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DENNY LAINE ON THE ODDS OF WINGS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE R´N´ROLL HALL OF FAME

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Denny Laine will be inducted as a co-founder of the Moody Blues, though he was with the band for just one album. The ceremony takes place on April 14 in Cleveland.

Denny Laine co-founded the group with a post-Beatles Paul McCartney during 1971 and is the only member besides McCartney and his wife, Linda, to be part of the group for its entire decade-long run, which included seven studio albums and hits such as “My Love,” “Band On The Run,” “Jet,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Mull Of Kintyre” and more.

But thought it was positioned as a band, Laine tells us that McCartney’s presence loomed too large for Wings to ever be considered for the Rock Hall itself:
“I heard that before, when Paul was inducted as an individual, that was including the Wings era — in other words, Wings was not, as such, a band…It was not a band, really. It was Paul McCartney and the backing band…That’s the truth of the matter, even though we were really close as friends at the time we weren’t a band like the Beatles, the Stones, the Moody Blues. We were just his backing group, really…I wouldn’t see that as a band that would go into the Hall of Fame, to be honest.”


PAUL, NANCY AND STELLA ATTEND CONCERT ABOARD YACHT IN St. BARTS

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Paul recently jetted off to the balmy climes of the Caribbean to see in the New Year with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Paul was spotted attending a Jimmy Buffet concert aboard a luxury yacht off the shores of Saint Barthélemy with his daughter Stella and Nancy, on Wednesday night.

A source told MailOnline that he was due to take to the stage and perform for the well-heeled crowd, but eventually changed his mind.
They were in good company as they partied the night away on the yacht, joining the likes of Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng, 49, and her 21-year-old boyfriend Bertold Zahoran.

Earlier in the day, Paul was spotted enjoying the French-Caribbean island just three months since Hurricane Irma threatened to destroy the popular holiday haven.
Paul and Nancy have been holidaying at the island’s Eden Rock Hotel & Villas, a luxury resort owned by the parents of Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews and his brother, Pippa Middleton’s husband James.

 

ROCK HALL BEEFS ITS BEATLES EXHIBIT

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has beefed up its Beatles exhibit with some never-before-displayed artifacts related to the Fab Four.

Watching various Beatles artifacts “Come Together” is what told the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the time was right to update its Fab Four exhibition. Specifically, over the last year, the venue received an Archibald Ramsden upright piano Paul McCartney and John Lennon used to write some of The Beatles’ most-iconic songs, as well as the latter’s Hofner Senator electric guitar.

“We’ve had tremendous growth in the last couple of years, where we’ve freshened up the experience,” Rock Hall VP of Marketing and Communications Todd Mesek said. “It’s not just about artifacts, but it’s about connecting the legacy artists and the inductees. It’s about telling the story and not just to explain things. “Now we have these new Beatles artifacts, as well as a great collection of stuff that’s either on display or in the vault. So we had these things come together.”

Additional items featured in the exhibit include drumsticks used by Ringo Starr during the Beatles’ 1964 concert at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, a suit worn by George during the Beatles’ 1966 tour and Paul’s musical score/notes for “Birthday.”

“We’ve always had a significant Beatles exhibit, for obvious reasons,” Mesek said. “They’re so big and impactful. And this is still one of the biggest displays of Beatles memorabilia, but to see this stuff that’s never been on display before is incredibly important for us.”

Regarding the prized piano, Paul played it after he moved in with girlfriend Jane Asher at her parents’ home in central London. The piano was located in the basement music room. It’s where Lennon and McCartney composed songs such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “And I Love Her,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Eventually, Asher’s younger brother, Peter — of pop music vocal duo Peter & Gordon — owned the piano.

“As for the Hofner Senator guitar, in the early days of The Beatles, when they were in Germany, it was Lennon’s kind of go-to daily practice studio-composition instrument he always had with him,” Mesek said. “So that paints a picture, too. These are items that have never been on display before.”

After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Rock Hall has spent the last two years redefining its next chapter by rebranding the popular tourist destination, which annually attracts more than 400,000 visitors. That included moving the café to the first floor and this past summer the debut of “The Power of Rock Experience” film, which can be screened in the revamped Connor Theater featuring arena-quality sound, huge video screens and fan interactivity.

“The next significant phase is the third floor will become the entire Hall of Fame,” Mesek said. “We’ll have a representation of all of the inductees. No matter who is your favorite artist is, you’ll see some representation. “It’ll also connect to the ‘Power of Rock Experience.’ There will be some interactive elements. That’s coming in April, just in time for the inductions. So, overall, it’s a multi-year, multimillion dollar transformation that will broaden that experience.”

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day but Wednesday, when it is open until 9 p.m.

Where: 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland.

 

source:herald

PAUL, NANCY AND HIS GRANDCHILDREN IN ST BARTS

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Paul was not put off his annual festive break on the island, after jetting in with wife Nancy and his grandchildren on Boxing Day.


Having gathered his family in the idyllic destination to ring in 2017, Paul,was unlike fellow celebrities who have chosen to decamp to other islands for their fix of winter sun this Christmas.


Paul spent Christmas with his smitten partner Nancy after wrapping his exciting tour in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year. Paul flashed a cheery thumbs up as he stepped onto the idyllic Caribbean island alongside Nancy.


Paul appeared to be in great spirits as he chatted and laughed away with Nancy while climbing down from the jet.
The couple’s outing comes after they spent Christmas together. The married couple are more loved-up than ever before and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October.

 

source:dailymail