George Harrison wasn't exactly a fan of being "on the road." After the Beatles' final tour in 1966, he toured only twice as a solo artist. Twice! There was his '74 tour of the U.S. and his '91 tour of Japan. That's it. Outside of that, Harrison's live performances were limited to special events, including the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, the 1987 Prince's Trust Rock Gala and his April 6, 1992, benefit concert for the U.K.'s Natural Law Party.
A 1964 “British” Rickenbacker guitar owned and played by John Lennon will be coming to auction in December. The guitar, shown in the video below, is part of a trove of more than 800 personal items—including gear and rare albums—owned by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is putting it all up for auction at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills, California, December 4 and 5.
Paul McCartney has premiered a newly remastered version of "Take It Away," a track from his 1982 album, Tug of War. The song, which also was released as a single, features Ringo Starr (and Steve Gadd) on drums and was produced by Beatles producer George Martin, as was the rest of Tug of War.
Like a lot of Beatles songs, "Sour Milk Sea" was recorded—in the Sixties—at Abbey Road Studios in London. Also like a lot of Beatles songs, it was written by George Harrison and features Harrison on lead guitar, Paul McCartney on bass and Ringo Starr on drums.
Revolver is the album that made the Beatles recording artists in the absolute sense of the term. Their previous six albums had demonstrated John Lennon and Paul McCartney's increasingly ambitious songwriting skills and the group's competence with a range of musical styles. But the productions, while strong, were undistinguished.
As any rock fan knows, the Beatles never got back together. What they might not know is that even partial Beatles reunions and "near misses" were frustratingly rare back when such things mattered (prior to George Harrison's death in 2001). Which is why the video below is so enjoyable.
As a musician, Paul McCartney is probably best known for his creative, melodic Beatles and Wings bass lines. But he's always been a guitarist at heart. The guitar was, after all, his first instrument (if you ignore the trumpet his father gave him for his 14th birthday), and it's always been his main songwriting tool.
Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this weekend. Here's a look at five songs from Ringo's solo career that feature great guitar work by big-name guitarists. From 1970 to 2015, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several top-shelf guitarists, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and more.
Ringo Starr will release his 18th studio album, Postcards from Paradise, March 31 via Universal Music Enterprises. The album, which features 11 original compositions, is the first Starr album to include a song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band—Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.
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.