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Paul McCartney Praises Ringo Starr At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

4/20/2015 8:20am EDT
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Paul McCartney had the pleasure of awarding Ringo Starr the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence over the weekend, and he had nothing but good things to say about his former Beatles bandmate.

Starr is the final member of the Fab Four to be inducted into the hall of fame as a solo artist after having released 19 solo albums.

McCartney recalled how Starr filled in for another drummer and "nailed it" during the drum part, which was "a little difficult to do." He added, "that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles."

Check out his McCartney's full...

Former Beatle To Induct Another Beatle To Hall Of Fame

3/18/2015 8:33am EDT
Paul McCartney Will Induct Ringo Star Into Rock Hall
Paul McCartney will induct former band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act this coming April.

McCartney will handle the induction services for Starr in what will likely be a memorable moment between the two music legends. Starr is already in the Rock Hall, as part of The Beatles.

Punk poet Patti Smith will handle the duties of posthumously welcoming Lou Reed into the institution for his solo career. Reed was already inducted as part of punk group The Velvet Underground.

Stevie Wonder will induct R&B singer and songwriter Bill Withers at the ceremony. J. Ge...

Immortalized: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Announced

12/16/2014 4:03pm EST
Green Day, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan Top
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 was officially announced on Tuesday morning, revealing eight new bands and artists who will be immortalized in Cleveland, Ohio (is that really a good thing?)

Although they received only 2.59% of the fan vote, Green Day was elected to the Hall in their first year of eligibility, while bands like Yes, The Moody Blues, Chicago and Warren Zevon -- all eligible for the Hall for at least two decades now -- were snubbed yet again, the four combining for just one nomination in the past quarter century.

"I had to go for a walk," Green Day singer Billi...

Five Best Performances From The 2014 Grammys

1/28/2014 1:05am EST
Daft Punk Grammys
With so many great live performances at Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, it's been hard* whittling them all down to the five best. Well, the five best that didn't include any weddings, Broadway adaptations of Little Red Riding Hood meets Harry Potter meets Showgirls, or cut-off performances, that is.

The night was all about mixing the past with the present, and in some cases the past, present and future.

5. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Blake Shelton: 2/4 of the original Highwaymen with the legendary Haggard and modern Country giant Shelton wasn't the tightest voc...

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr To Reunite At Grammy Awards

1/21/2014 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...

Celebrities Dazzled By Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony

7/28/2012 4:05pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr, Bette Midler and Christina Applegate were among the stars who offered their congratulations to Danny Boyle as his spectacular show opened the Olympic Games in London on Friday night.

The festivities kicked off with a stunning opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and the show, directed by moviemaker Boyle, was watched by an estimated 4 billion people across the world.

A number of celebrity sports fans were among those watching the extravaganza on TV and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Boyle's efforts.

Joe Jonas tweeted throughout the ceremony a...

Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison's Sons To Form Supergroup?

4/3/2012 9:12pm EDT
The sons of Beatles stars Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon are planning to team up to form a new supergroup.

McCartney's son James has revealed he has had conversations with Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison and they appear to be "up for" picking up where their fathers left off.

But McCartney admits that Ringo Starr's drummer son Zak was less than keen: "I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do."

'Yellow Submarine' To Sail Again As Restored DVD

3/20/2012 10:30pm EDT
Ringo Starr
The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine has been digitally restored for a new DVD/Blu-Ray release.

The 1968 film, which has been out of print for years, will hit stores at the end of May.

Restoration expert Paul Rutan, Jr. and his team of specializts at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. worked on the film for months, cleaning up the film's photochemical elements by hand, frame by frame.

The DVD and Blu-Ray packages will feature a making-of documentary, the film's original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann and in...

Rare Beatles Holiday Photos For Sale

2/26/2012 4:30pm EST
Previously unseen pictures of the Beatles on holiday taken by an 11-year-old schoolboy are set to be sold at auction.

The musicians were snapped relaxing at a hotel in the British seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare in 1963, just weeks after they scored their first U.K. number one single with "Please Please Me".

The photographer was Bruce Leak, then 11, who was on a family holiday with his parents at the time.

The pictures show the stars sunbathing, relaxing on deckchairs and having afternoon tea at the hotel.

Leak's sister, Ann O’Neill, 73, inherited the snaps after her brother's death...

Paul McCartney's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling Ceremony (Photos)

2/10/2012 10:30am EST
Paul McCartney Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paul McCartney became the last solo Beatle to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

McCartney unveiled the star outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, where he was rehearsing for a free live iTunes streaming performance of his new album Kisses on the Bottom.

Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell were among the familiar faces who joined hundreds of fans for the brief ceremony, but former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr was a no-show.

During his speech, McCartney explained that Starr was "under the weather" and too ill to attend, but he i...

Ringo Starr: 'I Hope The Rolling Stones Pull It Together'

2/8/2012 1:17pm EST
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Ringo Starr is urging the Rolling Stones to "stop squabbling" and celebrate their 50th anniversary with a world tour.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary group's formation and fans had hoped the milestone would be marked with a series of shows, but rumors suggest a feud between frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards has put a damper on the plans.

The Beatles drummer Starr has now called on the veteran rockers to stop fighting and "get out there and play" as fans deserve to see their idols in concert.

He tells Spinner, "I hope they put it together and I hop...

The Beatles Considered Final Gig At The Pyramids

1/31/2012 7:43pm EST
The Beatles considered wrapping up their career with a gig at the Pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt, according to drummer Ringo Starr.

Promoting his new album at SiriusXM's Town Hall radio event on Monday night - the 43rd anniversary of the Fab Four's final performance - Starr revealed he and his bandmates thought about going out in style with a spectacular final gig.

He said, "The four of us were thinking... 'We'll do (our last concert) at the Pyramids, or we'll do it in Hawaii in a volcano'. We had all these big, grandiose ideas and at the end you say, 'Sod it, just let's do it on the roof....

Ringo Starr Calls For Tougher Gun Laws On Anniversary Of John Lennon's Death

12/9/2011 12:58pm EST
Ringo Starr
Beatles legend Ringo Starr has called for governments around the world to implement tougher gun laws on the anniversary of John Lennon's fatal shooting.

The drummer was on hand to speak at an event held by the Non-Violence Project Foundation in London on Thursday - exactly 31 years after his bandmate was murdered outside his New York apartment block on December 8th, 1980.

Starr unveiled a statue he designed of a pistol with its barrel tied in a knot, emblazoned with the word 'Imagine' in tribute to one of Lennon's greatest solo hits. The musician then told the crowd that anyone caught w...

George Harrison Tribute Gigs Planned

10/9/2011 7:49pm EDT
George Harrison
A pair of free concerts will be held in the Beatles' native city of Liverpool, England to mark 10 years since the death of guitarist George Harrison.

The musician died of lung cancer on November 29, 2001 and the two gigs will take place on the upcoming anniversary of his death.

They will be held at Liverpool's St George's Hall and The Cavern Club on November 29.

Acts including Brute Force and The Radha Krishna Temple, who were signed by Harrison to the Beatles' Apple Corps label, will perform alongside artists such as The Mersey Beatles, Singh Strings and the Dovedale School Choir.

Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell In London

10/9/2011 3:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney married his fiancee Nancy Shevell in London on Sunday on the day his late bandmate John Lennon would have turned 71.

The Beatles legend, 69, proposed to New York socialite Shevell in May after four years together, and they became man and wife on Sunday at London's Westminster registry office at The Old Marylebone Town Hall - the same venue where McCartney married his first wife, Linda.

The couple received a blessing at a local synagogue on Saturday evening as part of Shevell's Jewish religion ahead of Sunday's civil service.

Shevell wore a flower in her hair and a simple w...

More Beatles Memorabilia To Go Under The Hammer

10/6/2011 8:50pm EDT
John Lennon's personal sketches and other Beatles memorabilia are set to go under the hammer at an auction in Argentina later this month.

The collection, which contains over 120 Fab Four items, features black-and-white photos, an autographed Paul McCartney bass guitar, and even signed checks.

A highly sought-after original drawing by Lennon, which showcases stick figures of the late singer and his wife Yoko Ono, along with a scribbled message that reads "1+1=John+Yoko. 'Tis simple math guys," is expected to fetch upwards of $22,535.

Collector Paul Blisniuk, tells Reuters, "My passion for...

George Harrison's Son Dhani Found Documentary About The Late Beatle Tough Viewing

10/2/2011 7:00pm EDT
Dhani Harrison
George Harrison's son found it difficult to watch Martin Scorsese's new documentary about the Beatles legend, because it was like watching his life repeated on the big screen.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World opened at Spain's 59th San Sebastian Film Festival last month and gets its British launch at Liverpool's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) on Sunday.

The project, which was fully supported by Harrison's widow Olivia, documents the late star's rise to fame and his life as one-quarter of the Fab Four, and features interviews with former bandmates Paul McCa...

Beatles First Recordings To Be Released In Pre-Christmas Package

9/29/2011 9:41pm EDT
Fans of the Beatles are set for an early Christmas present - the group's earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan have been collected for a new double album package to mark the Fab Four's 50th anniversary.

"The Beatles With Tony Sheridan: First Recordings" features tracks the band performed with Sheridan as Polydor artists after bandleader and music executive Bert Kaempfert discovered them performing in a German nightclub in 1961.

The CD will be accompanied by a booklet full of rarely seen photographs, taken by one-time Beatles guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe's fiancee Astrid Kirchherr, b...

Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

9/7/2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...

Paul McCartney Wants Ringo Starr To Be Knighted

6/17/2011 12:33pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has expressed his disappointment after his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr failed to land a knighthood this year; because "it's about time" his friend received the honor.

McCartney received the title from Queen Elizabeth II in 1997, while Starr - real name Richard Starkey - is still waiting for the privilege.

The Queen's Birthday Honors List was announced earlier this month and included a knighthood for veteran entertainer Bruce Forsyth, but Starr was left out - and McCartney is adamant his pal has waited long enough for the honor.

In an interview with Britain's Absolute R...

Doors Drummer John Densmore: 'No More Autographs'

4/21/2011 7:53pm EDT
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore has just added to the value of his autograph after stating he'll never sign his name for a fan again.

The "Riders on the Storm" hitmaker has taken to his website to kindly ask fans to stop requesting his signature.

He writes, "The last several years I have been so flooded with requests that it is interfering with my personal life, and I am going to have to stop.

"Fans (or opportunists from ebay) track me when I land at any airport, follow me into the bathroom, and hang around my hotel, looking for my John Henry (autograph). It is unfortunate, but I have to...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: February

1/1/2011 11:00am EST
Jessica Simpson
February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson's death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner's officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray.

Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy's death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig's family c...

Heather Mills Takes Credit For Beatles iTunes Deal

12/6/2010 9:08am EST
Heather Mills
Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills is adamant she is to thank for The Beatles' tracks finally becoming available online - insisting she "organized it all."

Executives at music label EMI, the company that owns the Beatles recordings, have long been in talks with surviving bandmembers McCartney and Ringo Starr to put the Fab Four's back catalogue on the iTunes digital store.

The band's music was launched on the internet last month and proved a big hit with more than two million songs and over 450,000 albums sold in the first week alone.

Mills, who divorced McCartney in 2008 with a $38...

After Nearly 10 Years Of Waiting, The Beatles Are Finally On iTunes

11/16/2010 1:46pm EST
Apple Corps, EMI and Apple today announced that the Beatles, the most influential and beloved rock band in music history, are now available for the first time on the iTunes Store. Starting today, the group's 13 legendary remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume "Past Masters" compilation and the classic "Red" and "Blue" collections are available for purchase and download on iTunes worldwide as either albums or individual songs. Fans can also get a special digital "Beatles Box Set" featuring the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusiv...

John Lennon's Application For U.S. Residency Banned From Auction

10/6/2010 7:59pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's application for U.S. residency has been banned from auction by officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The rare piece of memorabilia from the late Beatle was expected to fetch upwards of $100,000 at a planned Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction beginning on Wednesday - but the FBI has stepped in to remove the item, because it's considered government property.

The document, dated May 8, 1976, features Lennon's finger and thumbprints and his signature.

A spokesperson from the auction house confirms to "The item has been under investigation by the FBI beca...

John Lennon's Last Note On Sale

9/12/2010 6:07pm EDT
John Lennon
A handwritten note John Lennon penned on the day of his murder has gone on sale for $154,000.

The Beatles legend was gunned down outside his home in New York City by Mark Chapman in December 1980.

The day before his death, Lennon had borrowed a guitar string from another band while recording at the Record Plant Studio in the Big Apple.

He returned the next day and gave an autograph to one of the studio's sound technicians, writing, "For Karl, who strung me along, thanx, John Lennon, 1980."

Lennon then returned to his home at The Dakota apartment block and was shot at the entrance.

His ...

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole Again

9/7/2010 9:33pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the sixth time.

The murderer, who gunned down the former Beatles star outside his home in New York in 1980, has been eligible for parole since 2000.

He's scheduled to appear before the parole board again in 2012.

Chapman, 55, was convicted of murdering Lennon and sentenced to 20-years-to-life behind bars.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has always fervently opposed Chapman's parole bid.

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Vatican Absolves The Beatles For Mysterious, 'Possibly Even Satanic' Messages

4/16/2010 9:12am EDT
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Ringo Starr has rejected forgiveness from Catholic Church officials who once called him a Satanist.

Pope Benedict XVI sanctioned an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper earlier this week, in which the Beatles were praised for their "beautiful" music and were absolved for their rock star decadence and experiments with drugs.

The front-page editorial also addressed John Lennon's controversial comments about the Beatles being "bigger than Jesus" at the height of their success.

The newspaper's editors wrote, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysteri...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Everything Geeky: The E3 Breakdown

6/8/2009 12:14pm EDT
Last week was one of the most exciting times for video game fans, and the forums were buzzing with the squeals of excited fanboys (and girls!). Listen, no matter what changes E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has gone through in the past, it is still the number one place for the game industry to shine. Companies shell out their money in huge ways and they save all their biggest announcements for this week.

Oh what I'd give to be in Los Angeles! For us sad sacks who couldn't get into the convention, which is now mostly just for media and creators, the news kept flying out on Twitter, ...