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ABBEY ROAD CROSSING REPAINTED DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

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The famous crossing is usually swamped with tourists
A London municipal crew has repainted the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the cover of The Beatles‘ 1969 album of the same name, while the city is under lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The crew quietly painted the normally swamped tourist hotspot zebra crossing on Tuesday (March 24), after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a shutdown of non-essential businesses on Friday (March 20).

The pedestrian crossing was designated a site of national importance by the British government in 2010. This means it can only be altered with the approval of the local authorities which would make a decision based on the site’s historic significance, function and condition, according to Reuters.
“This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photoshoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage,” John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage said in a statement at the time.

EarthCam has a live webcam monitoring the site, which now features a fresh coat of paint and very few pedestrians.
The ‘Abbey Road’ album celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and received the deluxe reissue treatment. It packed 23 session recordings and demos, including a host of previously unreleased material. Fans flocked in the thousands to the famous crossing to celebrate it last August. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also reunited at Abbey Road studios for a party celebrating the anniversary.

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RINGO STARR MOVES 2020 ALL STARR BAND TOUR TO 2021

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Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his 2020 North American tour with his All Starr Band to 2021, citing concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid-19 crisis. The lineup remains intact: Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette, and Hamish Stuart. The spring 2021 tour will include a mini residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre.

“This is very difficult for me,” said Starr, in the March 27 announcement. “In 30 years I think I’ve only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it’s the peace and loving thing we do for each other.”

Two dates will include Americana band, the Avett Brothers. (No longer on the schedule are performances in Bangor, Me., and Mexico.) Tickets already purchased for the 2020 dates will be honored at the 2021 performances. Tickets are available for purchase here.

The original 2020 tour was announcement on Nov. 4, 2019, on the heels of the release of Ringo’s 20th studio album, What’s My Name. The title track is a rousing anthem written by a returning All Starr Band member, Colin Hay, that turns a familiar chant from Ringo’s live shows into a rousing rocker.

The album is the latest in a series of recordings that Starr has produced in his home studio and a distinguished cast of musical friends playing along with Ringo, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Winter, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Lukather, Nathan East, Hay, Richard Page, Warren Ham, and more.

Ringo, who turns 80 on July 7, recently released Another Day in the Life, the third in his series of books with Genesis Publications, that follows the sell-out success of Postcards From the Boys (2003) and Photograph (2013), and features previously unpublished collection of his photographs, captioned with his own thoughts and anecdotes.

 

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band 2021 Tour (Tickets are available HERE)
Date TBA – Casino Rama – Rama, Ontario (prev. May 29, 2020)
Date TBA – Casino Rama – Rama, Ontario (prev. May 30)
Jun 01 – Paramount Theatre – Asbury Park, NJ (prev. June 14)
Jun 03 – Boch Center Wang Theatre – Boston, MA (With The Avett Brothers) (prev. June 10)
Jun 05 – Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, NH (With The Avett Brothers) (prev. June 11)
Jun 07 – State Theatre – Easton, PA (prev. June 6)
Jun 08 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY (prev. June 2)
Jun 09 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY (prev. June 3)
Jun 11 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY (prev. June 5)
Jun 12 – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – Red Bank, NJ (prev. June 7)
Jun 13 – Providence Perf. Arts Center – Providence, RI (prev. June 13)
Jun 15 – Modell Lyric Theatre – Baltimore, MD (prev. June 16)
Jun 16 – Modell Lyric Theatre – Baltimore, MD (prev. June 17)
Jun 18 – PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA (prev. June 20)
Jun 19 – Tanglewood – Lenox, MA (prev. June 19)
Jun 20 – Metropolitan Opera House – Philadelphia, PA (prev. June 21)
Jun 22 – Cobb Energy Centre – Atlanta, GA (prev. June 23)
Jun 23 – Cobb Energy Centre – Atlanta, GA (prev. June 24)
Jun 25 – St Augustine Amphitheatre – St Augustine, FL (prev. June 26)
Jun 26 – Hard Rock Casino – Hollywood, FL (prev. June 27)
Jun 27 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL (prev. June 28)
Jun 09 – Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, ME (With The Avett Brothers)

Oct 20 – Auditorio Nacional – Ciudad de Mexico, MX

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‘LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY’: JOHN LENNON’S FULL-LENGTH LIVE APPEARANCE

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John Lennon has two live albums in his solo catalogue, the Live Peace In Toronto 1969 with the Plastic Ono Band and another that was recorded three years later in New York City. Whereas the first came out contemporaneously the Live In New York City album was released posthumously in 1986.

Recorded on 30 August 1972 at Madison Square Garden, Lennon performed two shows, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, to raise money for children with mental health issues. Released in February 1986, the album made the US charts on 22 March and peaked shortly after at No.41.

Live In New York City was John Lennon’s last full-length concert performance, shortly after the release of Some Time in New York City. The concerts, billed as ‘One to One’, also featured Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Melanie Safka and Sha-Na-Na, but none of their performances are featured on the album or subsequent video release.

Backing Lennon and Yoko Ono were Elephant’s Memory, who played on Some Time in New York City. The material that was performed was largely drawn from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Some Time in New York City, but also included ‘Come Together’ from the Beatles’ Abbey Road and covered Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ before finishing with, ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

There is a poignancy to this album as it was the only rehearsed and full-length live performances of John’s solo career, and his first – and last – formal, live concerts since the Beatles retired from the road in 1966.

Yoko produced the album and these two concerts also marked the last time that John and Yoko performed together on stage. Sadly it is no longer available, but it would be fitting tribute if it were once again added to John’s solo catalogue.

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GEORGE HARRISON’S FOUNDATION DONATES HALF A MILLION TO COVID-19 RELIEF

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George Harrison’s Material World Foundation has donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief. The foundation — started by the late Beatle in 1973 with the release of the LP Living in the Material World — donated the funds to MusiCare’s COVID-19 Foundation, Save the Children, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

In addition, the foundation launched “The Inner Light Challenge,” in which users across the globe share a line, verse, or chorus from the Beatles’ 1968 B side — featured in a new lyric-video below. One dollar will be donated to pandemic relief for every person who posts the clip with the hashtag #innerlight2020, with a maximum of $100,000.

Harrison’s son, Dhani, covers “The Inner Light” in the clip above. “Without going out of my door/I can know all things on earth,” he sings, ringing a Tibetan singing bowl while sitting on a couch. “Without looking out of my window/I could know the ways of heaven.”

“These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine, or respecting the request to shelter in place,” Harrison’s widow, Olivia, said in a statement. “Let’s get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help, and we invite you to share your Inner Light.”

Dhani recently revived his father’s record label, Dark Horse Records, and has plans for previously unreleased material to see the light of day. “It’s the family business, as they say,” “It’s funny — if you’re a plumber and want to be in the family plumbing business, no one would think anything about that. That would be normal. But in our family, the family business is music, so I’m just doing what mum and dad did. No one is making us do it. We have to do it.”

VIDEO…Here.

Ringo and Paul on initiative #innerlight2020…
“I am sending Peace and Love to everyone and hope you are staying healthy and safe. I want to thank and support Dhani and Olivia for this great campaign to help to fight Covid 19. Peace and love,” Ringo

“When we find ourselves in times of trouble… Happy to support Dhani and Olivia with this very worthwhile cause. Great song, wonderful initiative #innerlight2020” – Paul