April 24, 1999 |
"Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all but hey man free rides just don't come along every day." --"Why Don't You Get a Job?" by the Offspring * In its hit song "Why Don't You Get a Job?," the Offspring chide slackers who sit back and let others do the work. But some music critics say the rock group is committing that very same sin with the tune.
September 15, 1997 |
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney says that singer Bob Dylan introduced him to marijuana in the 1960s and that he then did the same for Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. McCartney also claims to have played the dominant role in his songwriting partnership with the late John Lennon, according to a new authorized biography. The book by Barry Miles, serialized in the Sunday edition of the newspaper the Observer, is based on hours of interviews with McCartney.
September 4, 1997 |
Be careful who you pretend to be because one day you may wake up to find that's who you are. --Ward Cleaver * Pretending is a big thing in rock 'n' roll. Most groups at least pretend to be cool, and increasingly, many bands even pretend to be somebody else. These so-called tribute bands are everywhere, and according to John Cuda of Barra Cuda Productions, there are more than 100 tribute bands nationwide and about 40 in Southern California.
July 24, 1997 |
When Don Bellezzo, a member of the band "Yesterday," walks out on a concert stage these days, decked out in the costume and haircut of John Lennon circa 1967, the audience reaction is not, initially, ecstatic screaming as was the case at real Beatles concerts in the '60s.
May 10, 1997 |
The association between Ravi Shankar and George Harrison dates back more than three decades, to their meeting in 1966 in London. Shankar, now 76, was already a much honored artist at the time, one who had toured Europe and the United States, recorded widely and composed music for films. But the connection with Harrison, the lead guitar in the enormously popular Beatles, gave him a kind of instant recognizability with the then-emerging boomer generation.
March 23, 1997 |
The original birth certificate of Sir Paul McCartney sold for $84,146, but it was a hard day's night after that on Saturday in the biggest-ever auction of Beatles memorabilia. In a sale marked by controversy and failure to meet hopes of world-record prices, bidders in Tokyo and London snapped up small mementos of the Fab Four but signaled that the Liverpool Lads' comeback in pop charts did not extend to the auction circuit.
January 6, 1997 |
The first thing Casey Piotrowski wants to make clear is that he's not some crackpot with nothing better to do. It just happens that he likes the Beatles--a lot. And that is why this sometime actor, voice-over artist and former disc jockey has put his life on hold for most of the past year to single-mindedly pursue one goal: getting the Beatles a Grammy for their new song, "Real Love." Not just any Grammy, either, but the one for record of the year.
December 31, 1996 |
Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, is to become Sir Paul. The announcement of the honor--the first knighthood for an ex-Beatle--came more than three decades after the group took the world by storm, put Britain on the pop music map and revolutionized rock 'n' roll.
November 29, 1996 |
The first Orange County-bred rock star to sing and play on the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center will be . . . George Harrison. At least, that's the alias Jim Owen will be using on Saturday. Since his teens, this 30-year-old Westminster resident has been earning his living impersonating the quiet Beatle as a cast member in "Beatlemania" and other touring tributes to the Fab Four.