'I don't know if I'm comfortable with that': John Lennon's son Julian is shocked by his father being brought 'back to life' to duet in hi-tech stage performances with ex-Beatles bandmate Sir Paul McCartney
Julian was just 17 when his father John was gunned down in December of 1980.In June he watched father's posthumous duet with former bandmate McCartney.
Sir Paul collaborated with filmmaker Peter Jackson to bring Lennon 'back to life'. Custom AI simulated John Lennon's voice, allowing Sir Paul to duet at Glasto. The stunt proved a hit among Beatles fans, and Julian admitted he 'actually enjoyed it'.
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In 1991, George Harrison, his long-time friend, Eric Clapton, and Clapton’s band embarked on a 12-show tour of Japan. Although, it took some convincing on Clapton’s part to get George to do it. George never liked touring, especially when he was a Beatle and even more after his disastrous 1974 solo tour of America.
The “Taxman” singer reluctantly agreed to the Japanese tour only because he needed to get out of a rut. Plus, touring with Clapton’s band was easier than finding and forming a band. When it finished, George was thankful to Clapton for giving him the push he needed to get back on the road.
Paul McCartney has been the object of many romantic desires since his teen idol days as frontman of The Beatles, but his personal life has had its highs and lows.
After his first wife, Linda, died of breast cancer in 1998, McCartney said he "cried for a year." His subsequent marriage to former model Heather Mills ended in an acrimonious divorce and a $50 million settlement.
But McCartney didn't let the breakup sour him on finding love, and he was soon spotted with Nancy Shevell, a New York-based businesswoman and breast cancer survivor who founded a cancer resource center in the Hamptons.
Apart from working with the Beatles, John Lennon also collaborated with the love of his life, Yoko Ono. In 1980, he and Ono released their collaborative effort ‘Double Fantasy.’ Three weeks after its release, Lennon was shot and killed by a Beatles fan named Mark David Chapman.
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon also gave his last interview before his tragic passing. Speaking to RKO Radio Network’s DJ Dave Sholin and Laurie Kaye, Lennon revealed his opinion on Bruce Springsteen and praised one of The Boss’ songs.
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John Lennon‘s son, Sean Ono Lennon, inspired two similarly-named songs from the former Beatle’s final album, Double Fantasy. Yoko Ono wrote one of the songs. Subsequently, she revealed she was making a statement about men in general with the track’s lyrics.
“Well, what can I say?” John replied. “It’s about Sean. It’s self-explanatory. The music and the lyric came at the same time.”
Yoko wrote a similarly titled song, “Beautiful Boys,” for Double Fantasy. She discussed the track too. “That speaks for itself, really,” she said. “It’s a message to men. John and Sean inspired me, but the third verse is about all the beautiful boys of the world. That’s sort of like the extension of the idea. I had relationships with men, but it was always ‘You know where the door is.'”
Bob Dylan had something witty to say after listening to The Beatles‘ 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. Dylan met the band in 1964. Shortly after, the two began to inspire each other.
Greene wrote The Beatles were “so mesmerized by his wise lyrics and simple chords that they played the albums constantly in their Hôtel George V suite.”
Then, Dylan found the band and was similarly impressed. “Dylan drove cross-country from Denver to New York in 1963 with friend and photographer Barry Feinstein, playing the radio nonstop, and by midjourney it was clear to Dylan that the Beatles were ‘doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous and their harmonies made it all valid, but I kept it to myself that I really dug them,’ he told biographer Anthony Scaduto.
“‘Everybody else thought they were for the teenyboppers, that they were going to pass right away, but it was obvious to me that they had staying power.'”
When Tom Petty started working on his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever, he turned to George Harrison for help. The two musicians were friends and had worked together in The Traveling Wilburys. Harrison was a fan of the album and helped champion it. He also helped Petty improve some of the songs. Petty explained that there was one line in “I Won’t Back Down” that confused Harrison. His feedback helped bring the song to its finished form.“I think I needed a friend really badly,” he said in the book Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes. “My friendship with the band was a different kind of friendship. And it was frayed. I’d become very lonely. George came along, and we got so close; it was like we had known each other in some other life or something. We were pals within minutes of meeting each other.”
George Harrison said Jeff Lynne’s singing voice made him want to try harder on his vocals for his 1987 album, Cloud Nine. However, Lynne might have formed his singing voice on George’s.
For the most part, George’s singing voice was always in top form. Except during his first solo American tour in 1974.
Before his Dark Horse Tour, George did a lot of recording. It exhausted him and wore out his voice.
“That was the problem in 1974, when I toured America,” George explained to Rolling Stone in 1979. “I’d done three albums before I went on the road, and I was still trying to finish my own album as we were rehearsing, and also we’d done this other tour in Europe with these classical Indian musicians. By the time it came to going on the road I was already exhausted.
Over the weekend, the Hollywood Critics Association hosted its 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Disney picked up a number of awards at the event, with “Dopesick” and “Abbott Elementary” picking up multiple awards. Also, What’s On Disney Plus’s writer Mama’s Geeky Tessa Smith presented one of the awards during the ceremony.
Disney+ Originals picked up a number of awards including “The Beatles: Get Back” winning in the Best Streaming Docuseries or Non-Fiction Series category. While “Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers” won the award for Best Streaming Movie.
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George Harrison made it his life’s work to raise consciousness, in every sense of the phrase. In 1971, he managed the extraordinary combination of both raising money for a desperate humanitarian plight in South Asia, and creating a hit record about it.
Probably not too many radio programmers or record buyers knew very much about the former East Pakistan until Harrison used his influence to publicise the country’s plight. He had been deeply moved when his friend Ravi Shankar brought to his attention the human disaster in which millions of refugees from the country were starving, because of the effects of the Bhola cyclone of 1970 and the Liberation War.
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In 1964, pop groups in America didn't talk about politics or social issues. When they spoke to the press at all, it was about very superficial, Tiger Beat-style topics such as what they like to do in their dressing room before a show or whether they had favourite pets at home.
When The Beatles arrived on the scene in 1964, they changed all that. Their invasion of America was not just about music and fashion, but reshaping the very idea of a pop star into a thinking, feeling, three-dimensional human being with principles and opinions.
And all four Beatles were united in their opinion on the policies of racial segregation that were in practice through much of the southern United States. So much so that in the midst of their 23-city tour, they issued a brief, forceful press statement that said: “We will not appear unless Negroes are allowed to sit anywhere.” The Fabs were looking ahead to a date at the Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, FL, where they'd heard that blacks were confined to the upper tiers at public events.
John Lennon said The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” reflected feelings he had since his childhood. In addition, he said a lyric of the song was about how he must be “crazy” or “a genius.” Notably, the song appeared on the soundtrack album of one of The Beatles’ movies.The book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is an interview from 1980. In it, John talks about “Strawberry Fields Forever” at length. “The second line goes, ‘No one I think is in my tree,'” John said. That line actually comes much later in the song than John recalled. “Well, what I was trying to say in that line is ‘Nobody seems to be as hip as me, therefore I must be crazy or a genius.'”
Chances are that you had a few extra guests over the Thanksgiving holiday – namely John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back,” was a three-night Thanksgiving event on Disney+, one that featured previously unseen material from the lead-up to their last-ever live public performance, is astounding and eye-opening, an intimate portrait of larger-than-life creative titans.
“The Beatles: Get Back” is easily one of the premier television events of the year – and if you need some nudging in the direction of the Fab Four, well, here are all the reasons that you should make it appointment viewing.
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George Harrison‘s son, Dhani, said his father said something typical to him in a dream once. Dhani was 23 when his famous father died of cancer in 2001.
The former Beatle and his wife, Olivia, treated Dhani like an adult throughout his life. George told him things about life, including spirituality, from a young age.
When his father died, Dhani was more familiar with what happens after you die than George was at 23. So, Dhani should have expected his father’s response in dreamland.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Olivia said she’s “constantly surprised” to hear Dhani talk about things she didn’t know George had told him.
“Whether it was something for history’s sake, or a mantra, or some lesson, I thought, he didn’t wait until (Dhani) was 30 or 40,” Olivia said. “That’s a real lesson, too. Why do we hold back? Why are we so constrained by time? George didn’t live like that. Maybe he was prescient. Maybe he knew.”
In 1991, George Harrison embarked on a 12-show Japanese tour with his long-time friend Eric Clapton. George had some trepidations about touring for the first time since 1974. However, Clapton put his mind at ease.
When George got on the road, he found that touring wasn’t so bad, at least not that type of touring. It got him out of a rut and even allowed him to perform some of his biggest hits for the first time.
George didn’t like touring because of all the exhausting planning. He didn’t want to waste time getting a band together and rehearsing. However, George still missed playing with other musicians. So, when Clapton said he could have him and his band for a 12-show tour, Geoge couldn’t pass it up.
Eight years after his death, Robin Williams is still revered for his legendary career (via Yahoo! Entertainment). On August 11, 2014, the actor and comedian killed himself after being misdiagnosed with Parkinson's disease. An autopsy later revealed that Williams was actually suffering from Lewy body dementia, a disease (per Mayo Clinic) that slowly deteriorates the mind. Per Biography, his legacy lives on, remembered for his beloved roles in "Good Will Hunting," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Jumanji," "Aladdin," and many more. Besides his Oscar for "Good Will Hunting," Williams was also a five-time Grammy award-winning performer, out of nine nominations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams had numerous musical accomplishments to his credit. In 1993, he was a part of the "Aladdin" soundtrack, where he sang "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali." The album later climbed to No. 6 on the charts. Moreover, NME reports that Williams sang in several of his other films and projects, including in "Mrs. Doubtfire." At the 2000 Academy Awards, he performed "Blame Canada" (as seen on YouTube) from the film "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut." The Ringer writes that it is now considered to be one of the most iconic moments in Oscar hi details
Disney’s docuseries “The Beatles: Get Back,” has been nominated for five Emmys. Filmmaker Peter Jackson received a nod for directing it, and another entry for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, along with co-producers Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – the two-living members of the band – as well as John Lennon and George Harrison’s widows, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
In the series, Jackson gives an in-depth, behind the scenes view of Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 80-minute, 1970 documentary “Let It Be,” whose nearly 60 hours of film footage shot in 1969 and recorded over 150 hours of audio. The studio recordings were locked in a vault for 50 years. Jackson and his team accessed the material, and by applying film restoration techniques, they created a nearly 8-hour, three-part series of The Beatles making their twelfth studio album.
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George Harrison wasn’t impressed with much music, including his own sometimes, but he truly didn’t like “headbanging” guitar players. He thought their type of music was just a bunch of noise. They didn’t know the guitar.
In 1989, George told Mark Rowland (per George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters) that he didn’t consider himself the best guitar player. He might have been if he continued to tour throughout his solo career, but that would’ve been impossible. George liked performing, but touring was exhausting.
“I don’t rate myself as a guitar player, and I know exactly why I’m not—it’s because my life led me to all this other bullshit, and consequently, I didn’t want to keep going on the road and playing,” George explained. “At the same time, you can’t be everything in life. I’m just thankful I’m still here, and whatever it is I do, you know, that’s it.”
After George Harrison and Pattie Boyd divorced, they maintained a more friendly relationship than the one they had while married. The same could not always be said about Boyd’s relationship with her second husband, Eric Clapton. Boyd, Harrison, and Clapton were all at the same party, and Clapton behaved coldly toward her. She explained that she and Harrison laughed at his behavior. Harrison and Boyd married in 1966. Their marriage was happy at first, but when he began dedicating himself to spiritualism, she felt alienated from him. They grew further and further apart, something that wasn’t helped by infidelity on both sides. On New Year’s Eve in 1973, Harrison told Boyd he wanted a divorce at a party.
Ringo Starr is in Ontario with his All-Starr Band, and at 82 years of age he says that he does not have retirement in mind, because one of the things that keeps him young-minded and fulfilled is his love of music.
“People always ask but I’m a musician, I don’t have to retire as long as I can pick up the drumsticks I can do a show. I can be playing the blues, it’s just the way it is. I love this and it’s part of us, we are musicians at the end of the day.”
This year, Ringo and company will be touring the United States, Canada and Mexico to spread a good dose of rock to the public, including music from their last two EPs: ‘Zoom In’ and ‘Change The World’.
George Harrison said it was complicated to see his former bandmate, Paul McCartney perform in 1989. The ex-Beatles didn’t have the best relationship before and after they went their separate ways following the band’s split in 1970.
In 1988 George had some conflicting thoughts on Paul. He said they were tentatively rebuilding their relationship during an interview on Aspel & Co.
“I didn’t really know Paul and never really saw much of him through the last 10 or 12 years,” George explained. “But more recently, we’ve been hanging out and getting to know each other, going for dinner and meeting and having a laugh.”
He told Ray Martin (per George Harrison on George Harrison), “Paul is a hypocrite sometimes because right before we had that Hall of Fame thing, you know, we’d not been friends for a number of years and we spent a long time really getting to know each other again, and it was so sad really that Paul should use an old business kind of thing and superimpose it on that situation with the Hall of Fame.”
George Harrison is one of the songwriters behind “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Later, this artist offered a glimpse into his creative process, even revealing that he wrote a guitar solo for this original track.
They’re the rock band behind “Let It Be,” “Twist and Shout,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and “In My Life.” Along with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, Harrison was a member of The Beatles.
Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney are credited as songwriters on most Beatles songs, Harrison and Ringo Starr created their originals for the group. For Ringo Starr, that meant “Octopus’s Garden.” For Harrison, that meant “Here Comes the Sun.”
John Lennon revealed The Beatles’ “In My Life” was originally connected to Penny Lane in Liverpool. John didn’t like the original version of the song. The song was a minor hit in the United Kingdom
John Lennon said the original version of The Beatles‘ “In My Life” had connections to the band’s later song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” He revealed he wasn’t a fan of that draft of the song. In addition, John explained Paul McCartney’s role in writing “In My Life.”The book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is an interview from 1980. During the interview, John discussed “In My Life.” “‘In My Life’ started out as a bus journey from my house on 250 Menlove Avenue to town, mentioning every place that I could remember,” he said. “And it was ridiculous.”
Ringo Starr, 82, displays his snazzy sense of style in a colourful printed shirt and a matching bandana while shopping with his wife Barbara Bach. He recently celebrated his 82nd birthday with his annual Peace and Love bash.
And Ringo Starr continued to display his snazzy sense of style as he enjoyed a spot of retail therapy with his wife Barbara Bach in Malibu on Tuesday.
The Beatles legend donned a colourful printed shirt and a matching bandana as he joined his former Bond Girl spouse, 74, for the shopping trip.
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George Harrison had some brutal words about John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman.
A dreadful phone call woke George and his wife, Olivia, up one night in December 1980. On the other end of the line, someone explained that Chapman had killed George’s fellow Beatle in cold blood in front of his New York City apartment building, the Dakota.
George couldn’t get over what a waste the situation was.
“The call came through sometime in the morning, four or five in the morning,” George said. “I didn’t take the call. Olivia took the call, and she said, ‘John’s been shot.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, how bad is it?’ I just thought maybe a flesh wound or something like that, but she said, ‘No, that’s it, he’s dead.’
“I just went back to sleep, actually. Maybe it was just a way of getting away from it. I just went to sleep and waited to see what it said the next morning, and he was still dead the next morning, unfortunately.”