Newly Discovered Tape Hints Beatles Were Considering Follow-Up To ‘Abbey Road’

A recently discovered tape that features a discussion three of The Beatles engaged in on September 8, 1969, two weeks ahead of Abbey Road’s release, indicate the group may have been considering a follow-up to the album.

The tape, which was played by Mark Lewisohn for The Guardian, features John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison discussing some plans.

Ringo Starr, the other member of the iconic band, was in hospital at the time.

Lennon is heard saying, “Ringo – you can’t be here, but this is so you can hear what we’re discussing.”

He then suggests a new songwriting split for the proposed next album: four tunes each by him, McCartney and Harrison, as well as two from Ringo “if he wants them.”

McCartney responds, saying, “I thought until this album that George’s songs weren’t that good.”

“That’s a matter of taste,” Harrison retorts. “All down the line, people have liked my songs.”

“It’s a revelation,” Lewisohn told the paper. “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high. But no — they’re discussing the next album.”

Lewisohn also says the tape indicates Lennon was not considering splitting from the band at that time.

“Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?” Lewisohn asks.

An expanded 50th-anniversary reissue of Abbey Road is due on September 27. Before that, on September 18, Lewisohn will launch a new touring stage presentation called The Beatles – Hornsey Road, at the Theatre Royal in Northampton, U.K.


Source: RTT News


This day in 1973: Gram Parsons dies

This day in 1973: Country-rock singer and songwriter 26-year-old Gram Parsons formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson’s wishes. The two were later arrested by police.



John Fogerty To Release ’50 Year Trip: Live At Red Rocks’ Album

John Fogerty is set to release 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks on November 8. The release of the live album will coincide with the cinematic release of a new concert film, for one night only, on November 11.

Last month, Fogerty announced plans to release a new live album featuring performances from a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

John Fogerty — 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks will be available on CD and digitally and will feature performances of 17 songs from the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman.

“I’ve played Red Rocks a number of times over the years and it’s always magical,” Fogerty says, “but this time, to play with both of my sons on this amazing stage, will certainly go down as one of the major highlights of my life.”

Meanwhile, the concert film will include footage of the entire two-and-a-half-hour concert, including Fogerty’s live covers of some classic songs from the late 1960s, like The Who’s “My Generation” and The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Those covers will not be available on the album.

Tickets for premiere screenings go on sale Friday, October 4.

50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks CD Track List:

“Born on the Bayou”
“Green River”
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door”
“Susie Q”
“Who’ll Stop the Rain”
“Hey Tonight”
“Up Around the Bend”
“Rock and Roll Girls”
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
“Long as I Can See the Light”
“Run Through the Jungle”
“Keep On Chooglin'”
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain”
“Down on the Corner”
“The Old Man Down the Road”
“Fortunate Son”
“Bad Moon Rising”
“Proud Mary”

Source: RTT News

This day in 1970 – Jimi Hendrix dies in London

This day in 1970 – Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message ‘I need help bad man’, on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract.

The Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek Dead At 75

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars – a new wave rock band of the 1980s, died Sunday in New York City at the age of 75.

The New York Police Department said Ocasek was found dead at a townhouse on East 19th Street, Manhattan.

The Cars, co-founded by Ocasek with bassist and singer Benjamin Orr in Boston in 1976, recorded more than a dozen top 40 singles.

The bands’ hits included “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” and “Just What I Needed.”

After The Cars disbanded in the late 1980s, Ocasek turned into a noted producer, working with influential punk and rock bands like Bad Brains, Weezer and Bad Religion.

Fans and musicians poured tributes in honor of the musician on social media.

One of them described Ocasek as “Master of tight, melodic guitar pop.”

“When older people talk about no good music on the radio today, they’re talking about music like Ric Ocasek and The Cars,” said Jason P. Woodbury, co-host of the Transmissions podcast.

Cause of death was attributed to heart disease and emphysema.


Source: RTT News

The Who Announces Details Of First Album In 13 Years

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who announced the details of the rock band’s new album after their concert at Pace Gallery in New York City last Thursday.

The rock band will release their first new album in 13 years, titled WHO, on November 22.

The artwork for WHO was unveiled at the opening of the brand new eight-story Pace contemporary art gallery where the band also performed a short acoustic set.

The singer and guitarist played classic songs such as “The Kids Are Alright,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

The 11-track album was mostly recorded in London and Los Angeles and was co-produced by Townshend and D. Sardy.

The Who also announced a ten-date U.K. and Ireland tour in the spring of 2020. Tickets go on sale at 10 am on September 20.

Track List:

All This Music Must Fade
Ball And Chain
I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
Beads On One String
Hero Ground Zero
Street Song
I’ll Be Back
Break The News
Rockin’ In Rage
She Rocked My World

Source: RTT News

This day in 1977: Marc Bolan dies in car crash

This day in 1977 – 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident. The couple were on the way to Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. A local man who witnessed the crash said, ‘When I arrived a girl was lying on the bonnet and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road.’


BREAKING NEWS: Eddie Money: Dead at 70

Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday (Sept. 13). He was 70.

A statement provided by his family reads: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.

A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. It chronicled his life at home and with his family, revealing his health struggles.

Money made his home in the Bay Area where he performed at the city’s clubs regularly. A star of MTV’s formative years, during which he starred in a series of comedic music videos, he saw major chart success with such songs as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and in 1986 “Take Me Home Tonight”, a duet with Ronnie Spector, which was a radio hit. He was signed to Columbia Records and released 11 albums throughout his career.

In an interview with Rolling Stone conducted last year, Money said that, despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.” In his typically self-deprecating manner, Money capped it with this view: :The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”

Source: Variety


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