows." [NY Times]Paul McCartney played the legendary Apollo last night, 12/13, to a house filled with Sirius XM subscribers and celebrties. If you are a satellite radio subscriber but didn't have a ticket, maybe you listened at home. Some pictures from the show and the full setlist below...
"On December 13 at 8:00 pm ET, history will be made. For the first time in his legendary career, Paul McCartney will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater, at an exclusive live concert event for SiriusXM listeners. This very special, invitation-only concert will celebrate SiriusXM reaching 20 million subscribers, a milestone the company expects to achieve shortly. As a thank you to its loyal subscribers, SiriusXM will broadcast the concert LIVE nationwide, as well as offer a few lucky subscribers the opportunity to attend this historic event in person." [SiriusXM]Meanwhile, as you probably heard. "The Beatles dominated the iTunes chart on their first day of digital sales, with Hey Jude proving the most popular download." A press release they sent out about that on Tuesday can be read below...
Ted Leo @ CMJ 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Butch Walker @ Joe's Pub
* Rebecca Schiffman @ Zebulon
* Jimmy Gnecco (Of Ours) @ Maxwell's
* Twisted Sister Christmas @ Nokia Theatre
* David Gray, Pete Yorn @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Beatles Complete On Ukulele @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Skeletons Big Band, Capillary Action @ The Stone
* Outernational, Japanther, R-Tronika @ Highline Ballroom
* The Besties, Bunnygrunt, The Specific Heats @ Bruar Falls
* Free Blood, Preacher & The Knife, Esque, Deleted Scenes @ Mercury Lounge
* Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, JEFF The Brotherhood, Stupid Party @ Bowery Ballroom
Today is the Bust Holiday Craftacular.
Deadly Squire is having a sale at Bird in Williamsburg.
We announced the Blip Festival schedule on Friday.
Check out the full schedule of who is playing at The Stone this month.
Check out the full schedule of today's 12-hour Beatles Ukulele Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, below...
The Washington Post reports, that "MySpace will acquire most of the assets of iMeem for a purchase price of around $1 million in cash."
Meanwhile, as the NY Times points out, "Hulu, the joint online venture between NBC, Fox and ABC that mostly offers free TV shows and movies, is about to start singing a different tune: music videos. On Wednesday the company plans to announce a somewhat limited deal with EMI, the smallest of the four major music labels, to give a 'channel' on Hulu to the crooner Norah Jones."
EMI is also in the news for another reason today, and that's because of their sucess in getting rid of rogue Beatles music sellers (or something like that)...
Two Web sites that sold songs by The Beatles for 25 cents apiece should remain shut down indefinitely, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.Which brings me to those cool green apple things pictured above. THOSE are "exquisitely crafted, apple-shaped USB drives loaded with the critically acclaimed re-mastered audio for The Beatles' 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs' visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes." I want.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walter issued a preliminary injunction against BlueBeat.com and Basebeat.com at the request of music company EMI Group. The injunction prohibits the sites and their owner, Hank Risan, from streaming or selling songs by the Fab Four and other popular artists, including Lily Allen and Coldplay. [AP]
2ND ANNUAL BEATLES COMPLETE ON UKULELE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BROOKLYNMore details below...
Two-Day Benefit for Yoko Ono to Take Place
December 5 & 6 at Williamsburg's N8
16 Hours. 185 Songs. 60 Singers. 40 Musicians. 16 Yokos.
Ukulele aficionados Roger Greenawalt and David Barratt couldn't be more serious about their ambitious marathon-like Beatles festival: two days, performing the entire Beatles catalog - 185 songs - with over 60 singers, 40 musicians and 16 Yoko Ono impersonators. Greenawalt - who is a music producer by day - will sit in with each artist providing the required ukulele accompaniment.
photos by Tim Griffin
"Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening of New York's Citi Field, witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, will be immortalized November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases "Good Evening New York City". This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee (including bonus numbers not aired on the Late Show with David Letterman broadcast). The set will also be made available in high quality vinyl. In any configuration, the 30+ songs and nearly 3 hours of music comprising "Good Evening New York City" are a must-have for attendees wishing to relive the July 17, 18 & 21 shows, those who couldn't get tickets and/or anyone interested in an audiovisual document of a living legend. "Good Evening New York City" marks McCartney's 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007's highly acclaimed Memory Almost Full. The standard version of "Good Evening New York City" will be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold."
The concert footage featured on Good Evening New York City standard edition features concert footage directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for some 200 performances and counting. The 33-song 2 hour 40 minute performances were shot in High Definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 Flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand. The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime McCartney engineer Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles remasters, The Beatles Anthology, Let It Be... Naked and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.I posted a set of pictures from the first night at Citi Field, but never posted the set Tim took on the third night (Tuesday, July 21st). The rest of them, with some more info on the CD/DVD, below...
Les Savy Fav @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple in March (more by Natasha Ryan)
For some, 9/9/09, is a special date because it is the last time we will see single-digit repeating numbers in a date until January 1, 2101. According to Livescience.com, 9/9/09 is significant to numerologists because the number 9 is, to coin a term, "yingyangy." In other words, it istonight in NYC
associated with noble qualities such as forgiveness, compassion and success and ignoble qualities such as arrogance and self-righteousness. Some are excited about 09/09/09 because Tim Burton's movie "9" (which reportedly has nine heroes) opens today.
But if you are a die hard Beatles fan, none of the aforementioned reasons for being jazzed about 9/9/09 (or, if you prefer, 09/09/09 or September 9, 2009 or 9/9/9) is more significant and exciting than the fact that 09/09/09 marks the day that the entire digitally remastered Beatles catalog is being released by Apple, and that "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game is being launched. [AC]
* Jay-Z @ Gramercy Theatre
* Golem, Killsonic @ Zebulon
* Skeletons Big Band @ Roulette
* Bill Frisell Trio @ City Winery
* Skits 'n Tits @ Bowery Poetry Club
* Marmoset, The March Fourth @ Cake Shop
* Boredoms: Boadrum 9, Lichens @ Terminal 5
* Dead Meadow, Hopewell @ Rocks Off Boat Cruise
* The Drones, Zaza, Bridezilla @ The Bell House
* Air Waves, Trashed on Fiction @ Columbus Park
* Sondre Lerche, JBM @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* N.E.R.D., Asher Roth @ Beach at Governors Island
* Jason Anderson, Tim Garrrigan @ Pete's Candy Store
* Death Vessel, Outernational, Cinema, Cinema @ Maxwell's
* Princeton, Phil and the Osophers, Ice Palace @ Union Hall
* Les Savy Fav, Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Tim Easton, AA Bondy, Willy Mason, Dave Godowsky @ Mercury Lounge
* Lecherous Nocturne, Gigan, Wetnurse, Mutant Supremacy @ Union Pool
* Boat Party w/ Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, more @ Half Moon Cruise
* Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy @ Roseland Ballroom
* Elevated (film) w/ music by David Lang & CONTACT Contemporary Music @ MoMA
* Wordless Music w/ 802 Tour, Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon, Doveman @ Miller Theatre
* Database, Pfunkt, French Horn Rebellion, Kap10Kurt, Savoir Adore @ Santos Party House
* Circulatory System, Nesey Gallons, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
There's a slew of ATP NY warm-up shows tonight. Circulatory System play (Le) Poisson Rouge with band member Nesey Gallons and Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't opening. Boredoms perform Boadrum 9 with Lichens at Terminal 5. Hopewell play a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Dead Meadow. The Drones perform at the Bell House with Zaza and Bridezilla.
Marmoset are in town for two nights - tonight they play the Cake Shop with The March Fourth.
Jay-Z is at Gramercy Theatre, a much smaller venue than the show he's playing on 9/11.
N.E.R.D. and Asher Roth play Beach at Governors Island.
Tonight is Round 2 for Sondre Lerche and JBM - this time across the river in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Wordless Music at Miller Theatre kicks off with 802 Tour featuring Nico Muhly, Sam Amidon and Doveman.
Princeton celebrate the release of their new CD with Phil and the Osophers and Ice Palace at Union Hall
Alabamian A.A. Bondy joins Tim Easton, Willy Mason and Dave Godowsky for a show at Mercury Lounge.
Hannibal Buress recently landed a slot as a writer on SNL. Tonight the comedian opens for Les Savy Fav at the new Knitting Factory Brooklyn's first concert.
Air Waves and Trashed on Fiction play a free outdoor show at Brooklyn's Columbus Park (in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall) before a screening of The Fifth Element. Bands at 5:30. Film at 7:30.
Skits 'n Tits is a monthly burlesque/music variety show at Bowery Poetry Club...
A dizzying array of subversive comics, video shorts, skits, burlesque, and live music conceived by the twisted comedic minds of Jessica Delifino, Diane O'Debra, and Steph Sabelli. This month's very special HOWL Festival Edition will feature comedy from Heather Fink and Jenny Rubin, alongside stunning burlesque from The Chi-Ciones, Suspicious Package, Lil Miss Lixx and Akynos! Hilarious New Sketches and raunchy little songs from Diane O'Debra, Jessica Delfino, and Steph Sabelli. PBR will sponsor drink specials and sweet raffle prizes. You don't wanna miss this amazing all night showcase showdown, from 10pm til you fall off your chair. Live electro-rock music from guest band Hank and Cupcakes as they kickoff the dance party @ midnite! Hosted by Uncle Shappy.There's a Rocks Off Boat Party tonight with Gildas + Masaya, Cobra Krames, Robot Blair and David Bruno aboard the Half Moon which is not the boat Dead Meadow will be on. The flyer is below.
The video for Micachu & The Shapes' "Turn Me Well" is posted below.
Passion Pit gets interviewed below.
The big music news this week comes from the Beatles, with the release of a 17-CD box set of remastered albums along with 14 individual albums, not to mention Tuesday's release of The Beatles: Rock Band for your music videogaming pleasure.
Two bands return from lengthy hiatuses to release possibly their greatest albums yet, Polvo with In Prism and Prefab Sprout with Let's Change the World With Music.
I can also recommend Vivian Girls' sophomore album Everything Goes Wrong Damon & Naomi's compilation The Sub Pop Years, HEALTH's Get Color, Taken By Trees' East of Eden, and the new release I am most excited about, Visqueen's Message To Garcia.
Apart from the remastered Beatles box set and individual albums, there are several other quality reissues. The Stone Roses' seminal self-titled debut album's 20th anniversary edition sees its stateside release tomorrow in several editions, including a 3-CD 3-LP 1-DVD limited collector's edition. Two Feelies albums (Crazy Rhythms, The Good Earth) are reissued on CD, as is The Get Up Kids' Something to Write Home About (complete with bonus DVD).
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list?
photos by Bao Nguyen
The new Citi Field received a Beatle baptism Friday night.Paul was also Billy's guest at the final Shea shows. Two more Paul shows at Citi Field to go - the next of which is tonight (Saturday, 7/18). More pictures, some videos, and the complete setlist from last night, below...
Paul McCartney offered the first musical concert at the sterling new venue, an apt parallel to the Fab Four's historic, kick-off show at Citi Field's predecessor, Shea Stadium, 44 long years ago.
Of course, several key differences between 1965 and today made themselves immediately clear.
This time, everyone could hear. And the only "girls" who screamed were gently prompted by Paul.
As a further reference to history, Paul brought out a special guest at one point - Billy Joel, who last summer closed down the crumbling Shea.
Together they performed a song from the '65 performance, "I Saw Her Standing There." [The Daily News]
Tickets are on sale The Feelies' September 13th show at Southpaw. The Feelies have also added a September 12th show at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. That show goes on sale Saturday. That means they're playing three shows in three days.
Cocorosie are back and playing Highline Ballroom in the Meatpacking District on September 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Meat Puppets, who recently played two shows at Mercury Lounge (during Northside Fest hectic week), are opening for Stone Temple Pilots on July 17 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on July 18 @ Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, and on July 19 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
Speaking of the 90's,. "Alice in Chains" are playing Irving Plaza on September 8th. Those tickets are going for $5.00.
JEFF the Brotherhood plays Cake Shop tonight (7/16).
Bob Weir & Ratdog announced 5 NYC shows - Monday & Tuesday, October 19 & 20, 2009 at the Grand Ballroom, and Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 22, 23 & 24, 2009 at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets are now all on AmEx presale.
Rhett Miller & the Serial Lady Killers are playing the Bell House in Brooklyn on September 16th. Tickets are on sale. Three days later Rhett plays Webster Hall with Nicole Atkins opening. Tickets are also on sale for that.
Tickets are on sale for the "Minus 5, the Baseball Project, & the Steve Wynn IV" show at Bowery Ballroom.
Live Nation $5.00 ticket deals HERE.
The Morning After Girls play with Hopewell at Mercury Lounge tonight.
Paul McCartney was on Letterman last night. Video from that below...
Paul McCartney on the Ed Sullvan Theatre - July 15, 2009
"Paul McCartney returned in grand fashion to the theater that launched his career in Manhattan more than 45 years ago.The above picture was taken some time between 5 and 6 pm. Video clips, some taken from neighboring buildings, below...
It was February of 1964 when The Beatles took the stage on The Ed Sullivan Show and sent the nation into a frenzy that would become "Beatlemania." This time around, however, McCartney passed on the stage for this performance, and instead took the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater with a surprise performance on the marquee for Wednesday's taping of the Late Show with David Letterman.
Thousands of fans packed the streets outside the theater to see the legend's spectacular return to his roots, a rare opportunity now with McCartney preparing to kick off what he's said will be his final tour." [CBS]
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 3, 2009 - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney will perform the historic first concerts at Citi Field - the new home of the Mets - Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18.The flyer and more fun quotes below...
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 15 at 10:00 A.M. ET online exclusively at www.507tixx.com and by phone at 718-507-TIXX. These concerts are rain or shine.
These inaugural concert events at Citi Field mark the latest in a series of landmark performances that link the beloved Beatle with New York City and the home of the Mets. Beginning with The Beatles' legendary musical christening of Shea Stadium in 1965, and continuing with McCartney's special appearance at Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" show that closed the stadium last year, McCartney's summer shows at Citi Field will once again mark a momentous occasion in the history of New York - and rock n' roll itself.
"I am really excited about playing Citi Field - The Beatles were the first to play at Shea Stadium and along with Billy Joel, I was the last to sing at the old Shea," said Paul McCartney. "So to be the first to play this stadium is incredible. I am really looking forward to a buzzing show."
Half a Beatles reunion, or some approximation of it, took place Saturday night at "Change Begins Within," a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. Paul McCartney was headlining; Ringo Starr was also on the bill, and yes, after letting the anticipation build, the two surviving Beatles did perform together, as they did in 2002 for a memorial after the death of George Harrison...Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper played "Under Pressure", there were lots of serious Beatles fans there, Howard Stern was there... That and more in the videos from the event below...
...As the concert's entire lineup-including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper and Mike Love (from the Beach Boys)-filled the stage, Mr. Starr took his place at the second drum kit. And Mr. McCartney unveiled a song that could surprise even Beatles fanatics: "Cosmically Conscious," an excerpt of which appeared as a hidden track on his 1993 album "Off the Ground." [NY Times]
The David Lynch Foundation provides funds for students to learn to meditate through TM teaching centers, hospital-sponsored wellness programs, boys and girls clubs, before- and after-school programs, and in private and public schools when invited by the administration. Instruction is voluntary and is provided to a child with the permission of a parent and with no cost to the family, organization, or school. In the past year, the Foundation has provided millions of dollars for thousands of students, teachers, and parents to learn to meditate. The Foundation also provides funds for independent research institutions to assess the effects of the program on creativity, intelligence, brain functioning, academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.Tickets are on sale @11AM for the David Lynch Foundation benefit show at Radio City Music Hall.
today in NYC
* Terror @ Europa
* NY Times Arts & Leisure
* The Lisps @ Zipper Theater
* Mos Def @ Highline Ballroom
* Forro in the Dark @ Joe's Pub
* World/Inferno Friendship Society @ Webster Hall
* Afterworlds, Gates of Heaven & Apple Deaf @ Cake Shop
* Endless Boogie, Psychic Ills & Mike Fellows @ Glasslands
* Camper Van Beethoven & Victor Krummenacher @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tyvik, Psychedelic Horseshit & Kurt Vile @ Less Artists More Condos
* Bear Hands, Holy Hail, Atarah Valentine & Statehood @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Great Lake Swimmers, Haley Bonar & Daniel Martin Moore @ The Bell House
* My Teenage Stride, The Jaguar Club & Bridges and Powerlines @ Union Hall
* Carcinogenic Static (members of Talibam! & USAISAMONSTER) @ Market Hotel
* John Brown's Body, Globesonic, Jenny Scheinman, Haale & Sulha Sound System @ (le) poisson rouge
Jimmy Page was born today in 1944.
Laundromatinee has in-studio audio and video from a session with the Vivian Girls.
Tom Cruise emotional over Travolta death
DRM-free iTunes Store to haunt Apple?
The Golden Globes are Sunday.
Obama gets his own Spiderman comic book.
Dolly Parton picked for Gospel Hall of Fame.
Stevie Wonder Helps Promote Technology For Visually Impaired.
Linksys offers full wireless alternative to Sonos.
Beatles music pulled from Norweigian podcasts.
Move over Animal Collective, Sanjaya's long awaited album is here.
Above is an alternate cover for Jaydiohead.
Below is a video from 7 Worlds Collide. In it, Ed O'Brien (guitar), Liam Finn (guitar), Jeff Tweedy (vocals/guitar), John Stirratt (bass), Phil Selway (drums), and Johnny Marr (guitar), are performing Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees...
Girls Girls Girls
More tribute band news...
You thought Bowery Presents couldn't announce any more New Years Eve shows. Then you remember they can stay open super late that night which means they can host shows after other shows. Such is the case with the Mr. Brownstone show happening at Mercury Lounge. Doors are 2 AM - after the A Place to Bury Strangers show. The Guns N' Roses cover band will be playing "Appetite For Destruction" in its entirety (or until they pass out). Tickets are on sale.
And speaking of cover bands performing entire albums, Pinktallica, an "All Chick Tribute to Metallica", will be performing "Kill Em All" right before Girls Girls Girls (all girls, Motley Crue), will be playing "Shout At The Devil". This all also happens at Mercury Lounge, but on January 17th. Tickets are on sale for that too. I can't find a website for Pinktallica, so I know nothing about them, but they're my favorite band, just based on their name (and their choice of album to cover), in this post.
Last but not least, the extremely popular Beatles cover band, The Fab Faux, has two shows coming up at Terminal 5. On December 26th they perform "Abbey Road" and "Let it Be" (tickets), and on December 27th, "The White Album" (tickets).
More dates at their site.
Girls Girls Girls videos below...
Love it or hate it, licensing songs seems to be the new reality for "indie" bands (or any bands) looking to make money and gain exposure. As an avid music fan and Senior Director of Advertising & Video Games at Primary Wave Music Publishing, Ryan Barkan makes sure to stay on top of news related to artists getting their songs in ads, on TV, in movies, in video games and just about anywhere else a band would get paid to put a song. As someone who never pays attention to any of that, I thought the site could use a weekly column to
identify who sold out this week help fill in what I'm missing (think M.I.A. in the Pineapple Express commercial, Nick & Norah, Santogold shilling Bud Light, Chairlift & CSS for Apple, etc..). For that...please welcome Ryan (who also goes by the blog and photographer name "Fresh Bread")....
by Ryan Barkan
Microsoft's Halo 3 video game commercial was so amazing that it won the Grand Prix (i.e. best of show) at this past year's Cannes Advertising Awards, in June, in the "Film" ad category. The spot, titled "Believe", was created by San Francisco advertising agency T.A.G. and featured the dramatically delicate "Raindrop Prelude No 15" by Chopin against a violent and disturbing war scene.
Another huge 2008 release for Microsoft is the upcoming sequel to the game Gears of War, creatively called....wait for it...Gears Of War 2 (available November 7th exclusively on Xbox360). What works once should work again right? T.A.G. thought so and took the same approach with the music as they did with the "Believe" spot, juxtaposing the hard war visuals against a beautiful song, but this time with a more contemporary artist, Devotchka. The beautiful song they used by the Colorado band is called "How It Ends" and the trailer will debut on network television this Sunday, November 2, during NFL Sunday Night Football. You can also watch it right now. The video for that, and of the full version of "Believe", are below.
Other Notable Licensing News:
The Walmart-exclusive AC/DC edition of Rock Band is out November 2nd and now MTV/Harmonix have announced a Beatles video game that will be based on the "Rock Band" engine, but not branded "Rock Band". "The Best Of The Who" edition of Rock Band was released in July as DLC (downloadable content).
Hypebeast has the info on a new line of Miles Davis-inspired T-shirts by urban boutique and shoe company, Supreme.
Flaming Lips, the B-52's, BB King and others were commissioned by NBC to create their own interpretation of the network's classic "Chime In"...
You may not know that the notes to NBC's famous chimes are G, E, and C, but chances are you'd recognize the Peacock jingle in an instant. With that in mind, executives at the network decided to have some fun with their famous chimes and launched a national campaign calling for a 21st century reinvention of the 75-year-old television staple. [Hollywood Insider]Wayne Coyne talks about it in an interview to EW you can watch HERE.
What do Friendly Fires, The Duke Spirit, The Submarines, The Black Keys, Black Kids, The Virgins, and Robyn have in common? They've all had songs featured in an episode of Gossip Girl this month.
What about Lykke Li, Passion Pit and The Kooks? Well, as you may have read earlier, they'll all be appearing in future episodes of Gossip Girl/OC-creator Josh Schwartz's new "music-themed scripted web series" Rockville, CA.
I really dig the new spot for the Google Android Phone. The commercial features a song by The Black Angels called "Black Grease" - not sure if it'll convince me to switch from the iPhone but it's a nice placement nonetheless. Video below...
by Black Bubblegum
original (back?) cover art (publicity stunt?)
The new record by supersecret supergroup United Nations almost didn't hit store shelves due to controversial artwork. Hmmm.... I wonder what the controversy is all about?
Check out the new cover below and order a limited edition version with the original cover here.
Paul McCartney can now add one more honor to the numerous awards, accolades, and the knighthood he has received. The former Beatle yesterday was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University. In granting the honorary degree to McCartney - Sir Paul McCartney since he was knighted in 1996 - the university said no one compares with the legendary songwriter. Yale said the 65-year-old McCartney awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock, roll, rhythm, and blues. A band played "Hey Jude," a Beatles hit, as McCartney walked on stage to accept the honorary degree. New Haven was the site of a British invasion of sorts on Sunday, as McCartney and former Prime Minister Tony Blair were in town for Yale's 307th commencement.In sorta related news, Ringo Starr is touring this summer.
[The Boston Globe]
LONDON - A judge has awarded Heather Mills a total of $48.6 million in the financial settlement of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. [Yahoo]