Out There is doing brisk business and garnering fantastic reviews from critics and fans. McCartney has avoided the ticket sales problems his contemporaries, the Rolling Stones, have experienced and has shaken up the setlist — adding "Eight Days A Week," "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite" and other deep cuts — so that even fans who have seen him multiple times in recent years have come away in awe of his talent.
George Harrison’s withering indictment of Britain’s progressive tax system was chosen to open the Beatles’ most progressive musical effort to date. Opening with a rasping cough and a droll count-in, “Taxman” kicks off Revolver in startling fashion, demonstrating both Harrison’s growing sophistication as a songwriter and Emerick’s budding talent for sculpting guitar tones.
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix was looking to branch out and make some stylistic changes not long before his death in 1970. It's also well known that Hendrix and trumpet master Miles Davis were making plans to work together in a new project.
During Paul McCartney's show in Goiânia, Brazil, earlier this week, the stage was invaded by a swarm of grasshoppers. As McCartney, 70, played his three-hour set, several grasshoppers settled in on his shirt. As you can see in the video below, McCartney even introduced one of them ("Harold") to the audience.
Jackie Lomax was born on this date (May 10) in 1944. I'd like to celebrate this seemingly arbitrary milestone by discussing the most famous thing Lomax has ever been involved in — the recording of a song called "Sour Milk Sea." The song is legendary because it is very nearly a Beatles recording.
The powerful and bluesy "I've Got A Feeling," which John Lennon jokingly called "I've Got A Fever," is a true Lennon/McCartney composition. It blends — via alternation and superimposition — two incomplete songs, one by Paul McCartney, one by Lennon.
Since Paul McCartney started touring regularly in 1989, he's given music fans the closest thing they'd ever see to a Beatles concert. And now that George Harrison has passed away and McCartney's shows packs his concerts with more Fab Four tunes than ever before, the same still holds true.
Just as an overworked Lennon and McCartney came up with an overnight masterpiece in 1964 with "A Hard Day's Night" amid a stressful filming and recording schedule, the Beatles responded to time constraints in 1965 with another monumental step forward called Rubber Soul.
Filming A Hard Day's Night was often a brutal, seven-days-a-week affair that took a lot out of the band and crew. So one can imagine how Walter Shenson, the film's producer, felt when he pulled John Lennon aside during filming and said, "I'm afraid we're going to need a song called 'A Hard Day's Night,' something up-tempo that can be played over the main titles."