February 7, 2014 |
As the countdown continues toward Sunday's 50 th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, more activities are on tap to mark the occasion. Capitol Records will project a photo of the Fab Four in front of an American flag-- not coincidentally the same shot used on the cover of the newly released box set “The Beatles - The U.S. Albums” - onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. The projection also will include The Beatles 50 logo created for the occasion.
January 29, 2014 |
A selection of shows coming up this week in and around L.A.: Brian Charette Trio : Maybe it's the burden of the equipment, but Hammond B-3 players can seem in short supply lately. Fortunately there's New York City keyboardist Charette, whose 2013 solo album, "Borderline," features just the right proportions of refinement and rambunctiousness. Charette will only continue venturing into wilder waters here, backed by drummer Andy Sanesi and L.A.-raised guitarist Rez Abbasi, whose own work explores the intersection between jazz and Indian classical music.
January 27, 2014 |
One Grammy winner feeling some Beatlemania on Sunday? Dave Grohl. The rocker nabbed one of the telecast's first wins when he was awarded the Grammy for best rock song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” a collaboration from his “Sound City” soundtrack that features Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Backstage, Grohl couldn't help but revel in the close relationship he's built with McCartney, who was being celebrated by the Grammys all weekend in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing "The Ed Sullivan Show.
January 21, 2014 |
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang. A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday. "We're incredibly excited about this number," said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement to Spin . "There's nothing better than when the Grammys rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.
January 10, 2014 |
Paul McCartney took to his website and Facebook page to share his feelings about the death last week of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, the duo whose vocal harmonies exerted a profound impact on the Beatles and countless others who followed in their wake. "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes,” the former Beatle wrote. “With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don. " Biographer Mark Lewisohn, in his new book “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1,” quotes McCartney's reaction upon hearing the Everlys sing “All I Have to Do Is Dream” in 1958, when he, John Lennon and newly recruited guitarist George Harrison were still teenagers: “When we first heard it, it blew us away.” PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers through the years "Years later when I finally met Phil,” McCartney said, “I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul.” Shortly after the Everlys reunited in 1983 with a celebrated concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, McCartney wrote the song “On the Wings of a Nightingale” for his boyhood heroes, and it became the lead-off track and hit single from their “EB '84,” their first studio album in more than a decade.
December 22, 2013 |
Last night's episode of “Saturday Night Live” was stocked with star power, including host Jimmy Fallon, musical guest Justin Timberlake and loads of surprise appearances from the likes of Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Bloomberg. Yet they were were all overshadowed by a silly video by the “SNL” ladies about making love in a twin bed. In what could be called the female answer to “... in A Box,” Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Nasim Pedrad and Noël Wells got naughty as they extolled the joys of sleeping over in their childhood bedrooms with their boyfriends.