COVID-weary music fans want just one thing from 2021. Concerts. We will have to wait until later this year for that, when vaccines are more available. But there's still plenty of music events we're looking forward to in the new year, from Peter Jackson’s new Beatles documentary to fresh albums from Foo Fighters, Adele, Ed Sheeran and more.
The return of concerts, a Beatles film, new music from Foo Fighters, Adele & more: Musical moments we’re looking forward to in 2021
Music fans want just one thing from 2021.
Poised for its biggest and busiest year ever during 2020, the global live music industry was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic -- to the tune of $30 billion in losses by some estimates. Venues were shuttered, and musicians and particularly crew members and support staffs remain out of work, supported by fundraising campaigns and, more recently, inclusion in the latest governmental relief packages. Read More >>>
The album that finally saw The Beatles “take control”
That meant, for the band’s first years in the spotlight, they ran around like headless chickens trying to match the demands of their superiors and trying to still write and record songs that they believed in. However, as you might expect, it still meant the Fab Four were phoning it in on some occasions and, looking back, the band have often been critical of that time in their lives being so controlled by others. Eventually, the four artists in the middle of proceedings would break out and define themselves on their own terms, and there was one album that saw them do it — 1965’s Rubber Soul.
The album has often been cited as a landmark moment in The Beatles’ career. It’s the record that many people point to as the jumping-off period for their most creative era as well as the moment they truly left all notions of being a boy band behind. There were several reasons for the LP being so pivotal too. Read More >>>
Life according to: Beatles legend and world’s most famous drummer, Ringo Starr
Kieran Southern/www.sundaypost.com The world’s most famous drummer chats to the Sunday Post about married life at 80, his other band, and Beatles reunion. Your new book looks back on the last 30 years of The All Starr Band and its ever-evolving line-up including the Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and fellow rocker Peter Frampton. What was it like to forge your own path after The Beatles? The first band was like everything else – it’s brand new. And: “Oh, wow, it’s working”. And actually, people are coming to see it. That’s the good news. And I had a lot of great players. It gave me a chance to be down the front, Mr Personality, while playing the drums for all these other tracks. So, I won both ways. Read More >>>
Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney backstage at The 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.
From Bruce Springsteen to Paul McCartney: The 8 best albums made in isolation
We needn’t tell you about the benefits of self-isolation. In fact, hearing such words right now, in the middle of a global pandemic which has forced the majority of its inhabitants to self-isolate for much of the last 12 months, is tantamount to begging for a punch in the mouth. Instead, then, we’ll just show you some of those benefits in the form of our favourite albums made in isolation.
Many musicians have enjoyed the benefits of isolation. Though some bands thrive on the conversation of creation and the exchanging of ideas to truly solidify their vision and enact their expression, others require a clearness of mind and clarity of thought to truly access their most beautiful musical moments. We’re taking a look at the latter and bringing you eight albums that simply couldn’t have happened without isolation. It’s a list that includes some of the biggest names in music and proves, with a little creativity, that being on one’s own can be beneficial. Read More >>>
Ringo Starr says he and Paul McCartney are pals, but "don't hang out with each other a lot"
Last month, Ringo Starr released a star-studded single called "Here's to the Nights" that reunited him, albeit remotely, with his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney. And in a new interview with The Irish News, Starr says he and McCartney remain good friends more than 40 years after the band's breakup.
"We're still pals," Ringo notes. "We don't hang out with each other a lot. But if we're in the same country, and if we're in the same town, we always have a dinner, and we say hi or he comes over here or I go over to his house."
Starr also says he enjoys getting the chance to perform live with McCartney occasionally. Read More >>>
All their loving: jazz covers the Beatles
Aug. 15, 1965. Having traveled by helicopter to the site of the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, four shaggy-headed Brits board an armored car for their ride to the recently opened Shea Stadium. Sixty thousand crazed teenagers await them. The foursome only plays a 30-minute set, but it changes American music forever.
Jazz is no exception. Up until the British Invasion, songwriters dominated the industry. Singers and instrumentalists competed to record their own arrangements of the day's hits — what we now call "covers." That system gradually collapsed. How would jazz musicians interpret new songs that were so closely associated with their creators? And what would they find to fuel improvisation without the fertile harmonies of the old standards? Read More >>>
WOMAN. John: Woman came about because, one sunny afternoon in Bermuda, it suddenly hit me. I saw what women do for us. Not just what my Yoko does for me, although I was thinking in those personal terms. Any truth is universal. What suddenly dawned on me was everything I was taking for granted. Women really are 'the other half of the sky', as I whisper at the beginning of the song. And it just sort of hit me like a flood, and it came out like that. Read More>>>
1964 - The Beatles released "I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There" in the U.S. 1966 - Ringo Starr and John Lennon left England on a vacation to Trinidad. 1969 - The Beatles released the album "Yellow Submarine" in the U.S.