Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New official video: Paul McCartney at Desert Trip

Artifact: 1959 letter written by Stu Sutcliffe

Via Heritage Auctions:
Stuart Sutcliffe was a gifted painter more interested in art than music, though he is best remembered as the "Fifth Beatle," as he was the original bassist for the Beatles, and is credited along with John Lennon in naming the band. Sutcliffe quit the Beatles in July 1961 to focus on art full time. He tragically passed less than a year later from an aneurysm, leaving his former bandmates - as well as then girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr - devastated.

Here is a sprawling nine-page letter written in black ink by Sutcliffe, dated October 1959, while attending the Liverpool College of Art. Writing to his friend Sheila, he responds to a previous letter she sent, writing of the nature of excitement, and our need for it. In part: "As you said earlier in your letter nothing exciting ever happens. Things come and go in a very artificial way, we seem constantly to need excitement (that's why I am getting a motor-bike, not a car). I felt I was slowly being suffocated by my work, and I just had to do something about it...Last Saturday there was this party at Brenda's...I must admit it was the most exciting party I have ever been to...It was absolutely packed. Rod went berserk on two different occasions when he tried to strangle Ducky, the police intervened the second time...At one point when about 6 policemen were taking names, half a dozen bright boys pinched one of their cars." Sutcliffe goes on to write about how college life is warming up "mostly due to the efforts of Elvis Presley and co., on records at lunch time rock meetings." The remaining pages are filled with talk of drinking, art, school, and of Sheila, offering a candid, warm glimpse into the mind and world of the "Fifth Beatle."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Paul plays tiny gig in California

Paul McCartney and his band entertained a crowd of 300 in Pioneertown, California's Pappy and Harriett's Saloon last night.
“Welcome to Pappy and Harriet’s,” said McCartney, wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and suspenders with no jacket. “This is the biggest gig we ever played!

“We thought it would be a good idea to come out to a little roadhouse like this.”

... McCartney played a significantly different set than he played Saturday at Desert Trip. He added the Wings songs, “Band on the Run” and “Feel Like Letting Go,” and Beatles songs such as “Yer Birthday” (sic) and “I Saw Her Standing There," which was the final encore of the 90-minute show. 
See the set list here.

Below are a couple of pics from Paul's Instagram:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

George Harrison Unicef Fund will double donations for hurricane relieve

A charity fund named in honor of George Harrison is offering to double donations people make to help those in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.

You can donate here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

British singer Joe Brown recalls friendship with George Harrison

Joe Brown, whose Bruvvers shared bills with the Beatles in the early 1960s and who performed at the Concert for George tribute recalls his friendship with George Harrison:
“What we had in common was that neither of us was a musical snob. Music was music and if it came from the heart, it was good. We liked music that went way back – like George Formby, Hoagy Carmichael. Real music.” What made George Harrison such a true friend? “Ukuleles!” says Joe. “We both love ukuleles. George ended up as my best man and he certainly was an’ all. He was a wonderful friend and I miss him every day."

Video: Lego unveils Beatles "Yellow Submarine" set

Lego is set to release a 550+-piece "Yellow Submarine" set on Nov. 1. Here's a fun teaser video, followed by pics.

The set is part of Lego's ongoing Ideas Line, which produces sets proposed and voted on by Lego builders/collectors.