martes, 31 de diciembre de 2013

Ringo Starr completes a busy year with his All-Starr Band
‘Oh, it’s not going to end!’: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr completes a busy year with his All-Starr Band
by Something Else!
December 29, 2013

Ringo Starr said he hoped to power down the All-Starr Band caravan for a bit in 2013, taking a rare summer off. But he ended up touring from February through March and then from October through November anyway.

That’s a testament both to the chemistry that existed with this particular lineup of the group, which saw Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather and others make their debut in the summer of 2012 — but also to a work ethic that’s served Starr well since he began this guest-packed concert series back in 1989.

“It is work; we’re working — this is our job,” Starr says. “The thing is, I do it in luxury. I do it when I want to.”

Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on the road with the latest edition of the All-Starr Band, at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter and Gary Wright headlined the 2010-11 lineup. Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette have been part of both recent groups.

As for how the former Beatles drummer keeps such an active touring schedule after all these years, Starr says he’s come to understand the process.

“There’s three stages to being on the road — ‘Wow, we’re on the road!,’ ‘Oh, God, I’m on the road,’ and ‘Oh, it’s not going to end!’ Those are the three stages you go through, and then you have a break, and I feel like: ‘Hey, let’s go.’”

A New Paul McCartney Recording Sessions Book
A New Paul McCartney Recording Sessions Book
by beatlesblogger
December 21, 2013

In something of a first in the publishing world comes a new book detailing the background to every Paul McCartney song, from McCartney (1969), to New (2013).

"Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013). A Journey Through Paul
McCartney's Songs After The Beatles" is written by Italian author, researcher and collector  Luca Perasi. It details the stories behind each of McCartney’s 383 compositions in their chronological order of recording. There are recording dates, studios and who played what on each song.

The book includes 70 exclusive interviews with the musicians, arrangers, producers and collaborators who worked with McCartney through the years, including Denny Seiwell, Laurence Juber, Carl Davis, Neil Dorfsman, Jerry Marotta, and Steve name just a few. The foreword is by long-time Abbey Road Studios recording engineer Tony Clark.



lunes, 30 de diciembre de 2013

OUT THERE : Japan Tour Collection

The last dates of Paul's 2013 'Out There' tour saw him return to Japan for the first time in 11 years. He played sold out dates in Osaka and Fukuoka then finished with three shows at the Tokyo Dome where he played to approximately 50,000 fans each night!

Tour photographer MJ Kim was on hand to capture the tour, both on stage and off. Today publishes a new and exclusive collection of his photos from the tour.

Check out the Japan tour photo collection HERE!

Paul playing 'Live and Let Die' Fans before the show at the Tokyo Dome The view from the Tokyo Dome stage before the show 
Paul on stage Fans at the Tokyo Dome Fans at the Tokyo Dome
Paul and Abe on stage Paul on stage Paul on stage
Paul on stage Paul on stage Paul joking with the crowd
Rusty saying 'Thank You' in Japanese Paul on stage Outside the Tokyo Dome before the concert
Fans outside the Tokyo Dome before the concert Outside the Tokyo Dome before the concert Fans waiting for Paul's arrival
Paul arriving at the Tokyo Dome Fans at the Tokyo Dome soundcheck The crowd at the Tokyo Dome
Paul on stage Paul on stage Paul on stage
Paul's iconic Höfner bass Paul on stage Paul on stage
Paul on stage Rusty, Wix, Paul, Abe and Brian

Noche de Beatles en Almería con el profesor Juan Carrión
Noche de Beatles en Almería con el profesor Juan Carrión
Lennon Almería Forever reunió a un buen número de amantes del cuarteto de Liverpool

El profesor Juan Carrión, aquel maestro de inglés de Cartagena que a mitad de los 60´ no dudó en viajar a Almería para conocer a John Lennon, fue uno de los invitados más especiales de la Lennon Almería Forever.
Los asistentes al festival vio vieron como casi a sus 90 años conserva intacto su amor por la enseñanza y su pasión por el cuarteto de Liverpool.
El profesor Juan Carrión, cuya iniciativa de presentarse ante John Lennon para explicarle lo importantes que eran las letras de sus canciones para aprender inglés, lo dio todo en esta décimo quinta edición de la cita para nostálgicos.
Diego Cruz, Paco Rivas, Budokan Beats, Antonio Álvarez, Señor Mostaza y Beatles Connection hicieron mover el esqueleto sin parar a los asistentes a la cita musical en el Gran Hotel el pasado viernes por la noche.
El profesor Juan Carrión junto a jóvenes y beatlemanos no tan jóvenes, compartió cuatro horas de concierto de versiones de sus ídolos, y por una noche él también firmó autógrafos.
No en vano acaba de presentar su libro junto al periodista Adolfo Iglesias, “Juan & John, el profesor y Lennon en Almería para siempre”, y alcanzado mucha popularidad tras haber sido llevada al cine su peculiar historia, bajo la dirección de David Trueba.

El profesor Juan Carrión, natural de Cartagena y amigo de John Lennon en los años 60, es el protagonista del último libro del periodista Javier Adolfo Iglesias ‘Juan y John’, que narra las huellas que dejó el músico británico durante su estancia en Andalucía.

Paul McCartney still hungry for success
Paul McCartney still hungry for success
Press Trust of India
London  December 27, 2013

Paul McCartney is still hungry for success after remaining at the top of the music industry for 50 years. 

The former Beatles singer said stars should always think about somebody who might be better than them, Daily Mirror reported. 

"It seems to me that no matter how famous, no matter how accomplished or how many awards you get, you're always still thinking there's somebody out there who's better than you. 

"I'm often reading a magazine and hearing about someone's new record and I think, 'Oh, boy, that's gonna be better than me'. It's a very common thing. One thing that's good about it is, I think it's a good motivator. It keeps you hungry. I think the minute you're full up and have had enough to eat, then that's time to retire," he said. 

Paul, 71, revealed the song 'Early Days' on his latest album 'New' was an attempt to set the record straight about his early life with John Lennon. 

"So many times, I will have people tell me what I did when I was younger. There's so much being written (about) the early Beatles period, and even pre-Beatles period. 

"And people will say, 'Oh, he did that because that, and that happened because of that'. And I'll be reading and think, 'Well, that didn't happen' and 'That's not why I did that'. I was remembering John and I in Liverpool as young boys, walking down the street, dressed in black, guitars slung across our backs, trying to get people to listen to our music.

sábado, 28 de diciembre de 2013

Mark Rivera's 'COMMON BOND' Out February 18- A Conversation With Mark Rivera by David Wild
Mark Rivera's 'COMMON BOND' Out February 18- 
A Conversation With Mark Rivera by David Wild

“It really rocks in a good old way - like we
did back in the day. Your voice sounds great and the band kicks ass!”
Billy Joel
“Mark Rivera is a force of nature. He can write and sing his ass off! On
Common Bond he finally takes center stage. The songs are flat-out
magic." -Ken Dashow (New York’s Classic Rock Q104 DJ)
“A stunning piece of work…” 
-David Wild (Writer, music critic and contributing editor at Rolling Stone)

He’s performed before millions of fans with a ‘who’s who’ of music’s elite including Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. And now Mark Rivera, longtime Billy Joel band mate and Ringo Starr's Music Director steps into the spotlight with his first solo album, Common Bond, an eclectic mix of his rock, pop and soul influences rolled up into a new package of 8 original songs and 2 covers, sure to appeal to the huge audiences he’s been reaching for so many years.
Rivera’s first national exposure came from his association with legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who, while producing the classic Foreigner 4, introduced Mark to Mick Jones and Lou Gramm & brought him into the band, putting Rivera squarely in the ‘Big Leagues” of rock music, recording and performing. He has worked with Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel on the classic track Sledgehammer, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon and Joe Walsh.
Rivera and producer Jimmy Bralower (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood) have assembled an amazing cast of friends and colleagues to join in on the record, including a rare appearance by Billy Joel playing a sizzling Hammond B3 organ on Mark’s unique cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Spanish Castle Magic. Ringo Starr, Robert Randolph, Nils Lofgren and Steve Lukather all contribute their great talents to what Dashow says is “one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time."
 A newly announced residency at Madison Square Garden with Billy Joel will be the perfect compliment to Rivera's own touring schedule in the new year.

By Mark Rivera

1. Loraine
2. Sticky Situation
3. Start Over
4. Spanish Castle Magic
5. Money, Money, Money
6. Tell Me All The Things You Do
7. Hard To Let Go
8. Turn Me Loose
9. Why You Dance So Good
10. Rise

A Conversation With Mark Rivera by David Wild

In architecture, “common bond” is a way to build a something to last. Common Bond – the first-ever solo album by Mark Rivera – is a fantastically soulful song cycle built to last. It's a stunning piece of work that brings this well-known multi-instrumentalist and singer center stage for the first time on record with a little help from musical friends like Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Steve Lukather and Nils Lofgren, to name just a few.
The record shows that Mark Rivera has been a world-class musician for decades now -- a familiar presence supporting artists like Joel, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel and Ringo Starr, among many others.  So why has it taken Rivera so long to step fully into the spotlight and make his first solo album? “I’ll take that question as a compliment,” Rivera says with a good-natured laugh. “The question a lot of people ask me is `Why now?’ The real honest answer is this album was 25 years in the making. One of the songs in particular “Hard To Let Go” was a song I had written just after playing the horns on Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and I had the idea of trying to write something in his style. It only took me a few decades to get there.”
Listen to Common Bond and you’ll likely be impressed by Rivera’s vocal ability – even though he’s been supporting countless artists with backing vocals over the years too. As Rivera explains, “The funny thing is that everyone I play this record for -- and I very proudly call it a record -- says the same thing: `This is great. Who’s singing?’ I tell them that I am. And they say, “No, who’s singing lead?” And again, I say “Me.” That was part of the idea -- to step away from the saxophone a little and finally step up to the mic. I love to sing. I’ve been singing my whole life. In my first big band Tycoon, our producer Mutt Lange singled me out to sing certain songs. So I’ve sung my whole life, but I’ve never felt more confident about my singing. 
And if Rivera sings a little like a soul man, he comes by that honestly – having started his life as a touring musician with no less than Sam & Dave. So how does a white Puerto Rican-Italian guy end up on the road with such soul legends who famously feuded with one another? As Rivera recalls, “My third day with Sam & Dave, we opened for Ray Charles in Central Park. Then we really hit the road hard. Was it a trial by fire? Yes, I was deep in the fire. Musically, though, it was great education. If I had to pick my favorite time in music, it would be Sixties R&B along with soulful rock bands like Traffic and Free. People always ask me my favorite sax players, and I say Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck because I don’t care what you play, just as long as you play it with passion. Like Billy Joel said, it is all about soul.  Because the person you are is reflected in the music you make.”
Common Bond says a lot about Rivera in many ways, including the fact that so many of his favorite players and friends were more than happy to be a part of the album. “Everyone came through for me. First, I give all the kudos for the production on the album to my buddy Jimmy Bralower who I’ve known and played with for more than 30 years. Jimmy worked around the clock and contributed blood, sweat and tears. He was always sending me four mixes of everything in the middle of the night. I don’t know when he sleeps. And he encouraged me to keep pushing and to get rid of any masks, and show my soul."
As Bralower explains, “Mark’s a special guy and a truly supportive musician, and that’s why so many other musicians love him and wanted to be there for him. On many levels, that’s why he got back so much on this album. A lot of these guys…. you couldn’t make them play on anyone’s album, but Mark’s built up so much good will with so many people, they wanted to be there for him. Our idea was to make the kind of record we wanted to make of the kind of music that we love for the people who get the same reference points. That’s where the spirit of this album comes from.”
Sessions occurred whenever they could with everyone’s schedules. According to Rivera, “We worked in Studio B at Avatar Studios -- next to where we did “Sledgehammer” back when it was called the Power Station – and Jimmy made this album sound like a million bucks. I just made calls -- to great musicians and friends asking them to be a part of this.”
Thankfully, Rivera’s calls were answered by a remarkable and eclectic group of players who all brought something to the party. In addition to Rivera playing a variety of instruments, and Bralower backing him on drums and percussion, the album features -- in alphabetical order -- Kenny Aaronson, John Bertsche, John Conte, Steve Conte, Charley Drayton, Johnny Gale, Billy Joel, Jeff Kazee, Will Lee, Nils Lofgren, Steve Lukather, Karen Manno, Robert Randolph, Kasim Sulton, Ringo Starr and Andy York.
Asked if he now feels comfortable as a frontman, Rivera smiles and says, “That’s still a work in progress, but I am getting more comfortable. See I was never jealous or begrudged anyone anything. I think that’s the way I was raised. I’m thankful. Billy and Ringo gave me a career and helped me provide for my family for all these years.”
Jimmy and I wanted this to be a real old fashioned album -- with an A Side and a B Side. If I could, I’d make it so you have to flip the CD over. People ask me what my goal for this record is, and what I want is for people to feel like I took them on a journey – my journey. I want people listen to Common Bond and feel about 40 minutes better at the end than they did when it started.”
In the end, Common Bond is a kind of musical love letter to music itself, and its central place in Mark Rivera’s life. “No matter what happens in my world outside of music, there’s an emotional moat I will not allow anything to penetrate when I am making music,” he explains. “I stay in the moment, and that’s a lesson I’ve learned from people like Ringo. In the moment, nothing is allowed hurt you. Music is almost like meditation for me – I get so fixed and focused in it that I love it even more. Playing music just may be the secret to life.”
For Rivera, the album’s title came from two places. “My initial thought was, it’s a statement about all the places I’ve been musically, spiritually, personally and emotionally… from Sam & Dave to Foreigner to Billy and Ringo. I felt like I was making a special sauce with a little of everything. I sliced the ingredients thin with a razor blade. I liked calling it Common Bond because it felt right for that. Then my son who was studying architecture explained to me it’s when you make a house, the bricklayer lays the bricks a little off center so that it actually gives you more strength. And I thought, wow, that’s even more perfect than what I was thinking!”

For More information or to hear the music, contact Elizabeth Freund:, 718-522-5858

Mark Rivera

McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M
McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M
By Bob Allen, Nashville
December 27, 2013

Paul McCartney dominates the final Hot Tours tally of the year, earning the No. 1 spot on the weekly recap with more than $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final leg of his Out There! tour. Following jaunts through North and South America and Europe earlier in the year, Sir Paul closed out his world tour with a six-show run through three cities in Japan during November. Returning to the country as a touring headliner for the first time in 11 years, he kicked off the trek with two shows in Osaka on Nov. 11-12. More than 71,000 tickets were sold during the two-night run at Kyocera Dome, the city’s 50,000-seat baseball stadium. With $11.6 million in revenue, the rock legend grossed $3.4 million more than the last time he played the Osaka venue -- also two performances -- during 2002’s Driving World tour.

The Out There! tour’s final shows were held on Nov. 18, 19 and 21 at the Tokyo Dome, marking another return visit for McCartney who also played three concerts at the stadium during the 2002 tour. Ticket prices topped out at $117 during the previous tour’s Tokyo run, generating $14 million at the box office from 120,000 sold tickets, but this year’s concerts included a top ticket in the $165 range. With sellouts on all three nights, the 2013 engagement grossed more than $23.4 million from 146,845 sold seats. The three-show total from the Tokyo Dome was the Out There! tour’s top gross from a single venue. Altogether in 2013, reported grosses from McCartney’s tour surpassed $105.8 million worldwide.

Kanye West lands at No. 2 in the ranking with sales reported from 18 dates on his fall trek through North American markets. The rapper’s Yeezus tour began on Oct. 19 in Seattle and wrapped in Toronto with a two-night stand on Dec. 22 and 23. Ticket sales from 23 performances during the nine-week run total $25.2 million from 283,241 sold tickets. The top grosser was New York City’s Madison Square Garden with more than $3 million in sales from 28,919 sold seats at shows on Nov. 23 and 24, but the top attendance count came from Toronto. The tour’s final stop at the Air Canada Centre drew a combined total of 31,386 fans for both performances. The other two-show engagement that topped 30,000 in attendance occurred in West’s hometown of Chicago. A total of 30,010 tickets were sold for the Yeezus tour at the Windy City’s 25,000-seat arena, United Center on Dec. 17 and 18.

In order:

Rank, act
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)



Nov. 11-21

Kyocera Dome, Osaka, Japan (2/1)

Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, Fukuoka, Japan (1/1)

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (3/3)

252,690 (256,344)



Oct. 19-Dec. 23

KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)

SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)

Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)

MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)

Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)

TD Garden, Boston (1/1)

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2/2)

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)

Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)

American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)

Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)

American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)

Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)

AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/0)

Honda Center, Anaheim (1/1)

United Center, Chicago (2/2)

Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)

Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)

283,241 (286,274)



Sept. 6-Dec. 8

Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/1)

MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)

Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/2)

Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)

American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)

Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/0)

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1/0)

Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/0)

Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)

State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas (1/0)

Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)

Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)

Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas (1/0)

El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas (1/0)

Event Center Arena, San Jose (1/0)

NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (2/1)

100,671 (140,625)



Nov. 29-Dec. 8

Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/0)

Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)

33,643 (35,653)



Dec. 10-13

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (1/0)

Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/0)

25,895 (26,710)



Dec. 11-13

Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/0)

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (1/0)

17,302 (18,658)



Dec. 13-15

Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. (2/0)

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (2/0)

25,010 (33,286)



Dec. 12-15

Ervin J. Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio (1/0)

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/0)

i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)

25,248 (33,948)



Dec. 7-9

New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/0)

Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)

15,939 (21,942)



Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Event Center Arena, San Jose (2/2)

8,639 (8,639)

McCartney Tops Hot Tours With $40M Gross From Japan Shows; Kanye Lands in Runner-Up Slot at $25M
Paul McCartney performs an outdoor concert on Hollywood Boulevard for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on September 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California. 
John Hill/Getty Images

viernes, 27 de diciembre de 2013

Paul McCartney Eyes $13M 4BR Condo On Fifth Avenue
Paul McCartney Eyes $13M 4BR Condo On Fifth Avenue
by Jessica Dailey
Thursday, December 26, 2013

A four-bedroom condo on Museum Mile that's been sitting on the market for more than a year got some Christmas love from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. The Post reports that McCartney and his wife, Nancy Shevell, checked out unit 16B at 1049 Fifth Avenue, currently listed for $12.9 million. The 3,335-square-foot apartment was originally listed in October 2012 for $13.5 million, but had its price reduced by $500K in July 2013. The home has Central Park views and design details one expects from a prewar Fifth Avenue building: coffered ceilings, rosewood herringbone floors, marble bathrooms, and a mahogany paneled library.