The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' groundbreaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show is to be commemorated with a two-hour U.S. TV special next year (14). The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles will be broadcast at 8pm on 9 February (14) - 50 years to the day and time of the Fab Four's American TV debut, which was watched by more than 70 million viewers.
The new special will be filmed in January (14), the day after the Grammy Awards, and it will feature yet-to-be-announced modern artists performing the tracks the Beatles played during the Sullivan broadcast, as well as other hits. The show will also include archival clips and footage from the Sullivan show.
It is not yet known if Sir Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr will be involved in the special.
"John Lennon and Ringo saw a show I did and introduced me to Dick James, who was head of Northern Songs, the music publisher. He was encouraging and said, 'We'd like to mould you'... I listened politely, but I also had an offer from the Chichester Festival to join them to do classical plays, and I decided to go there for the summer, which led to the Royal Shakespeare." Sir Ben Kingsley almost became a labelmate to The Beatles.
Bruce Springsteen is set to play his first ever shows in South Africa, 29 years after his E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt launched a protest against apartheid there. The Boss and his group will head to Cape Town on 28 and 29 January and Johannesburg on 1 February (14) as part of his Wrecking Ball world tour.
The three gigs will mark the first time Springsteen has played in the African nation and will take place almost three decades since Van Zandt set up the Artists United Against Apartheid movement in 1985.
The organisation gathered a range of artists, including Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Bob Geldof, to unite in protest against racial segregation on their anthem Sun City.
The election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa's president in 1994 marked the end of apartheid.
The teenage fans Ringo Starr photographed during The Beatles' first U.S. tour in 1964 have come forward and revealed they were suspended from school for skipping class in a bid to meet the Fab Four. The drummer featured a never-seen-before black and white shot he took of five teens in a car in Florida in his new coffee table book, titled Photography, and urged readers to help him track down the kids.
He wrote, "It's just a great shot. They're looking at us, and I'm photographing them."
Now the stars of the snap - Bob Toth, Gary Van Deursen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe Ressler, Charlie Schwartz and Matt Blender - have come forward to reveal that the day in question has stayed with them for 50 years.
Toth tells the MailOnline, "The principal certainly suspended me for three days as soon as we got back to school.
"The story didn't even make it into the yearbook because he didn't want to look like he was encouraging kids to cut school... It's kind of nice to have something legitimise the story we've all told on and off over the years."
Former Beatles star Ringo Starr is asking fans to help him track down the Fab Four fans he photographed from a car window in Florida during the group's first U.S. tour in 1964. The never-seen-before black and white shot is featured in Starr's new coffee table book, titled Photography, and he'd like to track down the beaming kids.
Anyone who recognises themselves or someone else in the shot are asked to get in touch with NBC news outlets across the U.S., so that network bosses can put them in touch with the photographer - Starr himself.
Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen have been awarded France's highest cultural honour in recognition of their film work. The No Country For Old Men directors were both made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday (16Oct13).
During the presentation, Joel joked that the award came as a shock, saying, "Sometimes life plays jokes on you - some of them are very unfortunate, some of them are very fortunate. This is one of the most fortunate jokes I think life has played on us."
French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti added, "We have extremely strong links between French cinema and American cinema so it's natural there's this recognition for two of the greatest directors in the U.S. today."
The pair join previous recipients of the medal including Sir Sean Connery, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Bono and Bruce Willis.
A rare car once owned by The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is to go up for auction. The Facel Vega tourer was bought by the Yellow Submarine vocalist at the Earls Court Motor Show for $8,355 (£5,570) in 1964 and he owned it for four years.
The car, one of only two made with a larger engine than the usual Facel model, is expected to sell for $525,000 (£350,000) when it is sold by London auction house Bonhams on 1 December (13).
Its current owner is French and has the vehicle insured for $750,000 (£500,000).
Italian film star Giuliano Gemma was killed in a car crash on Tuesday (01Oct13). The 75 year old was involved in a collision near Rome, Italy. He was taken to hospital but died shortly after his arrival.
After working as a stuntman, he began acting in 1962. He became famous for his roles in spaghetti westerns, appearing in films such as A Pistol for Ringo, Blood for a Silver Dollar and Day of Anger.
He went on to win the David di Donatello, Italy's equivalent of the Oscar, for his performance in Desert of Tartars in 1976.
Bands that tour together go through all kinds of ups and downs. Let's face it - if you spend more time with your bandmates than your own family for good amounts of time, people are going to get on each other's nerves. It's a given. Especially since there tend to be multiple strong artistic personalities all vying for supremacy and there will be inevitable clashes. There's screaming, yelling and possible flying projectiles. Then people usually suck it up and move on. These bands couldn't get past those conflicts and found themselves breaking up, depriving fans of more albums together. Here's five examples of world-known groups who fractured.
There really hasn't been a phenomenon as gigantic as the Fab Four were when they first hit the music scene in the sixties. The mere sight of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr either in person or on TV could send fans into fits of gleeful shrieking. After unparalleled success for years, the band broke up in 1970, a decade after its creation. There were many causes, not one singular event. They stopped touring four years before the split and their manager died in 1967, but the final straw was the collapse of their shared company Apple Corps, Ltd. and an ensuing intra-band legal battle over who should look after their business affairs, ruthless Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein or McCartney's new father-in-law Lee Eastman. Solo careers also contributed to the demise. After a sustained period of brilliance, the band was no more, Sadly, there will never be any reunion, with the shooting of Lennon in 1980 and Harrison's death from cancer in '01.
Another supergroup that formed not too long after The Beatles. After seeing Syd Barrett, their guitarist, leave from too much drug use, they brought in a new guitarist, David Gilmour, who quickly proved himself as one of the best in the business. Soon there was growing tension between Gilmour and frontman Roger Waters, who wanted to control all aspects of the band. First they fired Rick Wright, their keyboard player - he doesn't appear on the last Waters/Gilmour Floyd album, The Final Cut. They then split and there was a huge fight about the Pink Floyd band name. Gilmour reunited with Wright and drummer Nick Mason to make two more albums (though when they were touring to promote the first non-Waters album, they had to have lawyers on call on every city so they could play any songs that Gilmour had co-written with Waters). There has been a recent thawing in the ice, as Gilmour and Waters have played together at several concerts, including the legendary guitarist making an unannounced appearance during Waters' The Wall tour. It's a shame that fans were deprived for decades of the collaboration, though and Wright is now dead, so we will never see a full Pink Floyd again.
The Police burst onto the scene in 1978 with the hit song 'Roxanne.' There was a period of time after that where Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland could lay claim to being in the biggest rock band in the world. But the group was so tired of each other after the end of the Synchronicity Tour in 1984 that they split up. They briefly reunited to do another version of 'Don't Stand So Close To Me', but they had to use a drum machine in place of Copeland, since he had broken his collarbone. It was an argument over drum machines that turned out to be the final straw that led to the group's undoing. Sting wanted to use an incredibly complicated one and Copeland used another. Copeland actually credited his drum machine as the inspiration to become a composer. The band reunited for a concert tour but they haven't done any new studio albums. Sting actually just released another solo album, further dashing any more reunion hopes.
This band serves as a warning for those groups that include family members. The fallout is Liam and Noel Gallagher, two brothers, who now despise one another to the point that one of them would turn down tens of millions of dollars to reunite. There was a lot of success early on with the the release of their first album, Definitely Maybe in 1993. They had an even bigger hit in their next album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Sadly, there were continual conflicts amongst themselves and various bandmembers kept quitting. Finally, after the birth of his son and a scary incident involving a fan running onstage and assaulting him, Noel got so fed up with Liam (a fight where Liam broke his guitar didn't help) that he quit the band in 2009, replete with a dramatic announcement on the band's website. So that's where we are, and it looks like nothing's going to break the (Wonder)wall between them.
Guns N' Roses
While the group has never actually 'broken up' in the sense that the other four have, it's a far cry from the lineup that was featured in Appetite For Destruction. The only constant has been lead singer Axl Rose. The first to go was Izzy Stradlin, who had problems with how Rose ran the band and his less-than-stellar treatment of fans. He also found it hard to be sober among a group of hard-partying rockers. After that began a steady trickle of band members leaving, including guitar legend Slash, until it was Rose with a whole new band. There was so much bad blood that Axl Rose refused to attend the '12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions if it meant being in the same room as the other orignal members. It's a shame, since this current incarnation is a pale shadow of the powerhouse that took the world by storm in the late '80s.
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Beatles icon Ringo Starr has been feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career. The Yellow Submarine hitmaker was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony held in Monaco on Tuesday (24Sep13).
The drummer was handed the award by France's ambassador to Monaco, Hugues Moret.
Speaking about his achievements, Starr quipped, "I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing."
The rocker is in good company as the latest recipient of the medal - previous honourees include Sir Sean Connery, Bono and David Bowie.