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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took to media on Tuesday to honor the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, who died at 80 today.

Paul and Ringo took to media today to honor the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, who died at 80 on Tuesday.

“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts, the Stones drummer dying,” Paul McCartney said. “He was a lovely guy, and I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill. So lots of love to his family, his wife and kids, his extended family. And condolences to the Stones, it will be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you Charlie. I’ve always loved you, beautiful man. Great condolences and sympathies to his family.”

Ringo Starr added on his own Twitter: “God bless Charlie Watts. We’re going to miss you, man. Peace and love to the family.”

Tributes have poured in following news of the drummer’s death, from Elton John (“The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company”) to Graham Nash (“Charlie Watts was the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones”).

His death comes weeks after the Stones announced Watt wouldn’t be participating in the upcoming No Filter tour, which kicks off in late September. “For once, my timing has been a little off,” he joked.


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Don Everly of the influential early rock ‘n’ roll duo The Everly Brothers died Saturday at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. In the wake of his passing, musicians who were inspired by the duo’s music have taken to social media to post tribute messages in Don’s honor.

Ringo Starr posted an homage to Don and his younger brother and band mate, Phil, who died in 2014, on his Twitter that reads, “God bless Don and Phil the Everly brothers we loved them peace and love.” The message is accompanied by a vintage photos of The Beatles and The Everly Brothers together.

Founding Beach Boys member Brian Wilson also paid tribute to Don on his Twitter page. “I’m sad to hear about Don Everly passing,” Wilson wrote. “The Everly Brothers were a big influence on us and we learned a lot from their beautiful harmonies. Love & mercy to Don’s family.”

Meanwhile, Peter Frampton tweeted, “I am so sad to hear about the loss of Don Everly. Both Phil and Don created songs and harmonies that changed music forever. You will be together again now. RIP Don and Phil.”

Here are tributes from some other notable music artists:

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis: “The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music. Very few of us can say we were around at the beginning, and even fewer can say we’re still here. With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective…reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories…God Bless Don Everly and long live Rock and Roll music.”

Don McLean: “I met the Everly Brothers in 1969 and asked them about Buddy Holly. Phil said Buddy took the plane so he could do his laundry. I think Buddy had other laundry to do as well. This started my thinking for ‘American Pie’ which I wrote later. Additionally, Don was a great lead singer and unique rhythm guitar player.”

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies: “Very sad day. Both of the Everlys were part of my musical life growing up. We were inspired by their wonderful records and their singing and their voices. ‘Wake Up Little [Susie]’ was my favorite as a kid.”

David Crosby: “[The Everly Brothers were the first] people who made me really love harmony…'[All I Have to Do Is] Dream.’”



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The casting director who’s put out an appeal to find ‘Ringo Starr’ for the new Epstein biopic, Midas Man, says he would love to find him in Liverpool.

Dan Hubbard, head of Dan Hubbard Casting, says the successful person doesn’t have to be a trained actor, but ‘it has to be someone who’s up for it’.

Dan says: “Ringo was a one-off. There’s no other face out there like Ringo. He’s got quite a characterful nose…
“But it’s that inventive, bubbly, sharp-witted personality. He’s non-threatening, he would charm anyone, that was his role in the group, and the audience is going to want to immediately fall in love with whoever plays Ringo.
“For me, personally, I would love it if we could find him in Liverpool.”

He adds: “I am very familiar with the city, it’s my second home, and I have got lots of friends and people I know there, so it’s very important for me to get it right – because I know I’ll be lynched if I don’t!”

Queen’s Gambit star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is set to play Brian Epstein in the film about the legendary Beatles manager.
Described as an ‘emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire’ by its producers, Midas Man will tell the story of the Liverpudlian record-shop manager with a talent for forecasting hits and spotting future stars.

Epstein discovered The Beatles – he was referred by Paul McCartney as ‘the fifth Beatle’ – and signed them in 1961; and he also found Cilla Black and others like Billy J Kramer. He also opened his own theatre to promote and launch people like Jimi Hendrix and the Who.

Dan says they have already got the other Beatles and Pete Best, too, and says he is ‘really excited’ about them: “They are brilliant.”
But now the search is on for The Beatles’ drummer and Dan has launched the search for someone, perhaps an actor but perhaps not, who’s 19-25 to play him.
He wants to hear from anyone who is from the city ‘or able to do the accent very well’, and who can perhaps even play drums or has ‘any drumming experience’.

Dan, who says he has come close to finding Ringo in the past, says: “As a unit, they have got to work. If I get it wrong I will be in trouble. It would be nice if we could find a drummer, a musician, who’s up for a bit of acting.
“He wouldn’t have as much to do as McCartney or Lennon, who we have got. But there’s got to be someone out there who is the spit of Ringo, who isn’t aware of this and needs to be aware of it!

“We can help make it work. We can guide him, we can train him if he is raw. We want the actors to be able to play their instruments to a degree but to have that upbeat, friendly, mad-cap humour going on and that’s why I would love to find Ringo in Liverpool. If we can do that, it would be great.”
Liverpool Film Office, which supports productions in searching for locations and filming services, has been helping the production company to find the crew for Midas Man, issuing a call last month after which it says it was inundated with CVs from local crew to work on the film.


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Ringo has just announced his new EP Change The World today in a special appearance on Talk Shop Live. Change The World arrives in full on September 24th, and the first track “Let’s Change The World” is available now to stream & download!

“I’ve been saying I only want to release EPs at this point and this is the next one. What a blessing it’s been during this year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some I’ve worked with before and some new friends.”

Lead single “Let’s Change The World” delivers a welcome dose of hope and Ringo’s trademark optimism. The song was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather, both of whom also played on the track, with backing vocals by Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine & Darryl Phinnessee.

Change The World is out September 24th to stream/download, on CD, and on cassette tape, with a 10” vinyl release following on November 19th. Pre-order now and listen to “Let’s Change The World”!.


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The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) celebrates the creative period surrounding his albums Shot of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. The collection, available as a deluxe 5-disc box set, as well as 2-CD and 2-LP highlight packages, arrives September 17, 2021, via Sony’s Legacy Recordings.

The deluxe 5-CD edition of the album, presents 57 rare Dylan recordings, 54 of them previously unreleased in any format, from 1980-1985. The deluxe edition features a book with extensive liner notes written by Damien Love, previously unseen photos and more.
Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) Deluxe Edition:
Disc 1 (1980-1981)

  1. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Rehearsal)
  2. To Ramona (Rehearsal)
  3. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Rehearsal)
  4. Mary of the Wild Moor (Rehearsal)
  5. Need a Woman (Rehearsal)
  6. A Couple More Years (Rehearsal)
  7. Mystery Train (Shot of Love Outtake) Featuring Ringo Starr,
  8. This Night Won’t Last Forever (Rehearsal)
  9. We Just Disagree (Rehearsal)
  10. Let’s Keep It Between Us (Rehearsal)
  11. Sweet Caroline (Rehearsal)
  12. Fever (Rehearsal)
  13. Abraham, Martin and John (Rehearsal)
    (With a group of musicians including Fred Tackett (guitar), David Mansfield (mandolin), Willie Smith (keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass), Jim Keltner (drums) and background vocals by Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Gwen Evans, and Regina McCrary.

Disc 2

(Outtakes and alternate takes of recordings produced by Chuck Plotkin for Shot of Love)

  1. Angelina (Shot of Love Outtake)
  2. Price of Love (Shot of Love Outtake)
  3. I Wish It Would Rain (Shot of Love Outtake)
  4. Let It Be Me (International 7″ Single B-Side)
  5. Cold, Cold Heart (Shot of Love Outtake)
  6. Don’t Ever Take Yourself Away (Shot of Love Outtake)
  7. Fur Slippers (Shot of Love Outtake)
  8. Borrowed Time (Shot of Love Outtake)
  9. Is It Worth It? (Shot of Love Outtake)
  10. Lenny Bruce (Shot of Love Alternate Mix)
  11. Yes Sir, No Sir (Shot of Love Outtake)

Discs Three and Four are centered on the material Dylan wrote for Infidels, performed by the all-star band assembled for the album which featured Mark Knopfler (guitar), Mick Taylor (guitar), Alan Clark (keyboards), Robbie Shakespeare (bass) and Sly Dunbar (drums):

Disc 3

  1. Jokerman (Infidels Alternate Take)
  2. Blind Willie McTell (Take 5 – Infidels Outtake)
  3. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight (Version 1) (Infidels Alternate Take)
  4. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight (Version 2) (Infidels Alternate Take)
  5. Neighborhood Bully (Infidels Alternate Take)
  6. Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart (Infidels Outtake)
  7. This Was My Love (Infidels Outtake)
  8. Too Late (Acoustic Version) (Infidels Outtake)
  9. Too Late (Band Version) (Infidels Outtake)
  10. Foot of Pride (Infidels Outtake)

Disc 4

  1. Clean Cut Kid (Infidels Outtake)
  2. Sweetheart Like You (Infidels Alternate Take)
  3. Baby What You Want Me To Do (Infidels Outtake)
  4. Tell Me (Infidels Outtake)
  5. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (Infidels Outtake)
  6. Julius and Ethel (Infidels Outtake)
  7. Green, Green Grass of Home (Infidels Outtake)
  8. Union Sundown (Infidels Outtake)
  9. Lord Protect My Child (Infidels Outtake)
  10. I and I (Infidels Alternate Take)
  11. Death is Not the End (Full Version) (Infidels Outtake)