lunes, 17 de junio de 2013


Paul recently performed two sold out nights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of his all-new "Out There" tour. This short video is taken from the concerts and features Paul performing 'Michelle' and 'Here Today'. He also talks about still getting excited and a little nervous before going on stage. Watch the video below.

(Bonus points if you can spot Martin Scorsese and Jimmy Fallon in the audience!) 

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50-year-old on his new album, his photography and singing with Aerosmith

Julian Lennon attends his 'Everything Changes' CD release event at Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood, California. 

Fifteen years after the release of his last album, Julian Lennon was ready Friday night to celebrate his return to public life as an artist, both musical and visual. The 50-year-old Lennon's new album, Everything Changes, is a modern, mature version of the pop songs and balladry that began his career in 1984 on the platinum-selling Valotte, but he says he is just as committed to his new work as a photographer.
"It's made me feel more free with any artistic project," Lennon told Rolling Stone, noting his surprise at the positive reviews for his pictures, beginning with his first gallery show in New York in 2010. "It was like the bizarre final acceptance of being seen as an artist in my own right after so many years. Thank God for that. That spurred me on."
As the new album played, Lennon was joined by guests at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, located in the lobby of the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, where his behind-the-scenes pictures of U2 shared wall space with Lennon's quietly epic landscapes. Dressed in black jeans and leather jacket, Lennon was noticeably bulked up, like a man who knows his way around a gym.

Read more: HERE. 

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The history of bands featuring a mother and son in the line-up is brief. There was Lieutenant Pigeon, who had a number-one hit in 1972 with Mouldy Old Dough (on honky-tonk piano, Mrs Hilda Woodward); four decades on, there’s the revived Plastic Ono Band, with octogenarian Yoko Ono on lead vocals and her son, Sean Lennon, among the (relatively) youthful bunch of rockers filling the stage behind her.

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Pete Best played at Parque de la Exposicion, where he performed seven songs with the tribute group A Day In The Life.

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sábado, 15 de junio de 2013


Pete Best, The Beatle’s original regular drummer arrived in Lima Peru on Thursday night at Airport International Jorge Chávez.
Best is scheduled to play at a Beatles tribute concert on Saturday, at Parque de la Exposicion, where he will perform five or six songs with the group A Day In The Life.
Best was invited to join The Beatles on August, 1960 ahead of the band’s bookings in Hamburg, but was eventually replaced by Ringo Starr.
“I have nothing to forgive the Beatles for what happened long ago,” Pete said.
“It changed my life. I can say I learned to not be so innocent. I put what I learned into practice. Now no one can kick me out of my own band,” he said. 

Yesterday friday, Pete Best was honored by the Municipality of San Miguel, and named during a ceremony at John Lennon Park. 
YESTERDAY: Pete Best during the ceremony at John Lennon Park in Lima, Perú. 

The Beatles first drummer Pete Best , receives recognition by San Miguels district mayor Salvador Heresi, in Lima, Peru on June 14, 2013, in an act under the monument dedicated to John Lennon.
 Pete Best en Lima


Best pasó muchos años alejado de la luz pública, incluso trabajando como panadero, pero desde 1988 decidió volver a la música y los beatlemaníacos de todo el mundo lo tratan como una estrella más, como ha quedado demostrado en Lima, Perú.

La fama de Pete Best se debe a su infortunio: en 1962 los Beatles, a punto de hacerse famosos, decidieron reemplazar al baterista que tocaba con ellos desde 1959 por otro, también oriundo de Liverpool: Ringo Starr.
El músico dará un concierto este sábado en la capital peruana, pero antes, este viernes, el alcalde del distrito de San Miguel, Salvador Heresi, lo declaró "visitante ilustre" y se tomó una foto con él junto a un monumento dedicado a John Lennon.
Los últimos dos años han sido un sueño para los beatlemaníacos peruanos: en mayo de 2011 Paul McCartney visitó el país por primera vez y en noviembre próximo es el turno de Ringo Starr.
Al respecto, en una entrevista concedida en Lima en la que no mostró resentimiento por su despido del grupo, bromeó al decir que su revancha fue haber llegado a Perú antes que Ringo.

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RINGO has published an ebook of his never seen before snaps which give a new look at the Beatles from their early days in Liverpool to performing in America.

I HAVE always loved taking photos. All the Beatles had cameras – I think we bought a whole load on our first tour of Japan – but I’d been snapping away for a while before that.
Millions of pictures of the Beatles have been taken and published over the years.
We always had a real photographer around us, like Dezo Hoffman and Bob Freeman, who took a lot of photos for our album covers.
But I took pictures of them photographing us – and I had a unique perspective of that incredible period of our lives.That’s why my new ebook, Photograph, is so special – because these are the shots that only I could have taken.They chart the story of four lads from Liverpool trying to live normal lives amid the frenzy that surrounded them.
Get Photograph at the iBookstore or for £9.99 from Wednesday.

A family snap of Ringo with his parents Elsie and Harry outside of their home in Admiral Grove, Liverpool
Ringo Starr

This picture blows me away. I mean, it’s just me with my mum and my step-dad – Elsie and Harry – outside our house in Admiral Grove, Liverpool.
But I’m wearing Birkenstocks sandals! How cool am I?
Birkenstocks, ha ha ha ha! In those days! When I saw that picture I was like, ‘What? Where did you get them?!’ Anyway, there they are. We were just having a bit of fun outside the house.
We moved in there in 1945 and I lived there until I was 23 and moved to London.
With Cilla at a Party

A young Ringo is pictured with Cilla Black at a party in Liverpool during the early 60's
Ringo Starr

Look at us – a crowd of lads at a party with Cilla Black. I’m with Johnny Hutch, Johnny Gustafson and Adrian Barber, who were in a band called the Big Three.
I was with my first band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.
But Cilla and half of Liverpool were performers too. We’d be performing on stage and Rory would say, ‘Come on Cilla, get up and give us a song’ because she could sing. Cilla, she was just one of the many people around – she worked in an office, a lot of people were still working, although I’d given up by then.
Johnny Hutch, he was a cool drummer too. It was only Johnny and I could really play in Liverpool, ha ha ha! Anyway, that’s Cilla’s story, really. We would ask her to get up and sing, and then when Brian took us over and became manager, he managed a lot of bands in Liverpool and he also managed Cilla.
And that’s how she got that job on TV and she still “talks like that!” Hee hee hee!
With George

Ringo with George and Paul. This was taken before Ringo joined the Beatles but began to get to know his future band mates from playing gigs across Liverpool
Ringo Starr

There’s George, Paul, Faron Ruffley from Faron’s Flamingos, and myself.
We bands were starting to mingle so we knew each other. I was still with Rory, I can tell by the way I’m dressed, and the leather jacket was part of the Beatle image from Germany.
Occasionally with the Beatles Brian Epstein would knock on my door saying, ‘The boys have a session, could you play?’ He’d always get me out of bed at, like, noon, to go and play the Cavern or something.
Anyway, that’s how it started with me and the Beatles, and then of course everybody knows the story.
I was playing Butlins again with Rory. And I get a call from Brian who said, ‘Can you join the Beatles?’ So I said, ‘Sure, when?’
And he said, ‘Today. Tonight.’ I said, ‘No, I can’t join tonight, I’m in a band here, we’ve got a job, you know? No, I’ll come Saturday!’ Ha ha ha!
Having a Meal

John and George enjoy a bite to eat on a tour across the UK
Ringo Starr

Like I said – these are shots that no one else could have, really.
I just had the camera with me a lot of the time. That could easily be my empty plate
lying next to John, with the knife and fork left on it.
Note the bottle of tomato ketchup!
My First Car

Ringo with his first car, a custom painted Standard Vanguard, which cost 75 pounds.
Ringo Starr

That’s my first car, a Standard Vanguard. I actually bought it from Johnny Hutch, the other drummer we talked about – and it cost me 75 quid.
That’s when I started carrying my own drums and driving friends around.
But it wouldn’t go into second, and every time it stopped, I had a puncture but I loved that car! I used to like to tell everyone it was hand-painted, which it was – it wasn’t sprayed, it was hand-painted, black and white.
Brian in the Beatle wig

Beatles manager Brian Epstein puts on a Beatles wig with Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr

That’s a great shot. Look how our manager Brian is laughing!
I mean ... I don’t know if it’s the neg, our prints, or I shot it out of focus or I moved the camera. It didn’t have to be clear, it captured the moment. I love that shot. I’ve also got one of George Martin in that Beatles wig which I love too.
Brian was posh compared to us but he liked a laugh.
Paul and Mal

Paul plays around in a hotel room with the band's driver Mal Evans
Ringo Starr

The Beatles had two people looking after them – Mal Evans drove the band or lifted the amps and Neil Aspinall got us to the gig and made us the tea. And then Neil became head of Apple.
This is a fun shot of Paul and Mal. You’re in hotels, so you just look for things to do and you have a bit of fun. We’ve probably – by looking at the table – had a few drinks.
That was France. Look at the clock and everything on the mantelpiece there – looks very Francais.
John and Robert Freeman

John poses for a snap with photographer Robert Freeman
Ringo Starr

This is Florida. There’s photo-grapher Robert Freeman and John, just hanging out.
Bob took some great photos, some great covers for albums.
We sort of ended up hanging out with really nice guys. He was a very nice man, and you know he took great shots and that’s what we needed.
John with guitar

John poses with his guitar
Ringo Starr

I’ve got some great shots of John being pensive.His typical pose was to sit with one foot on his other knee – his foot was always high up – it was like his set-up.But here he’s deep in thought while playing. 

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 The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene,and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an ppreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.
Help!’s Balu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes with extensive extras. Help!’s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding the DVD as “a grand re-release,” The Guardian’s appreciation of the film’s director, Richard Lester, saying “Lester matches The Beatles’ ‘star’ power with smart, colourful visuals and casual surrealism,” The Los Angeles Times’ restoration ravle: “With dynamic compression that was standard in the 1960s lifted for the digital age, the full range of the group’s musicality comes through – it’s like several coats of dust have been cleaned off an old master’s painting,” and four mad scientist and the London police.
In addition to starring The Beatles, H-star reviews from Rolling Stone and MOJO with the latter saying, “They really don’t make them like this anymore.” Directed by Richard Lester, who also directed the band’s debut feature film, 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night, Help! follows The Beates as they become passive recipients of an outside plot that revolves around Ringo’s possession of a sacrificial ring, which he cannot remove from his finger. As a result, he and his bandmates John, Paul and George are chased from London to the Austrian Alps and the Bahamas by religious cult members, aelp! boasts a witty script, a great cast of British character actors, and classic Beatles songs “Help!,” “You’re Going To Lose That Girl,” “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” “Ticket To Ride,” “I Need You,” “The Night Before,” and “Another Girl.” 

Help!’s Blu-ray package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features:

• “The Beatles in Help!” – a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of The Beatles on-set.
• “A Missing Scene” – a film outtake, featuring Wendy Richard
• “The Restoration of Help!” – an in-depth look at the restoration process
• “Memories of Help!” – the cast and crew reminisce
• 1965 Theatrical Trailers – two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer
• 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus) 

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Simon and Schuster Children’s Books has announced a publication agreement with Ringo for a children’s book edition of his famed song, “Octopus’s Garden.” Marking the 45th anniversary of the song’s creation, the picture book is to include a CD containing a narration of the story plus an original, previously unheard song from Ringo. Aliens Love Underpants illustrator Ben Cort is set to illustrate the book.
The song “Octopus’s Garden” was initially inspired from a trip in Sardinia that Ringo took on Peter Sellers’ yacht in 1968. The song then appeared on The Beatles’Abbey Road in 1969. The book version takes its inspiration from the song’s playful lyrics, matching Ringo’s composition to Cort’s illustrations. Ringo said in a press release, “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures ofOctopus’s Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo.”

Octopus’s Garden will be released as a hardback edition including CD in the UK on October 24. The book is scheduled to hit North American shelves January 2014. 

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Great show last night in Barclays Center. “Things We Said Today” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” which replaced “I've Just Seen a Face” and “Get Back,” were different from the first show two days earlier in New York. 

With nearly 40 songs to play, McCartney stepped out on stage with a cool ease and only sat down during the night to play one of two pianos. Even before he took the stage Barclays Center became the home of an interactive Macca scrapbook which perfectly framed a set heavy in classic Beatles tunes and Wings hits. As the audience waited for his set to start, remixes of his songs soundtracked a slideshow of black-and-white pictures from his youth. Beginning and ending with Beatles songs, "Eight Days a Week" and "The End" respectively, McCartney kept close to his past and showed a devotion to his history.

With his intimacy and focus on the past, the most well-known of people in close relation to him to have tragically passed received their own moments of reverence. His late wife Linda was mentioned as the source of inspiration for his classic love song "Maybe I'm Amazed." He dedicated the performance of it to friends in the audience. We were all his friends, he told us, but that this song in particular went out to the ones he knew a little bit better. While he performed it, video of the same shoot that offered up the famous photograph taken by Linda of him in a fur-lined coat cradling daughter Mary played in the background. 

Later, he dedicated "Another Day" to famed producer Phil Ramone who passed away in March. After "Blackbird," which he explained had been written in response to the civil rights activism in Arkansas during the 1960s, McCartney gave mention to John Lennon. This received a standing ovation and a few moments of Paul appreciating the crowd's flow of emotion at the mere mention of Lennon's name. He made two peace signs with his hands, raised them to the air, and proceeded to sing a song about the conversation he wished they had had, "Here Today." After a small break from the tributes, McCartney returned with a ukulele and performed a sweet version of "Something" in honor of George Harrison. Pictures of George and Paul in recording studios acting chummy and solo shots of George played on the monitors.

The most lovely aspect of the show came in its lightness. Paul jumped around and delivered an endless number of jokes about the rain and his internal struggle about whether or not to read signs in the crowd like "Brooklyn Girls Do It 8 Days a Week" while also playing and singing. At nearly 71, he's still agile and pitch perfect. Beatles songs still contained that boyish charm he always delivered so well while making some of the arena-worthy Wings hits feel warm-but-massive. In a set focused on looking back, there was a shared appreciation of living in the present and existing in the moment. As he finished his second long encore, he reminded us all that, at some point, we would have to leave.


 “Eight Days a Week”
    “Junior's Farm”
    “All My Loving”
    “Listen to What the Man Said”
    “Let Me Roll It”
    “Paperback Writer
    “My Valentine”
    “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
    “The Long and Winding Road”
    “Maybe I'm Amazed”
    “Things We Said Today”
    “We Can Work It Out”
    “Another Day”
    “And I Love Her”
    “Here Today”
    “Your Mother Should Know”
    “Lady Madonna”
    “All Together Now”
    “Lovely Rita”
    “Mrs. Vandebilt”
    “Eleanor Rigby”
    “Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite”
    “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
    “Band on the Run”
    “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
    “Let It Be”
    “Live and Let Die”
    “Hey Jude”

    Encore 1:
    “Day Tripper”
    “Hi Hi Hi”
    “I Saw Her Standing There”

    Encore 2: 
    “Helter Skelter”
    “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”

    “The End” 

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John en los tribunales de New York, en 1975, el magistrado dió su fallo a favor de John contra Morris Levy, un empresario inescrupuloso. Un brillante libro retrata el momento. 

John sentado, con cabello recortado explicando al juez Griesa la diferencia entre una grabación demo y una mezcla final. Bob Gruen amigo y fotógrafo de John sacó esta fotografía a escondidas.
En enero de 1975, el juez federal Thomas Poole Griesa de 45 años por entonces- recibía en su tribunal a John Lennon, quien residía en Nueva York y había demandado a Morris Levy, un típico exponente de la industria discográfica, que editó un  album de John sin su autorización.
La disputa que llegó al juzgado de Thomas Poole Griesa, comenzó cuando John estaba mezclando su disco Rock ‘n’Roll. En medio del proceso, le entregó a Morris, fundador de Roulette Records, una grabación en crudo. Morris, definido por el sitio especializado Allmusic como “un famoso estafador que se apropiaba de la regalías de los artistas”, no perdió tiempo y editó a partir de eso un disco llamado "Roots". Antes había llamado a Bob Gruen, el fotógrafo de John y Yoko, pidiéndole fotos para ilustrar el álbum. Gruen se negó, tal como lo cuenta en su libro "John Lennon. Los años en Nueva York".

“La transcripción de la causa es una gran lectura –escribe Gruen–, porque allí John le explica a Griesa la diferencia entre una cinta en ‘crudo’ y una mezcla final… John contó con detalle cómo grabar canales, mezclarlos, lo que define a una mezcla en crudo y una mezcla final… explicó que lo que Morris había recibido era una mezcla ‘en crudo’ y que jamás le daría a nadie una grabación de ese tipo para que edite un álbum. El juez se expidió a favor de John”.

Gruen conoció al matrimonio porque vivían en el mismo barrio, Greenwich Village, y de a poco se ganó su confianza para fotografiar a John por la ciudad (hizo la famosa toma con el t-shirt de New York City), en escenarios, grabaciones junto a Mick Jagger, o con David Bowie,en su casa, con su hijo Sean recién nacido, o en eventos y fiestas.
Gruen cuenta que el juicio con Levy fue estresante. Poco después, la pareja cayó en cama por un virus gastrointestinal. Lo superaron con un ayuno de 40 días y el regreso a la dieta macrobiótica.
En teoría, durante el juicio estaba prohibido sacar fotos. Pero Gruen lo hizo a escondidas. El juez se enteró pero, lejos de sancionarlo, le pidió una copia y la colgó en la pared de su estudio. 

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