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Ringo and his All Starr Band set to launch a new U.S. tour next week with a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Ringo has announced plans to pay tribute to the victims of the recent mass shooting in the city. Ringo has dedicated the group’s first Vegas show, which takes place October 13, to the shooting victims, and also will make a donation to them from his Lotus Foundation charity.

Ringo and the All Starr Band will play a total of eight shows at Planet Hollywood through October 28, and then will move on to a variety of venues across the country, winding things down on November 16 in Newark, New Jersey.

The group’s lineup, which has remained constant for the last several years, features Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana and Journey member Gregg Rolie, Toto‘s Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister‘s Richard Page, Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette.

During the trek, Ringo will be promoting his new solo album, Give More Love, which was released last month. The record features guest artists including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Lukather, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Timothy B. Schmidt, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was, and Edgar Winter.

In other news, Ringo is selling signed prints of 12 images that are featured his 2013 book, Photograph. The limited-edition, large-format, high-quality pics include vintage photos that Ringo took of his Beatles band mates. Proceeds raised from sales of the prints will benefit the Lotus Foundation.

Here are all of Ringo and the All Starr Band’s upcoming tour dates:

10/13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 — Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
10/30 — El Paso, TX, Albert Chavez Theatre
10/31 — Austin TX, Moody Theater
11/2 — Sugarland, TX, Smart Sugarland Civic Center
11/3 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
11/4 — Thackerville, OK, Global Events Center at Winstar
11/7-8 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
11/11 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater
11/12 — Norfolk, VA, ODU Pavilion
11/14 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts enter
11/15 — New York City, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/16 — Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center




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Paul McCartney Archive Collection
Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl
Release Date: 17 November 2017
The first eight titles in the acclaimed Paul McCartney Archive Collection are to be issued as limited edition coloured vinyl editions.

The titles and corresponding vinyl colours are as follows:

Paul McCartney: McCartney –PRE-ORDER:  Red Vinyl

Paul McCartney: McCartney II –PRE-ORDER:  Clear Vinyl

Paul McCartney: Tug Of War –PRE-ORDER:  Blue Vinyl

Paul McCartney: Pipes Of Peace –PRE-ORDER:  Silver Vinyl

Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram –PRE-ORDER:  Yellow Vinyl

Paul McCartney and Wings: Band On The Run –PRE-ORDER:  White Vinyl

Wings: Venus And Mars –PRE-ORDER:  Red & Yellow Vinyl

Wings: At The Speed Of Sound –PRE-ORDER:  Orange Vinyl



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Yoko will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon on Monday 9th October – his birthday. The illumination will be at 9 pm.

Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko. It was dedicated to John by Yoko at its unveiling on October 9th 2007, John Lennon’s 67th birthday. Each year since then Yoko has travelled to Iceland to illuminate the vast tower of light – and it remains lit from 9th October until the day of Lennon’s death, December 8th.

Yoko Ono says: “Iceland is such a spiritual place – I always feel such a strong energy when I return there. Love, peace, understanding and the power of nature are easy to forget in today’s fast-paced modern life. In Iceland, particularly on Viðey, it becomes easier to remember how important these things are to us all and to the planet. John would have loved it.”

Programme at the Illumination in Viðey Island:

Ferry ride and City Bus

Yoko Ono invites everyone to sail free to Viðey Island for the ceremony of the illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower with the Viðey Island Ferry.

5:45 pm – 8:10 pm: The City Bus rides from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier every 20 minutes. The City Bus is free of charge from Hlemmur bus terminal to Skarfabakki pier and back again.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: The ferry rides from Skarfabakki pier to Viðey Island.

9:45 pm – completion of emptying the island: After the ceremony the ferry rides from Viðey Island to Skarfabakki pier until the island has been evacuated.

The City Bus will run to Hlemmur bus terminal from Skarfabakki pier until the last ferry ride has arrived.


The programme starts at Viðeyjarnaust near the Imagine Peace Tower. The ceremony‘s host is Valur Freyr Einarsson.

6:30 pm: Guidance by Reykjavík Art Museum about the works of Richard Serra.

7:00 pm: A guided tour about the history of Viðey by Reykjavík City Museum.

7:30pm: Music performance by Sóley Stefnánsdóttir.

8:40 pm: Graduale Nobili choir of performs at the Imagine Peace Tower art piece. Yoko Ono speaks at the ceremony and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson.

9:00 pm: The illumination of the Imagine Peace Tower

9:30 pm: The musician Svavar Knútur performs at Viðeyjarnaust.

Refreshments can be bought in Viðeyjarnaust and Viðeyjarstofa.


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The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has reopened the rooms where John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged their 1969 Bed-In for Peace. The renovation puts together all four of the rooms they rented into one large suite with two bedrooms, a dining room, two lounges, two bathrooms and a pantry.

The bed sits at the end of the room, under the window, like a little stage. That is, of course, what it was for a week in the spring of 1969, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono used the bed to rally the world to the cause of peace, with a panoramic view of the city’s west end behind them.

John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace is a major part of the Beatles story — the moment when Lennon began pulling out from under his group’s unified image to begin his solo career, even before the band’s breakup.

And the hotel room high over downtown Montreal was where he recorded his first solo single, “Give Peace A Chance,” on the room’s bed, which had been dragged to the windows overlooking Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral and Dorchester Blvd. (now Blvd. Rene-Levesque.)

Room 1742 of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has been a pilgrimage site for decades now, since around the time of Lennon’s murder, but long after the original furniture had been taken away during one of the hotel’s periodical refreshes — like the $140-million renovation that recently closed the Queen Elizabeth for a year.

“During the bed-in, the hotel received many complaints from guests and local residents telling management to put an end to this circus,” says Joanne Papineau, public relations regional director for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for Eastern Canada.

“Guests were not happy about these ‘hippies’ taking up residence, but management added security and did what they could to control fans congregating in the lobby. At the time, we did not know what an impact the bed-in would have around the world.”

Toronto photographer Steve Stober was a 15-year-old Montrealer when he talked his way into the media circus back in May of 1969.

“As a kid photographer and self-proclaimed ‘world’s biggest Beatle fan,’ I was awestruck yet steady-handed when whisked past security into the now-famous suite at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel to witness history in the making.

“I assumed a position at the bedside and shot frame after frame for about 10 minutes before being ushered out. Everything else remains a blur. Kind of a peaceful gathering, from what I do recall. John did look directly into my camera. And he looked pretty good in his PJs.”

The hotel got permission from Ono to begin renting the suite in Lennon’s name in 1991, but the current renovation puts together all four of the rooms they rented into one large suite with two bedrooms, a dining room, two lounges, two bathrooms and a pantry.

The bed is beneath the window again, and the suite is full of artwork commissioned for the room, as well as a wall of archival photos of the ’69 bed-in.

Fairmont has also invested in a lot of technology to tell the story of that week.

In one lounge a wall of “filing cabinets” opens up to reveal audio visual displays devoted to aspects of the Bed Peace story, and a pair of virtual reality goggles sit beside the bed to let guests experience it from John and Yoko’s perspective.

A vintage telephone, TV set and tape deck also provide video and audio snippets of Lennon quotes, captured during the week. And if you’re so moved, there’s a guitar in the corner for strumming.

Reservations are filling up, but the suite can be rented for the relatively low price of $1,969 a night — a bargain considering it apparently cost Lennon $1,000 a night to rent all four rooms back in 1969.