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Ringo and the all star band , Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale FL, 8 Nov, 2017:



Ringo and the all star band , Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale FL 7 Nov, 2017:


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Lucy Bell Gallery is to present an exhibition of rare and unseen images of the Fab Four from The Getty Images Archives from November 18 until January 20.
The exhibition includes images of The Beatles from 1963 to 1970 featuring shots from famous photographers including David Redfern, Chris Ware, Jim Grey and Stan Maegher, as well as from Popperfoto, one of the UK’s oldest and image libraries founded in 1934, specialising in creative UK-based retro imagery. Images of the Beatles at work and behind the scenes, as well as historic images, such as John Lennon and Ringo Starr standing in the doorways of the adjoining houses on Ailsa Avenue, where Richard Lester’s film Help! was filmed in 1965, are included in the exhibition. This fascinating collection gives a rare insight into the lives of The Beatles during this period, and explores the extraordinary phenomena surrounding the Beatles.

Images of the Beatles at work and behind the scenes, as well as historic images, such as John Lennon and Ringo Starr standing in the doorways of the adjoining houses on Ailsa Avenue, where  Richard Lester’s film ‘Help!’, was filmed 1965, are included in the exhibition.

This fascinating collection, on tour from Getty Images Gallery, gives a rare insight into the lives of The Beatles during this period, and explores the extraordinary phenomena surrounding the Beatles.

Limited edition prints are for sale starting at £250.


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Ringo and his All Starr Band: Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Ringo Starr, Gregg Rolie, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. They’ll perform Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre.

Ringo calls from his hotel room amid the neon bling and bustle of Las Vegas, a Liverpudlian accent still peppering that unmistakable voice. Fresh off of rehearsal, Ringo readies for something he doesn’t have to do: tour.
“Every time I put a band together and we talk to the press, they say, ‘You want to tour? You’re still playing?’” Ringo said. “And I say, ‘Yep, because that’s what I do. I’m not an electrician.’”

“Ringo is the archetype of a great pop-rock drummer,” said Atlanta musician and producer Robert Schneider of psychedelic rockers the Apples in Stereo. “To me, he represents drumming perfection: heavy, groovy and solid, yet a little wild and not overly technical.”

Bill King, editor and publisher of the Atlanta-based Beatlefan magazine, calls him “one of the most influential drummers ever.”

Ringo, with his All Starr Band in tow, will display that influence Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. Known to have an enduring affection for the city, Ringo even invested in a downtown Atlanta eatery, the now-defunct London Brasserie, in the late 1980s.

His favorite ATL haunt today? “The Container Store,” he quipped. “That’s the place for me, brother. I need to contain myself, it seems.”

Fatefully, Ringo and company were booked to start their current tour in Las Vegas months in advance of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. A lone shooter took the lives of 59 people, including himself, and injured more than 500 others.

When recalling watching the event play out on television, Starr pauses with muted emotion. “Every time it comes up, I get a tear in my eye that so many went down,” Starr said. “Fifty-nine families have a lot to deal with, and all of those people who were wounded. … It’s hard to deal with it in your mind.”

The day after the tragedy, Starr was scheduled for a business meeting in Vegas ahead of an eight-night residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino set to begin less than two weeks later.“It was a big decision to go or not,” he said. “I decided, ‘Let’s go. Let’s not let it stop our lives. We’ve got to carry on.’”

Then in the midst of the meeting, someone broke the news to Ringo that his close friend and collaborator, musician Tom Petty, had died. Trudging forward, Starr made it through the meeting and kept the tour launch date on the books for Oct. 13 in Vegas.

On Oct. 12, Starr and wife Barbara Bach donated $100,000 through their Lotus Foundation to the Nevada Resort Association’s Vegas Strong Fund. The latter benefits those impacted by the Vegas shooting.

“And here we are,” Starr said. “The dream is still unfolding.” “Over the years, we’ve really gotten to know each other,” Starr explained. “We know where each other is heading. Once we get the harmonies right, we’re off (and running).”
Despite the fact he could easily dominate the stage himself for the entirety of a show, Starr opts for the communal experience of making music with others, allowing all involved a chance to shine.
“He likes getting to play to other peoples’ numbers,” said King. “As he says, all he ever wanted to be was a drummer. To him, the fact that he still gets to do that is the ultimate payoff. He’s spent his life doing what he wanted to do, which is play drums.”

8 p.m. Nov. 11.  Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta… TICKETS  H E R E.



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Dhani Harrison at the KNITTING FACTORY, BROOKLYN – First stop on the Dhani “In/// Parallel” tour

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Like many of the White Album’s tracks, “Sexy Sadie” dates from the Beatles time in India studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During this period, rumors began circulating that the Maharishi had been seducing female devotees (according to Paul, Alex Mardas—better known as “Magic Alex”—informed the group of the gossip). Disenchanted, the Beatles decided to leave, with John Lennon feeling the most betrayed.
As he told Rolling Stone in 1971, “So, we went to see Maharishi, the whole gang of us, the next day, charged down to his hut, his bungalow – his very rich-looking bungalow in the mountains – and as usual, when the dirty work came, I was the spokesman – whenever the dirty work came, I actually had to be leader … and I said ‘We’re leaving.’ ‘Why?’ he asked, and all that shit and I said, ‘Well, if you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.’”
While John and George waited for ride out of Rishikesh, John began jotting down lyrics to the song. “That was written just as we were leaving, waiting for our bags to be packed in the taxi that never seemed to come,” he said in Anthology. Overall, “John wrote ‘Sexy Sadie’ to get it off his chest,” Paul added.
According to Mark Lewisohn’s Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, John’s original lyrics seethed with anger: “Maharishi, you little twat, who the fuck do you think you are? Who the fuck do you think you are? Oh, you cunt.” In one of his final interviews, Lennon admitted: “I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I’d like them to be.”
In Many Years from Now, Paul told author Barry Miles that he believed Lennon’s anger toward the Maharishi was unwarranted. “Perhaps [the other Beatles] had been looking for something more than a guy and found he wasn’t a god, whereas I’d been looking at a guy who was saying, ‘I’m only giving you a system of meditation,” he said. According to Paul,John originally titled the song “Maharishi,” even using the name in the lyrics (“Maharishi, what have you done?”). George and Paul persuaded John to drop the name; to maintain the rhythm, Lennon changed the title to “Sexy Sadie.”
In retrospect, Paul stated, they had heard rumors about the guru from Magic Alex — not the most reliable of sources. Therefore altering the name to protect the innocent was a wise move.
An interesting relic of the original lyrics still exists: After returning from Rishikesh, Lennon carved the “Maharishi” version into a piece of wood, the words “the private mind of John Lennon” inscribed at the top. According to NME, Maureen Cox subsequently owned the wood; a collector later acquired it, and the memorabilia finally hit the auction block on September 23, 2013.
Another figure greatly influenced “Sexy Sadie”: Smokey Robinson. In later years, it was revealed that Lennon was a fan of Robinson and the Miracles’ “I’ve Been Good to You,” a 1961 single he enjoyed playing on his personal jukebox. The opening lines of the song – “Look what you’ve done; You’ve made a fool of everyone” – directly inspired the opening verses of “Sexy Sadie,” according to Jonathan Cott’s book Days That I’ll Remember. “Smokey Robinson has the most perfect voice,” John told. “A beautiful piece. … I go wild every time I hear it.”

After recording a demo of “Sexy Sadie” — possibly as part of the “Esher demos” — John brought the song to Abbey Road on July 19, 1968. The Beatles recorded 21 takes of the track, with take six later released as part of the Anthology 3 collection. This version featured vocals by John, Paul and George; electric guitar by George; drums by Ringo;and Hammond organ by John. The Beatles returned to the track on July 24, recording 23 takes.
Dissatisfied with those attempts, they tried to master “Sexy Sadie” once more on August 13; they completed eight more takes; the final take (labeled 107, counting all previous attempts) was chosen as best. They completed all overdubs on August 21, with Lennon rerecording his lead vocal. Organ, bass (courtesy of McCartney), piano, tambourine, and all backing vocals were also laid down.

The distorted, delayed piano (an effect similar to Phil Spector’s production on Imagine) creates an unsettled atmosphere, intensified by the swirling background vocals that sound as if they were recorded underwater. Harrison’s lead guitar slithers through the track, adding bite to Lennon’s bitter words. “Sexy Sadie you’ll get yours yet – however big you think you are,” Lennon snarls, his anger palpable. One can hear how John Lennon felt betrayed by his onetime guru: “You gave her everything you owned just sit at her table. Just a smile would lighten everything,” he complains.

Interestingly he changes the sex of this charlatan, suggesting that this character used sexuality to seduce. “She came along to turn on everyone. Sexy Sadie, the greatest of them all,” he admits, clearly stating that he had fallen under this figure’s spell.
The Maharishi’s alleged sin – seducing female followers — can be inferred from the lyrics, along with his apparent charisma. Sexy Sadie chiefly relied on feminine wiles and sexuality to lure apparently unsuspecting men. Similarly, Lennon seemingly argues, the Maharishi lured followers with power and personality.

George clearly disagreed with Lennon’s feelings toward the Maharishi, as he recorded not one but two response tracks. He originally wrote “Not Guilty” for the White Album (the Beatles recorded over 100 takes, with take 102 surfacing on Anthology 3), but eventually rerecorded it for 1979’s George Harrison: “Not guilty, nor leading you astray on the road to Mandalay,” he sings, vaguely referring to the Beatles’ sojourn.
On 1974’s Dark Horse, a telling track parodies the song: “Simply Shady”: “You may think of Sexy Sadie, let her in through your front door – and your life won’t be so easy anymore,” Harrison sings, demonstrating he had never forgotten the events behind Lennon’s composition.