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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

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The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time

March 25th, 2014 10:00am EDT
The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time
All girls look to the guys in boy bands to help them get through their awkward preteen years. These handsome guys always tell you they love you, that you're smart, beautiful, and the only one for them. Their signatures in magazines are always dotted with hearts, they always look as if they can look off the page into your soul. Is it any wonder that boy bands continue to be popular with young girls?

(BTW: Boy bands aren't just popular with young girls. Women continue to stay faithful to their bands as they grow older, hence the popularity of the recent "NKOTBSB" tour featuring 90's sensatio...

Children's TV bug show to feature Beatles music

March 12th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Producers for an animated children's TV series have struck Beatles gold after acquiring the rights to the Fab Four's back catalogue via Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Josh Wakely's Beat Bugs, which chronicles the lives of urban creepy-crawlies, will feature a collection of Lennon & McCartney tunes.

Announcing the news on Tuesday (11Mar14), Sony/ATV managing director Damian Trotter states, "Josh's ingenuity and creative exploration of these iconic songs in a wholly imaginative world was too good to pass up and the idea of opening up the single greatest music catalogue of the 20th Century to th...

The Rutles reform for U.K. tour

February 25th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Funnyman Neil Innes has regrouped his Beatles parody band The Rutles for an upcoming U.K. tour.

The former Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band star and sidekick John Halsey, aka Ron Nasty, and Barrington Womble, will hit the road as the 'Pre-Fab Four' in May (14).

Bandmates Eric Idle and Ricky Fataar will not be a part of the reunion.

The Rutles were conceived by Innes and Idle for a skit on the Monty Python star's British comedy show Rutland Weekend Television and they became a cult act, releasing a handful of well-received albums featuring Beatles song parodies and even starring in the mockumentary...

Julian Lennon snubbed Beatles anniversary celebrations

February 14th, 2014 3:10am EST
Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon refused to join the Beatles 50th anniversary celebrations in America last week (ends09Feb14) because he had no interest in taking part in a celebrity "karaoke" session.

Famous fans joined Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to celebrate 50 years since the band's arrival in the U.S. with an all-star Grammys tribute concert, which was televised in America on Sunday (09Feb14), but John Lennon's eldest son refused to join his half-brother Sean and Yoko Ono in the audience.

Lennon tells, "To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybo...

Liam Gallagher eager to cast Jared Leto in Beatles film

February 13th, 2014 3:10am EST
Jared Leto
Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher has reportedly set his sights on actor Jared Leto to star in the rocker's upcoming film about the Beatles.

The Beady Eye frontman's film company, 1 Productions, is developing the movie adaptation of Richard DiLello's 1973 book, The Longest Cocktail Party, and Gallagher is keen to cast the Dallas Buyers Club star, who ironically played John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman in 2007 drama Chapter 27.

Gallagher is preparing to hold castings in Los Angeles in April (14), and Leto, as well as Before Midnight's Ethan Hawke, are on the shortlist to star in the movie,...

Dave Grohl's wife is pregnant

February 12th, 2014 9:20pm EST
Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl and Jordyn Blum are expecting their third child.
The Foo Fighters star's 37-year-old wife, whom he married in 2003, is set to give birth to another baby girl this year.
A source told that the couple, who already have daughters Violet Maye, eight, and Harper Willow, five, are struggling to come up with a name for their unborn baby, as they have already used all of the names they liked for their eldest girls.
Dave recently revealed that he had passed on his love for music, particularly the Beatles, to his children.
Speaking at the CBS special, 'The Night That Changed...

Paul McCartney compares Ed Sullivan Theater return to school reunion

February 9th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Ringo Starr
Sir Paul McCartney compared his return to New York's Ed Sullivan Theater to a school reunion when he headed back to the venue which hosted the Beatles' first ever U.S. TV gig with bandmate Ringo Starr.

The veteran musicians recently paid a visit to the historic venue to celebrate 50 years since the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964, and they were given a personal tour of the building by TV host David Letterman, who now presents his own talk show from the theatre.

The musicians admitted the stage set felt much smaller than when they first performed there 50 years...

Beatles reunite at the Grammys

January 27th, 2014 3:10am EST
Beatles legends Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr teamed up for a rare performance together at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (26Jan14) to kick off an exciting four weeks for the remaining members of the Fab Four.

The stars previously insisted they would not be performing together at the high-profile prizegiving, and fans' hopes of a reunion appeared to have been dashed when the drummer hit the Staples Center stage without McCartney to belt out his new song Photograph.

However, members of the audience rose to their feet when Starr joined his former bandmate for a perfor...

Madonna to perform at Grammy Awards

January 24th, 2014 5:20pm EST
Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.
The 'Material Girl' singer had kept her inclusion on the star-studded bill for the huge music event on Sunday (26.01.14) a secret until this morning (24.01.14).
She accompanied the announcement with a picture on Instagram of her dressed all in black - including leather gloves - and strumming a black guitar.
Underneath she wrote: "It's official. I'm off my crutches and looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys."
The singer had to be assisted with walking when she bruised a bone in her foot, which she claimed was "from dancing in ...

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr To Reunite At Grammy Awards

January 21st, 2014 8:31am EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will reunite at the Grammy Awards this weekend. The iconic Beatles bass player and drummer are scheduled to perform at the 56th annual event on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

The pair are the only survivors of the 60s British Band.

McCartney's song "Cut Me Some Slack" (a collaboration with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) has been nominated for "Best Rock Song," while Starr's "Live Kisses" DVD is up for "Best Music Film."

Starr recently told Access Hollywood: "To celebrate the 50 years since we landed in New York in February [1964], they are putting on a bi...

Ringo Starr to receive Lifetime of Peace and Love Award

January 7th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr is set to receive the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award at a tribute concert in Los Angeles later this month (Jan14).

The former Beatles icon will be feted by director David Lynch on 20 January (14) for his work in raising awareness about Transcendental Meditation.

The ceremony will be followed by a concert tribute featuring Joe Walsh, Ben Folds, Ben Harper and Dave Stewart.

A statement from Lynch, reads, "We want to generate the electricity of peace through music and it's a thrill to know that the super-creative, enthusiastic musicians of our world are with us to achieve th...

Alicia Keys, John Mayer, More Stars To Salute The Beatles In Grammy Special

January 7th, 2014 8:29am EST
Alicia Keys
A new television special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," will feature performances by John Legend, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics will also reunite for the special, and John Mayer and Keith Urban will also participate, according to Grammy organizers.

The primetime show, presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, will celebrate the iconic Beatles and their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The special will air on Jan. 27, one day following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards...

The Eurythmics To Reunite For Grammy Salute To The Beatles

January 6th, 2014 11:50am EST
The Eurythmics are reuniting to perform at a special Grammy tribute concert in honor of The Beatles later this month.

Renowned musicians Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will take part in The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles, marking their first appearance onstage together since 2003.

John Mayer and Keith Urban will team up to perform Don't Let Me Down at the concert, while Alicia Keys and John Legend will tackle Let It Be. Maroon 5 also will take the stage.

Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich says, "When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was impor...

Unseen Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Photos To Go Under The Hammer

November 27th, 2013 4:20pm EST
Yellow Submarine
Rare pictures of The Beatles posing with their cartoon counterparts from the film Yellow Submarine are to be sold at auction later this month.

The photos show the Fab Four during a visit to the London studio where the 1968 movie was made, and the musicians are seen meeting life-sized cut-outs of their animated selves.

The collection of more than 150 transparencies is expected to fetch as much as $60,000 when it goes on sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport, England on Friday.

The pictures are believed to have been taken between 1967 and 1968 by photographer Stephen Archetti.

U.S. TV special planned to mark anniversary of the Beatles' Ed Sullivan Show debut

November 14th, 2013 8:40pm EST
The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' groundbreaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show is to be commemorated with a two-hour U.S. TV special next year (14).

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles will be broadcast at 8pm on 9 February (14) - 50 years to the day and time of the Fab Four's American TV debut, which was watched by more than 70 million viewers.

The new special will be filmed in January (14), the day after the Grammy Awards, and it will feature yet-to-be-announced modern artists performing the tracks the Beatles played during the Sullivan broadcast, as ...

Paul McCartney still perfecting Beatles classics on stage

October 25th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Sir Paul McCartney never tires of performing Beatles hits like Yesterday and Blackbird because he always wants to perfect them and understand what was going on in his mind when he wrote the songs.

The singer/songwriter admits he thought he'd be sick of his old hits by now, but he still enjoys belting them out onstage.

He explains, "What it is, is I'm actually trying to play the song like I know it effortlessly, but there is a pattern I must not miss, and there are words I must put with that pattern, so I'm normally still trying to get it right.

"And what I find myself doing is re-examini...

The Fifth Beatle comic book to launch in Italy

October 24th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
A new graphic novel about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will debut in Italy as part of the 10th anniversary of the country's Rolling Stone magazine.

Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker's Dark Horse Comics/Panini Comics collaboration, The Fifth Beatle, will hit shelves next week (beg28Oct13), three weeks before its official release date in mid-November (13).

The graphic novel chronicles the early years of the Beatles, seen through the eyes of their manager Epstein, and follows the band's success story to the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The ...

Paul McCartney praises 'badass' Yoko Ono

October 24th, 2013 10:20am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney thinks Yoko Ono is a "badass".
The musician has publicly ended his feud with John Lennon's widow after years of holding a grudge against his late bandmate's wife, blaming her for the break-up of The Beatles in 1970.
He told the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine: "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid. It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George [Harrison] would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.' "
Yoko - who met John in 1966 while he was still...

Paul McCartney Plays Surprise London Show

October 19th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney played a surprise show in London yesterday (10.18.13).

The Beatles legend gave fans a lunchtime treat when he performed a 15 minute set in Covent Garden as a preview for his latest record 'New'.

Although the square is usually full of street artists, the Daily Mirror newspaper reports it was unusually quiet by 11am, before a tweet from Paul saw it quickly fill up.

He wrote: "I'm getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden at 1pm today. Oh baby!"

The 'Hey Jude' hitmaker kicked off his set at 1.15pm - with his children Stella, 42, and James, 36, in attendance - and encouraged f...

Paul McCartney defends Miley Cyrus' twerking

October 15th, 2013 6:21am EDT
Miley Cyrus
Sir Paul McCartney insists there was nothing wrong with Miley Cyrus' 'twerking' at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The former Beatles singer watched the 20-year-old star's raunchy performance with Robin Thicke, during which she gyrated up against him while wearing a nude-colored bikini and holding a foam finger, with his 10-year-old daughter Beatrice and doesn't see what all the fuss is about.
He said: "Come on, we've seen worse than that!
"I watched it as an experiment to check, but you look at it and you say, 'What's everyone shouting about?'
"I think it was only mildly shocking ... it wasn...

Beatles film director to be honoured in Los Angeles

October 15th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Richard Lester, the man behind the Beatles' film success, is to receive a career achievement award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

The 81 year old, who directed A Hard Day's Night and Help!, will be saluted at a gala in Los Angeles in January (14).

Lester also directed the late Christopher Reeve in Superman II and III, and his final film was Paul McCartney's 1991 concert movie Get Back.

Previous LAFCA career achievement award winners include director Paul Mazursky, Doris Day and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Paul McCartney fears Thom Yorke will reject collaboration proposal

October 3rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
Thom Yorke
Legendary rocker Sir Paul McCartney is hesitant to reach out to Thom Yorke to propose plans for a dream collaboration because he fears the Radiohead frontman will reject him.

The Beatles icon admits his fashion designer daughter Stella is keen for the pair to hook up in the studio, but the Yesterday hitmaker is worried Yorke won't have time to fit him into his busy schedule.

He tells Britain's NME magazine, "My daughter Stella is very keen (for a Thom Yorke collaboration). She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out wi...

Paul McCartney won't perform forever

October 2nd, 2013 11:20pm EDT
Sir Paul McCartney knows he can't perform forever.
The 71-year-old Beatles legend has previously spoken of his desire to keep working but knows there may come a time when it becomes impossibly to undertake gruelling tours, and plans to reassess his life after his next run of shows.
He said: "We're gonna make a little forward roll with this album and tour. And when I come out of that forward roll I'll have a look and see what the scenery is and if there's a cliff I might do a backflip. But I'll decide when I come to it.
"If you ask me what the long range forecast is, I see myself doing what ...

Paul McCartney's Song Writing Psychiatry

September 29th, 2013 4:37pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney believes song writing acts as a psychiatrist.

The 71-year-old icon admits some of his most successful tracks, such as 'Yesterday' and 'Got To Get You Into My Life', have been penned during particularly emotional times, as writing lyrics allows him to release the "demon" inside him.

He said: "I think it's good when you're in a dark period, the good is [the song's] your psychiatrist, it's your therapy, and you know we have many tales - anyone who writes has.

"Going away when you're really upset about something and putting in your song - you come out of that cupboard, toilet ...

Ringo Starr lands top French honour

September 26th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Ringo Starr
Beatles icon Ringo Starr has been feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career.

The Yellow Submarine hitmaker was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony held in Monaco on Tuesday (24Sep13).

The drummer was handed the award by France's ambassador to Monaco, Hugues Moret.

Speaking about his achievements, Starr quipped, "I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing."

The rocker is in good company as the latest recipient of the medal - previous honourees include Sir Sean Connery...

John Lennon's Bermuda trip recreated for iTunes app

September 24th, 2013 3:00am EDT
John Lennon
Fans of tragic Beatles star John Lennon can relive his 1980 trip to Bermuda as part of a new iTunes app, which will hit the online download store in November (13).

John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes follows the Imagine singer on a journey to Bermuda, where he recorded tracks for his collaborative album Double Fantasy.

The online app features demos of hit songs like Woman, Nobody Told Me and Dear Yoko, and fans will also be able to virtually visit places where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono hung out during their trip.

All revenue from the app will go towards WhyHunger's Imagine There's No Hunge...

New album has unheard Beatles tracks

September 13th, 2013 4:45pm EDT
The Beatles fans are in for a treat as BBC bosses prepare to release almost 40 unheard performances by the Fab Four.

The second volume of The Beatles Live At The BBC is to hit stores in November (13), and producers have unveiled a tantalising tracklisting of never-heard-before recordings and studio chatter.

The double-album, which is a follow-up to the first volume released in 1994, contains more than 60 recordings from the BBC vaults, including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 tracks featuring the four musicians talking to the corporation's radio DJs.

Sir Paul McCartney says...

Ringo Starr to release new version of Octopus's Garden to accompany new kids book

August 27th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr is to include a previously unheard version of his Beatles track Octopus's Garden with the release of his new children's book of the same name.

The drummer will join the ranks of the celebrity children's authors in October (13) when the picture book is released by publishers at Simon & Schuster, and there will be a special treat included for Fab Four fans.

In a post on his page, Starr writes, "The song will be brought to life by illustrator Ben Cort and published with a CD of Ringo reading the story and an original, previously unheard recording of the song by Ringo...

Beatles Broadway musical to close early

August 20th, 2013 3:10am EDT
The Beatles
A Broadway musical inspired by the music of the The Beatles is set to close four months early due to poor ticket sales.

Let It Be opened at New York City's St. James Theater last month and was scheduled to run until 29 December but it will now close on 1 September.

The tribute show, which features 40 Beatles songs including Help! and Hey Jude, received positive reviews, but the production has played to only 50,000 theatre fans, grossing between $2 million and $2.4 million.

The producers of Let It Be, which is also running in London's West End, hope to take the show on the road for a Nor...

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