Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers keyboard player Benmont Tench is set to release his first-ever solo album. Tench's You Should Be So Lucky will debut on Tuesday (18Feb14) and will include collaborations with Petty, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams. The album will include 10 original tracks and covers of Bob Dylan's Duquesne Whistle and blues standard Corrine, Corrina.
Quartet star Sheridan Smith has been cast as Alfie singer Cilla Black in a new TV mini-series. The actress will play British singer-turned-TV star Black in director Jeff Pope's new drama, which will chronicle the entertainment industry veteran's early career and her links to the Beatles.
Black was a friend of Ringo Starr when he replaced Pete Best in the band and urged manager Brian Epstein to sign the young talent.
She celebrated 50 years in showbusiness in 2013.
Sheridan says, "Her life story is fascinating. I'm so excited and can't wait to start filming."
Julian Lennon refused to join the Beatles 50th anniversary celebrations in America last week (ends09Feb14) because he had no interest in taking part in a celebrity "karaoke" session. Famous fans joined Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to celebrate 50 years since the band's arrival in the U.S. with an all-star Grammys tribute concert, which was televised in America on Sunday (09Feb14), but John Lennon's eldest son refused to join his half-brother Sean and Yoko Ono in the audience.
Lennon tells Brooklynvegan.com, "To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else... clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session."
The musician was in Africa on a charity trip when the tribute was filmed, but insists he wouldn't have been there even if he had been in America.
He adds, "Give me the originals any day. I'll listen or watch the originals any day, and that's my cup of tea... I much more preferred to be in a state of reflection and appreciation and doing something much more subtle and much more heartfelt, in my mind, than the glitz and the glam of those kind of shows."
Jackets worn by Beatles icons Ringo Starr and George Harrison in 1965 movie Help! are expected to fetch at least $80,000 (£50,000) at auction. The stars donned the tailored blue coats for the comedy adventure and even modelled them on the cover of the film's soundtrack.
Help! director Richard Lester kept the pieces of clothing in his personal collection after filming wrapped, but he has now decided to place them up for sale as part of a Fab Four memorabilia sale at Omega Auctions in Liverpool, England.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says, "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block!"
The items will be among more than 200 lots going under the hammer on 20 March (14), the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of the Fab Four's single Can't Buy Me Love.
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Sunday nights are generally a good night for television fans – between HBO’s lineup of addicting shows, Downton Abbey’s continued dominance of British dramas, and whatever major sporting event is on, there’s plenty to watch, and usually, it’s relatively easy to space out your viewing schedule for the evening. However, this Sunday was surprisingly packed with must-watch shows and events, all of which you just know your friends and co-workers are going to be talking about all day.
It was impossible to watch everything that aired on Sunday night as it was premiering, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel left out of the conversation. We’ve rounded up the buzziest shows of Sunday night, and given you everything you need to know about what went down, and how to fake it until you’re able to catch up on everything properly. You can thank us later.
THE WINTER OLYMPICS
You Watched this If: You like bragging about your awesome ski weekend, and you’ll usually talk about the condition of the “powder” on the mountain. What Happened: There were three big medal events on Sunday night: team figure skating, women’s slopestyle snowboarding, and men’s downhill alpine skiing. Russia won their first gold of the Olympics in the team skating, thanks to winning performances from vet Evgeni Plushenko and new superstar, 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya. Gracie Gold took home the silver in the individual women’s short program, and Charlie White and Meryl Davis won the pair’s ice dancing, but neither of those victories were able to help the U.S. earn better than a bronze medal. Meanwhile, Jamie Anderson won the first ever women’s slopestyle gold medal, and her fellow American Sage Kotsenberg did the same in the men’s competition on Saturday; however, gold medal favorite Bode Miller placed a disappointing eighth in the men’s downhill. What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: Ashley Wagner Is Not Impressed, the sequel to 2012’s Olympic meme McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed. Expect it to appear in your Twitter feed at least once a day for the next two weeks. How To Fake It: “How insane is that 15-year-old skater? Although, I thought Gracie Gold’s score could have been a bit higher. And Meryl and Charlie have that pairs gold in the bag.” “I just really feel like Jamie Anderson and I could be friends. She seems so cool, and she’s super talented.” “Can you believe what happened to Bode Miller?”
THE BEATLES 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE
You Watched This If: You don’t listen to the Top 40 drivel on the radio, you listen to “real music.” What Happened: Musicians from all different genres got together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the Eurythmics reunited, as did Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for a few of their greatest hits. What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: The return of Pharell’s giant Grammys hat – the event was filmed the day after the awards, in the midst of the hat jokes. How to Fake It: “Doesn’t Dhani Harrison sound just like George?” “Who decided to have Pharell and Brad Paisley sing together?” “I know ‘Hey Jude’ is overplayed, but it was cool to see everyone sing it with Paul and Ringo.”
You Watched This If: You constantly feel as if nobody appreciates your creative genius. What Happened: Hannah took a job in the advertising department of GQ, which prompted her to worry about her selling out, and wasting her talents in a pointless corporate environment. Adam got a call back for an acting gig that he swears he doesn’t want, Marnie and Ray are becoming closer, despite embodying everything the other despises, Shoshanna is missing Ray and is forcing herself into a relationship with a guy she met at school who she thinks is incredibly dumb, and Jessa… didn’t do much of anything this week. What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: How much they can't stand Hannah. Also how Marnie continues to be the worst. Wow, your friends really hate Girls.How to Fake It: “I kind of hate to admit this, because she’s super self-involved, but I kind of get where Hannah’s coming from.” “Ugh, Marnie is so annoying, but Allison Williams is so pretty.” “Did you know that Shoshanna’s new guy is played by Zosia Mamet’s real-life boyfriend?”
You Watched This If: You truly believe that everything from the UK is vastly superior to its American equivalent, and you won't listen to anyone who says otherwise. What Happened: Lady Edith considered terminating her unexpected pregnancy, but changed her mind at the last minute after seeing how the procedure affected other women at the clinic. Lady Mary has decided to be less “aloof,” and fed some pigs with Charles, and she helped secure Thomas the position of Robert’s valet while he’s in America. Anna continues to pretend she was attacked by a random thug, but Bates has figured out who was really behind the assault on his wife, and he’s probably going to kill him. And the Dowager Countess continues to be sassy and wonderful. What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: Can you believe that Downton Abbey actually broached an abortion storyline? How To Fake It: “Oh, poor Edith! I really want something nice to happen to her for a change.” “I’m glad Bates is going to protect Anna, but I don’t know if I can sit through another Bates-is-a-murderer-storyline.”
You Watched This If: You’re just really into the McConaughssance, okay? What Happened: Rust and Marty discover that Ledoux is working for the Iron Crusaders, a biker gang that Rust infiltrated during his time undercover. He decides to go undercover again, steals cocaine from evidence to help sell his act, and he agrees to take part in a robbery in order to win over his contact. Unfortunately, the robbery goes wrong, and Rust is forced to run, calling in Marty for backup. Meanwhile, Marty’s ex-girlfriend showed up at his house and revealed everything to Maggie, who promptly kicked him out. What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: That twist of an ending. Let’s be real, it’s all anyone will be talking about. Be prepared for people to declare it the “hands down, best episode of television ever!” How to Fake It: “How crazy was that ending? I couldn’t believe it when it all went south and Rust was caught in the middle of the whole thing. I can’t wait for the next episode, I need to find out what happens next!”
THE WALKING DEAD
You Watched This If: You are, somehow, still holding out for this show to get good again.What Happened: Rick and Carl hole up in an abandoned suburban house, growing tense over the latter's budding contentiousness. Michonne has acid flashbacks and slaughters an entire herd of zombies. There's a big can of pudding.What Your Friends Will Be Talking About: How much Carl sucks, and Michonne's nightmarish memory of her pre-apocalyptic days.How to Fake It: “F**king Carl.”
Sir Paul McCartney compared his return to New York's Ed Sullivan Theater to a school reunion when he headed back to the venue which hosted the Beatles' first ever U.S. TV gig with bandmate Ringo Starr. The veteran musicians recently paid a visit to the historic venue to celebrate 50 years since the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964, and they were given a personal tour of the building by TV host David Letterman, who now presents his own talk show from the theatre.
The musicians admitted the stage set felt much smaller than when they first performed there 50 years ago, with drummer Starr telling Letterman, "I'm so excited coming back... I've been back hundreds doing the shows with you... But now I'm here, I'm looking out the window... We're back on this stage again. The memory I have was it was four times bigger (back then) - we thought there was (sic) thousands of them (audience members)."
Meanwhile, McCartney compared the visit to a school reunion, adding, "It's like going back to your old school isn't it...? It looks little now but we thought it was huge."
The interviews with Letterman will air in the U.S. on Sunday night (09Feb14) during a TV special as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Letterman has marked the occasion on his show during the week by inviting artists to perform Beatles tributes. The artists involved were Lauryn Hill, Broken Bells, Sting, Lenny Kravitz and the Flaming Lips, who performed with John Lennon's son Sean.
Ozzy Osbourne was so overcome with emotion as he introduced Ringo Starr at the Grammy Awards, he was rendered speechless, according to his wife Sharon Osbourne. The Black Sabbath star joined his bandmates onstage to salute Starr but became tongue-tied when he spotted Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono staring at him.
During the telecast, Osbourne appeared to have forgotten what he was supposed to say and chuckling bandmates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi took over for him, but his wife insists the rocker was just overcome with nerves.
She explains, "He is so in awe of that band (Beatles) that when he was introducing Ringo, he couldn't say the word Beatles. He looked down, he saw Paul McCartney, he saw Yoko... and nothing came out... He was overcome.
"When they finished the other guys were teasing him the entire night... He just lost it."
Osbourne insists her husband's Beatles obsession is no joke: "His entire life he has just idolised the Beatles. He says that's what got him into music.
"I've been with Ozzy... coming up 35 years and every single day for 35 years he has listened to the Beatles... When Ozzy was in a coma, when he had his motorbike accident, we used to blast the Beatles in his room."
The Beatles will be honoured at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to mark 50 years since the band's first U.S. press conference there. The New York Port Authority, the organisation which manages the airport, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's first trip to America by hosting an event at the central terminal on Friday (07Feb14).
Officials will unveil a plaque marking the band's landing at 'JFK' exactly five decades after the musicians first touched down there on 7 February, 1964.
The two surviving Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - will be guests on The Late Show With David Letterman two days later on Sunday (09Feb14) to mark the 50th anniversary of the group's American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
R&B singer India.Arie has posted an open letter online criticising Grammy Awards bosses for the lack of diversity during Sunday's (26Jan14) telecast. The Brown Skin hitmaker took to Tumblr.com on Monday (27Jan14) to express her dismay over claims the prizegiving is becoming more of a "popularity contest" instead of focusing on the music itself, and she has called for the voting system of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences event to be revamped.
She was also disappointed not to see more African American performers and winners take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the three-and-a-half hour-long ceremony.
In her lengthy message, she wrote, "Though it's called 'Music industries biggest night' the Grammys are NOT about the music, it's a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone... If the hip hop community voted on hip hop - r&b COMMUNITY the same - same for each category - we'd see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that's just not the way it goes. NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights (sic) Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not)... Where were the black artists? And this isn't the first time the Grammy's has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds (sic) musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?"
She continued, "The truth is in a perfect world diversity would matter, and respect would be rampant, but the TRUTH is, The Grammys is a television show, and in THAT world ratings reign supreme. So, in general, bigger names take the stage... It's unfortunate. I don't even get surprised any more, but, it still hits my sense of fairness, because I KNOW many of the artists who are overlooked. I LIVE in that world. We keep showing up and subjecting ourselves to the game, hoping MAYBE we'll win. I was so HAPPY to see @Kendricklamar take that stage - because it is a FORM of winning, at LEAST, he was SEEN."
Rap newcomer Kendrick Lamar, a seven-time nominee who walked away empty-handed, performed with Imagine Dragons, while others on the show line-up included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Madonna, Katy Perry and hip-hop star Juicy J, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce and Jay Z, who opened the show with a sexy rendition of their new single, Drunk In Love.
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to spend the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on America's Ed Sullivan Show at the theatre where the iconic TV moment took place. The two surviving Beatles stars will be guests of David Letterman on The Late Show on 9 February (14), following TV special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.
The Late Show is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
A modern re-telling of "The Prince and the Pauper" wherein Ringo Starr plays himself, pop star and former Beatle, and his double, the indistinguished Ognir Rats, an average guy who has absolutely nothing to do with the music business.